I didn't mean why the KG were there, but why there were three, the same amount of people that went with Rhaegar to a battle. Just saying that the Tower was more vulnerable to attack therefore she needed that many men to protect her and the baby isn't enough for me. The ToJ is really isolated, and the place in Dorne where it's supposed to be located would make it even more difficult for an army to attack them.
Because Rhaegar ordered the 3 Kingsguard to protect Lyanna and his child? While it was isolated, there could be bandits or other dangers that might threaten Lyanna and her child. I'm sure that Lyanna was grateful for the protection, but that doesn't mean that she wanted her son to become king. After Rhaegar's death, she was probably only focused on her baby's survival. The Game of Thrones took her father, brother, and lover/ husband in that order; she might have wanted Jon kept away from that.
As for the Kingsguard, they wouldn't have taken Lyanna's wishes into account even if she had been healthy enough to say them. Their job was to protect the King; Lyanna was only the King's mother. Lyanna probably wouldn't have a say in whether her son became king; in fact, Jon wouldn't have a say until he came of age.
I agree that it was for the best that Ned didn't tell him the truth at that point, but I don't think it was as honorable as many people believe it was, seeing that he would only tell him the truth (if things had gone according to plan) maybe years later, after Jon had said his vows, therefore leaving him absolutely no choice about what he should do with the knowledge, for if he chose to claim the throne he would now be a deserter, meant to be killed, and most likely getting the support of less people than he would before, if any.
He actually really didn't have a choice in the scenario that you've laid out.. Yes, Jon could decide to claim the throne after Ned tells him about his heritage. However, Ned probably wouldn't support Jon with the North's banners and I don't see Jon getting support from many corners while Robert is still alive. He'd end up being killed and likely get his foster family killed as well.
Moreover, if Ned had supported Jon's claim to the throne when he was still a baby, then he still wouldn't have a choice in the matter. He'd end up as king whether he really wanted to or not. He wouldn't even be cognizant that he was king until he was older and even then he'd basically be a figurehead while Jon Arryn and Ned Stark held the real power. I don't think that either Ned or Jon Arryn would have let Jon Targaryen get away with anything, so it would have been a highly structured regency. Jon could obviously decide to abdicate when he came of age and fully received power, but that is a false choice as well. There'd likely be a power vacuum and the lives of the former king and his supporters would be forfeit.
Jon really didn't have any choice in the matter.. What happened to him was going to be decided by other people's actions. What is ironic is that the twists and turns in the book has set it up to where Jon actually will have a choice about who he ultimately is. It might end up being a choice that isn't personally satisfying for him, such as ending up as king, in order to serve the greater good, but it will ultimately be his choice.
Edited by kg1982, 17 June 2012 - 02:03 PM.