Tower of the Hand

Elder son of Lord Tywin Lannister and Joanna Lannister.
Jaime Lannister
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Elder son of Lord Tywin Lannister and Joanna Lannister and a knight of King Aerys II Targaryen and King Robert Baratheon's Kingsguard.

When Jaime and his sister, Cersei, were children, they fell in love and entered into an incestous relationship. (AGOT 46) When he was twelve, he was made squire to Lord Sumner Crakehall, winning his first melee the next year at thirteen. He rode with Ser Arthur Dayne against the Kingswood Brotherhood at fifteen and was knighted by Ser Arthur himself after saving Lord Sumner's life and standing toe-to-toe with the Smiling Knight. (ASOS 12, ASOS 68) He stopped by King's Landing on his way back to Casterly Rock and was informed by Cersei that he was to be married to Lysa Tully. To forstall this and keep their relationship intact, Cersei convinced him that he should join the Kingsguard, which had a vacancy due to the death of Ser Harlan Grandison. (ASOS 12) Jaime was raised to the Kingsguard at the tournament at Harrenhal in the year of the false spring. (AGOT 59) During the sack of King's Landing by his father, he killed King Aerys II Targaryen in violation of his oaths because Aerys was about to destroy the entire city with wildfire rather than let it fall into rebel hands. (AGOT 9, ASOS 38) He was given a full pardon by Robert and allowed to remain on the Kingsguard.

During Robert's reign, his incestous relationship Cersei continued, and he fathered Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella, all of whom the realm believed were King Robert's children. (AGOT 46) When Jon Arryn died, he was named the new Warden of the East. (AGOT 13) Jaime accompanied Robert when he came to Winterfell to see Lord Eddard Stark. (AGOT 5) While there, he was caught in the act of having sex with Cersei by Eddard's son, Bran, whom he pushed off a tower to avoid discovery, leaving him crippled. (AGOT 9) Much later, when he learned of Catelyn's abduction of Tyrion, he accosted Lord Eddard in the streets of King's Landing and had his men kill Eddard's escort in retaliation. (AGOT 36) He fled the city and joined Lord Tywin at Casterly Rock to raise an army to secure Tyrion's release. He led a large force against the Lords Vance and Piper near the Golden Tooth and sent them reeling, finally ending at Riverrun, where he defeated another army gathered by Ser Edmure Tully, whom he captured. (AGOT 57) He then divided his men into three camps to besiege the castle. (AGOT 57) He was ambushed and captured by Robb Stark. (AGOT 64) While on campaign, he was named Lord Commander of the Kingsguard by Joffrey after the dismissal Ser Barristan Selmy. (AGOT 58)

Jaime languished in a tower cell at Riverrun until Tyrion hatched a plot to free him using men that were inserted into the honor guard of Ser Cleos Frey, who was serving as a middleman in peace negotiations. As one man killed his guard, an expert thief unlocked his cell and an actor impersonated Ser Edmure and commanded the gates to be opened. Edmure had been out of the castle whoring, and when he returned, the ruse was discovered. Jaime got ahold of a sword and killed several men before being subdued and placed in a more secure and less comfortable cell in the dungeon. (ACOK 40) After Catelyn Stark received word that her sons Bran and Rickon had been killed by Theon Greyjoy, she came to the dungeon to see Jaimeand freed him on the condition that he return to King's Landing and make Tyrion honor his word to free Sansa and Arya in return. (ACOK 56, ASOS 2) Catelyn assigned Brienne Tarth the task of seeing Jaime to King's Landing and also sent Ser Cleos Frey along as well. Jaime himself was kept in chains. They travelled initially by river, thorwing off pursuit from Riverrun when Brienne climbed a cliff and rolled boulders down on the pursuing galley. (ASOS 2) Later, they transferred to horseback. (ASOS 12) Near Maidenpool, the group was attacked by bandits, and Ser Cleos was killed before they were driven off. Jaime, continually frustrated at his treatment, snapped after this and attacked Brienne. Their fight was interrupted by the arrival of a contingent of Brave Companions led by Urswyck. They were taken before Vargo Hoat, who decided to send a message to Lord Tywin by cutting off Jaime's sword hand. (ASOS 22)

Ready to give up at first, he resolved that he must survive to get revenge for his hand and also saved Brienne from being raped one night. (ASOS 32) Jaime was delivered into the custody of Lord Roose Bolton at Harrenhal, who made sure his wound was treated and resolved to send him on to King's Landing after receiving assurances that Jaime would not try to blame him for the loss of the hand. (ASOS 32, ASOS 38) Soon after beginning the journey to King's Landing, Jaime had a dream about Brienne and decided he had to go back for her. He arrived just in time to save her from death in the bear pit after she bit off one of Vargo's ears. (ASOS 45) When Jaime finally arrived at King's Landing, he first tried to convince Cersei to make their relationship public and was spurned by her and then refused to give up his place in the Kingsguard at the request of his father, causing Tywin to disown him. (ASOS 63) Deciding to be honorable, he charged Brienne to find Sansa and take her somewhere safe in honor of his bargain with Catelyn. (ASOS 68) The night before Tyrion was to be executed for killing Joffrey, Jaime coerced Varys into freeing him instead because he felt he owed a debt to his brother for lying at their father's command that Tyrion's commoner wife, Tysha, had actually been a whore. (ASOS 78)


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