Ravens arrive almost daily in King’s Landing from various corners of Dorne, bringing news of rebels and outlaws, skirmishes, supply trains, deaths, garrisons, and more. Amidst the onslaught of tidings are the occasional gems, the things that inevitably slip from the chambers of the high and mighty to the court at large, and thence on to King’s Landing. Most notably is the news that his Grace, the King, has put aside his hunt for the now one-armed rebel Caston Vaith, who is thought to have taken to skulking in the desert. Instead, after seeing Vaith secured against possible attacks, he has placed himself in Hellholt—the most central of the great castles of Dorne—and given time to catching up with much of the business that was relegated to a secondary place behind his attempting to put an end to the most troublesome and pernicious of rebels.
Elsewhere, the troubles have abated. Andrey Blackmont, the outlaw lord, has fled deeper into the mountains with his band of followers following Ser Wallace Chester’s efforts. Chester reports that Blackmont is still at large, but that his men and those under the command of one of Daeron’s officers have greatly lessened his predations on the supply trains making their way down the Prince’s Pass. Lord Tyrell reports somewhat less success against the largest enemy force remaining, those under Lord Manwoody in the Boneway, but that he will prevail. Certainly, other than a notable ambush carried out by the infamous Red Rhys of the Scourge and the Witch, the supply trains have not been greatly molested, and the Marches have seen little trouble from anything other than deserters and broken men.
The king will not say when he will return to his beloved city despite the entreaties of the small council (but not, it’s said, Prince Viserys, who is said to have a better understanding of his nephew than most men) but it is widely held that he means to see at least one of the rebel lords dead before he will give it any thought.