Crisis Committee: Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords

Set roughly halfway through the novel A Storm of Swords and Season 3, Episode 9 of Game of Thrones, this Crisis Committee will allow delegates to maneuver their way around the politics of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy world after the capture of Yunkai and before the wedding of Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey. In Westeros, war rages between the the two remaining claimants of the Iron Throne in King’s Landing: the sitting King Joffrey Baratheon, who is the immature son of the late King Robert Baratheon and the rumoured incestuous bastard of Queen Cersei Lannister and her twin brother Jaime Lannister; and Stannis Baratheon, the stern older brother of Robert who stakes out his claim on the basis of his familial seniority and the alleged illegitimacy of current King Joffrey. Renly Baratheon, Robert’s popular younger brother who allied himself with the powerful House Tyrell through his marriage with Margaery Tyrell, was assassinated by an unknown force and the Tyrells quickly switched their allegiance to the Lannisters, who routed Stannis at the Battle of the Blackwater. Meanwhile, two other contenders have taken advantage of the chaos to claim independence from the Iron Throne: Robb Stark, the honourable proclaimed King in the North seeking to re-establish the sovereignty of House Stark after the execution of his father Eddard Stark at the hands of King Joffrey; and Balon Greyjoy, the self-proclaimed King of the Iron Islands aiming to revolt successfully against the Iron Throne after the failure of the first secession attempt. Amid all this clamor, Daenerys Targaryen, daughter of the former Mad King Aegon Targaryen who was usurped by Robert, is gaining power across the sea in Essos while news of an ancient evil awakening in the North of Westeros has slowly spread throughout the Kingdoms. How will you, dear delegate, ensure the survival and success of you and your House?

Topic 1: The War of the Five Kings

After the attempted assassination of the young Bran Stark, the suspicious death of King Robert, and the execution of Eddard Stark, the Seven Kingdoms were thrown into civil war as the Great Houses - consisting of the Tyrells of Highgarden, the Baratheons of Storm’s End, the Martells of Sunspear, the Starks of Winterfell, the Tullys of Riverrun, the Lannisters of Casterly Rock, and the Arryns of the Eyrie - began to weave a complex web of alliances as each supported differing claims to the Iron Throne in the War of the Five Kings. Will there be a Westerosi peace? Or will the whole continent be engulfed in a storm of swords?

Topic 2: The Winds of Winter

Trouble stirs in the Land of Always Winter. The Night’s Watch, tasked with defending the North from the Wildlings beyond the Wall, have been slaughtered at the Fist of the First Men beyond the Wall by an enormous army of wights - resurrected animals and humans created by the Others. Rumours of mythical creatures come-to-life have trickled down to the South, and the Seven Kingdoms must take action to neutralize the white walker threat.

Committee

Roles:

Robb Stark

Joffrey Baratheon

Stannis Baratheon

Daenerys Targaryen

Balon Greyjoy

Cersei Lannister

Catelyn Stark

Jaime Lannister

Asha Greyjoy

Oberyn Martell

Razdal mo Eraz

Margaery Tyrell

Walder Frey

Edmure Tully

Lysa Arryn

Petyr Baelish

Mance Rayder

Doran Martell

Tywin Lannister

Varys

Roose Bolton

Olenna Tyrell

Tyrion Lannister

Melisandre

Jon Snow

Jorah Mormont

Mace Tyrell