Tower of the Hand

Book 3, Chapter 73.
Jaime charges Brienne to find Sansa Stark and take her someplace safe.
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Jaime watches as Ser Kevan gives Tommen documents to sign, including bills of attainder against Ser Edmure and Ser Brynden for rebellion, a decree granting Riverrun to Ser Emmon, a decree legitimizing Ramsay Snow, a decree naming Lord Roose Warden of the North, a decree raising Ser Rolph Spicer to Lord of Castamere, and royal pardons for Lord Gawen Westerling, Lady Sybell, Jeyne, Lord Jonos Bracken, Lord Karyl Vance, Lord Lymond Goodbrook, and Lord William Mooton. Jaime is distressed because Ser Addam completely routed him in a sparring match, and it is obvious that he has lost all of his fighting skill. Jaime prepares to take his leave. Ser Kevan tells him he should see Tywin, but Jaime says the rift between them is of Tywin's doing and that hollow gifts will not sway him. Ser Meryn is guarding the door as Jaime leaves. Out in the yard, Walton is forming up his men. They are leaving with a girl posing as Arya Stark.1 Nage raises the peace banner, and the party rides off. Jaime notices the dark spot marking where Gregor killed the boy during the trial by combat and thinks of Gregor, whose wounds have mortified. Pycelle has said he was poisoned and will die if he does not learn what poison was used. Tywin wants him healed so he can be executed to placate Doran. He is worried because Stannis has disappeared from Dragonstone and may be making for Dorne to ally with Doran.2

Jaime returns to his apartments and finds Cersei waiting for him. She is there to have him plead with Tywin not to send her away. She is to go back to Casterly Rock, and Tommen is to marry Margaery. Jaime brings up the assassination attempt on Bran and asks if Cersei did the deed, which she denies. She mentions that Robert, drunk, said in front of her and the children that Bran should just be killed for mercy, and Jaime realizes Joffrey did it to impress Robert. Cersei pleads with Jaime again not to let Tywin take Tommen from her, and he says he cannot do anything. Cersei says Tywin may listen if he leaves the Kingsguard, but he refuses. He says again that they should acknowledge their relationship publicly, and Cersei says they cannot. Cersei tries to have sex with him, but Jaime rebuffs her. Cersei becomes furious, mocks him, and leaves. Jaime goes downstairs and tells Ser Boros to have Ser Loras bring "her." Several hours later, Ser Loras arrives with Brienne. Loras now believes that Stannis may have killed Renly. Jaime gives Brienne the Valyrian steel sword his father gifted to him and tells her to find Sansa and take her someplace safe. The sword was one of two Tywin had made from Ice.3 Jaime says it must be named Oathkeeper. Brienne agrees to find Sansa. When she leaves, Jaime writes in the White Book of his defeat, capture, and maiming.


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  • 1 - This is probably Jeyne Poole. See the FAQ for more.
  • 2 - This footnote contains details from a later chapter (ASOS 74). Click to show.
  • 3 - The other being Widow's Wail, which was presented to Joffrey.


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