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Fanfic / Narnia and the North

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Narnia and the North is a crossover fanfiction series between Game of Thrones and The Chronicles of Narnia, written by Callie on Archive of Our Own.

After getting banished from the Seven Kingdoms for killing Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow decides he will lead the Free Folk beyond the Wall to explore the land. He ultimately goes further than he ever imagined — something he realizes when he stumbles on a strange lantern in the forest...

Contains the following tropes

  • Altar Diplomacy: Sansa seriously considers the eventuality of formalizing an alliance between Narnia and the North through her marriage to Peter. Even if their duties as rulers ultimately forbid it, the alliance nonetheless sees Peter's older sister Susan marrying Jon Snow.
    • King Tomas of Telmar firmly refuses to grant military help to Narnia unless they consider his daughter as a bride to their newborn Prince.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: The Calormen tarkaan sent to Narnia after the Crimson Queen affair blatantly insinuates that Calormen will invade if the mouse Jewel isn't given to them for being enslaved, and later openly calls Sansa a whore after learning she manipulated him.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Jon's opinion regarding dragons. Yes, their potential as flying nukes is unrivalled, but they're impossible to tame and liable to burn and eat their own masters on a whim.
    • Summoning Aslan is seen as a last-extremity option in Narnia, as they remember he's far from being a tamed lion. King Tomas of Telmar muses it's better to not ask for Divine Intervention as a rule — you just might be granted it, and you likely won't enjoy the requirements.
  • Culture Clash:
    • Talking Animals are standard and very common in Narnia. The Westerosi are utterly floored when they meet the sapient beasts.
    • Jon awkwardly explains the only way the Westerosi would see for siblings to share a throne the way that the Narnian rulers do was for a Targaryen king to marry his sisters.
    • Susan is disgusted when Tormund explains the Free Folk's custom of bride-stealing, it being rape.
    • Narnia doesn't approve of Arranged Marriage, unless the bride and groom are willingly entering it.
    • It's mentioned that Calormen allows for men to marry several wives, something that was a point of contention when Rabadash was still considered a potential suitor for Susan.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Susan names her newborn son Edmund after her brother (he's not dead, but he has disappeared with her other siblings), nicknamed Ned after Jon's father.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Narnia isn't fond of Arranged Marriage, especially when it involves two babies. However, Susan and her subjects reluctantly agree to a betrothal between young Edmund and Princess Marilisa of Telmar since the Princess' father is ready to offer her as a bride to the Tisroc's grandson and they can't stomach the idea of a little girl suffering in Calormen.
  • Expy: The Crimson Queen is a mix of Melisandre (her Color Motif is red and she's obsessed with king's blood) and the Emerald Witch (originating from Ettinsmoor and brainwashing people into obedient slaves, a Narnian royal among them).
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Telmar is strongly influenced by the people's origins in Spain — they have names such as Tomas and Katerina, grow olives and oranges, and the royal Palace is built in a rather Moorish style.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Calormen's ever-growing threat is constantly looming over Narnia.
  • Lighter and Softer: When one compares Westeros to Narnia, it's impossible to deny Narnians are much happier, trustworthy and kind than natives from the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Peter and Sansa genuinely would have been great and happy together, but they love their respective countries much more than they will love each other. Their break-up is rather bittersweet as a consequence.
  • Mythology Gag: Susan being left alone while her siblings are whisked away to another world.
  • Modest Royalty: By marrying Susan, Jon technically becomes Narnia's Prince Consort but is always merely referred as the queen's husband, and is quite content with it.
  • Narnia Time: It causes a lot of tension between Westeros and Narnia. Craster's escaped wives and daughters lived twenty years in Narnia before going back to the North, Sansa and Peter ultimately decide their romantic relationship cannot work partially because the time issue is adding to the problems inherent to a marriage between two ruling monarchs, and Jon almost misses his son's birth after briefly visiting Tormund.
  • Purple Prose: Potentially weaponized by the Calormene ambassador, whose speech is so ludicrously florid and poetic that even Tyrion Lannister needs a moment to decrypt it.
  • Rejecting the Inheritance: Jon is firmly bent on letting the Targaryen name die, and hopes the blood he inherited from Rhaegar will grow so diluted by his marriage to Susan that it won't matter anymore.
  • Second Love:
    • Jon for Susan after her disastrous venture with Rabadash. On his side, he had affairs with Ygritte from the Free Folk and Daenerys Targaryen before marrying Susan.
    • Peter for Sansa, who was involved with Joffrey, Sandor, Tyrion, Petyr Baelish and Ramsay Snow. It's more ambiguous if she is an example for him.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: As he accepts his love for Susan and decides to live happy in Narnia, Jon leaves his black clothes (he wore these as a man of the Night's Watch, sworn to duty) for grey ones.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Susan lives up to her epithet as the Gentle Queen. But if you try to threaten her son, she will sentence you to death on the spot.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man
    • After the unending parade of psychopaths and morally dubious men lusting after her, Sansa genuinely feels charmed by Peter's gallantry and sweetness.
    • Susan falls for the Honor Before Reason Jon Snow, who couldn't be more different from Prince Rabadash.
  • Succession Crisis: Discussed, as the Westerosi ponder the possibility of the current Narnian rulers' children fighting each other for the throne. Peter admits the Pevensies actually thought about the matter, and concluded the High King's bloodline alone would rule over Narnia. Of course, Peter's disappearance with Edmund and Lucy thoroughly ruins this plan, as Susan is the only royal able to produce heirs.
    • Their monarchs vanishing into thin air leaves the Narnians a mite paranoid about Susan possibly disappearing or dying without children to succeed her. Fortunately, it doesn't last since she's pregnant by her brand-new husband and gives birth to a healthy son.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: King Tomas of Telmar wants for his baby daughter to become a Queen. He bluntly suggests a betrothal between her and the newborn Prince Edmund, but confesses he's also eying the Tisroc's grandson as a potential groom.
  • White Wolves Are Special: Ghost the white direwolf manages to gain the Narnians' respect in spite of wolves being despised for allying with the White Witch, and later is elevated as a Talking Beast by Aslan himself
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The Narnians accept Princess Marilisa of Telmar as the newborn Prince Edmund's bride in spite of their strong distaste for Arranged Marriage because she will be sent to Calormen otherwise, reasoning the girl will be far happier and safer in Cair Paravel than in Tashbaan.
    • Some Lone Islands rebels try to abduct and kill the infant Edmund as retaliation for their imprisonment.