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The Shadowchaser and the Stormborn is a A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic written by Urrax. Can be read at Archive Of Our Own here, and Fanfiction.net here.


Old powers waken. Shadows stir. An age of wonder and terror will soon be upon us, an age for gods and heroes.

The battle at the Tower of Joy has a different conclusion. The son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lady Lyanna Stark is raised by the last surviving member of the Kingsguard, Ser Arthur Dayne.


This fic provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Jon Snow is named Aemon Targaryen.
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    • Shaggydog is named Fenrir.
  • Adult Fear: Lyanna Stark has to watch helplessly as her newborn son gets taken from her, albeit there being good reasons for it.
  • Age Lift: Arya Stark, Myrcella Baratheon, Edric Dayne, and Edric Storm.
  • Bond Creatures: Aemon has a pet lemur named Rhaegon. He skinchanges into it on multiple occassions, most notibly when looking for the location of his kidnapped companions.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Rickard Stark, the son of Brandon Stark and Ashara Dayne.
    • Artan and Ulrick Spyre, twins from a minor Dornish House.
  • Cool Sword: Arthur Dayne's sword, Dawn. Made from a fallen star.
  • Death by Adaptation: Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth, and Balon Greyjoy.
  • Gender Flip: Robert Arryn is replaced by Alayne Arryn.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rhaella Targaryen gets in the way of an assassin aiming to kill her son, Viserys. This results in her death.
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  • Human Sacrifice: Three children's lives where exchanged in a ritual to heal Aemon.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Arthur Dayne sparing Eddard Stark's life causes Eddard to send men after Arthur with the intention of kidnapping Aemon. This leads to the death of Arthur's sister, Ashara.
  • Obviously Evil: Ramsay Snow. Depsite never meeting him previously, Samwell Tarly admits to himself that his very presence sets him on edge, and instantly feels the need to get away from him.
  • Parental Substitute: Arthur and Ashara Dayne for Aemon Targaryen.
  • Pretty Boy: Aemon Targaryen is considered this. Even when he's temporarily dying he's commented on to be beautiful.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Arthur Dayne, Lyanna Stark, Waymar Royce, Lucerys Velaryon, and Maron Greyjoy.
  • Taking You with Me: Willam Darry sets off a wildfire explosion at Dragonstone; killing himself along with Stannis Baratheon, and Davos Seaworth.
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  • Too Dumb to Live: Balon Greyjoy mocks Robert Baratheon on the death of his brother, and the possible return of the Targaryens. Robert in turn kills him with one punch to the face.

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