A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) Chapter 38 Summary

George R. R. Martin

Chapter 38 Summary

Tyrion waits outside King's Landing for Prince Doran Martell and his retinue to arrive. He is accompanied by his squire, Podrick Payne, Ser Bronn, and other lords. Pod and Bronn are the first to notice that there is no litter carrying gouty Prince Doran Martell with the Dornish. In his place, Prince Doran has sent his second brother, Prince Oberyn, the Red Viper. Tyrion recalls that Oberyn gained his nickname when he fought a duel over a woman. When the duel ended, both men were cut, but Oberyn had fought with a poisoned blade and his rival died. After, he went to fight as a mercenary across the Narrow Sea. He also forged six links in a maester's chain before growing bored of the Citadel. Oberyn arrives with eight powerful Dornish lords as well as his paramour, Ellaria Sand, a bastard born woman. Tyrion reflects that Oberyn alone might be enough to start a war between the Lannisters, the Tyrells, and Dorne. Oberyn explains that he has come to King's Landing in search of justice. His sister, Elia, and her infant children were killed in the sack of King's Landing, and everyone knows that Ser Gregor Clegane killed her. However, the Red Viper announces that he also intends to bring justice to the man that gave Clegane the order to kill Elia and her children. Tyrion warns Oberyn that if he intends to harm Tywin, he will lose his life.