Chapter 13 Summary
The Soiled Knight, Ser Arys Oakheart of the Kingsguard, walks through the streets of Sunspear in disguise. Since the Red Viper's death, the Dornish have attacked outsiders, especially those from King's Landing. Arys feels uncomfortable without his white cloak, but reassures himself that he is still a member of the Kingsguard. All thoughts of duty and honor flee his mind when he arrives and meets Princess Arianne Martell, who is naked but for a snake wound around her arm. They make love. Afterward, he tries to break off their relationship but cannot. She, meanwhile, tries to convince him to support Myrcella over Tommen. In Dorne, the oldest child, rather than the oldest son, inherits. At first, Arys refuses. It is no more than Prince Doran would have him do, since he has told Arys the plans to move Myrcella to the Water Gardens to protect her from the Dornes that would crown her and start a war. However, when she confesses that her father means for her younger brother, Quentyn, to inherit his power, Arys is overcome and declares that he will support her in all things. The first thing that Arianne wants is for Arys to help her crown Myrcella.