A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5) Chapter 2 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 2 Summary

Daenerys Targaryen (Dany) sits on an ebon bench, her throne in Meereen, surrounded by her supporters. Irri and Jhiqui, her Dothraki handmaids, address her as "khaleesi" and advise against touching the dead man being brought to her. Ser Barristan Selmy of Westeros, who addresses Dany as "Your Grace," points out that she does not have to be there. Grey Worm, the leader of her freed Unsullied troops, lowers his torch to show Dany her fallen soldiers, murdered by the Sons of the Harpy, Meereenese that object to Dany's conquest. After, Barristan announces that the Unsullied are unsuited for unraveling secrets. Dany reflects that Daario Naharis and his Stormcrows might do better, but she has sent them to Lhazar in the hopes of reopening trade routes. She summons Reznak mo Reznak and Skahaz Shavepate, a meeting that demands she wear a tokar, a wrap-around garment that signifies that the wearer is a master rather than a slave. She wears the garment reluctantly so that the people of Meereen will not look at her as a barbarian. Even Brown Ben Plumm of the Second Sons advises her to do so. Dany hopes to win over the Meereeenese, however much she despises them for their enslaving of others. Renzak and the Shavepate explain that the families of the old slavers are plotting in their pyramids. Skahaz argues that their blood must pay for the shed blood of Dany's followers. Reznak, whom Dany distrusts, suggests that such actions will only bring destruction. Dany holds court and listens as a representative of King Cleon of Astapor invites Dany to join Cleon in an invasion of Yunkai. Next, Hizdahr zo Loraq approaches, asking for Dany's permission to reopen the fighting pits. She denies him. Others come seeking compensation for lost sheep that Dany's dragons—Viserion, Rhaegal, and Drogon—have eaten. The last man brings bones as well, but not of sheep. They are the burnt bones of a child, killed by Drogon.