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The Phoenician of Blood and Fire is, as the name might suggest, a crossover fanfic of Warhammer 40,000 and A Song of Ice and Fire by Cataphract. In this story, a certain silver-haired Primarch lands in Westeros after the Chaos Gods carry him and his brothers away, and is taken in by Aerys Targaryen. Naming the child Balerion after the great dragon of Aegon the Conqueror, he is inducted into House Targaryen to serve as its chief protector.

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Cataphract has also made several What If? spin-offs of other Primarchs that could have landed in Westeros like Angron of Tarth, The Redstar of Ice and Fire, where Angron was raised by House Tarth, The Eater of Ice and Fire, where Angron grew up in Essos as a slave gladiator before escaping and meeting Dany and Jorah, and The Death of Ice and Fire, where Mortarion becomes a peasant from the Riverlands. Cataphract has also created Primarchs of Ice and Fire, an anthology of short one-shots stories of other Primarchs.


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    The Phoenician 

Examples of tropes in this fanfic:

  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Fulgrim is named Balerion here by Aerys, who declares that he shall be the Targaryen's new dragon, and a dragon needs a worthy name.
    • And his Space Marine Legion, the Emperor's Children, are called the Dragon Knights in this story.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Balerion is completely immune to poison thanks to his transhuman physiology, and in fact makes a habit of actually drinking beverages spiked with various poisons for recreation.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Many Dragon Knights have tattoos of Dragons on their face since face tattoos were originally marks of shame to show that a person was a Essosi slave, but after Balerion freed the slaves, many of them joined his army and they redrew dragons on their tattoos as a mark of pride and to show their loyalty to Balerion for freeing them.
  • Badass Army: Balerion lead and transformed the Second Sons and Third Sons into a very formidable army known as the Dragon's Sons, which eventually becomes the Dragon Knights.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Balerion is furiously protective towards the Targaryen children, particularly Danaerys.
  • The Chosen One: Many faiths decide Balerion is the embodiment of a god - He's Azor Ahai to the Red Priests, the Stallion That Mounts the World to the Dothraki and a combination of the Warrior and the Smith to some septons. He doesn't actively encourage the worship, but he certainly uses the influence as a way to spread his agenda.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Aerys claims Balerion to be a dragon that will serve the Targaryens to destroy their enemies and conquer Westeros. No one in Westeros took the Mad King's claims seriously until Balerion united Essos under the Targaryen banner and leading a massive invasion of Westeros.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Balerion is a Primarch, which means he's basically a demigod. Needless to say, there's not a whole lot that can pose even a hint of a threat to him.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Theon and his father were killed during the Greyjoy Rebellion with the former hinted to be murdered by Gregor Clegane since he was found with his head crushed. The only Greyjoys left alive are Asha and Euron, former was spared and adopted by the Tullys after the rebellion and the latter was away exploring the world.
    • Gregor Clegane gets killed much earlier while his Canon counterpart is still alive during the War of Five Kings.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Khal Drogo was the last surviving Khal to fight Balerion during the free for all match to become leader of the entire Dothraki horde before the elders call off the match and choose Balerion as the new head Khal. Since then, Drogo becomes one of Balerion's Generals, leading the Horde in Balerion's campaign to conquer Essos and killing any rival Khals that refuse to recognize Balerion's authority.
  • Dramatic Unmask: "Salazar" reveals his identity to Ned Stark and Viserys as Oberyn Martell shortly after King Robert is killed as there is no need to keep up his family's secret of supporting the Targaryens.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite the animosity between the Seven Kingdoms and the Slaver Cities of Essos, especially over slavery, both sides join forces to stop Balerion's army for their own reasons (Preventing the restoration of the Targaryen Regime and reviving the slave trade for each sides respectively).
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Amory Lorch is confused why Balerion is charging him for the crime of leading his men on a campaign of Rape, Pillage, and Burn on the peasants, believing as a noble, he has right to do whatever he wants with them. And when it seems like Balerion is going to execute him, he begs for his life and offers to kill Cersei's children, thinking Balerion wants revenge for the death of the Elia Martell's children only for Balerion to coldly reply he is no Tywin Lannister and would never stoop to such barbarity like him.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Several chapters set in the future revealed that not only will Balerion succeed in conquering the world of Westeros but his Space Marine Legion, the Dragon Knights, remained loyalist during the Horus Heresy.
  • Friends with Benefits: How Nymeria Sand describes her relationship with Viserys - he needed to relieve his urges, so was she, and that's it.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nyessos Vhassar, a Volantis noble and slave trader suffers from this. His attempts to humiliate and kill Balerion for ruining his slave business fails spectacularly. First, he tries to paint Balerion as a barbarian for seeking a fight with Gregor Clegane at his home to his guests only for Balerion win over the crowd to his side by seeking their permission to duel Gregor, proclaiming his fight with Gregor is to avenge and punish Gregor for the murder of Princess Elia and her son Aegon. Then, not only does Gregor lose to Balerion and gets killed instead, Balerion reveals to the crowd that Nyessos tried to poison him at his own home, breaking the rules of guests rights. His plans foiled, reputation ruined, allies abandoning him and made into a fool, Nyessos freaks out and runs away.
  • I Shall Taunt You: One of Balerion's favorite pastimes is sending insulting letters to Robert Baratheon. As a result, Robert hates him as much as he hates the Targaryens, if not more.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Magnus marvels at the way Tegoni psykers are able to use the Warp without letting a single trace of their presence within.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After being caught by surprised by Balerion's rear attack on his troops and defeating both Loras and Renly during Robert's campaign in Essos, Stannis, affected by the Primarch's aura, surrenders to Balerion rather than see his men dying in a hopeless battle.
  • Large and in Charge: By virtue of being a Primarch, Balerion is taller than even Gregor Clegane, making him a true giant among men. And as of now, he and his adoptive family now rule most of Essos with designs on reclaiming the Iron Throne.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Chaos Gods each take turns over trying to corrupt Balerion and join Chaos. When Tzeentch decides not to do anything on his turn, Slaanesh believes it's her turn now only to be stop by Tzeentch since it's still his turn even if he hasn't acted yet, ensuring the other Chaos God won't have a chance to corrupt Balerion.
  • The Mole: Melisandre is this for Balerion in King Robert's court.
  • My Greatest Failure: During the sack of King's Landing by the Lannisters, Balerion was unable to save Elia and her children, only managing to spirit away Viserys and his sister to Essos. Even though he concludes that every other possible way he might have tried would have changed nothing, Balerion never truly forgives himself for failing in his duty to protect his adoptive family.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The world of ''A Song of Ice and Fire" is often designated as "Planetos" by fanon but is otherwise unnamed. Here, it's explicitely designated as Tegon.
  • Odd Friendship: Balerion the Knight In Shining Armour and Mortarion the antisocial enjoy sitting together to drink poisons. No, seriously.
  • Parental Substitute: Balerion openly confesses he loved Queen Rhaella as a mother, and she wasn't above returning it.
  • Pet the Dog: Balerion is frustrated by many of his brothers considering his foster Targaryen family akin to his "pets", and he was quite surprised when Angron not only understood but respected the bond.
  • Poke in the Third Eye: A non-invasive version - when Balerion is poisoned by Mortarion and put in a coma, he's brought back to a past conversation with two of his younger brothers... only for Konrad to see him.
  • Sanity Slippage: Robert hasn't been thinking straight since Balerion escaped with Viserys and Daenerys to the point he willingly allies with the Essos Slave states to fight against Balerion forces. Ned realizes his friend has finally lost it when after a series of defeats with results of many of his top commanders captured including his brothers, he willingly accepts a duel with Balerion, still believing he can still win the war despite it becomes clear they already lost.
  • Smug Snake: Nyessos Vhassar until his plans to humiliate and kill Balerion backfires.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Viserys manages to avoid his canon fate of being crowned with molten gold. In fact, he's gone on to become a major player in the game of thrones.
  • Thanatos Gambit: A poisoned Tywin purposely angers Tyrion in order to make his son kill him by insulting Tyrion's first love to ensure that not only will Tyrion will be forever be known as a kin-slayer but to ensure the leadership of House Lannister will never fall under Tyrion's rule. Unfortunately for Tywin, his plan fails since not only did Gerion took the blame for Tywin's death by claiming Tywin wanted to die than to live in humiliation being a prisoner but Balerion is sympathetic to Tyrion, keeps the truth a secret and even convinces Tyrion to become the new head of House Lannister.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Ned and Tywin don't get along during Robert's campaign to fight Balerion's army in Essos since not only is Ned still bitter over Tywin's sack of King's Landing during Robert's rebellion but also how Balerion asks them to surrender, with Ned getting an apology by the Targaryens for the deaths of his father and siblings while Tywin gets some harsh words and threats of punishments for betraying the loyalist forces, causing Tywin to subtly accuse Ned of planning to defect to the Targaryens. It doesn't help that Robert always listens to Ned's advise over Tywin.
  • This Is My Boomstick: Balerion eventually develop gunpowder and a cannon. Shrapnel shells are used by Viserys' forces in defending Myr against Tywin's forces, and effectively decimating the Lannister army.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Viserys goes from being a petulant, entitled snot of a princeling, to a confident and highly capable leader and military commander, thanks in no small part to Balerion taking special care to guide his charge on the right path.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Robert is much more worse than his Canon counterpart due to his obsession to kill the Targaryens, especially Balerion. He's so obsessed that he refused to allow the Royal Fleet in the capital to leave and fight in the Greyjoy Rebellion out of fear of an Targaryen Invasion, forcing Stannis to build a new fleet in the West of Westeros which allowed Iron Islanders to continue their piracy and raids much longer than their Canon counterparts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Viserys is far nicer than he was in canon, due in no small part to Balerion acting as the father figure in his life and quelling his charge's temper and other less-palatable traits.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite Balerion's reputation for being unkillable and thwarting many attempts on his life for years, many assassins still try to kill him, either from arrogance, foolishness or greed for the reward money.
  • Villains Want Mercy:
    • Tregar begged Balerion to spare his life and follow by "I Will Do Anything!" after failing miserably to poison him. Balerion does forgives Tregar on the condition that he doesn't warn any other assassins about his immunity to poison or else he will have one last visit with Tregar.
    • Amory Lorch attempts this when Balerion captures him, even offering to kill Cersei's children as a sign of his loyalty. Balerion is disgusted that Lorch would stoop that low to survive so he leaves him to die from the poison wine he drank.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Mortarion will ultimately rebel against the Emperor, but to do this, he will have to destroy any trust and love between him and Balerion, the only other Primarch he truly loved as family.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Once Amory Lorch realise the Lannister army is going to lose to Balerion's army, he thinks he can be spared by the Targaryens by killing Cersei's children, not realising that Balerion is not the kind of man who wants innocent children to suffer for the sins of their parents.
  • You Have Failed Me: Nurgle punishes Euron for failing to corrupt Balerion by enslaving him as a rower on his plague ship for all eternity.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Varys has Mero killed since not only has the sellsword failed to poison Balerion but was unable to find the whereabouts of Viserys and his sister. For extra irony, Mero is killed by the Strangler poison, one of the many poisons he tried to use on Balerion.
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    Angron of Tarth, The Redstar of Ice and Fire 
  • Accidental Hero: The Storm Warriors never expected they would tumble upon Arya Stark when they set to free Harrenhal from Gregor Clegane.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Being raised by a loving, chivalrous family truly did wonders for Angron's character.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Downplayed as the sounds are quite similar, but Westerosi Angron is named Aegon.
  • Attack Hello: Aegon's "training" with Brienne for surprise attacks is by suddenly breaking down her bedroom door and attack her.
  • Big Little Brother: Being a Primarch, Aegon is taller and biologically younger than his adoptive sister Brienne.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Aegon was gene-engineered to be a general and superb fighter, which doesn't prevent him from being genial and easy-going.
  • The Empath: Aegon's onscreen use of his psyker abilities is him dampening Arya's rage and distress, or gently pushing Catelyn to have a good cry.
  • For Want of a Nail: Aegon killing Gregor and rescuing Arya finally convinced Renly to go on the offensive rather than do nothing like his Canon self.
    • Ser Robar Royce never joined Renly's Rainbow Guard as he decided to follow Aegon as a Storm Warrior. He was replaced by Red Ronnet Connington.
    • Aegon saves Renly's life from a shadow assassin. The shadow is weaken by Aegon's aura and allowing Brienne to slay it. This directly caused Melisandre to burst into flames and Stannis is rendered into a coma.
  • Gender Is No Object: Consequence of his adoptive sister being a kickass knight-aspirant, Aegon has no problems with ladies fighting. He even starts training Arya.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Renly certainly has his finger on the social pulse. So when his vassal's exploits give him a windfall, he jumps on the occasion to show himself the worthier claimant to the throne.
    • Aegon and Lord Tarly realize Littlefinger cannot be trusted when the latter offers to help the Storm Warriors into Kings Landing to rescue Sansa so instead they made their own plans without Littlefinger's knowledge.
  • Gentle Giant: Everyone's knee-jerk reaction to meeting Aegon is marvelling at his size. He also genuinely believes into and seeks to embody chivalry.
  • Good Counterpart: The Redstar is this to the Mountain that Rides.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Loras is jealous of Brienne when Renly is paying too much attention to her.
  • Hope Spot: With his father dead and King's Landing under siege, Tyrion negotiates with Renly for a surrender where the Lannisters will be spared and their power intact in exchange for having Cersei's children give up their claim to the Iron throne, paying reparations, Tommen and Mycerlla will be made hostages to the neutral Starks and Martells and Tyrion possibly becoming the new Warden of the West. Tyrion thinks he manages to save his family with this deal..until Aegon smells Wildfire in Tyrion's carriage.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Starks are whammied from two different directions with that. Their eldest daughter Sansa is an hostage to the Lannisters in King's Landing, and the Tyrells are detaining their younger daughter Arya.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: Aegon has no idea that he's doing this to Renly, but a genuine Knight In Shining Armour flying from success to success is worth all the PR campaigns in the world.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: Both of Lord Tarth's children want to become this. They manage to achieve their dream.
  • Loophole Abuse: Brienne makes Aegon promise to not challenge Renly's men even if they disrespected her. However, Aegon noted that she doesn't forbid him from accepting a challenge from them.
  • Mythology Gag: Arya Stark is taken under the wing of a towering, badass warrior. She also becomes friends with a bastard son of Robert Baratheon.
  • Red Is Heroic: Aegon, who else?
  • Spanner in the Works: Littlefinger's plan to use Aegon and his Storm Warriors as his pawns so he can gain credit for "rescuing" Sansa with either Renly or the Lannisters should either side win the war falls apart when Aegon, rather than follow Littlefinger's plan where he plans to ambush the Storm Warriors while rescuing Sansa, Aegon instead disguised himself as Gregor Clegane, enter the throne room, revealed his identity to everyone, fight and kill the Kingguards, Goldcloaks and Redcloaks, and made them chase him throughout Kings Landing before jumping into Blackwater Bay as a diversion so his Storm Warriors can rescue Sansa before anyone realized she's gone.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: After seeing Aegon slay Melisandre's shadowbaby, people start to call him the "Warrior in flesh" and address him prayers. Aegon's first impulse is to toss the votives into the sea.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Catelyn being reunited with Arya feels like that, after all the horrors which happened and just keep happening to the woman's family.
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: Downplayed when Catelyn learns Aegon is teaching swordfighting to Arya - she's not overjoyed to see her already tomboyish daughter becoming even less of a lady, but she's also aware it could mean life or death for Arya in the war-torn Westeros. At the moment, she is just thankful her daughter is still alive, and relatively unharmed.
  • War Is Hell: Ser Robar Royce joined Renly's party under the assumption it would be good fun. Seeing the consequences of the Mountain rampaging through the Riverlands really sobered him.

    The Death of Ice and Fire 
  • Adaptational Badass: Sansa, who learns swordfighting from Beric Dondarion and after traveling through the war-torn Riverlands asks for more swordfighting lessons.
  • And Then What?: The blackfoot septon points that even if Morrec tries to return to a peasant life, his actions mean people won't ignore him anymore.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: In this story, Sandor Clegane is very happy with Gregor dead at Morrec's hands and offers Morrec to come by Clegane Keep and have all the drinks there whenever he want for free.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Because of Gregor Clegane's wanton pillaging in the Riverlands and causing the deaths of Morrec's parents at the commands of the Lannisters, Morrec utterly despised the nobility of Westeros for not caring about the lives of the smallfolk that would become causalities in their political games. Morrec makes an exception with Ned Stark, who is willing to repair the damages in the Riverlands.
    Morrec: You lords always play your games. Thinking of everything that you can gain but never thinking of the cost to the smallfolk you see as beneath you. It was one Lord who killed but at the cost of over a hundred of my folks.
  • Birds of a Feather: Stannis almost smiles after meeting Morrec, who's just as grim and blunt as him.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Morrec dumps Gregor Clegane's head and body parts in front of everyone in the Great Hall to prove that he killed The Mountain.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: Morrec is called "the Stranger in flesh", wields a huge scythe, is generally dour and creepy yet his main preoccupation is protecting smallfolk.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When a peasant couple confesses they found a newborn baby in the woods, Ser Brynden never imagines a possible connection to the recent meteorite fall since it's rather common for starving families to expose a child.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: On his first meeting with Gregor Clegane, Morrec mockingly tells him "I thought you would be bigger."
  • Expy: A childless farmer couple adopting a mysterious child who fell from the sky? Hello, Superman. Of course, Morrec's grim demeanour and his crusade being kickstarted by his parents' murder lean more towards Batman.
  • Eye Scream: Melisandre suffers this when she accidentally mind-contacts the Emperor of Mankind.
  • Farm Boy: Morrec's foster family in this timeline.
  • For Want of a Nail: Morrec and his fellow smallfolk slain Gregor Clegane and his raiders at Mummer's Ford, which in canon was destroyed and its inhabtants slaughtered by Clegane's raiders.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Morrec was happy to stay a humble farmer, tending to his crops in the Riverlands. Then his parents became casualties of war, and he decided to rouse peasants into an army.
  • Get into Jail Free: Morrec turns himself in to the Lannisters in order to breaking out Ned Stark. As the Lannisters decided to put Morrec in the most secure part of the Red Keep, this make Morrec's job a lot easier to finding Ned.
  • Keep the Reward: Ned Stark was about to reward Morrec for slaying Gregor and his men and protecting the Riverlands, only for him to angrily refuse it because he hold the Starks partly responsible for the deaths of his parents and hundreds of rivermen. Though after Ned hear out Morrec's grievances, he instead offer aid to help the rivermen which Morrec accepts.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lord Tywin Lannister finally dies when people victimized by his ruthlessness decided enough was enough. It starts with Morrec killing his attack dog Gregor Clegane, and it ends with a bastard Reyne knifing him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Melisandre accidentally opened a way to Tegon for Warp contact when she tried to scry for Morrec's origins.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Brynden Tully is floored when Morrec remembers him from the day his foster parents found him as a newborn in the woods.
  • Obviously Evil: Morrec is quick not to trust the Boltons in which he points out of their symbol of a flayed man that they held on for centuries; immediately recognizing it as a warning born out of fear, threat, and violence, and NOT something to stand proudly for.
  • Parting Words Regret: A variation. Morrec knew his parents worried about him eventually leaving them, and despairs over the fact he never got to say them he just wanted to stay home.
  • Prepare to Die: "My name is Morrec. You (Gregor) and your men killed my parents. Now, prepare to die."
  • Reforged into a Minion: After she accidentally contacted Him, the Emperor read Melisandre's mind to learn about Morrec before soul-binding her, which destroyed her eyes and turned her into an Astropath.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The murders of Morrec's adoptive parents by Gregor Clegane's men, and along with many massacred rivermen, caused Morrec to start leading his fellow smallfolk against Gregor and his bandits. Morrec succeed in getting his revenge.
  • Shoot the Messenger: One of Gregor Clegane's men warned him about Morrec and he is paid for having his neck crushed under Clegane's foot for cowardice and being weak.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Morrec is quite disgruntled and uncomfortable with people holding him as the "Stranger in flesh".
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Morrec trains his fellow rivermen in fighting back and wiping out Gregor Clegane's marauders. These rivermen formed the Company of the Stranger to defend their homes and families from the Lannisters and brigands during the War of the Five Kings.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Morrec held the Starks equally guilty as the Lannisters for the deaths of his parents and hundreds of Riverlanders in which he points out to Ned that his wife's capture of Tyrion provoked the Lannisters to send Gregor Clegane to ravage the Riverlands to punish the Tullys. Ned take responsibility for the deaths and makes his promise to Morrec to help aid the victims of Clegane and rebuild their lives.
  • Working-Class Hero: Morrec was a mere farmer until destiny banged on his door, and he strongly identifies with peasants while expressing disgust for the highborns.
  • Younger Than He Looks: Brynden Tully is flabbergasted to learn this towering murder-machine is barely older than his eldest niece Sansa.
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