In the dream his friends rode with him, as they had in life.
Proud Martyn Cassel, Jory’s father; faithful Theo Wull; Ethan Glover, who had been Brandon’s squire; Ser Mark Ryswell, soft of speech and gentle of heart; the crannogman, Howland Reed; Lord Dustin on his great red stallion.
Ned had known their faces as well as he knew his own once, but the years leech at a man’s memories, even those he has vowed never to forget.
In the dream they were only shadows, grey wraiths on horses made of mist.
They were seven, facing three.
In the dream as it had been in life. Yet these were no ordinary three.
They waited before the round tower, the red mountains of Dorne at their backs,their white cloaks blowing in the wind.
And these were no shadows; their faces burned clear, even now.
Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, had a sad smile on his lips.
The hilt of the greatsword Dawn poked up over his right shoulder.
Ser Oswell Whent was on one knee, sharpening his blade with a whetstone.
Across his white-enameled helm, the black bat of his House spread its wings.
Between them stood fierce old Ser Gerold Hightower, the White Bull, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
I looked for you on the Trident, Ned said to them.
We were not there, Ser Gerold answered.
Woe to the Usurper if we had been, said Ser Oswell.
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