Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 40.
Lord Beric ambushes a group of Brave Companions.
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The Brotherhood ambushes a group of Brave Companions just before dawn. Anguy takes out a sentry on a roof, while Kyle and Notch take out two guards in front of a sept. One of the sentries screams when the torch he is carrying lights his clothes on fire, and the rest of the Brotherhood charges at Thoros's command. Arya and Gendry are watching from a nearby hill, guarded by Beardless Dick and Mudge. Flaming arrows set the sept alight, and soon the Companions start pouring out and the battle begins in earnest. Watty takes a wound and Kyle goes down before Lord Beric gives the signal and the rest of his men, including Lem and Edric, leave their hiding places and charge into the fray. Soon, it is all over; all the Companions are dead or prisoners save for two Dothraki that Lord Beric lets escape to carry word back to Harrenhal. Jack-Be-Lucky, Harwin, and Merrit enter the burning sept to search for captives and come out with eight brown brothers and a septon. The septon is Utt, the leader of this group of Brave Companions. After a brief trial, Utt and the other prisoners are all hanged one by one, with Tom playing a dirge through the proceedings. Arya wishes they had hung Sandor too, but they had treated his wounds, returned his sword, and let him go.

That night, they stay at the brewery, one of the few standing buildings left at this monastery that once held forty-four brothers. Lord Beric catches Arya looking at him and beckons her closer. She says she thought Sandor had killed him, and Lem speaks up to say it was a grievous wound, but Thoros is a gifted healer. Beric sends Lem away and says that even brave men blind themselves from truths they do not want to see. He asks Thoros how many times he has been brought back by the Lord of Light, and Thoros answers six, though each time is harder than the last, and Thoros does not think he can do it many more times. Gregor has killed him three times, including with a dirk in the eye, Ser Burton smashed his skull, and Ser Amory hanged him. He no longer remembers where his castle is located, to whom he is betrothed,1 who knighted him, his favorite foods, or many other basic things. The first time he came back to life, Thoros was giving him his last rights according to the faith of the Lord of Light and giving him the last kiss, breathing fire down his throat. It is a standard ritual, but never before has it brought a man back from the dead. The Lord of Light is not done with him.

Later, Gendry approaches Beric and says he would like to smith for the Brotherhood. Lord Beric reluctantly agrees after warning him of the dangers and knights him. Sandor appears and mocks the proceedings. Beric asks how he found them and got past the sentries, and Sandor says that there was enough smoke to track them from a long way off, and he may have killed the sentries. He has come for his gold, which Beric refuses to give back. He finally leaves. Harwin leaves to check on the sentries, while Beric orders Anguy to kill Sandor's horse if he follows the next day. Some of the men want to kill him, but Beric will not allow it, and Thoros points out that Sandor won his trial by combat when the Lord of Light snapped Beric's sword. The Lord of Light is not done with him yet either. Harwin comes back and reports that the sentry, Puddingfoot, is asleep but unharmed. The next morning, Likely Luke and Watty scout the area but find no sign of Sandor. The outlaws get underway.



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


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