Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 43.
Daenerys routs a Yunkish army and forces Yunkai to free all its slaves.
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Daenerys, riding Silver, and Ser Jorah mount a ridge and look down upon the Yunkish army in their path. There are five thousand men. The Yunkish hold the center themselves while the flanks are held by two sellsword companies, the Second Sons and the Stormcrows, with about five hundred men each. Ser Jorah says they can defeat the army easily, but Daenerys is worried about the cost, as replacements for her army may be hard to come by. She orders him to extend an invitation to the slavers and the leaders of the sellsword companies to meet with her separately. She returns to camp, where the Unsullied are busy fortifying, and speaks to Grey Worm. He is the leader of the Unsullied, chosen by the acclamation of his peers when Daenerys told them to nominate officers. Ser Jorah is training him for command. Daenerys let the Unsullied choose their own names after freeing them, and many of them went back to their old names from before they were cut, but Grey Worm chose to keep the name he bore on the day Daenerys freed him because he considers it lucky. Daenerys rides on to her tent. Beyond the orderly camp of the Unsullied is a disorganized camp of tens of thousands, refugees from Astapor. Daenerys left the city in the charge of a council of former slaves led by a healer, a scholar, and a priest, but many of the slaves were afraid to stay and now follow her. They are weak and ill-trained and strip the country bare on the march, but Daenerys does not have the heart to abandon them.

Belwas and Arstan are waiting at her tent; they are guarding her on the march since she needs Aggo, Jhogo, and Rakharo to lead her few Dothraki outriders. Rhaegal, Viserion, Drogon, Irri, Jhiqui, and Missandei are inside. Missandei tells her that the slave masters of Yunkai call themselves the Wise Masters and will speak a dialect of Valyrian. An hour later, Ser Jorah returns with the captains of the Stormcrows. There are three of them who claim equal rank. They are Prendahl na Ghezn, Sallor the Bald, and Daario Naharis. Arstan, Belwas, and Grey Worm are with Daenerys in addition to Ser Jorah. She tries to get them to change sides, but they refuse and leave, though Daario gives her a polite nod on his way out. Two hours later, the commander of the Second Sons, Mero, the Titan's Bastard, arrives. He is interested in having sex with Daenerys, but not with changing sides or leaving the conflict. He does ask for some wine, and Daenerys allows him an entire wagonful, wine being at a surplus after the looting of the slave masters' stock in Astapor. The Yunkish envoys arrive at sunset, fifty men led by Grazdan mo Eraz. He comes with two chests bearing fifty thousand marks and promise of safe passage if she will leave Yunkai alone. Daenerys counters that she will give the Wise Masters of Yunkai three days to release all their slaves, at which point her Unsullied will inspect the city and depart if all the slaves have been released. Grazdan says the offer is insane, and Daenerys signals her dragons to breathe fire, singing Grazdan's clothes. She tells him to leave and summons Aggo, Jhogo, and Rakharo. She tells the assembled that they will attack an hour past midnight. The Unsullied will attack the flanks while the Dothraki charge the center in wedge formation. It takes an hour to hammer out the details, after which she retires.

Near midnight, Ser Jorah comes with Daario in tow. He comes to offer the Stormcrows to her cause and brings the heads of Prendahl and Sallor as proof of his sincerity. Daenerys accepts his oath of fealty and orders him to return to his camp and take the Yunkish host in the rear when the attack begins. He agrees and leaves. Ser Jorah says it was a mistake to trust him, and Daenerys becomes angry. She tells him she is sick of him trying to push every man away and make himself indispensable. She cherishes and trusts him, but will never love him. Ser Jorah departs stiffly. Daenerys is not able to sleep as the battle begins and summons Arstan to tell her more of Rhaegar. He tells her that he was proficient with the lance, but never enjoyed battle and rarely entered the lists. He preferred his harp, but there was always a sense of doom around him, perhaps owing to the circumstances of his birth. He was "born in grief" at Summerhall.1 He would often go there alone, without even the Kingsguard, and sleep in the ruined hall, always returning with a song. Daenerys hears horses, and Ser Jorah enters to announce victory. The Stormcrows turned, the slaves broke, and the Second Sons were too drunk to fight. Two hundred were killed and several thousand captured to only about a dozen losses. Grazdan had already left to deliver her terms to Yunkai, and Mero fled and has not been found. Daenerys orders all who yield to her spared and for the Second Sons to remain in existence if enough come over to her. The next day, she marches her army to Yunkai and waits. On the third day, the gates open and freed slaves begin pouring out. She has Missandei tell them to whom they owe their freedom as they walk by, and they begin to shout "mother" in many different languages. Soon she is being swarmed by freed slaves. She spurs Silver forward and rides among them as they touch her and call out to her.


Active Characters

  1. Daario Naharis - He is Tyroshi and has blue eyes, a three-pronged beard dyed blue, and a mustache painted gold.
  2. Mero - He is Braavosi. He has a thick red beard.
  3. Prendahl Na Ghezn - He is a Ghiscari with a broad face and dark hair going to gray.
  4. Sallor - He is a pale Qartheen with a scar across his face.


  1. Second Sons - The Second Sons are an old company and fought for Qohor against Khal Temmo, running away while the three thousand made their stand. They have garnered a bad reputation while under the command of Mero.


  1. Yunkai - Yunkai is constructed of yellow brick. The city is most renowed for its bed slaves.


Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - The tragic events of Summerhall are not known, but had something to do with an attempt to raise a dragon (See ASOS 26 and the FAQ).


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