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A Clash of Kings Chapter 21

By George R.R. Martin

Chapter 21

Tyrion V

  • Tyrion travels deep beneath the Guildhall of the Alchemists.
  • Hallyne the Pyromancer shows Tyrion jars of wildfire, a substance that will burn basically anything—apparently, the alchemists have been discovering stockpiles of the stuff left all over the city, having been created for the late Mad King.
  • Hallyne says Cersei commissioned ten thousand jars, and the alchemist believes they can meet that goal.
  • After leaving the hall, Tyrion is summoned by Cersei. On the way, he learns Ser Cleos has arrived with peace terms from Robb.
  • Tyrion takes the peace terms to look over and sends Cleos to hang out until he needs him.
  • Traveling in his palanquin, he hears street-side prophets proclaiming the suffering of King's Landing as retribution for a corrupt city and court.
  • At the Tower of the Hand, Cersei accosts Tyrion over planning to send Myrcella to Dorne. Tyrion argues she'll be safer in Dorne than in a city about to go to war, though.
  • Cersei cries, and Tyrion tries to comfort her, pointing out their father is doing everything he can to protect them and win the war.
  • Tyrion hands her the letter from Ser Cleos. He senses Myrcella will now be sent to Dorne, and he also knows who Cersei's informant is as a bonus.