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King’s Landing Tourney (Day 7)
IC Date: Day 22 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 15, 2008.

As the first light of dawn broke, the Joust of Love commenced at the Tourney Grounds. A mystery knight in sable, calling himself the Black Lion and bearing the golden cloth favor of Lady Kellyn Lannister, rode out to make the first challenge of the day, Ser Almer Connington of Griffin’s Roost. The first day’s champion, who wore the ivory and pearl sandsilk favor of Lady Keira Sand, accepted the mystery knight’s challenge. Their confrontation was sudden and violent, and as the Griffin Knight’s lance shattered, the Black Lion was ripped from the saddle. The crowd saw the Black Lion rise,

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 6, Part 2)
IC Date: Day 21 of Month 6, 159 AC
RL Date: March 14, 2008.

Following the archery, a tourney of sixty-four knights began, and the knights were in high form, keen for glory. Eventually only eight knights remained: Ser Harold Kenning, heir to Kayce, Ser Aidan Dayne, the squire Ethos Mertyns, Seth Blackwood, Ser Dagur Saltcliffe, Ser Bonifer Buckwell, Ser Halbert Cordwayner of the Kingsguard ... and a mystery knight, bearing the sorrowful visage of a weeping man upon his helm and attended by men wearing grey silk masks. They had proclaimed him as the Weeping Knight, and the helm with the crystal tears had been carried to three victories when he faced the

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 6, Part 1)
IC Date: Day 21 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 14, 2008.

Beginning with an archery competition on in the morning, the excitement of the day was increased because this time the ladies would compete down in the tourney fields before the eyes of the smallfolk rather than in the Red Keep’s outer ward with only fellow nobility to see. The crowds were drawn by the novelty, but found much of note to comment on. Though the ladies competed at shorter distances than the men, and showed not quite the skill that the best of them did, their determination and fineness of hand stood them in good stead. More than a dozen noblewomen of high birth competed, matching

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 5)
IC Date: Day 20 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 13, 2008.

The fifth day saw one of the most complex and exciting of tournaments, as a challenger who was defeated in the lists received a second opportunity to continue. Sixteen knights in total competed in the list. First and foremost was Aemon the Dragonknight, who drove the famous young Dornish knight Tamlyn Toland from the saddle in his first joust. Ser Aidan Dayne, the Knight of the Twilight who had come so close to the prize two days earlier, fought and defeated Ser Axell Farman. Ser Victor Reyne, heir to Castamere, defeated the larger of the two Twins of the Crossing, Ser Halder. The Iron

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 4, Part 2)
IC Date: Day 19 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 12, 2008.

The fourth day of jousting saw a field of more than forty knights take part, thanks to the novel rules that could lead to ignominious defeats or epic victories. It was decreed by the Master of the Games, Ser William the royal steward, that champions would be chosen by lot to initially defend four pavilions. However, challengers could only challenge the knight defending the first pavilion. If they defeated him, they could take his place, or hazard challenging the defender of the next pavilion, and so on. A great knight, or at least a confident one, might hope to achieve the relative security

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 4, Part 3)
IC Date: Day 19 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 12, 2008.

Following the joust and the choosing of Balian Blackwood as champion of the day, the throne room saw the noble guests and royal family entertained by groups of mummers, including one that is said to have come from across the Narrow Sea just for the tourney. While nobles dined on fine foods and drank fine wines, each group was brought in, announced by the King’s herald.

The first group recreated the romantic tale of the motley knight, Florian the Fool and his Jonquil. The act was quite over the top, from the men dressed as women (complete with melons down their shirts) to the hyperactive

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 4, Part 1)
IC Date: Day 19 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 12, 2008.

Besides the jousting, competitions of a different sort took place. Riding at Rings, a staple of the training many youths go through as they labor to become men worthy of knighthood, has often seen squires compete in it before lords and kings for the sake of prizes. But it’s rare indeed to see women compete in it, as a number of young ladies of high birth did on the grounds of the Red Keep. With a gathering of the nobility to watch, the king presided over a contest in which Princess Daena and one of her ladies in waiting, Lady Carmella Dondarion, competed against Lady Ammena of House Piper and

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 3)
IC Date: Day 18 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 11, 2008.

The third day of jousting saw a different format, as the field of thirty-two jousters were made aware of the rules. It was decreed that any knight who should break at least three lances in the course of the joust should receive parole to joust against those who had managed that same feat, for the right to challenge the last knight left undefeated. After the first round of jousting, sixteen jousters were left, some which had managed the feat of breaking three lances and guaranteeing their place in the final. The jousting began well, with Ethos Mertyns, squire to the Stormbreaker, refusing for

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 2)
IC Date: Day 17 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 10, 2008.

Though a smaller field of knights participated in the second day’s tournament, none could say the results were not noteworthy and remarkable. With an unusual format in which the thirty-two jousters competed in small pools of four each, with the best advancing to the next pool, much of the morning was taken up resolving the contests. In the end, two pools of knights were left. In the first, Lord Manfred Dondarrion of Blackhaven, Ser Sarmion Baratheon, Ser Aidan Dayne, and the heir to Ninestars, Ser Triston Templeton, jousted with one another. It was remarked by many that the Knight of the

King’s Landing Tourney (Day 1)
IC Date: Day 16 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: March 09, 2008.

The first day of the Royal Tourney proved as thrilling as anticipated, and the amazing pageantry and colour of the festivities was surpassed only by the action in the lists.

Before the eyes of the Young Dragon King Daeron, along with the Princesses Daena and Rhaena, Ser William Waxley and the royal party, and many lords, ladies, knights, squires and smallfolk, (including Lord Manfred Dondarrion, the Ladies Elyn and Aisling Ryswell, Marian Stark, Jyana Arryn, Kellyn Lannister, Carmella Dondarrion, Reyna Saltcliffe, Ammena Piper, Rosalind Hill, Ryssa Waters, Keira Sand, the knights Bryon

The Tourney Nears
IC Date: Day 7 of Month 6, 159 AC.
RL Date: February 29, 2008.

After interminable delays caused by a host of factors, not least the extravagant preparations called upon by the king to appropriately celebrate the conquest of Dorne, it seems that at last the tourney draws near. The tourney fields are now readied for the inevitable sea of tents and pavillions that will serve as home to hundreds of visitors, and the lists and barriers are all whitewashed perfection. Wagons come in daily, laden with victuals, cloth, and other goods to help feed and keep the noblemen who will come to feast day in and day out. Ships have come the last month from the Arbor, and

Turmoil in the Dornish Tower
IC Date: Day 14 of Month 5, 159 AC.
RL Date: February 05, 2008.

Last night, the King’s men took and (further) imprisoned a hostage from the Dornish Tower.

Shortly after dusk, a troop of goldcloaks, a maester, and four retainers of Viserys Targaryen, Hand of the King, made their way quietly into the Tower and the Fowler residence on the second floor. The men emerged barely a minute later with Damarya Allyrion in tow.

Outside of her apartments, Damarya’s screams for Serion Uller echoed into the stairwell. She was not calling for help, however, but for the blind young man to come out and face her. In the words of one bystander, Damarya, stiff and shaking

Courtly Doings
IC Date: Day 20 of Month 4, 159 AC.
RL Date: January 13, 2008.

His Grace, King Daeron, has been ensconced more and more with the small council as news arrives from Dorne of the continuing issues there raised by petty bandits and rebels who refuse to bend their knees. It is said Prince Viserys has made all his efforts in convincing the king to trust in Lord Tyrell and his other captains in Dorne, but the youthful valor of the king will not be gainsaid from spending as many hours as he wishes in interpreting reports and sending orders. It is well known that certain Dornishmen have audiences with the king, perhaps so that he may seek their opinions on what

Royal Reckoning
IC Date: Day 1 of Month 4, 159 AC.
RL Date: December 25, 2007.

Weeks have passed since Daeron II’s triumphant return to King’s Landing, and in all that time he seemed to exchange no more than a dozen words with his cousin, Prince Aegon. Those who cared about such things supposed it had to do with the hot-blooded prince’s taking as mistress the Dornish hostage Cassella Vaith. Certainly, when Aegon finally appeared before the king in his private solar in Maegor’s Holdfast, his father the Hand of the King, Prince Viserys, was also present. What was said is known only to those present in that room, but the discussion lasted near an hour.

When Aegon at last

A Most Noble Court
IC Date: Day 20 of Month 3, 159 AC.
RL Date: December 14, 2007.

All the noblest and best of the city were gathered in the throne room of the Targaryen kings, with the great black skulls of the dragons looking down upon them. Merchants, guild masters, and even small folk looked down upon the glittering court from the galleries, as the king and the royal kin—save Prince Aegon and Princess Naerys—entered the thronged hall.

Seated upon the Iron Throne, King Daeron called Prince Viserys before him and confirmed him in his place as Hand, thanking him for his efforts on his behalf and that of the realm. So, too, was Lord Lyonel Tyrell confirmed as holding