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2017年7月25日 (火)

where the Wall curved along

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“It was the first castle on the Wall, and the largest.” But it had also been the first abandoned, all the way back in the time of the Old King best deals. Even then it had been three-quarters empty and too costly to maintain. Good Queen Alysanne had suggested that the Watch replace it with a smaller, newer castle at a spot only seven miles east,  the shore of a beautiful green lake. Deep Lake had been paid for by the queen’s jewels and built by the men the Old King had sent north, and the black brothers had abandoned the Nightfort to the rats. That was two centuries past, though. Now Deep Lake stood as empty as the castle it had replaced Profertil hk, and the Nightfort... “There are ghosts here,” Bran said.

Hodor had heard all the stories before, but Jojen might not have. “Old ghosts, from before the Old King, even before Aegon the Dragon, seventy-nine deserters who went south to be outlaws. One was Lord Ryswell’s youngest son, so when they reached the barrowlands they sought shelter at his castle, but Lord Ryswell took them captive and returned them to the Nightfort. The Lord Commander had holes hewn in the top of the Wall and he put the deserters in them and sealed them up alive in the ice. They have spears and horns and they all face north. The seventy-nine sentinels, they’re called. They left their posts in life, so in death their watch goes on forever. Years later, when Lord Ryswell was old and dying, he had himself carried to the Nightfort so he could take the black and stand beside his son. He’d sent him back to the Wall for honor’s sake, but he loved him still, so he came to share his watch.” They spent half the day poking through the castle Profertil hk. Some of the towers had fallen down and others looked unsafe, but they climbed the bell tower (the bells were gone) and the rookery (the birds were gone). Beneath the brewhouse they found a vault of huge oaken casks that boomed hollowly when Hodor knocked on them. They found a library (the shelves and bins had collapsed, the books were gone, and rats were everywhere).

They found a dank and dim-lit dungeon with cells enough to hold five hundred captives, but when Bran grabbed hold of one of the rusted bars it broke off in his hand. Only one crumbling wall remained of the great hall, the bathhouse seemed to be sinking into the ground, and a huge thornbush had conquered the practice yard outside the armory where black brothers had once labored with spear and shield and sword. The armory and the forge still stood, however, though cobwebs, rats, and dust had taken the places of blades, bellows, and anvil. Sometimes Summer would hear sounds that Bran seemed deaf to, or bare his teeth at nothing, the fur on the back of his neck bristling... but the Rat Cook never put in an appearance, nor the seventy-nine sentinels, nor Mad Axe. Bran was much relieved. Maybe it is only a ruined empty castle. By the time Meera returned, the sun was only a sword’s breath above the western hills. “What did you see?”

2017年7月10日 (月)

obey your captains

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 “You must be a lackwit, boy,” said Lem Hong Kong & Shenzhen Educational Tour. “We’re outlaws. Lowborn scum, most of us, excepting his lordship. Don’t think it’ll be like Tom’s fool songs neither. You won’t be stealing no kisses from a princess moving truck rental, nor riding in no tourneys in stolen armor. You join us, you’ll end with your neck in a noose, or your head mounted up above some castle gate.”  “It’s no more than they’d do for you,” said Gendry.  “Aye, that’s so,” said Jack-Be-Lucky cheerfully. “The crows await us all * M’lord, the boy seems brave enough, and we do have need of what he brings us.

Take him, says Jack.” “And quick,” suggested Harwin, chuckling, “before the fever passes and he comes back to his senses.”  A wan smile crossed Lord Beric’s lips. “Thoros, my sword.”  This time the lightning lord did not set the blade afire, but merely laid it light on Gendry’s shoulder. “Gendry, do you swear before the eyes of gods and men to defend those who cannot defend themselves, to protect all women and children  school finder hong kong, to , your liege lord, and your king, to fight bravely when needed and do such other tasks as are laid upon you, however hard or humble or dangerous they may be?”  “I do, m’lord.”  The marcher lord moved the sword from the right shoulder to the left, and said, “Arise Ser Gendry, knight of the hollow hill , and be welcome to our brotherhood.”  From the door came rough, rasping laughter.  The rain was running off him. His burned arm was wrapped in leaves and linen and bound tight against his chest by a crude rope sling, but the older burns that marked his face glistened black and slick in the glow of their little fire. “Making more knights, Dondarrion?”

the intruder said in a growl. “I ought to kill you all over again for that.”  Lord Beric faced him coolly. “I’d hoped we’d seen the last of you, Clegane. How did you come to find us?”  “It wasn’t hard. You made enough bloody smoke to be seen in Oldtown.”  “What’s become of the sentries I posted?”  Clegane’s mouth twitched SmarTone. “Those two blind men? Might be I killed them both. What would you do if I had?”  Anguy strung his bow. Notch was doing the same. “Do you wish to die so very much, Sandor ?”