Tower of the Hand

Book 2, Chapter 10.
Yoren takes his party off the kingsroad in an effort to avoid pursuit.
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Yoren has taken the party1 off the kingsroad and onto poor trails in order to avoid any more pursuit. Lommy and many of the other boys treat Gendry like someone special since the queen wants him, but he is uncomfortable with the attention. They are largely out of provisions and mostly live off what Koss and Kurz, who were poachers before being caught, can hunt. At a holdfast called Briarwhite, they take some corn, but are chased off from restocking by farmers armed with scythes, much to Yoren's disgust. Arya is able to catch a rabbit one day that everyone shares, including Biter, Rorge, and Jaqen. Rorge mocks her, but Jaqen thanks her politely for the treat. The going is slow, and once they have to detour for two days to avoid a group of soldiers flying a brown banner bearing a spotted treecat.2 After several more days of travel, Dobber spots a large fire in the distance.

The next day, the group comes upon a burned out holdfast. Yoren investigates with Murch and Cutjack and brings back the only two survivors, a woman with a missing arm and a little girl.3 Rorge and Biter find their wretched state funny until Murch shuts them up. Hot Pie tells Arya he is scared and apologizes for threatening her earlier. The woman dies that night. The water from the river tastes funny, and Lommy says it is because of corpses upstream, causing Hot Pie to attack him until Reysen pulls them apart. Arya drinks too much of the water and has to leave the camp to go to the bathroom, where she encounters a pack of wolves who just look at her and walk away. She tells Yoren about the wolves and how she wished she were home. Yoren says he has been a recruiter for thirty years, always taking the kingsroad and never considering an alternate route. He concedes that this time they probably should have taken a ship.



Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.


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