The Lord Protector, Ser Quinlan Qorgyle, presides over a court session. A wedding date is announced, along with some decisions that meet with mixed reactions.
The wedding of Ser Mavros Uller to Lady Delicia Blackmont.
Following a meeting of the Keepers in the Old Palace to discuss the affairs of the realm, a disagreement between Prince Cadan and Prince Rhodry spills out into the yard. In the course of it, the question of a Regent is raised and it is clear that neither brother will accept the other in such a position.
A leading member of the Westerosi Embassy gives his thoughts on Sunspear and the Shadow City. The Dornish are not best pleased.
The heir to the Boneway calls upon the heir to Salt Shore to discuss a marriage.
Prince Marence is out hunting with his court when a messenger arrives with news of his envoy to the rebellious Lady Yronwood.
: A visit to, and from, the court catches a handful in its web. When Joleta and Galwell leave for their own personal business, Ser Daven remains in conversation with Lilah with a subject that seems dear and passionate to both of them: Dornish independence.
A leopard, a falling star, a dead man, a cockatrice, a burning woman, a vulture and three lemons dance the cautious courtly dance of establishing names and ties and status, and discussing the bindings of family.
Lord Aryard Manwoody’s morning practice is interrupted by Lilah Gargalen, and a brief lesson in small blades occurs; words, and blades, are then traded between Ser Darion and Ser Valerin as they show their mettle.
A planned weapons lesson for Lilah Gargalen from Ser Valerin Dayne goes astray with the arrival of Selara Dalt, and the three trade words and opinions.
The Reachlords and Riverlords are trapped between a force in front of them and a force behind when they reach the Dornish keep of Salt Shore.
Daeron's dream of conquest ends in blood spilled on the sands of Dorne.
The alliance between Ser Burton and Ser Luthor grows as Ser Alek Reyne is taken into the fold.
A bout of drinking to pass the time turns into the formation of an unlikely alliance.
The Dornish army turns to face the chasing royal force at a vital oasis, the source of the river Scourge