So who would you bend the knee to? in A Storm of Swords Posted October 16, 2016 A Storm of Swords has done nothing to change my great fondness for Danaerys Stormborn. And if I were a humble hedge knight, well, what would I have to lose in crossing the sea and chasing the rumors until I could join her force? She has more right and at least as much ability to rule as any of them. The wars between the kings are a death trap anyway; surely a quest east wouldn't be any more dangerous than staying put. If crossing the sea isn't an option, I was sympathetic to the Starks' cause. The North makes sense as a separate kingdom and the family seemed to have proven character and ability. Once staying with the Starks seemed no longer feasible, the Brotherhood Without Banners would be tempting. They may follow a creepy new god, but they fight for freedom and peace and they seem to get results. It appears more and more that the Lannisters would be capable rulers of the kingdom. But the main disadvantage of Joffrey is that he is Joffrey. Stannis certainly had the birthright, but after his split with Renley would seem to have no chance. The only power he would seem to have left would be his sorcery, and so far that has not gained him any lasting victories. Following the Iron King would be a good idea if I believed that I could grab some plunder and make my escape.