Tower of the Hand

Book 2, Chapter 55.
Cersei has Alayaya apprehended, believing that she is Tyrion's whore. Tyrion tells Cersei that a day will come when she feels safe and happy but he will turn her joy to ashes in her mouth.
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Podrick dresses Tyrion for dinner with Cersei. On the way to her chambers, Varys gives him a scroll reporting the deaths of Bran and Rickon.1 Tyrion says he will tell Cersei. He gives Cersei the note, and they prepare to eat. There is still no word from Bitterbridge. Cersei thinks Petyr might have betrayed them to Stannis, but Tyrion points out that those two would not get on well at all. Lady Tanda has asked leave to return to Stokeworth; she will be refused. The talk turns to the clanmsen, then Antler Men, then Varys, and finally Sandor. Varys told Cersei that Tyrion means for Sandor to lead sorties rather than guard the king. Tyrion says he needs both him and Ser Balon, and that Ser Osmund and Ser Meryn can guard the king. He says Joffrey must be seen on the walls so his men will fight more fiercely. He will not take part in the fighting and will be well guarded. Tyrion says he will release Lord Gyles as well, as a gesture of good faith. Cersei starts to become more threatening, and finally reveals that she has Tyrion's whore. She is sick of his scheming and accuses him of trying to get Joffrey killed so he can rule through Tommen. She does not plan to kill him though, as Jaime would never forgive her. Instead, she will hold his whore hostage. Cersei has Osney and Osfryd bring her in. To Tyrion's relief, it is Alayaya and not Shae; Cersei fell for the decoy. Tyrion plays along and acts concerned, and Cersei says she will be exchanged for Tommen after the battle so long as no harm comes to Joffrey. Tyrion threatens to harm Tommen if anything happens to Alayaya, and Cersei tries to slap him but Tyrion grabs her wrist and shoves her to the floor. He says he will make her pay for this, that a day will come when she thinks she is safe and happy and he will turn her joy to ashes in her mouth. He leaves then and returns to his chambers, where he is surprised to find Shae waiting for him. Varys brought her through some hidden passages. She was blindfolded, but she is able to describe one portion of the passage where she got a look at a dragon mosaic on the floor. Tyrion searches for the door to the passage, but cannot find it. Shae tries to arouse him, but it is no use. He tells her to go to sleep and then stays up listening to her breathe.


Active Characters

  1. Osfryd Kettleblack - He is tall with a hooked nose, dark hair, and a dark beard.
  2. Osney Kettleblack - He is tall with a hooked nose and dark hair.


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