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While the Game Of Thrones fanfic archive has it's fair share of CO-centered stories featuring a trueborn son of Robert Baratheon in a What If? scenario, this is quite possibly my favorite fanfic among them.
As I said before, this story revolves around Steffon Baratheon, the second and trueborn son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister. What makes Steffon truly unique, though, is that he has his own ideals, goals and flaws. Steffon feels human and believable by being a competent fighter who's greatest weapon is his mind. He works as a stark contrast to his father by not being a man of action, but a man of strategy. I genuinely believe I can take him seriously because nothing about him feels exaggerated. Like many stories, it's shown that Steffon and his brother, Joffrey, are polar opposites, but as the story progresses you start to see that they aren't as different as they appear.
Another thing I love is the romance between Steffon and Arya. Arya starts off as a Defrosting Ice Queen towards Steffon at first, but the two eventually start a very genuine relationship built around admiration and trust rather than politics and family duty.
All in all, this is an enjoyable fanfic and I highly recommend it.
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