Tower of the Hand

Book 1, Chapter 16.
Joffrey takes Sansa out riding, where they encounter Arya playing at swords with a boy. A drunken Joffrey challenges the boy, but is attacked by Arya and his arm is mangled by Arya's direwolf Nymeria.
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Sansa takes breakfast with Lady and Septa Mordane in an inn then goes off with Lady to look for Arya. She finds Arya brushing Nymeria and tells her to wear something nice, as they are riding with Queen Cersei and Princess Myrcella today. Arya would rather explore the area with Mycah, a butcher's boy of thirteen. They have been going off every day of the journey to look at various things and explore. The party has recently emerged from the marshes of the Neck, which took twelve days to traverse. Arya runs off, and Sansa returns to the inn.

When Sansa arrives, she sees Barristan Selmy and Renly Baratheon kneeling before the queen. They have been sent from King's Landing as part of an escort of honor. Off to one side is Ser Ilyn Payne, the King's executioner. Ser Ilyn frightens her, and she steps back into Sandor, who mocks her. Joffrey goes to her then and makes everything better. Sansa is introduced to Barristan and Renly and tries to apologize to Ser Ilyn, who just walks away. Ser Barristan explains that Aerys II had his tongue ripped out with hot pincers.1 Cersei has to talk to the new arrivals, so she has Joffrey take Sansa riding. Sansa is elated at the thought of a whole day with Joffrey and equates his rescue from Ser Ilyn and Sandor with Serwyn of the Mirror Shield's rescue of Princess Daeryssa from giants and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight's championing of Queen Naerys against the slanders of Ser Morgil. Joffrey suggests leaving Sandor and Lady behind. Sansa wonders if that is safe, and Joffrey reassures her by showing her his sword, Lion's Tooth. They head off on their ride.

Sansa and Joffrey explore caves and track a shadowcat to its lair. When they get hungry, they stop at a nearby holdfast. After lunch, where Joffrey drinks too much wine, they come across Arya and Mycah playing at being knights. Drunk, Joffrey threatens Mycah and prepares to hurt him, so Arya lunges at him and hits him in the back of the head. Joffrey whirls in a rage, speaking obscenities, and attacks Arya. Nymeria attacks Joffrey and tears at his sword arm. Arya calls off Nymeria and then throws Lion's Tooth into the river and leaves. Sansa tries to comfort Joffrey, who looks at her with loathing and tells her not to touch him. Sansa goes to get help.


Active Characters

  1. Ilyn Payne - He is gaunt with a pockmarked, beardless face. Although not an old man, he has only a few wisps of hair, which he has grown as long as a woman's hair. His eyes are colorless.
  2. Renly Baratheon - He is tall and handsome with jet-black hair to his shoulders and laughing green eyes.


  1. Lion's Tooth - Lion's Tooth is a longsword, shrunken for a boy of twelve, with a lion's-head pommel.


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1.  Prologue 26.  Eddard V 51.  Arya IV
2.  Bran I 27.  Jon IV 52.  Sansa IV
3.  Catelyn I 28.  Eddard VI 53.  Jon VII
4.  Daenerys I 29.  Catelyn V 54.  Bran VI
5.  Eddard I 30.  Sansa II 55.  Daenerys VI
6.  Jon I 31.  Eddard VII 56.  Catelyn VIII
7.  Catelyn II 32.  Tyrion IV 57.  Tyrion VII
8.  Arya I 33.  Arya III 58.  Sansa V
9.  Bran II 34.  Eddard VIII 59.  Eddard XV
10.  Tyrion I 35.  Catelyn VI 60.  Catelyn IX
11.  Jon II 36.  Eddard IX 61.  Jon VIII
12.  Daenerys II 37.  Daenerys IV 62.  Daenerys VII
13.  Eddard II 38.  Bran V 63.  Tyrion VIII
14.  Tyrion II 39.  Tyrion V 64.  Catelyn X
15.  Catelyn III 40.  Eddard X 65.  Daenerys VIII
16.  Sansa I 41.  Catelyn VII 66.  Arya V
17.  Eddard III 42.  Jon V 67.  Bran VII
18.  Bran III 43.  Tyrion VI 68.  Sansa VI
19.  Catelyn IV 44.  Eddard XI 69.  Daenerys IX
20.  Jon III 45.  Sansa III 70.  Tyrion IX
21.  Eddard IV 46.  Eddard XII 71.  Jon IX
22.  Tyrion III 47.  Daenerys V 72.  Catelyn XI
23.  Arya II 48.  Eddard XIII 73.  Daenerys X
24.  Daenerys III 49.  Jon VI
25.  Bran IV 50.  Eddard XIV