Title: Knees Falling Author: Perfidious Albion Rating: M Genre: Canon Divergence Status: Complete Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire Pairings: N/A Summary: Five kings stake their claims to power, but not only kings bleed in kings' wars. It is the men and women behind them, most of humbler blood, who will decide the course of fate. A seagull takes a different path after a day's hunting in the Narrow Sea, and so one dies who might have lived. From that seed Westeros changes beyond imagination. 'A Clash of Kings' as it could have been. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12302583/1/A-Clash-of-Kings-Knees-Falling Actual summary: Cressen successfully kills Melisandre in the prologue of A Clash of Kings. Everything changes. This is how you do a canon divergence. I wasn’t impressed at the start because some chapters only had a line or two changed while the rest was copy/pasted from Clash. But quickly, events spiralled out of control and I admire this writer’s conviction to stick to the GRRM way of writing characters. It isn’t self-indulgent. Beloved characters can and do die. Others end up in a worse situation than canon. More benefit from the turn of events, and always, the story is unpredictable. Spoiler I was especially impressed with the death of Stannis Baratheon. Cressen killed Melisandre for him, but all it did was usher Stannis into an early grave. Brilliant. Read it. It's nearly complete (well, at least Clash is). It’s not hidden on the Alternative History forums anymore, you have no excuse. DO IT NOW! 5/5.