A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 10 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 10 Summary

Ser Davos Seaworth watches as Melisandre, Queen Selyse, and their followers burn the Seven in effigy. Representations of the Mother, the Maid, the Crone, the Smith, the Father, the Warrior, and the Stranger all burn. Afterward, Melisandre explains that years ago, Azor Ahai, beloved of the fire god, R'hllor, fought the darkness with a fiery sword, Lightbringer. Now, Stannis, clad in leather, walks into the fire and withdraws the sword. As he puts out a fire on his pants, Melisandre declares him Azor Ahai come again. Davos is disturbed by the ritual, but he thinks of all that he has received from Stannis. Though his newly proclaimed king took his fingers as punishment for his days as a smuggler, he also knighted him, made him a lord, and gave him land. Now, Davos's oldest sons are knights while the others will be in time. They are leaders aboard their own ships rather than smugglers like Davos used to be. Davos leaves the smoking gods and travels to an inn where he meets Salladhor Saan, a pirate Stannis has hired. The pirate urges Davos to convince Stannis to attack King's Landing, though this is because the pirate hopes to be paid for his service. He also explains that Azor Ahai's magic sword was forged over the course of a hundred days. It was quenched in the heart of his lover. Davos goes to Stannis and listens to the proclamation that Stannis means to send to every lord in Westeros. It declares that Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen are born of incest and that Stannis is the rightful king of Westeros. Davos will take the message along the coast and read it to the smallfolk. When Davos expresses disapproval of Melisandre, Stannis explains that she seems to have real power. He means to test it and use it.