the starks + those they (attempt to) protect (ned & jon, catelyn & brienne, sansa & robert, jon & sam, arya & gendry and hot pie)
“A thousand years before the Conquest, a promise was made, and oaths were sworn in the Wolf’s Den before the old gods and the new. When we were sore beset and friendless, hounded from our homes and in peril of our lives, the wolves took us in and nourished us and protected us against our enemies. The city is built upon the land they gave us. In return we swore that we should always be their men. Stark men!” - Wylla Manderly, A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 19
Sam was reading about the White Walkers again. He
did not know how long it had been since last he’d slept.
One more folio, just one more. One more page, then I’ll go up and rest
and get a bite to eat. But there was always another page after that one,
and another after…
He had to
said the glum voice of Dolorous Edd
“I was coming to fetch you. I was told to bring you to the Lord
wants to see me?”
“As soon as
he is done with the Wildling girl.“
Sam left his friends and made his way toward Jon Snow’s chambers.
was leaving as he arrived
wrong? How are the babes?”
Gilly pulled loose from him. “They’re good,
the two of them it’s a wonder you can sleep. Which one was it that I heard
crying last night? I thought he’d never stop.”
little prince. Mine … mine hardly ever cries.” Her eyes filled with tears.
"I have to go. It’s past time that I fed them.” Gilly rushed out and he entered Jon’s chamber.
You’re here” Jon said.
"I saw Gilly leaving. She was almost
sending Gilly away.”
Sam bobbed his head. “Well,
that’s … that’s good. It would be the best thing for her, to go somewhere
warm and safe.”
you found anything about the White Walkers in your books?”
yet, my lord, but it may be that I’ve just been reading the wrong books. There
are hundreds I have not looked at yet. Give me more time.”
is no more time.” Jon sounded
sad. “You need to get your things together, Sam. You’re going with
with old Maester Aemon”
“But he is
one hundred and two years old…”
life will be at risk. I am aware of that, Sam, but the risk is greater here. King
Stannis knows who Aemon is. If the red woman requires his royal blood for her
Sam paled. “But you need me here.”
Night’s Watch has hundreds of men who can loose an arrow, but only a handful
who can read or write. I need you to become my new maester. Study at the
Citadel …they make you cut up corpses there.”
Aemon is old and blind. His strength is leaving him. Who will take his place
when he dies? You’ll go to the Citadel and forge a chain, and if you have to
cut up corpses, so be it.”
morning, Sam, Gilly and old Aemon
Targaryen had to leave.
looked frightened and timid when she whispered something to Jon.
There was some promise he had to make. Sam didn’t understand.
the old, blind Aemon looked up to Jon.
to give my lord one last piece of counsel, the same counsel that I once gave my
brother when we parted for the last time. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is
almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”
A Feast for Crows Chapter 5 (Samwell I) - abridged
Now listen to me! The old man is the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. You’ll be with him day and night. Yes, you’ll clean his clothes. But you’ll also take his letters, attending him at meetings, squire for him in battle. You’ll know everything, be part of everything. And he asked for you himself! He wants to groom you for command!