A Clash of Kings: Chapter Eleven to Chapter Twenty Summaries
Chapter 11 – Theon
The Myraham brings Theon safely to Pyke, ancestral seat of House Greyjoy. Pyke had once been Theon's home, before he had been taken as Eddard Stark's ward ten years ago, to ensure Balon Greyjoy's good behavior. Upon reaching shore, Theon is greeted by his uncle, Aeron Greyjoy, a solemn and religious man. Aeron brings Theon to the castle, but leaves soon thereafter.
Theon then proceeds to meet with the father he hasn't seen for years: Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands. Almost immediately, Balon admonishes Theon for dressing in velvet and silk, wondering aloud whether Theon's time with Eddard Stark has made him soft.
Theon presses on, telling his father that Robb Stark, King in the North, has sent him to Pyke to treat with him. Robb offers Balon a crown in exchange for destroying his enemies. Theon is happy with himself, claiming he put the whole idea in Robb's head, but his father doesn't take kindly to Robb's offer of a crown - what is given can be taken away. Balon Greyjoy tells Theon that he has his own plans, plans which do not involve attacking either of the two Lannister strongholds of Lannisport or Casterly Rock.
Chapter 12 – Daenerys
After the funeral pyre for her late husband, Khal Drogo, which also saw her three dragons hatch from their fossilized eggs, Daenerys decides to follow the direction the red comet is pointing in. The four remaining warriors she turns into her Queensguard: Ser Jorah Mormont, and her three blood riders, Jhogo, Aggo and Rokharo.
The comet leads them into a red wasteland; the way is tough, and many of her followers and horses start to die. Along the way, Daenerys names her three dragons: Rhaegal, Viserion and Drogon. She also discovers that her dragons only eat cooked meat.
Finally, they come upon an empty white city, where they take shelter and rest. Daenerys asks Ser Jorah about his wife, and he tells her the story of his second wife, the one who had led him to choose exile over death. After the telling of his story, Jorah says Daenerys looks like this second wife, and Daenerys realizes that Ser Jorah is in love with her.
Daenerys then sends her three bloodriders out in different directions, tasking them with scouting the surrounding land and finding other cities. Aggo and Rokharo discover nothing, but after a very long time, Jhogo returns, and he brings with him three people from the great city of Qarth: Pyat Pee the warlock, Xaro Xhoan Daxos the merchant prince and Quaithe of the Shadow.
Chapter 13 – Jon
Jeor Mormont and his two-hundred strong party are well north of the Wall. They come across yet another empty village - it has been the fourth village they had passed, and like the three before it, completely devoid of human life. The only thing they find are burned wildling remains. Mormont composes a message for Maester Aemon, who has stayed behind at Castle Black, and Sam Tarly sends the message off using a raven. When Jon rides again with Mormont, he is of the mind that if his uncle, Benjen Stark, had come across these villages during his ranging expedition, he surely would have wanted to learn the reason the villages were empty. Mormont agrees, and ominously states that someone or something might not have wanted Benjen to find out. Mormont also promises Jon that they will find whatever enemy awaits them out there; Jon wonders whether the enemy will find them first.
Chapter 14 – Arya
Yoren decides to follow the river all the way to Gods Eye, with the plan being that they get to a town sitting just on the edge of the huge lake, then sell all their belongings to hire a boat to get them across the lake. They finally make their way to the town, but find no sign of any people within. Yoren and everyone in the party search the town for a boat but find none. Arya comes to the conclusion that something scared off everyone who lived in the town, even the lord who presided over it. They make camp within the empty holdfast.
The party are sound asleep but are woken up by one of their own men's hunting horn, a warning of danger - riders are setting the town on fire. The group of riders, led by Ser Amory Loch, a bannerman to Lord Tywin Lannister, demand that Yoren opens the gates to the holdfast. After a few moments of deliberation, Yoren refuses. Ser Amory declares all of them rebels and has his men storm the holdfast walls.
Fighting ensues and Arya manages to force several of Ser Amory's men off the walls, but Yoren soon admits they have lost control of the holdfast and orders her and Gendry to lead all the other boys out, through a trapdoor under the barn. They do just that, but Arya notices the plight of the three dangerous prisoners still tied to the wagon. She overcomes the heat and smoke to throw them an axe so that they can free themselves. She then makes her way into the tunnel, which soon collapses behind her.
Chapter 15- Tyrion
The Queen and Tyrion are having a meeting with the King's small council, minus Lord Varys. Cersei is clutching a letter in her hand, furious with the letter's contents: it is a copy of the letter that Stannis Baratheon has sent out, proclaiming Joffrey and his siblings as bastards, a result of incest between Cersei and her brother, Jaime. Cersei wants to take measures to stop anyone from spreading the contents of the letter, but both Tyrion and Petyr agree that doing so will raise suspicions - it would be better to just ignore it, as Stannis has no proof. Cersei agrees to go along with that, more so when Petyr states that he will concoct a lie about Stannis and spread that rumor throughout the streets: that Stannis' daughter is actually not his daughter, but the result of his wife and court fool's coupling.
After the meeting, Tyrion goes back up to his bedchamber to be dressed by his new squire, a boy of twelve by the name of Podrick Payne. He then proceeds to meet with all the smiths of King's Landing in his private audience chamber. He orders all of them to stop whatever work they're doing, and to start forging huge steel links, for the purpose of creating a mighty chain.
Tyrion, escorted by Bronn and some of the mountain clansmen, then head off to a expensive brothel, run by Chataya. Tyrion follows Chataya's beautiful daughter, Alayaya, up to her room, where he enters a secret passage hidden at the back of her wardrobe. He climbs down the ladder and is greeted by a heavily-disguised Lord Varys. The passage ends at a stable, where Varys provides Tyrion with a cloak and horse with which he can ride to the manor where Shae currently stays undetected. Tyrion discusses the matter of Stannis with Varys, and asks Varys whether he was the one who whispered of Cersei and Jaime's bastard children to Stannis; Varys denies he did it, but then concedes that if he had done it, he surely won't admit to doing it. Tyrion states that he sometimes feel Varys is his best friend in the city, and at other times, his worst enemy. Varys replies by saying he feels the same way about Tyrion.
Chapter 16- Bran
The lords of House Stark's vassal houses are arriving at Winterfell, to celebrate the harvest feast, but also to speak about matters of import. Over the next few days, Bran not only welcomes these guests to Winterfell, but takes part in the discussion as well, if only to be present as the Prince of Winterfell. The lords discuss many things with Ser Rodrik and Maester Luwin, chief among them the predicament of Lady Donella Hornwood, who has lost both her husband and son in the ongoing war and thus has no male heir in line to take over the Hornwood lands. Lady Donella herself tells of Lord Roose Bolton's bastard gathering men at the Dreadfort; she fears the bastard is now hungry for her lands. Rodrik and Luwin promise to find a suitable suitor for Lady Donella.
One of the last representatives to arrive is Cley Cerwyn, of House Cerwyn, a boy of fourteen who has always been a friend to Bran, Robb and Rickon. Cley brings news of King Stannis' letter, the one proclaiming that King Joffrey and his siblings are the result of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister. The news of the incestuous affair stuns Bran, and appears to awaken some memory deep within him.
Later that night, Bran dreams, and his dreams finally touch on the incident that caused him to lose the use of both his legs, an incident that he hitherto had not been able to remember: he was clinging to a tower, slowly slipping, but a golden man in the sky pulls him up...then pushes him off.
Chapter 17 - Tyrion
Tyrion breaks his fast with Grand Maester Pycelle and instructs Pycelle to deliver two copies of a letter to Prince Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, via raven. While Pycelle goes off to do that, Tyrion studies the maester's potion shelves. He pulls one from one of the shelves and slips it up his sleeve. When Pycelle comes back, the Grand Maester subtly inquires as to the letters' contents, but Tyrion declines to answer.
After breakfast, Tyrion comes across Bronn, who is now captain of his personal guard. Bronn reports of the various supplicants who want an audience with Tyrion. Two are of special notice: the first being Lady Tanda wanting Tyrion to sup with her and her daughter, Lollys, as she appears to have gotten the notion that Tyrion would make the perfect consort for Lollys; the second is the case of Ser Alliser Thorne, who has come all the way to King's Landing with a rotting hand in jar. Tyrion does not care to see either of them.
Tyrion then meets with Petyr. He enquires as to whether Petyr grew close to the Tullys when he had been fostered at Riverrun as a child. Petyr states that he did, especially to the girls, Catelyn and Lysa. Tyrion then lists down several things that he is willing to offer to Lysa Arryn in exchange for her fealty and support against Renly and Stannis Baratheon: giving her Jon Arryn's killer, help in combating the increasingly greater number of mountain clan raids, arranging a betrothal between her son, Robert Arryn, and Princess Myrcella, and naming young Robert as Warden of the East. And Tyrion wants Petyr to present this offer to Lysa: in return, Petyr gets Harrenhal. Petyr agrees to the task.
After Petyr leaves, Varys arrives. And the whisperer of secrets already knows what Tyrion is up to - Prince Doran has not of yet joined any side in the war, and so Tyrion wants to bring the Prince to the Lannister cause. Tyrion states that this true, and he will offer the prince a seat on the King's small council, the killer behind the death of the Prince's sister and Prince Tommen as a ward. Varys wonders aloud how Tyrion is going to ever get Cersei to agree to part with her children but Tyrion replies that he is not going to tell Cersei. When Varys presses and says that someone might reveal the plans to Cersei before everything can fall through; Tyrion states that if that happens, the Queen's informant will then be Tyrion's enemy.
Chapter 18 – Sansa
Sansa has discovered a folded sheet of parchment beneath her pillow. In it are the words "Come to the godswood tonight, if you want to go home." She debates on whether to go, but decides not to when she sees one of the Kingsguard guarding the drawbridge that she would have to pass to get to the godswood. In the middle of the night, she wakes up to the sound of men shouting - when she looks out of the window, there is no one guarding the drawbridge. Finding a measure of resolve within her, Sansa then dons a cloak and makes her way to the godswood. In the godswood, she is surprised to see, Ser Dontos, the man whom she had saved from Joffrey's anger and who is now no longer a knight, but a court fool. Ser Dontos tells Sansa that her brave action of saving him has given him courage to live like a knight again. He then swears an oath to Sansa that he will find a way to send her back to Winterfell. After that, Sansa makes her back, only to bump into Sandor Clegane. The Hound is drunk, but he helps escort her back to the keep. On the way back, Sandor states that he will have a song out of her one day, whether she wants to sing it or not. Sansa claims that she would gladly do so, but Sandor replies that he knows she is lying and goes on by saying that the castle is full of liars, and all of them better than her.
Chapter 19 – Arya
Arya, Gendry, Hot Pie, Lommy and the young girl, who no longer cries and whom they have decided to call Weasel, have all successfully escaped from the burning holdfast. All of them have escaped unscathed except for Lommy, who received a wound in his leg during the fight. They finally summon the courage to return to the town - only to find everything broken, blackened and burned. Arya finds Yoren's body amidst the corpses of four Lannister men-at-arms; upon Arya's insistence, they all dig Yoren a grave and bury him before they leave the ruined town.
Going back the way they came seems dangerous, so they continue northward. They soon reach the outskirts of a village, and after some deliberation, agree upon a plan: Arya and Gendry will enter the village to look for food, while Hot Pie, Lommy and Weasel will wait for them to return. As the two of them make their way to the village, Gendry reveals to Arya that he's seen through her disguise and figured out that she's a girl. Arya protests and tries to deny it, but when Gendry swears that he won't reveal her secret to Lommy and Hot Pie, she eventually reveals her true identity to him.
They split up as they enter the village. Arya goes west, using the underbrush as cover. She discovers the source of the powerful stench that she smelled earlier: beside the lake, two men-at-arms stand guard over a gibbet, and every corpse on the gibbet is rotting, attracting crows and flies. Then, another man come into view, with a captive in tow; the captive turns out to be Gendry.
Arya stays hidden for a very long time, and observes enough to come to the conclusion that she cannot rescue Gendry alone. She returns to where the others are waiting and convinces a reluctant Hot Pie to help her rescue Gendry. They sneak back into the village but Hot Pie immediately gives himself up at the first sign of trouble. The two of them are soon surrounded by armored men; Arya tries to fight back, but she proves to be no match against her captors.
The men are being led by Ser Gregor Clegane, who demands that Hot Pie lead them to Lommy and Weasel. When Gregor's men arrives at the spot, only Lommy remain; Weasel is nowhere to be seen. One of the men asks Lommy where Dondarrion is; Lommy has no idea who Dondarrion is. Another man, seeing Lommy's injured leg, asks him whether he can walk; Lommy says he can't and that the man will have to carry him. The man responds by driving his spear through Lommy's throat.
Chapter 20 – Tyrion
Tyrion meets with Hallyne the Pyromancer, from the Guild of Alchemists. Hallyne shows Tyrion the many jars of wildfire the Guild stores under the hill of Rhaenys. He also informs Tyrion regarding the properties of wildfire, of how water will not quench it, or how even a little too much heat can cause the jars to blaze up of their own accord. When asked how many jars the Guild has at the moment, Hallyne states that currently they have 7840 jars, but promises they can deliver 10,000 jars to the Queen. Before Tyrion leaves, he orders Hallyne to send a few thousand of clay jars, all empty, to the captains of each of the city gates.
Tyrion then comes across Bronn, who tells him that both his sister and Ser Jacelyn Bywater both want to meet with him urgently. Tyrion decides to attend to Ser Jacelyn first.
Ser Jacelyn informs Tyrion that Ser Cleos Frey has arrived at King's Landing, with a letter offering peace terms from Robb Stark. Tyrion looks over the letter and tells Cleos that the terms will not do and that he will be speaking to his sister to come up with counter-offers for Cleos to bring back to Robb. Tyrion then tells Ser Jacelyn that the alchemists will be sending the clay jars to each of the city gates; Jacelyn is to train the men at loading and firing the spitfires with the clay jars, filled with first green paint, then lamp oil.
Tyrion returns to his chambers to treat with his sister. Cersei is furious at him - she has just discovered that Tyrion intends to have her daughter, Prince Myrcella, sent to Dorne, where she will be betrothed to Prince Doran's youngest son, Prince Trystane. When Cersei protests, claiming that he has offered Prince Doran too much, Tyrion responds by saying that, given the current war, Myrcella will be much safer in Dorne than in King's Landing.
Cersei then expresses her worries about the war, pointing out how their father, Tywin Lannister, appears to be doing nothing. Tyrion tells her that her worries are unfounded, because Tywin is well-placed - in Harrenhal, Tywin will be able to respond to any attack on King's Landing or his own army. To cheer her up, he also presents Robb Stark's peace letter to her, asking her that if they weren't winning, why would the Starks send a peace offering.
The chapter ends with Tyrion being very satisfied: not only can he feel that Cersei will now consent to Myrcella's marriage with Tyrstane, but the fact that Cersei knew about the whole affair with Prince Doran has revealed and confirmed the identity of Cersei's informer.