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Chapter 11 A Game of Thrones Chapter 13

Chapter 12

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POV Character: Eddard Stark

Synopsis

Some days away from Winterfell, Eddard is awakened by Robert before dawn. Robert insists he come outside, so Eddard dresses and joins Robert on an early morning ride. They don't stop until dawn, miles south of the main party. Robert complains of the glacial pace of the wheelhouse, and jestingly suggests that he and Eddard run off as two vagabond knights. Eddard laughs, but reminds the King of their duties. Robert says that Eddard is always thinking of his duties, and then tries to remember the name of the woman Eddard says he fathered Jon Snow on. Eddard provides the name, and asks coldly that they not speak of her, ashamed of dishonouring Catelyn.

Robert finally gets down to business, saying that a rider has brought a message from the eunuch Varys in King's Landing. Eddard reads it with some trepidation, half-expecting mention of Lysa's treachery, but instead it concerns Daenerys's wedding to Khal Drogo. Robert says the information comes from Jorah Mormont. Eddard remembers how Jorah had fled after selling poachers to a Tyroshi slaver. He is in Pentos now, trying to earn a royal pardon.

Robert wants to have Daenerys killed. Eddard remembers that he has always been bloodthirsty towards the Targaryens, since they killed Eddard's father, brother and sister.

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