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The great hall of the Old Keep saw amusement and revelry, as the king and his court watched the antics of his fool, the dwarf Tall Tom. Surrounded by courtiers—many of them young gallants, veterans of the Dornish campaign, and others fair maidens—and at times dictating letters to a scribe, the king was most happy when his sister, Princess Daena, entered the hall with her train of ladies. The king welcomed them and had seats freed beside him for Daena and her companions. One in particular, Carmella Dondarrion, had the king’s particular attention as the two discussed matters of her home in
After weeks in which fears mounted concerning some deadly force in the kingswood, following the disappearance first of Ser Endros Buckler and other officers of the Warden of the Kingswood, and then reports of missing carters and travellers who were travelling to and from the city, and then finally by the disappearance of Ser Endros’s father, the infamous Ser Lormon, and a company of men-at-arms and sellswords he took into the woods to attempt to find his missing son, it seems an answer to the mystery is forthcoming. Early in the day, a haggard company of men crossed the Blackwater by ferry
Anticipation grows in the court of King’s Landing, as the royal wedding of Prince Baelor—heir to the Seven Kingdoms—and his sister Princess Daena is set to take place little more than four months hence. Ser William Waxley, the royal steward, has been in daily conference with the king and Princess Viserys regarding arrangements, as well as with Lord Cargyll the master of coin, and the various ladies and gentlemen attached to the households of the prince and princess. Merchants have been contracted, seamstresses have been found, and even still more needs doing. Courtiers have offered their
After all the courtly intrigues, the gossip, the rumors about who would become the next commander of the City Watch—that Ser Richard would be reinstated, or Prince Aegon was going to be chosen; that Ser Sarmion Baratheon had been interested in the office, or Lormon Buckler; that the king would invite Beslon the Bad to take up the position if he left Vaith in the hands of a garrison commander, or that his grace was looking to try a well-known justicar recently come from Braavos—it seems the king has made his choice, with the agreement of the small council. In the midst of deliberations, Ser
After seven day of festivities, the mood of King’s Landing was lightened, although in certain quarters the violence and bloodshed of the riots were still a sharp memory. The City Watch of King’s Landing maintained an iron watch over the city, to make sure there’d be no repetition of the troubles that led to the disgrace of the former commander, Ser Richard Harte, and this included the day of the tourney in the Cobbler’s Square sponsored by the guildhalls of the city. Thirty-two knights and esquires fought for the glory of victory, as a good portion of the court made an appearance. Prince
Following the unrest of the previous week and more, ended with bloody resolve by King Daeron, certain guilds of the city of King’s Landing have banded together (at the crown’s suggestion, some whisper) to throw a festival throughout the city to celebrate the dawning of the new year. Already, the guild of the stonemasons has thrown a public feast before their guildhall, distributing bread, roast pork, and quantities of apple cider and wine. Feasts, public performances by mummers and minstrels, processions, footraces and more over the rest of the week will culminate in an open tournament with a
In the wake of the Dornish Bread Riot, much speculation at court has been concerned with the fate of Ser Richard Harte, Commander of the City Watch. Word spread after the final crushing blow against the rioters that King Daeron was less than pleased with how Ser Richard and the Watch had performed during the matter, and many wondered if Ser Richard was not now too aged to continue to serve well and honorably. After all, was it not the City Watch that failed to deal with the first inklings of riot with swift, sure force? Ser Richard was too gentle, many said, and too slow to adapt to the
The latest day and night of riot in Flea Bottom and the surrounding area proved too much for Ser Richard Harte and the City Watch to deal with, as the commander’s efforts to bring a relatively bloodless end to the disorder proved futile thanks to the worst scum and villains of the city egging on their fellows with the hope of rich pickings from the wealthy areas to the east of Flea Bottom. When King Daeron learned of the latest setback, some say he raged aloud, while others say he took it calmly before calling for his retainers and captains to be roused and his squire to be woken to arm him:
The butcher’s bill:
The body of the missing gold cloak officer, stripped of armor and clothing alike and left in a gutter, was recovered from an alleyway beside the Bakers’ Square. Three other watchmen have been killed, and a dozen more wounded, since the rioting began
Two bakers, five bakers’ apprentices, and three hired guards buried at a sept on Rhaenys’ Hill.
At least two dozen more dead, victims of the initial riot and the chaos that has followed, gripping Flea Bottom and threatening to spill into the more wealthy surrounds.
The riot that begun the previous day has continued almost
Riot burns in the heart of King’s Landing. The unpleasant but acceptable atmosphere in the city since the execution of Ser Edmund Wyl suddenly turned ugly as four Dornish hostages—Ser Aidan Dayne, Lady Joleta Gargalen, and the twins Lady Tanyth and Ser Tamlyn Toland—travelled into the city towards Bakers’ Square. Their purpose was innocuous, purchasing bread made after Dornish fashion, but the result was anything but. The crowded square noted the Dornishmen with distaste, a few imprecations and little else sent their way as Ser Aidan and Lady Joleta purchased some bread. But then, returning
King’s Landing has suffered the scandal of Prince Aegon’s false marriage to a common woman now most often called Merry Meg thanks to the ribald songs presently popular among the smallfolk. She was eventually returned, in ignominy, to the smithy of her actual husband in Fairmarket by men of Prince Viserys’s household while her children were given to the Faith at young Prince Baelor’s pious suggestion. Prince Aegon made a public apology to Reyna Saltcliffe, which set the court abuzz, especially when hard on it were some sharp words traded between the prince and Ser Jonn Lannister, who had once
In the wake of the chaos that broke out during Princess Elaena’s nameday celebration, House Targaryen has been ominously silent. Courtiers would speak with hushed voices of what had happened and what would be done, and the lords of the small council would say almost nothing at all on the matter. King Daeron held a meeting into the night with his Hand, Prince Viserys, and the day after saw them both visiting Prince Aemon as he recuperated from the terrible wound that his brother gave him. Whispers have it that the Dragonknight’s beauty will no longer be what it once was, but it’s just as well
The day of Elaena Targaryen’s nameday promised to be filled with a great number of gifts for the princess, as the royal court turned out in force in the Queen’s Ballroom for the official celebration. But curiously, few of the nobles were taken with discussing the ninth nameday of the princess, or comparing gifts. On their lips instead was gossip, rumor, and rank innuendo touching on the recent whispers and tales that have swirled the last week concerning Prince Aegon. With her husband away to the Marches, Lady Reyna appears to have attracted Aegon’s attention, and the stories of just what
Gathered in the throne room were what seemed to be half the nobles in the realm, as a great royal feast was arranged to close the tourney. All of the royal kin were present, and seated among the high table were lords such as Loren of House Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock. It was a grand occasion indeed, with music and entertainers, with a free flow of wine and a constant flow of savories, confections, roasted meats, delicacies, and more. In the course of it, a silence was called for with a royal fanfare sounded by a trumpeter, so that all might attend as King Daeron spoke. Speaking at first
The final day of the joust had arrived with great pomp and circumstance, but before it could begin there were a hundred squires to be raised to knighthood by King Daeron’s own hand. Among the new-made knights were Ethos Mertyns, Holtyn Rosby, Jan Marbrand, Urston Coldwater, and the young Lord Guy Cordwayner. After the ceremony was completed, the grand final would begin with the victors of the previous seven days defending the Queen of Love and Beauty, the Princess Daena, from all challengers. The first six champions were Ser Almer Connington, Ser Triston Templeton, Ser Gueren Waters, Balian
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