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Wearing Robert's Crown is an A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic diverging from canon after the sack of King's Landing. Although described as a Self-Insertion, with the author avatar playing the role of Robert Baratheon (referred to as Drakbert or Drakebert in some comments), his perspective isn't portrayed, with the point of view circulating between canonical characters.

You can find it on here. It's also archived on Archive of Our Own here and advance postings are made on and


Wearing Robert's Crown provides examples of the next tropes:

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: After Drakebert's passing, the throne was assumed by his young heir Eddard under the regency of Stannis. After Eddard's unfortunate passing, Cassana assumed the throne under the same regent.
  • Adopt the Dog: Drakebert's handling of Mance Rayder.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Cassana Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Altar Diplomacy:
    • Drakebert's marriage to Alayne Chelsted.
    • Averted by Renly's marriage since rather than resolving the problems between the Baratheons and the Martells it endangered several of Drakebert's other alliances. This lead to the trope being played straight through the engagement of his nephew Orys and Ned's niece Joanna.
    • Mace Tyrell attempted this, but failed.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: As above, events diverge from canon during Robert's Rebellion - specifically from Robert's arrival at the Red Keep after the sack of King's Landing. The insertion point may had happened some time before that.
  • Ancestral Weapon:
    • Viserys noted that his sword belonged to his brother Rhaegar before him. He also dreams of Blackfyre, sword of his ancestor Aegon the Conqueror and later obtained that sword's mate Dark Sister.
    • Gerion and Tyrion Lannister go looking for the Lannister's long-lost Valyrian steel sword Brightroar but found another Valyrian steel sword instead, which they made an heirloom sword anyway.
  • And Then What?: Some readers have noted that Drakebert's actions may be all very well with regard to preparing for the Others, but they're also going to destabilise Westeros in the longer term.
  • Anyone Can Die: It's ASOIAF so that should go without saying. Not even Drakebert is safe. Word of God is that the SI didn't get reincarnated or sent home: his death in the story was final.
  • Arranged Marriage: Drakebert winds up arranging one between his nephew Orys and Ned's niece Joanna.
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  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inverted. Drakebert starts the fic by taking the throne well, sort of - although the crown isn't mentioned.
  • Bold Explorer: Tyrion Lannister, and to a lesser extent his uncle Gerion.
  • Book Burning: Shortly after the invention of the printing press, a definitive sex manual was printed. The High Septon proposes banning the book and burning every copy, but since Drakebert wrote it, that didn't happen.
  • Cheerful Child: Eddard Baratheon is particularly notable in this.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Drakebert pays Varys for his services with a dragon egg, and a decade later Varys concludes it was Robert telling him he knew about Griff the Younger (a.k.a. Aegon, or 'Egg').
  • The Chessmaster: Varys is convinced Robert Baratheon fills this role.
  • Cliffhanger: The writer loves them.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Drakebert's plan to curb Tywin's more bloodthirsty tendencies and punish him for his 'salt the earth' approach in the war with the Ironborn: when he dissolves the Iron Islands as a Kingdom and divides up their territory among the Lords who supported him, he grants Tywin two of the Iron Islands renown for their mines. Tywin, having already razed them to the ground and flooded the mines to make them unusable, is now stuck cleaning them up as a matter of pride.
  • Cool Crown: Robert wears the same gold circlet as Aegon III, who also succeeded the throne following a civil war, and Aegon V, his nearest royal ancestor.
  • Confusion Fu: Even Bloodraven, who has access to his dreams, isn't sure what to make of Drakebert.
  • Daddy's Girl: Cassana.
  • Dad the Veteran: Barristan Selmy. To his chagrin, his son Duncan used to play-fight as Barristan The Bold without knowing that he was play-acting as his own father.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Olenna Tyrell.
  • Deal with the Devil: Bloodraven appears to have made a deal with the Children of the Forest in return for lore he hopes will allow for the return of dragons.
  • Death by Adaptation: Most of the Greyjoys died during their rebellion, with Aeron being the last survivor until Jaime lopped off his head in his Trial by Combat.
  • Decapitated Army: The loss of Drakebert, Ned and Jaime effectively does this to the war effort in the North. Ned survived with loss of limb, and managed to rejoin the army some time later.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Arthur Dayne is killed by Viserys here in Essos rather than at the Tower of Joy.
  • Dirty Business: Drakebert has to deal with the fact he executed a twelve year old for murder. And earlier with Tywin having had Rhaegar's family killed.
    Drakebert:"It's no secret that two of your knights slew Princess Elia and you know how hot-headed the Dornish can be."
    Tywin:"It needed to be done."
    Drakebert:"The children, yes. And I doubt she'd have stood by for it. But dammit, man! But don't brag about it! Dark deeds are done in the dark where no one can see them."
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After years of restraining himself to well-watered wine, Drakebert drinks himself into a stupor after executing Quentyn Martell.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Drakebert himself died holding the line against wights and White Walkers after reciting the Night Watch's oaths, functionally making him the 999th Lord Commander of The Night's Watch.
  • Earn Your Title: Tyrion Lannister becomes known as the Crowslayer after he kills Euron Greyjoy.
  • Entitled Bastard: Viserys starts out this way, but he progressively gets over it as the story continues.
  • Faux Action Girl: An In-Universe example: During the Greyjoy Rebellion Cersei Lannister rides to war with her husband Benjen, wearing armour the whole way. She's packed off to Casterly Rock before any battles take place though.
  • Fictional Document:
    • Tyrion Lannister apparently publishes accounts of his voyages with some success.
    • Drakebert is credited with a sex manual that causes some controversy, since it includes chapters for the married to encourage children and the unmarried (to avoid conception). It also appears to discuss Mendelian genetics as a theory.
  • Fix Fic: It's been accused of being this on the spacebattles forum. Some readers were quite shocked by later plot twists subverting this.
  • Frontline General: Robert very often leads from the front, like the medieval ruler that he is.
  • For Want of a Nail: Domeric Bolton has no reason to seek out his half-brother Ramsay, since he has a legitimate half-brother Barton.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Ser Tyrion Lannister.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: With some success - an attempt at a screw-galley is labelled Robert's Folly for its (recoverable) failure.
  • Gold Digger: Jeyne Waynwood, at least when contrasted with her sisters.
  • Good Parents:
    • Drakebert and Alayne are devoted to their children.
    • More surprisingly Cersei of all people seems to have flourished into this with Benjen.
  • Handicapped Badass: Lack of height in no way impairs Tyrion's ability to travel the world, slay pirates, burn wights, catch the eye of a princess (admittedly eight-year old Cassana Baratheon) and recover ancient treasures.
  • Happily Adopted: Although she's well aware of her parentage, Daenerys occasionally refers to Drakebert as her father.
  • Happily Married: Most of the fic's marriages are content enough, but special mention must be given to Ashara Dayne and Barristan Selmy.
  • Hello, Sailor!: Given his canonical counter-part, Renly spending a lot of time on ships away from his wife Obara and children raised fan's suspicions.
  • Idiot Ball: Arthur Dayne is a great warrior, but a terrible conspirator.
    • The assassination of Tywin Lannister is poorly thought out in general, and it is acknowledged by Doran Martell as carrying massive and preventable risks. It costed the Martells Quentyn Martell's life, and caused a subtle falling out between Doran and Arianne.
    • In Obara VII, two Dornish emissaries approach Aegon Targaryen who's planning to return to Westeros. They anticipated that Aegon and the Golden Company can carry out a lightning assault on the capital and that most of the Seven Kingdoms will be neutral, favourable, or at least unable to oppose him in taking the crown. At a time when the Wall has fallen, the king died heroically, and Stannis Baratheon is uncontested as Regent to the young heirs; In short, when the realm is more united and galvanized than ever before. Just to make this clear, Viserys Targaryen had concluded that his feud with House Baratheon is less important that fighting the Others! To quote one reviewer: 'Aegon, Jonny C, The GC, and Dorne weren't just holding the Idiot Ball, they were having kinky, filthy sex with it.'
  • In Spite of a Nail: The Greyjoy Rebellion begins right on schedule.
  • Instant Book Deal: Both Tyrion and Drakebert seem to have zero difficulty getting published. At least in the latter case it's understandable since he's both the King and the inventor of the printing press.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Stannis Ironfoot.
  • Last-Second Chance: Drakebert gives Balon Greyjoy a chance to end his rebellion on terms. When that's declined, it doesn't end well for the Greyjoys.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: The Martells aren't admirers of Jon Arryn, but when the alternative is Tywin Lannister as (permanent) Hand they're willing to work with him.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Viserys only survives the first few moments of his fight against Arthur Dayne because he's very skilled in the use of his shield. And he wins the fight by beating Dayne to death with said shield after his sword snaps.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Doran Martell had the same magical glass candles that The Citadel has, had managed to light it, and uses it to communicate with Obara Sand.
  • Marriage of Convenience: Drakebert and Alayne Chelsted, Stannis and Aemma Waynwood, Cersei and Benjen Stark.
  • May–December Romance: After being released from Kingsguard duties, Barristan Selmy went on and married Ashara Dayne. By most accounts, their marriage is a happy one.
  • Missing Mom: Averted. Drakebert was able to give Ned enough hints to find Lyanna months earlier than canon, leading to her giving birth with considerably more support.
  • My Greatest Failure: Drakebert considered the whole debacle of Tywin Lannister dying under his watch to be this. Especially, having to execute Quentyn Martell, a boy who was likely framed into doing this.
  • Named Weapons: Beside the usual suspects for the setting, there's also the Lannister's newly obtained Valyrian steel greatsword Fire, sister blade to the Stark's Ice.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Drakebert has the Wall heavily reinforced. Then the Others brought it down in one night, killing most of the defenders who they can raise to reinforce their army.
  • Noble Fugitive: The Tattered Prince. Viserys could also be considered to be an example, although he is considered a grown man and is not really confined to Drakebert's court.
  • Noodle Incident: While besieging Pyke, Viserys noted that he heard a freak thunder in the middle of the night. The next morning, the army found one of the towers of Balon Greyjoy's castle in rubbles, taking most of the Greyjoys with it save for Aeron.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Bloodraven understandably thinks fondly of his lover and half-sister Shiera, but he also claims that their half-brother Aegor as a friend, even though they were romantic rivals and had a legendary enmity during the Blackfyre Rebellions.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Varys XIII & Alliser III
  • O.C. Stand-in: Three of the Waynwood sisters, since none are named or encountered in canon.
  • Old Flame: Drakebert meets Lyanna Stark for the first time in ten years. Fortunately for his marriage, he has Cassana along as a witness that nothing happened.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Specifically averted. Drakebert has arranged some inventions but with few exceptions these are incremental improvements and he needs craftsmen to handle the technical details.
  • Original Character: Alayne Chelstead, sister of Aerys the Mad's penultimate Hand.
  • Pet the Dog: A moment of humour between Tygett and Tywin Lannister as they prepare for the invasion of the Iron Isles.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Drakebert's policy encourages this, but the best example is Stannis. At one time or another, he has held upwards of half the positions on the Small Council.
  • Self-Insert Fic: Yes, although some readers have noted that since Drakebert's perspective isn't shown, it's sometimes hard to tell.
  • Shout-Out: Drakebert tells his children stories from fantasy versions of our world's TV shows, including The A-Team and Babylon 5.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Averted. Drakebert raises Aerys' surviving children alongside his own children.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Drakebert won't put up with Pentoshi weaselling on whether or not they're actually practising slavery - they are and he calls them on it.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Martyn Cassel, Willam Dustin and Arthur Dayne survived the Tower of Joy. Not to mention Lyanna, who also survived the incident.
  • Superficial Solution: Drakebert is incredibly hyper-focused on uniting and preparing the realm for the war against the Others, and several of his political maneuvers are well suited to short term alliances during his reign, but the readers have noted and the author acknowledged that a few of his ploys, such as elevating the Houses Stark, Arryn and Lannister to princely houses of their respective kingdoms for services rendered, are likely to cause further instability after the war.
  • The Berserker: Drakebert gets called on this during the Battle of Harlaw and had hinted at it previously.
  • The Leader: Drakebert is the Mastermind type but plays the role of a Headstrong type maturing into the Levelheaded type.
  • The Stations of the Canon: For the first two books, although events are gradually diverging. Book three takes this well off track.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Bloodraven claims that he, Aegon Rivers and Shiera Seastar were one of these when they were younger.
  • Throne Made of X: Very deliberately averted. Drakebert destroys the Iron Throne and replaces it with an ordinary, if well-made, chair draped with his cloak.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While he can't really be considered evil per se, Roose Bolton is one of Drakebert's longtime advisors. A straighter example, Tywin Lannister served a term as Hand of The King.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Tywin is pleased that Jaime is freed to be his heir, but less so as he realises that Jaime isn't likely to follow in his footsteps as politician and administrator.