Chapter 38 Summary
The Watcher, Areo Hotah, remembers his task: Serve. Protect. Obey. Prince Doran, Princess Arianne, Ellaria Sand, and the Sand Snakes watch as Maester Caleotte reveals the skull of Ser Gregor Clegane, the murderer of Princess Elia and her babes. While everyone else examines the skull, Areo studies Ser Balon Swann of the Kingsguard. He looks more dangerous than Ser Arys had been, nor does he appear tempted by Arianne. Prince Doran discusses sending Princess Myrcella, Cersei's daughter, and Prince Trystane, Doran's son, to King's Landing, though both wait at the Water Gardens. Prince Doran retreats with his family, and he decides to tell the Sand Snakes some of his plans. First, he tells them that he has heard that Cersei intends to assassinate Trystane during their journey to King's Landing. When the Sand Snakes swear to obey Doran, he gives them their orders. They will blame Ser Gerold Dayne, the Darkstar, for the death of Ser Arys Oakheart. Obara will take Ser Balon Swann after the Darkstar. Lady Nymeria will go to King's Landing to take her seat on the small council. Tyene, meanwhile, will try to get close to the new High Septon. Alone, Doran reflects to his guard that Oberyn is the only man Dorne has lost so far in the war, and he wonders whether it is to his glory or his shame. Hotah does not share his opinion. His is only to: Serve. Protect. Obey.