A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire (Book 2) Chapter 63 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 63 Summary

Daenerys decides to dress for the day as the Dothraki do, and she now wears a bell in her hair to signal her victory over the warlocks. Qarth has turned against Dany now that they realize how dangerous her dragons are. Xaro Xhoan Daxos is increasingly hostile to Dany now that she has told him she will not marry him. He has ordered her to return his gifts and to leave Qarth, warning also that the warlocks, whose magic seems to grow stronger every day, are planning to kill her. Dany does not know where to go. She reflects on the visions she saw in the House of the Undying and wonders about the meaning of the three-headed dragon. The sigil of the Targaryens is a three-headed dragon, which represents Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Regardless of where she goes, Dany must leave and she goes to the docks in search of a ship. They find none. Instead, Ser Jorah notices two men that are following her: a fat brown man and a taller white haired man carrying a staff. In the market along the docks, a man offers Dany a ornate box. He is a sorrowful man and apologizes when she opens it and unleashes the manticore within. The white-haired man kills the manticore with his staff and introduces himself and his companion, the pit fighter Strong Belwas. He is called Arstan, though Belwas calls him Whitebeard. Magister Illyrio has sent them to bring her back to Pentos and they have brought three ships with them. Dany commands them to rename the ships after Aegon the Conqueror's three dragons: Vhagar, Meraxes, and Balerion.