A Game of Thrones-Chapter 47

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Eddard XIII
A Game of Thrones chapter
POV Eddard
Page 419 US HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Eddard XII
Daenerys V  ← Eddard XIII →  Jon VI

Eddard XIV

Eddard Stark learns that Robert Baratheon is dying. When he goes to Robert, Robert has himr write his will, making Eddard the Regent. Eddard Stark arranges for one of his men take a letter to Stannis Baratheon in Dragonstone, offering him the throne as the rightful heir. He then meets with Littlefinger, telling him that he is going to support Stannis as the rightful heir, and for Littlefinger to arrange for the City Watch of King's Landing to support them.


Ned is dreaming of walking through the crypts beneath Winterfell. The Kings of winter watch him with eyes of ice, and the direwolves at their feet snarl. He comes to the tomb where his father, Lyanna, and Brandon sleep. Eddard hears Lyanna statue whisper “Promise me Ned” and her eyes weep blood. Eddard jerks awake with someone pounding at the door.

King’s steward tells Eddard that the King demands his presence. When Eddard reaches Maegor's Holdfast, he finds Kingsguard guarding the bridge, and inside the royal apartments. Looking at Ser Barristan Selmy who waiting outside the King’s bedchamber, Eddard can tell something is terribly wrong. Inside the bedchamber he finds Robert Baratheon in bed with Grand Maester Pycelle, Renly Baratheon, and Cersei Lannister. Cersei eyes follow Eddard. The room smells of smoke, blood, and death. The King, his face pale as milk, whispers for him to come closer. Eddard can see that the king is dying, and the king tells him that his was a boar; the king states that he had too much to wine and missed his thrust. When Eddard asks where the rest of them were, Renly replies that Robert had called everyone off to try to take the boar himself. Eddard lifts the blanket to see that they had done what they could to the rip from groin to nipple, and the smell is horrible, the stink of death. Robert tells him that the boar had done him in, but he had killed the boar. Robert tells everyone to leave. Pycelle tries to give Robert the Milk of the poppy before leaving, but Robert refuses.

When they leave, Eddard damns the king for being headstrong. The king tells him that he killed the bastard and should have done the same to Eddard since he will not leave a man to hunt in peace. He tells Eddard that he was right about Daenerys, and the boar was sent to punish him; Eddard was the only one to tell him that he is wrong. Robert tells Eddard to write his final testament, naming Eddard Protector of the Realm and Lord Regent until his son comes of age. Eddard wants to tell Robert that Joffrey is not his son, but he could not tell him. He changes those words to “my heir;” Eddard feels soiled. The King tells Eddard to add whatever else is needed. Eddard tells Robert he cannot die because the realm needs him and Robert replies that the realm knows what a wretched king he was, bad as Aerys. Robert then tells Eddard that this is the one thing he did right, and that Eddard is to rule, that he will do well. The king signs the document, and tells Eddard that they are to serve the boar at his funeral feast, eat the bastard. He then asks that he not let them kill the girl. Also to make his son better than him. Before Eddard leaves the king mumbles “killed by a pig he muttered, ought to laugh but it hurt too much.”

The queen had gone, but the rest come in. The king has Renly and Pycelle bear witness to his placing the seal on the letter. Then the king asks for, and deeply drinks, the Milk of the poppy. He then asks Eddard if he will dream, and Eddard states he will. Then Robert tells him that he will give Lyanna his love. Next the king requests that he guard his children; all that Eddard can think of is his bastards when he tells him that he will.

Pycelle tells Eddard that he had done all that he could since the wound had already mortified; it had taken two days to get him back. When Eddard asks how long, he is told that by rights he should be dead already. Renly adds that Robert was always strong, but perhaps not wise. To Eddard Renly looks so much like Robert. Renly states that he slew the boar even with his guts hanging out. Eddard replies that Robert was never one to leave the battle with an enemy standing.

Ser Barristan is still standing outside, and Eddard tells him that the king is not to be disturbed. Ser Barristan tells Eddard that he has failed his sacred trust. Eddard tell the knight that no once cannot defend a man against himself. Eddard tells the knight that the king even blamed the wine. The knight tells Eddard that the king had been reeling. Varys, who had just appeared, asks who gave Robert all the wine, and the Lord Commander tells them it was the King’s elder squire, Lancel Lannister. Varys states that he hopes the lad does not blame himself. Eddard tells Varys that the king wants the arrangements for the assassination of Daenerys canceled. Varys tells him that those birds had flown but would do what he can.

Tomard and Cayn are helping Eddard across the bridge by Lord Renly arrives and asks for a private moment. Renly asks if the letter makes him regent, and, knowing his answer, tells Eddard that he has 100 swords to offer him, and if they strike now, they can take the Red Keep and seize the children. Eddard refuses, stating that Robert is still alive, and he will not shed blood in the castle. Renly tells him that every moment he delays gives Cersei more time to prepare. Eddard states we should pray for that; sometimes the gods are merciful. Renly answers that the Lannisters are not.

When returns to his Tower, he wonders if should have accepted Renly’s offer; if the queen fights he will need every sword he can get. He had no taste for these intrigues. Eddard first asks Cayn to bring Littlefinger to him and then commands Tomard to take 20 men to guard his daughters to the ship to take them to Winterfell. He then tells Tom to stop at Dragonstone on the way and deliver a letter to Lord Stannis, for his eyes only. After Tomard leaves, Eddard sits in grief for his great friend, and thinks how some will say that he had betrayed his king’s friendship and disinherited his sons, but gods would know better and Robert would learn the truth in the land beyond the grave. He then composes a letter to Stannis, telling him of his brother’s death, and offering him the throne as the rightful heir. As he seals the letter he thinks that his regency will be short and he can return to Winterfell.

Littlefinger arrives, and congratulates Eddard for being named protector of the realm. When asked how he knows, he states the Varys told him, and that Eddard had just confirmed it. Eddard damns Varys and his birds, and states that he does not trust him. Littlefinger tells Eddard he is learning and that he is sure that he was not brought here discus the eunuch. Eddard tells him he knows the secret that Jon Arryn was murdered for; Littlefinger obviously knew the secret all along. He tells Petyr that he intends to offer the throne to Stannis, but Baelish tells him he is a fool if he does not bow to Joffrey; Stannis is not friend of Eddard’s, and that his brothers cannot stand him because he is hard and unyielding. Stannis's ascension will mean war for the realm; he will seek the heads of Cersei and the children to secure his position on the Iron Throne, those of Lords Tyrell and Redwyne as revenge for the siege of Storm's End, and even Lord Balon Greyjoy for his uprising. According to Littlefinger, any who stood by the Targaryens during Robert's Rebellion or rose with the Greyjoys will have cause to fear. Littlefinger proposes another course of action: that Eddard make his peace with the Lannisters, wed Sansa to Joffrey and rule as Hand of the King and Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age in four years’ time. This should be sufficient to deal with the threat of Stannis and, should Joffrey prove unsuitable, they can reveal the truth of his parentage and place Renly on the throne. Eddard tells Littlefinger that what he is proposing is treason. Littlefinger replies that it will only be treason if they lose. Eddard tells him that he forgets Jon Arryn, Jory Cassel and the attempt to kill Bran. Littlefinger states that he did forget he was talking to a Stark. Now he tells Littlefinger is going to call on his aid as he promised Catelyn. Cersei has dozen knights and 100 men at arms, enough to overwhelm his household guard. Littlefinger then points out there are lords that have no love for the Lannisters that have guards. Eddard states they are not enough—that he needs Littlefinger to secure him the City Watch of King's Landing. Littlefinger states he will meet with the Watch Commander with a bribe of 6000 gold.

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  • The synopsis was copied from AOL member vbkorik27 previously at [1].