Rumors of war across the narrow sea, a king disabled, bandits in the Kingswood—these are the kinds of troubles that are not unheard of in the Seven Kingdoms, but all at the same time they are a cause for worry. Some at the court of the Red Keep worry over these matters, and worry that King Baelor will not recover any further than he has from the disasterous fast that almost killed him. Yet others, it must be said, take heart in the fact that the king’s uncle, Prince Viserys, has been active in these and many other matters beside.
As Hand of the King, he has dispatched forces to strengthen the Wardenry of the Kingswood, and has most recently appointed Ser Jan Marbrand as the new Warden of the Kingswood after his time as acting warden. Elsewhere, envoys have been sent across the narrow sea to attempt to avert war, and the royal fleet is said to be readying to root out pirates such as Sullehman Saan and Vaario Quanis wherever they can be found, while the Sea Watch has been commanded to harras and keep the pirates at bay until the fleet is ready to sail.
What will come of these initivatives, none can say, but many pray that Prince Viserys will steer the realm on the right course until his grace King Baelor is at last well enough to mount the Iron Throne (and some, secretly, pray that it be a long, long time before that eventuality comes to pass).