You must miss your father terribly, I know. Lord Eddard was a brave man, honest and loyal…but quite a hopeless player.’ He brought the seed to his mouth with the knife. ‘In King’s Landing, there are two sorts of people: The players and the pieces.’
‘And I was a piece?’ She dreaded the answer.
‘Yes, but don’t let that trouble you. You’re still half a child. Every man’s a piece to start with, and every maid as well. Even some who think they are players.’ He ate another seed. ‘Cersei, for one. She thinks herself sly, but in truth she is utterly predictable. Her strength rests on her beauty, birth, and riches. Only the first of those is truly her own, and it will soon desert her. I pity her then. She wants power, but has no notion what to do with it when she gets it. Everyone wants something, Alayne. And when you know what a man wants you know who he is, and how to move him.”