A Game of Thrones-Chapter 1

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Bran I
A Game of Thrones chapter
POVBrandon Stark
PageUS HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Prologue ← Bran I → Catelyn I

Bran II


Neds justice by Abe Papakhian

Bran is traveling with his father lord Eddard Stark and twenty men to see his father dispense the king's justice. It is the first time that he was allowed to join. Bran's older brother Robb thinks he must be a wildling, which makes Bran think of the tales Old Nan has told him about wildlings. When they arrive it turns out to be a deserter from the Night's Watch. They bring the man forth (who seems to be Gared from the Prologue) and Theon gives Eddard the sword Ice. Jon tells Bran to watch and not look away, and Bran watches as his father strikes off the man's head.

On the way back to Winterfell, Robb and Jon argue about whether the deserter died bravely. They race their horses, and Eddard comes up to speak to Bran. He asks if Bran knows why he executed the man himself. He explains that the First Men, of whom the Starks are descendents, believe that the man who pronounces the verdict should do the execution himself, lest he become too comfortable in ordering deaths. The Starks still hold to that principle.

Jon calls from up ahead, for them to come see what he and Robb have found. They find a corpse of a direwolf, as large as Bran's pony, though direwolves have not been seen south of the Wall for two hundred years.

Robb is cradling a pup, of which there are five, and he gives one to Bran. When they inspect the mother's corpse, they find a large piece of shattered antler lodged in her throat. The soldiers in the company feel this is a bad omen. Theon offers to kill the pups, but Bran won't let him. Robb says they will keep them. Jon points out that there are five pups, one for each of Eddard's legitimate children, and that they are meant to have the wolves.

Eddard says the children must feed the pups themselves, not pass them off to the servants, and must treat them well lest they become dangerous as they grow older. As they begin to ride away, Jon hears a noise and goes back to discover a sixth cub, white with red eyes, that had crawled away from its mother. He claims it for himself.

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