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Let The Galaxy Burn is an A Song of Ice and Fire fanfiction that deals with what would have happened if Robert died in the Battle of the Trident at the hands of Randyll Tarly... only that, instead of the Seven Kingdoms' fate being changed, it is the Seven Sectors of the Westeros Quadrant. Yes, this is A Song of Ice and Fire IN SPACE!.

Sent reeling after the severe defeat and the loss of the leader of the Rebellion, the North and the Vale Sectors are forced to retreat, but they are not yet out of the fight, and neither Targaryens nor Lannisters are in a position to take advantage of their victory. While a Lannister assault against the Northern-occupied Twins goes pear-shaped, King's Landing is the home of high-level intrigues between multiple factions that could (and will) cause many, many problems down the river, and threats from beyond the stars begin to enter the Seven Sectors completely unnoticed...

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  • 0% Approval Rating: If Rhaegar is not there, he's probably quite close to it.
    • Arthur Dayne. In the aftermath of the Battle of Pyke, Varys notes that Dayne has been the target of, at least, three assassination attempts in just a few days. A later update indicates he is outright barred from dozens of systems and both the North and Dorne because they want to put his head on a pike. It leads to his death when the North is able to convince one of the Red Keep's servants, whose brother he killed, to spike his drink and deliver him to their assassination team.
  • Action Girl: Elia Martell (who gets to kill Aerys). Ynis Yronwood. Brienne of Tarth. Sansa Stark and Meera Reed.
    • Averted in the Western, Reach and Storm armed forces - who have forbidden women from joining by law. Stannis, however, does recruit women into his forces, because his underpaid and understaffed medical personnel simply lack the manpower to tell the difference between men and women.
    • Visenya is almost one. Rhaegar forbade her from joining the military, which she skirts around by becoming a test pilot.
  • Adaptational Badass: Sansa Stark is a captain in the North's armed forces who leads an infiltration team into King's Landing in the middle of Viserys' coup against Rhaegar, and proceeds to vaporize Ser Barristan Selmy with a bomb, capture Ser Arthur Dayne and kill him with a dagger, and put the cap on it by killing Rhaegar Targaryen.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The Old Gods are significantly different, and more active, in this story:
    • For starters, they are named, whereas in the books it was a specific part of the religion that the Old Gods had no names, setting them apart from the Seven.
    • They also have an actual priesthoodnote , as well as religious military orders.
      • Said priests are able to call upon the power of the Old Gods to fight an Other that Euron accidentally summons during the battle of Pyke
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Janos Slynt. In his first scene, he demonstrates great bravery during the Battle of King's Landing. He also clearly cares for his men, save for the one guy in his squad that is a horrible person who is also the only survivor of the squad and desert during the battle.
      • In his second, while he is shown to be corrupt, it's made clear that he (and most of the Goldcloaks) only does it because their salary is not enough to support their families. He clearly loves his family, and works hard to ensure his children have the education he never got.
      • He is later shown legitimately complimenting one of his men for how much his reading has improved over the last month and becomes disgusted by how far the decadence and corruption of the highborn and the Iron Throne has gone, leading the Goldcloaks in rebellion against Rhaegar Targaryen.
      • In the Epilogue to the War of the Ten Warlords Arc, he achieves a Dying Moment of Awesome by shooting Aegon in the neck before getting killed himself.
    • Viserys. He launches a Coup from Dragonstone, seizes King's Landing, crowns himself King Viserys III, and does his best to fix the dilapidated Crownlands with much-needed reforms and repairs until beaten back by Aegon.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Joanna Snow's direwolf is called Phantom, as a counterpoint to the books' Jon Snow's Ghost.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Instead of The Fundamentalist Jerkass he is in canon, Ser Axell Florent is a Reasonable Authority Figure, working out a cordial agreement with Lord Rodrik Harlaw to keep the occupation of Harlaw calm and the economy functioning, and, along with Ser Desmond Redwyne and Ser Jarmen Buckwell, is the Only Sane Man out of the appointed governors of the Iron Sector.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • While still Axe-Crazy, Gregor Clegane has gone from The Mountain Who Rides to The Beast.
    • Many of the Southern heirs who are Upper Class Twits regardless of personality in the books, due to being raised in the court.
    • Viserys is actually sane, quite intelligent, and is a far better person than his brother and some of his nephews. He recognizes just how badly his brother has ruled, how corrupt his brother's supporters are, he wants to take the throne, but plans on reforming the Seven Kingdoms to get rid of the corruption and stupidity, and he refuses to follow the orders to try and capture Joffrey, Shiera, and Daeron, the first because he is well aware that he is out of reach, the other two because all they can really do is shoot their ships and he has little interest in making Tywin his enemy and Joffrey hate them even more, and he decides that trying to restore order to King's Landing while his brother does nothing is far more important.
    • Joffrey's core personality appears to be the same, but as he isn't the Crown Prince and Cersei has been less able to indulge him, he is in possession of greater self-control and awareness. Some of this might be due to Aegon picking up some of Joffrey's canon bad traits.
  • Adapted Out: Due to Randyll Tarly dying at the Trident, Talla, Dickon and the other two daughters of House Tarly do not appear, leaving Sam an only child and the lord of Horn Hill.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Due to Dying as Yourself, Aerys.
  • The Alleged Starship: The starfighters Visenya tests in Chapter 2 have so many troubles that they make the F-104note  look like a safe bet. Word of God has explicitly compared it to the F-35 Lightning II.
    • The Alleged Tank: Lord Thurgood Cafferen boasts about the Trident super-heavy tanks, convinced the Greyjoy Leviathans are wholly inferior to them, and and that even the Western White Lion do not compare. In the Battle of Pyke a single Leviathan one-shots three Tridents, Euron Greyjoy destroys a fourth with his magic, and the soldiers on the ground end up wishing for a White Lion.
  • Alpha Bitch: Margaery Tyrell.
  • And This Is for...: Sansa Stark kills Ser Arthur Dayne after reminding him how he aided Rhaegar to rape Lyanna Stark and then killed his sister Ashara Dayne.
  • Apocalypse How: Planetary. In the books, Tywin killed the Reynes by damming a stream to flood their underground castle. Here, he does it by having his fleet melt the polar icecaps on their home planet. Several hundred million people are killed, and anyone who survives has to leave the planet.
    • Many of Dorne's planets were turned into deserts by the Targaryen dragons.
    • The Others have a ship the wildlings call "Star Killer" that can freeze an entire planet in minutes.
    • Upon seeing that the planet of Fawnton is going to be overwhelmed by demons, Ser Richard Lonmouth has his damaged ship ram the planet, destroying its surface for centuries to come and preventing the demons from gaining a foothold on the Seven Sectors.
    • Saltcliffe ends up cracking up after the Vale occupying forces use a few too many nuclear weapons during an Ironborn uprising and then the attack by the wights awakened by Victarion Greyjoy.
  • Artifact of Doom: The Night's Queen's sword, Frostbringer, appears to be on a similar level as The One Ring, if the vision it tries to sway Eddard with is any way to measure it.
    • Turns out, there are nine Abominable Relics, and the Three Eyed Crow lists the other ones as: the Horn of Winter, the Night’s Queen Crown, the Ring of Domination, the Mirror-Orb of Cursed Knowledge, the Armor of Damnation, the Keys of the Void, and the Grave of Unlife. The ninth one is unknown, but it is "not exactly...transportable". Victarion Greyjoy finds the Ring, using it definitely affects his mind but gives him the power to raise and control wights.
  • Asshole Victim: Normally you would not cheer on Cersei Lannister... but when the objective of her slaps is her husband Rhaegar Targaryen, you (and Varys) are left wondering where's the popcorn.
    • Arthur Dayne and Rhaegar when they are killed by Sansa Stark.
  • Authority in Name Only:
    • House Darry, who replaced the Tully's as Lord Paramounts of the Riverlands, are barely able to assert any authority, even over the loyalist houses. The Malisters and Blackwoods lead a faction loyal to the North, the Brackens lead another faction of former rebels who are upset with the peace terms, there are two different factions of loyalists, and what's left of the Freys are loyal to the Lannisters. This isn't helped by the fact that House Whent, who are supposed to be sworn to them, currently have a member acting as the Hand of the King.
    • Almost all of the Storm Lords are still loyal to Stannis and House Baratheon, rather than to Jon Connington, who replaced them as Lord Paramount of the Stormlands. Only House Caron has willingly sided with Jon Connington since the Greyjoy Rebellion, and Lord Caron is a teenager who was raised in Reach, and, like all the young men raised there, is an idiot. Even then, he's the only member of Rhaegar Connington's group that is smart enough to realise that they shouldn't annoy Stannis when he grants them an audience.
    • The government in King's Landing is rapidly becoming this, as even many of the Houses that were loyal to them are turning against them due to mistreatment, incompetence, rivalries amongst the Small Council, rivalries amongst the Royal family, and Rhaegar's insanity.
      • Rhaegar's this to the Small Council. About the only thing they can agree on is that none of his orders make any sense, and that they should all just smile and nod, then ignore whatever he said as soon as he's gone.
  • Axe-Crazy: Euron Greyjoy, holy shit.
  • Baby Factory: Before the Usurper's War, Dorne limited births because of their limited internal supplies. After it, all Dornish women were encouraged to have as many children as possible so that their future rebellion has a chance of success.
  • Back from the Dead: Arthur Dayne and Barristan Selmy are cloned by Melisandre's people, and after their deaths to the Northern commandos she resurrects them. They aren't the only ones, but it ends up a wasted effort with Walter Whent, who was sent to take control of his house... who, as it turned out, had already been delivered his corpse, leading them to think he's a clone of the normal, not-having-your-soul-put-back-in kind and hence a would-be usurper to arrest and throw in prison to forget about.
  • Badass Grandpa: Deconstructed with Gerold Hightower. While an excellent commander and fighter, his age means that his strength, speed, and stamina simply isn't what it used to be anymore. This leads to his death at the hands of Euron Greyjoy.
    • Played straight with the Arryn loyalists in the Vale civil war. As the opening quote notes, Jon Arryn, Yohn Royce, Horton Redfort, Benedar Belmore, and their staff officers are old, but competent and experienced. Also, as commanders they don't need to be physically fit anymore, as long as their knowledge is in tact.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Wyman Manderly addresses his command and tells them he's disappointed, because he had told Lord Stark that the fleet would not be ready until the 15th of that month - and they are ready five days earlier than expected.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Rhaegar - Lyanna scratched him with such savagery while he raped her that not even the best surgery could eliminate the scratch marks on his face.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Cersei wanted to marry Rhaegar for years. Then, after the Rebellion, she gets to do it - and is faced everyday with the proof that he's a rapist that is going crazier day by day, and she ends up imprisoned in the Maidenvault, with no way out, after she slaps him in the aftermath of the attack on Lannisport.
  • The Berserker: Take Gregor Clegane, give him an armor that cannot be penetrated nor damaged by anything, amp his blood thirst Up to Eleven, and you get The Beast.
  • Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Quiet Ones: Yes, the Starks, especially Ned Stark, are among the most noble and honourable families in Westeros, and the North is far more egalitarian and meritocratic than anywhere else in Westeros. That doesn't mean it's a good idea to break your treaties with them, and it definitely doesn't mean they're above using underhanded tactics to get back at people who do so. Mention is made of Northern reinforcements mysteriously arriving three days late even when they are only a few jumps away, and of Northern warships having their missiles "inexplicably" lose their targeting solutions, and the emergency self-destruct on them "accidentally" going off near the bridges of allied ships.
    • Stannis is The Stoic, hard-working, loves his family(even Renly, to a degreenote ), and does his best to help his people, encouraging austerity to help them through the economic difficulties brought on by the Targaryens and leading by example by also adopting an austere lifestyle (though he wasn't exactly known for his extravagance beforehand). His children are similar, if not as stoic. He has accepted the offers of every Targaryen claimant that has come to him requesting his aid in overthrowing Rhaegar. He plans to betray them all, and his children are fully on board with this.
    • Jon Arryn is a good man, loves his family, and his sense of honor largely contributed to Ned Stark's honor. When his son and wife betray him and ally with other treacherous bannerman, he proves to be very ruthless by attacking their home systems while their fleets are away, having the treacherous lords executed or sent to the wall, sends his wife to the septas and son to the Sky Cell, and uses sociopaths as sleeper agents to stay informed of his enemies.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Much like in canon, Balon Greyjoy's rebellion is a dismal failure reducing him to this.
    • Euron Greyjoy is a legitimate threat, and that's before his genuine sorcery starts being used. His attempts to become a god however are an utter failure and he gets curbstomped by an Other, establishing the actual pecking order for the villains.
  • Big Eater: The High Septon controlled by the Targaryens. He's so fat that it is joked he will soon need a crane to move around, and during a typical lunch, he has five large meals that could have fed an entire family for a day, on plates that could improve the life style of a hundred beggars.
  • Black Widow: Asha Greyjoy. The Tyrells have attempted to marry her twice. The first one, Ser Philip Rosekeeper, died ten minutes after saying "I do" after Asha poisoned him. The second one, Ser Dorian Cypress, was found dead of multiple stabs to the back an hour before the bedding, implied to be because Asha convinced the man's servants to kill him.
  • Blatant Lies: "We are tourists" said Brienne of Tarth, while leading a contingent of heavily armed Stormlander troops.
    • Stannis Baraetheon lets women serve in his forces because his medical staff are simply too underpaid, understaffed, and overworked to tell the difference between men and women.
    • Targaryen forces demand Davos Seaworth bow to Princess Visenya. Davos replies that he has poor physical health, especially his kidneys, and cannot bow. The lie is so blatant Visenya has to keep herself from guffawing.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Rhaenys has an obvious crush on Jaime Lannister, and sleeps with him some time before Dorne starts their rebellion.
  • Book-Ends: Janos Slynt's first scene involves him assaulting the Red Keep and shooting an officer in the head. His last scene involves him defending the Red Keep and shooting Aegon Targaryen in the neck.
  • Brick Joke: Lord Manderly, in one of his first scenes, mentions that, while he agrees that not sinking to the Reach's overdecoration is good, a bit of color (apart from grey) on House Stark's ships would not be bad. Seventeen years later, when Visenya enters a Northern ship for the first time in many years, she thinks that, while she does not agree with the Tyrell's position of painting every corner, a bit of decoration never killed anyone.
  • Broken Pedestal: Rhaegar was hoped to be someone who would free Westeros from Aerys the Mad's increasingly erratic and bloodthirsty behavior. Then he kidnapped and raped Lyanna Stark.
    • Ser Arthur Dayne was considered a Knight in Shining Armor. Now the North and Dorne are gunning for him, the former for his role in the kidnapping, rape and death of Lyanna Stark, the latter because his actions ended causing Elia Martell's death. It is also heavily implied that he killed (or caused the death of) his sister Ashara in order to take her daughter with Eddard Stark to blackmail him into accepting peace.
    • Doran Martell's complete lack of willingness to act causes much of Dorne to instead turn to the more active and willing to take revenge Oberyn for leadership. Oberyn points out to Doran that all his planning and keeping to himself have lead to people being less familiar with him than they are with the rest of the Martells.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Visenya lost her virginity to Aegon. She has regretted it ever since.
  • Cain and Abel: Aegon and Joffrey hate each other and never lose the chance to snipe at each other. Though if anything, they're both Cain.
  • Call-Back: In Chapter 4, Visenya calls back to the Prologue when she mentions Elia Martell's last words.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Calla Peake (née Rowan) calls out her father for suddenly remembering she is his daughter when he wants her to steal the blueprints of Starpike's defense, when a few months earlier he had no trouble in marrying him to a man that was more than thrice her age.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Samwell Tarly. Poor guy is far more at home in his labs than in court. The one time he was able to talk to a girl, it was the one that actually had a brain and the smarts to not only debate him in the matter of starships, but also correct him on a mistake he had made. The Tyrells demand he marry with Asha Greyjoy.
  • Cassandra Truth: Varys warned the Small Council about the Ironborn's rearmament and growing of their fleet, but the Hand and the Council considered the warnings (and associated recommendations) as alarmist and baseless. Two years later, the Ironborn attacked Lannisport.
    • Calla Peake's warnings that the Reach cannot prosecute a war for longer than a year go unheard.
  • Child Prodigy: Arya can speak five languages, is academically ahead of children two years older than her, is a magnificent athlete and was able to build her own air-bike when her personal guard was not looking (but not in a cave, with a box of scraps).
  • The Chosen Many: Ayric and Ralf are two of the apparently many people Bloodraven is recruiting for the incoming fight against the Others.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Petyr Baelish has this Up to Eleven. He first betrayed Jon Arryn to the Targaryens and turned Lysa and Robin Arryn against him. After the War of the Ten Warlords begins, starts to offer his loyalty to whichever of the many factions in the war that will give him the more benefit only to turn cloak and offer his services to another.
  • Church Militant/Religious Bruiser: The Knights of Taranos are this for the Old Gods.
    • The Reach is said to have septships, warships with septs and other decorations related to the Faith of the Seven all over them.
  • Colonel Badass: Ayric Sarring gets promoted to Colonel by Gerion Lannister. He already showed how badass he was by surviving the Battle of Bridge's Edge, the Battle of Pyke and encounters with an Other, wights and demons, but he further proves his badassery by defeating Oswell Whent in one-on-one combat, someone who Gerion admits even Sandor Clegane would at best Mutual Kill. Even the Hound admits that Sarring has always been better than him.
  • Colony Drop: Ser Richard Lonmouth has his damaged ship ram Fawnton, completely destroying everything on its surface and turning it into a barren rock - but it was that or let it be taken over by demons.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The loyalist forces from the River sector had to repaint their armour to distinguish themselves from the rebels. However, they never actually agreed on what colour to use, so the result is that each loyalist River lord painted their forces using a different colour scheme. To paraphrase Kevan Lannister, the result of having all of these forces standing on parade together is strange, to say the least.
  • Combat Pragmatist: How do you kill one of the greatest swordsmen in the galaxy, who is in the middle of one of the biggest fortresses in the Seven Sectors? Take advantage of the chaos during a civil war to infiltrate, and get one of the swordsman's servants to drug him so you can capture and kill him.
  • Continuous Decompression: How Petyr Baelish is executed, finally meeting his end.
  • The Coup: Oberyn Martell takes over Dorne from Doran, after his unwillingness to act becomes too much for Oberyn.
  • Crapsack World: The Iron Sector is this after the Greyjoy Rebellion, ESPECIALLY during the War of the Ten Warlords. Ser Gregor Clegane killed millions of people EVERY MONTH until he finally gets put down by Sandor and Colonel Sarring, There are constant guerilla wars between occupation troops and insurgents that, when combined with Victarion Greyjoy's return, results in the destruction of Saltcliffe, and now Krakens are closing in to feast on the Iron Sector and Great Wyk must be evacuated.
  • Cruel Mercy: When Robin Arryn returns with his tail between the legs and begs his father for mercy (after rebelling against him and claiming he would have him burned alive and his sister gang-raped and murdered) Jon... does not have him executed. He instead sends him to the Sky Cells - which are known to drive a person insane to the point of suicide. That's when Alysanne orders him to be tied to the door so he will not escape too quickly.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Turns out that Rhaegar may have actually seen the future.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Battle of the Twins between the Boltons and the Lannisters. Thanks to careful tactics, the Boltons crush the Lannister Navy, destroy one army and force the surrender of the other, with only a bunch of survivors engaging in guerrilla tactics causing trouble for the Boltons.
    • Operation Nightmare, Dorne's invasion of Nightsong, defended by Storm Task Force 24. The Dornish lose about fifty starfighters. Task Force 24 goes down with all hands, as does every defensive system in Nightsong's system, and Nightsong itself ends up surrendering.
    • If Jon Arryn is to be believed, in the battle of Hardyng Hill his forces lost 3,200 soldiers versus over 145,000 loyal to Lady Hardyng.
    • The Battle of Haigh's Fort. The Northern Twelfth Fleet versus Joffrey's Sixth Fleet. It only takes two hours for the Northerners to wipe out all the system defenses and most of the Sixth Fleet, while Northern casualties are presumed to be very few.
    • Operation Graveyard, Dorne's trap for the Reach in Harvest Hall. The end result is the utter destruction of the Reach's Grand Fleet, wiping out more than 2,000 ships (not counting starships) and capturing both Mace and Loras Tyrell alive, to negligible-to-none losses on Dorne's side.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Asha considers Samwell "acceptable" in comparison with Ser Philip Rosekeeper and Ser Dorian Cypress.
  • Dartboard of Hate: A variant. Shireen passes the time by practicing knife throwing, using the ship's picture of the king as a target.
  • Death by Adaptation: Robert Baratheon, Randyll Tarly and Hoster Tully die during Robert's Rebellion.
    • Most of House Frey is killed when the North takes the Twins, with Ned personally executing Walder.
    • Aeron Greyjoy dies when his spaceship explodes mid-battle.
    • Balon Greyjoy gets thoroughly smashed by the Beast.
    • Arys Oakheart dies when the Northern commandos activate the bomb in the warroom he's in.
    • Jon Connington is killed by a shadow-demon conjured by Tysha Lannister.
  • Death World: Moat Cailin. It is covered entirely by swamp, contains tons of vicious crocodiles, alligators, lizard-lions, a massive number of different types of extremely venomous snakes, tons of plants that release pollen that is lethal to breath in, more diseases than you can even conceive and a number of massive fortresses, all crewed by the crannogmen. It also has ancient machinery that pulls any warships in orbit to their deaths, preventing Orbital Bombardmentnote , meaning anyone wanting to take the planet has to land troops. Wyman Manderly notes that, if one were writing a dictionary in Westeros, you could simply define the term "death world" as Moat Cailin.
    • For example, 2000 years before Aegon's Conquest, King Theon Stark goaded the Faith into launching a crusade through Moat Cailin, and they landed close to a quarter of a million men. In less than a month, that number was reduced to a few hundreds of starved and deathly ill survivors of illness, beasts and futile attacks on the fortresses. And then the Starks attacked.
    • While not as lethal as Moat Cailin, Storm's End could also qualify. Bereft of many resources after being exploited to the bone for hundreds of years, their water has to be distillated and their air filtered to prevent precocious cancers.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Unlike the show (and possibly the books), R+L!=J. Jon Snow does not exist, replaced by Joanna Snow, who, unlike Jon, is Ned's daughter, with her mother being Ashara Dayne. As for Lyanna, she gave birth to twin girls, Baela and Visenya, who are not bastards because Lyanna Stark, having been raised in the North to worship the Old Gods, definitely agreed to marry Rhaegar before the New Gods, and they can prove it because at least two Kingsguards, who are completely impartial third parties, signed a statement saying she had definitely agreed to this. Please ignore Rhaegar's scars.
    • Book!Joffrey is split between Crown Prince Aegon, which picks up being Crown Prince and many of Joffrey's worst traits (often in exaggerated versions), and Prince Joffrey, who picks up being Cersei's eldest son, the Lannister candidate in the succession war, and Joffrey's core personality (it often doesn't look like it, but that's because this Joffrey's upbringing, especially not being Crown Prince, has made him much more capable of recognising the limits of his power and when to keep a rein on his feelings).
  • Defiant to the End: Elia Martell did not go down without a fight.
    • Nor did Lyanna, who brutally defended herself while Rhaegar raped her.
    • Lucerys Velaryon, before biting the dust, managed to castrate Victarion Greyjoy.
    • Barristan Selmy would rather die than surrender to Viserys after his coup succeeds. It is, however, Sansa Stark that ends up killing him.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Euron loves raping men and women.
  • Did Not Think This Through: C'mon, Rhaegar, did you honestly think that kidnapping the daughter of a Lord Paramount would have no consequences?
    • One Goldfist knight decides to shoot a wounded Goldcloak so that the Goldcloaks around him will continue to advance rather than pausing to look after their comradenote . Janos Slynt and his fellow Goldcloaks are quite happy that the knight decided not to wear a helmet.
    • Gerion Lannister questions the wisdom of marrying Cersei to a known rapist.
    • Special Delegate Tarkien decides to shoot Ser Valeron Rambton, the captain of the warship he is on, in the back of the head when he thinks Rambton is going to surrender in order to save the ship. As soon as the shock wears off, Rambton's men pull their sidearms and avenge their fallen captain.
    • Many of Balon's decisions during the Greyjoy Rebellion (starting with the decision to start it) only make it easier for the Targaryens to destroy the Ironborn.
    • Euron Greyjoy's attempt to become a god only ends up causing problems as the Others enter realspace thanks to his ceremony.
    • The Targaryens killed the two previous High Septons. As in, the equivalent of the Pope for the Faith of the Seven, the official religion, and most popular religion, of the Seven Sectors. This results in religious fanatics suicide bombing nobles.
    • Rhaegar sends Joffrey, Viserys and Visenya to bring Daenerys, Rhaenys and Baela back, because his prophecies state all Targaryens must be at hand for Aegon's wedding to Margaery Tyrell. However, there's many things he hasn't considered:
      • The peace treaty with Braavos stated that Daenerys would have to stay there until she was twenty, or else the Seven Sectors would have to pay several trillion gold dragons to them and Lorath. Of course, it turns out that Daenerys loathes her elder brother and would rather tell him to get lost.
      • Viserys does not even make the effort to enter Dorne, because he knows the Dornish will try to kill him the moment he crosses the border, so it's up to Jaime Lannister. The Dornish destroy the ship that brought Jaime to Sunspear while he is in a spaceport in the middle of nowhere, which gives Jaime an entirely unnecessary nudge to support Rhaenys.
      • Visenya hates her father and her eldest half-siblings. When it becomes obvious that the Starks are going to go on war with the Iron Throne, Visenya joins the Starks only giving a damn about the many people that will die in the war.
    • In the aftermath of the Battle of Harvest Hall, Margaery realizes that many of the actions that her father and herself thought were smart (supporting Rhaegar, marrying her to Aegon, creating a huge navy, an enormous propaganda effort) have backfired on them the most messy way.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: It's stated that Robert died in Ned's arms.
  • Dirty Coward: Robin Arryn. He always runs to his mother when he finds any obstacle, runs away at the first sign of trouble, blames everyone else when his choices bit him in the ass, continuously writes checks he cannot afford and is unwilling to own up to his words.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After years of being scorned by Rhaegar and ridicule by others, Jaime chooses to support Rhaenys' claim to the Iron Throne. Dorne does pretty much the same, after years of humilliation by Aerys and Rhaegar.
  • Double Standard: The lords loyal to Aegon will not send for Margaery Tyrell to calm him down, because, well, she's not one of the prostitutes or smallfolk they usually send to calm his outbursts - heavily implied to be via Aegon killing them, if the comments made by said lords are accurate.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: When it turns out that the Longbow Networknote  was what allowed the defenders of Southshield to beat the Ironborn back while suffering few casualties, one of the Hightowers muses that they ought to start doing propaganda to offset any good publicity the Longbow Network has earned.
  • Dramatic Irony: Rhaegar claims that Visenya will be able to get her sister back from the North, because of a prophecy: "The blades will not be drawn until the great comet turns the Eye of Woe red and the devourer of the stars die under the pack’s fangs". Guess what just got killed by a pack of direwolves?
    • As Varys notes, despite him having joined the Small Council specifically to undermine the Targs and prepare for the return of the Blackfyres, everyone else is so incompetent or insane that he spends most of his time making sure that the Seven Kingdoms and the Targaryen regime don't fall apart too soon.
  • Dying as Yourself: Aeyrs loses all traces of his insanity when he faces Ellia Martell. She's rather annoyed by it, as killing a somber old man is no where near as satisfying as killing The Caligula.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Targaryens, natch. Aegon and Joffrey are rivals with each other, Visenya slept once with Aegon and has regretted it heavily ever since, Joffrey lusts after Visenya, Shiera and Daeron (Alt!Myrcella and Tommen) are scared of their elder brothers, and, of course, at the top is Rhaegar, who is, quite frankly, a prophecy-obsessed nut. Baela really lucked out being raised by the Starks.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Others, to a degree. And whatever Gerion Lannister and his men end up fighting. It's implied they might be related to R'hllor, and are related to the Doom of Valyria.
  • Epic Fail: The military occupation of the Iron Sector is so incompetent that only one of its eight systems is not in open rebellion, and the troops are losing tens of thousands of soldiers every month to the Ironborn rebels.
    • The defenses of Griffin's Roost are so incompetent almost half the attacking Dornish survive a suicide mission.
    • Rhaegar's reign is so bad that pretty much his entire family and about ninety percent (or more) of all of Westeros' houses is involved in some kind of plot against him.
    • Victarion Greyjoy eventually returns to liberate/reclaim the Iron Sector. His first battle concludes with the destruction of the planet he's fighting for, a decidedly humiliating start.
    • The Frey-led defense of Haigh's Fort and their own home system is so poor that the Northern commanders say their losses were lower than even their most optimistic estimates.
    • As usual, Mace Tyrell is held up as the greatest beacon of idiocy. He leads the Grand Reach Fleet of over one hundred ships of the line, two hundred battlecruisers, close to a thousand escorts, and several thousand other vessels to invade Dorne after retaking the fallen Storm systems. In the first battle, the fleet is almost entirely destroyed by an enemy only a tenth its size. Little over a hundred ships survive due to Garlan Tyrell realizing they were about to be ambushed and ordering a retreat that a few ships obeyed. And the ultimate humiliation is that the Dornish then took specific pains to capture him. If he wasn't largely responsible for Rhaegar taking the throne and was now supporting Aegon, you'd almost feel sorry for him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even the other Greyjoys think Euron is evil.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The vast majority of the Goldcloaks are corrupt, but almost all of them are just taking bribes because their pay is so bad they can barely afford to support themselves and their families. They, in turn, are disgusted by the crimes and decadence of the Crown when they find out, and many are considering deserting or defecting.
    • Ayric Sarring and his men are utterly appalled when they see what has been done to Great Wyk, and quickly decide that they need to kill the Beast for it.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Euron Greyjoy thought he would be able to become a god thanks to an artifact he discovered. All he managed was to allow the Night's Queen to take the Blackstone Fortresses and enter realspace.
  • Evil Laugh: Euron is prone to particularly evil and creepy cackling.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Euron Greyjoy proves to be this to Ramsay Snow.
    • Euron himself is a gifted strategist, powerful sorcerer, and probably the greatest threat during the Greyjoy Rebellion. An Other quickly proves that he is nothing compared to her, by effortlessly defeating him.
  • Expy: After being almost killed by the Night's Queen and tortured by the Lannisters, Euron is put into an armor that keeps him alive, much like Darth Vader.
  • Eye Scream: Euron Greyjoy lost his eye when the Three-Eyed Crow did something to him.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Robin Arryn tells his father his sector will fall apart around him...and then promptly has a coughing fit and runs to his mother who naturally is overly affectionate with him. Lampshaded by Jon himself.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Rhaegar went out in particularly nasty fashion, with Sansa and company first slicing off his manhood, then ripping out his teeth, and finally forcing-feeding him his own dismembered balls and cock. This is why you don't piss off the North kids.
  • Feudal Future: It's A Song of Ice and Fire IN SPACE! Did you think it would be different?
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Prologue makes it clear that a second Dance of Dragons is going to tear the Seven Kingdoms asunder between most of Rhaegar's children and Daenerys.
    • Rhaenys' plans will fail, as she's known as the "Second Queen Who Never Was".
    • Aegon has to survive long enough to end up in a fight against the Others.
    • Double Subverted with Barristan Selmy and Arthur Dayne. Sam, the initial narrator, indicates he has met them both during the war, only for them to die to the Northern commandos that kill Rhaegar - and then they are resurrected by Melisandre.
    • Given that some passages are written decades after the events of the story, it seems almost certain that humanity will survive the Second Long Night. How many of our favorite characters make it out alive remains to be seen.
  • Foreshadowing: Word of God stated that, due to the different timeline, Sansa would be much more militant than her canon self. She ends up killing three members of the Kingsguard (two with a bomb, the other, Arthur Dayne, by straight out ripping his throat) and Rhaegar Targaryen.
  • Forever War: Most of the Iron Sector has been involved in an uprising against their occupants ever since the end of Balon Greyjoy's rebellion.
  • Gambit Pileup: The main conflict in the story ups the original story's five kings with ten warlords and though the players involved have some idea of what the others will do thanks to their spies networks and informants, it's still guaranteed to be a great big mess.
  • General Failure: Jon Connington is a completely incompetent commander.
    • The Military Academy produces these, as it's more focused on making sure the officers are fanatically loyal than actually competent.
  • General Ripper: Quite a few of them in the armies of the Southern kingdoms (save for Dorne, perhaps).
  • Generation Xerox: Arya is said to be Lyanna's close copy - much like in canon.
    • Rhaenys looks a lot like Elia Martell did at age twenty.
    • In his last moments, Rhaegar is noted to look and behave a lot like his father Aerys.
  • Gender Flip: Jon Snow is replaced by Joanna Snow, Ned's illegitimate daughter with Ashara Dayne.
  • Get Out!: After her father completely ignores her analysis and tells her he's glad her more pliant sister is now his heir, Calla Peake tells him to leave her planet and never come back.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: Outright said by Brienne of Tarth, knowing that the Storm Sector is nearly bankrupt and that they're going to get thrashed no matter who ends up ruling because it's no better than continued rule by the Targaryens and Conningtons. They will fight tooth and nail for freedom or die trying.
    • The Iron Sector has adopted this mindset since the end of the Greyjoy Rebellion. Most especially the worlds under the Beast's responsibility. The eventual mass rebellion there is done by people who are unarmed, unarmored, and starving, and they still charge the enemy unwilling to live like that any more.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Whether he was already unhinged or not, it's heavily implied that part of what drove Aerys insane was when the leader of the Others showed him visions of the army of the Others.
  • Godzilla Threshold: With a damaged ship, an inability to strike back at his attackers and Fawnton being overrun by demons, Richard Lonmouth executes the Castamere Option: ramming Fawnton at a fraction of the speed of light, so as to deny the demons a foothold into Westeros by destroying them and everything else on the planet.
  • Gold Digger: Gender Flipped - Asha's first husband was going after her dowry. His death just minutes after the ceremony prevented him from claiming it. His family soon declared bankruptcy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Crown decided to have Renly be "fostered" at the Reach, both to use him as a hostage against Stannis and to "train" him in case they decide to have a more pliable Lord of Storm's End. In the end, they turn Renly into such a Jerkass that, when Stannis realizes Renly would gleefully see the Reach attack him, he decides to rebel, since he has no reason to keep Renly safe.
  • Good Parents: Eddard and Catelyn are a great pair when it comes to their children - which includes Joanna (Eddard's daughter with Ashara Dayne, conceived before Eddard and Catelyn married) and Baela (one of Lyanna's daughters by Rhaegar).
    • Janos Slynt is determined that all of his children will have the education he was not able to get. If he has to be corrupt, so be it.
  • Groin Attack: Lucerys Velaryon castrates Victarion Greyjoy before dying.
    • Sansa's first stab in her execution of Arthur Dayne begins between his legs. She then begins her killing of Rhaegar by painfully castrating him and then ramming his cock and balls into his mouth.
  • Has a Type: Before he gets married, Jon Connington only sleeps with silver-haired, purple-eyed prostitutes because they are the closest he will be able to having sex with Rhaegar. Varys takes advantage of this and slips spies on him.
  • Hats Off to the Dead: Done with a twist, where it's mostly done to acknowledge the Dying Moment of Awesome rather than simple respect for the dead, but upon receiving the final message from Fort Fortlorn Captain Godric Meric removes his hat and stands at attention. Everyone else does too.
  • Heel Realization: Renly realizes, when Stannis attacks the First Storm Fleet, that being such a Jerkass to his brother has led to Stannis deciding to not care what happens to Renly.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: A number of Southern nobles and knights refuse to wear helmets in ground combat on this basis. It gets them killed, with Janos Slynt's POV sections making this especially blatantnote .
    • Loras Tyrell struts into Storm's End in impeccably shiny (and downright gaudy) Terminator armor, with no helmet. In fact he didn't even bring it. Stannis notes that as such, the protection the armor provides is minimal.
    • Further averted and lampshaded in Part B of Chapter 1 of the Ten Warlords arc: Gerion's men manage to take a White Cloak down in one shot because he wasn't wearing his helmet. Shiera's immediate reaction is "He should have worn his helmet"
    • Taken to its maximum during the Epilogue of the Ten Warlords arc: Aegon takes off his helmet in the middle of the battle - and an enemy promptly shoots him in the neck, gravely injuring him.
  • Hero of Another Story: The Children (known as the Aldarai) have struggled for years to keep the Others from crossing into the Seven Sectors.
    • Yi-Ti begins to prepare for a war for their own survival after their Emperor sees what the future is going to bring.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The 7,000 brothers of Night's Watch's Flotilla 805 step forward and attack the White Walkers' fleet trying to kill the wildlings' Exodus Fleet (numbering more than three billion people), allowing the latter to escape at the cost of their own lives.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The North wanted to build new ships, and knew that Rhaegar would be watching, so they fed him rumours about a secret shipyard and let his paranoia lead him to order spies to seek the secret shipyard - while the North just expanded the shipyards they already had.
  • Hypocrite: Rhaegar claims the people of the North are honorless, yet he is the one that repeatedly violates the terms of the peace treaty he signed - after a war he started by kidnapping and raping Lyanna Stark.
    • Eddard Stark had a daughter out of (unintended) wedlock with Ashara Dayne. This prompted the Targaryen propaganda to paint Eddard Stark as a man that would sleep with (and/or rape) any noble woman in his path. Lord Manderly lampshades the hypocrisy.
    • Tygett and Gerion consider their brother Tywin to be one - see The Mourning After for the reason.
    • Janos Slynt's second scene points out that the King's Landing nobility is this in regards to the Goldcloaks' corruption: while the nobles get everything handed to them on a silver platter, the Goldcloaks are paid a misery that barely (if at all) covers basic necessities.
    • Calla Peake (née Rowan) calls out her father for suddenly remembering she is his daughter when it is in his interest to do it, when just months before he all but sold her to Lord Peake only because the Tyrells ordered him to do it.
  • Ignored Expert: Calla Peake tells her father (whom she was formerly heir to, until her forced wedding) that she has figured out that the Reach will be able to fight for only fourteen months, at best, before becoming completely ruined, and backs it up with hard numbers that a sane person wouldn't ignore. Her father tells her he is glad his younger daughter is now his heir.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Asha likes to use this on Sam. So far, he hasn't complained.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Arya presents her father with a newborn direwolf she calls Nymeria. It then turns out that all the other Stark children have been also gifted one - and both Eddard and Catelyn get saddled with the parents.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After Baela manages to open the ice dragon egg, Eddard opens his alcohol reserve.
    • Rhaenys and Arianne share a bottle of wine a few nights before they begin the war to place the former in the Iron Throne.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Robin Arryn for Jon. Enough, that many Vale Lords (considered among the most patriarchal in all of Westeros) would readily support Jon's daughter Alysanne.
    • Many Southern heirs, according to those who are actually competent.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • In sections told from the viewpoint of Northerners, Rhaegar is almost never referred to by name, being called "The Rapist". Similarly, Aerys is referred to as "The Crazy One".
    • Samwell Tarly does not shriek like a little girl. He manifests his surprise loudly and vigorously.
    • Most of Rhaegar's children think of him as their "genitor", not their father.
  • In Spite of a Nail: even though the Rebellion was defeated and House Targaryen is still in power, there's many events that still happen like in the books.
    • Ned and Catelyn have the same children as in the books.
    • Daenerys lives in Braavos after the war ends.
    • House Greyjoy starts a rebellion, taking advantage of the apparent weakness of the ruling house, thinking they other kingdoms/sectors will rebel as well.
    • Jorah Mormont gets his ass exiled as a consequence of his infatuation with Lynesse Hightower. This time however it's for giving her state secrets rather than selling people into slavery.
    • Tyrion met and married Tysha, but Tywin had her driven away.
    • Baelish manages to prop himself up thanks to a lucky connection and ends up as part of the Small Council.
    • The Stark children find and claim several direwolf pups.
    • Robin Arryn is a sickly Momma's Boy.
    • Shireen Baratheon survived a bout of greyscale.
    • Pycelle and Varys are the only members of Aerys' Small Council that still remain part of it.
  • Irony: Varys reflects on how ironic it is that he was intended to sow confusion between the Targaryen loyalists' ranks, only for him to exhaust himself by trying to keep the Seven Sectors together.
    • One of the reasons Euron turned against the Three-Eyed Crow was that the latter was stuck in a tree, unable to move or fulfill any pleasure. After the Greyjoy Rebellion, a maimed Euron is put into an armor that he will never be able to get out of. The Three-Eyed Crow lampshades this.
    • The Starks are the Great House most opposed to the Targaryens, and want nothing more than to take revenge on them for all the insults the Targaryens have thrown at them. Then come Baela and Visenya, Rhaegar and Lyanna's daughters, who are siding with the Starks - and both of them have dragons, the symbols of House Targaryen.
  • It's All About Me: As Gerion Lannister notes, the Ironborn attack on Lannisport enraged Tywin not for the tens of thousands of lives lost or billions of dragons of property destroyed, but because the attack challenged his authority.
    • Another note of this is the Reyne and Tarbeck Rebellion, where Tywin essentially wiped out the civilian populations of both planets along with the ruling houses. For a comparison, Robert's Rebellion caused (throughout the Seven Sectors and over the course of two years) four hundred million dead and five hundred million refugees. The relatively minor Reyne and Tarbeck Rebellion caused seven hundred and forty million deaths and left two hundred million as refugees. Not to mention that pretty much anyone associated with the rebels were financially ruined and women were banned from the Western Navy.
    • Further demonstrated as the War of the Ten Warlords happens. All the big decisions in the Lannister faction are made by him, all the strategies are developed by him, all the government passes by him. Joffrey (whom Tywin technically owes allegiance to) even notes that the symbols of House Lannister are bigger in size and number than those of House Targaryen, that no one in the war council has direct allegiance to him and even that Tywin's seat in the War Council is bigger than Joffrey's.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sansa brutally murders both Arthur Dayne and Rhaegar Targaryen.
    • Tysha summons the demons that end up killing Jon Connington.
  • Kill The Messenger: The Targaryens have quite the penchant for this. Aerys killed his good share of them, Rhaegar had the Dornish ambassador who delivered Dorne's declaration of war murdered by Arthur Dayne, and Aegon skewers a servant who had the bad luck of bringing news of Viserys' takeover of the Iron Throne.
  • Large Ham: Gregor Clegane in the books is The Stoic. The Beast wouldn't sound (or look, or act) out of place in a group of Khornate Berserkers.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Played for Laughs. Catelyn laughed when she saw the direwolf father following Eddard around - until they arrived to Winterfell and the direwolf mother proceeded to follow her around.
    • Arthur Dayne and Rhaegar Targaryen die at the hands of Sansa Stark, the niece of the woman they killed nineteen years before. For extra Irony, Rhaegar dies because his obsession with prophecy (the same reason he kidnapped and raped Lyanna Stark) meant no one was there to protect him when Sansa Stark came.
  • Last of His Kind: Arthur Dayne becomes the last of Aerys' old Kingsguard. For all of a minute or two before Sansa kills him. Then he and Barristan Selmy are revived by Melisandre.
  • Last Stand: The Vale occupation force in Fort Forlorn carries out one against the zombified inhabitants of Saltcliffe, holding off millions of wights for five days before being overwhelmed - but not before using all of their nuclear weapons.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: The Ironborn, when led by Balon Greyjoy, were this to the hilt. The only reason they even carried out surprise attacks was because Euron managed to convince Balon to do it.
    • Obara Sand is mentioned as the kind of person that, when finding a wall in her path, she would rush towards and crush it down.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Reach forbids women from being officers in their ships. Asha gets to join Sam as his Chief of Staff because she's a captain in the Iron Sector Navy.
  • Lost Technology: The millennia-old gravity field machines on Moat Cailin might be this. The Starks may or may not still be building them at Winterfell.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The standard tactics for human space fleets. Special note should be given to the "Longbow" defense network of which a single platform is capable of launching a volley of over six hundred missiles.
    • The Northerners take this Up to Eleven with their own version which, while only launching four hundred a piece, has four warheads per missile and can be linked en-masse to northern warships. And the missiles they fire are the updated versions of weapons that were designed to hurt and KILL dragons. Did we mention they also doubled the range range of those Roose used to spank the Lannisters at the Twins? They prove their worth beyond a shadow of a doubt when a Night's Watch force of eight heavy cruisers, eight light cruisers, and sixteen scout cruisers ambushes an Other fleet of 130 cruisers, thirty-six battleships, twenty dragon-carriers, and Star Killer. While the Night's Watch is massacred, they destroy more than a hundred and fifty Other vessels and inflict severe damage to Star Killer. The missiles also prove their boasts by killing four ice dragons.
  • Mad Artist: Euron Greyjoy thinks he is this. Unfortunately, he is a lot of the former and not much of the latter.
  • Mama Bear: Melessa Tarly tells Asha Greyjoy that, if her son dies in some mysterious way, she'll be following him soon - and it won't be painless.
  • Mêlée à Trois: The Battle of King's Landing between Aerys' loyalists, Rhaegar's supporters and Elia Martell's supporters.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In the South, men (and only men) are made generals mainly on the importance of their house. This has led to a lot of self important generals with no experience, intelligence, or talent in war or leading men.
  • Momma's Boy: Robin Arryn, much to Jon's regret.
  • The Mourning After: Tywin, like in the books, hasn't gotten over Joanna's death. Kevan is patient with him, but Tygett and Gerion are fed up with their eldest brother attitude, because Joanna's been dead for over a decade, and Tywin expresses this by court-martialing men for things that weren't really their fault and sending soldiers into meatgrinders, soldiers that, as Tygett points out, also have wives and families.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Ser Barristan Selmy believes in this. Even if Rhaegar's getting as crazy as (or worse than) his father, Ser Barristan will still stand by the man. Viserys is decidedly unimpressed and even gives him a "Reason You Suck" Speech over it.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Sansa Stark makes a point to say who she is, and who she is here on behalf of, before killing Rhaegar.
    Sansa: Rapist Rhaegar Targaryen, I am Sansa Stark of Winterfell. Lord Eddard Stark sends his regards.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The winner of the Rebellion is forced to marry Cersei Lannister because of her father's support at a critical point.
    • The Lannisters, famous in the books for having drowned the Reynes in their underground castle, are said to have most of their military bases (or at least, their parade grounds) underground.
    • Someone brings the regards of another to the man they are going to kill. In this case, Sansa Stark brings her father's regards to Rhaegar Targaryen.
    • Aegon threatens to plunge Viserys in a sea of molten gold after Viserys takes over the Iron Throne.
    • In the evacuation of Great Wyk, Cleganebowl happens amidst large-scale death and destruction, albeit Sandor has the aid of Colonel Sarring and an entire Battalion of infantry to kill Gregor Clegane.
    N-Z 
  • Never My Fault: Rhaegar is unwilling to admit that it was his actions that led to Robert's Rebellion.
    • The Small Council forgets very rapidly that they were the ones to ignore Varys' suggestions of preparing the West and the Reach against a potential Ironborn rebellion.
    • Roger Wardfire blames everyone but himself because his career as a space officer stalled in the aftermath of being caught negotiating the moves of his patrols in the Narrow Void with a Tyroshi slaver.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Rhaegar's attempt to make the dragons return gives dragons to Daenerys, Shiera and Visenya, none of which are likely to join forces with Aegon, the one Rhaegar thinks is the Prince who was Promised.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: Wyman Manderly tells Ynis Yronwood to take a hike when she suggests an alliance between the North and Dorne to crown Rhaenys. As he says, the North is fed up with the Targaryens and want nothing to do with them.
  • No Name Given: Unlike the books, this is averted with the Old Gods, who are now actually named (and closer to most well known polytheistic religions, with different gods being responsible for or patron of different things), and they actually have priests and religious orders, rather than simply being a rather informal religion like in the books.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The builders at King's Landing are said to ignore all safety regulations.
  • Noble Wolf: The direwolf the Starks meet when they go see the Ice Dragon that crashed on a planet near Winterfell. It is two meters tall, the length of an air-car, and allows (and even begs) to be petted and fed meat by the Stark children.
  • Noodle Incident: In the Small Council meeting after the second Sparrow attack Baelish notes he's only seen Varys show his anger twice, and neither had been good memories. We get no other details, but given that this time is Varys' Rage Breaking Point, one can only wonder.
  • Not So Above It All: For all of Varys disdain for the other Small Council members pursuing political agendas, that's exactly what he's doing too. Though he is at least also trying to keep the realm stable.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Small Council becomes this as time passes, with the different powers-that-be (mainly the Tyrells and the Lannisters) jockeying for any position of importance, not realizing that the castle is falling around their ears. Varys seems to be only competent/sane one, and he's actively plotting the downfall of the Targaryen reign.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Lord Wyman Manderly acts as if he were a man obsessed with food during the banquet before the beginning of the campaign against the Ironborn, when he is in fact a very cunning politician and Admiral who is helping to plot the downfall of House Targaryen.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The three-year-long battle between the Children of the Forest and the Ice Dragon that later crashes in Runic Fang.
    • The battle between the Lannister men and the demons for the control of the Laughing Lion. Enough that Ayric Sarring's sword gets nicknamed "Demonslayer" by the other men.
  • Oh, Crap!: Even from the depths of his insanity, Rhaegar recognizes the armors of House Stark and what their presence means and visibly pales.
  • One Ice Limit: Averted. Ice is both the name of the Starks' ancestral sword, and their ancestral warship.
  • Only Sane Man: Euron thinks he's this, but he is bat shit insane. Rodrik Harlaw (as usual) actually fills this role for the Ironborn.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Dawn, the weapon of the Sword of the Morning. Anyone that touches it who is not its wielder suffers from nausea and nightmares.
  • Open Secret: Pretty much everyone of any importance knows about King's Landing's "secret" military shipyards and projects. The only reason the North is starting to have trouble keeping track of them isn't due to an increase in security or competence, but simply because they don't have enough spies to deal with the huge amount of "secret" projects King's Landing has.
  • Orbital Bombardment: Happens a number of times, with several characters mentioning that military wisdom says "Whoever controls the orbit, controls the planet". Part of what makes taking Moat Cailin a nightmare is that, even if you make it through the massive number of stellar minefields and asteroid fields filled with fortresses, the planet has ancient machinery on it that generates gravity fields that pull any ships trying to orbit it into the planet, destroying them, meaning that anyone wanting to control the planet has to land troops (see Death World for why that's another can of worms).
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They can fly through space for one. Balerion the Black Dread is said to have been bigger than a ship of the line, making it several kilometers in length.
  • Plunder: Word of God is that after killing Ser Arthur Dayne the Stark commandos took Dawn with them when they left.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I am the death of your King. Now die, Barristan the Bold, and know you have utterly failed in your duty. Boom." Sansa Stark when she activates the bomb that kills Ser Barristan Selmy and Ser Arys Oakheart.
  • Properly Paranoid: Aware of the dangers of being sent to Dorne, Jamie Lannister elects not to take his ship (with a loyal hard working crew), but the available ship with the lowest performance record. That way, if it gets destroyed it won't harm House Lannister. He was right to, fourteen men die in various "accidents" before the Dornish simply blow up the whole ship.
    • Lord Arryn prevented the Vale forces that fought against him in Robert's Rebellion from having war games with each other or those that stayed loyal to him. This means that when they turn against him again, they have no idea how to coordinate their forces, or move against him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Ayric Sarring and Ralf Presten of the Lannister Army. They fight the North (and later the Ironborn) because they are part of the Army, but would rather stay back home and enjoy life.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Euron Greyjoy was a disciple of Bloodraven until he found out that he was an old man that lived connected to a tree, so he resolved to use his powers to become a god.
  • Puppet King: As the war advances, Joffrey notices that he is a puppet in the hands of Tywin Lannister, who consistently dominates every important issue and meeting, never allowing anyone else to offer their thoughts.
  • The Purge: When he finally leaves King's Landing, Varys sets up the assassination of the entire small council. He gets everyone but Baelish.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Battle of the Trident. The Rebellion lost the fight and their main leader, but the Targaryens and their loyalists lost too many ships and crews to take advantage of it.
    • Robert's Rebellion as a whole for the Targaryens. Rhaegar manages to take the throne and sign peace with the rebels, but he is left with an increasingly fractious and indebted Realm, he has become one of the most hated monarchs in the history of the Seven Sectors even before he even takes the throne, he is forced to have his sister Daenerys foster in Braavos... and he has to marry Cersei Lannister as payment for her father's support in the Rebellion.
    • Gerion Lannister manages to find Brightroar, but many of his men died during the fight as they escaped Valyria.
    • Operation Cataclysm for Stannis Baratheon. While he did manage to achieve his objective of ruining Jon Connington's fleet, the interference of the R'hollor worshippers prevents him from taking Jon Connington prisoner and leads to Fawnton's utter destruction.
    • The Battle of Craster's Fort for the Others. While they technically achieve a victory, they lose 149 spaceships, four ice dragons, their main weapon suffers damage, their main objective of killing the Free Folk and turn them into wights ends in complete failure as they manage to escape and they only destroy a few obsolete spent missile platforms and thirty-two small ships (a ratio of almost 4-to-1 in numbers but much greater in weight) crewed by 7,000 Night's Watch Brothers.
    • The Second Battle of King's Landing for Aegon. While his space forces win an impressive victory against Viserys's larger and more organized forces (thanks mostly to Melisandre's shadow magic), their own fleet is reduced to virtually nothing in the process and now King's Landing (the planet) has resolved to fight to the bitter end (typically, when a space battle is won, the planet will surrender since orbital bombardment can render almost any ground-based defense untenable) because they know they can expect no mercy and that Aegon is using dark magic.
  • Quality VS Quantity: In terms of forces for the battle of King's Landing, Elia Martell has the quality in Dornish commandos, Jon Connington has the quantity, Aerys has neither. Jon's forces are so outclassed he's forced to effectively drown the Martell forces in sheer numbers and bring the big guns.
    • The North has a smaller Navy than any sector except Dorne, but overall has superior ships and soldiers. Outright said by Robb Stark.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The second Sparrow attack gets so bad that it makes Varys explode in fury against the Small Council.
  • Ramming Always Works: Averted. A badly damaged Reach battlecruiser that attempts to ram into Rodrick Greyjoy's ship is easily destroyed, with all the bridge crew on Rodrick's ship being shocked that anyone would try something so stupid. Rodrick himself notes the reasons why this is a bad idea:
    • A) It's actually quite hard to maneuver a starship, especially a large one, to ram into another starship, especially if the other one is still able to move.
    • B) Ramming does not result in the rammed ship being destroyed and the ramming ship surviving. It results in both ships being destroyed, and because of how expensive warships are, especially large ships like a battlecruiser, any damaged ship that is still able to maneuver enough to ram another ship is intact enough that it would be better served to retreat and repair the ship.
    • Played Straight and justified in Part A of Chapter 1 of the Ten Warlords arc: The Dornish ship doing the ramming is a converted old merchant ship that is meant to be disposable and has been sent on what is meant as a suicide mission. The target is a naval shipyard. Unlike in most examples, the target is large and can't move, and the cost to the Dornish is far less than the cost to the Reach.
  • Rank Up: Davos Seaworth is a Captain during Robert's Rebellion, gets promoted to Commodore after the Greyjoy Rebellions, and finally Vice-Admiral shortly before the War of the Ten Warlords breaks out.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Rhaegar's name will forever be tainted by his rape of Lyanna Stark - in fact, in the POVs of Northern characters, Rhaegar is usually referred as "the Rapist".
    • And of course, the Ironborn.
  • Reality Ensues: Not bringing your helmet into the battlefield is a very dumb idea in a galaxy where every soldier carries a rifle capable of blowing your head.
    • Killing someone brutally for no reason is hardly going to make you look good - particularly if you are now surrounded by a lot of people that carry guns and liked the person you just killed or just have enough reason to see you die.
    • With the keeps and cities of the books being upgraded to planets, there are situations that change. For example, Storm's End ends up surrendering to the Tyrells because the planet is a net importer of food, and in spite of the efforts of several smugglers, trying to bring enough food for 800 million people with just a couple of ships is borderline impossible.
    • A rebellion is not going to be defeated just because its main leader was killed - particularly when the other leaders know the enemy is led by someone who will brutally murder your people.
    • Just Following Orders will only go so far, and even less when you are not repentant for your actions. Arthur Dayne is thus under constant threat of being killed by either Northerner or Dornish assassins, the former because of how he helped in the kidnapping and rape of Lyanna Stark, the latter because he killed his own sister while trying to kidnap Eddard Stark's daughter in order to blackmail him.
    • Putting an end to a rebellion with a rushed treaty won't immediately lead to everybody being happy - particularly when the rebels' legitimate grievances aren't addressed by the loyalists, those rebel elements that surrendered before do not receive the same terms and the houses that changed sides are left with no piece of the cake. Also, the loyalists' many divisions prevent them from negotiating as a whole and leads to immediate political infighting that benefits the rebels.
    • When your main officer academies concern themselves more on brainwashing the officers into being completely loyal rather than teach them how to be good officers, and the higher echelons of the military taken over by nobles because of their connections, money and names, the result is a complete mess that only holds itself up because of inertia, numbers and the lack of an enemy that can truly destroy them.
    • Balon Greyjoy thinks that just being Ironborn means his rebellion will be successful. As it turns out, all your good ships and crew mean zilch when you throw them into a fight without adequate preparation, don't warn your potential allies (or worse, you don't treat them as equals) on time and when you are outnumbered by eighty to one. If most of your commanders are stupid, insane, both, or in Euron Greyjoy's case running a separate agenda, you have even less of a chance.
    • Ramming Always Works is only true if the rammer can be fast enough to avoid getting destroyed from a distance, and usually if you can ram the enemy then you should get your ship out of the way - ships are expensive, after all.
    • If you are the King and you try to make all your decisions fit prophecies you are either making up or that someone else is feeding you, the people that actually make policy will just think you are crazy and do their thing.
    • The occupation of the Iron Sector, even after the Targaryens and their lackeys have destroyed anything visible the Ironborn could use to fight against them, becomes a bloody quagmire because most of the Targaryen-imposed governors are only interested in draining all the resources and money they can out of their planets, and some of them (like Gregor Clegane) will go out of their way to kill the local people just because.
    • The Stormlands hate Jon Connington because he is the representative of the Targaryens, who have been piling taxes on them for no reason beyond punishing them, driving hundreds of thousands of people into poverty. Thus, the only major ally Connington has in the Stormlands is House Caron - and that's because the current lord is a teenager who is friends with his son and has been pretty much brainwashed into being a Targaryen loyalist.
    • As much as he loves his brother Renly, when it becomes clear he would gleefully see Storm's End destroyed, Stannis decides to launch his plans even if they lead to Renly's death.
    • Quality VS Quantity gets brought up several times. It is inevitably pointed out that while superior quality can cause disproportionate casualties, if the quantity is large enough, all the quality in the world won't be enough to win.
    • Housing three billion Free Folk refugees is not an easy task: even the best prepared planet, White Knife, will need more than a year to be able to house two hundred million people. They could go faster, but the requirements from the war mean that the resources that can be dedicated to said rehousing are limited.
    • Walter Whent is cloned and resurrected by Melisandre so he can rally his family behind Aegon, but Viserys sent the original body already - Whent's descendants thus consider him legally dead, so no matter what Walter says he cannot convince them of his identity.
    • True prophecies or not, you still need to keep informed of the present to be able to use those prophecies. Rhaegar gets blindsided by the Starks's second rebellion because one of his prophecies indicates that won't happen until certain signs have come true, and since the Crown's intelligence network in the North is terrible no-one is able to tell him the signs already have come true.
  • Really Gets Around: Aegon. Not only with his half-sister Visenya, but also with many whores, and apparently even the Red Priestesses that follow her father around.
    • Oberyn Martell, as per canon. According to the story, he has thirty-three daughters in total.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When the Sparrows strike for a second time, Varys explodes and finally gets to tell everybody what he thinks of them.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After marrying Cersei, Rhaegar has Jaime undertake a never-ending patrol of the Storm and River sectors, supposedly to ensure there's no attempt to rebel, but mostly so as to keep him away from Cersei.
  • Recycled In Space: Pretty much everything from the books is adapted here. Cities become solar systems, kingdoms become sectors, raven-drones are used for communication, vibro-swords are the main melée weapon...
    • Reality Ensues: Which is taken into account. For example, Storm's End falls, even though Davos manages to smuggle some food in, as a single smuggler can't carry enough food to feed an entire planet.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Viserys Targaryen shows no signs of insanity or cruelty, and it appears he could have been a decent king. Certainly better than Ayers, Rheagar, or Aegon. Unfortunately, by this point the realm is too divided for it to work, and too many sectors hate all Targaryens.
  • Refuge in Audacity: After the Usurper's War, the North gives their new ships names as Robert Baratheon, Lyanna, Brandon Stark... or Flames of Rebellion.
    • The Sparrow that kills the puppet High Septon manages to also kill all of his guests before the guards reach her because they did not expect an attack.
    • When Varys disappears, the entirety of the Crown Intelligence Agency disappears alongside him, and they release a special holo-newspaper into King's Landing detailing the corruption, decadence, and crimes of the crown, signed by Varys to confirm that it's true, resulting in a massive uprising in the capital, with many of the Goldcloaks most likely defecting, including higher ranking officers like Janos Slynt.
    • Ynys Yronwood's method of dealing with the knight spying on her is to invite him to join her and her bodyguards for a foursome. By the time he wakes up from fainting, she's long gone.
  • Refusal of the Call: Ayric Sarring and Ralf Presten tell the Three-Eyed Crow during their encounter at Bridge's Edge that they are not heroes and amount to little in comparison with others such as the Lannisters. So far, there's nothing on their opinion of the situation after the Three-Eyed Crow's prediction re: the Blackstone Fortresses is proven true.
  • Reverse Mole: Petyr Baelish's wife turns out to be a sleeper agent loyal to Jon Arryn.
  • Right Under Their Noses: After the Rebellion, one of the Baratheons' favourite places to negotiate under-the-table deals is in the Musgood Hall System, which is ruled by an extremely loyal supporter of Jon Connington whose fleet is extremely weak (and the few working ships he has are patrolling the Iron Sector), making it one of the last places he'd look.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Like in the books, the entire war is this for the North, but Ned becomes especially vicious after Robert's death, slaughtering Crown soldiers during their retreat, and mercilessly wiping out most of House Frey, personally executing Walder.
  • Royal Brat: Well, more like "Lord Paramount Brat", but Edmure Tully certainly covers this one.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Hoo boy, the Targaryens are even more screwed up here than in canon.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: Rhaegar as of Chapter 2. He is unable to realize that Visenya is mocking him and his belief in prophecies.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Visenya, after her father Rhaegar orders her to go to the North to retrieve her twin sister Baela. Unfortunately, Rhaegar is Sarcasm-Blind.
  • The Scapegoat: Rolland Storm did everything he could to ensure the 24th Storm Task Force could blunt the edge of the Dornish fleet during their attack on Nightsong and achieve some sort of Curb Stomp Cushion, but the captains of most of the other ships chose to ignore his orders, completely screwing his defense plans and getting themselves destroyed. After the battle, the official reports choose to blame Rolland Storm for the crushing defeat while praising the mutineer officers.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • Even with the advanced medical technology available to them, the scars Lyanna left on Rhaegar's face are so bad that they simply can't be healed.
    • Downplayed with Shireen. While she was completely cured of Greyscale, under certain lighting conditions people can still see the faint lines on her face left by the surgery needed to rebuild it.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Ayric Sarring is ordered to evacuate as many soldiers as possible from Great Wyk, so that they may be used in the war in the Reach. When they see what Gregor Clegane and his men have done to planet and the people, they are so appalled that they decide to only save the soldiers that didn't participate in the planetary-genocide, as many Iron Born civilians as possible, and that they must kill Gregor Clegane.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Small Council steps one time too many on his Berserk Button, Varys decides to leave Westeros so he can openly join Rhaenyra Blackfyre - leaving behind a plot to have all the Small Council members killed, as well as making public all the secrets the Targaryens and the Small Council have been desperately hiding, from Rhaegar's madness to the corruption in the Navy and the Army, plus things like Tywin Lannister's cousin dying in a BDSM session.
  • Seduction-Proof Marriage: When Ynys Yronwood talks with Davos Seaworth, she notes his eyes stay on her face instead of her dress, breasts, legs, or ass, and concludes his wife is a very lucky woman.
  • Shoot the Messenger: Rhaegar has the diplomat bringing Dorne's declaration of war murdered in front of the court.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy:
      • During the Prologues, Ayric thinks that it's good the Western Sector has no god of murder and carnage, otherwise some idiot might start shouting "Blood for the Blood God!"
      • There's also the fic's title, a catchphrase of the Traitor Astartes.
      • Dornish commander Diana Ker says the Salamanders Chapter's Battlecry at the end of the Dying Peace arc: “Into the fires of battle, unto the anvil of war.”
      • When talking about the Valemen that fought in the Battle of Saltcliffe until the planet itself shattered, Captain Godric Meric states "The planet broke before the Vale Army did."
      • The battle-cry "Death to the False King!" is a reference to the battle-cry of the Chaos Space Marines, "Death to the False Emperor!".
    • Part four of the Fourth Prologue opens with a quote from Ned that is paraphrased from a famous quote Marshal Ferdinand Foch about the Treaty of Versailles:
    "This is not a peace. This is a truce of twenty years at best." Lord Eddard Stark, 283AAC.note 
    "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for 20 years." Marshal Foch, 1919note 
    FDR: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy
    Tywin: Yesterday, sixteen day of Velkrys, a day which will live in infamy for decades...
    • The rest of his speech is also heavily based on FDR's Infamy Speech.
    • One of the first men to die when the Ironborn attack the Arbor is called Jon Buckley, after the famous Designated Victim that appears in several books published by Baen.
    • The dialogue between the fighter squadron leaders while approaching Pyke in Chapter 5 Part B is a shout out to Star Wars: A New Hope, when Red Squadron is approaching the Death Star.
    • The North's warplan for if they end up having to fight both the Others and the South at the same time is Operation Overlord.
    • The various sectors ship designs are based off of ones from other works:
      • The Western Sector's ships are based off of Venator-class Star Destroyers.
      • The River Sector ships were initially based on the MC80 Home One typeStar Cruisers. Following Robert's Rebellion, ships deployed by Houses Darry and Whent are based on the Rock Dreadnoughts from Empire: Peripheral Wars.
      • The Baratheon and Connington ships are based off of Battle Cruisers from StarCraft.
      • The Reach's ships are based off of the Imperium's ships from Warhammer 40,000, just with symbols and shrines dedicated to the Faith of the Seven instead of the God-Emperor.
      • The North's ships are based off of the human ships from Battlestar Galactica (2003), with Ice, their massive ancestral super-battleship, being described as "a very, very big Galactica".
      • The Ironborn longships and super-longships are based off of the Dominion's warships.
      • The Dorne ships are based on the Klingon Birds of Prey.
      • The Vale ships are based on the Allied vessels from Stellar Impact.
      • The Crownland ships are based on the Titans from Sins of a Solar Empire, specifically, the TEC Ragnarov Titan.
    • Brienne Tarth says Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty, or give me death" during the invasion of Summerhall.
    • In the aftermath of the utter destruction of Fawnton, Stannis says Bhagavad Gita's "We have become Death, the destroyer of worlds".
    • One of the Old Gods is named Taranos, after the Celtic god of thunder.
    • Deep Space Krakens.
  • Single-Biome Planet: They abound in the Seven Sectors. The most striking example is Moat Cailin.
  • Sky Cell: The Sky Cells of the Eyrie are infamous for how absurdly terrifying they are. Standing at six thousand metres above the sea level, all cells have one wall open to the outside. The air is so poor in oxygen and it is so cold that prisoners are given air masks and void suits - and yet few prisoners last beyond a few days, because the howling winds, the cold and the solitude rapidly drive them suicidally insane.
  • Slut-Shaming: Margaery Tyrell does this with Calla Rowan, who actually laughs in her face for trying that. Calla's father later tries to do this to excuse why he married her to Lord Titus Peake, but Calla calls him out because she knows he did it because she was starting to get close to things the Tyrells did not want other people to see.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The access to advanced medicine and bodyguards prevent Robin and Urrigon Greyjoy's deaths. Robin dies in the Greyjoy Rebellion, though.
    • Rhaegar Targaryen, obviously. Until Sansa kills him when the War of the Ten Warlords breaks out.
    • Gerold Hightower, Arthur Dayne and Oswell Whent remain alive since Eddard Stark never had the chance to go rescue his sister. Gerold Hightower dies during the Greyjoy Rebellion to Euron Greyjoy, Oswell Whent is killed by Ayric Sarring in the aftermath of Varys leaving King's Landing, and Arthur Dayne is killed by Sansa Stark in the aftermath.
    • As of 300AC, Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark are still alive.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: For the most part, played straight. There are some unique ships, such as the Ironborn longships or the Reach's septshipsnote , and it's made clear that different regions and nations have different design philosophies, such as the North having smaller bridges located in the center of the ship behind tons of armour, and no windows on their warships, while most of Westeros has large bridges with elevated captain's chairs and windows that are closer to something like Star Wars or Star Trek.
  • Starship Luxurious: Downplayed, but somewhat present, and help display the difference between the luxurious, aristocratic South and the pragmatic, meritocratic North. The bridges on warships in Westeros built outside of the North are shown to be large, with windows to allow the captain to look out into space from hisnote  chair mounted in the center, with the control consoles along the sides, beneath him, so that anyone wanting to talk to him has to cross the room and look up to him. Bridges on Northern warships have no windows (in fact, Northern warships have no windows whatsoever), are small, don't have elevated captain's chairs, tactical displays and computer screens everywhere, and are placed in the center of the ship, surrounded by tons of armour, so that a single shot won't wipe out all of commandnote . Basically, the South is closer to Star Trek and Star Wars, while the North's bridges are closer to a modern warship.
  • Stealth Pun: The primary intelligence organization of the Seven Kingdoms is the Crown Intelligence Agency. They're the CIA.
  • Storming the Castle: During the Battle of King's Landing, Connington's forces attempt to do this on the Eternity Gate held by Dornish commandos. They get cut down in droves before someone finally decides to call in a Behemoth.
    • In the battle of Saltcliffe, Victarion Greyjoy does this with wights (who admittedly, probably can't use more complex tactics) against Fort Forlorn. Five days and several hundred million (re)dead wights later, the fort still hasn't completely fallen.
  • Suicide Mission: Dorne's Operation Midnight, only crewed by the old men who have already left behind enough descendants and those who have nothing else to live for. They achieve their objective of wrecking several systems' worth of space stations and spaceships, and some of them even manage to return to Dorne.
    • Operation Cataclysm begins with a few thousand House Morrigen men essentially doing this, by taking over several defense stations and spending their time doing as much damage as possible to the Connington fleet.
  • Superweapon Surprise: The White Walkers unveil their newest weapon during the attack on Kroc's Star: a space cannon capable of freezing an entire planet in minutes.
    • In the battle of Nightsong, the Dornish reveal their new weapon-the ion cannon, capable of destroying a battlecruiser in one shot.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Varys' opinion of the Small Council.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: How do the Stormlords loyal to Stannis get around the restriction that women can't serve in the armed forces? Their limited medical facilities are incapable of telling the difference between men and women.
  • Taking You with Me: One of the Ironborn rebels fighting against Gregor "The Beast" Clegane's occupation takes out sixty of Clegane's men when she is about to die.
  • The Tease: Arianne Martell likes to tease her cousin Rhaenys.
  • Tempting Fate: Seriously, what did you expect to be the fate of a ship called Indestructible?
  • Title Drop: Done by Elia Martell right before charging Rhaegar's forces. Also by Visenya when the Starks make it clear they are going to rebel again.
  • Toilet Humor: The "reception committee" for the group led by Jaime Lannister to bring Rhaenys Targaryen back to King's Landing consists of a ship dropping literal shit a few meters away from them, unrolling a red carpet in which they proceed to piss on, using Targaryen flags as toilet paper... in the middle of a desert.
  • Tongue Trauma: As befitting a compulsive liar, Petyr Baelish has his tongue ripped out before being executed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: A large amount of the nobility in the South.
    • Most of them absolutely refuse to learn anything from their battles during Robert's Rebellion or the Greyjoy Rebellion, a fact that is noted repeatedly by outsiders and the few intelligent members of the Southern nobility.
    • When Robert's Rebellion was dying down, the Ironborn decided to launch an attack on Seaguard. A system that the entire Ironborn fleet would need to attack to have a hope of taking. Varys and Illyrio conclude the commander was either a total idiot or suicidal. Others agree:
    Lord Jason Mallister: Any ideas what they were trying to achieve?
    Anonymous veteran There is always a constant in war. You can always count on the Ironborn to do the stupidest thing possible.
    • Continuing the Greyjoy trend, Victarion and Balon thought the best way to attack the Lannister forces was a frontal-assault... when the Lannister forces were on their usual level of alertness. Euron had to convince them to launch a surprise attack. None of them learned from this.
    • Ynys Yronwood thinks Doran Martell is this when he mentions that treaties made with the Starks and the North can be easily broken. The incidents mentioned under Beware the Nice Ones are things she immediately thinks of, noting that most of the South likes to look down on the North and act like they are easily fooled and cheated, when in reality the North is simply biding its time until they are strong enough, at which point they will pay back every single injustice done to them.
    • Rhaegar sends his second son Joffrey to bring Daenerys back, even though she has to remain for two more years - and it's either that or pay several trillion dragons if they don't want a war.
  • Troll: STANNIS (of all people) is this. To whit:
    • When the royalists "suggested" he marry a Reach girl to ensure his loyalty, he turned around and married Ryella Royce.
    • Women aren't allowed to be in the armed forces? His "poor" medical facilities are so overwhelmed and underpaid they can't tell the difference between men and women.
    • Various contenders for the throne ask him to support them? He agrees with all and plans to stab each and every one of them in the back.
    • Rhaegar Connington and a group of sycophants (including Renly) come to try to trick him into attacking Viserys to help secure Aegon's position? Stannis immediately sops that the king needs to be warned and asks for evidence.
      • When said idiots refuse to show said evidence, he all but throws them out of his home.
    • He is specifically stated to enjoy pissing off Jon Connington by finding loopholes and rendering as many edicts as possible impotent.
    • Wyman Manderly at the feast before the Fall of Pyke. He displays Jabba Table Manners, and his companions are Davos Seaworth (there to piss off House Redwyne) and a Green Priest (there to piss off the religious leaders). Lord Lonmouth concludes Wyman is deliberately trying to offend as many people in the South as possible. Since Lord Manderly couldn't have done this without the permission of Eddard Stark, he counts as this as well.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: House Tyrell towards House Tarly. Without Randyll Tarly's suicidal attack against Robert, the Tyrells would have ended up in the losing side of Robert's Rebellion. All they did was to dedicate him a statue and a few streets - and then proceeded to hoard every piece of loot and pushing the Tarlys (and many others) to the sidelines.
    • The Lannisters towards the survivors of the Battle of Bridge's Edge. After resisting for months in a planet where they were stuck in after being abandoned by their superiors - an attitude that earned them the respect of the Northern troops hunting them - they return to find themselves at half-pay, or even drummed out of the Western Army, because they were associated with a humilliating defeat the Lannisters would like to erase from the books. Ayric Sarring even finds himself shunned by his family and is lucky to find himself a job as a customs inspector.
    • Countless minor lords who served the Targaryens and their lackeys loyally in both Rebellions were "rewarded" with being put in charge of far flung garrisons, in several cases ones that their personal fleets simply can't handle, resulting in them wasting away.
  • Uriah Gambit: It is heavily implied Gerold Hightower was sent into combat because Rhaegar got angry with him for a comment he made.
  • Villain Has a Point: Before Elia Martell fights a suddenly (relatively) sane Aerys, he points out that, yes, he ordered many atrocities and he is to blame for that - but why should the nobles and courtiers that never said a thing go unblamed?
  • War Is Glorious: Lord Thurgood Cafferen believes so, to the point that he seems ready to cry at the idea that the number of soldiers going to fight the Greyjoys means "There may not be enough glory for everyone." Stannis makes it clear how stupid this viewpoint is:
    "Land in an assault shuttle in the first waves. You might gain the glory you seek before an Ironborn explains to you the realities of war."
  • We Have Reserves: The strategy put forward by Rhaegar Targaryen, Tywin Lannister, and Mace Tyrell for the Fall of Pyke is to, in the words of Wyman Manderly, "drown Balon Greyjoy in a sea of corpses". On the other hand, the heavy casualties have more to do with the incompetence of the leaders and soldiers (especially those of the Reach) than anything else.
  • Wham Episode: Quite a few, starting with the beginning, where it is revealed that Robert died in the equivalent to the Battle of the Trident.
    • Prologue 1. Ayric Sarring and Ralf Preslan fight (and kill) a Northern soldier that has been turned into a wight.
    • Prologue 3. Someone (later revealed to be Elia Martell) has Dragon One, King's Landing's main defense station, nuked, while Jon Connington starts Operation Downfall, Rhaegar's plan to replace his father in the throne. Elia kills Aerys after he reveals he went mad after he had a vision of the Others' armies, and later dies herself.
    • Prologue 4. Ayric and Ralf meet Bloodraven, who tells them they are part of the Chosen Heroes that will fight the Long Night. Braavos joins the war, which ends in a peace that leaves everyone discontent.
    • Greyjoy Rebellion, Chapter 1. The Greyjoys start their uprising with an attack on Lannisport. The Beast (Gregor Clegane) makes its debut.
    • Greyjoy Rebellion, Chapter 3. Euron plots to become a god, and the Yth'yr'tel (more popularly known as the Others) return to their home planet.
    • Greyjoy Rebellion, Chapter 5. Pyke falls. The Others take the Blackstone Fortresses, and one of the candidates to become the Night's Queen appears in Pyke, nearly killing Euron Greyjoy before being forced away by a Green Priest.
    • The Dying Peace, Chapter 4. Visenya joins the Starks, the Sparrows launch their second set of attacks (killing a good part of the Faith's leadership), Varys decides to join Rhaenyra Blackfyre (who is planning to attack Gulltown) and leaves behind a plan to have all the Small Council murdered, Viserys begins his coup, Jon Arryn plans to destroy the loyalist houses in the Vale (whom his wife and son have joined), Victarion Greyjoy finds and puts an artifact of the Others, Tysha is Melisandre's High Priestess and Dorne starts the War of the Ten Warlords by sending a suicide attack against the Reach and Griffin's Roost.
    • The War of the Ten Warlords, Chapter 1. Dorne launches its attack, destroying a good lot of the Reach's and Jon Connington's naval capability and later successfully invading Nightsong. Varys reveals every dirty secret the Small Council has been hiding, causing King's Landing to erupt in rebellion. Gerion gets Shiera and Daeron out of King's Landing and back to Casterly Rock. Viserys takes King's Landing and crowns himself king after a brutal battle that destroys most of House Targaryen's Behemoths. Oswell Whent, Arys Oakheart, Barristan Selmy and Arthur Dayne die during the coup, the last three at Sansa Stark's hand before she also kills Rhaegar Targaryen.
    • The War of the Ten Warlords, Chapter 2. The Free Folk face off against a White Walker fleet, who have a superweapon capable of freezing an entire planet in a few minutes. Melisandre revives Barristan Selmy and Arthur Dayne. The Seven Sectors are bankrupt, thanks to Rhaegar's insane plans and the Small Council's actions, and Viserys dismantles the Iron Throne. Rhaegar's ritual successfully gives birth to three dragons that join Daenerys, Visenya and Shiera Targaryen. Jon Arryn begins his war against the Vale Loyalists by personally executing Lady Hardyng. Stannis Baratheon mounts an attack on Fawnton against the Storm Loyalists, only for the battle to turn cataclysmic when Tysha Lannister summons an army of demons that is only defeated when the Loyalists' damaged flagship rams the planet. Rhaenyra begins her attack on the Seven Sectors.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: After finding an ice dragon egg and the Night's Queen's sword, Eddard Stark tells his men not to breath a word of their findings to anyone, mentioning the possibility of having to break them, and one young guard asks this. Eddard struggles with the temptation of shooting the idiot because "there were things you just didn’t say because the universe was always listening."
  • While Valyria Burns: Euron mentions an old legend about how, during the Doom of Valyria, one man climbed to the top of a high building and played music while watching the destruction. Euron thinks the man must have been an artist, and admires him.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Lannister forces that were abandoned on Bridge's Edge and continued to resist earned the respect of their Northern opponents. Unfortunately, all of them ended up being docked to half pay when they returned because of their association to an ignonimious defeat.
    • The White Walker that attacks Euron Greyjoy remarks this of the Green Priest that forces her to leave.
  • You're Not My Father: At least two of Rhaegar's children (Rhaenys and Visenya) do not consider him as anything other than the guy who provided half of their genes. Joffrey has promised the Baratheons Rhaegar's head. And Shiera (alt!Myrcella) even finds herself hoping someone will kill Rhaegar.
  • Zerg Rush: Against the White Walker navy, one of the few tactics available to the Free Folk is to drown them in so many numbers that the survivors can do the killing.
    • In the Battle of Saltcliffe, Victarion Greyjoy chooses to raise the dead and throw them by millions against Fort Forlorn. Even then, he has to raise a dead kraken so the wights can enter the fortress.
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