A Clash of Kings-Chapter 36
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The Small Council attended by Cersei, Tyrion, and Littlefinger, listening to Varys's report of Renly's mysterious murder. Cersei demands to know who did the deed, but it appears that even Varys does not know for certain. After some back and forth, Tyrion says that they must assume Stannis was ultimately behind it.
Varys reports that the majority of Renly's forces at Storm's End have gone over to Stannis, with the exception of Loras Tyrell, Randyll Tarly, and Mathis Rowan. Ser Cortnay Penrose still holds Storm's End and Renly's foot remains at Bitterbridge along with the most of the great Lords of the Reach. Varys adds that Ser Loras reportedly went mad when he found the king dead, and slew three of the Rainbow Guard, including Emmon Cuy and Robar Royce. Varys supposes Loras is heading back for Bitterbridge, with one-fifth of Renly's knights.
Tyrion feels there is an opportunity to try and win them over. He proposes they send an envoy to Bitterbridge, they might be able to secure the Tyrells by offering a marriage between the now widowed Margaery Tyrell and King Joffrey, may win over Ser Loras, his father and the keys to obtaining the huge host. Cersei resists the betrothal proposal at first, but relents.
It is then decided that Littlefinger will treat with the Tyrells, and he requests a three-hundred troop honor guard, gold, a letter of authority, and Ser Hobber Redwyne in order to assure Lord Paxter comes over as well with his entire fleet. Afterwards, Cersei kisses Tyrion on the brow and thanks him, but Tyrion knows that it is not due to her affection for him, but rather that she is hatching some plan.