Tower of the Hand

Book 1, Chapter 50.
Robert has died and Eddard presents his will to Cersei, who tears it up. Eddard declares Stannis the true king and orders the City Watch to arrest Cersei, but they apprehend him instead.
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Eddard awakes to the sound of Lannister guardsmen drilling with Sandor in the yard below. He takes breakfast with Septa Mordane, Arya, and Sansa. Arya asks to have one more lesson with Syrio before leaving, and Eddard gives his assent. Pycelle comes in after breakfast to report that Robert is dead, and Eddard has him convene the small council in Eddard's solar. Ser Barristan arrives first, followed by Petyr, who says all arrangements are made, and then Varys. Varys reports that Renly and Loras left for the south early in the morning. Eddard has Ser Barristan read Robert's will and asks to be confirmed in his role as lord protector. Just then, Tomard arrives with the king's steward, who asks that the small council attend Joffrey.

Eddard, the council, Tomard, and eight members of Eddard's guard walk to the throne room. Janos Slynt meets the council at the door and escorts them in. Joffrey sits on the throne with Tommen, Myrcella, and Cersei at the base. Ser Mandon, Ser Meryn, Ser Arys, Ser Boros and Ser Preston are arrayed at the base of the throne in full armor. Sandor also guards the prince. Twenty Lannister guardsmen stand behind the throne and city watchmen are arrayed along both walls. Joffrey asks for the fealty of the council, and Eddard produces the king's letter. Cersei rips it in half and tells Eddard that if he swears fealty he will be allowed to go back to the North and live in peace. Instead, Eddard denies Joffrey's claim to the throne and declares Stannis to be the true heir. Cersei orders Ser Barristan to seize him, and Eddard orders the City Watch to take Cersei into custody. Instead, they turn on Eddard's men, killing all of them, including Tomard, Varly and Cayn. Petyr unsheathes Eddard's dagger and places it at his throat.


1.  Prologue 26.  Eddard V 51.  Arya IV
2.  Bran I 27.  Jon IV 52.  Sansa IV
3.  Catelyn I 28.  Eddard VI 53.  Jon VII
4.  Daenerys I 29.  Catelyn V 54.  Bran VI
5.  Eddard I 30.  Sansa II 55.  Daenerys VI
6.  Jon I 31.  Eddard VII 56.  Catelyn VIII
7.  Catelyn II 32.  Tyrion IV 57.  Tyrion VII
8.  Arya I 33.  Arya III 58.  Sansa V
9.  Bran II 34.  Eddard VIII 59.  Eddard XV
10.  Tyrion I 35.  Catelyn VI 60.  Catelyn IX
11.  Jon II 36.  Eddard IX 61.  Jon VIII
12.  Daenerys II 37.  Daenerys IV 62.  Daenerys VII
13.  Eddard II 38.  Bran V 63.  Tyrion VIII
14.  Tyrion II 39.  Tyrion V 64.  Catelyn X
15.  Catelyn III 40.  Eddard X 65.  Daenerys VIII
16.  Sansa I 41.  Catelyn VII 66.  Arya V
17.  Eddard III 42.  Jon V 67.  Bran VII
18.  Bran III 43.  Tyrion VI 68.  Sansa VI
19.  Catelyn IV 44.  Eddard XI 69.  Daenerys IX
20.  Jon III 45.  Sansa III 70.  Tyrion IX
21.  Eddard IV 46.  Eddard XII 71.  Jon IX
22.  Tyrion III 47.  Daenerys V 72.  Catelyn XI
23.  Arya II 48.  Eddard XIII 73.  Daenerys X
24.  Daenerys III 49.  Jon VI
25.  Bran IV 50.  Eddard XIV