A Clash of Kings-Chapter 15
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The Small Council is discussing the letters Stannis is circulating about Cersei Lannister’s children not being children of King Robert Baratheon. Both Tyrion and Littlefinger thinks they should do nothing, which makes Cersei furious. Finally is it agreed that they will circulate a rumor that Stannis’ daughter is not legitamate. Tyrion leaves to the meeting to meet with the smiths of King's Landing about creating a chain, and then goes to a brothel to meet with Varys.
Cersei Lannister is furious upon learning that Stannis is circulating letters accusing her of incest. They have two copies of the proclamation, one that was sent to Maester Frenken (the maester assigned to House Stokeworth), and a second to Lord Gyles Rosby. Littlefinger notes that if Stannis Baratheon sent letters to them, every other lord saw a copy. Tyrion Lannister reponds to Cersei's demands that every copy be burned—she does not want her father or Joffrey to know—with the point that they have already been read and that there were probably letters sent to Harrenhal and Casterly Rock. When Cersei exclaims that she is being accused of incest, adultery and treason, Tyrion can on be impressed with her acting skills since he knows it is true. After Cersei is done with this tirade, Tyrion points out that Stannis needs a pretext to justify his rebellion; Stannis is not about to claim Joffrey was the legitimate heir since he intends to take the throne. She then goes on to say that she will not suffer to being called a whore, Tyrion can only think that Stannis did not claim that Jaime paid her. Tryion now points out the words “Done in the Light of the Lord.” Grand Maester Pycelle tells them that it is a term used in the Free Cities. Littlefinger notes that Varys, who for some reason known only to Tyrion, is not present, reported that Lady Selyse had a red priest in her service. Tyrion notes that they can use this against Stannis. Cersei again brings up the letters, and wants to know what Tyrion thinks they should do. He tells her just let them whisper and they will grow bored, and Stannis has no proof. Littlefinger expresses agreement with Tyrion, and then recommends that they spread a similar rumor that that Shireen is not really the daughter of Stannis.
There is some discussion of who they should be accuse of being the father including her castellan Ser Axell Florent. Finally Littlefinger states it should be Patchface. When Pycelle exclaims that Lady Selyse would not bring a fool to bed, Littlefinger states you have to be a fool to want to bed Lady Selyse. He then reveals that the fool is devoted to the girl, and the girl has a mottled half-frozen face from the greyscale. Cersei exclaims that Littlefinger is wicked, and he thanks her. Tyrion tells them that the news will not come from them since it would seem self-serving, and Littlefinger recommends using whores.
Tyrion now takes his leave, and when Cersei questions why he tells her King’s business, he is having a gift made for Joffrey, a little chain. Cersei tells him that Joffrey has lots of chains and that he cannot buy Joffrey’s love. Tyrion replies that one day Joffrey may treasure this chain above all others.
Bronn meets him outside the council chambers and tells him the smiths are waiting in his audience chamber. Tyrion compliments him on his wording, telling him that he almost sounds like a proper courtier and will next be kneeling. Bronn responds with “Fuck you, dwarf.” Lady Tanda Stokeworth over hears and states “That’s Shae’s task,” a comment Tyrion ignores. In his chambers the shy Podrick Payne helps him dress.
In the audience with the smiths Tyrion immediately gets to the point by spilling a short chain of immense links from a bag that he claims were made by the castle forge. He then tells them that forge is going to be busy night and day making and joining links, and then tells Goodman Ironbelly that he will be responsible to see it done. The smiths immediately ask about the orders of the queen for armor and the result of hands being crushed for not meeting the quotas. Tyrion tells them that now hands will be crushed, thinking of how Cersei is creating so much love for them among the smallfolk. Ironbelly tells Tyrion that they will need much iron and coke and is told that Lord Baelish will see to the coin and the City Watch will be commanded to find the iron. Then an older smith, Salloreon, complains about being given work only fit for a common smith. Tyrion tells him he makes chains or wears them, and then leaves the room.
Bronn is waiting with a litter and an escort of The Black Ears. As he travels he thinks how he had set the city carpenters to building fishing boats instead of catapults, opened the Kingswood to hunters, and sent the Gold Cloaks foraging to deal with the hunger problem in the city. Tyron also considers that his sister had missed the part about Stannis declaring himself king, and wondered what Renly would think about that. His litter makes its way down Shadowblack Lane to the foot of Aegon’s High Hill to a brothel behind Rhaenys's Hill. When he is meets a tall woman inside who names herself Chataya, he asks to see the girls; he is looking for a girl for Joffrey. She recommends a dark skinned girl of 16 who turns out to be her daughter Alayaya; in the Summer Isles being a whore is considered an honor.
He is directed into a wardrobe, where he finds a secret panel, beyond which leads to shaft where a disguised Vayrs waits below. Tyrion tells Vayrs about how Stannis accused Jaime and Cersei of incest, and asks how he came by that suspicion. Varys tells that he probably looked at the color of the children’s hair like Eddard Stark and Jon Arryn, after all, all eight of his bastard children have black hair even when their mothers did not. As Tyrion leaves after being helped onto a horse by Varys, he tells Varys that he is either his best friend or worst enemy in King's Landing. Varys tells him that he feels the same about him.