|Title||Second-in-command of the royal fleet|
|Book(s)||Fire & Blood (mentioned)|
Ned had a thick black beard, which earned him the nickname Blackbean.
When Lord Unwin Peake became Hand of the King, he made his uncle Ser Gedmund Peake commander of the royal fleet with the more experienced Ned Bean as his second-in-command. Ser Gedmund and Ned, with reinforcement from the Velaryon fleet commanded by Lord Alyn Velaryon, were sent against Racallio Ryndoon, the self-proclaimed King of the Narrow Sea. When Racallio allied with Tyrosh, Ser Gedmund and Ned remained at Tarth to await further instructions from Lord Unwin. Lord Alyn protested they would lose time, however, and left them behind. Lord Alyn's attack was a great victory against the Braavosi.
I would have hanged him, but I am loath to waste good hempen rope on a bean.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.