Lady Elspeth Blackfish frowned, how dare the king imprison her, like some common peasant, and after all her family had done to protect the king’s family, during the last rebellion. That man has no honour, she thought to herself. Surveying her surroundings she realised that she was not being held in some common dungeon, but a high lord’s guest chamber within the Red Keep itself, perhaps her overnight stay may not be as uncomfortable as she first thought. Her mind wondered off into thinking why Lady Iris Dannett chose to reveal herself on the final night of the tourney and how she could think of accusing House Blackfish of the murder of her brother, Adham.
Lady Elspeth looked around the room and was grateful for the company she had at that moment. Over by the fireplace paced Ser Ethan Sehawke, knight of House Blackfish’s banner house, a hint of anger at his lady’s imprisonment, showing upon on his face. Ser Ethan is a brave, but somewhat reckless knight, who never thinks twice about defending her honour. Stood on the opposite side of the fireplace, Ser Robert Hogg paints a different picture of an anointed knight, ageing and somewhat rounded about the middle, the jovial knight takes his drinking and whoring, as seriously as his killing. However she remembered the final departing words of her mother, “Elspeth you will have need of Ser Robert before the end, don’t ever forget that”. Also in the room is Tygor Wyl, the hedge knight from Dorne, who upon revealing his true identity swore fealty to House Blackfish; Bowen Farmer a faithful servant of her house; Victor Mallory, one of Ser Roberts hired hands; Jeremy Mantlet, former squire to Ser Robert, now come of age and a hedge knight in his own right; Neil Rivers, bastard son of Ser Robert and his new squire and finally there’s Sally, her maid, whom she suspects might be a little more intelligent and cunning than she initially gave her credit for.
“Lady Elspeth” a voice spoke to her, “My Lady”. She shook herself out of her daydreaming, realising that stood before her was Bowen. “My Lady, there are some strange noises coming from the other side of the door”. Shaking herself from her torpor, she stood and motioned for her men to be ready for anything, noticing that Ser Ethan was already close to the door, sword in hand. Suddenly the door burst open and in strode two men she instantly recognised, Donnal Hardy and Lonas, two members of her bodyguard, assigned by her liege lord, Mace Tyrell. Donnal strode purposely over to her and she could not help but notice the fresh blood dripping from his and Lonas’s swords “My Lady, come quickly, we have to get you out of here, fell deeds have been committed this night and your safety is no longer guaranteed by the king”. Brushing away her questions for more information, Donnal and Lonas escorted her to the door of the chamber.
On reaching the door she gasped, lying on the floor in the corridor were several bodies, all draped in gold cloaks. How dare the king only protect her with mere gold cloaks she mused and then noticed that the rest of her bodyguard Ryken, Gerrard, Olthar and Aester were all present, swords drawn and dripping with blood. Forming a protective ring around her, they moved down the corridor, descending a flight of steps and into the courtyard of the Red Keep, the rest of her retinue warily following. The courtyard of the keep, strewn with the bodies of dead men, proved eerily quiet, though the sounds of sword on sword could be heard in the far distance. Fell deeds were indeed being committed this night and within the king’s own keep, she could not help but notice that the dead men wore a combination of gold cloaks, red cloaks (Lannister’s the queens own guard), and the symbol of House Arryn, the king’s hand.
She crossed the courtyard, hemmed in by her ever watchful bodyguard, who led her through a door on the far wall, where they picked up flaming torches and led her on a deep descent into the myriad of tunnels that lie beneath the Red Keep. The journey down was long and uneventful and eventually the descent stopped and she made her way forward through a long dark tunnel, water glistening on the roof. Finally after what seemed an age she began her ascent and then she smelt it, fresh air ahead, the tunnel opened into a wood and there in front of her stood fifteen men on horseback, swords drawn. This was it she thought, captured again.
Then she realised that these men all wore the same uniform, that which her bodyguard wore, it seems as though there is more to Donnal than meets the eye, she mused. Donnal spoke “My Lady, we are in the Kingswood, the tunnel has taken us under the Black Water Rush. These men are members of my company; we have a camp just inside the Kingswood.” At that moment the sound of horses being ridden hard could be distinctly heard and out of the woods ride a party of over twenty men, the leader of which dismounts and speaks to Donnal. He nods to the man and sends him over to address Lady Blackfish. “My Lady, Donnal begs me to give you my report. We have rescued your Maester from the Conclave; he is with my men over yonder. That is not all, on our way out of Kings Landing we picked up grave news, the king’s hand, John Arryn is dead.” Again the sound of horses ridden hard interrupts the man’s report and another twenty plus riders enters the small clearing. The leader dismounts and begins to walk to Donnal, but he motions that the man should pass on his report to Lady Blackfish. The man approaches “My Lady, we have rescued as much from the tourney grounds as we could, we burnt the rest. It was not easy obtaining bodies that looked like you and your retinue, but after the fire it will be difficult to tell anything other than maybe the sex and rough build.” Too much information at once, what is going on here, something stirs and Lady Elspeth Blackfish is being dragged along with its momentum.
|Lady Elspeth Blackfish||Heir to House Blackfish||Ben Miller|
|Ser Robert Hogg||Master of Arms – House Blackfish||Nathan Phillips|
|Sally||Maid to Lady Elspeth Blackfish||Danny Herbert|
|Bowen Farmer||Retainer – House Blackfish||Lucy Forrester|
|Victor Mallory||Hedge Knight – House Blackfish||Shane Mitchell|
|Jeremy Mantlet||Hedge Knight(ex squire) – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Erryk Rudolfus||Maester – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Ser Ethan Seahawke||Anointed Knight – House Seahawke||Narrator|
|Michael Kraft||Hedge Knight – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Neil Rivers||Squire – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Tygor Wyl||Hedge Knight – House Wyl of Dorne||Narrator|
|Mary Hen||Servant – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Donnal Hardy||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Ryken||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Gerrard||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Lonas||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Olthar||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
|Aester||Mercenary – House Blackfish||Narrator|
KILLED IN ACTION (Or those who did not quite make it)
|Bert Woods||Servant, killed in ambush on way to Kings Landing|
|Gilbert Roose||Squire to Ser Ethan Seahawke, killed by the Grey Men|
|Ser Joris Landseer||Anoited Knight, killed by the Fox Knight|
|Lord Clayton Archay||The Fox Knight, killed by Victor Mallory|
|Adham Dannett||Heir to House Dannett, poisoned by Lady Elspeth Blackfish|
|Lord Bryn Blackfish||Heir to House Blackfish fell to his death while climbing|
|Ser Gennady Shanin||Anoited Knight killed by Tygor Wyl in the Grand Melee|
|Iris Laneer||Whore of Ser Robert, mother of Neil Rivers, murdered|
|Rog Thanders||Merchant, murdered in Kings Landing|
|John Arryn||The Kings Hand, head of House Arryn|