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"I don't understand father?" She said with a puzzled brow. "Baratheon is to marry one of the Tully girls." Cersei felt such anger toward her father. "What am I to make of this father?" "You are to marry Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell."

So begins Lady Stark, by Jpena, which follows an increasingly popular story format: What if Cersei Lannister married Eddard Stark and becomes the Lady of Winterfell, rather than Queen of the Seven Kingdoms? With over 1,900 reviews, the completed story is a well-detailed take on Cersei's life if she wasn't Queen.


Lady Stark has the following tropes:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Cersei gets herself off thinking about Jamie in the first chapter.
  • Altar Diplomacy: Par for the course.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Catelyn to King Robert, taking Cersei's place.
  • By the Hair: An angry Cersei does this to Ned once she finds out that she is pregnant yet again. Greatjon Umber thought the act was pretty hilarious.
  • Character Development: For Cersei, as it shows what happens if she was a Lord's wife rather than Queen.
  • Cool Uncle: Tyrion Lannister to Cersei's children.
  • For Want of a Nail: Cersei Lannister marries Ned Stark, taking the place of Catelyn Tully, who married Robert Baratheon. As a result, Cersei is not as power-hungry nor spiteful as she is in canon. Conversely, Catelyn becomes a very spiteful and hate filled woman on a slippery slope of sanity.
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  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Catelyn Baratheon.
  • Good Parents: Ned and Cersei.
    • Tyrion and Sansa as well.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Again, Ned and Cersei.
  • Happily Adopted: Jon Stark, Ned's bastard son. (actually, Lyanna's son)
  • Happily Married: Ned and Cersei, for the most part. Also, Tyrion and Sansa Lannister (Lysa's daughter), and Stannis Baratheon and Joanna Stark.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Cersei still loses three of her children.
    • Ygritte still dies, but not at The Wall.
    • Cersei's oldest son still dies in her arms. This time it is Robb.
  • Pet the Dog: Tywin Lannister, of all people, is quite fond of his granddaughters.
  • Sanity Slippage: Catelyn Baratheon, as she is unable to give Robert a male heir to the Iron Throne, forcing Robert to legitimize Gendry instead.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Ned Stark lives.