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Tullius: What are you going to do, my Prince?
William: Something stupid!
— Chapter 25

Son of the Seven Kingdoms is a Crossover story by RantingRyuu728 between the Game of Thrones series (with some details from the books) and the Elder Scrolls videogame series (Oblivion and Skyrim).

While there are several hints about the far past being quite different to that of the books (Alduin once ruled the world, and the Septim Empire held an age of prosperity some time before the Long Night happened) the main divergence compared to canon is William Baratheon, the Black Prince. Officially, he is King Robert's and Queen Cersei's second son, being two years younger than Joffrey. However, unknown to everyone but Cersei and Jaime Lannister, William is actually Robert's only true son with Cersei.

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Sharp in mind (thanks to his uncles Stannis' and Tyrion's influence) and a good fighter, he soon makes his mark in the Seven Kingdoms by helping to establish a Royal Army (based on the Legions from the games) and resurrecting the Order of the Blades (once bodyguards to the Targaryen Kings, later a fighter's guild, and gone to ground after Aerys the Mad destroyed their temple) and the Dawnguard. Starting at age ten, he is fostered at Winterfell, where he makes friends with Robb Stark, Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy, but, most importantly, Arya Stark. Four years later, he returns to King's Landing, in time to see Jon Arryn's death, and the plot kicks off as Robert goes north to ask Eddard Stark to become his Hand.

Meanwhile, at the other side of the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is about to be married off to Khal Drogo. She has discovered that dragons have their own language, capable of summoning strange forces, and eventually she discovers that she, too, can use this language, one of the signs that could mark her as Dovahkiin. She plans on how the use of this ability could help her to retake the Iron Throne for herself and her family.

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But not everything is quite sunny, for both Westeros and Essos are home as well to great evils that consider both William and Daenerys a danger to their plans, and will do anything in their power to get rid of them so as to be able to fulfill their objectives.


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  • 0% Approval Rating: Joffrey is hated by the smallfolk and a good bunch of the nobles. Even his own grandfather, who is his most powerful supporter, knows that his brother William would be better king than him.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The smallfolk adore William, and the Legions outright worship him.
  • The Ace: William. He is smart, kind, good with a sword and loved by the people.
  • Achilles' Heel: Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane is afraid of fire. When, during the Battle of King's Landing, an unlucky Stormlander charges at him while covered in fire, it terrifies him enough to make him retreat.
  • Action Girl: Delphine, Legate Rikke, Serana, Brienne, all the female members of the Legions and the Blades. Even Arya and Daenerys join in the fun.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Astrid cracks up when Arya uses her own words against her.
    • Arya's bluntness makes Tywin amused.
    • When they meet at King's Landing after a year, Sansa giggles when Arya proves her acid tongue has not diluted in the meantime.
  • Adult Fear: Cersei sees one of her biggest fears realized when the civil war begins.
    • Daenerys first loses her husband and unborn son to a bunch of Evil Sorcerers, and then her "children" (the dragons) are kidnapped by one of her handmaidens.
  • Aerith and Bob: William's name is not given a GOT-style variation. Word of God is that he considered it, but found that he kept misspelling it, so he abandoned the idea.
  • Affably Evil: Renly.
    • Astrid. When Arya outwits her, she takes it completely in stride.
    • Sheogorath, who skips the line between fury and laugh as if he were playing hopscotch, and considers the craziest members of House Targaryen the funniest, as befitting the Prince of Madness.
  • Affectionate Nickname: William calls Arya "wolf girl" and later "wolf princess". Arya calls him "silly stag".
  • All Myths Are True: Even more than in the books. Vampires, the Nine Divines, the Daedra, dragons and their language, the Dark Brotherhood... all of it turns out to be true.
  • Always Second Best: Joffrey hates William because William is better than him at pretty much anything. Cersei realizes this will lead to trouble, and knows conflict will ensue at one point or another - which does with the beginning of the civil war.
  • Amazon Chaser: Zig-zagged with William. He detests "proper ladies" because, in his eyes, they all look and act the same, and thus bore him. He typically associates himself with Action Girls, even falling in love with one. However, this doesn't stop him from admitting that Margaery Tyrell would make an excellent queen, and he also gets along well with Catelyn Stark, whom, admittedly, is less of a "proper lady" and more of a Team Mom and Northern lady.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Eddard became very angry with Jon, Robb, Theon and William when they risked their lives at Long Lake, because they could have died.
  • Ape Shall Not Kill Ape: Theon averts this when he kills two Ironborn as he escapes the Iron Islands to warn his friends of his father's plans, and then later when he leads the Legion's Navy and personally kills several Ironborn in the fight.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: When Margaery attempts to flirt with William by removing her dress, William stops her and gives her a rather hard look that both intimidates and arouses her, and she begins to think (and hope) that he might "take charge". She feels disappointed when William just puts her cloak back in place.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: William uses one to make Theon realize that his house's motto, "We Do Not Sow", is only about stealing from those that cannot defend themselves.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Arya gives one to Joffrey when he not-so-subtly threatens to rape her. She does not go for a Megaton Punch because she knows the slap will embarrass Joffrey much more.
  • Arranged Marriage: William and Arya are betrothed in lieu of Sansa and Joffrey. Sansa is quite incensed about Arya 'Horseface' getting married to royalty and not her.
  • The Atoner: Ser Barristan, after Ned Stark's death. After Joffrey expels him from the Kingsguard, he joins William's Blades in order to pay back for not acting in defense of Ned when he required it.
  • Awful Truth: For Daenerys, learning that many members of her family, and especially her father, were as Ax-Crazy as what she thought to be propaganda said.
  • Ax-Crazy: Viserys.
  • Badass Army: The Legions.
  • Badass Boast: When Jaime and Delphine face off, Delphine says she will make sure the fight will haunt his dreams. In the end, it becomes true - because Jaime cannot stop thinking about the fight even weeks after it took place.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe. Tywin realizes that the Kingsguard's standards have greatly fallen in the last years when Arya is able to take Ser Meryn Trant's dagger and stab him in the back of his knee.
    • Jaime, during his time as a prisoner, acknowledges that his time in the Kingsguard has blunted his fighting ability, so he trains with the Blades to fix the problem.
  • Ballistic Discount: Daenerys, after purchasing the Unsullied and a fleet of ships by offering two of her dragons as collateral, kills the slaver she has been negotiating with and orders the Unsullied and the dragons to kill the slavers.
  • Battle Couple: William and Arya. Syrio Forel and Delphine.
  • The Bet: Theon bet Robb that Arya would change her mind over her marriage with William. He was right.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Battle of King's Landing is even more epic than in either the books or show.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Ironborn. Yes, they are good sailors, but their "army" is mostly formed by raiders with little knowledge about war. They see themselves as capable of conquering the North and sacking King's Landing, but their two only victories (Deepwood Motte and Moat Cailin) are quickly undone, and they are soundly defeated elsewhere.
  • Big Brother Bully: Joffrey.
  • Big Brother Instinct: William. He loves Myrcella and Tommen, whom he protects from Joffrey as much as possible, and also the younger Stark siblings, requesting Danica (his personal healer) to heal Bran's back after he fell from the Broken Tower.
    • After Tyrion organizes Myrcella's arranged marriage to Trystane Martell, he points out to a furious Cersei that the Martells will not dare harm Myrcella, because William will not like that at all.
    • Robb and Theon: they protect Bran from the wildlings that attack him, and when William declares himself King, they rally behind him without hesitation.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Delphine saves Syrio Forel when Meryn Trant attacks him after Cersei's coup.
    • William and the Blades arrive right on time to prevent Eddard Stark's execution, but unfortunately Eddard still dies after Ilyn Payne stabs him in the gut with a lance.
    • In the Battle of Deepwood Motte, when the Sixth Legion is on the edge of being overwhelmed by the Ironborn, their detached units, accompanied by several hundreds of Northmen, arrive to the battlefield and strike the Ironborn on the back.
    • Jaime gets to save Garlan Tyrell and Delphine, and then is the one that closes the Oblivion Gate by ripping its Sigil Stone.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Will and Arya in Chapter 26.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Arya, when William states he's not going to continue laying siege to King's Landing.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Chapter 26, which is technically the Season 2 finale. Arya and Sansa have been rescued, the Oblivion Gate and the Iron Fleet have been destroyed, the Volkihar vampires have been stopped, and the Legions are still numerous and VERY powerful. On the other hand, Joffrey is still on the Iron Throne—though his alliance with the Tyrells is in danger of falling apart—and Alduin has returned, dropping a rain of meteors on the Night's Watch-Dawnguard combined forces.
  • Blackmail: How William forces Petyr Baelish to fund part of the Legions.
  • Blatant Lies: Cersei tells Myrcella and Tommen that Robert was delirious when he told them William was intended to become the King.
  • Blood Brothers: William, Robb, Jon and Theon, the four becoming fast friends in Winterfell and William telling them that he considers them his brothers all but in name. The bonds between them are so strong, that Theon chooses to aid Will instead of his family.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: More like Storm of Divine Retribution: William's Storm Call Shout nearly annihilates the Iron Fleet, while leaving the Lyseni sellsails they were about to engage in combat completely untouched. Victarion Greyjoy is even convinced that it's an act of the Storm God, come to destroy the Drowned God's followers.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Blades' Grandmaster Delphine serves as the captain of William's guards.
  • Break the Cutie/Break the Haughty: Sansa undergoes this even faster than in the books, but also starts to recover sooner (Lady's survival probably helps).
    • Jaime gets a dose of this with his fight against Delphine: much to his shock, he is unable to land a single blow on the Blades' Grandmaster, and he is forced on the defensive as she manages to hit him again and again.
  • Break Them by Talking: Cersei tries to do this with Arya (using information unwittingly provided by Sansa), trying to push her away from William, and initially succeeds, but William manages to bring her back.
    • Sheogorath attempts to push Daenerys past the Despair Event Horizon by showing her how Ax-Crazy several Targaryens were, including her father. Only her force of will and the intervention of Valeria Targaryen saved Daenerys.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Bran has a dream where Sheogorath mentions the readers and asks if anyone can hear the sound of a wall breaking.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Serana decided to tell Meridia that she was no better than Molag Bal. Meridia proceeds to grab her by the throat and create an illusory fire under her, telling her that the only reason she has lived so far is because she is defying Molag Bal.
  • Cain and Abel: Joffrey and William. While William is willing to promise his mother that Joffrey will never die at his hand, the latter does not give a damn about that, and plans to have his brother executed.
    • Sansa and Arya, although not at such high degree. When Arya becomes betrothed to William, Sansa willingly aids Cersei as she tries to break the betrothal off, and when Eddard tries to send them both back to the North, she gleefully wonders aloud whether there are problems with the betrothal and suggests her betrothal with Joffrey is pushed forward.
      • After going through some pretty brutal Character Development, Sansa begins to regret her hostile behavior towards Arya, and Arya deeply pities Sansa for all the hell Joffrey has put her through and resolves to make peace with her. Which they do when they finally meet in King's Landing.
    • Viserys and Daenerys. After she has him kicked out of Vaes Dothrak (instead of being killed with a crown of molten gold), Viserys swears to get revenge on her. And after his Mythic Dawn allies kill Khal Drogo and her son, she swears to kill him as well.
    • Averted with Theon and Yara. Theon has no hard feelings for his sister even though she insulted him repeatedly after he arrived to Pyke, and Yara soon regrets her behaviour, trying to find a way to not fight her brother when they are pit against each other.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Theon to his father, when he rejects William's offer and decides to attack William's main allies.
    • William, although he deeply loves his father, is not afraid to call him out on some of his actions. He also does this to Cersei demanding to know if she had anything to do with Robert's Hunting "Accident".
    • Serana finally gets to blow all her millenia-old pent-up fury with her father Harkon not just for the prophecy he is trying to fulfill, but also for what he allowed Molag Bal to do to her and her mother.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tywin does not believe Arya when she tells him that Joffrey is likely to order her head cut off because he's too stupid to recognize the value of keeping her alive as a hostage. To his regret, she is right.
  • The Chains of Commanding: William knows quite well of the weight one has when having to take important decisions.
    • Theon begins to understand this after the Battle of Torrhen's Square, and feels bad for William because he goes through it with the entire Seven Kingdoms.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The mysterious lady with dragon-like pupils that helped Daenerys in chapter 22 returns in chapter 26 to get her out of Sheogorath's Realm of Madness, presents herself as Daenerys' ancestor Valeria Targaryen - whom the Valyrian Freehold was named after - and turns out to be the Messenger of Akatosh.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In chapter 12, Farengar Secret-Fire tells Daenerys he can summon a sword with his magic, and that he is quite good in the field of Illusion magic. Chapter 22, during Daenerys' one-woman mission to rescue her dragons from the House of the Undying, Farengar enters to help her and uses an illusion of himself and a summoned sword to kill Raven Camoran.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: William becomes the leader of the rebellion at age 15. At age 14, he was able to lead an army of Legions and Northmen against an army of Wildlings that outnumbered them 3-to-1, winning the Second Battle of Long Lake. He has been held as the leader of the Legions and the Blades since he was 9-10 years old, and both the Companions and the Dawnguard have him in very great esteem.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: William and Arya first met when he was 10 and she was 8. Six years later, not only are they betrothed, but they dearly love each other and kick ass together.
  • The Chosen One: William. The Blades swear to serve him after he finds the legendary sword Dragonbane, which had gone missing after Aerys the Mad attacked Cloud Ruler Temple.
    • Talos himself visits William in his dreams and tells him of his destiny.
  • Civil War: Instead of the War of the Five Kings, we have a war between Joffrey and William, with the Ironborn as a sideshow.
    • Initially, William has the Legions, the North, the Riverlands, Stannis and part of the Stormlands on his side. The rest of the Stormlands join after Renly's death, and part of the Westerlands follow thanks to Tyrion's manipulations and after Robb's invasion of the West.
    • Joffrey only has the Crownlands and the Westerlands on his side at the beginning, with the Reach joining in after William rejects their terms for an alliance and Renly's death.
    • Balon Greyjoy decides to attack the North, even after William offered him independence should he ally with him.
    • Renly does not get to throw in his weak claim even after Loras suggests the idea, because William is much more competent. The possibility does briefly cross the Tyrells' minds, but Renly's murder puts an end to that.
    • The Vale is so far neutral because of Lysa Arryn, even though most of her bannermen support William. Littlefinger, with Lysa's support, tries to frame William for the (false) murder attempt of Robert Arryn, but Mya Stone and the Thieves' Guild kill the catspaw and pin the blame on the Mythic Dawn.
    • Dorne is neutral as well, mostly because of their canon issues. When Myrcella is sent to Dorne, it is supposedly to tie them to the Lannister cause, but she is actually there to request their alliance to William.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Arya. When she learns that Margaery tried to seduce Will, the first thing she does upon meeting Margaery is give her a black eye right in front of her family!
    • Actually, she bluntly expressed her regret that she couldn't "properly" introduce herself (read: hack Margaery to pieces with her swords), then she punched Margaery in the face.
  • Cock Fight: Oberyn Martell once dueled and defeated Syrio Forel, expecting to be able to seduce Delphine in this way. Subverted when Delphine took over and kicked his ass.
  • Comedic Spanking: It's implied in Chapter 24 that Catelyn gave Will a spanking for taking Arya to Fort Dawnguard without telling anyone.
    • Word of God is that Will's punishment was meant to be left ambiguous, though the author admitted that the implication of corporal punishment made him laugh, so Shrug of God applies.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: After Farengar reveals himself as a Blade to Daenerys, he admits that he's come to gain as much loyalty and respect for her as he already had for William, and says that if it ever comes to choosing a side between them, he won't be able to, and will just be neutral.
  • Contrived Coincidence: When the Mythic Dawn cultists try to kill Stannis, they don't find him in his tent because he had decided to talk with Davos and the Legionaries before turning in.
    • The Amulet of Kings just happens to be on an island that Daenerys visits alone a few days after learning about the amulet's importance.
  • Converting for Love: Arya believes in the Nine Divines, like William, and she converts shortly after the Battle of the Two Bridges.
    • Shireen's conversion to the Nine Divines is partly due to how much she cares for her cousin, much to her mother's irritation.
  • Cool Sword: The Akaviri katanas, which are said to be equals to the Valyrian Steel swords.
    • William carries Dragonbane, the most important sword in the history of the Blades, as it is the one Talos himself used.
    • William gifts Arya (who already has Needle) an Akaviri katana, which she calls Ice Fang.
    • Dawnbreaker, which Jon uses to kill the Draugr Deathlord in Meridia's temple.
    • Theon gains Bloodscythe and Soulrender after besting his ancestor's spirit.
    • Viserys wields Mehrunes' Razor, a knife that can dissolve any armor/clothing its blade comes into contact with.
    • Ramsay Snow wields the Mace of Molag Bal after becoming his champion.
  • Cool Uncle: Tyrion is William's, Myrcella's and Tommen's favorite uncle.
    • Stannis seems to have a good relationship with William, as well.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Tywin admits that he should have supported William from the beginning, which would have ended the war much faster, but Cersei's actions and Ned Stark's execution forced his hand.
    • Had Olenna Tyrell ordered Margaery to pursue William when the latter first visited Highgarden instead of Joffrey, William would have probably fallen for Margaery instead of Arya. Olenna even realized that she had targeted the wrong prince when she actually got a good look at William, but the royal family left Highgarden before she had a chance to adjust her plans.
  • Crazy-Prepared: On his deathbed, Robert names William as his heir and approves Ned's decision to make a copy of the will, which he asks to be given to William along with his signet ring (to ensure the Legions' loyalty to William, knowing that a war will start at some point after his death), and he also tells Myrcella and Tommen of his plans. But then, Cersei disputes the claims, Joffrey takes the throne and things go to hell in a handbasket from there.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Second Battle of Long Lake, where a Legion-Northern force manages to massacre a wildling army thrice their size.
    • Minor one in the Battle of Cloud River Temple, where the Legions manage to repel a Lannister assault on the Temple, but William and Tullius point out that barely 2,000 Lannister soldiers (out of about 30,000) were sent against them.
    • The Battle of the Two Bridges, where William's Army hands Tywin his first defeat ever.
    • The Battle of Oxcross, which the narration points out is more of a massacre, as Robb's Northmen manage to catch Stafford Lannister with his pants (metaphorically) down while William's supporters in the West strike from the other side.
    • The Battle of Torrhen's Square, where the twenty-five Legion Triremes manage to sink fifty-one (out of seventy) Ironborn boats while losing only a few men.
    • William mops the floor with Viserys during their first fight - while shirtless and unarmed.
    • The Battle of Harrenhal, where Tywin manages to destroy half of the Fourth Legion while leaving for King's Landing. Sure, it was an ambush, but victory through attrition is still victory.
    • The Sack of Astapor: after Daenerys buys the Unsullied, she has them kill all the slave masters, she personally kills the one that has been insulting her, and all of her dragons partake in the butchery of the slavers.
    • During the Battle of King's Landing, the Iron Fleet arrives and attempts to attack William's fleet. Will responds by using the Storm Call Thu'um, which annihilates almost the entire fleet.
    • In their "rescue Arya and Sansa" mission, five Blades end up defeating fifteen men (three of whom are Kingsguard), with the only casualty being Arya's Needle.
    • Had the Oblivion Gate not made an appearance, William's army would have crushed the combined Lannister-Tyrell army and taken the city, even though the former was outnumbered. And this is something Tywin acknowledges.
  • Damsel in Distress: Averted with Arya. The only reason she has not escaped yet is because Tywin is Genre Savvy enough to not give her a chance to do so. This becomes a key factor in her second escape attempt at the end of Chapter 25: with Tywin out fighting William, all the precautions he took to ensure she couldn't escape are removed because no one else, especially Cersei, takes her as seriously as Tywin does.
  • Dance Battler: Syrio Forel, as per the books, best seen in the Battle of the Two Bridges. Most Blades, as well.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Black-haired William is called the Black Prince and wears an armor made of ebony (a glassy, black ore with mystical properties, used in heavy armor). He is probably one of the nicest people you could meet.
    • Light Is Not Good: Blond-haired Joffrey has Tobho Mott (Gendry's master) forge him a red-and-gold Glass Armor (another type of ore, used in light armor). He is a sociopath.
  • Deadpan Snarker: William, Tyrion (whom William likely got it from), Arya, and eventually Sansa belong to this trope.
  • Deal with the Devil: Subverted when Daedric Prince Meridia asks Jon to cleanse her temple of undead, offering help with the crisis north of the Wall in exchange. Meridia is one of the Daedric Princes (normally opposed to the good Aedra) who is interested in helping humanity (it helps that she loathes undead beings).
  • Death from Above: Alduin uses the Dragon Storm Call Shout at the Fist of the First Men, dropping meteors on the Night's Watch and Dawnguard.
  • Death Seeker: The Ebony Warrior, who is looking for the person that will send him to Sovngarde.
  • Defiant Captive: Arya. When she was found out, she crippled one of Tywin's men with a steak knife and nearly escaped, enough to let Tywin know that letting her get too close to anything sharp is tantamount to handing her the keys to the cell. During their confrontations, she has no trouble in talking to Tywin as if they were equals. When Joffrey orders Ser Meryn to force her to kneel, she brutally stabs the Kingsguard in the back of his knee with his own knife. And when Joffrey not-so-subtly threatened to rape her, she slapped him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Daenerys seems to have crossed this by the end of Chapter 25 after learning that Farengar is one of William's Blades and that, despite being able to use Dragon Shouts, she is not a Dovahkiin.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Jon, with Sam's, Grenn's and Agmaer's help, manages to kill the Draugr Deathlord in Meridia's Temple.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Arya successfully avoids being forced to murder a person by using Astrid's words against her.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Eddard dies next to William and Arya.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Cersei has the Alchemist Guild make over eight thousand pots of Wildfire, planning on using them to defend King's Landing from William's army. Tywin has to take the time to explain her and Joffrey why this is monumentally stupid. While Wildfire is useful in situations where massive collateral damage is seen as a plus (mainly in attack), its use in defense carries incredible risks: one mishap or lucky hit is enough to set them off, and that would risk burning the entire city down.
  • Dirty Coward: Joffrey, in total opposition to his brother. He prefers to make excuses as to why he was not on the battlefield than actually be on it.
    • Viserys has no problems insulting the Dothraki in a language they don't understand, and begs pathetically for his life when he realizes he bit off more than he can chew. He later inverts this trope, becoming bold to the point of recklessness.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Gold Digger or not, Margaery Tyrell did not deserve the black eye that Arya gave her for attempting to seduce William.
  • Divide and Conquer: After the Oblivion Gate derails his plans for the Battle of King's Landing, William sets up a Xanatos Gambit that runs on this.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Robb mentions that he, Jon, Theon and William would sometimes go out with their horses and stay outside for hours. Eddard would always berate them, but he had to fight a smile while doing it.
  • Dope Slap: One of Delphine's main ways to catch William's attention when he is behaving like an idiot.
    • Aela's first action when meeting Arya at William's camp is to slap her in the back of the head.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted when Melisandre tries to have sex with William (whom she, at least, doubles in age) disguised as Arya, while he is half-asleep. She would have been successful if she had not called him "William" (Arya only calls him "Will"). William (who already considered her a very creepy woman from the moment they met) is understandably disturbed and angry after this happens, and orders her to be imprisoned and guarded at all times.
  • The Dragon: Cersei tries to get William to become Joffrey's. He refuses.
    • Ramsay is Molag Bal's.
  • Driven to Madness: After Daenerys has a Freak Out! over not being able to wield the Amulet of Kings, Sheogorath attempts to finish driving her insane by showing how it runs in her family. Through sheer force of will, she resists him.
  • Dual Wielding: Arya fights with Ice Fang and Needle in battle.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Khal Drogo manages to kill three Dremora Lords before succumbing to his wounds – and even then, he still hangs onto life for several hours afterward through sheer force of will, just to make sure his wife is safe. Farengar Secret-Fire mentions that killing even just one Dremora Lord is an incredible feat.
  • Ear Ache: A flashback reveals that William was dragged off by his ear by - and possibly got a spanking from - Catelyn after he took Arya to see Fort Dawnguard.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Margaery does this with William when he loses his shirt while he fights with Viserys Targaryen. She's very impressed by what she sees.
  • Elite Army: It is mentioned several times that the Legions are superior to the levies raised by the feudal system. As they are professionally trained, they prove themselves capable of taking on greater armies and prevailing.
    • Even moreso for the Blades. One Blade can consider facing a dozen opponents an insult, and once served as Aegon's personal elite guard after their much smaller force beat back his army and killed one dragon.
    • Subverted when Joffrey creates a new royal army to replace the Legions after they sided with William, which gains the nickname the 'Lion's Legion'. Unlike the true Legions, these are men who have been recently drafted and have neither the training or experience that William's men do.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Delphine, of all people, is nicknamed "Bunny" by Syrio Forel.
  • Enemy Mine: Of sorts. Serana, a vampire, is allied with the Dawnguard, a group that was formed to hunt vampires.
    • The opening of the Oblivion Gate during the Battle of King's Landing prompts an alliance between William's Legions and the Lannister-Tyrell alliance.
  • Entitled Bastard: Joffrey, who believes that just being the first son, and later king should automatically mean that everyone must obey him. This is especially apparent in regards to the Legions, with Joffrey calling them "his" Legions, and throwing a temper tantrum when they side with William. Extra points because he is a bastard in the "my father is not the guy my mother married" sense.
    • Viserys. Like Joffrey, he believes that the Legions should be his, and feels the same way about the throne and his sister's three dragons.
    • Daenerys, but to a lesser degree. She believes that the Iron Throne belongs to her, because Viserys has proven himself unable to rule, even though she is not exactly much better than him. She also ignores the fact that the people of Westeros widely prefer William as King - althought this is not her fault, because she has been told since she was born that the people are just biding their time for the return of the Targaryens, so she does truly believe it is her destiny.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ramsay makes a very brief appearance at the end of Chapter 24, in which he tortures a captured Ironborn, assures him that everything is going to be all right amidst the victim's pathetic screams for mercy, then bludgeons him to death with a soul-stealing mace, a.k.a. the Mace of Molag Bal, all with a Slasher Smile on his face.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Cersei loves both Joffrey and William equally, tries to do what she believes is the best for them (not that it is actually the best) and tries to get them to promise not to kill each other.
    • Joffrey is rather close to his mother. However, this only extends to not having her killed when she slaps him, before saying he won't be so forgiving next time. He also wanted to impress Robert, even showing genuine grief when he died.
    • For a given value of evil, Yara: after Theon leaves the Iron Islands, she clearly regrets her behaviour (she widely mocked him when he arrived) and tries to find a way to not have to fight her brother.
    • After Farengar kills Raven Camoran, Ruma and Mankar swear revenge.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Word of God states that Joffrey will not become the champion of a Daedric Prince. The less malevolent ones (such as Meridia and Azura) would be disgusted by his sadism, while the others would be put off by his stupidity, his childishness, and his cowardice.
  • Evil Is Petty: Cersei is willing to drag Westeros into an extremely destructive war solely because she cannot accept the fact that a child born between her and her husband is overwhelmingly superior to a child born between her and her brother in every conceivable way.
    • Joffrey inherited his mother's pettiness, throwing a temper tantrum in almost all of his appearances for some minor infraction.
  • Evil Uncle: Renly, though he does get a few decent moments (see Pet the Dog).
  • Exact Words: Cersei and Kevan Lannister are trying to convince Robert to have William fostered in Casterly Rock (at the request of Tywin). Robert agrees to have him fostered, and tells William he will be sent... to Winterfell. Cersei tries to protest, but Robert points out that he never agreed to send William to Casterly Rock.
    • When the Tickler is killed by Jaqen (thus causing a Dark Brotherhood contract to be annulled) Astrid, a Dark Brotherhood assassin, kidnaps Arya and makes a deal with her: presented with three people, she must choose one of them to die. When Astrid tells her to kill that person, Arya wins by pointing out she only had to choose who died. Astrid concedes the point and compliments Arya for her sharp mind.
    • In a flashback Theon has of when he met William, the latter, trying to convince him to join a sparring with Robb, Jon and him, said he hated to order people to do things they didn't want to do and left. When Theon joined them, William was glad to see he had changed his mind... and pointed out that he had not ordered Theon to do anything. This was the beginning of their friendship.
  • Expy: Some of the battles featured so far are based on historical battles of antiquity - the author claims to have studied the campaigns of the Romans, the Greeks, and Alexander, and he knows how to back up that claim.
  • Eyes Never Lie: After Robert's death, Joffrey (at Cersei's prompting) asks William to support him. William only needs to look his brother in the eye to know that his offer is completely false. Also how he realizes Cersei was behind Robert's Hunting "Accident" when he asks her.

    F-L 
  • Face Palm: Tywin covers his face with his hands as Joffrey, Cersei and the Tyrells begin to argue loudly on what to do in the post-Battle of King's Landing.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook: The Kingsguard is rapidly turning into this. No less than five have died already (Preston Greenfield and Boros Blount during William's attempt to rescue Eddard Stark, and Meryn Trant, Mandon Moore and Osmund Kettleblack during Arya's escape and rescue by the Blades). Out of Robert's Kingsguard, the last survivor is Ser Arys Oakheart: Ser Barristan Selmy was expelled and then joined the Blades, and the Kingslayer is William's prisoner and nowhere close to getting free.
  • False Flag Operation: Littlefinger attempts to blame William for a false attempt to murder Robert Arryn, by sending a man to be captured while trying to attack Robin, and then have the man falsely confess to being hired by William. Mya Stone and the Thieves' Guild kill the false assassin and successfully make it look like he was sent by Mythic Dawn.
  • A Father to His Men: William, who, even though he is younger than most soldiers in the Royal Army, will do his best to protect them, always honors those who have fallen in battle and does not take it well when people trivialize their sacrifice.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Just barely averted by Tywin who takes over dealing with the Tyrell's from Joffrey when he realises his grandson is about to ruin any chance of an alliance by having Willas Tyrell punished for not bowing to him properly because of his crippled leg.
  • Fingore: Joffrey has Ser Meryn Trant cut off one of Sansa's fingers as 'punishment' for Robb's victory in Oxcross.
  • Flat "What": William's reaction when Arya tells him about her encounter with the Dark Brotherhood.
  • Foil: Viserys to Joffrey. Both are ill-born psychopaths who abuse their siblings and have massive egos, despite having nothing to back up their arrogance, both see William as their personal bane and both are incensed that William gained the Legions' allegiance when that should go to the "true king" i.e. them. However, whereas Joffrey is a cowardly little worm who never fights his own battles and was spoiled and pampered from birth, Viserys is actually willing to pick up a sword when push comes to shove and has some real-world experience that helped him survive and raise his sister for years. Indeed, after joining the Mythic Dawn, Viserys begins to develop as a fighter and planner (see Took a Level in Badass), while Joffrey still cowers behind his guards and throws tantrum after tantrum.
    • Arya to Margaery. Arya is a foul-mouthed, brutally honest Action Girl who scorns her traditional gender role in favor of fighting and leading armies; Margaery is a physically unintimidating, honey-tongued Consummate Liar who exploits the patriarchal system she lives under in order to ensure that her enemies underestimate her, thus making them easier to manipulate. Their views on becoming the queen are polar opposites: Arya was betrothed to William before he was chosen as Robert's heir, and couldn't care less about wearing a crown, even showing displeasure at the revelation that she'll have to attend council meetings; Margaery is obsessed with getting the crown, and will happily align herself with whomever can help her get it (although she seems to grow out of this after meeting with William).
    • Ramsay Snow to Jon Snow. Jon is heroic, selfless, grew up in his possible father's castle while never meeting his mother, lived with his half-siblings whom he loves and fights to protect and is Meridia's champion. Ramsay is cruel, sadistic, was taken care of by his mother and never met his father until he was much older, murdered his half-brother when he got the chance, and is Molag Bal's champion.
    • Catelyn to Cersei. Both are married to very powerful men, but whereas Catelyn was in a Happily Arranged Marriage and grieved her husband's death, Cersei was stuck with a hard-drinking womanizer whom she did not hesitate to arrange the death of. Both are Mama Bears, but Catelyn is willing to give her children the benefit of the doubt and doesn't underestimate them while Cersei smothers and pampers her children to the point of annoying them. The way they assert themselves is also different: Catelyn is perfectly willing to be firm with her children when she needs to be, but Cersei will often stand up for Joffrey when he clearly deserves to be disciplined.
    • Will is shaping up to be one to Aegon the Conqueror. Both use unorthodox tactics to conquer Westeros - Aegon with his dragons and William with his Badass Army; Aegon had pale blonde (almost white) hair while Will has jet black hair; Aegon founded the Seven Kingdoms, and William seems destined to reshape said kingdoms into a Roman-style empire; Aegon was put off by Visenya's warrior-like nature, whereas Will is Amazon Chaser who scorns "proper" ladies (for bonus points, his fiancée idolizes Visenya and seeks to emulate her); and both have some level of connection to dragons - Aegon was a dragon rider and his family associates heavily with them, while Will is a Dragonborn.
  • Foreshadowing: When defeated at the Second Battle of Long Lake, the King in Rags claims that "they" said he'd be invincible. It's eventually revealed that the "they" in question were the vampires of Clan Volkihar, led by Serana's father, Harkon.
  • Frontline General: William. Not even being close to fainting stops him from being in the frontlines.
  • The Fundamentalist: Selyse Baratheon is as fanatical as in the books, but worse behaved because Shireen converted to the Nine Divines thanks to her cousin's influence. After she learns Melisandre has been imprisoned, she demands William to release her, even trying to rationalize her disobeying him and trying to rape him. And, as she has been told William is Azor Ahai, she is trying to convert him.
  • Gambit Pile Up: It is A Song of Ice and Fire, what did you expect?
    • First, and most obvious, there's the civil war.
    • Then, the Tyrells' attempts to become The Man Behind the Man via Margaery.
    • Dorne is now trying to get as much as they can from whoever they ally with - notwithstanding the possibility that they may still be banking on the Targaryens.
    • North of the Wall, there's an alliance between the White Walkers led by Alduin, the Devourer of Worlds and the Volkihar vampire clan - which is obviously going to break as soon as either of them finds it convenient - against the combined forces of the Night's Watch and the Dawnguard, plus the Wildlings' desperate attempts to save themselves.
    • In Essos, Daenerys' attempts to reach Westeros lead to her finding much about herself, and potentially find herself in conflict with an unknown person that can use the Thu'um that lives in Volantis.
    • There's also the Mythic Dawn cult, which seeks to bring Mehrunes Dagon into the mortal realm.
    • And finally, it is slowly becoming obvious that the gods are trying to aid mortals as best as they can, as exemplified by Talos himself giving William the words to the Unrelenting Force shout and Valeria Targaryen, the Messenger of Akatosh, helping Daenerys several times.
  • Generation Xerox: A good part of the reason Robert suggests marrying William and Arya is due to their resemblance to himself and Lyanna, and sees it as joining the houses in the way they should have been.
  • Genre Savvy: Tywin puts Arya in a cell with a recently rebuilt window and thirty guards to prevent her from escaping or being rescued. He never lets her hold anything remotely dangerous. And yet, he teaches her about politics because he knows that it is likely that William might win, in which case he wants William's Queen to be as capable as he is.
    • He also does not tell Joffrey where Arya is held, ostensibly to reduce the chance that someone will try to rescue her, but also because he realizes Joffrey will probably do something petty just to indirectly hurt his brother.
  • Godzilla Threshold: William's Storm Call Shout. He knows it could backfire, but he also knows that not using it will allow the Ironborn to destroy his fleet. Fortunately, it pays off.
  • Gold Digger: William realizes early on that Margaery Tyrell is one of these when she spends their entire first meeting trying to catch Joffrey's interest, hoping to become his Queen once he is crowned. When the Tyrells realize that William is likely to win the war and take the crown, she has no trouble switching from one brother to another - although she seems to be sincere when she says she truly is interested in William.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Daenerys has a severe breakdown at the end of Chapter 25 when she realizes that she isn't a Dovahkiin - which gets her sent to the Shivering Isles, Sheogorath the Mad God's Realm.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Farengar was so successful at getting Daenerys to trust him that revealing he is one of the Blades, and William's spy causes her to fall into a deep depression and even begin to fall into paranoia. Farengar even lampshades he did too good of a job.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: William is by far the most noble and principled character in the story, but he is definitely not naive, regardless of what his opponents think.
  • Good Shepherd: High Priest Rorlund of the Nine Divines, who is kind and humble, and positively compared with the High Septon.
  • Graceful Loser: Khal Drogo, after being defeated by the Ebony Warrior, cuts off his braid (among Dothraki, a man only cuts his hair when he is defeated in combat) and hands it to the Ebony Warrior, telling him he looks forward to fighting him again in the future.
    • Oberyn Martell, also when he fights and loses against the Ebony Warrior.
    • Margaery Tyrell more or less accepts William's polite rejection in favor of Arya after a second seduction attempt fails. She even encourages her family to try to reach a different agreement with him, but they refuse and instead put their trust in Littlefinger.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Joffrey towards William. Bonus points for actually having green eyes.
  • Heel Realization: Sansa when she finds out that all she has done (telling Cersei secrets about Arya and about her father trying to send them both back to the North), was only for Cersei's and Joffrey's benefit. The knowledge that her father's death is a direct consequence of her actions breaks her.
  • Heroic Bastard: Jon Snow, of course. Robert's bastard children have sworn allegiance to William, with Mya Stone acting as a spy and Gendry being employed as a blacksmith.
  • Heroic BSoD: Daenerys suffers one after Farengar reveals his true role as a member of the Order of the Blades, leading to her later Go Mad from the Revelation situation.
    • It happens again not long after when she finds the Amulet of Kings and she cannot wear it, making her realise she is not the Dragonborn.
      • Worse: the shock was so brutal that it sent her on a voyage to the Shivering Isles, the Realm of Madness.
  • Heroic RRoD: William after using the Slow Time Shout. And again after using the Storm Call Shout against the Iron Fleet.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Harbinger of the Companions does this for William, sensing that he will be important for the future of the Companions.
    • Forty Legionaries do this to give William, Arya and the Blades enough time to escape King's Landing. Taking four times as many Gold Cloaks with them.
    • Instead of saying he forged Robert's will, which might have allowed him to live, Eddard tells the people that William is the true heir, knowing it'll mean his death - and possibly that of Sansa. Then again, Tyrion later points out that no one would have believed the lie, and given Joffrey's sociopathy, Eddard would have been killed on his orders at some point anyway.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Stannis acknowledges that Davos and him are this.
  • History Repeats:
    • The winner of a tourney names a Stark girl as her Queen of Love and Beauty - with a crown of winter roses.
    • The civil war draws several similarities to Robert's Rebellion:
      • A Baratheon is leading a rebellion against a tyrannical king.
      • Said Baratheon is betrothed to a Stark, who has been abducted by the king.
      • The Lannisters seem to support the king, but some of them sympathize with the rebels, and may very well abruptly switch sides in the future.
    • The Tyrells' attempted betrothal of Margaery to William shows that they are trying to repeat the union between Robert and Cersei.
    • A more subtle one: in the books, Aerys Targaryen, the mad king, is implied to have at least attempted to molest Johanna Lannister at the latter's wedding to Tywin, which drove a rift between them. In both the fic and in the main series, Joffrey is frequently compared to Aerys in demeanor, while Tywin himself notes similarities between himself and William, while Arya talking to Tywin about her relationship with Will bring up memories of Johanna acting as her husband's better half. Come chapter 24, when Joffrey and Arya meet again, Joffrey threatens to rape her in front of his brother. Fortunately, it ends better this time.
  • Honey Trap: the Tyrells plan to have Margaery (who is fully in on the plan) act as this towards William, in order to cause a rift between him and Arya and get him to marry Margaery instead, and Melisandre tries to seduce William several times in order to turn him to her Red God. Both of them fail, though: William loves Arya, finds "proper ladies" boring (although he acknowledges Margaery is smarter than the typical "proper lady") and considers Melisandre a very creepy woman whom he tries to keep well away at any given moment.
  • Honor Before Reason: Tywin tells Tyrion this is why he is supporting Joffrey over William. Yes, William might be Robert's true heir, and a better king than Joffrey, but Cersei's actions are forcing his hand. If William is victorious, then the glory will be for the Baratheons and the Starks, while Joffrey's victory would make the Lannisters the most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms. He later admits he made a mistake in not supporting William from the beginning.
    • Renly and the Tyrells think this is why William will not give up Arya to marry Margaery, even after he reveals that he is in love with Arya.
  • Hope Spot: It looks like Eddard's going to be able to escape... but then Ilyn Payne throws a spear into Eddard's gut, leaving him to a longer and more painful death.
    • In chapter 21, it looks like Arya may manage to escape Harrenhal after being discovered, but just as she manages to knock the Mountain out, a Lannister soldier catches her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Sansa, like her canon self, sees Joffrey and Cersei through rose-tinted glasses. She gets a pretty nasty wake-up call, but at least the glasses come off.
    • Cersei refuses to accept the fact that Joffrey is an utterly abysmal person (let alone king) and that William is much more worthy of wearing the crown. She also underestimates William severely, thinking that he knows nothing about politics when he's actually quite savvy. Her lack of knowledge is best demonstrated in Chapter 25, where Arya quizzes her on a few of Will's likes and dislikes (favorite color, favorite food, his horse's name), and Cersei gets them all wrong.
  • Hot Witch: William internally acknowledges that Melisandre is this, but he also thinks she is too creepy.
  • How We Got Here: The story begins when the Royal Family is arriving to Winterfell, and the next few chapters deal with what happened between William coming up with the Legions and Jon Arryn's death, by way of being fostered at Winterfell.
  • Human Shield: During the Mythic Dawn's attack on William's camp, Stannis defends himself from a Dremora's blade by grabbing a cultist and using him as a shield, then runs them both through with his sword.
  • Humble Hero: William. He always gives credit where it is due, never considers himself better and would rather not be the King (but he fights for his right, knowing that Joffrey is completely unsuited for the job).
  • Hypocrite: Cersei. When Ned claims that the Iron Throne is William's by right, she claims that Aegon the Conqueror became king through force rather than by right; this is true, except she later tells Tommen and Myrcella that the throne is rightfully Joffrey's, plus Joffrey is too wimpy to do any ass-kicking himself. She also claims that there is nothing wrong with committing incest, citing the Targaryens as an example, completing brushing off the fact that numerous generations of inbreeding ultimately produced Aerys the Mad, one of the worst kings in the history of Westeros (and whom Joffrey is, canonically, often compared to).
    • During negotiations, Renly and the Tyrells say they want to prove their loyalty to William. However, they proceed to set terms, protest several perfectly reasonable answers from William and Stannis, they are unwilling to negotiate on the one term William is not going to budge (marrying Margaery instead of Arya) and have no trouble insulting those that have actually been loyal to William from day one - the Starks and Stannis.
      • When Catelyn tries to convince them to accept a different arrangement, Loras accuses her of doing it because she wants her family to be connected to royalty. Catelyn fires back by pointing out the Tyrells are doing exactly the same thing.
    • Daenerys claims that the Iron Throne belongs to her family, but purposefully ignores that Robert Baratheon has the right of conquest, just like Aegon the First - then again, this line of thought can be blamed on her upbringing, having been told since her birth that the people were just biding their time until the Targaryens retook the throne.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During the incursion into the Oblivion Gate opened during the Battle of King's Landing, Jaime attacks a Dremora Lord from behind... and admonishes it for trying to attack someone when they were not looking.
  • An Ice Person: Arya, after learning how to use the Frost Breath Shout.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Robert knows Joffrey would not be a good king, so he makes William his heir.
    • Daenerys believes this to be true about Viserys, which is why she tries to claim the Iron Throne for herself.
  • In-Series Nickname: William is called "the Black Prince". Arya becomes the Wolf Princess after the war begins.
    • On his deathbed, Robert bemoans that the one downside to Will becoming king is that he will need a new nickname, since "The Black King" doesn't sound as impressive as "The Black Prince".
  • In Spite of a Nail: Robert still ends up dead because of the boar.
    • Bran falls from the tower (but does not become a cripple) and meets Osha while testing his new saddle.
      • The footpad is sent to murder Bran with a Valyrian Dagger by Joffrey, and Tyrion is kidnapped by Catelyn as a consequence.
    • Even though it was Ulfric Stormcloak (a Legate of the Legions) that fought for Tyrion Lannister in the Vale, Bronn becomes Tyrion's man. Justified, since Ulfric rejoined the Legions after helping Tyrion.
    • Renly runs to the Reach after leaving King's Landing.
    • Eddard Stark becomes Hand of the King at Robert's begging, becomes imprisoned after Robert's death and is finally killed by Ilyn Payne on Joffrey's orders.
    • The Tyrells are planning to marry Margaery to the King, no matter who he is.
    • Khal Drogo and his unborn son with Daenerys die some time after they encounter Mirri Maz Durr's people.
    • Arya disguises herself as a boy, gets captured by the Lannisters and ends up in Harrenhal.
    • Theon writes a letter to his friends in the mainland, detailing his father's plans to attack the North, but chooses to burn it instead of sending it by raven.
    • Myrcella gets sent to Dorne as an offer to have her married to Doran Martell's son.
    • The fat High Septon gets torn into shreds shortly after Myrcella leaves King's Landing.
    • Jaqen H'ghar gives Arya three kills.
    • Renly dies through magical means after a meeting with his brother.
    • Joffrey is in King's Landing and the main claimant to the Iron Throne sieges the city, with the Tyrells attacking mid-assault.
    • Jon gets escorted into Mance's camp by Ygritte and the Lord of Bones.
  • I Have Many Names: Dragonbane, William's sword, is also known as "the Sword of the Ninth" (since it was Talos' (the Ninth Divine) sword), "Bane of Dovah", "Slayer of Dremora", "Fang of Lightning" and "Blade of Storms".
  • I Have No Son!: Balon Greyjoy towards Theon after he decides to support William over the Ironborn.
    • He appears to be going the route of I Have No Daughter as well when he blames Yara after she returns and having been defeated by Theon.
  • I'll Take That as a Compliment: when Tywin tells Arya that she is better at testing his patience than any of his children, Arya thanks him - she does know it is not a compliment, but knows that Tyrion will laugh about it.
  • In the Blood:
    • While William is clearly a Baratheon and considers himself one, he also bears similarities to the Lannister side of his heritage. Olenna Tyrell calls attention to this, saying that while he's a Baratheon, he's also 'half-Lannister'.
      • On the Baratheon side, he has an aptitude for war like Robert, is hard-working like Stannis and he is far more charismatic than Renly.
      • On the Lannister side, he is a great swordsman like Jaime, can be potentially ruthless like Cersei, has learned how to play the game from Tyrion, and can see right through Pycelle's act like his grandfather Tywin, from whom he has also inherited his strategic ability.
      • His great-grandmother Rhaella was a Targaryen, and it shows in some traits: his ability to draw people to him like young Aerys, Aemon's wisdom in books and Rhaegar's natural talent in (most) anything he does.
    • Daenerys learns that madness is this for the Targaryens, although those with enough strength of will can fight it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Teased between Jon Snow and Serana.
  • Irony: Stannis considers it ironic that, even though he did his duty to almost the end, Robert never gave him the Stormlands (giving him Dragonstone was Robert's - rather uninspired - way of acknowledging Stannis as his heir at a point when he had no children yet), and after Renly's death William has named him Lord Paramount of the Stormlands even though he has yet to do anything worthy.
    • If you know your history, the Second Battle of Long Lake is this, as the Legions carry out a strategy very similar to the one their Real Life counterparts lost to at Cannae.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: In Chapter 26, when Delphine tells Barristan that Will and Arya are "discussing war strategies" alone in his tent. Though in this case, it's just making out, not sex.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Several characters (Renly Baratheon and Tywin Lannister) point out that it would make more sense for William to marry Margaery Tyrell instead of Arya, which is quite disrespectful to the Starks, but the Tyrells' support would put an end to the war and they would also pay off the Realm's many debts as dowry, and also Margary is a highly capable politician that could be an excellent queen.
    • Tywin admits to Tyrion that the latter was right when he suggested making peace with William, no matter what would happen to Cersei and Joffrey.
  • Just a Kid: Renly and the Tyrells seem to have this opinion of William if their meeting with him is anything to go by. Despite acknowledging some of his accomplishments, they ultimately see him as little more than a somewhat gifted, but gullible child whom they can manipulate into getting more power and prestige by simply using honeyed words during the negotiations, even brushing off Stannis's counterarguments about how efficient William is at both administration and war. After the meeting ends on a sour note, Catelyn calls them out on this, stating that William is not a child who needs "guidance", but a young man who needs advisers to provide him with different points of view so that he can weigh all of his options before making an important decision. Margaery is the only one who realizes just how badly the family screwed up, yet ironically she wasn't even present when Catelyn said all of this, and her efforts to convince her family to accept this fail.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ramsay's Cold-Blooded Torture of the Ironborn he captures is very horrific, but it should be kept in mind that the Ironborn regularly indulge in Rape, Pillage, and Burn, following the philosophy of "paying the iron price" (waiting for someone to make something and then stealing it) and "taking a salt wife" (turn whatever woman you want into a Sex Slave). As such, while Ramsay is even worse than them, if anyone deserves his preferred method of torture, it's the Ironborn - Theon and Yara being the only exceptions.
    • Renly and Varys make no attempts to help Littlefinger when William puts him in a lose-lose situation (see Morton's Fork), with the former trying very hard not to laugh and the latter giving the Master of Coin a mocking smile.
  • Kill It with Fire: Daenerys' preferred method of killing is to either have her dragons barbecue her foes, or do it herself using Fire Breath.
  • Knight Templar: The High Septon wishes he could start a crusade to destroy the religion of the Nine Divines and kill/convert "heretics". He holds a grudge against the Nine Divines, as William's conversion to them resulted in a lot of people leaving the ways of the Seven for it. He doesn't get to act on these ideas because he gets killed during a riot, but considering what happens in the books, it is a matter of time...
  • Lame Pun Reaction: after Jaime tells him "Today is the day I save the day", William groans.
  • Lightning Bruiser: William is a talented swordsman decked out in heavy armor, but he's surprisingly fast and agile, regardless of whether or not he's wearing it. Bonus points for the fact that his sword, Dragonbane, can emit bolts of lightning when used against Dremora or dragons. Up to Eleven when he uses two of his shouts (Elemental Fury and Slow Time).
  • Like Father, Like Son: William reveals that one of the reasons his father became infatuated with Lyanna was because she was different from all other girls, which is one of the reasons why William eventually falls in love with Arya.
    • The reason Cersei gives Eddard as to why she would not accept William becoming king over Joffrey is that he is so much like Robert used to be that she fears he will eventually become like Robert became a few years later.
    • A case of 'like Grandfather, like Grandson' when Arya claims that Will needs her to set him straight when he's being silly, and Tywin thinks back to his wife Joanna who claimed the same for him.
  • Little Miss Badass: Arya.
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    M-Q 
  • MacGuffin: An Elder Scroll, sought by two factions at least (Mythic Dawn and the Volkihar vampire clan) and kept in Cloud Ruler Temple.
  • Magical Abortion: Ruma Camoran tries to kill Daenerys and her unborn child with a spell. Daenerys survives thanks to Farengar Secret-Fire, but her child does not.
  • Magnetic Hero: William. Even Renly, the Most Triumphant Example of this in canon, acknowledges that William is better at gathering allies and friends than he is.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: William, Daenerys and Arya have the power of the Dragonborn.
  • Mama Bear: Cersei is very overprotective of her children, much to their annoyance. When she learns of the Mythic Dawn's attempt on William's life, Cersei places a bounty on the heads of its members, despite the fact that she is currently at war with William.
    • Daenerys is fiercely protective of her three dragons, regarding them as her children, though she may tone this down once they get older (and bigger).
    • Catelyn, to the point where she kidnaps Tyrion, son of one of the most powerful lords in Westeros, when she believes he is responsible for sending an assassin against Bran.
      • Her protectiveness also extends to William. When Loras questions William for not showing up in person to meet with them, she puts Loras in his place by stating William has been fighting a war and is personally taking time off to first visit his loyal uncle (Stannis) and later meet with Renly, while the latter has done nothing but sit tight and organizing tourneys. When Renly calls William "just a kid", she points out that William has been ruling the kingdoms that have sided with him and is preparing for the post-war, while what the Tyrells and Renly have been doing amounts to pretty much "let's wait until William marries Margaery and then we can manipulate him at our pleasure".
      • Of course, that means treating him like one of her children - she is implied to have spanked him after he took Arya to Fort Dawnguard without permission.
    • Lysa Arryn is unhealthily overprotective toward her son, though this doesn't stop her from arranging a fake attempt on his life with Littlefinger's assistance in order to ensure that the Vale rallies behind Joffrey. In her defense, when she is given fake evidence that the hired assassin was planning to make a real attempt on her son's life, she plays this trope straight.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Lord Harkon, Serana's father, turns out to have been the one who sent the King in Rags' Wildling army to attack Westeros.
    • The White Walkers serve Alduin.
    • What Renly and the Tyrells planned to be for William after he married Margaery.
  • Manly Tears: Jon, after learning that Eddard Stark has been killed.
    • William, when he's holding Arya after Eddard dies in their arms.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": King's Landing and the ships fighting nearby get one after William uses the Storm Call Shout. Enough that the entire fighting stops.
    • The Night's Watch and Dawnguard, when the White Walkers and vampires attack the Fist of the First Men. And even more so when Alduin himself shows up.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: William is quite confused with the fact that his mother Cersei fluctuates between loving him, ignoring him and perhaps even hating him.
  • Megaton Punch: Arya to Margaery, enough to land the older girl on her back. And before "apologizing" for not bringing her swords for a "proper greeting" (i.e. hack her).
  • The Mentor: William has several: Delphine, General Tullius, Tyrion Lannister, Eddard Stark, Stannis Baratheon, Esbern, Caius.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Tyrion plays on this trope to get Tytos Brax to support William, after Tywin blamed him for the defeat at the Battle of the Two Bridges.
  • The Mole: Tyrion decides to become this for William in the Lannister's army, because he knows that William is the legitimate heir to the throne - and pretty much the only person he can trust to use power the right way. Then, Tywin sends him to become Acting Hand, which pretty much means he will have the power to actually deal with the problems caused by Joffrey - and find more contacts for William.
    • Farengar Secret-Fire is one for the Blades with Daenerys, but he is aiding her in order to find a way to make peace between Targaryens and Baratheons.
    • Doreah was one for Mythic Dawn in Daenerys' khalasar.
  • Momma's Boy: Joffrey. William never fails to mock him for this.
  • Moral Myopia: The Camorans become furious after Farengar kills one of their own, conveniently forgetting that (a) Farengar was defending himself and Daenerys and (b) they have been doing much worse to him and many others.
    • Tywin is disgusted by Joffrey ordering the massacre of Robert's bastard children, conveniently ignoring the fact that he committed similar atrocities when he sacked King's Landing on Robert's behalf. The chapter even makes note of his hypocrisy.
      • In Tywin's defense, the arrangement for the murder of Elia and her children was based on pragmatism, not sadism. Whereas Joffrey ordered the massacre of Robert's bastard children For the Evulz (though, admittedly, this does have a Machiavellian political benefit), Tywin is simply ruthless in that he is willing to kill children, but it's not something he does for fun.
  • Morton's Fork: To help prevent chaos from happening in King's Landing during the Hand's tourney, William considers closing all brothels. Littlefinger (who owns all brothels, directly or not) suggests that the brothels could pay part of their profits to help fund the tournament, which William agrees to... by setting the rate at fifty percent - whichever way he chooses, Baelish will lose money.
    • During the Battle of King's Landing, after William springs his trap (hiding half of his troops from sight until Tywin commits his forces to fight next to the Tyrells) Tywin finds himself in one, as, no matter what he does (keep fighting or retreat back into the city) William is going to hold the upper hand and will very likely win.
    • In the aftermath, William sends most of the Legions to the Reach, taking advantage of its much reduced numbers to hold it hostage, while he retreats to Harrenhal with two Legions and the Riverlanders, and Robb continues conquering the West. This turns the situation into a four-pronged fork for Tywin, because Joffrey wants to send everyone after William, the Tyrells want to rush back to protect their homeland, Stannis has his men ready to pounce the moment King's Landing is defenceless and the Westerlands will fall unless a miracle happens - putting the Lannister-Tyrell alliance on the brink.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Melisandre and Margaery Tyrell, like in the books. Unfortunately for their plans, William only has eyes for Arya.
  • My Beloved Smother: Cersei towards William, particularly when it comes to his betrothal to Arya. And, of course, Lysa Arryn.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sansa has one when she realizes what her helping Cersei has brought on.
  • Mythology Gag: Chapter 20 has Jeyne Westerling and Talisa Maegyr appear, and Robb shows some attraction to both of them.
    • Arya threatens to name Jaqen H'ghar if he will not kill the two guards at Harrenhall's gates, so that Gendry can leave the castle and warn the Legions.
    • When Arya threatens to stab Tywin Lannister with a fork, he replies that dying because of that would be as embarrassing as dying in a latrine.
    • Tywin tells Arya that he likes fishing when he has leisure time (and later takes her out). He also reveals that Jaime has dyslexia, and he took it upon himself to make sure he could get over that problem.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Averted with the Blades. Yes, they are utterly loyal to whomever they serve, but only so long as that person proves that they're worthy of that loyalty.
  • Never My Fault: Cersei is unwilling to accept that she is (at least in part) to blame for the war between her eldest sons - sleeping with Jaime, thus giving birth to Joffrey, never reining Joffrey in, arresting Eddard Stark, supporting Joffrey (even though she knows the legitimate king is William), making no serious attempts to get Joffrey and William to patch things up other than essentially telling William to kiss Joffrey's ass... she has a lot to answer for.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: William finds out that Littlefinger has been fleecing the Crown's money and putting the Iron Throne in a great debt, and blackmails him into funding the Legions... but then decides to dispose of the evidence after Littlefinger fulfills his side of the deal, giving the man a big grudge, allowing him to continue with his deleterious actions and leaving William with no hold on him.
    • Later, during the failed attempt to rescue Eddard Stark, William overpowers Joffrey and has a perfect opportunity to kill him and end the war, but refrains from doing so because he promised Cersei that he wouldn't. This makes William indirectly responsible for all the atrocities Joffrey has committed in the story afterwards. Arya even calls him out on it and William admits that killing his brother would have been the smart decision.
    • Daenerys humilliates her brother by burning him with a Dragon Shout, and allows him to go free, instead of letting Drogo kill him. This turns Viserys into an even worse character, as Mythic Dawn recruits him and convert him to the worship of Mehrunes Dagon.
    • Arya's decision to slip away from her guards and run too close to Harrenhal - only accompanied by Gendry - puts her in the right place to be captured and held hostage by the Lannisters. She internally acknowledges that she has put William's efforts in danger.
    • William's tactic of leaving a way open for the Lannister army to run away to King's Landing (he is planning to trap them there) gives Tywin the chance to destroy half a Legion.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: in Chapter 20, the Draugr Deathlord uses the Unrelenting Force Shout on Jon, who loses his sword as he is thrown against a pedestal... wherein lies Dawnbreaker, with which Jon can not only kill the Deathlord, but any undead that crosses his path.
    • Cersei cutting the royal family's visit to Highgarden short ultimately derails the Tyrells' plans in the long run - and William's subsequent visit to Casterly Rock inspires Robert to send William to foster in the North.
  • Noodle Incident: the first few chapters hold references to a battle called "the Second Battle of Long Lake". A flashback eventually takes care of showing what happened.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Subverted with Margaery Tyrell. After William's first rejection, she tries to seduce him in his tent at her grandmother's insistence, but when that fails and makes it clear that he won't abandon Arya, she respectfully backs down and even becomes interested in meeting Arya to find out what makes Arya better than Margaery in William's eyes.
    • Played straight with the rest of her family, though, who are indignant that William refuses to marry Margaery.
  • Not Like Other Girls: the reason why William was drawn to Arya was that she was very much unlike all the other highborn girls he had grown bored of dealing with, because they all acted and looked far too similar.
    • Robert once told William that he fell in love with Lyanna for the same reason.
  • The Nudifier: Mehrunes' Razor. In the games, it causes the Disintegrate Armor effect, which translates in-story to destroying whichever clothes it touches.
  • Obviously Evil: Littlefinger is this to William and Margaery Tyrell, neither of them being fooled by his polite facade for even a moment and hating him on sight.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Serana somehow manages to escape from Castle Volkihar undetected while simultaneously rescuing Benjen Stark.
  • Offing the Offspring: After Serana viciously rips into him, Lord Harkon tries to kill her, because she is an obstacle to his plans to Take Over the World.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Dremora shit their pants when they find out William is using Dragonbane.
    • The wildings Osha use to be part of are scared when they realize Robb is one of the Four Brothers that fought next to the Black Prince at Long Lake.
    • Played for Laughs in a flashback: when Catelyn asks William why he took Arya to Fort Dawnguard without asking for permission, William becomes scared. When he fails to provide a "good enough answer", she drags him away (see Ear Ache) and (maybe) spanks him.
    • Tyrion is horrified when he learns that there are more than seven thousand wildfire pots stored in the Alchemist's Guild's building... and they are still making more.
      • Tywin also experiences this when he finds out as well and quickly orders them to be removed.
    • Joffrey is left in stunned silence when Tywin reveals that, contrary to Joffrey's expectations, William's Legions will arrive at King's Landing in a matter of hours.
    • Victarion Greyjoy, the man who fights in plate in the middle of the sea because he does not fear drowning, is completely terrified when William's Storm Call Shout starts to destroy the Iron Fleet ships.
  • Old Flame: Syrio Forel for Delphine.
  • One-Man Army: Most of the Blades. When the Lannisters send ten men to arrest or kill Delphine, the Grandmaster of the Blades, she considers it an insult, and handily beats the crap out of them.
    • William when he fights off several Mythic Dawn cultists and Dremora Lords. And again when he nearly massacres Tywin's entire Cavalry when they attack the Fourth Legion, forcing Tywin to retreat. He may have been dealt a heavy blow, but William is still a force to be reckoned with.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Meryn Trant tells Arya that William charged him with escorting her to wherever he is. Arya immediately knows something is wrong, because William would have sent a Blade to carry out that task.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Ancano, the Altmer that Daenerys' group meets in Astapor, views humans as inferior, going so far as to say that there are only Eight Divines, as he doesn't believe that a mere man could ascend to god status the way that Tiber Septim did. Dany immediately takes a disliking to him.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Companions, at least its inner circle.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: In chapter 20. William is apparently visited by Arya (who is supposed to be near Harrenhal) at night in his tent. When Arya calls him 'William', he realizes what is happening, because Arya only calls him 'Will', and uses a Shout to push her away. It turns out to be Melisandre, who is trying to find a way to convert William to R'hllor.
  • Parental Favouritism: King Robert clearly favors William over his other children, particularly Joffrey, seeing William as a better version of himself at the same age. It's the main reason why he names William heir to the throne over Joffrey.
    • Cersei is more complex. While, to anyone else, it appears she favors Joffrey, in truth she is prouder of William for his accomplishments, but dislikes his resemblance to Robert. She would show her pride in him more but knows she cannot show it for fear of what Joffrey might do without anyone on his side.
  • Parental Neglect: Robert acknowledges to Joffrey and William in his deathbed that he never was a good father.
    • After the secret of Joffrey's, Myrcella's and Tommen's true parentage comes out, William calls out Jaime for only asking about Cersei's wellbeing and not caring about his three children.
    • Arya calls out Cersei claiming she doesn't know anything about William as much as she claims. To prove her point, she asks her what's his favorite color, food, and name of his horse. Cersei gets them all wrong.
  • Parental Substitute: Tyrion points out that Eddard Stark was this for William, and his murder will mean that William is unlikely to ask the Northeners to restrain from taking every Lannister head they can find.
    • Eddard was also this to Theon, who became more involved with the Starks thanks to William: this is one of the reasons why Theon stays loyal to his friends.
  • Pet the Dog: Tywin takes it upon himself to teach Arya about how to become a better Queen, because, if William ends up winning, at least he will have a great Queen standing by his side. Also, even though Arya likes to test his patience, he never gets too angry.
    • Joffrey is genuinely aggrieved by Robert's death, and is especially shaken when Robert laments that he should have been a better father to him and his siblings. He also, in a flashback, supported William in insisting that the royal family should visit Highgarden - according to William, that was one of the few, if not only, times that the two of them ever agreed on something.
    • Renly genuinely praises William and Tullius's proposal to create the Legions, and later, when discussing William's name-day celebration, he jovially asks his nephew if the latter has any more great ideas. He is also very polite to Brienne, considering her someone that can be trusted, and when the Mythic Dawn shows up to attack the Legionary and Tyrell camps, he shows genuine concern for William's safety. Those turn out to be his last words.
  • Poisonous Friend: Loras Tyrell is this for Renly. His feelings for him are genuine, but he also manipulates him to secure Tyrell domination of the Crown and place Margaery as Queen.
  • Pragmatic Hero: At the end of Chapter 26, Will decides to withdraw his forces from King's Landing and focus on isolating (and driving a wedge between) its defenders by conquering their unprotected territories, despite the fact that he has the forces necessary to lay siege to the city and take it, for two reasons: he doesn't want the civilian population to starve, and he knows about the White Walkers, so he would rather get the Tyrells and Lannisters to surrender peacefully by holding their homelands hostage, thus ensuring he'll have more men to fight the White Walker invasion when it inevitably occurs.
  • Precision F-Strike: Twice by Arya. Once internally, when she arrives as Tywin's prisoner to King's Landing, and the next when she tells Tywin she will not wear the Lannister family's colours before having to go to court.
  • The Prophecy: Several, many of them involved with William.
    • Maggy the Frog's prophecy (apart from the obvious change of the number of children) makes mention of "the Icy Snow", the "Fire of the Sun" and the "Storm", which are references to Arya, Daenerys and William.
    • The Blades swear allegiance to William because of a prophecy Grandmaster Jauffre made about Dragonbane's blood, which is fulfilled when William cuts his hand on it. Captain Steffen later reveals that only Delphine did this: the rest waited until they could be sure William was worthy of their service.
    • Viserys hears one that leads him to believe he will kill William, but he misses the point of the rest of the prophecy, which implies Daenerys will ally with William and that a third Targaryen (presumably Aegon) will try to take what William holds most dear.

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  • Rage Breaking Point: Cersei, of all people, slaps Joffrey across the face in the middle of the throne room when he asks about Robert's bastards and none too subtly reminds her of the failure of her marriage. She is as shocked as anyone else.
  • Ramming Always Works: Justified in the Battle of Torrhen's Square. The Legion's Triremes have a metal ram on their Triremes' prows, and that, combined with their higher short-distance speed, is enough to wreck the more fragile Ironborn longboats and warships.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: while never directly stated, it is implied to be part of the ritual Serana went through when Molag Bal turned her into a vampire.
  • Reality Ensues: William's Ebony Armor is among the best, and protects him from most attacks, but not even that can protect him from the continuous blows he takes during the tourney, particularly when he fights Sandor Clegane. At the end, he faints in pain, has a couple of broken ribs and his torso and stomach are covered black and blue in bruises.
    • Happens again in Chapter 26 during his rematch with Viserys. Will is so exhausted from the battle of King's Landing AND from using the Storm Call Thu'um that Viserys nearly defeats him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Catelyn lays it on Renly and the Tyrells for trying to deal with William as if he were a kid in need of guidance, instead of a young man that wants to have different advisors.
    • Captain Renault throws a brutal one to Arya, because Arya's decision to give her Blades bodyguards the slip not only jeopardized the war effort, but also was a heavy insult against the Blades' honor. Much to her merit, Arya acknowledges that Renault is right and takes those lessons to heart.
  • Religion of Evil: one of the Nine Divines' priests says that the R'hllor religion is one of these.
    • Mythic Dawn, straight from Oblivion, makes its appearance in an encounter with Viserys, and later tries to kill Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen, succeeding in the former case and nearly in the latter. They are but one of many factions going after the Elder Scroll in Cloud Ruler Temple.
  • Rule of Symbolism: when they arrive to Winterfell, William wears a stag and black and yellow clothes (the symbols of House Baratheon), while Joffrey wears a lion and red and gold clothes (symbolds of House Lannister).
  • Schmuck Bait: During the Battle of King's Landing, as the Reach armies ready to fight the Legions, Tywin is reluctant to leave King's Landing and join the Reach even though the Legions would be outnumbered, because he knows William has planned for that eventuality, but in the end he moves. Just in time for three more Legions to reveal themselves, putting equal numbers on the field and surrounding the Lannister-Tyrell armies.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Renly tells Eddard that the only way William can secure the Reach's support (the Reach being the second richest of the Seven Kingdoms) is if he (Eddard) breaks the betrothal between William and Arya and arranges William's marriage to Margaery Tyrell. Eddard, who knows William and Arya love each other, pretty much tells him to stuff it.
    • In chapter 20, after Renly tells William that, if he marries Margaery Tyrell, he will get a hundred thousand men and the Seven Kingdoms, William replies that Renly could offer him a million men and a thousand kingdoms and Arya would still come out on top.
  • The Scourge of God: According to Valeria Targaryen, the Doom of Valeria was actually Akatosh destroying the city for daring to try and usurp the power of the Septim bloodline.
  • Secret Keeper: as he dies, Eddard tells William about a promise he cannot keep anymore presumably, the one he made to his sister Lyanna.
  • Seppuku: the Blades have this among their customs. When Arya is captured, a Blade captain tells Jaime that the Blades that were guarding her might undergo this in an attempt to regain their honor.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Arya, as of Chapter 24. She is surprised when Joffrey tells her that she is prettier than when he last saw her nearly a year before before giving her an appreciative look up and down. Then when she realises she's now about as tall as Sansa despite being three years younger. Arya finds it difficult to believe she could change so much in only a year.
    • Willas realises that while Sansa and his sister are more traditionally beautiful, Arya has a wild look that makes her more unique than other women, and wonders if this was the sort of look Lyanna Stark had been famed for.
  • Ship Tease: tons between Jon and Serana.
  • Shirtless Scene: William spends a good part of his fight with Viserys Targaryen without a shirt.
  • Shared Family Quirks: All over the place for William, ironic considering that Cersei wanted Joffrey to inherit all the positive traits of his family, but William ended up doing it for both families:
    • On the one hand he has the most in common with his two favorite uncles, Tyrion and Stannis, whom he sees as role models in politics and warfare respectively; like Stannis, William has a very strict "business before pleasure" mentality when dealing with his duties and takes whatever duties he has, as a prince, commander or future king, as a priority; like Tyrion however he has a silver tongue and can be quite blunt about the faults of a person, similarily, whenever he is off duty he prefers to spend time with Tyrion and both have a hunger for knowledge, finally there is the Well-Intentioned Extremist mentality of both, while it's downplayed with William, it's very clear that he cares very little about his own image if it shall help the realm grow and be in peace (though even then he has his limits, he won't give up his marraige with Arya for example).
    • Ironically, he shares the least with his actual parents, though he shares Robert's charisma and Cersei's love for their family, the only thing that he inherited from Robert and Cersei besides that was his temper, and even then he grew out of it in the war.
    • Finally he inherited his good image skills from Renly and his pragmatic mentality from Tywin, but did not went as far as the two did with these mentalities.
  • Shout-Out: Chapter 10 is one to A Knight's Tale. William (both of them) is told by his beloved that he must lose his next bout to prove his love, and he gets pummelled. Then, on the last round, he is told he must win, and both of them say nearly the same thing when others point out what is going on ("Oh, how I love and hate her").
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Renly is trying to convince William to set Arya aside and marry Margaery:
    Renly: Great sacrifices have to be made for the good of the Realm.
    William: When you've made a great sacrifice for the Realm, then you can use that line on me, uncle.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: William and Joffrey, to the point that Joffrey actually tries to enforce this by using red glass armor (the best light armor in the The Elder Scrolls games) as opposed to William's black ebony armor (the best or second best heavy armor in the games).
    • Sansa and Arya.
  • Sinister Minister: Melisandre. William even feels the need to brush wherever she touches him.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: William rejects this idea, since it makes little sense to blame someone for what their parents did. He manages to become friends with Theon and tries to prevent Daenerys' death. Unfortunately, King Robert and Balon Greyjoy don't see it that way: Robert would kill Daenerys for being Aerys' daughter and a potential threat to the throne, and Balon Greyjoy does not accept an offer from William to gain what he has always wanted - independence - because it was William who did the offer.
  • Smug Snake: Oh, where to begin?
    • Cersei is an overprotective Control Freak who believes that William's Legions will be used to increase the prestige of the Lannisters. She makes several stupid decisions throughout the story with terrible consequences for herself and those she cares about, directly causing a bloody war because she can't accept the fact that William is far more worthy of wearing the crown than Joffrey. She also severely underestimates William numerous times.
    • Joffrey is a self-entitled, cowardly little shit who thinks that the Legions belong to him and that he is better than William. He also makes extremely stupid decisions on a whim due to his pettiness and childish nature, arrogantly proclaiming himself to be a great warrior and conqueror when everyone around knows he has no actual experience in fighting, so he's only digging himself deeper. Whenever someone stands up to him and puts him in his place, Joffrey, like a typical bully, cowers in fear and bitches like the spoiled little insect he is.
    • Viserys is very similar to Joffrey. To his credit, he grows out of his cowardice, but doesn't let go of his arrogance or short temper.
    • The Camorans, particularly Raven and Ruma. The latter had Daenerys in her hands, and instead of trying to kill her immediately she used a curse on her that would kill her painfully and slowly, giving Farengar the time to whip out a cure to save her. The former completely underestimated Farengar's magical skills even after his father repeatedly stated he was not powerful enough to take on the human mage and paid for it with his life.
    • The Tyrell Family grabs this trope with both hands during their meeting with William. They immediately assume (without doing some looking into William's background) that he will set his betrothal to Arya aside in favor of Margaery because they have been told Arya is "no great beauty" and "doesn't act like a proper lady", not considering that William may actually think that she is beautiful and that her lack of "proper lady" qualities would be attractive. They also think that the promise of money and soldiers will make him accept his terms instantly, but while William admits that Margaery would make an excellent queen and that the offer would put a quick end to the war and cover the realm's debts, he rejects the offer because he cannot bear to insult Arya nor the North and the Tyrells are unwilling to negotiate on Margaery's marriage.
      • Even worse - Loras thinks William is an idiot for rejecting Margaery, and Renly believes that Wiliam will eventually come around to their line of thinking.
    • Melisandre fancies herself as Stannis's, and later William's, trusted and valuable advisor, when in reality none of them trust her as far as they can throw her. Her arrogant claim that the worship of the Nine Divines is dying is immediately countered with the fact that it has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since William converted, while R'hollor worshipers in Westeros can be counted with two hands. William ends fed up with her meddling (particularly after the "fake Arya" trick) and has her locked up tight, with Stannis pretty much not giving a damn about her.
    • The Ironborn, except for Theon, reject William's offer of independence out of pride and decide to go to war against him and his allies, arrogantly thinking they can invade the North and later conquer King's Landing with an army consisting of untrained raiders. They also underestimate the Sixth Legion because its fleet consists of twenty-five untested triremes (with Yara saying they have nothing to worry about simply because the trireme was designed by Theon) run by, according to them, inexperienced landlubbers when, in reality, they have performed drilling routines to make them more accustomed to naval warfare. Unsurprisingly, the Legion's Fleet, led by Theon, utterly annihilates the Ironborn fleet at Torrhen's Square even though they were outnumbered 3 to 1, and to add insult to injury, the two small keeps (Deepwood Motte and Moat Cailin) they do manage to capture are effortlessly recaptured by Northern forces, one of them led by Ramsay Snow. Yeah, these guys are kinda stupid.
  • Sneeze Cut: A variant - when Margaery is flirting with Will, Arya (hundreds of miles away in Harrenhal) has the sudden urge to kill someone of the female variant.
  • The Sociopath: Joffrey, Viserys and Ramsay. Particularly the latter, since he is a follower of Molag Bal.
  • So Proud of You: Robert towards William.
  • Spanner in the Works: Mythic Dawn's plan to kill Daenerys would have been successful if it were not for Farengar's presence (which they did not know about) and the fact he had just what he needed in his cart to heal Daenerys.
    • The Mythic Dawn opening an Oblivion Gate outside King's Landing ruins William's chances of ending the war right then and there.
  • Spoiled Brat: Joffrey.
  • The Spymaster: Caius, the Blades' spymaster.
  • Squee!: Brienne of Tarth when she meets Delphine.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Serana does this all the time. Being a vampire helps.
    • Caius, William's spymaster, is able to do this as well.
    • Aela of the Companions too, much to Theon's irritation.
  • Stupid Evil: Joffrey is a moron.
  • Succession Crisis: When Robert dies, he has already named William as his heir to the throne, but Joffrey claims the throne for himself with the aid of Cersei and Littlefinger, starting a civil war between brothers. Renly almost throws in his (weak) claim for the throne, but the Tyrells realize that William's early victories will make supporting Renly a losing bet and try to reach an agreement with William, only for him to reject their "offer" to marry Margaery. This makes them reconsider Renly, but the latter's sudden death puts a stop to that.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Theon points out that his father and sister are engaging in this when they greatly underestimate the Legions' ability to make war on the seas.
  • Superweapon Surprise: One of the reasons why the Sixth Legion win the Battle of Torrhen's Square is the triremes' greater short-distance speed and manoeuvrability, as well as their ability to ram the Ironborn ships without suffering for it.
    • There are few things more surprising than the ability to start a storm at any time, which William amply demonstrates against the Iron Fleet.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Most of Tywin's bannermen and commanders are illiterate ass-kissers (some exceptions being Tytos Brax and the Westerlings, both of whom eventually switch sides), forcing him to plan out war strategies pretty much by himself to avoid total defeat. In one notable act of idiocy, one of his messengers nearly sends a copy of Tywin's plans to a Northern lord.
    • Apparently, Balon Greyjoy's mentality when any of his underlings fails at their task, no matter how impossible the task is, that there are other factors in play or, simply, when it is actually his fault.
  • Take a Third Option: Astrid tells Arya that she must choose one of three people to die in order to make up for Jaqen stealing a kill, and then gives her a knife to do the kill. Arya hangs on the Exact Words of the agreement (she only has to choose) to avoid having to murder anyone.
    • In the past, the Dragonguard opted for this when the Dance of Dragons raged: they felt Rhaenyra Targaryen was unworthy of their service but saw Aegon II as an usurper as he was not the late king's chosen heir, so Grandmaster Musashi disbanded the Dragonguard and created the Blades instead.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Haknar Deathbrand's (Theon's ancestor) ghost talks like this, although it is obvious he is just joking.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Pycelle's explanation for his Obfuscating Disability theatrics.
  • Team Mom: Catelyn Stark, more or less.
  • Thicker Than Water: Averted with Theon, who sides with his friends over his family when his father and sister reject William's offer and constantly insult him.
  • Title Drop:
    Eddard Stark: William Baratheon is your rightful king. THE SON OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS!
  • Token Evil Teammate: House Bolton is this to the factions that sided with William. Given the nature of Roose and Ramsay, they may pull a Starscream later.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • As stated above, the Ironborn are absolute idiots at strategy.
    • Tywin feels this way about Cersei's and Joffrey's plan to defend King's Landing with wildfire.
  • Took a Level in Badass: William and Arya, several times.
    • Sansa, believe it or not: after seeing the heads of all the members of her household on stakes, she decides she is not going to take more crap from Joffrey. Sandor gains respect for her when she says she will never give into Joffrey's demands.
      • It is later revealed that, among other things, she has taken to decorating all of her clothes with things that remind her of home, such as direwolves, knowing that they needle Joffrey and Cersei.
    • Daenerys dispatches Viserys herself (non-lethally) by using a Thu'um to set him on fire, learns how to use a Naginata as a weapon, and teaches her three dragons how to breathe fire by doing it herself and having them watch.
    • Viserys of all people is beginning to toy with this trope. After joining the Mythic Dawn, he begins to show a surprising level of potential, even notably asking his new comrades to avert the Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? trope. He also possesses a magic dagger that can destroy any armor it touches, is beginning to learn dark magic from his comrades, and it is implied that he may become Mehrunes Dagon's champion in the future. While still a stuck-up asshole, he is well on his way to becoming a legitimate threat rather than the utterly pathetic Big Bad Wannabe he was in canon.
    • In addition to the looks and the talents given to him by the show, Ramsay Snow is Molag Bal's champion.
  • True Companions: William, Robb, Jon and Theon, who are nicknamed "The Brothers of War". So much, that Theon chooses them over his blood family when they reject William's offer of alliance.

    U-Z 
  • Underestimating Badassery: Loras thinks that William's first victory as an army leader (the Second Battle of Long Lake) was just him playing symbol while others did the hard work, when in fact it was William's strategy that won the fight, and William personally fought several of the wildlings and killed their leader.
    • Balon and Yara Greyjoy completely underestimate the Legions' ability to fight in the seas. It takes about two battles to crush that.
    • Cersei is perennially unable to see the worth of the Blades as swords(wo)men, thinking that any victory of theirs is either a fluke, a lie (Delphine vs Jaime), or because their adversary was weak (Delphine vs Barristan).
  • Undying Loyalty: The Blades, the Imperial Legions, Stannis, the Starks, and the Companions have sworn loyalty to William, and William corresponds them with the same coin.
    • The Riverlands also show undying loyalty due to William's people saving them from the Lannisters.
    • Joffrey believes that, as king, he should have the Legions' loyalty because they are his Royal Army. He becomes quite enraged when the civil war starts and the Legions, unsurprisingly and unanimously, side with William. Ironically, Viserys thinks exactly the same.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Daenerys prevents Khal Drogo from killing Viserys after he threatens to kill her. He returns the favor by helping orchestrate the deaths of her husband and unborn son, while taking great delight in the idea of killing her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sansa is used by Queen Cersei to break off William's betrothal to Arya and, thus, Northern influence over William. Sansa does this because she believes it might fulfill her wish to marry Joffrey. By the time her father is imprisoned, she knows she's been had.
    • Renly becomes one for the Tyrells.
    • Viserys doesn't even realize that Mythic Dawn is manipulating him so he will facilitate the world's destruction.
  • Villain Ball: Viserys has a dead-bone tired William at the point of his sword, and instead of going for the kill, he starts gloating. This gives William enough time to get his breath back and use the Unrelenting Force Shout on him.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Tywin admits that he likes to go fishing in what little free time he has, much to Arya's shock. Arya has a field day when he takes her out to fishing.
  • Villainous Rescue: Tywin prevents the Tickler from torturing and killing several prisoners, including Arya and Gendry.
  • Villain Respect: Unknown to almost everybody, with the sole exception of Kevan, Tywin began to respect William since their first meeting, even adressing him as his grandson, something he refuses to do with Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen, up to the point that he tried to make him his heir; even while they wage war against each other they treat each other as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • Viserys joins the Mythic Dawn.
    • The While Walkers and Clan Volkihar are working together to invade the lands south of the Wall. Both are planning to betray each other.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Arya, who is quite willing to fight beside William, no matter what her mother says.
  • War Is Hell: William certainly thinks so, and has no problem in saying it aloud. When Margaery points out that many nobles seek to earn glory in war, William says that many nobles are idiots, because they have not seen what war truly is.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The end of Chapter 26 shows that the Lannister-Tyrell alliance is in grave danger of falling apart since Joffrey wants the Tyrell forces to stay in King's Landing (or pursue William) while they want to stop the Legions from conquering a now wholly unprotected Reach... just as Will had planned. Tywin catches on to this.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Cersei is afraid that William will be reduced to a hard-drinking fatass if he inherits the crown, which is why she doesn't want him to be king. However, while it is true that William is more skilled at warring than at politics, he also possesses quite the level of political know-how thanks to Tyrion's coaching, and her point gets undermined by the fact that Robert's depression was caused by the death of the woman he loved, which led to having to settle with Cersei.
    • Renly as well: he wishes for the war to end as quickly as possible, and has little desire to be King even though Loras is pushing for him to do so. However, he chooses to back the Tyrells, who indicate the price for their help is William's marriage to Margaery, even though it would completely undermine his strongest alliance.
  • Wham Line: at the end of chapter 16:
    Alduin: This world is mine! FOR... I... AM... ALDUIN!
  • What Does He See In Her: Many (Cersei, the Tyrells) wonder why William would prefer Arya to other 'more beautiful' highborn girls he could marry. Thing is, for William, it is more than just physical appearance.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: William to Eddard when, even though William had warned him against doing it, Eddard decided to trust in Littlefinger.
    • Arya to William, after he does not kill his brother when he had the chance.
    • Captain Renault to Arya, while rescuing her from King's Landing, because of all the consequences her mistakes (which led to her capture) have caused. Arya takes the criticism to heart and shows she has learned from it.
  • White Sheep: Sansa tells Tyrion after Joffrey has Meryn Trant cut off one of her fingers that he is the best of the Lannisters.
  • Why Are You Not My Heir: Tywin expresses regret that William was sent to Winterfell instead of Casterly Rock. If he had been sent to him when he was young, he would've finally had the chance to create the Heir for the Lannisters he's been dreaming of.
    • Also Robert, who wishes William had been his firstborn instead of the second, since he knows William would be a much better king than Joffrey. In his deathbed, however, he decides to just declare William as his heir in his will.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Viserys asks why they don't just open another Oblivion Gate on top of William's armies and have him killed now. Mankar explains that summonning a Gate is extremely draining and that he hasn't fully recovered from summonning the last one (when he tried to kill Daenerys). So they must look for alternatives to defeat the Black Prince.
    • And then Viserys forgets his own advice when he has Will at his mercy, but decides to gloat instead of finish him off, giving Will a chance to recover and overpower him.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Sansa, who, like in the books, thinks Joffrey is the perfect prince and that Cersei is a good Queen. She awakens a bit too late.
    • Daenerys, probably, but she is slowly improving.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: William. However, he's not invincible: Word of God explicitly states that his first one-upping over Littlefinger was due to a combination of minor carelessness on Littlefingers's part and sheer dumb luck. His second victory (at Long Lake), however, was more impressive.
  • The Wise Prince: William. He beats Petyr Baelish twice in the Game of Thrones, creates an army that can potentially stabilize the Seven Kingdoms, and is winning a war against Tywin Lannister.
  • With Great Power: Farengar Secret-Fire tells Daenerys that the Dragonborn do not have the right to rule, but rather the duty to rule.
  • Worthy Opponent: Gregor Clegane seems obsessed with killing Vilkas, and becomes enraged whenever deprived of a chance to fight him.
    • The Ebony Warrior acknowledges Khal Drogo and Oberyn Martell as this trope, and the feeling is mutual.
    • Tywin accepts that his grandson William is probably one of the best minds he has confronted, both in and out of the battlefield.
    • Daenerys considers William this, every time he is brought up in a conversation, Daenerys never once belittles his accomplishment and acknowledges that he is her biggest obstacle to the Throne, however in this case it's more of an Unknown Rival scenario, while William knows about Daenerys, he doesn't want to fight her, in fact he send Farengar with the intention of making peace, and is more worried about Joffrey and the White Walkers than her, the Dothraki and the Unsullied.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Arya's Needle gets sundered during her escape from King's Landing.
  • Xanatos Gambit: After the Battle of King's Landing results in a tie, William sets things up to cause this: by sending most of the army to take Highgarden while he withdraws to Harrenhal, he causes strife in the Lannister-Tyrell alliance and makes it so, no matter what choice they make, it will get him closer to victory.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Whenever William calls Robert 'Your Grace,' instead of Father, he knows that it means William is upset with him.
  • You Just Told Me: When Melisandre claims the Thu'um are R'hollor's gift, William replies that he never found any mention of them in R'hollor's writings. Melisandre falls for this, confirming what William - who had never even touched those writings - already suspected.
  • Zerg Rush: The Wildlings' "strategy" at Long Lake is to simply rush the Legion's lines, causing them to fall into an obvious trap that gets most of them killed.
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