THE MANNIFESTO: APPENDIX I, CHAPTER VII
Tycho Nestoris: Our intrepid banker from Braavos, the man who fearlessly seeks out Stannis, traversing miles of dangerous terrain in a historic blizzard.
And he does all of this in order provide loans and ensure Stannis claims the Iron Throne. The ultimate goal of Tycho’s mission? To negotiate repayment of debts owed to the Iron Bank:
Tycho Nestoris had impressed him as cultured and courteous, but the Iron Bank of Braavos had a fearsome reputation when collecting debts… …When princes failed to repay the Iron Bank, new princes sprang up from nowhere and took their thrones.
— JON IX, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
Tycho sought out Stannis as such an alternative “prince”, one more amenable to repaying the Throne’s dues after Cersei abandoned those debts.
So why is it that when Tycho finally arrives at Stannis’s camp, one of the first things he does is give gifts? Continue reading