" When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”
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"You cannot see her yet," I heard Maester Pycelle tell my husband. "She is very weak… she has lost much blood… too much."

"And who proposes to stop me?" Rhaegar demanded, fire and blood in his voice.

The door was slammed open with so much force that the noise resounded about the room. I shifted to get a better view of him. His face was red and he must have seen how pale I was because concern changed him completely, he knelt beside my bed and took my hand in both of his.

"My son," he whispered.

I gazed down at the little thing in my arms. Wrapped up in a bundle of blankets she looked even smaller. How could this tiny creature, this little one tear me apart? The bed was soaked with my blood and I felt no strength in my limbs. But as I gazed down at her, her dark eyes gazed back at me, and in that moment, I knew I would have her tear me apart a thousand times to hold her in my arms.

I glanced at Rhaegar and tears came to my eyes as I squeezed his hand weakly. “I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I’m so sorry. It’s our daughter. She’s a girl.”

Rhaegar turned to me then, his eyes fierce. He took my face in both of his hands and kissed me softly but firmly on the mouth.

"Don’t apologise for her," he told me. "Don’t apologise for our daughter. She will be as fierce as Rhaenys and as clever as Visenya. She will be a Princess of the Seven Kingdoms."

"Rhaenys," I whispered, a smile coming to my lips. "Our Rhaenys."

"Rhaenys," Rhaegar agreed.

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A Game of Thrones

When Bran Stark is in a coma after his fall, a crow appears in his dreams and tells Bran it can teach him to fly. Bran realizes it has three eyes, with the third eye full of a terrible knowledge. The crow guides him out of his coma. Bran later tells Maester Luwin of another dream, in which the three-eyed crow goes with the boy to the crypts of Winterfell, where he speaks with his sad father, Eddard Stark. Bran has the dream before finding out that Eddard has been executed in King’s Landing.

A Clash of Kings

While bannermen arrive at Winterfell for the harvest feast, Bran dreams of a weirwood with deep red eyes and a twisted wooden mouth, with the three-eyed crow in its branches.Jojen Reed tells Bran that he dreamed of a winged wolf bound in chains, with a three-eyed crow chipping at its stone chains. Jojen reveals the crow has visited him in dreams since he was a child and that it can be found beyond the Wall.

A Storm of Swords

Bran and his companions, Hodor, Meera, and Jojen Reed, decide to travel north beyond the Wall to find the three-eyed crow, whom he still dreams of.

A Dance with Dragons

With the assistance of Coldhands, Bran, Hodor, and the Reeds reach the three-eyed crow in a cave in the haunted forest. It is not an actual bird, but a man who says he was once a lord called Brynden.Bran is disappointed that the crow cannot heal his crippled legs, but Brynden promises he will teach Bran how to fly instead.

Brynden teaches Bran about greenseeing and skinchanging. He later decides it is time for Bran to take the next step and has Leaf give Bran a bowl of weirwood paste, made from seeds of weirwood, to eat in order to awaken his greenseer gifts. When Bran sees his father, Eddard, through Winterfell’s heart tree, Brynden tells Bran that he is haunted by his own ghosts, a brother that he loved, a brother that he hated, and a woman that he desired, but he knows from experience that you cannot change the past.

“Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun’s son and the mummer’s dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.”
“Reznak? Why should I fear him?” Dany rose from the pool. Water trickled down her legs, and gooseflesh covered her arms in the cool night air. “If you have some warning for me, speak plainly. What do you want of me, Quaithe?”
Moonlight shown in the woman’s eyes. “To show you the way.”
“I remember the way. I go north to go south, east to go west, back to go forward. And to touch the light I have to pass beneath the shadow.” She squeezed the water from her silvery hair. “I am half-sick of riddling. In Qarth I was a beggar, but here I am a queen. I command you-“
“Daenerys. Remember the Undying. Remember who you are.”
“The blood of the dragon.” But my dragons are roaring in the darkness. “I remember the Undying. Child of three, they called me. Three mounts they promised me, three fires, and three treasons. One for blood and one for gold and one for …”
“Your Grace?” Missandei stood in the door of the queen’s bedchamber, a lantern in her hand. “Who are you talking to?”
Dany glanced back toward the persimmon tree. There was no woman there. No hooded robe, no lacquer mask, no Quaithe.
A shadow. A Memory. No one.”

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"At the Trident, those brave men Viserys spoke of who died beneath our dragon banners - did they give their lives because they believed in Rhaegar’s cause, or because they had been bought and paid for?" Dany turned to Mormont, crossed her arms, and waited for an answer."My queen," the big man said slowly, "all you say is true. But Rhaegar lost on the Trident. He lost the battle, he lost the war, he lost the kingdom, and he lost his life. His blood swirled downriver with the rubies from his breastplate, and Robert the Usurper rode over his corpse to steal the Iron Throne. Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died."

gameofthronesfannn:

"At the Trident, those brave men Viserys spoke of who died beneath our dragon banners - did they give their lives because they believed in Rhaegar’s cause, or because they had been bought and paid for?" Dany turned to Mormont, crossed her arms, and waited for an answer.
"My queen," the big man said slowly, "all you say is true. But Rhaegar lost on the Trident. He lost the battle, he lost the war, he lost the kingdom, and he lost his life. His blood swirled downriver with the rubies from his breastplate, and Robert the Usurper rode over his corpse to steal the Iron Throne. Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died."