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Written by Revan Knight, Wrath of the North is a Game of Thrones Fanfic set shortly after the Red Wedding.

Things were going well for the Lannisters: Renly and Robb were dead, Stannis was broken, their hold on the crown was secured. Then some messengers arrive from the Twins... Jon Snow has learned of his true origins, found the surviving Children of the Forest, oh and found an Ice Dragon! And he's using it to claim his throne.

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Tropes that appear in this fanfic:

  • Adaptation Deviation: Aside from the story taking a sharp turn away from the main canon due to Jon, several other deviations were made.
    • Sansa and Tyrion went to Winterfell after King's Landing received Jon's ultimatum, so they never went to the Eyrie or Essos.
    • Arya was returned to Winterfell by Lysa, so she didn't join the Faceless Men.
    • Several characters' deaths are changed from canon.
  • Batman Gambit: The opening implies that Jon used his Ice Dragon to destroy the Twins and kill everyone in it, including women and children. It is eventually revealed that he had the Twins evacuated and merely allowed the messengers he sent to King's Landing to believe he'd killed everyone. He knew that an honorable, decent man such as he was, wouldn't have a chance against manipulators like the Lannisters, so he allowed them to assume he was a mad conquerer.
  • Berserk Button: For Cersei, having her looks mocked as second rate in comparison to Elia and Lyanna.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Cersei, when Jon's sends his ultimatum she is mocked by Tyron as having been passed over by Rhaegar twice. Prior to executing her Jon mocks her as utterly inferior to Elia and Lyanna in beauty, intelligence and character. Cersei goes berserk.
  • The Caligula: Averted. Jon pretends to be a return of the Mad King, but it is just an act, see Batman Gambit. In fact, Jon takes steps to defy this trope in the future, changing the Kingsguard's duty to counsel kings against becoming this, and killing them if all else fails.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The trial and sentencing of the Lannisters leads to several.
    • Jon's ice dragon, Blizzard, ate the Mountain.
    • Tywin was frozen by Blizzard and then shattered.
    • Joffrey was torn limb from limb by Summer, Shaggydog and Ghost.
  • Death by Adaptation: note  Cersei has not died in Canon, but she is beheaded in the story.
  • Groin Attack: Doran Martell castrated Gregor Clegane whilst in captivity - and did it slowly and painfully.
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  • Guile Hero: Jon becomes one by necessity. It helps to have greenseers as advisors.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Jon does this to Tywin and Cersei Lannister while passing judgement on them. Cersei is mocked for being second best to Elia and Lyanna, and Tywin for failing to secure his legacy. As one last parting shot he even has minstrels play The Rains of Castamere as Tywin dies, just to twist the knife.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Jon reveals to Oberyn that being eaten by a dragon means that you get to slowly and painfully digest in their stomach. Oberyn jokingly begs Ellaria's forgiveness for falling in love with Jon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stannis and Ygritte died from an assassin sent by Joffrey to kill Jon.
  • My Greatest Failure: Leaf and the Night King regard not killing each other when they had the chance this.
  • Sequel Hook: After being set up as a big threat hanging over the kingdom, the White Walkers do not appear outside of flashbacks, leaving a sequel possible.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Subverted. Jon's gambit is to make the Lannisters assume he is the kind of person to do this. More directly, he pulls a bluff to force Jaime to confess to the truth by threatening to have Blizzard kill Tommen.
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