"I know I broke my oath. I know I'm a deserter."
Ned Stark

Will is executed for deserting and breaking his oath.

Desertion is a serious crime in the Seven Kingdoms. It takes place when a man abandons his post, particularly in times of war. Deserters are considered outlaws and thus are marked for death.

Within the ranks of the Night's Watch, desertion is considered a form of oathbreaking. Deserters are not only hunted down by sworn brothers of the Watch but also by lords should a deserter enter his lands.

Instances of desertion

See also