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[[Bran Stark|Bran]] watches the [[House Karstark|Karstarks]] arrive, then goes to the [[godswood]] to pray. He is interrupted by [[Osha]], who tells him about the [[old gods]] and the [[Others]]. She insists that [[Robb Stark|Robb]] should be marching north not south. Bran passes on her advice to Maester [[Luwin]]. Then Robb marches his army south.
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The bodies of two men that accompanied [[Benjen Stark]] are found. Ser [[Jaremy Rykker]] blames [[Free Folk|wildlings]], but [[Samwell Tarly|Sam]] points out odd characteristics about the bodies. Back at [[Castle Black]], [[Jon Snow|Jon]] learns that King [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]] is dead and that [[Eddard Stark|his father]] is charged with treason. At dinner that night, Ser [[Alliser Thorne]] mocks Jon and his father, and Jon attacks him. That night Jon finds the [[wight]] of one of the dead men in the [[Jeor Mormont|Lord Commander’s]] room. Jon kills the monster, saving the Lord Commander.
  
==Synopsis==
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==Synopsis==
[[Bran Stark|Bran]] watches from a guard turret with [[Maester]] [[Luwin]]’s fareye as the [[House Karstark|Karstark]] forces arrive at [[Winterfell]]. When [[Robb Stark|Robb]] heard the news that [[Eddard Stark|their father]] had been taken captive in [[King's Landing]], he called the Stark bannermen together for war. The Karstarks are the last to arrive: three hundred horsemen and near two thousand foot lead by Lord [[Rickard Karstark]] with his sons [[Harrion Karstark|Harrion]], [[Eddard Karstark|Eddard]], and [[Torrhen Karstark|Torrhen]] riding beside him. The Karstarks are said to have Stark blood in them, going back hundreds of years, but the fierce men do not look like Starks to Bran.
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With the hounds being useless, [[Ghost]] has led the party to the bodies of two rangers. The area makes both the hounds and the horses nervous and even [[Jon Snow|Jon]] feels uncomfortable. Ser [[Jaremy Rykker]] identifies the bodies as [[Othor]] and [[Jafer Flowers]], two of [[Benjen Stark]]’s men. It was Jafer’s right hand that Ghost brought to Jon in the [[weirwood]] grove. The corpse’s remaining hand is as black as the cloak he wears. Both of the corpses have the same pale skin, black hands, and staring blue eyes.
  
Bran has not been allowed to leave the castle since the [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 37|incident]] in the [[Wolfswood]]. Robb insists that there are no men available to guard him and is not dissuaded by Bran’s argument that [[Summer (direwolf)|Summer]] will protect him. The incident in the Wolfswood shames Bran as he is not able to protect himself; even [[Rickon Stark|Rickon]] would have been able to kick them. A year ago he would have visited the village anyway, climbing over the walls, but now he can only watch with Maester Luwin and [[Hodor]].  
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Remarking that they are only two of the six men that Benjen took with him, [[Lord Commander of the Night's Watch|Lord Commander]] [[Jeor Mormont|Mormont]] asks Ser Jaremy how two men could die so close to [[the Wall]] without the rangers knowing; Othor even wears a hunting horn. Ser Jaremy insists that no horn was blown or it would have been heard. He goes on to complain that he does not have sufficient men to patrol and mentions the Lord Commander’s own order to stay close to the Wall following Benjen’s disappearance.  
  
Maester Luwin has taught Bran all the banners and now he has faces to associate with them. Bran asks how many knights there are and Luwin tells Bran that there are over 12,000 men, but only 300 knights because [[the North]] holds to the [[old gods]] and knights are anointed in a sept of the [[Faith of the Seven]]. However, Luwin assures him, "a man’s worth is not marked by a [[Knight|ser]] before his name." Bran asks when they will leave and is told they must leave soon or the countryside will be eaten clean. Robb has a long way to go and the fighting has started. More men will join Robb as he travels south.  
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Mormont asks how the men died. A quick examination shows that Jafer was killed by an axe blow to the neck and that Othor is riddled with wounds. The old forester [[Dywen]] suggests that Othor was known to carry an axe. Ser Jaremy points out that [[Free Folk|wildlings]] carry axes as well, suggesting it to be the work of [[Mance Rayder]], which Mormont finds questionable so close to the Wall. Ser Jaremy asks who else it could have been. Jon knows the answer, they all do, but [[the Others]] have been gone for 8,000 years if they ever existed at all.
  
Bran tells Hodor that he does not want to watch anymore. Maester Luwin reminds Bran that his brother is busy greeting the Karstarks, but Bran assures him that he wants to visit the [[godswood]]. Hodor now carries Bran in a basket strapped to his back, an idea Luwin got from the baskets used by the serving women to carry firewood. Being carried this way does not shame Bran the same as being carried like a baby, although Hodor sometimes forgets Bran is on his back when going through doorways.  
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Mormont declares that if Benjen had been attacked so close to [[Castle Black]], he would have returned for more men before going after the attackers. Ser Jaremy suggests that, sometime in the six months that Benjen has been gone, his party might have been attacked by wildlings and that Othor and Jafer were only the last survivors. To support this claim, the knight points out that the two bodies cannot have been dead for more than a day.
  
When Bran exits the castle there are Karstark men arriving. Some men mock him, but Bran has been warned of this by the maester. His attitude is to let them mock since he does not want to stay in his bedroom. Bran calls for Summer, and the Karstark horses reel as the [[direwolf]] goes by.
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[[Samwell Tarly|Sam]] now speaks up. The fat boy is present to be the eyes of blind old [[Maester Aemon]], but Jon had to force the cowardly boy to even look at the bodies. Now Sam insists that Ser Jaremy is wrong about the bodies. At the Lord Commander’s urging, Sam points out that the blood in the corpses’ veins is dry and crusty, as if they have been dead for a long time. However, the bodies do not stink and have not begun to decompose; they are also untouched by maggots or scavengers. Suspicious of the untouched nature of the corpses, Mormont orders [[Chett]] to bring one of the hounds closer, but no matter how hard he tries, the hound fights to stay away from the bodies. In addition, Sam points out that there are no pools of blood to indicate the men were killed there, indicating that the bodies have been moved. The old forester Dywen and Ser Jaremy also note that they do not recall either Othor or Jafer having blue eyes.
  
When Bran arrives in the godswood, he pulls himself out of his seat on Hodor’s back using a branch of the [[weirwood]]. Then he lets Hodor lower him down beside the water and says he wants to be alone with Summer. Bran has been finding himself drawn more to the [[heart tree]] and now he takes comfort from its deep red eyes; the old gods are watching over him. He feels safe and it gives him time to think, which he has been doing a lot of recently.  
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Several of the other rangers urge that the bodies should be burned, but the Lord Commander wants Maester Aemon to examine them further. It proves impossible to tie the bodies to the horses, who panic at their proximity to the corpses, so they are carried back on crude slings.  
  
Bran prays for Robb not to go away, for the safety of his family, and for [[Rickon Stark|Rickon]] to understand. Rickon has grown wild and violent since he learned that Robb was leaving. Once Rickon disappeared and, when he was finally found down in the crypts, the youngest Stark had slashed at the men with a sword and [[Shaggydog]] bit [[Gage]] on the arm and took a chunk out of [[Mikken]]’s thigh. It took Robb and [[Grey Wind]] to bring Shaggydog under control. After that [[Farlen]] chained Shaggydog in the kennels and now Rickon cries even more.  
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Lord Commander Mormont orders Ser Jaremy to search the area for ten leagues around, using hunters and foresters if he does not have enough men. If Benjen or any more of his men are around he will have them found, and if there is anyone else around, he will have them found as well.
  
Luwin and Bran have both asked Robb to stay but he refuses, saying he has no choice. Bran believes this is only half a lie because Robb could send someone else to guard [[the Neck]]. Robb’s response was that their father would not send others to die while he stayed behind the walls of Winterfell. Robb denies all who request being given supreme battle command. Many of the lords try to test Robb by making demands, but he is able to handle them much as his father did and bend them to his will, even when anger flares. When [[Jon Umber (Greatjon)|Greatjon Umber]] demanded the right to command, he drew his sword against Robb. [[Grey Wind]] immediately reacted by biting off two of his fingers. Since the incident, the Greatjon has been Robb’s staunchest supporter. That night, Robb came to Bran’s bedchamber pale and shaken. Robb also told Bran that the most frightening bannerman is [[Roose Bolton]], who never says a word but only looks at him. When Bolton does this, all Robb can think of is the room in the [[Dreadfort]] where the Boltons hang the skins of their enemies. Bran states that this is only a story of [[Old Nan]]’s, but then asks for confirmation.  
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As they ride back, Jon follows the Lord Commander and finds that it is too warm, with the Wall weeping copiously. This weather is called by the old men “Sprit Summer,” when the season is giving up its ghosts. This means that winter is coming, and a long summer means a long winter. Jon now thinks back to the stories that [[Old Nan]] told of the Others coming riding in the dark and everything, including cities, falling before them and how they feed their servants on the flesh of human children.  
  
There are many horrible stories that come with travelers, and it is impossible to say which is real, although some are obviously untrue. Then the letter from Sansa arrived with the seal of House Stark. After Robb had read the letter he crushed it. Sansa had said nothing of Arya and Robb asked what is wrong with her. Bran replied that Sansa has lost her wolf, remembering the day four of the guardsmen returned with bones of [[Lady (direwolf)|Lady]]. They buried the bones in the cemetery with the faithful servants of Winterfell; she went south and only her bones returned, like Lord [[Rickard Stark]], [[Brandon Stark]], and two hundred men, and none returned. Now [[Eddard Stark|their father]], [[Arya Stark|Arya]], [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]], [[Jory Cassel]], and [[Tomard|Fat Tom]] have gone south and not come back and later [[Catelyn Tully|mother]] and Ser [[Rodrik Cassel|Rodrik]] left and have not come back. Now Robb is going south and it frightens Bran. Bran prays that the gods look after Robb and his men going south, and that they defeat the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]] and bring Father back.
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When they finally see the Wall, Lord Commander Mormont calls for Sam and compliments him, telling him that he is fat but not stupid.  
  
Bran is surprised by words from [[Osha]] who is apparently able to move quietly in the shackles she has to wear. She tells him that she can hear the gods answering him. When Summer comes around the pool to sniff her, she flinches. Bran calls Summer back and asks Osha, whom he has not seen since she was taken captive, what she is doing here. The [[spearwife]] replies they are her gods too and the only gods beyond [[the Wall]]. Bran notes that she looks more womanly with her longer hair and her dress of brown roughspun. She tells Bran that [[Gage]] lets her out to do her prayers from time to time while she lets him do what he wants under her skirt when he feels the need; it is nothing to her, she likes the smell of flour on his hands and he is gentler than [[Stiv]].  
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When they arrive at the gate, the Lord Commander is told by [[Bowen Marsh]], the Lord Steward, that there has been a raven. Mormont orders the bodies put in a storage room. Meanwhile, Jon notices everyone is looking at him and knows something is wrong. Jon searches out his friends and [[Pypar|Pyp]] tells him that King [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]] is dead. Jon wonders if his father will now return to [[Winterfell]] and decides that when he visits he will ask for the truth about his mother. His friends ask about the bodies, but Jon only says they were queer.
  
She offers to leave but Bran asks her to stay and tell him what she means about hearing the gods. She tells him to open his ears, to which Bran replies that it is only the wind. Osha asks him who sends the winds, insisting that the old gods can see him and hear his words. Bran asks what they say and Osha replies that they are sad because they cannot help his brother in the South. The old gods have no power there because all the weirwoods were destroyed thousands of years ago; they cannot watch over his brother because they have no eyes.  
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As he walks to the Lord Commander’s Tower Jon notices the stares again, and when he arrives he is told that Mormont wants to see him. When he enters, Mormont surprises him with an offer of wine and asks him to sit. Jon states that it is grievous news about his father and the king which Mormont confirms. The Lord Commander tells Jon that it is said that the king loved to hunt and that the things we love destroy us every time. He then states that if it had not been for the love a woman, his son [[Jorah Mormont|Jorah]] would not have thought to sell poachers into slavery. Jon does not understand, but the Lord Commander gives no answer, only a repeated order to sit and drink.  
  
Now Bran listens and it seems there is sadness in the wind, but then he only hears Hodor, who arrives naked from his bath in the hot springs. When Osha sees Hodor she declares that his size denotes [[Giants|giant]] blood in him. When Bran tells her that Maester Luwin taught him that there are no more giants, Osha tells him that the Maester should ride beyond the [[Wall]]. The giants sometimes breed with men [[beyond the Wall]], producing half-breeds, though it goes much worse on the women that have sex with a giant. She then asks Bran if he knows what she is talking about and he tells her does, as he has seen animals mating.  
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Jon is told that his father has been imprisoned as a traitor for plotting with Robert’s brothers to deny the throne to [[Joffrey Baratheon|Prince Joffrey]]. Jon denies that his father could ever be a traitor, but then recalls that he fathered a bastard; where was the honor in that? The Lord Commander explains that he plans to use his contacts in [[King's Landing]] to ensure that Eddard is allowed to take the black; they could use men of Eddard’s ability on the Wall. Jon thinks that it would be a terrible injustice to strip his father of [[Winterfell]] but knows it would be preferable to death. Then he remembers Joffrey mocking [[Robb Stark]] and Ser [[Rodrik Cassel]], and asks if the king will listen. Mormont replies that Joffrey may listen to [[Cersei Lannister|his mother]], though it is too bad [[Tyrion Lannister]] is not there. Mormont declares it a bad thing that Jon’s “mother” took Tyrion captive, but Jon haughtily reminds him that [[Catelyn Stark]] is not his mother. Jon then asks about his sisters and Mormont promises to ask about them. Then Mormont states that he hopes Jon is not going to do anything stupid; his duty is now here and his old life ended when he took the black. He then dismisses Jon, telling him that he can help write the letter the next day.
  
As Hodor leaves to dress at Bran’s command, Bran admits that he is very big. Osha confirms there are giants beyond the Wall, and worse than giants: when men leave their fires they often do not come back, or sometimes they come back as [[Others#Wights|wights]] with blue eyes and cold black hands. Osha explains that she tried to tell Robb, Maester Luwin, and even [[Theon Greyjoy]] of this, but they would not listen. She asks Bran why else she would flee south in the company of Stiv and the rest of those fools. She goes on to declare that [[Mance Rayder]], once a sworn brother of the [[Night's Watch]], thinks he can fight the wights. Osha states that she, unlike Mance, is of the north, from a long line of the [[Free Folk]]. Osha laments again that she cannot get Robb to listen and Bran suggests that perhaps Robb will listen to him. Osha is dubious but gives Bran the message:  
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[[File:Thomas Denmark jon snow whight.jpg|450px|thumb|[[Jon Snow]], [[Ghost]] and [[Mormont's raven]] confront the [[wight]] that was once [[Othor]] - by [http://thomasdenmarkportfolio.blogspot.com/  Thomas Denmark]. © [http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ Fantasy Flight Games] ]]
  
{{Quote|“You tell him this, m’lord. You tell him he’s bound on marching the wrong way. It's north he should be taking his swords. North, not south.”}}
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Despite Mormont’s words, Jon remains convinced the Starks are his family and wonders how it cannot be his concern. He also wonders whether his father could truly be a traitor. At the evening meal Jon realizes that everyone knows about his father’s arrest. When his friends rally to him and assure him that they do not believe the stories, Jon realizes that they are now his brothers as much as Robb and [[Bran Stark|Bran]] and [[Rickon Stark|Rickon]]. Then Jon hears Ser [[Alliser Thorne|Alliser]] mocking both Jon and his father. In the blink of an eye, Jon jumps over the table and attacks Ser Alliser with a knife, but his friends hold him back and he is marched to his sleeping cell. Later, Mormont visits him and reminds Jon that he told him not to do anything stupid. Now the high officers must meet to decide his fate. A guard is left at his door, and his friends are not permitted to visit him, though Ghost is allowed to stay.
  
Bran does not get to tell his brother this, because Robb takes his meal in the solar with the great lords to make final plans for the march, while Bran has to act as the host to the Karstarks in the [[Winterfell#The Great Hall|Great Hall]]. When he arrives in the hall, Bran can feel the eyes on him and hears them murmuring about him being broken. He whispers under his breath that he wants to be a knight, which Maester Luwin overhears. He tells Bran that some call his order the “knights of the mind,” and that Bran could forge a maester’s chain at the [[Citadel]] in [[Oldtown]]. Bran states that he wants to learn magic and that the [[Three-eyed crow|crow]] promised he would fly. The maester says he can teach Bran many things but no one can teach him magic. Bran replies that the [[children of the forest]] could teach him. Then he remembers what he promised Osha, and tells the maester of the threat in the north. The maester promises to talk to Osha, but it is obvious even to Bran that what he has said has made little impression.
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That night, Jon wakes to Ghost scratching at the door, and it is very cold. When he opens his door, Jon finds his door guard dead and he hears noises coming from the Lord Commander’s chamber. Taking the dead guard’s sword, Jon ascends to the Lord Commander's chamber where he finds the door open and [[Mormont's raven]] squawking. He sees the shadow of a man in black with icy blue eyes going into the Lord Commander’s sleeping chamber.  
  
Two days later, Robb and his army march south. Robb tells Bran that now he must be the lord, the Stark in Winterfell. Bran—who has never felt so little, alone, or scared—does not know how to be a lord. He is told to listen to Maester Luwin and to take care of Rickon who has refused to say goodbye, claiming that no one ever comes back. Robb states that Mother will be home soon and promises to bring Father back. As Robb’s force leaves, Bran remembers Osha’s words: he is marching the wrong way. Then he hears the cheers from the village, and thinks they will never cheer for him. All that seems to be left in Winterfell are women, children, old men, and Hodor.
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Ghost attacks the man, and Jon pulls down the curtains so that he can see. The man has his black hands around Ghost’s throat. Jon cuts off an arm with his sword and Ghost is able to wrench free. The next stroke cuts halfway through the man’s face, and now Jon recognizes Othor. The severed hand claws at his calf and Jon pulls it off. Ghost attacks the hand while Jon strikes the undead man in the neck, but Othor slams into him, knocking him down. In the fall, Jon loses his sword. Othor is on top of Jon and attempting to choke him, but is finally pulled off by Ghost. As he regains his feet, Jon spots the Lord Commander standing naked in the doorway with an oil lamp as the hand approaches him. Jon grabs the oil lamp from the Lord Commander and throws it on the drapes, setting them afire. Then Jon grabs the burning drapes and throws them onto Othor, praying that the [[wight]] will burn.
  
 
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Revision as of 00:08, 12 January 2014

Jon VII
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POV Jon
Place Castle Black
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Jon VI
Sansa IV  ← Jon VII →  Bran VI

Jon VIII

The bodies of two men that accompanied Benjen Stark are found. Ser Jaremy Rykker blames wildlings, but Sam points out odd characteristics about the bodies. Back at Castle Black, Jon learns that King Robert is dead and that his father is charged with treason. At dinner that night, Ser Alliser Thorne mocks Jon and his father, and Jon attacks him. That night Jon finds the wight of one of the dead men in the Lord Commander’s room. Jon kills the monster, saving the Lord Commander.

Synopsis

With the hounds being useless, Ghost has led the party to the bodies of two rangers. The area makes both the hounds and the horses nervous and even Jon feels uncomfortable. Ser Jaremy Rykker identifies the bodies as Othor and Jafer Flowers, two of Benjen Stark’s men. It was Jafer’s right hand that Ghost brought to Jon in the weirwood grove. The corpse’s remaining hand is as black as the cloak he wears. Both of the corpses have the same pale skin, black hands, and staring blue eyes.

Remarking that they are only two of the six men that Benjen took with him, Lord Commander Mormont asks Ser Jaremy how two men could die so close to the Wall without the rangers knowing; Othor even wears a hunting horn. Ser Jaremy insists that no horn was blown or it would have been heard. He goes on to complain that he does not have sufficient men to patrol and mentions the Lord Commander’s own order to stay close to the Wall following Benjen’s disappearance.

Mormont asks how the men died. A quick examination shows that Jafer was killed by an axe blow to the neck and that Othor is riddled with wounds. The old forester Dywen suggests that Othor was known to carry an axe. Ser Jaremy points out that wildlings carry axes as well, suggesting it to be the work of Mance Rayder, which Mormont finds questionable so close to the Wall. Ser Jaremy asks who else it could have been. Jon knows the answer, they all do, but the Others have been gone for 8,000 years if they ever existed at all.

Mormont declares that if Benjen had been attacked so close to Castle Black, he would have returned for more men before going after the attackers. Ser Jaremy suggests that, sometime in the six months that Benjen has been gone, his party might have been attacked by wildlings and that Othor and Jafer were only the last survivors. To support this claim, the knight points out that the two bodies cannot have been dead for more than a day.

Sam now speaks up. The fat boy is present to be the eyes of blind old Maester Aemon, but Jon had to force the cowardly boy to even look at the bodies. Now Sam insists that Ser Jaremy is wrong about the bodies. At the Lord Commander’s urging, Sam points out that the blood in the corpses’ veins is dry and crusty, as if they have been dead for a long time. However, the bodies do not stink and have not begun to decompose; they are also untouched by maggots or scavengers. Suspicious of the untouched nature of the corpses, Mormont orders Chett to bring one of the hounds closer, but no matter how hard he tries, the hound fights to stay away from the bodies. In addition, Sam points out that there are no pools of blood to indicate the men were killed there, indicating that the bodies have been moved. The old forester Dywen and Ser Jaremy also note that they do not recall either Othor or Jafer having blue eyes.

Several of the other rangers urge that the bodies should be burned, but the Lord Commander wants Maester Aemon to examine them further. It proves impossible to tie the bodies to the horses, who panic at their proximity to the corpses, so they are carried back on crude slings.

Lord Commander Mormont orders Ser Jaremy to search the area for ten leagues around, using hunters and foresters if he does not have enough men. If Benjen or any more of his men are around he will have them found, and if there is anyone else around, he will have them found as well.

As they ride back, Jon follows the Lord Commander and finds that it is too warm, with the Wall weeping copiously. This weather is called by the old men “Sprit Summer,” when the season is giving up its ghosts. This means that winter is coming, and a long summer means a long winter. Jon now thinks back to the stories that Old Nan told of the Others coming riding in the dark and everything, including cities, falling before them and how they feed their servants on the flesh of human children.

When they finally see the Wall, Lord Commander Mormont calls for Sam and compliments him, telling him that he is fat but not stupid.

When they arrive at the gate, the Lord Commander is told by Bowen Marsh, the Lord Steward, that there has been a raven. Mormont orders the bodies put in a storage room. Meanwhile, Jon notices everyone is looking at him and knows something is wrong. Jon searches out his friends and Pyp tells him that King Robert is dead. Jon wonders if his father will now return to Winterfell and decides that when he visits he will ask for the truth about his mother. His friends ask about the bodies, but Jon only says they were queer.

As he walks to the Lord Commander’s Tower Jon notices the stares again, and when he arrives he is told that Mormont wants to see him. When he enters, Mormont surprises him with an offer of wine and asks him to sit. Jon states that it is grievous news about his father and the king which Mormont confirms. The Lord Commander tells Jon that it is said that the king loved to hunt and that the things we love destroy us every time. He then states that if it had not been for the love a woman, his son Jorah would not have thought to sell poachers into slavery. Jon does not understand, but the Lord Commander gives no answer, only a repeated order to sit and drink.

Jon is told that his father has been imprisoned as a traitor for plotting with Robert’s brothers to deny the throne to Prince Joffrey. Jon denies that his father could ever be a traitor, but then recalls that he fathered a bastard; where was the honor in that? The Lord Commander explains that he plans to use his contacts in King's Landing to ensure that Eddard is allowed to take the black; they could use men of Eddard’s ability on the Wall. Jon thinks that it would be a terrible injustice to strip his father of Winterfell but knows it would be preferable to death. Then he remembers Joffrey mocking Robb Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel, and asks if the king will listen. Mormont replies that Joffrey may listen to his mother, though it is too bad Tyrion Lannister is not there. Mormont declares it a bad thing that Jon’s “mother” took Tyrion captive, but Jon haughtily reminds him that Catelyn Stark is not his mother. Jon then asks about his sisters and Mormont promises to ask about them. Then Mormont states that he hopes Jon is not going to do anything stupid; his duty is now here and his old life ended when he took the black. He then dismisses Jon, telling him that he can help write the letter the next day.

Despite Mormont’s words, Jon remains convinced the Starks are his family and wonders how it cannot be his concern. He also wonders whether his father could truly be a traitor. At the evening meal Jon realizes that everyone knows about his father’s arrest. When his friends rally to him and assure him that they do not believe the stories, Jon realizes that they are now his brothers as much as Robb and Bran and Rickon. Then Jon hears Ser Alliser mocking both Jon and his father. In the blink of an eye, Jon jumps over the table and attacks Ser Alliser with a knife, but his friends hold him back and he is marched to his sleeping cell. Later, Mormont visits him and reminds Jon that he told him not to do anything stupid. Now the high officers must meet to decide his fate. A guard is left at his door, and his friends are not permitted to visit him, though Ghost is allowed to stay.

That night, Jon wakes to Ghost scratching at the door, and it is very cold. When he opens his door, Jon finds his door guard dead and he hears noises coming from the Lord Commander’s chamber. Taking the dead guard’s sword, Jon ascends to the Lord Commander's chamber where he finds the door open and Mormont's raven squawking. He sees the shadow of a man in black with icy blue eyes going into the Lord Commander’s sleeping chamber.

Ghost attacks the man, and Jon pulls down the curtains so that he can see. The man has his black hands around Ghost’s throat. Jon cuts off an arm with his sword and Ghost is able to wrench free. The next stroke cuts halfway through the man’s face, and now Jon recognizes Othor. The severed hand claws at his calf and Jon pulls it off. Ghost attacks the hand while Jon strikes the undead man in the neck, but Othor slams into him, knocking him down. In the fall, Jon loses his sword. Othor is on top of Jon and attempting to choke him, but is finally pulled off by Ghost. As he regains his feet, Jon spots the Lord Commander standing naked in the doorway with an oil lamp as the hand approaches him. Jon grabs the oil lamp from the Lord Commander and throws it on the drapes, setting them afire. Then Jon grabs the burning drapes and throws them onto Othor, praying that the wight will burn.

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