|Prologue||A Game of Thrones||Chapter 2|
Page start(paperback version): p. 13
POV Character: Brandon Stark (Eddard's son)
Bran is going with twenty men to see a man beheaded. Robb thinks he's a wildling, but he turns out to be a deserter. They bring the man forth (who seems to be Gared from the Prologue) and Theon gives Eddard the sword. Jon tells Bran to watch and not look away, and Bran watches as his father cuts off the man's head.
Afterwards, Robb and Jon argue about whether the deserter was brave or afraid. They race their horses, and Eddard comes up to speak to Bran, telling him why he had to kill the deserter. Jon calls from up ahead to see what they have found. When they come upon it, they see the corpse of a direwolf, as large as Bran's pony, though direwolves have not been seen south of the Wall for two hundred years.
Robb is cradling a pup, of which there are five, and he gives one to Bran. When they inspect the mother's corpse, they find a large piece of shattered antler lodged in her throat. Theon offers to kill the pups, but Bran won't let him. Robb says they will keep them. Jon points out that there are five pups, one for each of Eddard's legitimate children, and that they are meant to have the wolves.
Eddard says the children must feed the pups themselves, not put them off to the servants, and must treat them well lest they be dangerous when they grow up. As they begin to ride away, Jon hears a noise and returns to the direwolf's corpse. He comes back holding another pup, white with red eyes, that had crawled away from its mother. He claims it for himself.
- Brandon Stark (Eddard's son)
- Eddard Stark
- Grey Wind*
- Jon Snow
- Jory Cassel
- Nan, Old
- Nymeria (Direwolf)*
- Robb Stark
- Theon Greyjoy