Tower of the Hand

Book 1, Chapter 23.
Eddard comforts Arya over the death of her friend, the death of Sansa's direwolf, and the abandonment of her own wolf. A resolved Arya begins her first sword lesson with Syrio Forel.
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Eddard arrives at dinner late after a small council meeting. He joins Sansa, Arya, Septa Mordane, Jeyne, Hullen, Jory and most of his fifty guards, including Desmond, Jacks, Harwin, and Porther. Eddard tells them about the upcoming tournament, and Sansa gets excited. Eddard does not want his daughters to come, but Sansa pleads and Septa Mordane points out that it would seem odd if his daughters did not attend a tournament in his honor. Arya starts thinking about Mycah and Lady and loses her appetite. She runs from the table, darts past Tomard, and locks herself in her room. She takes out Needle and holds it. Eddard comes to her door, and Arya opens it to admit him. He sees Needle in her hand. He laments that she has "the wolf blood," like both Brandon and Lyanna, and says it led them both to an early grave. He believes Lyanna would have carried a sword if allowed to. Arya confesses that she blames herself for Mycah's death and also that she and Jory drove Nymeria away by throwing rocks so she would not be killed. Eddard tells her that they have enemies in King's Landing and that she must stop feuding with Sansa and show a united front, and Arya agrees to try to be less willful. Eddard gives Needle back and leaves. The next day, Vayon brings her to the small hall, where Syrio Forel, who had been the first sword of the Sealord of Braavos for nine years, is waiting for her to begin her instruction in the art of swordfighting.


Active Characters

  1. Syrio Forel - He is a slight man with a bald head and a beak of a nose.


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