Chapter 42 Summary
Ser Davos watches as Stannis treats with Ser Cortnay Penrose, the castellan of Storm's End. Ser Cortnay tells Stannis that he will not yield Edric Storm, Robert's bastard, to him. Instead, he challenges Stannis to single combat. Otherwise, they can lay siege to Storm's End, one of the most powerful castles in Westeros. In fact, during Robert's rebellion against Aerys, Stannis had held Storm's End for a full year, and had only survived because Davos smuggled onions in the black of night to the garrison. For his smuggling, Davos lost the ends of his fingers, and for his heroism, he was knighted and taken into Stannis's service. Most of the lords that surround Stannis used to support Renly and now look down on Ser Davos, but Stannis talks to the Onion Knight privately after the parlay. Stannis looks haggard and he informs Ser Davos that he was sleeping when Renly was killed. Melisandre is with them, and Ser Davos mistrusts her. Now, she sleeps in Stannis's tent, so Davos keeps his thoughts to himself. Davos advises Stannis to abandon Storm's End and march on King's Landing. Stannis refuses because he will not have it said that Ser Cortnay defeated him. Melisandre has seen in her fires that Storm's End will fall. He asks Ser Davos to smuggle Melisandre beneath the castle's walls that night. He does. The red priestess tells Davos that the walls are protected by magic and so they must sail beneath them. When they arrive, she gives birth to a shadow, and Davos recognizes the shape of the man who cast the shadow.