“My father was called Ned too,” she said.
“I know. I saw him at the Hand’s tourney. I wanted to go up and speak with him, but I couldn’t think what to say.” Ned shivered beneath his cloak, a sodden length of pale purple. “Were you at the tourney? I saw your sister there. Ser Loras Tyrell gave her a rose.
“She told me.” It all seemed so long ago.

–Arya VIII, A Storm of Swords

(Happy birthday Celia ♥)


What they say to you before going off to battle…

Robb – Robb would hide his fear behind smiles and jokes. Just before leaving he would probably kiss your head and promise to come home to you. “Should I die…move on, love another…be happy.”

Theon – Theon wouldn’t let you see his fear either. He would laugh and smile arrogantly, joking about how “no one can beat the kraken.” “I’ll bring you back a souvenir.”

Ramsay – Ramsay would never go to battle unless he was certain he would win. He would show his arrogance and kiss you roughly on the mouth before leaving, “Time to go hunting, Darling, don’t stay up.”

Jaime – Jaime is a knight…a warrior…he doesn’t fear going into battle, or even dying. It’s the only thing he knows how to do…how to be. “Don’t worry, I’m the Kingslayer, they’ll be too busy talking behind my back to lift a sword.”

Oberyn – Simply, “Today is not the day I die,” and “I won’t leave you alone in this world. Never.”

Arthur – Arthur wouldn’t promise you anything, never one to be overly confident knowing death comes for everyone. Instead, he would kiss you passionately and promise to do his best to come back to you.

Jon – Jon would hold you close the night before and do his best to reassure you. Telling you over and over that it would all end up as it should. He wouldn’t let you see him worried because he needs your strength to be strong, “Look out for Ghost. He’ll be our white flag waving us home.”

Ned – Ned would be completely honest with you. He would tell you what could happen, the outcomes on both the win and lose side. “I love you,”

Joffrey – Joffrey would talk himself up, pretending as if no one could best him. “I’m the King! The rightful King! No one will dare lift their hand to me! And if they do…my Hound will take care of them.”

Stannis (my sister wanted this one lol) – “Watch after my daughter,” with a  stiff nod and a small “eyes soften” moment before turning around awkwardly and leaving the room.

JonTargaryen: King from birth.

OK so, by the time Ned got to the Tower of Joy the Mad King and Rhaegar Targaryen were dead. The king’s guard where ordered to protect Lyanna and the unborn Jon. King’s guards only protect the the King and his royal family. The bebe was the heir to the Iron Throne.  Ser Arthur Dayne was a bad-ass kings guard.  Ned was like “ You are like the badest-ass kings guard why where you here and not protecting your king/future king? huh?”  

The King’s guards were protecting their king! As Jon once born should have been KING! 

Side note: Do you remember in season 1. When someone asked Ned who he considered the rightful heir to the Iron Throne? Do you remember that he hesitated!? Ned knew that Jon had a better claim to the Iron Throne than both Stannis and Reny!  

Omg what IF Ned never made it to the ToJ so Arthur Dayne takes lil baby Jon to Starfall and he and Ashara work on raising him (because Arthur obviously won’t be staying in the Kingsguard with Rhaegar dead–he would NOT serve the Usurper) and Arthur is always sad because he sees so much of the prince he served in the little wolf pup that basically runs the household–Jon’s got everyone wrapped around his fingers from the get-go–but he can’t tell him until it’s time.

Jon knows his “father” served the Targaryens, and has a fascination with Rhaegar Targaryen and the tragedy of The Last Dragon and his demise. His Aunt Ashara has very pretty eyes and he wished he had such violet eyes (the thought makes Arthur’s heart hurt, but he’s glad the boy does not look anything like his real father).

One day, when Jon is about ten, Robert Baratheon rides south to Starfall to try and get Arthur to serve in the Kingsguard. Jon is so disgusted and angry that the usurper would try and ask his father to serve him that he tries to run him through with his wooden practice sword. Arthur is amused, as is Robert (“He’ll swing a sword like you, someday.” “One can only hope.”)

Things are quiet around Starfall for a few more years, until Jon turns seventeen and Ned Stark arrives on their doorstep. He and Ashara exchange awkward greetings, and Arthur seems on edge the entire time.

When a youth with wild, curly dark hair and warm brown eyes enters the hall where the adults are talking, Ned’s heart almost stops. He’s looking at the face of a Stark–specifically, the face of his dead sister. Arthur has a lot of explaining to do, and by the time he’s done, Ned understands why he did what he did.

“He’ll have to fight someday,” Ned remarks. “It won’t be easy.”

“It never has been, though, has it?” Arthur muses as the boy he considers a son leaves the hall with a sword at his hip, his hand resting on the hilt with an easy countenance that he had seen so many times before but in a different man.

I have seen a number of people say Ned Dayne was named after Ned Stark and I am curious. I’m not having a go at anybody, I’m just genuinely wondering about it. I never came to that conclusion when reading the books. When I think about it, I don’t link the names.

GRRM seems to add or change a letter to modern names to make them sound medieval. To me, Eddard is his version of Edward and Edric is a variation on Eric. I don’t see those as being similar. The nickname is of course the same, with both being Ned so I suppose if that evolved early it adds to the argument of it being linked to Ned Stark.

I’m not sure how coherent I’m being but I do find the name stuff interesting. I can find plenty of headcanon parallels between the two characters even though we do not see Ned Dayne on the page much. If anybody wants to enlighten me on the theory behind the naming after I am interested.


→  A Game of Thrones // Catelyn II  ♔ 

That was the only time in all their years that Ned had ever frightened her. 
“Never ask me about Jon,” he said, cold as ice. “He is my blood, and that is all you need to know. And now I will learn where you heard that name, my lady,” She had pledged to obey; she told him; and from that day on, the whispering had stopped, and Ashara Dayne’s name was never heard in Winterfell again.