Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?
Eddard Stark lifted his head and looked long at the weirwood, frowning, but he did not speak. He cannot see me, Bran realized, despairing. He wanted to reach out and touch him, but all that he could do was watch and listen. I am in the tree. I am inside the heart tree, looking out of its red eyes, but the weirwood cannot talk, so I can’t. Eddard Stark resumed his prayer. Bran felt his eyes fill up with tears. But were they his own tears, or the weirwood’s? If I cry, will the tree begin to weep?
(or why you should love the Starks)
the gods of her father.
You think my life is some precious thing to me?
centuryofsolitude said:What do you think the deal REALLY was with Ned's honor? Do you think he was actually so noble, or do you believe he was making up for something? Also, do you think resurrected Jon will be Azhor Ahai reborn, as opposed to Stannis? Sorry if you've answered these before.
I’m not sure I understand the question. If Ned kept strongly to his honor because he was making up for a past fault in his honor, that still makes him an honorable man. We’ve seen his POV, we know how his mind worked. There was no hypocrisy where he pretended to be faultless but truly was a disgusting person, and any time he does have a conflict of honor it tears him apart. Besides Ned’s whole conflict on whether to stand by his king or allow the murder of children (for both Dany’s assassination and for telling Robert about Cersei), there’s these quotes from his narrative:
That was his curse. Robert would swear undying love and forget them before evenfall, but Ned Stark kept his vows. He thought of the promises he made to Lyanna as she lay dying, and the price he’d paid to keep them.
Troubled sleep was no stranger to him. He had lived lies for fourteen years, yet they still haunted him at night.
Some secrets are safer kept hidden. Some secrets are too dangerous to share, even with those you love and trust.
The deceit made him feel soiled. The lies we tell for love, he thought. May the gods forgive me.
The thought of Jon filled Ned with a sense of shame, a sorrow too deep for words. If only he could see the boy again, sit and talk with him…
I mean, maybe Jaime can make himself feel better by calling Ned a hypocrite, but the fandom certainly shouldn’t. At least not for the reasons Jaime would like to believe.
Re Azor Ahai, please see my tag. But it’s certainly not Stannis. (more on this in my next answer)
You should have taken the realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King’s Landing fell. He was sitting on the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you needed to do was climb those steps yourself. Such a sad mistake.
I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but that wasn’t one of them.
Because Ned was too shy to ask Ashara Dayne to dance, so Brandon asked for him.
1.05 The Wolf and the Lion
Ahhh, Ned. Your gruff manliness was of much comfort. Pose isn’t the most original but I do like how it came out overall.
Another print for Japan Expo to go alongside my Dany one.
Because if R + L = J is true, Ned Stark managed to protect the secret of Jon’s parentage from far more politically savvy and ruthless operators, and did it so well, the secret has remained so, years after Ned’s death. Honorable does NOT equal stupid.
“Her father sighed. “Ah, Arya. You have a wildness in you, child. ‘The wolf blood,’ my father used to call it. Lyanna had a touch of it, and my brother Brandon more than a touch. It brought them both to an early grave.” Arya heard sadness in his voice; he did not often speak of his father, or of the brother and sister who had died before she was born.”
I will not dishonor Robert’s last hours on earth by shedding blood in his halls and dragging frightened children from their beds.