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You have lived a full and rich life. You have lived and died and lived again, and now you have died again.
Arlan Twice-Dead? Or is it Thrice-Dead?
Nevertheless you are dead again, and this time, it appears there is no coming back. Once again, Sovngarde beckons...
Or does it?

A Dragon of the North, is a roleplaying Quest originally created by author Droman and hosted on Sufficient Velocity.com, following the life and exploits of the Player Character of the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim in his reincarnation as Jon Snow of Winterfell. Young Jon Snow grows up haunted by dreams of a fantastic land and a mighty hero with the power of the Thu'um... only to discover early in childhood that he himself possesses that same power.

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As a Quest, players vote on Jon's actions in between updates written by the author, with all of the drama one would expect of a roleplaying game played by committee, as Jon Snow rises to the challenge of crafting a legend of his own to equal his former life, while the nobility of Westeros plays the Game of Thrones.

WARNING: events before update 158 are NOT under spoilers.


A Dragon of the North provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The abrupt death of Darahmir Sand ended a plotline that would have led him to claim Dawn and become the new Sword of the Morning.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Some bits of lore have been reworked (or even expanded on) by the Quest Master.
  • Age Lift: Some characters were aged in order not to violate Sufficient Velocity's rules on content.
  • The Alcoholic: Undeniably Robert Baratheon. Particularly after he names Jon his heir, he seems content to drink himself to death. This cost him a great deal when he just failed a roll to make the Wildlings kneel.
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  • Alcohol-Induced Stupidity: Robert Baratheon's attempt to sway the Wildlings to his side to fight the Others would have succeeded if not for a malus to his roll for being totally drunk.
  • All There in the Manual: A good amount of informations on the quest not mentioned in-game can be found in the Source regularly updated on the same forum or the Rolz chatroom.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • This is the fate that suffered those who were put under examination by the Seekers at Oldtown. Not only were the bodies exposed in layers of different layers of organic matter, they were still alive during the entire process.
    • What Euron Greyjoy did to Arlan Stormcrown. To quote Droman's description: "Arlan Stormcrown yet lives, some might say, yet no man would call it living, to be fed upon, to be preyed upon as Euron Greyjoy has done".
  • Ancestral Weapon: Blackfyre. As Jon is secretly the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, it's his own ancestors' weapon.
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  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Brandon Stark was chosen by the Others to become the new Night King. Fortunately John and Arlan exorcised him.
  • And This Is for...: Almost said word per word by Jon when strangling Devan Turner for the hand he had in Mya's death.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Ser Brynden to Jon when he arrived just prior to the latter's first Trial by Combat.
  • Annoying Arrows: Absolutely not. In fact Jon would have died to arrows during the burning of Sarsfield if not thanks to his Healing Shout.
  • Anyone Can Die:
    • According to the GM, Bad Endings exist and he won't pull any punches if the choices of the players result in one.
    • And Droman is not hesitant about killing off main characters, even off-screen: Among the dead are Tyrion Lannister, Eddard Stark, Arya Stark, Robert Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Edmure Tully, Tywin Lannister, Aegon Blackfyre and Euron Greyjoy.
  • Arc Words: In keeping with one of the main series's themes, 'There are few true knights', and variants there of.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Renly was on the receiving end of this after his utter failure at fighting Tywin's men.
  • Ascended Extra: A good number of characters that had minor roles or were merely mentioned in the original series became much more important in A Dragon of the North.
  • Ascended Meme: "X did literally nothing wrong" became so famous in the Rolz chatroom that Droman used it in some updates.
  • Assassin Outclassin': A Sorrowful Man who attempted at Jon's life was quickly dispatched. However, if not for his Thu'um he would have likely died due to a poisonous bite.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Jon was elevated to Lord of Harrenhal partly on the basis of his obvious loyalty to his brother (his future lord), and partly because he was shaping up to be one of the greatest knights of his generation.
  • Apocalypse How:
    • Was narrowly averted when the dice barely spared King's Landing from turning into the second coming of the Doom of Old Valyria.
    • Pretty much any of the endgame shouts Arlan can teach Jon count as this. Highlights include a black hole, tornadoes made of fire, and a massive hand of water that can sink islands.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Ungren offered to kill off Petyr Baelish once he confirmed Littlefinger was involved in his insurrection in the Vale. The players accepted.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Myranda Royce lost an ear in the ambush that claimed Mya Stone's life while Domeric Bolton's body sported quite a few scars courtesy of his bastard brother's tortures. He got better thanks to Jon's Healing Shout though.
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: How Jarlan exorcised Bran from the influence of the Others.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Destiny points. A renewable resource obtained for accomplishing amazing things that allow the players to make it more likely that Jon will succeed at whatever he's trying to do.
  • Before I Change My Mind: Prefaced with the appropriate "Get Out...", and said to Lord Ryman Roote when the negotiations between the two break down at Harrenhal.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting Brynden Tully, harming Jon's men, or touching his money is a good way to end up dead.
  • The Berserker: Several characters.
  • Best Served Cold: Jon was perfectly capable of waiting years before exacting his revenge on Joffrey.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Jon for his little brother Bran. Although not to an especially great degree, as their separate roles as Lord of Harrenhal and Heir to Riverrun mean that they get to spend a little time together.
  • Big Eater: Valonqar. Jon even calls him 'gluttonous little shit'.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Harrenhal most notably; it is the largest castle in Westeros, and even in it's current state of disrepair it provokes awe.
  • Black Sheep: Jon, as in canon, but even more so; while Jon was grudgingly tolerated by Catelyn Stark in canon due to Ned's refusal to send him away, here an attempt to send Jon to squire for Ser Bryden Tully is successful, albeit only because Jon himself agrees. Robb also ends up seeing Jon as this later due to his accomplishments.
  • Blatant Lies: "You didn't scream at all when your eyes grew back, or twitch and writhe as your new skin grew in. Honest."
  • Blood Lust: After being uplifted to a pseudo-Dovah, Valonqar retained both the typical bloodthirstness of his kind and the pride of a typical Elder Scrolls' dragon.
  • Blood Oath: Oberyn Martell swears one with Jon at Harrenhal after meeting, to repay him with one request, whatever it may be.
  • Blood Sport: Jousting. Jon himself has so far unintentionally killed three people with blunted Tourney lances that are made to shatter on impact so as to minimise injuries. And once he has even used Slow Time to prevent the death of a friend.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Ser 'Ulrick Joytower' doesn't take well to learning just how little motivation his new master has to seize the Throne.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Jon has very little need to be protected by his own men or the Kingsguard.
  • Bookworm: Much like his biological father, Rhaegar, Jon happily spent the majority of his time learning and studying before later becoming a badass.
  • Boom Town: Harrentown, courtesy of the conflicts in the surrounding regions that led to many of their commoners fleeing for the safety of Harrenhal.
  • Breakout Mook Character:
    • House Vance at the Tourney of Riverrun. The high number of their members that placed high in the various events impressed Droman enough that he noted that he might have to use them more in the future.
    • Narbert Grandison. The man who unhorsed the Mountain at King's Landing, and went on to trade multiple lances with Jon Stormcrown in all his protagonist-glory.
  • Boring, but Practical: Jon's most frequently used Shouts are this. They might not be as flashy as Storm Call but they get the job done.
  • Bullet Time: The Slow Time Shout. In game terms, it's expressed as allowing for rerolls of dice.
  • The Butcher: Jon Stormcrown's moniker of 'The Dread Wolf'. After the surrender of Lannisport he earned a new one: 'the Woe of the West'.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Yohn Featherstone is always eager to call out how low his father has fallen due to his decisions.
  • Can't Catch Up: Robb's general attitude towards Jon's increasingly impressive accomplishments. Eventually led to his father's death because Robb enacted a daring plan to assassinate Mance Rayder that failed horribly.
  • Captive Audience: Whenever Jon starts telling stories to children, they listen enraptured.
  • Casualty in the Ring: Jousts that have occurred during this story (and that Jon has been present for) have so far resulted in five deaths, and several more significant and lifelong crippling injuries.
  • The Champion: Jon for his brother Bran and House Tully. An interlude from Hoster's perspective considers the advantages of having his own answer to Tywin Lannister's Gregor Clegane. Also Arthur Dayne for Jon, at least initially.
  • Changing of the Guard: Jon Arryn notes in an interlude that he needs to attempt to recruit a new generation of powerful and influential knights and lords with staunch royalist loyalties that can be counted on to serve as a check and balance against the Lannisters and their ambitions, since he and most of his allies have grown so old.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted. Jon cheats like a son of a bitch with magic powers and the forces of Destiny in point form, but has prospered fairly well.
  • The Chessmaster: Ungren most notably so far. His secret allies and Bond Creatures to spy for him were used to carefully orchestrate the events of the campaign in his favour.
  • Child Prodigy: Jon, probably the greatest of the knightly sort in Westerosi history. Winning a duel with a tribal warlord at eleven, winning a Tourney at twelve and being knighted and spending the next few years cultivating his reputation as a terrifyingly competent Master Swordsman who eradicated an ancient noble House out of revenge for a Childhood Friend will do that. As will killing the Mountain That Rides.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them:
    • Jon Snow/Stormcrown, on many occasions. He was knighted at twelve and led men in battle in Ungren's Rebellion, and became Lord of Harrenhal at fourteen.
    • This was the case in Riverrun after the death of Hoster Tully. First Brandon Stark became his heir, and later Jon's former squire Samwell Roote would inherit the castle.
  • Children Are Innocent: Jon objects loudly and vehemently to Arthur Dayne's offer to kill Robert Baratheon and his children.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: A staple of the series. It's also how Bran disposed of Snow-Shod, Arya's dragon.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Jon, most certainly. He uses the Thu'um in active combat and potentially lethal Jousting Tournies both, only refraining when he'd be unlikely to get away with doing so unnoticed. At the Trial of Seven at King's Landing, he also notably seized an opportunity to strike out at Gregor Clegane while he was unable to defend himself.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: House Martell's major dilemma: help their supposed nephew Aegon Targaryen to reclaim the Iron Throne for himself or side with Jon Stormcrown the man who killed the Gregor Clegane and let Oberyn execute Tywin Lannister for Elia Martell and her children's fates?
  • Connected All Along: It turns out Hugor of the Hill and Loren Lantell were helped by a Crimson Sept member in Oldtown, most precisely by Sturm Brightblade, one of Jon Arryn's trusted men.
  • Cool Sword: Blackfyre, the sword of Kings, which Jon found in a warehouse.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Most of Jon's ideas, like elevating Theon Greyjoy to Lord Paramount of the West.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Jaime's death at the hands of Oberyn Martell. The poison the latter employed caused the Lannister's flesh and organs to rot from the inside.
  • David vs. Goliath: Essentially, Jon squaring off against Gregor Clegane during the Trial of Seven.
  • Deader Than Dead:
    • Arya Stark. The text implies Bran mutilated her corpse to avoid her eventual resurrection as a Wight.
    • Ditto with Euron Greyjoy, who burns into ashes upon having his throat torn out.
  • Defiant Captive: Even as a prisoner Tywin Lannister didn't show much fear.
  • Demonic Possession: Bran was indoctrinated by Others during his stay at Seagard.
  • Demon Slaying: At Oldtown, Jon slayed the three Seekers of Hermaeus Mora that were accidentally summoned by Lord Leyton Hightower, Lady Malora and Maester Marwyn.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Droman is fond of these. Perhaps most notably, the players' reaction to meeting Black Walder at the Twins.
    • Amusingly enough, this sometimes gets turned on its head, with the players reacting vastly outside of his expectations. The vote after meeting Black Walder is again an example.
  • Disability Superpower: When Yohn was a young boy, Ungren grievously broke his leg in an attempt to cause sufficient trauma that he would become a skinchanger. He succeeded, but Yohn was left with a pronounced limp.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Robb's reaction to hearing that Jon is going to be sent away to squire for Ser Brynden.
  • Dope Slap: Jon's preferred method of correction action for both Olyvar and Yohn - usually delivered at Jon's command by whichever of the two didn't just make the smart-mouthed comment.
  • Dragonslayer: Huma Dragonbane, a captain of the Holy Hundred. He slew the dragon hatchling in the Stormlands.
  • Due to the Dead: Jon is always very quick to pay respects to the fallen, so far even with those who have betrayed him.
  • Duel to the Death: While the legally-binding Trials By Combat apparently allow for a victor to spare the life of the defeated(and Jon is (in)famous for offering it), in practice most if not all are to the death(and Jon has to kill most of his opponents anyway, simply because no-one who hates him enough to challenge him would suffer the blow to their pride).
  • Entertainingly Wrong: The bulk of the behaviour and theories of the players, at least as far as Droman and his Beta readers are probably concerned.
  • Evil All Along: Arthur Dayne, once regarded as perhaps the epitome of chivalry and the greatest knight of the realm, has thrown away all notion of morality to try and help Jon take the Throne. He helped his friend Rhaegar carry off Lyanna Stark to bear his intended child of prophecy, arranged for Ser Brynden Tully to be killed because he did not want another man to have so much influence over Jon and offers to assassinate King Robert Baratheon and all of his children when he sees Jon is reluctant to rebel against him.
  • Evil Feels Good: Combined with Evil Is Deathly Cold, it sums up the motivation of Night King Bran.
  • Evil Mentor: Arthur Dayne. While he's more of an example of The Champion than an actual mentor, he helps teach Jon swordsmanship and advises him on his decisions.
  • Exact Words: Jon's actions really depend on the precise wording of the players' votes and not their intentions, which has caused trouble at least once.
  • Excalibur in the Rust:
  • Expy: Too many to count.
    • Characters have been made who reference Warcraft, the First Law series, Dragonlance, and even the players.
    • Robin Locksley being Robin Hood and a later mention of one Guy Gisborne of Notting.
    • Pamela Isley, one of Jon's vassals, and her daughter Harleen AKA Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn.
    • Odran zo Odran and Hugor of the Hill for Odran/Bizuneh, Maester Ruben Vance for Van Ropen, Roderick Snow for Andy50, Barbara Bracken for Charcolt, and others.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Black Dow. Arthur Dayne, who in hindsight was obviously unhinged and of questionable reliability, but essentially escaped suspicion until The Reveal.
  • Fallen Hero: Arthur Dayne. Once, you were the Sword of the Morning, a shining example of knighthood, of what it meant to be of the Kingsguard...
  • A Father to His Men: Jon cares for his men more than the average lord; after Dragonsworns tortured some of them and desecrated their corpses he hunted the Targaryen loyalists down as revenge.
  • Feuding Families: In addition to all of the canonical feuds, Houses Manderly and Brightblade are age-old enemies.
  • Foil: Gregor Clegane to Jon. Both are larger than average, incredibly skilled Knights who are among the deadliest swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms, both serve a Lord Paramount as a personal champion and enforcer, and both are notable Tourney competitors. A scene in which Jon defends the honour of a tavern serving-girl from one of his own sworn men was even lifted from a scene in canon where Gregor does the opposite, and rapes her when her father complains of his men's conduct.
  • Fusion Dance: Due to the particular nature of Jon's Dragonborn Soul, he's able to fuse himself with Arlan.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Arlan started as this but as time passed he became more akin to a Cool Old Guy. He can still be pretty morose though.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Well, more like Riverlords, but some of their actions during the war against Tywin Lannister were ...foolish, to say the least.
  • Healing Hands: Jon's self-created healing shout; 'Kopraan Muz Haas'. Though he doesn't actually lay his hands on the patient as in most instances of this trope.
  • Healing Magic Is the Hardest: Averted. While Jon needed to create his Healing Shout from scratch, it's no more difficult in mechanical execution from most other Shouts.
  • He Had a Name: Jon's reaction to Ungren disparaging Ser Brynden at the Twins.
  • Henpecked Husband: Beric Dondarrion and Jon himself joke that they will become this in time.
  • Hero of Another Story: Viserys Targaryen, surprisingly enough. Droman at one point was open to the idea of beginning another, separate Quest following the King in exile.
  • Heroic Bastard: Jon Snow/Stormcrown. Even having founded a new noble House, by the customs of Westeros he's still a bastard.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Jon suffered this in response to his betrayal by Arthur Dayne and the murder of Mya Stone by Devan Turner.
    • This happened to Robert Baratheon as well after the the Burning of King's Landing.
    • Jon Arryn suffered one as well after Robin Arryn was murdered.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: Ungren Greyfeather certainly made a mess of the Vale's armies using this method, albeit only because he is a Warg.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Jon's worse mistakes were related to his inability to realize they were traitors.
  • Hunting "Accident": Ser Boros Blount, killed by a bodkin arrow during a royal hunt at King's Landing.
  • I Am Who?: Jon's general reaction to being hit with the news that he's the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. By a random fortune-teller at Gulltown.
  • I Can't Dance: Jon, in the words of Uther Upcliff, 'the great warrior of the age, but unable to dance a jig'. This is echoed in a later conversation between Jon and Tyrion.
  • I Choose to Stay: Stannis upon being asked to return to Dragonstone and the Royal Court.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • Jon was forced to escape King's Landing with the royal family and the Arryns while leaving behind hundreds of commoners.
    • He justified his lies to Tyrion in order to get the Lannister's votes in the Faith matter in the same manner.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Jon to the grand-daughters of Lord Wyman Manderly after paying weregild.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Both Jon and Robert had to drink when the former revealed his true heritage to the King.
  • In-Joke: A few have popped up over the game's run. One of the most prevalent is 'Stannis Baratheon, the one true god of Westeros'. After Stannis vanished at sea fighting Euron Greyjoy, player's swiftly came to the conclusion that he had merely swam down to the Drowned God's kingdom and usurped his throne, and is now merely waiting for the Lannister's to step out of line. This has been compounded by the stunning performance of Ser Narbert Grandison, previously one of Stannis's knights, who curbstomped the Mountain in the King's Landing tourney, which prompted the response 'The Mannis Protects'.
  • Insistent Terminology: After Jon singlehandedly clambers onto a ship with nothing but his pants and a sword to take it over, an crew member states that he's "not dying on this ship to a naked madman", prompting Jon's response that he's only half-naked. This gag continues when Jon returns to shore, and is still referenced by the players whenever problems need to be solved violently.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Jon and King Robert Baratheon get on extremely well, mostly due to Jon's family and partly because Robert considers Jon practically the ideal son.
  • Ironic Death:
    • The feud between Jon and Joffrey started because the spoiled prince wanted to possess Blackfyre; in the end he got it...in his throat. Jon himself lampshades the fact right before he kills him.
    • Also applies to Euron Grejoy, who as a vampire gets his throat bitten off by Jon.
  • It's All My Fault: In the aftermath of Bran's attempted suicide Jon laments the fact his presence in the South brought much pian and grief to House Tully. Other characters disagree however.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Under his Nice Guy attitude Willas Tyrell is an incredibly bitter person for the treatment his father reserved him after the incident that left him a cripple.
  • Kaiju: What Valonqar (aka Drogon) is turning out to be. The heat of King's Landing caused Valonqar to grow to his canon year old size within TWO WEEKS.
  • Karma Houdini: Ungren Greyfeather and Euron Greyjoy. As of the more recent updates, it isn't known if Ungren will survive the betrayals occurring in the Night's Watch, and Greyjoy's Karma Houdini Warranty has expired.
  • Keep the Reward: Done by Jon to Hoster Tully at the Joust of Riverrun, and usually done to the families of the grieving on the subject of ransoming armour and horses when Jon kills or cripples an opponent.
  • Kingmaker Scenario: After the death of the High Septon at King's Landing the Faith had to elect a new one; Septa Dana Wells, backed by Jon, was elected thanks to a good amount of lies, bribery and persuasion on his part. The update itself where this happens is called Kingmaker.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Brynden Tully and Mya Stone's deaths, as well as Arthur Dayne's betrayal, really left their mark on Jon. In spite of this, he keeps on trying to do the right thing, and even refused to temporarily compromise with Ungren in order to find out who helped him during the rebellion.
  • Knight Errant: What Arthur Dayne proposed Jon should do to make a name for himself before attempting to take back the Throne.
  • Knight, Knave and Squire: Deconstructed. Olyvar is the naive and inexperienced Squire, and Yohn is the more pragmatic and cynical Knave, but Jon resembles more of a Knight in Sour Armour and Pragmatic Hero than the Foil to the Knave. Both Squire and Knave also serve Jon.
  • Knighting: Jon was knighted at Renly's nameday Tourney at Storm's End after winning the Joust.
  • The Lady's Favour:
    • Lady Roslin gave Jon her scarf at the Tourney of King's Landing.
    • At the tourney of Oldtown he wears the favour of his soon-to-be betrothed Margaery Tyrell.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Oberyn Martell kills Tywin Lannister in a way parallel to how Tywin's men murdered Aegon and Rhaenys: first he is stabbed fifty times then his head is smashed into a paste.
  • Last Request: Ser Brynden Tully, the Blackfish and Jon's mentor and second father-figure, asked his protégé to avenge his death at the hands of Ungren.
  • Leave Him to Me: Jon was unwilling to let anyone but himself bring Devan Turner before justice (which turned into a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown).
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Although he still harbors a huge grudge against him, Jon eventually reached a common ground with Ungren in order to better fight the menace of the Others.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: Bran watching Jon cow Black Dow at the Inn on the way to Riverrun.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: When Yohn and Fair Walda get married, there is a brief political debate over the name of the ensuing couple's House. Eventually, the solution settled on is 'Featherstone'.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Thanks to Healing Shout, Jon can survive situations that would turn a normal human into toothpaste.
  • Malicious Slander: Joffrey and his supporters frequently attempt to spread slander painting Jon as incompetent or immoral. This is largely countered by stories of his own actions or his acquaintances.
  • Master Swordsman: Jon Stormcrown. Before even entering his teens, he was the equal or superior of all but the best swordsman of the Kingsguard even without using his magical powers.
  • Meaningful Echo: Jon hears the voices of both of his father figures during his fight with Gregor Clegane in the Trial of Seven, one reminding him of morality and responsibility, and the other expressing faith in his abilities.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Stormcrown. As far as anyone in Westeros knows, it was chosen as a way to honour King Robert Baratheon. In actuality however, it has a more important meaning for a Dragonborn.
    • Valonqar, Jon's dragon, counts for this as well. He was named due to an IC reason of Jon seeing him as a little brother.
    • Cersei sees 'Stormcrown' as a meaningful name, though in a different way...as she does Valonqar.
  • Meaningful Rename: Jon was expected to take a new name upon being Knighted, thereby creating a new noble House as a cadet branch of the Starks. Though he's still considered a bastard, it's symbolic of creating a new life for himself.
  • Mind Probe: One of Arlan's Shouts allow him to extrapolate informations about a subject's entire life. It also tends to break people who don't possess enough willpower to resist.
  • The Mole: Unfortunately a good number of men under Jon's employment turned out to be this: most important are Maester Tucker, who spied on Jon for the Crimson Sept (an heretical faction of the Faith), Hugor of the Hill and Loren Lantell, both responsible for the death of a soon-to-be informant Tyrion Lannister.
  • Named Weapon: Valyrian steel blades, as in canon.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: At the conclusion of the Oldtown event, during Joffrey's trial about his involvement in the death of Mya Stone, he rants madly about his mother's theory that Jon is Robert's son by Lyanna, and shamelessly tries to justify himself as trying to secure his heritage, out of anger that his father fathered so many children by whores. This confession ends up not only being the final nail in his coffin but also the idea that makes Robert end up setting up Jon as his heir.
  • Noodle Incident: Jon and his friends from the Vale did...something during their stay there. To quote Droman:
    Basically, the Hangover. Only more ridiculous, because it's medieval and magic and shit is being involved.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jon to Devan Turner at the Tourney of the Vale, in response to Mya Stone's murder.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Valonqar. Becomes a Snarky Non-Human Sidekick after his ascension to a pseudo-Dovah, which permits him to speak the Dragon Language.
  • No Sense of Direction: Maester Tucker has an abysmal knowledge of geography.
  • Not Just a Tournament: The Tourney at Riverrun. Hoster Tully wants to try and rig it (or at least is rooting for one particular victor), both to prevent paying money if possible, and, more importantly, show off the strength of his House by having Jon win all three events while clad in his House colours.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the summit at Riverrun following the events of Oldtown, Robert Baratheon declares war on Tywin Lannister, which has to shout to calm down his men. Tywin Lannister shouted. Let that sink for a moment.
  • Odd Friendship: Olyvar Frey, the eighteenth son of Walder Frey, and Yohn Greyfeather, the bastard son of a mountain king. Samwell Roote later gets added into the mix, who both of the others quickly start treating as a younger brother.
  • Oh, Crap!: Doran Martell after the events at Crackclaw Point and King's Landing. Downplayed because it didn't really affect his plans too much, but still worthy of notice.
  • Older Is Better: Wulf, a mountain warlord who nearly got the better of Jon despite the later using time-manipulating magic, and Brynden Tully again, who as in canon fought in the War of the Ninepenny Kings.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Maester Tucker possesses an impressive 78 links to his maester's chain.
  • Parental Substitute: Jon himself admits he's been looking for a parent into other grown men he met in his life, amongst which he counts his uncle Eddard Stark, his mentor Brynden Tully and even Arthur Dayne.
  • Parental Favoritism: Robb, mistakenly, appears to believe at least to a certain extent that Ned is more fond of Jon due to his half-brother always being the centre of attention.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage:
    • While he was reluctant at first, the day of Yohn's marriage to Fair Walda Frey he appeared rather ecstatic at the development.
    • The marriage of Hoster Blackwood and Catelyn Roote, after a natural 100 saw House Justman born anew.
  • Poison Is Evil: Both of the characters who have shown to use poison during the events of the story are Jon's enemies. Subverted with Lord Howland Reed, who taught Arthur Dayne his knowledge of poisons, but has been a devoted servant of House Stark all his life.
  • Poisonous Friend: Ser Arthur Dayne, who was manipulating and working behind Jon's back from the moment they met, culminating in the ultimate betrayal of causing the death of Ser Bryden Tully. All for Jon's own good, in his eyes.
  • Pragmatic Hero: What the players usually try to play Jon as. After acquiring the Ruthless Pragmatism trait Jon is now both this and an Unscrupulous Hero.
  • Purposely Overpowered: Arlan, as befitting a Dragonborn who lived for centuries and wiped out the Thalmor. He is able to wipe out continents with words alone so he's mostly relegated to an All-Powerful Bystander position by Droman.
  • Put on a Bus: Given the amount of characters it's more or less a necessity. Notable is the disappearance of Arlan after the defeat of Bran. It turns out that Euron Greyjoy captured him and feasted on his soul. He finally returns after Jon frees him by killing Euron.
  • Quit Your Whining: Robert Baratheon is, as always, something of a forceful parent. Then again, with Joffrey, who could blame him?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Yohn had some choice words for his father when they meet again after the former has joined Jon's retinue.
  • Rated M for Manly: Jon suplexing Valonqar eight times while half-naked in the ruined hellscape of King's Landing.
  • The Resenter: Robert Baratheon's feelings towards Eddard Stark, both for hiding Jon's parentage and dying before him, though he still cares deeply for Ned.
  • Rousing Speech: Jon delivers one to rally the southern flank of Edmure's army at Upcliff against Ungren's cavalry.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Renly Baratheon presents how his family was far from perfect from his point of view. Afterwards Jon wonders if his own dynasty will be as dysfunctional as Targaryens, Lannister and Baratheons were.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: Many of the players' suggestions for a personalised suit of armour, which yielded one of the biggest arguments in the entire Quest, after the Naming vote.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: After the Tourney of Riverrun, apparently Joffrey or one of the other Lannisters mocked Jon's performance. This was countered by a few sane people who pointed out that he still won the Joust, came second in the melee and placed decently in the Archery contest. At 13.
  • Self-Made Man: While many of Jon's opportunities have been opened up to him on the strength of the connections of his family and friends, by the standards of Westeros, Jon has done more to earn his fortunes than most men.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Somewhat disturbingly, Jon seems to have taken after his father Rhaegar to a surprising extent given the majority of the players' opinions of him. Both were bookish in their youth, before later demonstrating unexpected competence with blade and lance. Both have a certain natural charisma that help draw people to their side. Both believe that Jon has some form of destiny that has yet to be revealed. And both have struggled with psychological issues; Jon as a Dovahkiin of power-seeking temperament, and Rhaegar due to the Targaryen inbreeding.
  • Shed the Family Name: How Robb views Jon's choice of House name when he comes to visit before escorting Bran south to Riverrun. While there is a wolf on his banner, Jon's new surname and words have nothing to do with the north or the Starks.
  • Shout-Out: Droman seems to enjoy the occasional references to other Fantasy works.
    • Several of the update titles occurring around the Battles of Upcliff are references to The Lord of the Rings.
    • The characters of the Bloody Band are drawn from Joe Abercrombie's The First Law series.
    • Jon's playful description of his monstrous traits to Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella is a reference to a speech given by a werewolf in Prince Caspian.
    • Sturm Brightblade and Huma Dragonbane from Dragonlance.
    • Maester "Tuck" Tucker, who used to be a Septon, is an expy of Friar Tuck of the Robin Hood mythos.
    • Yohn's renaming of 'Featherstone' is a reference to Jake Featherston from the alternate history Southern Victory series by Harry Turtledove.
  • Siege Engines: The players had Bronze Yohn build trebuchets at Upcliff. When they were attacked before they could march, and had to fight a defensive battle, they were naturally useless.
  • Sore Loser: Gregor Clegane doesn't take well to being unhorsed by Narbert Grandison. He backs down though, since he's unarmed and dismounted whilst his opponent is still atop his horse and armed with a lance.
  • Spell Construction: Jon has the ability to create new Shouts from his knowledge of the Thu'um and the draconic language, which he used to construct a healing Shout.
  • Succession Crisis:
    • This nearly happened with Riverrun following the possession of Brandon Tully. It was fortunately resolved by very few people actualy wanting the castle at that point.
    • After King Robert's death many feared Renly planned to crown Edric Baratheon. Fortunately he chose not to after learning that Margaery was pregnant.
  • The Squire:
    • Jon squired for Ser Brynden Tully, the Blackfish, Knight of the Bloody Gate.
    • Several characters have squired for Jon, including Olyvar Frey/Rosby, Samwell Roote/Tully, and most recently, Denys Redwyne.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Not usually, but used in the Trial of Seven at King's Landing.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Yohn, of the Type 4 variety. Jon healed Yohn with the Thu'um.
  • The Tourney: Jon's competed in five of them so far. And won the Jousts of all them.
    • At Storm's End he earned his spurs by winning the competition, being knighted by King Robert himself.
    • At Riverrun he competed in all three events (Joust, Melee and Archery) and ended up second in the Melee.
    • At Redfort, he won the Joust and the Melee.
    • He won at King's Landing, in a tournament filled with most of the best Jousters in the Realm, even if the biggest names were knocked out before Jon ever got to break lances with them.
    • In Oldtown Jon proved himself the finest jouster in all the realm and won the hand of Margaery Tyrell in doing it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several characters underwent this compared to canon. The most obvious example is Jon himself but others are the Mountain Clans being an actual menace, Jorah Mormont being the Lord Commander of the Golden Company and Euron Greyjoy becoming a Vampire Lord thanks to Molag Bal.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Myrcella: first she sees her uncle Kevan cut down by Lyn Corbray, a man of the Kingsguard, then her brother Tommen sacrifices himself to let her escape, then she's informed her father casted her away as a bastard and is now fighting a war against her grandather Tywin. No wonder she's a Broken Bird now.
  • Trial by Combat: Thrice so far.
    • Against Reginald Turner the first time. Done in response to being kidnapped and put on trial for Jon's mens actions years ago.
    • Against Devan Turner after he arranged the murder of Mya Stone, and attempted to do the same to Myaranda Royce and her father.
    • Gregor Clegane and his chosen six, against Jon and his own six, in a Trial of Seven.
  • Troll: Yohn. At one point, he challenged Olyvar to a bet: Oly would have to memorize the Stark family's history, and Yohn the Frey's, and they'd both have to answer questions pertaining to their subject. Olyvar spent hours pouring over musty books, but when quizzed by Yohn passed with flying colors. When Olyvar started to question Yohn though, the later just smiled and said he'd found the Frey history boring and had stopped reading about it after a few minutes.
  • Undying Loyalty: Davos' decision to stay with Stannis in Essos is a picture-perfect example of this. A shame that it cost him his life.
  • Watching Troy Burn: The riots in King's Landing set off Aerys' wildfire caches, resulting in this for Jon and those accompanying him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Jon and Robb's friendship slowly began to deteriorate after Jon left to go south first with Ser Brynden, and later Bran, as Jon's reputation kept climbing higher and Robb grew more envious and felt left out.
  • Weddings for Everyone: A great deal of Jon's friends suddenly got married during a short time in 297 AL.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Jon doesn't take kindly the revelation that Arlan fed the Psiijc Order to Hermaeus Mora to learn new Shouts for the purpose of essentially genociding the Thalmor.
    • Jon is on the end of this when Tyrion learns he was deceived by him.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Robert really gets on well with Jon. This causes enmity with Joffrey. In the conclusion to the Oldtown event, after Joffrey is disinherited and humiliated, he madly rants about Cersei's mistaken theory that Jon actually was Robert's son. This makes Robert figure out that Jon is Rhaegar's son by Lyanna, and after talking over the truth with him, decides to actually make Jon his heir under cover of that idea, since rumors regarding his parentage would spring up anyway - thus giving him an heir he can be proud of.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Jon, as a Dovahkiin, has a particularly susceptible mental state. Betrayal by his sworn sword on the way to Redfort and the events immediately thereafter briefly took him to unpleasant places.
  • Worthy Opponent: Narbert Grandison's quiet salute to Jon at The Tourney of King's Landing seemed to indicate he viewed the Stormcrown Knight as this.
  • You Killed My Father: Devan Turner, with his back against the wall, tries to pull this against Jon at his Trial by Combat at Redfort. It doesn't work out well for him.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jon, who can easily be mistaken for a fully-grown man (if still a young one) in his early teens. Multiple characters have their own theories as to why this is.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Soul Tear Shout, which not only kills the target but also turns it into an undead. Arlan is not sure this applies outside Tamriel though.

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