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Fanfic / The Phoenician Of Blood And Fire

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The Phoenician of Blood and Fire is, as the name might suggest, a crossover of Warhammer 40,000 and A Song of Ice and Fire. 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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  • 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 original marks of shame to show that a person was a Essos slave but since Balerion freed the slaves and many of them join his army, they redrew dragons on their tattoos as a badge of pride to the show how they become free men and loyal soldiers of Balerion.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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