Upthread I mentioned a quest idea and I'm half thinking about starting it. I thought I'd drop the opening here and see if there was any interest for me to spread myself even thinner. Ned Quest Waking up from the greatest night of your life, the culmination of the greatest week of your life, to find a sword at your throat was not exactly how you’d planned to go. Even worse you had a particular song in your head, but something told you that humming the Dornishman’s wife while Ser Barristan was looking down at you enraged would be a terminal error. Speaking of the Dornish Ashara twisted in your arms, the sudden light from the opening of the tent waking her. “Arthur?” Her eyes were still shut, “I hope you don’t mind us using your tent, Ned’s brother was occupying his.” She finally opened her violet eyes, a smile in them for you before she looked up at the knight. “You’re not Arthur.” “And this is not his tent.” Barristan looked ready to murder someone, someone in this case was definitely you. Events went downhill from there, half an hour passing found you in front of Ashara’s father and brother, both of whom looked as amused as Barristan. It might have been different if they hadn’t been Stony Dornish, however the Daynes were not inclined to casually accept the deflowering of the daughter of the house. “What makes you think you’re worthy of marrying my daughter?” Ashara had apparently claimed that you’d proposed which was probably one of the only things saving you from summary execution, that and your father literally having an army. You tried to work that fact into your answer, generally alluding to incredible wealth and power worked wonders on girls’ fathers, lesson three from the Robert Baratheon school of conflict resolution, but he wasn’t having any of it. Maybe taking advice from a man who was born to fight about de-escalating wasn’t the best idea. “No, I don’t care if you’re a Stark or how much ancient ice is in your veins. If you want to marry my daughter,” his face was etched with a glare that indicated how much of an error any answer other than complete agreement would be, “you’ll need to prove yourself worthy. Maybe if I’m lucky you’ll die trying.” “What’s this about dying?” Robert burst into the tent then, half armored with his hammer spinning in his hand in a way twenty pounds of metal shouldn’t. You’d never been quite as happy to see him as at that moment. “Ned and I have a longstanding agreement to include the other in any adventure.” “That’s what he’ll have Lord Robert. If he wishes to marry my daughter-” Robert turned to you at that and very obviously gave you a thumbs up, “he shall retrieve the lost Crowns of the Seven.” “We’re in.” Robert’s agreement was instant, and you looked to him betrayed. “What? You knew I’ve always wanted to go to Essos adventuring, this is perfect. You get to marry the second most beautiful woman in the world,” Arthur Dayne nearly drew his sword at that description of his sister and you had to agree, even if she wasn’t related Lyanna wasn’t in Ashara’s league but Robert had always been blind, “and I get to go on one last unmarried excursion, my last stag party.” He looked to you, trying for the pouting look that had gotten maids into his bed until he developed muscles. “We need this Ned.” “Right.” Lord Dayne, you should probably learn his first name at some point, drawled. “So next time I see you Stark, you’d better have seven crowns on you, or I think Ser Barristan will be the second one in line to try to kill you.” ___ The whole quest will basically be Robert and Ned smashing Essos. Pirates, zombies, warlocks and Lovecraftian beasts from beyond the stars will all make appearances. I think it will be a lot of fun, no canon, no metagaming, no waifu wars. Let me know what you think.