A Storm of Swords-Chapter 45

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Catelyn V
A Storm of Swords chapter
POV Catelyn
Page 514 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Catelyn IV
Jaime VI  ← Catelyn V →  Samwell III

Catelyn VI


Traveling in the rain to the Twins, Catelyn recalls Robb sending Ser Rolph Spicer to deliver Martyn Lannister to the Golden Tooth in an exchange of captives. We also learn Robett Glover had been put on a ship at Duskendale as part of the agreement. Robb had left his wife at Riverrun, and only Ser Raynald Westerling travelled with them. Robb has brought 3500 men with him, those who had been with him since the Whispering Wood, and who would follow him to Moat Cailin after the wedding. Catelyn thinks to herself of Theon Greyjoy boasting about how he had almost crossed swords with Ser Jaime, If Theon had died in place of Lord Karstark’s sons, how much ill would have been undone?

When they reach Oldstones, Cat recalls how the ruins had once been a great castle of the River Kings during the Mudd Dynasty. The Mudds were First Men, but during the time of King Tristifer IV, the kingdoms of the First Men were falling before the onslaught of the Andals. Tristifer IV died when seven Andal kings joined forces against him.

Robb tells his mother that he plans to legitimize his brother Jon and name him heir should he and Jeyne not have a child. Catelyn is stunned by this proclamation, and pleads with him not to make the mistake the Tagaryens had when King Aegon IV legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. The Blackfyre Pretenders had plagued the Targaryens for five generations until Ser Barristan Selmy slew Maelys Blackfyre on the Stepstones. They both fear that Sansa will give the Imp a son and thus control of Winterfell and agree that must be prevented. She pleads that Robb consider naming his sister Arya as heir, but Rob insists that no one has seen Arya since his father's death and that his sister in all likelihood is dead as well. Catelyn tells Robb that she cannot support his choice of Jon but Rob says he doesn't have to ask for her support because "I'm the king" and walks off.

Jason Mallister soon joins Robb’s force, bringing with him the captain of the Myraham. The man tells them that Balon Greyjoy fell to his death when a wind blew him off one of the bridges between the towers of Pyke, and no sooner was he dead than Euron Crow’s Eye returned and claimed the Seastone Chair, naming himself King of the Iron Islands and the North. Knowing Victarion and Asha will not stand still for this, Robb commands Maege Mormont and Galbart Glover to take men by longship and sail through the marshes of the Neck to seek out Howland Reed. Robb plans to march on Moat Cailin with 12000 men once he joins with Roose Bolton. The crannogmen will guide a small force under Robb’s command across the swamps in order to reach Moat Cailin from the north. When Galbart warns him what should happen if the crannogmen were to fail him, Robb replies, "They will not fail. My father knew the worth of Howland Reed." Robb then announces that Catelyn will be taken to Seagard under the protection of Lord Jason after the wedding. He then calls his bannermen to fix their seals as witnesses to the decree naming his heir.

References and Notes

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