A Game of Thrones-Chapter 43

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Eddard XI
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Chapter chronology (All)
Eddard X
Tyrion VI ← Eddard XI → Sansa III

Eddard XII

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Three knights sworn to Riverrun come to the King for justice, but with Robert hunting, the Hand sits on the throne to pass judgement. Ser Karyl Vance, Ser Marq Piper and Ser Raymun Darry bring evidence of a Lannister raid on two villages under the protection of Riverrun. The brigands burned the villages, slaughtering near everyone, even the livestock. The knights swear it was Ser Gregor Clegane, and the survivors support this with a description of the man. The knights tell the council that Ser Edmure Tully has dispersed men to guard all the holdfasts in the protection of Riverrun. But Ned thinks to himself this may be exactly what Lord Tywin wants, to bleed off the strength of Riverrun as Edmure scatters his swords. The Small Council is not sure, but Ned is, and passes judgment against Ser Gregor, stripping him of his knighthood, titles, and lands, and sentences him to death in the name of the King. When Ser Loras Tyrell asks for the honor of slaying Ser Gregor, Ned denies him, saying that the goal was justice, not vengeance. Ned chooses Lord Beric Dondarrion to lead, and commands Thoros of Myr to accompany him, along with 20 men of Winterfell.

Varys approaches Ned afterward, telling him he should have sent Ser Loras, as 'a man who is an enemy of the Lannisters would do well to make the Tyrells his friends'. Varys also tells him it was a slight not to send Ser Ilyn Payne since he is the King’s Justice, but Ned would not send a Lannister man to kill a Lannister bannerman.

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