Warning: This interest check and rp will likely contain spoilers of some nature for anyone not already knowing the lore and current events of the series (book and tv). I would strongly, strongly prefer a partner who is already well read on the world of Westeros.
With that out of the way, the rest of my expectations and desires for a partner are fairly simple. Please be 18+ for while I would prefer to fade to black for any potential romance scenes, I still do not feel comfortable writing with someone underage. I also prefer to have a partner who likes to chat, even if it is just about the rp and/or the world it is set in. I'm a pretty big lore geek about this series and talking about the rp or setting is a sure way to keep both of us interested. I'm often found on Skype or the Guild's IRC, but I am also content to the exchanging of pm's or setting up an OOC thread just for chit chat. As for the actual writing I'm looking for, I typically write at least three paragraphs, depending on the situation. I can and definitely have written more than that. Less than that and I find I really can't work with the post. I'll also note that while I have a good chunk of the initial lore and plot formed already, where we go from there is up to both of us (this goes back to the chit chat part a few sentences ago). Lastly, I am looking for someone to play the male in this, Jorah.
Still interested? Check out the prologue.
There is much dispute over the cause of the war that threatened to pull the Seven Kingdoms asunder unlike any other war in Westeros' history. But I believe, after long years of research into the matter, that I have pieced together the truth-or as close to the truth-as any mere man can do. As with all stories, the best place to start is the beginning, but some history is needed to fully understand the machinations that sent the continent speeding to war.
281 AL was a year of great turmoil. King Aerys II, often called the Mad King, had descended into a madness fueled by extreme paranoia following the Defiance of Duskendale. Whispers of war and rebellion were not uncommon in these days and only increased the King's insanity. Prince Rhaegar, popular amongst the small folk and lords of the realm alike, saw this and acted. In this year, using the Tourney at Harrenhal as a cover for the clandestine meeting, a decision was reached between the Prince and several lords of importance. It took almost a year to finalize the plans, but before 282 AL had ended, King Aerys was deposed to a high tower in the Red Keep and the crown placed on Rhaegar's head.
Aerys' madness did not end with the loss of his crown, but seemed to only increase. His sister-wife, Rhaella, grew with child once more and was sent to Dragonstone with their second son, Viserys. The former king died before his last child was born, having slit his own throat. Rhaella gave birth beneath a violent storm and lived long enough to name her daughter Danaerys. It became said often, that Rhaella was Danaerys' first victim.
King Rhaegar's rule was a peaceful one for nearly fifteen years. His two children, Rhaenys and Aegon grew into adulthood and wed when Aegon came of age. Rhaenys, so much like her mother, proved to be physically weak and died in childbirth to their second child. Following their parent's deaths, Viserys-who was already showing signs of madness-and Danaerys were brought back to their brother's court in King's Landing. Here is where the layers of intrigue begin, and perhaps the truth of the matter can be found.
Danaerys was quickly approaching the years in which she would flower and had already been betrothed to her brother Viserys. Yet Aegon had only one child by his sister-wife and Rhaegar was not comfortable with his son having but one Targaryen heir. While he was widely seen as a good king, he had proved prone to fits of melancholy in which he would shut himself away from the world to pore over tomes relating to a prophecy. It is known he thought his son Aegon was the prince who was promised, and yet in later years it is clear he came to rethink that position. In the end, he instead broke the betrothal between Viserys and Danaerys and instead promised his sister to his son. The family dynamics shifted sharply as the Targaryens had to deal with a full madness in Viserys all too similar to his father.
The fits of melancholy and absences only grew as Rhaegar's reign went on. Though the small folk loved him still, many lords began to wonder if the Targaryens were truly designed to rule. There was not insanity on the throne now, but the madness did seem to be increasing more and more; Viserys' outbursts were not easily hidden.
In 297 AL, tragedy struck King's Landing and the royal family. All were slain save the young princess, Danaerys. Blame was quickly placed on the young princess and she was locked away until a trial could be held. Who rule would fall to was hotly contended, the next closest relative was Lord Robert of the Stormlands, having had a Targaryen grandmother. Yet the Hand of the King ruled while no king was decided upon and he had enough support to keep it as such.
Danaerys maintained her innocence that she had naught to do with the vile attacks except in her attempt to stop them from happening. The fact that she was found with the bloody dagger and her nephew's corpse seemed to seal her fate however. That is, at least, until someone spirited her away from the cell she was kept in. Most agree that this could only be the work of Varys. As the Master of Whispers disappeared at the same time the Princess did cemented the belief of guilt for both.
The search for Danaerys was exhaustive. Lord Tywin set a hefty bounty on her head, and for a year, nothing was heard of the young Targaryen. As for Tywin himself, while he did not claim the crown, he did sit the throne. With his alliance to the Tyrells long ago secured by marrying Cersei to Willas, the might of Lannisters and Tyrells would not easily be contended with. Few lords were happy with the situation and rumors were abundant. Some began to doubt Danaerys' role in the death of her family. War was brewing once more, but no group claimed enough support or power to act on the inclination.
With discord seemingly growing each passing day, Tywin's order for Dany's head changed. He issued a new proclamation, forgiving the Targaryen princess of any wrong-doing and instead calling for her safe return to King's Landing to take the throne. It is not a far jump to assume that Tywin sought to solidify his rule through the Targaryen girl, even if she was the kinslayer as Tywin originally charged her to be. Yet, Danaerys did not answer this summons and promise of safety, instead, an army was forged. A difficult task for the young and nearly friendless Princess, but a story that is certainly worthy of a full retelling. Beyond this page you will find what I believe to be the fullest truth of that story.
Still doing alright? Here's a few notes on other differences between canon lore and where our world diverges:
- Robert's Rebellion did not happen. Lyanna was never kidnapped. She married Robert and gave him several children before passing. Robert, in his grief, has turned into a drunkard and grown fat over the years (so that much is still the same).
- Jaime is still a KG, but Cersei married the heir to the Reach, Willas. Their affair is still a thing, although much harder to pull off.
- Since Lord Brandon of the North was not killed by Aerys, he is now Lord Paramount of the North and married Catelyn. They have several children together. Eddard remained in winterfell and wed the daughter of a bannerman. Benjen took the black (so that's the same).
- Jorah was not granted Lynesse Hightower's hand and as such, had no reason to sell slaves and was not banished from the realm. It will be up to you whether or not he is married.
- As an alliance with the Arryns was not needed, Lord Jon did not marry Lysa Tully and remains without a son as heir. His nephew still lives however, and Elbert will inherit unless his uncle's new wife manages to give him a son. Eddard and Robert remain close to Jon given his role as a father figure in both their childhood and adolescences.
- As to why Dany was sent to Bear Island...We can develop this more if I find a partner willing to do this rp. However, I would have liked Dany and Jorah to have met previously at a tourney. Dany would have been younger (she's 17 at the start of this), perhaps 14 or so, but found a mentor in the older man. Perhaps a childish crush or something more platonic. Varys' role in all of this is as convoluted as in the series, and it should be enough (to start with) that Varys used that connection to ensure Dany had a safe place to go.
- Yes, Dany still has the dragon eggs. Yes that may follow a similar path as the series. We'll see.
- The Others? Yeah, we'll see if we see them or not.
I think that about covers it. If you're interested, please pm and we'll go from there. Know that I'll poke around your post history to get a sense of how you write (and I totally encourage you to do the same). If you're new to the Guild, don't let this stop you, but know that I will want to see a sample of sorts to gauge whether we'd mesh well or not.