A Dance with Dragons-Chapter 27

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Tyrion VII
A Dance with Dragons chapter
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POVTyrion Lannister
PlaceVolantis
Page351 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Tyrion VI
The Wayward Bride ← Tyrion VII → Jon VI

Tyrion VIII


Synopsis

Tyrion, chained to the wall for the night. © FFG

Tyrion and his captor arrive at Volantis, where Tyrion is put in chains so he will be taken for a slave and thus no one will listen to or help him. Tyrion tells his captor he knows that he is Ser Jorah Mormont and that Jorah has been working for Varys. Tyrion further explains that he is also on a mission from Varys, thus making them allies, but Jorah is unmoved by his argument.

Mormont takes a room in the Merchant’s House, chaining Tyrion to the wall for the night. The next day, they hear that the Golden Company (who Tyrion knows was hired by Aegon Targaryen and Jon Connington) is headed west, putting an end to Tyrion’s hopes of being rescued by them in Volantis.

In the morning they head into the dining hall of the Merchant's House, where Tyrion sees another dwarf and notices that he has been recognized. He tells Jorah, but Jorah is not concerned. Tyrion later reflects that this other dwarf seems somehow familiar. They then talk to the widow of the waterfront, a former slave and now the powerful widow of a Triarch of Volantis, who is sympathetic with Dany's actions. Jorah tells her that he needs to book swift passage to Meereen and Daenaerys. She asks Jorah why he seeks Daenerys and he answers "To serve her. Defend her. Die for her, if need be." But the widow does not trust his motives.

Suddenly, a chaotic fight breaks out. Tyrion is attacked by the knife-wielding dwarf, but Jorah effortlessly rescues him. Tyrion realizes this dwarf is a girl, and upon questioning her, they learn that the she is Penny, one of the tilting dwarfs from Joffrey's royal wedding. Her brother (also a dwarf) was mistaken for Tyrion and beheaded by sailors, but she was set free when they realized she was a girl. The "child's" head that Tyrion and Jorah saw mounted on a spike earlier, who was executed for the crime of kinslaying, certainly belongs to this dwarf.

The Widow instructs Tyrion to take the Selaesori Qhoran, a trading cog which is destined to Qarth by way of New Ghis, however Benerro has foretold that it will not reach this destination. She gives him a message to deliver to Daenerys from the slaves of Old Volantis: "Tell her we are waiting. Tell her to come soon."

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