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It takes past dark for Catelyn and her small party, including Ser Robar Royce, the red member of the Rainbow Guard, to reach the sept, and Catelyn has not eaten all day, but she prays nonetheless to the gods of the Faith of the Seven: [[ThreeFacesOfAdam Father, Warrior, Smith]], [[ThreeFacesOfEve Mother, Maiden, Crone]], [[TheGrimReaper Stranger]]. She thinks of the letter Stannis sent, and realizes that Ned and Lord Jon Arryn must have learned about Cersei's children -- and, for that matter, Bran too. She prays all night, returning before dawn to Renly's camp. There, Ser Parmen the Purple and Ser Emmon the Yellow stand gaurd outside Renly's pavilion, whilst within Brienne the Blue armors him for battle, and Lords Randyll Tarly and Mathis Rowan discuss strategy. Renly orders his brother's body treated with respect, and for Ser Barristan Selmy to be spared if he is found (which he ought to be; he's not guarding Joffrey, Robb or Renly, and [[AndZoidberg Balon Greyjoy doesn't count]]). Catelyn pleads a moment of his time, struggling one last time to find a diplomatic solution: if Robb, Renly and Stannis all call for a Great Council, Bran will have a chance to speak of what he saw just before he was thrown from that tower, and the Lannisters' {{twincest}} will be revealed before gods and men. But Renly isn't interested in a non-violent solution. As Brienne belts Renly's sword on, a breeze seems to fling open the tent door. Catelyn sees Renly's shadow move independently of him; it lifts a sword, and [[HolyShitQuotient stabs Renly through the throat]]. Brienne gives a BigNo as she cradles the body of her dying king. Ser Robar Royce and Ser Emmon Cuy rush in; Ser Emmon, seeing Brienne covered in blood, makes the obvious conclusion and attacks her, forcing her to defend herself with Renly's sword. Catelyn grabs Ser Robar before he can join, understanding through means she cannot explain that it was Stannis, ''Stannis'' did this somehow, through some sorcery unbeknownst to them all. Ser Robar believes her, and exits the tent to hold off the others; Catelyn gives Ser Emmon a stiff knock on the head with a brazier, and she and Brienne make their exit. Brienne swears to avenge her BodyguardCrush with his own sword. As the two of them ride away with Catelyn's escort, Catelyn realizes that, at a single stroke of BlackMagic, Stannis has just secured the entirety of Renly's army. She also remembers that, per Stannis' own words, Robb is a big a traitor as Renly. "A chill went through her."

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It takes past dark for Catelyn and her small party, including Ser Robar Royce, the red member of the Rainbow Guard, to reach the sept, and Catelyn has not eaten all day, but she prays nonetheless to the gods of the Faith of the Seven: [[ThreeFacesOfAdam [[TheThreeFacesOfAdam Father, Warrior, Smith]], [[ThreeFacesOfEve [[TheThreeFacesOfEve Mother, Maiden, Crone]], [[TheGrimReaper Stranger]]. She thinks of the letter Stannis sent, and realizes that Ned and Lord Jon Arryn must have learned about Cersei's children -- and, for that matter, Bran too. She prays all night, returning before dawn to Renly's camp. There, Ser Parmen the Purple and Ser Emmon the Yellow stand gaurd outside Renly's pavilion, whilst within Brienne the Blue armors him for battle, and Lords Randyll Tarly and Mathis Rowan discuss strategy. Renly orders his brother's body treated with respect, and for Ser Barristan Selmy to be spared if he is found (which he ought to be; he's not guarding Joffrey, Robb or Renly, and [[AndZoidberg Balon Greyjoy doesn't count]]). Catelyn pleads a moment of his time, struggling one last time to find a diplomatic solution: if Robb, Renly and Stannis all call for a Great Council, Bran will have a chance to speak of what he saw just before he was thrown from that tower, and the Lannisters' {{twincest}} will be revealed before gods and men. But Renly isn't interested in a non-violent solution. As Brienne belts Renly's sword on, a breeze seems to fling open the tent door. Catelyn sees Renly's shadow move independently of him; it lifts a sword, and [[HolyShitQuotient stabs Renly through the throat]]. Brienne gives a BigNo as she cradles the body of her dying king. Ser Robar Royce and Ser Emmon Cuy rush in; Ser Emmon, seeing Brienne covered in blood, makes the obvious conclusion and attacks her, forcing her to defend herself with Renly's sword. Catelyn grabs Ser Robar before he can join, understanding through means she cannot explain that it was Stannis, ''Stannis'' did this somehow, through some sorcery unbeknownst to them all. Ser Robar believes her, and exits the tent to hold off the others; Catelyn gives Ser Emmon a stiff knock on the head with a brazier, and she and Brienne make their exit. Brienne swears to avenge her BodyguardCrush with his own sword. As the two of them ride away with Catelyn's escort, Catelyn realizes that, at a single stroke of BlackMagic, Stannis has just secured the entirety of Renly's army. She also remembers that, per Stannis' own words, Robb is a big a traitor as Renly. "A chill went through her."


Lancel Lannister reveals that Cersei intends to send Tommen to the neighboring fief of Rosby and hide him there as a page. Tyrion is concerned that Varys wasn't able to sniff this out himself. Tyrion arranges to have Ser Jacelyn Bywater ambush them, promising him a lordship in return. At Shae's manse, Tyrion finds her being entertained by a singer, whom Tyrion has expelled and sworn to silence. She begs to be brought to the castle, even suggesting that Tyrion murder Cersei if this will help; the best he can do is secret her in the kitchens. When she presses him further, he slaps her, but is instantly remorseful, admitting the sordid story of his marriage to the whore Tysha. He then goes to the stables, where Varys, disguised as a begging brother, is waiting. Varys suggests Shae be placed as a maidservant to Lollys, which would be much preferable to her than being a kitchen scullion; she could then be brought to the Tower of the Hand via a secret passage, which Tyrion is surprised to learn of. Varys has news of Ser Cortnay's death, and is convinced it is magic. Varys was once a member of a mummer's troop in Essos, but one day a Myrish sorcerer bought him. He castrated Varys and burned his parts over a fire as fuel for a spell, and then turned the boy out, telling him he had permission to die. Instead, Varys found a way to live, motivated by {{revenge}} against all those who wield magic... which, it seems, includes Stannis. Tyrion is more concerned that Stannis' larger army will now come to King's Landing... and he, Tyrion, the DepravedDwarf, is the only one standing between the city's innocents and the swords of the enemy.

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Lancel Lannister reveals that Cersei intends to send Tommen to the neighboring fief of Rosby and hide him there as a page. Tyrion is concerned that Varys wasn't able to sniff this out himself. Tyrion arranges to have Ser Jacelyn Bywater ambush them, promising him a lordship in return. At Shae's manse, Tyrion finds her being entertained by a singer, Symon Silver Tongue, whom Tyrion has expelled and then sworn to silence. She in as a SecretKeeper. Shae begs to be brought to the castle, even suggesting that Tyrion murder Cersei if this will help; the best he can do is secret her in the kitchens. When she presses him further, he slaps her, but is instantly remorseful, admitting the sordid story of his marriage to the whore Tysha. He then goes to the stables, where Varys, disguised as a begging brother, is waiting. Varys suggests Shae be placed as a maidservant to Lollys, which would be much preferable to her than being a kitchen scullion; she could then be brought to the Tower of the Hand via a secret passage, which Tyrion is surprised to learn of. Varys has news of Ser Cortnay's death, and is convinced it is magic. Varys was once a member of a mummer's troop in Essos, but one day a Myrish sorcerer bought him. He castrated Varys and burned his parts over a fire as fuel for a spell, and then turned the boy out, telling him he had permission to die. Instead, Varys found a way to live, motivated by {{revenge}} against all those who wield magic... which, it seems, includes Stannis. Tyrion is more concerned that Stannis' larger army will now come to King's Landing... and he, Tyrion, the DepravedDwarf, is the only one standing between the city's innocents and the swords of the enemy.


# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, many with cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:"Catelyn VII" of the next book, with a detail not revealed until "Tyrion VI".]])

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# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, many with cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:"Catelyn VII" of the next book, with a detail not revealed until "Tyrion VI"."Davos V".]])


As Maester Cressen dies, he is forced to confront the fact that his TakingYouWithMe ploy is not working.

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As Maester Cressen dies, he is forced to confront the fact that his TakingYouWithMe ploy is not working.
taking Melisandre with him.



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.835 (paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', pg.835 (paperback)



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.841 (paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', pg.841 (paperback)



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.846 (paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', pg.846 (paperback)



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.855 (paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', pg.855 (paperback)



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.869 (paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', pg.869 (paperback)



-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', final paragraph (pg. 968-969, paperback)

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-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', ''Literature/AClashOfKings'', final paragraph (pg. 968-969, paperback)


# A beautiful naked woman sprawling on a floor with four little men with rat-like faces raping her. (Yes, no known meaning. You could make an argument that this is merely an {{allegory}} for the War of Four Kings [[[AndZoidberg and Balon Greyjoy]]], but if you keep reading, you'll note that all the other are much more straightforward.)
# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, many with cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:"Catelyn VII" of the next book -- the infamous Red Wedding.]])

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# A beautiful naked woman sprawling on a floor with four little men with rat-like faces raping her. (No known meaning.) (Yes, no known meaning. You could make an argument that this is merely an {{allegory}} for the War of Four Kings [[[AndZoidberg [[AndZoidberg and Balon Greyjoy]]], Greyjoy]], but if you keep reading, you'll note that all the other visions are much more straightforward.)
# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, many with cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:"Catelyn VII" of the next book -- the infamous Red Wedding.book, with a detail not revealed until "Tyrion VI".]])



* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion. (Believed to be a what-could-be vision of her son Rhaego. [[spoiler:Could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate.]])

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* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion. (Believed to be a what-could-be WhatCoundHaveBeen vision of her son Rhaego. [[spoiler:Could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate.]])


# A beautiful naked woman sprawling on a floor with four little men with rat-like faces raping her.
# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, man ywith cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:The Red Wedding.]])
# Old, dead, loyal Ser Willem Darry beckons her into the house with the red door, in Braavos (Dany's childhood home.)

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# A beautiful naked woman sprawling on a floor with four little men with rat-like faces raping her.
her. (Yes, no known meaning. You could make an argument that this is merely an {{allegory}} for the War of Four Kings [[[AndZoidberg and Balon Greyjoy]]], but if you keep reading, you'll note that all the other are much more straightforward.)
# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, man ywith many with cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown. ([[spoiler:The ([[spoiler:"Catelyn VII" of the next book -- the infamous Red Wedding.]])
# Old, dead, loyal Ser Willem Darry beckons her into the house with the red door, in Braavos Braavos. (Dany's childhood home.)home; see her first chapter last book)



# A man who looks like Viserys, but taller and with darker eyes, who says to a woman nursing a baby, "Aegon... What better name for a King... He is the Prince that was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire"; but when the manís eyes meet Danyís, he says either to her or the woman with the baby, "There must be one more... The dragon has three heads." He picks up a silver harp and begins to play. ([[spoiler:Daenerys' brother Rhaegar, his wife Elia of Dorne, and her cousin Aegon, all of whom died during Robert's Rebellion. However, the "There must be one more" thing has been endless fodder for fan theories.]])

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# A man who looks like Viserys, but taller and with darker eyes, who says to a woman nursing a baby, "Aegon... What better name for a King... He is the Prince that was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire"; but when the manís eyes meet Danyís, he says either to her or the woman with the baby, "There must be one more... The dragon has three heads." He picks up a silver harp and begins to play. ([[spoiler:Daenerys' brother Rhaegar, his wife Elia of Dorne, and her cousin Aegon, all Aegon. All of whom them died during Robert's Rebellion. However, the "There must be one more" thing has been endless fodder for Secret Targaryen fan theories.theories which even R+L=J cannot quell -- after all, there must be one more after ''that''.]])



* Viserys dying
* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion (Believed to be a what-could-be vision of her son Rhaego. [[spoiler:Could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate.]])
* A dying prince with rubies flying from his armor whispering the name of a woman with his last breath (Rhaegar Targaryen dying at the ruby ford under Robert's warhammer)
* A blue-eyed king with a red sword in his hand who casts no shadow (Stannis Baratheon)
* A "mummer's dragon" amidst a cheering crowd
* A great stone beast flying from a smoking tower, breathing shadow fire ([[spoiler:Believed to refer to Azor Ahai reborn (see "Davos III" in ''A Storm of Swords'' for more details).]])
* Her silver horse given to her by Drogo at her wedding
* A corpse at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, smiling sadly ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to Old Griff.]])
* A blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to R+L=J.]])
* Shadows dancing in a tent (Daenerys's tent while Mirri Maz Duur works her healing spell on Khal Drogo, or Renly's recent death)
* A little girl running toward a house with a red door (see above re: Ser Willem Darry)
* Mirri Maz Duur shrieking in the flames as a dragon bursts from her (the births of Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal)
* A corpse being dragged behind a silver horse (the events of the "Daenerys VI" chapter last book)
* A white lion running through grass taller than a man
* a line of naked crones emerging from a lake, kneeling before Daenerys beneath the Mother of Mountains
* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver([[spoiler:This vision, contained in the "Daenerys IV" chapter of this book, foreshadows what will happen in "Daenerys IV" ''next'' book.])

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* Viserys dying
dying.
* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion stallion. (Believed to be a what-could-be vision of her son Rhaego. [[spoiler:Could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate.]])
* A dying prince with rubies flying from his armor whispering the name of a woman with his last breath breath. (Rhaegar Targaryen dying at the ruby ford under Robert's warhammer)
warhammer.)
* A blue-eyed king with a red sword in his hand who casts no shadow shadow. (Stannis Baratheon)
Baratheon.)
* A "mummer's dragon" amidst a cheering crowd
crowd.
* A great stone beast flying from a smoking tower, breathing shadow fire fire. ([[spoiler:Believed to refer to Azor Ahai reborn (see [see "Davos III" in ''A Storm of Swords'' for more details).details].]])
* Her silver horse given to her by Drogo at her wedding
wedding.
* A corpse at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, smiling sadly sadly. ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to Old Griff.]])
* A blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice ice. ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to R+L=J.]])
* Shadows dancing in a tent tent. (Daenerys's tent while Mirri Maz Duur works her healing spell on Khal Drogo, or Drogo; Renly's recent death)
death.)
* A little girl running toward a house with a red door door. (see above re: Ser Willem Darry)
Darry.)
* Mirri Maz Duur shrieking in the flames as a dragon bursts from her (the her. (The births of Drogon, Viserion and Rhaegal)
Rhaegal.)
* A corpse being dragged behind a silver horse (the horse. (The events of the "Daenerys VI" chapter last book)
book.)
* A white lion running through grass taller than a man
man.
* a A line of naked crones emerging from a lake, kneeling before Daenerys beneath the Mother of Mountains
Mountains. ([[spoiler:Believed to foreshadow events in the as-yet-unpublished sixth book.]])
* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver([[spoiler:This vision, contained in the silver([[spoiler:See "Daenerys IV" chapter of this book, foreshadows what will happen in "Daenerys IV" ''next'' the next book.])]])


* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver([[spoiler:Foreshadows events of the next book]])

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* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver([[spoiler:Foreshadows events of silver([[spoiler:This vision, contained in the next book]])"Daenerys IV" chapter of this book, foreshadows what will happen in "Daenerys IV" ''next'' book.])


* A great stone beast flying from a smoking tower, breathing shadow fire

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* A great stone beast flying from a smoking tower, breathing shadow firefire ([[spoiler:Believed to refer to Azor Ahai reborn (see "Davos III" in ''A Storm of Swords'' for more details).]])


Daenerys stands before the House of the Undying, a dusty and decrepit ruin. Ser Jorah, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Aggo, Jhogo, Rakharo: one and all, her companions tell her to turn back. Pyat Pree emerges and gives her a glass of "shade of the evening," the drink warlocks use to expand their mind; he tells her to always take the first door on the right, and only the stairs going up, and to ignore the things she sees until she reaches the warlocks' inner chamber. With Drogon perched on her shoulder, she sees many, many things, which may not seem like much but serve as a great deal of {{Foreshadowing}}, which is why we are including it:

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Daenerys stands before the House of the Undying, a dusty and decrepit ruin. Ser Jorah, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Aggo, Jhogo, Rakharo: one and all, her companions tell her to turn back. Pyat Pree emerges and gives her a glass of "shade of the evening," the drink warlocks use to expand their mind; he tells her to always take the first door on the right, and only the stairs going up, and to ignore the things she sees until she reaches the warlocks' inner chamber. With Drogon perched on her shoulder, she sees many, many things, which may not seem like much but serve as a great deal of {{Foreshadowing}}, which is why we are including it:it. References to things that have already happened will be spelled out, but call-forwards to coming events will be marked under spoilers. Visions with no comments have no known (or speculated) relevance to the story.



# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, man ywith cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown[[note]]The Red Wedding[[/note]]

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# A feast of corpses, a room full of savagely slaughtered bodies, man ywith cups or spoons in their hands; above them sits a dead man on a throne with the head of a wolf, wearing an iron crown[[note]]The crown. ([[spoiler:The Red Wedding[[/note]]Wedding.]])



# An old man with long silver hair sits on a barbed throne in a great hall with dragon skulls, and says "Let him be the king of ashes." [[note]]King Aerys II, called "The Mad," on the last day of his reign. His focus on TakingYouWithMe is why Jaime Lannister is now called "Kingslayer."[[/note]]
# A man who looks like Viserys, but taller and with darker eyes, who says to a woman nursing a baby, "Aegon... What better name for a King... He is the Prince that was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire"; but when the manís eyes meet Danyís, he says either to her or the woman with the baby, "There must be one more... The dragon has three heads." He picks up a silver harp and begins to play.[[note]]Daenerys' brother Rhaegar, his wife Elia of Dorne, and her cousin Aegon, all of whom died during Robert's Rebellion.[[/note]]

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# An old man with long silver hair sits on a barbed throne in a great hall with dragon skulls, and says "Let him be the king of ashes." [[note]]King ([[spoiler:King Aerys II, called "The Mad," on the last day of his reign. His focus on TakingYouWithMe is why Jaime Lannister is now called "Kingslayer."[[/note]]
See "Jaime V" im the Recap of ''Recap/AStormOfSwords'' for more detail.]])
# A man who looks like Viserys, but taller and with darker eyes, who says to a woman nursing a baby, "Aegon... What better name for a King... He is the Prince that was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire"; but when the manís eyes meet Danyís, he says either to her or the woman with the baby, "There must be one more... The dragon has three heads." He picks up a silver harp and begins to play.[[note]]Daenerys' ([[spoiler:Daenerys' brother Rhaegar, his wife Elia of Dorne, and her cousin Aegon, all of whom died during Robert's Rebellion.[[/note]]Rebellion. However, the "There must be one more" thing has been endless fodder for fan theories.]])



* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion[[note]]Believed to be a what-could-be vision of her son Rhaego, but could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate[[/note]]

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* A tall lord with copper skin and silver hair bearing the banner of a fiery stallion[[note]]Believed stallion (Believed to be a what-could-be vision of her son Rhaego, but could Rhaego. [[spoiler:Could conceivably apply to a living character -- Young Griff being the most obvious candidate[[/note]]candidate.]])



* A blue-eyed king with a red sword in his hand who casts no shadow[[note]]Stannis Baratheon[[/note]]

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* A blue-eyed king with a red sword in his hand who casts no shadow[[note]]Stannis Baratheon[[/note]]shadow (Stannis Baratheon)



* A corpse at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, smiling sadly[[note]]Believed to be a reference to Old Griff[[/note]]
* A blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice[[note]]Believed to be a reference to R+L=J; blue winter roses represent Lyanna[[/note]]

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* A corpse at the prow of a ship, eyes bright in his dead face, smiling sadly[[note]]Believed sadly ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to Old Griff[[/note]]
Griff.]])
* A blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice[[note]]Believed ice ([[spoiler:Believed to be a reference to R+L=J; blue winter roses represent Lyanna[[/note]]R+L=J.]])



* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver[[note]]Foreshadows events of the next book[[/note]]

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* Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother" as Daenerys rides by on her silver[[note]]Foreshadows silver([[spoiler:Foreshadows events of the next book[[/note]]book]])


All of Riverrun is engulfed in celebration, but Catelyn is isolated on a berg of her own grief, grief for her sons: Theon's message claims that Bran and Rickon tried to escape and he mounted their heads on the walls. Five children has she borne for Ned Stark, and now all of them are gone except Robb. She tells Brienne that she has had a bottle of wine sent to Jaime Lannister, hoping to loosen his tongue. At midnight, they head down to the dungeons. Jaime has not drunk, suspecting poison, but he offers to trade answers for answers -- he's been shut up in dungeons for basically the entire book, and knows nothing of the greater war. He admits to being the father of Cersei's children, and to throwing Bran out of the tower, but denies sending the assassin with the dagger -- first off, he would have just done the deed himself; second, his story on who owns the dagger is consonant with Tyrion's, not Littlefinger's. He asks of the war, and Catelyn tells him of Renly's death, Stannis' coming attack on King's Landing, and the news that Robb has recently taken the Crag from House Westerling. Catelyn asks how Jaime could have forsworn his oaths, and Jaime tells the story of her ex-fiancé Brandon Stark. Catelyn knew that King Aerys had Brandon strangled in front of his own father, Lord Rickard, but Jaime tells the full story of the Mad King's depravities.[[note]]It all started at the great tournament at Harrenhal, thrown by Lord Whent in honor of his daughter. Rhaegar Targaryen won -- the only time he ever did this -- but crowned Lyanna Stark the queen of love and beauty, instead of his wife Elia. Then he visited Winterfell, and when he left, Lyanna disappeared too. Brandon was on his way to Riverrun, where his bride Catelyn Tully awaited, but instead he struck out for King's Landing with a handful of companions. At the Red Keep, he yelled for Rhaegar to "Come out and die." Aerys had the men arrested for conspiring against the crown, and then summoned their fathers, all prominent lords, to answer. Lord Rickard Stark arrived and was told he must face the champion of House Targaryen, so he put on his armor and came to the throne room. There, he was hoisted aloft, while the pyromancers set a blaze beneath him: the champion of House Targaryen, King Aerys pronounced, was ''fire'', and all Lord Rickard needed to do to prove his innocence was not be WeakToFire. Lord Rickard failed at this [[RealityEnsues for some reason]]. Meanwhile Brandon was brought out and a special noose put around his neck. A longsword was put at his feet. The more he struggled to reach it and save his father, the tighter the noose got. [[RealityEnsues He died too.]] Aerys then called for the heads of now-Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Robert Baratheon, and their ParentalSubstitute Lord Jon Arryn; instead, the three rebelled, kicking off the War of the Usurper.[[/note]] Jaime was the newest member of the Kingsguard at this time, but it was Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull, TheParagon himself, who told him, "[[MyMasterRightOrWrong You swore an oath to guard the king, not judge him]]." Jaime has been drinking the wine this whole time and is now truly sloshed. He muses that Ned Stark had no right to judge him; Jaime has been totally faithful to Cersei, whereas Ned had that one kid -- what was his name? Catelyn calls for Brienne, and then [[CliffHanger demands her sword]].

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All of Riverrun is engulfed in celebration, but Catelyn is isolated on a berg of her own grief, grief for her sons: Theon's message claims that Bran and Rickon tried to escape and he mounted their heads on the walls. Five children has she borne for Ned Stark, and now all of them are gone except Robb. She tells Brienne that she has had a bottle of wine sent to Jaime Lannister, hoping to loosen his tongue. At midnight, they head down to the dungeons. Jaime has not drunk, suspecting poison, but he offers to trade answers for answers -- he's been shut up in dungeons for basically the entire book, and knows nothing of the greater war. He admits to being the father of Cersei's children, and to throwing Bran out of the tower, but denies sending the assassin with the dagger -- first off, he would have just done the deed himself; second, his story on who owns the dagger is consonant with Tyrion's, not Littlefinger's. He asks of the war, and Catelyn tells him of Renly's death, Stannis' coming attack on King's Landing, and the news that Robb has recently taken the Crag from House Westerling. Catelyn asks how Jaime could have forsworn his oaths, and Jaime tells the story of her ex-fiancé Brandon Stark. Catelyn knew that King Aerys had Brandon strangled in front of his own father, Lord Rickard, but Jaime tells the full story of the Mad King's depravities.[[note]]It all started at the great tournament at Harrenhal, thrown by Lord Whent in honor of his daughter. Rhaegar Targaryen won -- the only time he ever did this -- but crowned [[note]]When Lyanna Stark the queen of love and beauty, instead of his wife Elia. Then he visited was kidnapped from Winterfell, and when he left, Lyanna disappeared too. Brandon was on his way to Riverrun, where his bride Catelyn Tully awaited, but instead he struck out for King's Landing with a handful of companions. At the Red Keep, he yelled for Rhaegar to "Come out and die." Aerys had the men arrested for conspiring against the crown, and then summoned their fathers, all prominent lords, to answer. Lord Rickard Stark arrived and was told he must face the champion of House Targaryen, so he put on his armor and came to the throne room. There, he was hoisted aloft, while the pyromancers set a blaze beneath him: the champion of House Targaryen, King Aerys pronounced, was ''fire'', and all Lord Rickard needed to do to prove his innocence was not be WeakToFire. Lord Rickard failed at this [[RealityEnsues for some reason]]. Meanwhile Brandon was brought out and a special noose put around his neck. A longsword was put at his feet. The more he struggled to reach it and save his father, the tighter the noose got. [[RealityEnsues He died too.]] Aerys then called for the heads of now-Lord Eddard Stark, Lord Robert Baratheon, and their ParentalSubstitute Lord Jon Arryn; instead, the three rebelled, kicking off the War of the Usurper.[[/note]] Jaime was the newest member of the Kingsguard at this time, but it was Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull, TheParagon himself, who told him, "[[MyMasterRightOrWrong You swore an oath to guard the king, not judge him]]." Jaime has been drinking the wine this whole time and is now truly sloshed. He muses that Ned Stark had no right to judge him; Jaime has been totally faithful to Cersei, whereas Ned had that one kid -- what was his name? Catelyn calls for Brienne, and then [[CliffHanger demands her sword]].


Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King; Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard; Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Lord of the Reach, is to join the small council, with his second son Ser Garlan at his side and his mother Lady Olenna Tyrell to join him in the capitol; Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance; over six hundred men are knighted (which takes a while, with only three members of the Kingsguard to do the {{knighting}}); and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. (Sansa tries to look sad about this.) Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "It's magic, you see. It's justice you hold. It's vengeance for your father. It's ''home''."

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Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King; Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard; Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Lord of the Reach, is to join the small council, with his second son Ser Garlan at his side and his mother Lady Olenna Tyrell to join him in the capitol; Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance; over six hundred men are knighted (which takes a while, with only three members of the Kingsguard to do the {{knighting}}); and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. (Sansa tries to look sad about this.) Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. [[note]]We learn in the next book that Joffrey's wedding will be on New Year's Day, 300 AL, meaning that this chapter takes place in "late November" (GRRM has never bothered naming months for his setting) 299.[[/note]] Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "It's magic, you see. It's justice you hold. It's vengeance for your father. It's ''home''."


A synopsis of ''Literature/AClashOfKings''.

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A synopsis Recap of ''Literature/AClashOfKings''.
''Literature/AClashOfKings'', a book of 70 chapters and 969 pages, the second volume of Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's fantasy epic ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.

Special credit to AOL user vbkorik27, whose synopses, archived at [[https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Main_Page A Wiki of Ice and Fire]], were instrumental (and, in some cases, copy-pasted outright) in the creation of this Recap.


In the sept of the Red Keep, Joffrey makes a splendid sight on his warhorse and in his armor. Sansa has been required to see him off, and plans to stay in the sept to pray, unlike many of the other castle-dwellers who are now in Maegor's Holdfast. Tyrion, dropping by, politely declines to mention who Sansa plans to pray for. He ''does'' mention that he ought to have sent her off with Tommen. Joffrey calls Sansa to him -- rather like a dog, she thinks -- and demands she kiss the blade of his new sword, Hearteater. Sansa asks if she plans to lead from the front, mentioning casually that ItIsKnown Robb Stark is always in the heat of battle. In the sept, she prays to all seven gods, and even for Tyrion and the Hound, but when the septon begins to pray for Joffrey, she retreats to the holdfast, stopping to help Lady Tanda Stokeworth, her elder daughter Falyse, and their new maidservant Shae drag the struggling Lollys within. (Rumor has it that Lollys has conceived a bastard after her gang-rape.) She is startled to see Ser Ilyn Payne, Ice over his shoulder, attending Cersei; the queen claims he is there to deal with treason, and to defend them if necessary (which Cersei believes it will be). She asks if Sansa has any idea what happens to a city after it is conquered, and Sansa replies that true knights would not engage in pillage or rapine. [[RealityEnsues Cersei snickers.]]

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In the sept of the Red Keep, Joffrey makes a splendid sight on his warhorse and in his armor. Sansa has been required to see him off, and plans to stay in the sept to pray, unlike many of the other castle-dwellers who are now in Maegor's Holdfast. Tyrion, dropping by, politely declines to mention who Sansa plans to pray for. He ''does'' mention that he ought to have sent her off with Tommen. Joffrey calls Sansa to him -- rather like a dog, she thinks -- and demands she kiss the blade of his new sword, Hearteater. Sansa asks if she plans to lead from the front, mentioning casually that ItIsKnown Robb Stark is [[UriahGambit always in the heat thickest part of battle.the fighting]]. In the sept, she prays to all seven gods, and even for Tyrion and the Hound, but when the septon begins to pray for Joffrey, she retreats to the holdfast, stopping to help Lady Tanda Stokeworth, her elder daughter Falyse, and their new maidservant Shae drag the struggling Lollys within. (Rumor has it that Lollys has conceived a bastard after her gang-rape.) She is startled to see Ser Ilyn Payne, Ice over his shoulder, attending Cersei; the queen claims he is there to deal with treason, and to defend them if necessary (which Cersei believes it will be). She asks if Sansa has any idea what happens to a city after it is conquered, and Sansa replies that true knights would not engage in pillage or rapine. [[RealityEnsues Cersei snickers.]]



Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King; Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard; Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Lord of the Reach, is to join the small council, with his second son Ser Garlan at his side and his mother Lady Olenna Tyrell to join him in the capitol; Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance; over six hundred men are knighted (which takes a while, with only three members of the Kingsguard to do the {{knighting}}); and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. (Sansa tries to look sad about this.) Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "Itís magic, you see. Itís justice you hold. Itís vengeance for your father. Itís ''home''."

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Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King; Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard; Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Lord of the Reach, is to join the small council, with his second son Ser Garlan at his side and his mother Lady Olenna Tyrell to join him in the capitol; Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance; over six hundred men are knighted (which takes a while, with only three members of the Kingsguard to do the {{knighting}}); and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. (Sansa tries to look sad about this.) Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "Itís "It's magic, you see. Itís It's justice you hold. Itís It's vengeance for your father. Itís It's ''home''."



As the first scouts of Ser Rodrik Cassel's force, a thousand northmen strong, emerge, Maester Luwin counsels Theon to surrender. If Theon had any interest in doing so, it has disappeared by the time Ser Rodrik himself comes to parley. Theon's counter-demands are that the assembled northmen swear fealty to the Prince of Winterfell; if not, Theon will [[IHaveYourWife hang Ser Rodrik's only remaining child, Beth Cassel]]. Rodrik is horrified to see Theon fallen so low, but Theon is still struggling with his QuestForIdentity as a Greyjoy (house words: "[[TheBully We Do Not Sow]]") who was raised by Ned "HonorBeforeReason UpToEleven" Stark. Maester Luwin has a possible answer: Theon should take the black. Theon is on the verge of agreeing when a tussle erupts outside the walls, some sort of BackStab -- but from other northmen, flying the banner of a bloody man. Reek used to serve House Bolton, who flies that banner; and, when the six hundred rescuers have relieved the siege and present the corpses of Ser Rodrik Cassel, Clay Cerwyn and Leobald Tallhart, it is indeed Reek at their head. But it's not Reek; Reek is dead, as he pulled a switcheroo under orders from the man who disguised himself ''as'' Reek and now stands in Winterfell: Ramsay Snow. Ramsay Bolton, as he prefers to be known. When Theon dickers over the reward that was promised, Ramsay punches him out and orders his forces to slaughter all the inhabitants (save the Frey children) and burn the castle. Theon, unble to move, watches Maester Luwin and his men killed, and sees his horse erupt from the stables, its mane on fire.

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As the first scouts of Ser Rodrik Cassel's force, a thousand northmen strong, emerge, Maester Luwin counsels Theon to surrender. If Theon had any interest in doing so, it has disappeared by the time Ser Rodrik himself comes to parley. Theon's counter-demands are that the assembled northmen swear fealty to the Prince of Winterfell; if not, Theon will [[IHaveYourWife hang Ser Rodrik's only remaining child, Beth Cassel]]. Rodrik is horrified to see Theon fallen so low, but Theon is still struggling with his QuestForIdentity as a Greyjoy (house words: "[[TheBully We Do Not Sow]]") who was raised by Ned "HonorBeforeReason UpToEleven" Stark. Maester Luwin has a possible answer: Theon should take the black. Theon is on the verge of agreeing when a tussle erupts outside the walls, some sort of BackStab -- but from other northmen, flying the banner of a bloody man. Reek used to serve House Bolton, who flies that banner; and, when the six hundred rescuers have relieved the siege and present the corpses of Ser Rodrik Cassel, Clay Cerwyn and Leobald Tallhart, it is indeed Reek at their head. But it's not Reek; Reek is dead, as he pulled a switcheroo under orders from the man who disguised himself ''as'' Reek and now stands in Winterfell: Ramsay Snow. Ramsay Bolton, as he prefers to be known. When Theon dickers over the reward that was promised, Ramsay punches him out and orders his forces to slaughter all the inhabitants (save the Frey children) and burn the castle. Theon, unble to move, watches Maester Luwin and his men killed, and sees his horse erupt from the stables, its mane on fire.
fire...


Tyrion leads the charge, Ser Balon Swann, Ser Mandon Moore (also of the Kingsguard) and his own squire Podrick Payne flanking him. He glimpses a large force of men to the west -- seemingly fighting Stannis' men -- but has no time to think on it: the Kingslanders fall upon the Baratheons manning the ram, dispersing them, and then carry the fight further down the bank towards the chain boom. Tyrion is astonished to find himself experiencing what Jaime called "battle fever" -- those moments of peak performance when no one can touch you. Ser Balon points out that the shipwrecks at the chain have formed a sort of bridge, and Stannis' men are now clambering over the slippery, flaming, broken hulks to continue the invasion. "'Those are brave men,' he told Ser Balon [[WorthyOpponent in admiration]]. 'Letís go kill them.' " The fight on the decks of the ships goes markedly worse, as Joffrey's catapults are still dropping stones in; Tyrion flounders, loses and gains weapons, falls into the river, clings to some wreckage, finally finds Ser Mandon reaching for him. [[HolyShitQuotient Ser Mandon slashes down at his face with a sword.]] Tyrion stumbles backwards, and Ser Mandon is about to land the finishing blow when someone shoves him into the river to drown in steel plate.
-->"Jaime?" he croaked, almost choking on the blood that filled his mouth. Who else would save him, if not his brother?\\
"Be still, my lord, youíre hurt bad." ''A boyís voice, that makes no sense,'' thought Tyrion. It sounded almost like Pod.
-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.860 (paperback)

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Tyrion leads the charge, Ser Balon Swann, Ser Mandon Moore (also of the Kingsguard) and his own squire Podrick Payne flanking him. He glimpses a large force of men to the west -- seemingly fighting Stannis' men -- but has no time to think on it: the Kingslanders fall upon the Baratheons manning the ram, dispersing them, and then carry the fight further down the bank towards the chain boom. Tyrion is astonished to find himself experiencing what Jaime called "battle fever" -- those moments of peak performance when no one can touch you. Ser Balon points out that the shipwrecks at the chain have formed a sort of bridge, and Stannis' men are now clambering over the slippery, flaming, broken hulks to continue the invasion. "'Those invasion.
-->"Those
are brave men,' men," he told Ser Balon [[WorthyOpponent in admiration]]. 'Letís "Letís go kill them.' " The fight on the decks of the ships goes markedly worse, as Joffrey's catapults are still dropping stones in; Tyrion flounders, loses and gains weapons, falls into the river, clings to some wreckage, finally finds Ser Mandon reaching for him. [[HolyShitQuotient Ser Mandon slashes down at his face with a sword.]] Tyrion stumbles backwards, and Ser Mandon is about to land the finishing blow when someone shoves him into the river to drown in steel plate.
-->"Jaime?" he croaked, almost choking on the blood that filled his mouth. Who else would save him, if not his brother?\\
"Be still, my lord, youíre hurt bad." ''A boyís voice, that makes no sense,'' thought Tyrion. It sounded almost like Pod.
"
-->--Creator/GeorgeRRMartin, ''A Clash of Kings'', pg.860 (paperback)
855 (paperback)
The fight on the decks of the ships goes markedly worse, as Joffrey's catapults are still dropping stones in; Tyrion flounders, loses and gains weapons, falls into the river, clings to some wreckage, finally finds Ser Mandon reaching for him. [[HolyShitQuotient Ser Mandon slashes down at his face with a sword.]] Tyrion stumbles backwards, and Ser Mandon is about to land the finishing blow when someone shoves him into the river to drown in steel plate. The rescuer begs him not to move, in the voice of a boy; in fact, Tyrion marvels as unconsciousness takes him, it sounds like Podrick Payne.


Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King, Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard, Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance, over six hundred men are knighted, and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. Sansa tries to look sad about it. Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "Itís magic, you see. Itís justice you hold. Itís vengeance for your father. Itís ''home''."

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Sansa watches the long procession of heroes being congratulated after the Lannister victory. Lord Tywin has officially taken on the office of Hand of the King, King; Ser Loras Tyrell joins the Kingsguard, Kingsguard; Mace Tyrell of Highgarden, Lord of the Reach, is to join the small council, with his second son Ser Garlan at his side and his mother Lady Olenna Tyrell to join him in the capitol; Littlefinger is given Harrenhal and made Lord Paramount of the Trident for brokering the Lannister-Tyrell alliance, alliance; over six hundred men are knighted, knighted (which takes a while, with only three members of the Kingsguard to do the {{knighting}}); and 16-year-old Margaery Tyrell is officially betrothed to 13-year-old Joffrey Baratheon. Sansa (Sansa tries to look sad about it. this.) Joffrey then accepts oaths of fealty from those of Stannis' forces who have survived. A few remain DefiantToTheEnd, and Joffrey gets so upset that he nicks himself on one of the swords of the Iron Throne and has to be rushed away. Lord Tywin sits down three steps below the throne and continues the ceremony, looking more regal than Joffrey (or, if we're blunt, Cersei) ever has. After the ceremony, Sansa visits Dontos in the godswood. The fool is worried: Cersei will be keeping a closer eye on Sansa than ever, and Joffrey can have her [[YourCheatingHeart on the side]] any time he wants -- it's not like anyone would care. But the escape is in motion: they will leave during Joffreyís wedding in about a month. Dontos gives her a hair net with amethysts in it. "Itís magic, you see. Itís justice you hold. Itís vengeance for your father. Itís ''home''."

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