"I do not fear Gregor Clegane," Sir Loras said haughtily.
Ned eased himself slowly back onto the hard iron seat of Aegon's misshapen throne. His eyes searched the facesalong the wall. "Lord Beric," he called out. "Thoros of Myr. Sir Gladden. Lord Lothar." The men named stepped forward one by one. "Each of you is to assemble twenty men, to bring my word to Gregor's keep. Twenty of my own guards shall go with you. Lord Beric Dondarrion, you shall have the command, as befits your rank."
The young lord with the red-gold hair bowed. "As you command, Lord Eddard."
Ned raised his voice, so it carried to the far end of the throne room. "In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, by the word of Eddard of the House Stark, his Hand, I charge you to ride to the westlands with all haste, to cross the Red Fork of the Trident under the king's flag, and there bring the king's justice to the false knight Gregor Clegane, and to all those who shared in his crimes.