Ser Davos Seaworth is ordered by Stannis Baratheon to escort Melisandre on a secret mission. Under the cover of darkness he rows the red woman to a cove, but the path onward is blocked by a metal bars.
Davos: A shadow is a thing of darkness…
Melisandre: There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of light, the children of fire. And the brightest flame casts the darkest shadows.
“Her cry might have been agony or ecstasy or both. And Davos saw the crown of the child’s head push its way out of her.” – A Clash of Kings
“Two arms wriggled free, grasping, black fingers coiling around Melisandre’s straining thighs, pushing, until the whole of the shadow slid out into the world and rose taller than Davos… He knew that shadow. As he knew the man who’d cast it.” – A Clash of Kings
Ser Davos Seaworth
Ser Davos the Onion Knight earned his nickname by smuggling onions into Storm’s End during the siege of the castle during Robert’s Rebellion. For this, Stannis granted him a knighthood, but he also cut off the last finger joints from Davos’ left hand to punish him for his years as a smuggler. Davos now wears his finger bones in a pouch around his neck for luck.
“The night is dark and full of terrors.”
Melisandre is a red priestess from Asshai. She has become a key advisor to Stannis Baratheon, believing him to be the hero Azor Ahai reborn. Melisandre sees visions of the future in her night fires, which she uses to guide Stannis on his quest for the Iron Throne.