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Tending to Ser Hugh’s body

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King’s Landing, Ned Stark arrives at the grounds where the Tourney of the Hand will take place. He enters a tent where Ser Hugh (deceased) is being tended to, he enters to speak with Barristan.

Eddard Stark: Does Ser Hugh have any family in the capital?

Barristan Selmy: No. I stood vigil for him myself last night. He had no one else.

Eddard Stark: He’d never worn this armor before.

Barristan Selmy: Bad luck for him… Going against the Mountain.

Eddard Stark: Who determines the draw?

Barristan Selmy: All the knights draw straws, Lord Stark.

Eddard Stark: Aye… But who holds the straws? You’ve done good work, Sisters.

Ned and Barristan both exit the tent and begin walking.

Barristan Selmy: Life is strange. Not so many years ago we fought as enemies at the Trident.

Eddard Stark: I’m glad we never met on the field, Ser Barristan… as is my wife. I don’t think the widow’s life would suit her.

Barristan Selmy: You’re too modest. I’ve seen you cut down a dozen great knights.

Eddard Stark: My father once told me you were the best he’d ever seen. I never knew the man to be wrong about matters of combat.

Barristan Selmy: He was a fine man, your father. What the Mad King did to him was a terrible crime.

Eddard Stark: And that lad… He was a squire until a few months ago. How could he afford a new suit of armor?

Barristan Selmy: Perhaps Lord Arryn left him some money? I hear the King wants to joust today.

Eddard Stark: Yes. That will never happen.

Barristan Selmy: Robert tends to do what he wants.

Eddard Stark: If the King got what he wanted all the time, we’d still be fighting a damned rebellion.

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King’s Landing

King's Landing is the capital, and largest city, of the Seven Kingdoms. It is located on the east coast of Westeros, overlooking Blackwater Bay. It is the site of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep, the seat of the King.


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