The lords of the Trident keep the king's peace, Sir Raymun Darry said. "The Lannisters have broken it. We ask leave to answer them, steel for steel. We ask justice for the smallfolk of Sherrer and Wendish Town and the Mummer's Ford."
Edmure agrees, we must pay Gregor Clegane back his bloody coin, Sir Marq declared, "but old Lord Hoster commanded us to come here and beg the king's leave before we strike."
Thank the gods for old Lord Hoster, then. Tywin Lannister was as much fox as lion. If indeed he'd sent Sir Gregor to burn and pillage, and Ned did not doubt that he had, he'd taken care to see that he rode under cover ofnight, without banners, in the guise of a common brigand. Should Riverrun strike back, Cersei and her father would insist that it had been the Tullys who broke the king's peace, not the Lannisters. The gods only knew what Robert would believe.
Grand Maester Pycelle was on his feet again. "My lord Hand, if these good folk believe that Sir Gregor has forsaken his holy vows for plunder and rape, let them go to his liege lord and make their complaint. These crimesare no concern of the throne. Let them seek Lord Tywin's justice."