How is King Joffrey taking the news? Tyrion asked with a certain black amusement.
Cersei has not seen fit to tell him yet, Lord Tywin said. "She fears he might insist on marching against Renly himself."
With what army? Tyrion asked. "You don't plan to give him this one, I hope?"
He talks of leading the City Watch, Lord Tywin said.
If he takes the Watch, he'll leave the city undefended, Sir Kevan said. "And with Lord Stannis on Dragonstone... "
Yes. Lord Tywin looked down at his son. "I had thought you were the one made for motley, Tyrion, but it would appear that I was wrong."
Why, Father, said Tyrion, "that almost sounds like praise." He leaned forward intently. "What of Stannis? He's the elder, not Renly. How does he feel about his brother's claim?"
His father frowned. "I have felt from the beginning that Stannis was a greater danger than all the others combined. Yet he does nothing. Oh, Varys hears his whispers. Stannis is building ships, Stannis is hiring sellswords, Stannis is bringing a shadowbinder from Asshai. What does it mean? Is any of it true?" He gave an irritated shrug. "Kevan, bring us the map."
Sir Kevan did as he was bid. Lord Tywin unrolled the leather, smoothing it flat.