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8000 soldiers with Joffrey leading them against Stannis and potentially the Vale, both having over twice that amount of soldiers... I hope you've making use of your pyromancers. I'm surprised Joffrey is having several bastards. In most of my games, he turns out chaste or dies too early to have a lot of kids.

Joff's many bastards was my doing. I got bored when I had no troops in the fighting, so I killed time by visiting chambers. As for the pyromancers...well, they've reared their heads once already. We saw what they did with just a little bit of prep; in this timeline, they've had years of prep...imagine what they can do.

Here's hoping Stannis does something incredibly stupid. :p

I dunno, after the show's battle of Winterfell, I'm not sure I trust Stannis anymore lol

Podrick is Joffrey's friend? :eek:

This Joffery loves the ladies, and everyone knows Podrick has the best 'equipment' for the Job.

That's part of it. In-game, Pod got troublemaker events, and he and Joff became friends through them.

And, it's kinda interesting when you intentionally blur the show and book versions of characters together where they can. Guys like Pod become so much more interesting and multifaceted...and it helps highlight the differences required for both good reading and good TV.

From the GOT mod strange screenshots thread:

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Joffrey gave Pod the North

Wow, that is awesome.
 

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You're certainly keeping Joffrey in character... I don't think I've ever seen him turn out a decent person if you start in the War of the Five Kings era. He is either competent enough to avoid death (brilliant strategist) or is overthrown quickly. Sad to see how poorly things went for the North this time around. Good for Joffrey, at least.
 

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Yep, got that ragey feeling again. That's a compliment to you writing Joffrey.

So the North got taken out twice? Well that's just terrible to hear. Though I have to admit I also forgot you had the pyromancers all this time.
 

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So Tyrion burned the fleet on day one and now they are fighting hand-to-hand?

This is a good link about the Battle of Winterfell in the show vs. book, by the way:


Interesting read. Not a bad prediction for the book's battle.
Personally, while I wasn't thrilled with Stannis's defeat on the show, I completely understand it. His plot felt rushed, and I think that's because they didn't want the actor around for Season 6 - because even if he died in episode 1 or 2, he'd still likely get a good chunk of money, money that they saved by getting rid of him. (And, to be honest, I'm not all that crazy over his personality - I think it's close enough to the book version, just with a different twist). Their issue, in my opinion, was not including the northern intrigue - you would've slowed down his plot, which was too fast anyways, and not had the awkward scenario of the Freys dropping out of the story completely, or the Northmen seemingly supporting Bolton wholeheartedly.
Of course, they might have moved that to next season, and have the Northern lords plotting with Littlefinger instead, since that's more likely his style. I really don't think we can compare the book and show Sansa/Baelish/Bolton plots anymore.

And to answer your story question - Tyrion burned the fleets, and instead of forming a bridge for Stannis's army like in the books, they just burned. As such, he had to make his assault in smaller numbers, which got repelled. After several hours, he eventually withdraws to prepare a new plan of attack, but continuing the siege
 

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Part IX - Tyrion

They came immediately after sunset, just as Tyrion had thought.

Despite the violent thunderstorm, they came. Thousands upon thousands, rowing across the Blackwater, they all came, despite the swirling winds and pounding waves, despite the driving rain and booming thunder. All Stannis's army had embarked across the waters that had burned the night before for a massive assault.

Stannis had gone all-in, as Tyrion had expected. Lord Hardying's army was set to arrive in King's Landing that night; if the Valemen joined the defense, Stannis would lose his overwhelming numerical advantage and would have to starve the city out, giving time for reinforcements to arrive and break the siege; if they joined Stannis, they would likely assault the northern wall, which was largely undefended, and take the defenses in the rear. In either case, tonight was the night to attack, no matter the weather.

Bronn approached him. "Are you sure your mummer's farce will work?"

"No," Tyrion admitted. "But if the Vale betrays us, then we have no choice. The city will fall unless we try. Your men have their orders, just in case."

The sellsword nodded. "Aye. Hopefully we don't have to use them." He wiped rain out of his eyes, then barked orders to the men. "Archers, at the ready." When Stannis's boats were in range, he gave the order to fire.

A storm of arrows joined the rain pouring down on Stannis's troops, one in five in flames, joined by pots of wildfire from the catapults. Blown into unpredictable flight paths by the wind, many fell into the water, but many more struck home, hitting one of Stannis's men or, in some places, sending rafts into flames, due to the sheer number of crafts in the water.

Many fell, but still they came. Before long, the first rafts had reached shore with battering rams and ladders, readying for the assault. More and more flooded out of the water, lit by the lightning and the spotted flames of some rafts. The dead littered the Blackwater, they were far outnumbered by the living. He stopped a passing messenger and instructed him to summon Joffrey and his guards.

There are too many of them, we can't stop them. And they're too close to the walls to just drop wildfire on them and be done with the whole lot.

Joffrey arrived with the Hound, the King enraged, his dog shaken with fear of the flames. "You dare summon me? I am your King, I summon you!"

Tyrion gritted his teeth. "Your Grace, I need to inform you that the situation is dire." He gestured to the men below, beginning to scale the walls as the ram went to work on the gate. "Stannis's army is too strong, we cannot hold the wall; we must fall back."

"Fall back?!?" Joffrey exclaimed. "You dare suggest we fall back? If you are not capable of holding these walls, then I will find myself a Hand who is. Or, I have a better idea, I will lead the defense myself, with my dog."

Clegane shook his head, for once disagreeing with Joffrey. "The Imp is right. Those are seasoned men coming up these walls, and thieves from Flea Bottom defending them; they'll flee before they win."

They stood there in silence for a moment, tension in the air, watching Stannis's men slowly ascend the ladder; albeit many were struck down, Stannis seemed to have an almost overwhelming supply of manpower.

"Your Grace, my lords!" came a shout. Tyrion turned to see an armor-clad man running towards them; Lancel Lannister. "The Old Gate is under attack! The Lords of the Vale have betrayed us!"

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Tyrion cursed, then composed himself. "Alright then. Sandor, would you please escort the King to the Red Keep and inform the Lord Varys about the situation; you will find him with the Queen Margaery. The rest of you, spread the word to the captains along the wall; they will know their instructions." He then addressed Joffrey. "Listen to Ser Loras's instructions; if our plan is to succeed, you must follow his lead." The King tried to argue, but the Hound, who knew the plan (as all Kingsguard did), dragged him away before he could.

When they were gone, Jothos and Podrick asked what his orders were. "The Targaryens had built tunnels underneath King's Landing in case they ever needed to escape the city; they will now save us." Tyrion looked over at the men. "You want to save your families and your home? Then fall back, and follow me to victory!"

The men let out a cheer - down, but still hopeful, although they did not know the plan, they trusted their Half-Man, he who helped save the city from starvation and bring peace to a turbulent city.

Bronn whispered in his ear. "They trust you; for your all our sakes, this better work."

Tyrion smiled. "They say Stannis offers burnt offerings to his god; let us provide the altar."

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Alright...it feels to me that there's not much here...but to be honest, we're just setting up the next part - the plan, and the conclusion of the Battle of the Blackwater (OK, in actuality, it should be Battle of King's Landing, but the Blackwater just sounds so much cooler). Will Tyrion save the city? Or will Stannis and Harrold prevail?

As always, our summary:
The Six Kings:
1. Joffrey Baratheon, King on the Iron Throne
2. Stannis Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands
3. Renly Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands (deceased)
4. Robb Stark, King in the North and of the Trident (deceased). Succeeded by Eddard Stark, Son of Robb Stark (infant)...in-game, merely claimants
5. Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Isles (invading the North)
6. Mance Rayder, The Free Folk King in the North (holds the North and Beyond-the-Wall)

Other important lords:
1. Mace Tyrell, Lord of the Reach.
2. Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
3. Harrold Hardying, Lord of the Vale
4. Oberyn Martell, Lord of Plankytown
5. Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin
 

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I imagine Tyrion's plan will prevail, mostly because if it failed, Joffrey would probably die and your story would be over.
 

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Part X - Dale

"Patience, my boy, we have not won yet."

Dale did not share his father's fears - their massive army faced almost no resistance taking the city, just as Melisandre had foreseen. Faced with the might of Storm's End and the treachery of the Vale, the dwarf and the sellsword stood no chance. The boy-king's forces melted away so quickly, it was as if the rain itself had melted them, and Stannis's soldiers looted their way to the Red Keep.

"Nonsense, father," Dale said. "The city is ours, and the Red Keep cannot hold out for even half a fortnight. And once the boy king is dead and the dwarf's head on a spike, the Reach will surrender, Dorne will abandon their neutrality and accept our kingship, and Tywin Lannister will stand alone, sure to be defeated. Victory is a sure thing."

It was bittersweet, of course. Dale had lost his ship, the Wraith, as well as half his crew, in the first night of fighting, burned by the dwarf's wildfire; Dale himself barely made it out alive, saved by a sailor from his father's ship. All around him, though, others weren't so lucky, spending their last moments engulfed in green flame that not even water could quench. A cruel way to go, he thought, even worse than he imagined the fire of dragons would be, and for that he wanted to see the dwarf dead; men had no business harnassing wildfire, it was just too dangerous.

"King's Landing is a three-hundred-year-old city, my boy, and a dangerous one," Davos cautioned. "The Targaryens were a careful folk, and filled this city with all traps and defenses of all kinds. And even then, Tywin Lannister is a powerful man; do not underestimate him. I will not rest easy until King Stannis has sat on the Iron Throne so long he gets bored with the décor of the room." He probably would have said more, but he saw Stannis climbing the stairs to the top of the gatehouse where they were standing.

"Your Grace," Davos and Dale bowed. "The vanguard has faced minimal resistance and has joined up with Lord Harrold. Preparations to lay siege to the Red Keep are under way."

"Very good. Make sure no more harm than necessary comes to the city, I would not prefer to give my enemies reason to incite the smallfolk against me after my victory."

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Davos nodded. "A wise proposition, Your Grace." From there, they began to discuss the logistics of Stannis's first days on the Iron Throne - how to reinforce the position militarily, how to win the Tyrells over, how to deal with the wildling threat - so Dale wandered away, looking over the city. It was almost surely dawn, but the city was still black as midnight because of the storm. The swirling winds and driving rains made it difficult to see even by the lightning that lit up the sky almost constantly, but he was still able to make out a few figures - footsoldiers barging into stores and houses for loot, knights riding up and down the streets to herd their men towards the Red Keep...the typical scenes of an army let loose on a city. But the longer Dale looked, the more he became uneasy; something seemed wrong, although he could not determine exactly what it was.

Finally, he interrupted his father's conversation. "Father, Your Grace, pardon the interruption. But how large a city is King's Landing?"

His father looked at him strangely. "Five hundred thousand or so. Why?"

"Because," Dale said, "I don't see anybody from here. No men defending their homes, no children running and hiding, no women clutching their babies or getting raped. Only our soldiers running through the streets."

"It's raining, can you not tell?" Stannis retorted. "Perhaps they are doing these things, except indoors. Nobody likes this weather."

Dale nodded, but remained unconvinced; a man defending his home would not care about the weather, no matter the circumstances. His father seemed to share his concerns. "My boy is right, Your Grace. We best tread with caution, the Imp destroyed our fleet with one stroke; as long as he lives I..." His voice trailed off, his face deep in concentration. "Do you hear that?"

For a second, he thought his father was getting paranoid again, as Dale only heard the howls of the wind, the booming claps of thunder, the rapid tapping of rain, but then he heard something, too. A high-pitched hiss filled the night air, starting off soft, barely noticeable even, but quickly becoming louder and louder. The men below stopped and looked around for the source of the noise.

Then the hiss turned into a boom and the city exploded into flames.

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They rode southwards on the first horses they could find, followed by those men who had either not been yet entered the city or were tasked with defending the camp - around eight thousand in all, as best as Dale could guess. Just a shadow of the original army that had marched north from Storm's End. Beside him rode is father and Stannis, muttering to himself. The King had refused to accept what had happened, that his army had been lured into the city, which the Imp had turned into the largest funeral pyre in Westeros for the invading army; he and Davos had to literally drag him from the walls of King's Landing and put him on a horse.

Images of what just happened danced in Dale's head. One moment stood a grand city, the next moment, an explosion of flames. Flames of all colors - red and blue and orange and green, scattered throughout, then coming together - lit up the night, and it was at that moment Dale knew they had been tricked. How they had pulled it off, he was not sure, and it would lay waste to large parts of the city, but they would still hold it. The red priestess had been right - King's Landing did burn with the fire of the Lord, but not with his saving power, but literally.

Dale sighed; perhaps his father was right, that Melisandre's god was a god of the east, and had no true power here. Westeros was the land of the Seven; R'hllor had no place here But now was not a time for faith, but for action, and so he continued south, the flames of their defeat behind them.


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Alright...so, status. Stannis's army is decimated by a part-wildfire-part-regular-fire explosion, the remnants of his army and part of Harrold's army are routed (in different directions, though). Tyrion has won the first battle for Joff, but the war is not over, and large parts of Kings Landing need rebuilding. And so far, we've only met six kings...there are still three more.

(I'll give you a hint - one line in an earlier part is seemingly a throwaway line, but it's not.)

Also, in case you didn't realize, this POV is Dale Seaworth, son of Davos. He is a recurring POV character, not a once-off; for further reference, I will be using GRRM's general style - real name for recurring, title/description for once-off, and title/description if there's a reason (i.e., Alayne for Sansa, Reek/The Prince of Winterfell for Theon, etc.)

As always, our summary:
The Six Kings:
1. Joffrey Baratheon, King on the Iron Throne
2. Stannis Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands
3. Renly Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands (deceased)
4. Robb Stark, King in the North and of the Trident (deceased). Succeeded by Eddard Stark, Son of Robb Stark (infant)...in-game, merely claimants
5. Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Isles (invading the North)
6. Mance Rayder, The Free Folk King in the North (holds the North and Beyond-the-Wall)

Other important lords:
1. Mace Tyrell, Lord of the Reach.
2. Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
3. Harrold Hardying, Lord of the Vale
4. Oberyn Martell, Lord of Plankytown
5. Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin
 

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I imagine Tyrion's plan will prevail, mostly because if it failed, Joffrey would probably die and your story would be over.

Exactly - it's the War of the Nine Kings, and we've only seen six! Of course we must be moving on with Joff
 

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An excellent plan from Tyrion, though I'm sure Joffrey will act as if all this accomplished was destroying the smallfolk's homes. I'm still kinda rooting for Stannis, but I wouldn't want this to end so soon. Still waiting for Dany to declare war for the throne from the other side of the planet.
 

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So Tyrion is a monster and no better than Aerys :eek:

... Oh God. I only just now realized, yeah. This is pretty much Aerys Targaryen's plan to a T, minus not telling the people of King's Landing what's about to fucking happen to them.

If Jaime hears word about what's happened, he's probably going to flip the fuck out.
 
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Part XI - Bran

"I am still not sure this is the right decision, Your Grace. We have bested the Lannisters at every turn; they should be the ones begging for peace, not us."

"I understand your concerns, Lord Umber, but we must. The wildling army has rolled over the North; Winterfell has fallen, and countless other castles besides. Robb is dead. The lords of the Riverlands have abandoned us, with the exception of the Tullys at Riverrun. Our army here numbers eight thousand, if that many, with little hope of reinforcement. trapped between the wildlings in the north and Kevan Lannister's army of 15,000; and even if we should drive him back, Walder Frey has thrown his lot in with the Lannisters, and we do not have the numbers to take the Twins. No, Lord Umber, our cause is ended; on behalf of King Eddard, like Torrhen before him, must bend the knee."

That did not convince the Smalljon. "The bastard Joffrey murdered your father, or have you forgotten? If we are going to kneel, kneel to Stannis; he would allow us justice."

At that point, Bran had enough with this debate, if you could call it such; Lord Bolton and the Smalljon had been advising Bran against this plan since he had first sent the raven to Kevan Lannister - and as members of the regency council, they had that right. But Bran was the Stark in Winterfell (well...had been) and was now Lord Regent for the baby Eddard, and he trusted his instincts in this matter. "It is Kevan Lannister's army, and not Stannis's, that marches upon us. And furthermore, Stannis's catspaw Harrold betrayed and killed my brother and your father at Harrenhal, or have you forgotten? I have made my choice, and it is no longer open for discussion." At that, the Smalljon stormed off.

Bolton sighed. "Lord Umber is very concerned for the safety of his King, and that of Your Grace as well, and he mistrusts the counsel of that Reed boy and his sister. And, I fear, he does have a point about the Lannisters; you will get no justice from Joffrey."

"I know that, my lord," Bran responded, as horns announced the arrival of the Lannister envoys. "But I am not negotiating with Joffrey; I am negotiating with Kevan Lannister."

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For two people representing armies which had been at war for several years, Bran and Kevan's negotiation was remarkably amiable - and remarkably quick, for that matter. The basic premise of peace had been agreed to very quickly - the Northern lords would take up arms against Stannis, and in turn the King would pardon all for their part in the rebellion, and use the forces of the crown to fight back the wildlings, restore the Northern lords to their keeps, and reinstate the Night's Watch.

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"Ned Stark was promised his life if he took the black, and Joffrey took his life instead," Roose Bolton interjected. "How can we be sure that Joffrey will obey this treaty?"

"You have my word as a Lannister, my lord, and the word of my nephew Tyrion and the Queen Margaery in King's Landing."

Although Bran trusted Kevan, his nephew's bannerman had a point. "I'm sorry, my lord, but your word means nothing in this, and not the Hand's, or even the Queen's. My father had the word of Queen Cersei, but Joffrey killed him anyway. When I journey to King's Landing on behalf of the North, I will not go as a prisoner, or as a traitor. I will go as a prince, the brother of King Robb and Lord Regent of the North, with my army of eight thousand and my prisoners - your brother and nephew, my lord. And there, I will reaffirm my agreement with Lord Tyrion and Queen Margaery before entering the city. Do I make myself clear?"

Kevan looked at him incredulously. "You demand much, young Stark. You presume much. You are outnumbered and surrounded, and in no position to make demands. I will let you come with a retinue of two hundred, but not as a King's regent, but as a repentant traitor."

Bran knew that the Lannister was right; he had no weight to demand anything. But he had to do his best; he did not trust Joffrey, Cersei, or Margaery - or anyone in King's Landing, really. Except maybe the Imp; it was him after all who had designed Bran's special saddle, and for that Bran was always grateful.

He cleared his throat; he had one last card to play. "My lord, you do not understand. The Lord Tywin and Ser Jaime sit in my prisons. Write to King's Landing with my demands, and I am sure that the Queen Mother will make convince Joffrey to obey. Moreover, you cannot deny that you need our swords. You lost many men fighting my brother and Stannis. Lord Harrold still has the hosts of the Vale with him, and Stannis as well. You have the wealth to pay sellswords, but those in Westeros are already employed, and of those across the Narrow Sea, only the Golden Company responded to our ravens, and that was with threats...and they sent that response from Griffin's Roost." Kevan looked at him quizzically. "Yes, my lord. The Golden Company has landed in the Stormlands."

"Stannis has hired them, my lord?"

Bran shook his head, pulling a scroll from his pockets and handed it to him. As the man read it, his face changed from annoyance, to bewilderment, to frustration, before finally settling on fear. He'll agree to our demands now. Jojen was right; sellswords would save the North from the wildlings.

"Can you...are you able to confirm the validity of these reports?"

Bran shook his head. "No, my lord. But Maester Luwin told me that is the seal of House Connington, and there are reports that Doran Martell has called his banners. If they can convince enough lords that this boy is a Targaryen, Dorne will rise for him, and I'm sure more besides. If you want to defeat him quickly, you will need the North."

Kevan looked at Bran, then back at the scroll, then back at Bran. "Very well, my lord. Tomorrow at sunrise, let us head out for King's Landing."

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Sorry for the long-ish delay; work has been busy this past week. Story-wise...I think I'll let this part speak for itself. But now...we're on number 7:


The Six Kings:
1. Joffrey Baratheon, King on the Iron Throne
2. Stannis Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands
3. Renly Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands (deceased)
4. Robb Stark, King in the North and of the Trident (deceased). Succeeded by Eddard Stark, Son of Robb Stark (infant)...in-game, merely claimants
5. Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Isles (invading the North)
6. Mance Rayder, The Free Folk King in the North (holds the North and Beyond-the-Wall)
7. Aegon Targaryen, King in Griffin's Roost

Other important lords:
1. Mace Tyrell, Lord of the Reach.
2. Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
3. Harrold Hardying, Lord of the Vale
4. Oberyn Martell, Lord of Plankytown
5. Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin
6. Bran Stark, Lord Regent of the North

(since, at this point, the Starks are deposed from the North ingame, I figured I'd have Bran be the Lord Regent, as the lords of the North would be most likely to obey the eldest male Stark, especially since Bran at this point in the game was of age)
 

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It might only be in your story, but Bran has learned how to negotiate. Not too surprised to see Aegon as one of the Kings. Has Dorne sided with him already? Only two kings left...
 

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It might only be in your story, but Bran has learned how to negotiate. Not too surprised to see Aegon as one of the Kings. Has Dorne sided with him already? Only two kings left...

Yea, I thought about Bran's negotiation...I figured that since in this timeline he'd have been the Stark in Winterfell for a few years while Robb was at war, plus having to take charge when Robb died and everyone fled south from the wildlings, that he'd have picked up some skills. Plus, he's got Jojen and Meera helping him, and he trusts their judgment, so he'd be confident.

As for Dorne...well, I'll just let their story unfold naturally.
 

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Part XII - Sansa

"And so my foot's stuck in there, Elinor's freaking out, the dog's having a seizure, and I've still got half a pie left," the Queen continued, laughing. "And then..." She paused, noticing Sansa's plate. "What's wrong, my friend? You haven't touched any of your lemon cakes; they're your favorite!" When Sansa didn't answer, Margaery continued. "You should be excited - your brothers are on their way to King's Landing, your family will be reunited."

"No. Joffrey won't let them, he'll have them killed, I know he will." It was true, Sansa was thrilled that her family had finally made peace with the Lannisters...but she had hoped Robb would beat their armies and rescue her, and as much as she loved Queen Margaery, she wanted to go home, to go to Winterfell. But that was a dream, and nothing more, she knew, because Robb was dead, because the wildlings controlled Winterfell, because she was carrying Joffrey's bastard, and as horrible as the King was, he would never let Sansa leave with his child. "He's going to show them the same mercy he showed my father."

At that, Margaery smiled; she had a mischievous look in her eyes. "Don't be silly, your family is perfectly safe. Did you think it was an accident that Joffrey is accompanying Ser Bronn and my father to engage Stannis and the false Targaryen? The Lord Tyrion has gone out to meet Bran, and when they return to King's Landing, he will be negotiating with the Hand and myself. Trust me, your brother is safe." She smiled, then touched the small bump in Sansa's belly. "And do not worry for your child; I have a feeling your child will be very important someday, what your father was for King Robert. After all, every Baratheon needs a Stark."

The Queen meant well, and Sansa appreciated that about her, but nonetheless she still could not relax, no matter how much she tried. Her life had not been very pleasant since coming to King's Landing years before, and reason would say that the worst days were behind her, yet she was not able to shake the feeling that things were not going to go well. She hoped her child would bring her some happiness in life, like the Queen Mother claimed. It may be a bastard, and Joffrey may be the father, but I will not let her child grow up to be a monster like Joffrey, but a true gallant knight, like in the stories.

As they sat in silence, the Queen eating lemon cakes, Sansa deep in thought, a knock came on the door; the Queen's handmaiden - what was her name, Mylisa? - announced that the Lord Baelish was outside. "Send him in," the Queen ordered.

"Thank you for letting me just waltz in unexpectedly, Your Grace, my lady," he said when he entered. "I just wanted to wish you two luck with the negotiations and rebuilding this city. Oh, and farewell as well."

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"Farewell, my lord?" the Queen asked, puzzled. "You just returned from your trip to Riverrun three days ago; what matter could be so pressing that you must leave King's Landing so soon?"

"The finances of the Crown, Your Grace," Littlefinger countered. "The Imp told me that when I was in the Vale, installing Lord Harrold - curse him, that traitor - well, representatives of the Iron Bank came here about the loans we owe, and piracy, and other economic matters. As Master of Coin, the Hand thought it best I journey to Braavos myself, and deal with these bankers, soothe their worries."

The Queen nodded. "Very well, then. We bid you safe travel, and may the Seven guide you and make your journey fruitful."

With a gleam in his eye, the Master of Coin nodded. "Fruitful? Yes, I am sure of it." His smile fading, he turned to Sansa. "My lady, I have a message from your mother at Riverrun."

Sansa looked at him, almost speechless; she had not heard news about her mother in the longest time, and feared the worst. "From....from my mother? Is she alright? When can I see her?"

Littlefinger laughed. "She is just fine, my dear. Mourning your brother's death has put her in a melancholy disposition, but she is most eager to see her other children, yourself especially. Cat told me she would join Bran when he reached Riverrun, so she is probably on her way at this very moment." For a few more minutes, he conversed with them, giving the Queen details about the Crown's ledgers for when he was away, especially when it came to paying for the city's reconstruction and recompensing the smallfolk for their belongings in full, done at Sansa's insistence, before departing. "I do have a ship to catch, and Braavosi sailors have a reputation for being very impatient, and I would rather not chance testing its validity."

As he left, another messenger came to the door. "Excuse me, Your Grace, my lady, the Queen is requested in the throne room; Prince Oberyn of House Martell has arrived in King's Landing, and requests an audience immediately."

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The Seven Kings:
1. Joffrey Baratheon, King on the Iron Throne
2. Stannis Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands
3. Renly Baratheon, Lord of the Stormlands (deceased)
4. Robb Stark, King in the North and of the Trident (deceased). Succeeded by Eddard Stark, Son of Robb Stark (infant)...in-game, merely claimants
5. Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Isles (invading the North)
6. Mance Rayder, The Free Folk King in the North (holds the North and Beyond-the-Wall)
7. Aegon Targaryen, King in Griffin's Roost

Other important lords:
1. Mace Tyrell, Lord of the Reach.
2. Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne
3. Harrold Hardying, Lord of the Vale
4. Oberyn Martell, Lord of Plankytown
5. Petyr Baelish, Master of Coin
6. Bran Stark, Lord Regent of the North
 

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Littlefinger going to see the Iron Bank? Don't tell me he is one of the nine kings. Surprising but kinda disappointing. I can't see him going to war for the Iron Throne; he is the puppeteer, not the warrior. I'm excited to see what Oberyn wants. Can't be good news for Joffrey. Also, Margaery is just being kind to Sansa, but the idea that Sansa's child would be like her father was to Robert for Joffrey's kid is hilarious. If either kid takes after Joffrey, more wars are in Westeros' future.