Chapter 27 Summary
Eddard and the council listen as Janos Slynt, the Commander of the City Watch, lists all of the crimes that have been committed in King's Landing since the Hand's Tourney was announced. Renly wonders if Janos is capable of keeping the peace, but Janos maintains that he needs more men. Ned volunteers to supplement the City Watch with his own guard and commands Littlefinger to find more coin to fund the Watch. Ned returns to his chambers, where he has been reading Grand Maester Malleon's The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, With Descriptions of Many High Lords and Noble Ladies and Their Children. Jon Arryn had read it before he died, but Ned finds the reading slow. Why did it lead to his death? He summons Jory, and the northern captain reports on his latest investigations. Littlefinger passed on four leads for Jory to pursue, but none seem promising. Would would Stannis, King Robert's stern brother, visit a brothel with Jon Arryn? Neither man has ever been associated with such things. Ned instructs Jory to investigate the brothel, while he goes to the Street of Steel to see what else Arryn and Stannis were looking into. There, he discovers that they wanted to see Tobho Mott's apprentice, Gendry, who Ned can tell is King Robert's bastard son. Why would such a discovery lead to Arryn's death and cause Stannis to flee to his castle, Dragonstone?