Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 23.
Greenbeard and his men continue their search for Lord Beric.
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Arya, Gendry, Greenbeard, Tom, Anguy, Lem, Harwin, Jack-Be-Lucky and the rest of the outlaws are at a half-ruined keep trying to track down Lord Beric. The old man1 there keeps going on about how he held Ser Maynard at the bridge. His maester2 tells them that Beric has been hanged. Lem says that this is true, but Thoros cut him down in time.3 Three days later, they stop at a village hidden in the trees run by a woman called the Lady of the Leaves. She tells them that Beric is dead as well, killed when Gregor stabbed him through the eye.3 Lem tells her that is an old tale and false. The next day they stop at the ruins of a village called Sallydance. The septon there tells them that Northmen came through and looted the sept while looking for Jaime. They stay there that night and the next day come to a place called High Heart. The hill is surrounded by the stumps of thirty-one weirwoods. Tom explains that the place was sacred to the children of the forest. The locals claim it is haunted by the spirits of the children that were killed there by the Andal king Erreg the Kinslayer.

That night, a storm wakes Arya, and she sees Greenbeard, Tom, and Lem talking to a shrunken old woman.4 She is telling them that the old gods will not let her sleep and send her dreams. She has dreamed of a shadow with a burning heart butchering a stag,5 a man without a face waiting on a bridge with a drowned crow with seaweed in its wings on his shoulder,6 and a woman who was a fish with red tears on her cheeks who is dead, but her eyes open.7 She asks Tom for a song in return. The next morning, Arya asks Tom about her, and he says she is just an old dwarf woman, but she did point them in the right direction to find Beric. The next day, they come to Acorn Hall. Lady Ravella Smallwood greets them on their arrival. When she learns that Arya is noble born, she has her bathed and clothed with her daughter, Carellen's, garments. Carellen is currently in Oldtown staying with a great-great-aunt who is a septa. Lady Ravella informs them that Lord Beric stayed there a fortnight past and tells them where to look for him. She also tells them that Northmen came looking for Jaime. They tell Arya to leave while they talk of these things, and she and Gendry go to check out the forge. They talk, and then start to wrestle. When they return to the castle, Ravella gives Arya another bath. The next morning, they ride off.


Active Houses

  1. House Smallwood of Acorn Hall - House Smallwood is sworn to House Vance.


Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - This is Lord Lymond Lychester. He has not been quite right in the head since all his sons were killed in Robert's rebellion.
  • 2 - His name is Roone.
  • 3 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ASOS 40). Click to show.
  • 4 - She is called the Ghost of High Heart.
  • 5 - This could refer to the assassination of Renly, but since the other two visions tell of the future, this may portend darker times for Stannis.
  • 6 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ASOS 44). Click to show.
  • 7 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ASOS 82). Click to show.


1.  Prologue 29.  Sansa III 57.  Bran IV
2.  Jaime I 30.  Arya V 58.  Daenerys V
3.  Catelyn I 31.  Jon IV 59.  Tyrion VII
4.  Arya I 32.  Jaime IV 60.  Sansa IV
5.  Tyrion I 33.  Tyrion IV 61.  Tyrion VIII
6.  Davos I 34.  Samwell II 62.  Sansa V
7.  Sansa I 35.  Arya VI 63.  Jaime VII
8.  Jon I 36.  Catelyn IV 64.  Davos VI
9.  Daenerys I 37.  Davos IV 65.  Jon VIII
10.  Bran I 38.  Jaime V 66.  Arya XII
11.  Davos II 39.  Tyrion V 67.  Tyrion IX
12.  Jaime II 40.  Arya VII 68.  Jaime VIII
13.  Tyrion II 41.  Bran III 69.  Sansa VI
14.  Arya II 42.  Jon V 70.  Jon IX
15.  Catelyn II 43.  Daenerys IV 71.  Tyrion X
16.  Jon II 44.  Arya VIII 72.  Daenerys VI
17.  Sansa II 45.  Jaime VI 73.  Jaime IX
18.  Arya III 46.  Catelyn V 74.  Jon X
19.  Samwell I 47.  Samwell III 75.  Arya XIII
20.  Tyrion III 48.  Arya IX 76.  Samwell IV
21.  Catelyn III 49.  Jon VI 77.  Jon XI
22.  Jaime III 50.  Catelyn VI 78.  Tyrion XI
23.  Arya IV 51.  Arya X 79.  Samwell V
24.  Daenerys II 52.  Catelyn VII 80.  Jon XII
25.  Bran II 53.  Arya XI 81.  Sansa VII
26.  Davos III 54.  Tyrion VI 82.  Epilogue
27.  Jon III 55.  Davos V
28.  Daenerys III 56.  Jon VII