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Fury and Flame is a crossover between Avatar: The Last Airbender and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones written by JMIII.

At an undetermined point during Avatar's second season, Princess Azula and her entourage find themselves suddenly and inexplicably transported to Westeros in the middle of Robert Baratheon's rebellion against the Mad King Aerys. After single-handedly lifting the siege of Storm's End, she enters a political marriage to Stannis Baratheon in order to protect her crew and obtain a seat at the table of Westerosi politics. As the years leading to the beginning of A Game of Thrones go by, Azula continues to make a name for herself while playing the long game in her rise from Lady of Dragonstone to ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Tropes Include:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Viserys is a far nicer person than in either the books or on Game of Thrones, a result of being raised by his great uncle at The Wall.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Due to Azula's intervention, Daenerys never received the name she did in canon (something Bloodraven comments on to Viserys), leading to her being known as "Ivory".
  • Adaptational Villainy: Loras Tyrell, after becoming the ward of Tywin Lannister. He squired for Ser Gregor Clegane, he's known as Blood Rose and is said to be as cruel as the Mountain.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Steffon disagrees with his mother's ruthlessness, although he cooperates with her plans under the condition that she keep the loss of innocent life to a minimum.
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  • Arch-Enemy: Azula and Cersei.
  • Baby Factory: The Fire Nation has a practice of giving poor, underprivileged women from around the Seven Kingdoms the offer of marrying one of their (fire bender) soldiers and living a life of comfort. The trade-off is that the women are expected to have as many kids as possible- preferably benders. This being Westeros, there’s a fair number of women who see this as a fair trade-off.
  • Bash Brothers: Steffon Baratheon and Theon Greyjoy.
  • Beneath the Mask: While outwardly unchanged from the series, Azula lets the mask drop in Chapter 14 during an argument with Ursa where she reveals that despite her calm demeanor she's very bitter about her situation and the choices she's had to make.
  • Body Double: Azula hires Lady Stork to be one for her full-time.
  • Break the Haughty: Ty Lee's death shook Azula hard, leading to some major Character Development.
  • The Butcher: Azula is known as "The Butcher of Shipbreaker Bay" because of her destruction of the Redwyne Fleet.
  • Cassandra Truth: Mace Tyrell, having been held hostage by Azula and witness to her firebending, tried to warn his people about the Firebenders being "witches and consorting with demons from the seven-hells". No one believed him and he was dismissed as a raving mad man, costing him his credibility and being shunned by his embarrassed family.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Chapter 10 reveals that Xai Bau, the Fire Nation soldier whose blunder allowed Zuko and Iroh to escape Azula's trap in Avatar's Season 2 premiere, is secretly a spy for the Order of the White Lotus.
  • Challenging the Chief: During their early years in Westeros, Azula was challenged by a firebender named Takumi for leadership. Azula charred his corpse and warned the rest of her people that "treason shall never go unpunished!"
  • The Chessmaster: Azula has been spending fifteen years and fifty chapters making preparations to eventually make a move for the Iron Throne.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Azula Baratheon is this to both Stannis Baratheon and Eddard Stark.
  • Cool Ship: Azula and her entourage arrive in a Fire Nation ship called the Ozai. Later the Fire Nation builds an entire navy full of steam-powered iron ships.
  • Commonality Connection: Despite growing up in completely different climates, Asha Greyjoy and Arianne Martell bond over their shared experiences as noblewomen constrained by the decisions of their fathers and uncles.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Azula is strict with her oldest daughter, bordering on abusive, but she's grooming Ursa to become Fire Lord one day, and fears that her daughter will grow up to be like Ozai.
    • She also ensures that both Ursa and Steffon are desensitized to violence because of how brutal the world of Westeros is.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Azula names her youngest child after Ty Lee when her friend dies saving her life.
    • Her son Steffon is named after Stannis' father.
  • Decoy Leader: Part of Lady Stork's duties as Azula's body double include impersonating her whenever the Fire Lord needs to be in two places at once.
  • Demographic-Dissonant Crossover: The whole fanfic has characters from the older kid/teen-oriented Avatar: The Last Airbender end up in the grim and adult world of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At one point, Ursa keeps staring at Robb well past the point one would consider proper.
  • Dramatic Irony: Cersei thinks that she's managed to convince Lady Stork to provide her with information on Azula, but readers know that it's actually Azula in disguise feeding Cersei false information. When Cersei finds out the deception (too late for it to matter) she is pissed.
  • The Dreaded: Azula is viewed this way by the Ironborns, the Reach, and House Targaryen. She is known as the "Butcher of Shipbreaker Bay" by the Tyrells for completely wiping out the loyalists, including the survivors, at the siege of Storm's End.
  • Enemy Mine: Discussed by Asha Greyjoy and Arianne Martell in Chapter 12. Besides the potential alliance between themselves, Asha brings up the possibility that mutual hatred for Azula may lead to an alliance between the Lannisters and the Tyrells.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: While she's more morally gray than evil, Azula still qualifies as this. While she's as ruthless and manipulative as ever, she does want to make sure her children don't have the kind of childhood that she and Zuko did.
  • Fangirl: Arya is a big fan of Azula.
  • For Want of a Nail: So many that it's hard to keep track of all the dominoes Azula has knocked over in Westeros.
    • For starters, her marriage to Stannis means that Selyse never enters the picture and Shireen is never born.
    • She attempts to take Margaery and Loras Tyrell as wards after capturing Mace during the rebellion, but Tywin is able to secure Loras as his ward while Azula keeps Margaery;
    • She captures Viserys and has him sent to the Wall, where Maester Aemon raises him to be a better person than in the books, while Daenerys grows up in Essos alone.
    • Daenerys is never known by her canon name (as Bloodraven notes), but instead is known as "Ivory". A man claiming to be Euron Greyjoy identifies her as "Ivory" when he writes a letter to King Robert claiming that He captured her.
    • After the Greyjoy rebellion fails, she convinces Robert to make Theon her ward instead of Ned Stark's, preventing Theon's canon betrayal by raising him for the express purpose of overthrowing his father should Balon Greyjoy attempt to rebel again.
    • Lady Stork never joins the theater company like she will in The Winds of Winter because Azula hires her as a full-time body double.
    • Qyburn works for Azula and using his expertise to creating the Kemurikage.
    • Bloodraven even noted the sudden changes to his world's timeline caused by Azula's arrival, and fearing the worst that her presence may have caught the notice of the Others and prompting them to make their plans more unpredictable than in canon.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Mai is one of the few, if not only, people who can speak casually to Azula, often at the latter's insistence. Ned Stark appears to have it, but how much of it is simply Azula scheming and keeping up appearances is up for debate given we never get her POV.
  • Generation Xerox: Ursa has a lot in common with her grandfather Ozai, much to Azula and Mai's concern.
    • Ironically, she seems to have a lot more in common with Azula. For example, she's just as bad as her mother was at her age in the art of seduction.
  • God Guise: Azula is seen by R'hollor followers as their savior, Azor Ahai, due to her firebending. She capitalizes on her messianic status, earning her an army of loyal fanatical followers. Melisandre saw through the ruse and attempted to denounce Azula as a false idol, but her words were ignored by her fellow worshipers and she was eventually banished from Dragonstone under pain of death.
    • Through the years, the followers of the Red Faith splintered into various sects with their own interpretation of the "true" Azor Ahai, as some do not see Azula as their savior due to her cruelty, but instead believe either Stannis or their children are Azor Ahai. One sect sees Steffon to be Azor Ahai due to being more kinder than the rest of his family.
  • Happily Married: Despite the fact that their marriage was for political purposes, Azula and Stannis come to genuinely care for each other.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Ned confides in Azula his belief that Littlefinger is trustworthy. Azula laughs uproariously, then proceeds to set him straight.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: The Ironborn, and most especially the Greyjoys, are a shadow of their former self after suffering in a more worse defeat in the Greyjoy Rebellion: their fleets and men were obliterated by Azula's battleships, their iron mines fell under Dragonstone's control, their pirate ships are hunted down by the Mormonts and Mallisters, scores of their best captain took the black, and what is left of the diehard Ironborn are forced to carry out their piracy in the far north. Asha's uncle Rodrik realizes that House Greyjoy cannot survive on their traditional rape and pillaging for very long in a rapidly changing world, and encourage his niece to rebuild their family's reputation by becoming an ally of Azula.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The chapters of Maege Mormont, the daughter of Dacey Mormont and Commander Xie.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Fighting a combustion user is implied to be suicidal for all but the most powerful opponents. Survival is more or less entirely dependent on how skilled the bender is at aiming.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • Euron Greyjoy is presumed dead in the Greyjoy Rebellion. Subverted in that the Silence has been repeatedly seen sailing east from the Stepstones, and a man claiming to be Euron wrote a letter to King Robert claiming that he has "Ivory" (Daenerys Targaryen). It is later revealed that Euron is reluctantly working with Melisandre to oppose Azula.
    • Dagmer is killed in a failed raid against wildings, among whom is Ygritte.
  • Kryptonite Factor: It's unknown how or why, but being in close proximity to wildfire makes firebenders ill.
  • The Masquerade: Azula and Stannis kept firebending a secret from the public as they know that people would become more fearful of Azula and the Firebenders if they learned of it, and likely leading to the Seven Kingdoms to send their armies to wipe out what they saw is a potential threat to them. They only keep this secret until the time is right when Dragonstone is at a stronger position.
  • Mass Teleportation: What brought Azula and her people to Westeros.
  • Master Actor: Lady Stark when playing Azula. Azula when playing Lady Stark.
  • Mysterious Backer: Mother of the Twins.
  • The Mole: Xai Bau was a spy for the Order of the White Lotus before Azula and her crew were stranded in Westeros.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: The Fire Nations names their ships after famous firebenders, such as a Zuko-class ships and Azula's flagship is named the Ozai. Ironman's Bay is renamed Lyanna's Bay after the defeat of the Ironborn in Greyjoy's Rebellion.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The long-term result of the attempted assassination of Azula at the end of the Greyjoy Rebellion. Ty Lee died because Azula did not listen to her advice. As a result of learning the lesson the hard way, Azula is perfectly willing to listen to the input of others and adjust her plans appropriately. In the end all the assassin did is make Azula more dangerous.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • Part of Azula's character development was driven by the realization that her father would have fared poorly in Westeros because of how similar he was to the Targaryens.
    • She later notes with full awareness of the irony that her concern over Ursa taking after Ozai make her sound like her own mother did in Avatar.
  • Odd Friendship: Surprisingly enough, Azula and Ned Stark get along rather well.
    • Mai and Maester Cressen.
    • Ty Lee and Margaery Tyrell before the former's death.
    • Ursa Baratheon and Arya Stark.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Besides ASOIAF characters sharing first names, a few Fire Nation soldiers name their children after Azula, and Azula herself names her youngest daughter after Ty Lee, and her oldest after her mother Ursa.
  • Original Character: Azula's daughters, Ursa and Ty Lee.
    • The number of OCs increases rapidly as soldiers from Azula’s ship and their offspring get more chapters dedicated to them.
  • Parental Favoritism: Azula dotes on Ty Lee, and at one point warns Ursa that everything she stands to inherit will be given to her sister instead if she screws up.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Cersei Lannister, when thinking about Azula, always refers to her as "the whore".
  • Praetorian Guard: The Kemurikage, Azula's personal guards and assassins, altered by Qyburn to enhance their abilities. Also an Amazon Brigade.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Azula has killed, tortured and had countless men and women in Westeros experimented on, but restrains her actions around Eddard Stark in order to endear herself as a friend and ally.
    • Azula makes a point to reward her more trusted subordinates (Davos, Rina, Xie) for their actions. Even if it was simply for doing their job competently.
    • Despite controlling a massive amount of R'hollor followers, Azula does not tolerate violent acts of fanaticism towards the Seven or Old Gods. Doing so just makes enemies for nothing.
    • Azula allows free education and well-paid jobs for the smallfolk, the poor, and freed slaves in order to have skilled workers and popular support from the common people.
    • Cersei constantly averts this, most profoundly she immediately starts scheming against House Tyrell for a potential marriage to Myrcella. This is despite the fact they are the most reliable ally against Azula.
  • Pregnant Badass: Being pregnant does nothing to stop Azula from fighting off assassination attempts or putting down the insurrection.
  • Racial Face Blindness: Because of their Asian-like appearance, Azula and her people are constantly mistaken for Yi-Tish by the Westerosi. Azula finds this very irritating and personally insulting, as it demeans her country of origin in exchange for an entirely different one, and has to remind her Westerosi audience that she is Fire Nation. On the flip side, Azula and her people had trouble distinguishing the predominately white Westerosi from each other during their first arrival in Westeros.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: While outwardly the same as she is in her own series, her time in Westeros has allowed Azula to reflect on her life from an outside perspective. Subverted in later chapters, as the slow revelation of Azula's schemes and special projects suggests motherhood and the harshness of Westeros simply matured her into a far more dangerous "monster".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Firebenders captures an Other from an Ironborn ship and imprisons it inside a steel casket hanging over a pit of jagged obsidian shards. It eventually breaks free when Azula brings her audience to see it and causing significant chaos and deaths in Dragonstone before Azula obliterates it with a blast of lightning.
  • Secret-Keeper: Steffon protects Xai Bau's status as a White Lotus spy.
    • Ned Stark, not that anyone realizes how big the secret is.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Azula Baratheon.
  • Smug Snake: Cersei, as usual.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ty Lee dies protecting Azula from assassination via poisoned darts.
  • Technology Uplift: The presence of the Fire Nation in Westeros results in this as Stannis and Azula build the Royal Navy with steam ships and bring industrial manufacturing to Dragonstone. It doesn't change the fact that the Seven Kingdoms remains an archaic Medieval European Fantasy ruled by a Decadent Court and power hungry lords making this very much a case of Low Culture, High Tech scenario.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Azula was only fifteen while pregnant with Steffon. The difficulty of raising him and later Ursa in the dangerous environment of Westeros are a major reason for Azula's character development.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Azula hasn't changed much since coming to Westeros, but she does love her family and remaining friend. Lampshaded in one of the Mai chapters, Azula references her monstrous tendencies and being self-aware enough to harness them for the good of herself and her family.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Azula was the most dangerous firebender and schemer alive in canon, despite being only two years older than Toph. She has had fifteen years of the Game of Thrones and multiple wars in Westeros to improve.
  • Undying Loyalty: Thus far everyone who lives and works at Dragonstone develops this towards Azula.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Cersei is this for Azula.
  • Villain Protagonist: Azula Baratheon, obviously.
  • Written by the Winners: She did not exactly win that war, but Azula's version of the Fire Nation's history (particularly Sozin's War) is markedly slanted to make the Fire Nation look as the heroes fighting barbarian tribes - for example, Roku's actions are presented as treason, the Avatar is a corrupted hero, and the genocide of the pacifist Air Nomads is presented as the destruction of a barbarian horde. Much like in Avatar, this distorted history is taught in the Academy and reenacted in a play.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Azula and her people have no means of returning to their world and are forced to live in Westeros for over fifteen years.