Tower of the Hand

Book 1, Chapter 57.
Tyrion arrives at Lord Tywin's headquarters.
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Tyrion approaches a Lannister camp of 20,000 men with Bronn and 300 clansmen of the Stone Crows, Moon Brothers, Black Ears, and Burned Men. Gunthor stayed in the mountains to rally the other clans to Tyrion's cause. Tyrion decides to ride ahead with Shagga, Conn, Chella, Ulf, and Timett, representatives from each of the mountain clans with Tyrion. They reach a checkpoint and are escorted to the main camp of Lord Tywin's army. Ser Flement Brax greets them and takes them to Tywin. Lord Tywin has taken as his headquarters the very inn from which Tyrion was abducted, and Tyrion sees Masha's corpse hanging from a gibbet.

Tyrion enters the common room to find Lord Tywin sharing a pitcher of ale with his brother, Ser Kevan. Tywin greets Tyrion coldly and treats him with disdain throughout their conversation. Tyrion learns that Tywin has destroyed the small parties that Edmure sent to stop Gregor's raids while Jaime met Edmure before the walls of Riverrun and defeated and captured him. Lord Tytos Blackwood managed to extricate the remains of Edmure's force and get inside Riverrun, which is now under siege. Lord Tywin took Lord Tytos's seat of Raventree and Lady Shella Whent yielded Harrenhal for want of men to defend it. Gregor has burned out the Pipers and the Brackens. In addition to Riverrun, only the Mallisters in Seagard and Walder Frey at the Twins remain to resist the Lannisters. Marq Piper and Karyl Vance are loose in the Lannister rear, raiding. Tyrion learns of Robert's death and Eddard's imprisonment. Lord Beric and Thoros are also still alive and harassing the rear. Just then, the clansmen burst in on the meeting. Tyrion introduces them and begins to explain why they are there when a messenger arrives from Ser Addam Marbrand stating that Robb is moving south. Lord Tywin decides to meet him and finish him quickly so that he can deal with Stannis. He tells the clansmen that if they ride with him, all his son promised and more will be theirs.


Active Characters

  1. Kevan Lannister - He is portly and balding with a close-cropped yellow beard.
  2. Timett - A war chief of the Burned Men. He put out his own left eye with a knife upon reaching manhood and was immediately named a war chief in awe of his sacrifice.
  3. Tywin Lannister - He is tall, thin, and wiry with broad shoulders and a flat stomach. He has kept his head shaved since he began going bald, but still keeps his thick golden cheek whiskers. His green eyes are flecked with gold. He is in his mid-fifties.


  1. Burned Men - The Burned Men are feared by all of the other mountain clans because they deliberately mortify their flesh with fire in a coming of age ceremony.
  2. Mountain Clans - The clans believe in a primitive form of democracy in which each man and woman has a say in clan affairs.


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