And now another raven, another message. Bran clung to hope. Was the bird from Mother? Is she coming home?
The message was from Alyn in King's Landing. Jory Cassel is dead. And Wyl and Heward as well.
Murdered by the Kingslayer. Robb lifted his face to the snow, and the flakes melted on his cheeks. May the gods give them rest.
Bran did not know what to say. He felt as if he'd been punched. Jory had been captain of the household guard at Winterfell since before Bran was born.
They killed Jory? He remembered all the times Jory had chased him over the roofs.
He could picture him striding across the yard in mail and plate, or sitting at his accustomed place on the bench in the Great Hall, joking as he ate. Why would anyone kill Jory?
Robb shook his head numbly, the pain plain in his eyes.
I don't know, and...Bran, that's not the worst of it. Father was caught beneath a falling horse in the fight.
Alyn says his leg was shattered, and...Maester Pycelle has given him the milk of the poppy, but they aren't sure when...when he...
The sound of hoofbeats made him glance down the road, to where Theon and the others were coming up.
When he will wake, Robb finished. He laid his hand on the pommel of his sword then, and went on in the solemn voice of Robb the Lord.
Bran, I promise you, whatever might happen, I will not let this be forgotten.
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