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Tyrion requests a trial by combat

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Tyrion Lannister: Is this how justice is done in the Vale? you accuse me of crimes, I deny them, so you throw me in a cell to freeze and starve? Where is the King’s Justice? I’m accused and demand a trial.

Lysa Arryn: If you’re tried and found guilty, then by the king’s own laws you will pay with your life.

Tyrion Lannister: I understand the law.
Lysa Arryn: We have no executioner in the Eyrie. Life is more elegant here. Open the Moon Door.

Several men begin unwinding a giant crank on one side of the room. In between Tyrion and the raised throne is what looks like a well. The well’s floor begins to open and wind comes howling through. Robin begins giggling and rapidly clapping his hands. Tyrion looks down and sees that it’s a great distance through this Moon Door to the ground, he would inevitably die if he had to go out this “door”.

Lysa Arryn: You want a trial, my Lord Lannister. Very well. My son will listen to whatever you have to say, and you will hear his judgement. Then you will leave, by one door or the other.

Tyrion Lannister: No need to bother Lord Robin. I demand a trial by combat.

Subdued laughter fills the room, Catelyn and Lysa exchange looks.

Lysa Arryn: You have that right.

Knight 1: My lady, I beg the honor. Let me be your champion.

Knight 2: The honor should be mine. For the love I bore your lord husband let me avenge his death.

Knight 3: I’ll fight for you, my Lady.

Knight 4: It’ll be my honor.

Knight 5: The honor should be mine.

Robin Arryn: Make the bad man fly!

Lysa Arryn: Ser Vardis… You’re quiet. Did you want to avenge my husband?

Ser Vardis: With all my heart, my Lady. But the Imp is half my size. It would be shameful to slaughter such a man and call it justice.

Tyrion Lannister: Agreed.

Lysa Arryn: You demanded a trial by combat.

Tyrion Lannister: Now I demand a champion. I have that right, same as you.

Ser Vardis: My Lady, I would gladly fight the Imp’s champion for you.

Tyrion Lannister: I wouldn’t be too glad, ser. I name my brother, Jaime Lannister.

The room shudders.

Lysa Arryn: The Kingslayer is hundreds of miles from here.

Tyrion Lannister: Send a raven for him, I’m happy to wait.

Lysa Arryn: The trial will be today.

Tyrion Lannister: Do I have a volunteer?

Again, the majority of the room laughs quietly.

Tyrion Lannister: Anyone?… Anyone?

Lysa Arryn: I think that we can assume that no one is willing –

Bronn: I’ll stand for the dwarf.

Behind the Scenes

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The Eyrie

The Eyrie is the principal stronghold of House Arryn. It straddles the top of a peak in the Mountains of the Moon several thousand feet above the valley floor. Those who would approach the Eyrie must proceed in single file, making them very vulnerable to archers. For these reasons, the Eyrie is considered impregnable.


Intriguing Dialogue


Catelyn Stark

Tyrion Lannister

Lysa Arryn

Robin Arryn

Vardis Egen



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