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| pov = [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]]
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| pov = [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
| place        = Somewhere in the [[Red Waste]] - [[Vaes Tolorro]]
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| place        = The [[Red Waste]] - [[Vaes Tolorro]]
 
| title = Daenerys I
 
| title = Daenerys I
 
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| current = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 12|Daenerys I]]
 
| current = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 12|Daenerys I]]
 
| next = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 13|Jon II]]
 
| next = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 13|Jon II]]
| arc previous =  
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| arc previous = [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 72|Daenerys X]]<br>''A Game of Thrones''
 
| arc next = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 27|Daenerys II]]
 
| arc next = [[A Clash of Kings-Chapter 27|Daenerys II]]
 
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[[Daenerys Targaryen]] decides to follow the [[Red Comet]] deep into the Red Waste of the [[Dothraki Sea]]. Many are lost before they find an abandoned city. While her [[khalasar]] rests, her three [[Bloodrider|bloodriders]] scout ahead. The last to return, brings three men from [[Qarth]].
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[[Daenerys Targaryen]] decides to follow the [[red comet]] deep into the [[red waste]] to protect her newborn [[dragons]]. Many of her ''[[khalasar]]'' die before they find shelter in a [[Vaes Tolorro|ruined city]]. There, Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] tells her about his second wife, [[Lynesse Hightower]]. While her people rest, Daenerys sends her three [[bloodrider]]s to scout, and [[Jhogo]] returns with three strangers from the great city of [[Qarth]].
  
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
[[Daenerys Targaryen]] is having her small [[khalasar]] follow the [[Red Comet]] the [[Dothraki]] name shierak qiya (Bleeding Star). The old men mutter that it is an ill omen, but it appeared the night they cremated [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] and her dragons awakened; she considers it the herald of her coming. She is told by [[Doreah]] that it is grim in that direction, but she really has no choice with khalasar of Khal [[Pono]] or Khal [[Jhaqo]] and others to the north; their hundred people with only four warriors would be no match. When Daenerys had told Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] that Pono had always spoken to her kindly, he reminds her that he was first to leave, and would kill you. When she mentions that she has dragons, he replies that a swipe of an [[arakh]] would kill the hatchlings. He also tells her that a living dragon is very valuable, and every man would want them. Nor could they withstand the peaceful [[Lhazareen|Lamb Men]] to the south, who had no love for her. The only way seems to be into the red lands, and when she tells her people, while garbed in the pelt of a White Lion with the head covering her bald head (from the cremation), they will follow comet, no words against it are raised.
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[[File:Daenerys.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons - by Amok©]]
  
They ride by night. Their horses dies as they travel—Pono, Jhago and the others had taken the best horses—and soon many are forced to walk; they find little forage or water in this desolate land. Then the weakest of her people start dying. It is worse than Ser Jorah had expected.
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[[Daenerys Targaryen]] commands her small ''[[khalasar]]'' to follow the [[red comet]] the [[Dothraki]] have named ''shierak qiya'', the Bleeding Star. The old men mutter that it is a bad omen, but it appeared the [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 72|night]] they cremated her husband [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] and hatched her [[dragons]], so Daenerys considers it the herald of her coming. Her handmaid [[Doreah]] explains that only the grim and terrible [[Red Waste|red lands]] lie in that direction, but Daenerys really has no choice. The other ''khalasars'' hold sway to the north, the [[Lhazareen]] to the south, and Khal [[Pono]] is driving slaves west to [[Slaver's Bay]]. When Daenerys argues that Pono always spoke to her kindly, Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] reminds her that Pono was the first to leave and will kill her now. She argues that she has dragons, but Jorah explains that the hatchlings would be easy to kill, though Pono is more likely to seize them, since a living dragon is priceless. Daenerys makes it clear they are hers and will never be taken while she lives, but Jorah insists she will not live long unless she goes where no one else does. Mounted on her [[The silver|silver mare]] and garbed in her white ''[[hrakkar]]'' pelt to cover her bald head, Daenerys commands her people to follow the comet and no words are raised against it; she is the Unburnt and Mother of Dragons, so her word is their law.
  
With little to eat and drink, Daenerys suffered with her people, and she shed weight and her milk dried up so Daenerys could no longer suckle the frowing dragons. They did not eat the meat fed them, but Daenerys remembers [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] saying  that only men and dragons eat cooked meat. The cooked meat they eat. Daenerys starts every night carrying one of the dragons on her shoulder, while [[Irri]] and [[Jhiqui]] carry the other two in in a cage slung between their mounts.
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[[File:Red Waste.jpg|thumb|400px|right|The Red Waste - © HBO]]
  
One day Aggo states that the black dragon is [[Balerion]] come again. Daenerys recalls that [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon]]’s dragons were named for the gods of Old [[Valyria]], but she decides to name the dragons after those the gods have taken: [[Rhaegal]] for the green, [[Viserys]] for the cream and gold, and [[Drogon]] for the black. The dragons prosper.
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They ride by night, leaving a trail of dead horses because Pono, [[Jhaqo]], and the others have taken the best mounts. Her people are also the weak and unwanted, so Daenerys must project confidence and strength to encourage them. Three days into the march, the weakest of her people start to die.
  
[[Doreah]] who had been ill for a while, gets worse with a fever, and finally drops from her horse. Daenerys stops khalasar from pressing on, and personally cares for the woman that taught her the art of pleasing Drogo, and finally, as Daenerys is holder her hand while she is shivering, she dies.
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There is little forage and less water in the red waste. When supplies run low, they are forced to live on horseflesh and the deaths increase. Daenerys suffers with her people; she sheds much weight and her milk dries up so she cannot breastfeed her dragons. They will not eat the meat she tries to feed them until she remembers her brother [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] saying that only men and dragons eat cooked meat. From then on, the dragons devour several times their own weight in seared meat every day and begin to prosper.  
  
Daenerys is despairing that the Red Comet had shown her wrong, but outriders return with news of a city, a city that even Ser Jorah can tell her nothing of. She sends her [[Bloodrider|bloodriders]] to scout the city: [[Aggo]], [[Jhiqui]] and [[Rakharo]]. They return to report that the city is dead, with Jhiqui stating that cities where the gods are gone, and the ghosts feast at night are best avoided. This does not dissuade Daenerys, and she leads her khalasar into the crumbling city. Inside Daenerys finds an empty plinth and is sure that its statue probably now stands [[Vaes Dothrak]]. They find fruit and sweet water. When Irri mutters about ghosts, Daenerys tells her that they have dragons which are more powerful; more importantly there was food, water and grass for the horses. When Ser Jorah arrives after she had settled in her tent and been bathed in sand, he has a peach for her. Daenerys tells him that the gods were good to lead them here, and Ser Jorah replies that they should rest and become stronger.
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Each night, Daenerys lets one of the dragons ride on her shoulder, while [[Irri]] and [[Jhiqui]] carry the other two in a cage slung between their horses. One day, [[Aggo]] says her black dragon is [[Balerion]] reborn. Daenerys recalls that her ancestor [[Aegon I Targaryen]]'s dragons were named after the gods of Old [[Valyria]], but decides to name hers after those the gods have taken from her. She names the green-and-bronze one [[Rhaegal]] after her brother [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], the cream-and-gold one [[Viserion]] after her brother Viserys, and the black-and-scarlet one [[Drogon]] after her husband Drogo.
  
Daenerys tells Ser Jorah her handmaidens say there are ghosts here and Ser Jorah states there are ghosts everywhere. So Daenerys asks about his ghosts and he tells her of his second wife, the very beautiful [[Lynesse Hightower]] and youngest daughter of [[Leyton Hightower]]—Leyton was the commander of [[Aerys II Targaryen|her father’s]] [[Kingsguard]]. He then tells her of his home of the remote [[Bear Island]]. How it is cold in the winter and their hall was built of logs surrounded by an earthen palisade. Then of his first wife, [[House Glover|Glover]] of [[Deepwood Motte]], who was chosen by [[Jorah Mormont|his father]] before he took the black, who he loved after a fashion. She died with her third miscarriage, ten years after they were married. Then he fought in the [[Greyjoy Rebellion]], earning his knighthood when he followed the [[Thoros of Myr]] through the breach at [[Pyke]]. After the victory [[Robert Baratheon]] held a tourney outside [[Lannisport]] where he met Lynesse. He won jousts against Lord [[Jason Mallister]], [[Yohn Royce]],  Ser [[Ryman Frey]], Ser [[Hosteen Frey]], Lord Whent, [[Lyle Crakehall|Strongboar]], and Ser [[Boros Blount]]. He then fought to a draw with [[Jaime Lannister]], and was given the decision by King Robert. of the Kingsguard. That night, drunk, he asks Lord Leyton for Lynesse’s hand, and they were married there in Lannisport. His home was a disappointment to Lynesse. He went to great expense to bring what she wanted, and when that failed to work, started entering tourneys but he never distinguished himself again; the magic was gone. Each loss in a tourneys cost a suit of armor and a charger, and soon he was broke. Lynesse was unwilling to give up her jewels, so for gold he lost his honor. When he heard [[Eddard Stark]] was coming, he fled with his wife to [[Lys]]. In half a year his gold was gone, and had to become a [[Mercenary|sellsword]]. While he was fighting, she moved in with a merchant prince named [[Tregar Ormollen]]. When asked Ser Jorha tells Daenerys that Lynesse looked much like Daenerys. He now hates and loves her. He asks her leave, and Daenerys gives it.
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Yet even as her dragons prosper, her ''khalasar'' withers. Some are forced to walk because there are no longer enough horses to go around. Doreah, who has been ill for a while, develops a fever and finally grows too weak to mount her horse. Daenerys stops the ''khalasar'' and personally cares for the girl who taught her how to seduce Khal Drogo, holding her hand until she finally dies.
  
After he leaves she feels she understands him better; he loves her and wants her. She, however, realizes that she does not want him. She also felt his longing to return to Bear Island. That night she dreams of Drogo.
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As the environment continues to worsen, the Dothraki begin to fear the comet has led them to some hell, and even Daenerys begins to despair. She goes to Ser Jorah to ask if the waste has an end. He assures her it does end, though the way is harder than he dared to think. Daenerys notes that the knight is still suffering from the wound he took [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 64|fighting]] [[Qotho]], but he still urges their only choice is to press on.  
  
The next morning she calls her bloodriders and tells them each to take three horses and supplies and to go on scouting missions: Aggo southwest, Rakharo south. Jhogo southeast. She does not want to go forward blind again.
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A few days later, her outriders return with news of a city that even Ser Jorah can tell her nothing about. She sends her [[bloodrider]]s Aggo, [[Jhogo]], and [[Rakharo]] to scout the city. When they report that the city is dead, Jhiqui insists that such places are haunted by ghosts and best avoided. This does not dissuade Daenerys, and she leads her ''khalasar'' into the deserted city. Inside, Daenerys passes an empty plinth and wonders if its statue now stands in [[Vaes Dothrak]].
  
In the city they name [[Vaes Tolorro]], Daenerys waits many days for their return. Rakharo returns first with a report that to the south the waste stretches till in reaches poisoned water. Along the way he passed the bones of a dragon whose jaws he could have ridden a horse through. Aggo returns next having found two deserted cities smaller than Vaes Tolorro and crumbling scrolls. Jhogo was the last to arrive, and very much later, with three queerly garbed strangers riding massive beasts: [[Pyat Pree]], the great warlock, [[Xaro Xhoan Daxos]] of the Thirteen, a merchant prince of [[Qarth]] and [[Quaithe]] of the Shadow. They had come seeking dragons.
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[[File:Vt.jpg|thumb|400px|left|Ser Jorah's gift - by Dorota Pijewska©]]
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They find fruit trees and fresh water, but also bones. Irri mutters about ghosts, but Daenerys assures her dragons are more powerful, though food, water, and fodder are more important.  After Daenerys settles into her tent and bathes in sand, Ser Jorah arrives to give her a peach, which she savors. She declares that the gods were good to lead them to this place, and Jorah replies that they should rest and gather their strength.
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Daenerys mentions that her handmaids worry about ghosts, but the knight points out there are ghosts everywhere. Daenerys remembers those she has lost and asks the name of Ser Jorah's ghost. He names his second wife, the beautiful [[Lynesse Hightower]]. When Daenerys presses for more information, Jorah explains that his home on the remote [[Bear Island]] is cold and rustic. His first wife, a [[House Glover|Glover]], whom he loved after a fashion, died from her third miscarriage after ten years of marriage. Soon after, he fought in the [[Greyjoy Rebellion]] and earned his knighthood when he followed [[Thoros of Myr]] through the breach at [[Pyke]]. Afterward, King [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]] held a tourney outside [[Lannisport]], where Jorah met Lynesse and held [[Jaime Lannister]] to a draw in the final joust, earning the champion's laurel and naming Lynesse queen of love and beauty. That night, drunk on wine and victory, he asked Lord [[Leyton Hightower]] for his daughter's hand, and they were married there in Lannisport. However, Bear Island was a disappointment to Lynesse. Jorah went to great expense to import what she wanted, and when that failed he entered tourneys but never distinguished himself again. Each loss cost a suit of armor and a charger, and soon he was broke. Lynesse was unwilling to give up her jewels, so Jorah did shameful things for gold. When he heard [[Eddard Stark]] was coming to punish him, he fled with his  wife to [[Lys]]. In half a year, their money was gone and he was forced to become a [[sellsword]], and while he was away fighting, Lynesse moved in with the merchant prince [[Tregar Ormollen]]. When Daenerys asks, Jorah explains that he hates Lynesse almost as much as he loves her. As Jorah is leaving, Daenerys asks what Lynesse looked like, and Jorah replies that she looked a lot like her.
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After he leaves, Daenerys realizes Ser Jorah loves her and wants her, not as a queen but as a woman. She tries to image herself with him, but it is no good. She also noticed his longing to return to Bear Island. He can never have her, but she hopes one day to give him back his home and his honor. That night she dreams of riding dragons with Drogo.
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The next morning, she calls her bloodriders and orders them each to take three healthy horses and plenty of supplies to go scouting: Aggo to the southwest, Rakharo to the south, and Jhogo to the southeast. While they wait for the bloodriders to return to the city (which they name [[Vaes Tolorro]]) the ''khalasar'' has a chance to recover, and Daenerys tends to Ser Jorah's hip wound, which finally starts to heal.
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Rakharo returns first to report the wasteland stretches south all the way to the ocean. Daenerys puts him in charge of pulling up the plaza so more grass might grow for the horses. Aggo returns next, having found only two deserted cities smaller than Vaes Tolorro. Daenerys sets him to work repairing the city gates. Jhogo is the last to return, much later, bringing three queerly garbed strangers from the great city of [[Qarth]]: the great warlock [[Pyat Pree]], the merchant prince [[Xaro Xhoan Daxos]] of the [[Thirteen]], and [[Quaithe]] of the Shadow. They come seeking dragons, and Daenerys declares they have found them.
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==Character List==
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'''Appearing:'''
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*[[Daenerys Targaryen]]
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*[[Doreah]]
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*[[Rakharo]]
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*[[Jorah Mormont]]
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*[[The Silver]]
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*[[Irri]]
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*[[Jhiqui]]
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*[[Aggo]]
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*[[Rhaegal]]
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'''Appearing:'''
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*[[Viserion]]
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*[[Drogon]]
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*[[Jhogo]]
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*[[Pyat Pree]]
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*[[Xaro Xhoan Daxos]]
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*[[Quaithe|Quaithe of the Shadow]]
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| style="width:33;" |
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'''Mentioned:'''
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*[[Drogo|Khal Drogo]]
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*[[Pono|Khal Pono]]
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*[[Rhaego]]
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*[[Mirri Maz Duur]]
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*[[Jhaqo|Khal Jhaqo]]
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*[[Aerys II Targaryen]]
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*[[Rhaegar Targaryen]]
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*[[Rhaella Targaryen]]
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*[[Willem Darry]]
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| style="width:33;" |
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'''Mentioned:'''
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*[[Viserys Targaryen]]
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*[[Illyrio Mopatis]]
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*[[Aegon I Targaryen]]
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*[[Visenya Targaryen]]
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*[[Vhagar]]
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*[[Rhaenys Targaryen]]
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*[[Meraxes]]
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*[[Balerion]]
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*[[Lynesse Hightower|Lynesse Mormont]]
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| style="width:33;" |
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'''Mentioned:'''
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*[[Leyton Hightower]]
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*[[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)]]
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*[[Gerold Hightower]]
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*[[Jeor Mormont]]
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*[[Balon Greyjoy]]
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*[[Robert Baratheon]]
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*[[Eddard Stark]]
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*[[Thoros of Myr]]
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*[[Jason Mallister]]
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'''Mentioned:'''
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*[[Yohn Royce|Bronze Yohn Royce]]
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*[[Ryman Frey]]
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*[[Hosteen Frey]]
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*[[House Whent|Lord Whent]]
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*[[Lyle Crakehall|Strongboar]]
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*[[Boros Blount]]
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*[[Jaime Lannister]]
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*[[Tregar Ormollen]]
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|}
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==Places and Terms Mentioned==
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{| class="wikitable" width="100%"
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|- valign="top"
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'''Places:'''
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*[[Red Waste]]
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*[[Dothraki Sea]]
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*[[Meereen]]
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*[[Yunkai]]
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*[[Astapor]]
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*[[Slaver's Bay]]
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*[[Valyria]]
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*[[Trident]]
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*[[Lys]]
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'''Places:'''
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*[[Yi Ti]]
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*[[Qarth]]
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*[[Asshai|Asshai by the Shadow]]
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*[[Vaes Dothrak]]
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*[[Seven Kingdoms]]
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*[[Oldtown]]
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*[[Bear Island]]
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*[[Deepwood Motte]]
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*[[Pyke]]
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'''Places:'''
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*[[Myr]]
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*[[Lannisport]]
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*[[Braavos]]
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*[[Rhoyne]]
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*[[Vaes Tolorro]]
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*[[Free Cities]]
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'''Terms:'''
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*[[Red Comet]]/''[[Red Comet|shierak qiya]]''
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*''[[khal]]''
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*[[Dragon]]
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*[[Dothraki]]
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*''[[khaleesi]]''
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*''[[khalasar]]''
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*[[Lamb Men]]
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*[[Lhazareen]]
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*''[[ko]]''
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'''Terms:'''
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*''[[arakh]]''
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*[[Maegi]]
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*[[Queensguard]]
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*''[[hrakkar]]''
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*[[Devilgrass]]
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*[[Magister]]
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*[[Bloodrider]]
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*[[House Targaryen]]
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*[[Maiden (the Seven)|Maid]]
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'''Terms:'''
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*[[Kingsguard]]
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*[[House Hightower]]
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*[[House Mormont]]
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*[[House Glover]]
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*[[Tourney at Lannisport]]
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*[[Sellsword]]
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*[[Warlock]]
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*[[Thirteen]]
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*[[Common Tongue]]
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|}
  
 
==References and Notes==
 
==References and Notes==
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Revision as of 19:39, 9 June 2019

Daenerys I
A Clash of Kings chapter
AClashOfKings.jpg
POV Daenerys Targaryen
Place The Red Waste - Vaes Tolorro
Page 138 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Daenerys X
A Game of Thrones
Theon I  ← Daenerys I →  Jon II

Daenerys II

Daenerys Targaryen decides to follow the red comet deep into the red waste to protect her newborn dragons. Many of her khalasar die before they find shelter in a ruined city. There, Ser Jorah Mormont tells her about his second wife, Lynesse Hightower. While her people rest, Daenerys sends her three bloodriders to scout, and Jhogo returns with three strangers from the great city of Qarth.

Synopsis

Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons - by Amok©

Daenerys Targaryen commands her small khalasar to follow the red comet the Dothraki have named shierak qiya, the Bleeding Star. The old men mutter that it is a bad omen, but it appeared the night they cremated her husband Khal Drogo and hatched her dragons, so Daenerys considers it the herald of her coming. Her handmaid Doreah explains that only the grim and terrible red lands lie in that direction, but Daenerys really has no choice. The other khalasars hold sway to the north, the Lhazareen to the south, and Khal Pono is driving slaves west to Slaver's Bay. When Daenerys argues that Pono always spoke to her kindly, Ser Jorah Mormont reminds her that Pono was the first to leave and will kill her now. She argues that she has dragons, but Jorah explains that the hatchlings would be easy to kill, though Pono is more likely to seize them, since a living dragon is priceless. Daenerys makes it clear they are hers and will never be taken while she lives, but Jorah insists she will not live long unless she goes where no one else does. Mounted on her silver mare and garbed in her white hrakkar pelt to cover her bald head, Daenerys commands her people to follow the comet and no words are raised against it; she is the Unburnt and Mother of Dragons, so her word is their law.

The Red Waste - © HBO

They ride by night, leaving a trail of dead horses because Pono, Jhaqo, and the others have taken the best mounts. Her people are also the weak and unwanted, so Daenerys must project confidence and strength to encourage them. Three days into the march, the weakest of her people start to die.

There is little forage and less water in the red waste. When supplies run low, they are forced to live on horseflesh and the deaths increase. Daenerys suffers with her people; she sheds much weight and her milk dries up so she cannot breastfeed her dragons. They will not eat the meat she tries to feed them until she remembers her brother Viserys saying that only men and dragons eat cooked meat. From then on, the dragons devour several times their own weight in seared meat every day and begin to prosper.

Each night, Daenerys lets one of the dragons ride on her shoulder, while Irri and Jhiqui carry the other two in a cage slung between their horses. One day, Aggo says her black dragon is Balerion reborn. Daenerys recalls that her ancestor Aegon I Targaryen's dragons were named after the gods of Old Valyria, but decides to name hers after those the gods have taken from her. She names the green-and-bronze one Rhaegal after her brother Rhaegar Targaryen, the cream-and-gold one Viserion after her brother Viserys, and the black-and-scarlet one Drogon after her husband Drogo.

Yet even as her dragons prosper, her khalasar withers. Some are forced to walk because there are no longer enough horses to go around. Doreah, who has been ill for a while, develops a fever and finally grows too weak to mount her horse. Daenerys stops the khalasar and personally cares for the girl who taught her how to seduce Khal Drogo, holding her hand until she finally dies.

As the environment continues to worsen, the Dothraki begin to fear the comet has led them to some hell, and even Daenerys begins to despair. She goes to Ser Jorah to ask if the waste has an end. He assures her it does end, though the way is harder than he dared to think. Daenerys notes that the knight is still suffering from the wound he took fighting Qotho, but he still urges their only choice is to press on.

A few days later, her outriders return with news of a city that even Ser Jorah can tell her nothing about. She sends her bloodriders Aggo, Jhogo, and Rakharo to scout the city. When they report that the city is dead, Jhiqui insists that such places are haunted by ghosts and best avoided. This does not dissuade Daenerys, and she leads her khalasar into the deserted city. Inside, Daenerys passes an empty plinth and wonders if its statue now stands in Vaes Dothrak.

Ser Jorah's gift - by Dorota Pijewska©

They find fruit trees and fresh water, but also bones. Irri mutters about ghosts, but Daenerys assures her dragons are more powerful, though food, water, and fodder are more important. After Daenerys settles into her tent and bathes in sand, Ser Jorah arrives to give her a peach, which she savors. She declares that the gods were good to lead them to this place, and Jorah replies that they should rest and gather their strength.

Daenerys mentions that her handmaids worry about ghosts, but the knight points out there are ghosts everywhere. Daenerys remembers those she has lost and asks the name of Ser Jorah's ghost. He names his second wife, the beautiful Lynesse Hightower. When Daenerys presses for more information, Jorah explains that his home on the remote Bear Island is cold and rustic. His first wife, a Glover, whom he loved after a fashion, died from her third miscarriage after ten years of marriage. Soon after, he fought in the Greyjoy Rebellion and earned his knighthood when he followed Thoros of Myr through the breach at Pyke. Afterward, King Robert held a tourney outside Lannisport, where Jorah met Lynesse and held Jaime Lannister to a draw in the final joust, earning the champion's laurel and naming Lynesse queen of love and beauty. That night, drunk on wine and victory, he asked Lord Leyton Hightower for his daughter's hand, and they were married there in Lannisport. However, Bear Island was a disappointment to Lynesse. Jorah went to great expense to import what she wanted, and when that failed he entered tourneys but never distinguished himself again. Each loss cost a suit of armor and a charger, and soon he was broke. Lynesse was unwilling to give up her jewels, so Jorah did shameful things for gold. When he heard Eddard Stark was coming to punish him, he fled with his wife to Lys. In half a year, their money was gone and he was forced to become a sellsword, and while he was away fighting, Lynesse moved in with the merchant prince Tregar Ormollen. When Daenerys asks, Jorah explains that he hates Lynesse almost as much as he loves her. As Jorah is leaving, Daenerys asks what Lynesse looked like, and Jorah replies that she looked a lot like her.

After he leaves, Daenerys realizes Ser Jorah loves her and wants her, not as a queen but as a woman. She tries to image herself with him, but it is no good. She also noticed his longing to return to Bear Island. He can never have her, but she hopes one day to give him back his home and his honor. That night she dreams of riding dragons with Drogo.

The next morning, she calls her bloodriders and orders them each to take three healthy horses and plenty of supplies to go scouting: Aggo to the southwest, Rakharo to the south, and Jhogo to the southeast. While they wait for the bloodriders to return to the city (which they name Vaes Tolorro) the khalasar has a chance to recover, and Daenerys tends to Ser Jorah's hip wound, which finally starts to heal.

Rakharo returns first to report the wasteland stretches south all the way to the ocean. Daenerys puts him in charge of pulling up the plaza so more grass might grow for the horses. Aggo returns next, having found only two deserted cities smaller than Vaes Tolorro. Daenerys sets him to work repairing the city gates. Jhogo is the last to return, much later, bringing three queerly garbed strangers from the great city of Qarth: the great warlock Pyat Pree, the merchant prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos of the Thirteen, and Quaithe of the Shadow. They come seeking dragons, and Daenerys declares they have found them.

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