Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire Outsiders
This is a listing of groups that are outsiders to Westeros that appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Visit here for the main character index.
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The Children of the Forest
The Children Of The Forest
- "They were a people of the Dawn Age, the very first, before kings and kingdoms, in those days, there were no castles or holdfasts, no cities not so much as a market town to be found between here and the sea of Dorne. There were no men at all. Only the children of the forest dwelt in the lands we now call the Seven Kingdoms."
- Arc Words: Like Rhaegar's "Song of Ice And Fire", the Children's "Song of Earth" still makes no sense.
- Dying Race: The Children are far too accepting of their fate. Bran notes that Men would not be so tacit.
- Four-Fingered Hands: The children have four fingers rather than five, which end in black claws.
- Green Aesop: They are vanishing thanks to Man's encroachment and the destruction of the environment.
- Long Lived: But not immortal.
- Not So Extinct
- Our Elves Are Better: Compared with humans, they are shorter and slighter of build, but quicker and very long-lived. They have some traditional fantasy Elf traits (a pointy-eared Dying Race that has been displaced by humans, being figures of legend to most humans), but Martin specifically avoided most of the other stereotypical Elf tropes, such as Inhumanly Beautiful Race and Can't Argue with Elves, as he feels "Elves have been done to death" and he doesn't consider them to be his version of Elves, even if they seem to fill the same niche.
- Pointy Ears: All the children of the forest have them.
- Real After All: Their culture and abilities have become myth.
- The Remnant: Even before the coming of men, The Children were few to prevent them overrunning the world.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: They've been living underground.
- Super Senses: They have better sight and hearing than Men.
LeafOne of the children of the forest, living in the Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow with the Last Greenseer.
- Miss Exposition: Answers some of Bran's questions about the children of the forest.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Combined with Animal Eyes. Her irises are gold, with vertical pupils like a snake or cat. The supernatural is taken to a higher level with red or green eyes, as children with those colors are much more likely to be able to become greenseers.
- Walking Spoiler: Her and her fellow Children's mere continued existence is a massive spoiler.
- "In that darkness the white walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead Horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds..."
- Always Chaotic Evil: Or at the very least, always hostile, implacable, and dangerous to mortals. Martin has hinted that there may be more to them than meets the eye, they can be reasoned with as shown with Craster's sons and the Children of the Forest don't fear them.
- Beauty Is Bad: According to Word of God at least, as part of their Sidhe motiff.
- Blue and Orange Morality: What is probably going on, seeing as the Children of the Forest don't seem to mind them much (not that they are particularly solid yardsticks to use, themselves). But, as far as humans are concerned, it's probably safest to think Always Chaotic Evil when dealing with them.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: Their signature, be it a wight or one of them.
- The Dreaded: The members of the Night’s Watch are terrified of them for good reason, but the rest of Westeros only thinks of them as a myth.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Their bodies radiate cold, and it has been suggested that maybe they don’t just show up during winter storms, maybe they cause them. Even their weapons and armor are made of ice.
- The Fair Folk: Of the terrifyingly dangerous sort. Notably because, in their role as mankind's enemies, they resemble more the medieval version, which, as you may guess, equates them with demons.
- Giant Spider: Old Nan and some of the books Samwell reads say that they had "giant ice spiders" at their disposal during the Long Night but it has yet to be confirmed if they ever existed or if the Others still have them.
- Greater Scope Villain: They serve as antagonists to the series as a whole even if most characters are unaware of their existence. The Great Other that Melisandre fears may possibly serve as one as well.
- Humanoid Abomination: They look human but they have milk white skin and Occult Blue Eyes.
- Human Sacrifice: Craster gave them his sons. This is currently the only way known to stop them from attacking you on sight. Craster's wives describe the Others coming for Gilly’s son as the baby's "brothers."
- Implacable Man: Stab an Other all you want, they’ll just keep getting up again and again. Wights will also keep coming unless set alight, though they at least retain damage done to them, even if the body parts cut off of them still move.
- Kill It with Fire: The only way to kill a wight outside of waiting for it to decompose.
- Kryptonite Factor: Dragonglass (or obsidian) and Dragonsteel (which is thought to be Valyrian steel), is the only thing that can harm an Other, according to legend. As it turns out, obsidian has been confirmed to work, while Valyrian steel remains untested. This doesn’t work on wights though.
- Necromancer: The Others raise the dead to act as their army.
- Night of the Living Mooks: The wights.
- No Body Left Behind: When Sam stabs an Other with a dragonglass dagger, the creature's skin and bones melt away into an icy puddle.
- Occult Blue Eyes: The wights raised by the Others gain this even if it wasn’t their natural color in life.
- Outside-Context Villain: While everyone knows of their legend, in Westeros most people either believe they never existed or they all died out. The Night's Watch are the only group that really knows they exist, but even then they don't have a lot of details about the creatures.
- Raising the Steaks: The Others resurrect horses to serve as their mounts. They also resurrect other animals such as bears
- Shrouded in Myth: What they are and what they want is still a mystery. Most people they encounter they kill, but apparently they can be reasoned with on some level since Craster is able to keep them at bay by sacrificing his sons to them.
- Ultimate Evil: The Great Other, as described by Melisandre, the god of darkness, cold and death.
- The Unintelligible: The only time one of them was heard speaking, the noise was described like cracking ice.
- Zombie Apocalypse: During the Long Night thousands of years ago they brought one of these about, and are now currently trying to do it again in Westeros. That people did manage to survive this (however much it sucked) is an interesting fact to keep in mind.
Coldhands is a mysterious figure from beyond the Wall. He looks like a wight and has hands black from pooled and congealed blood, but is intelligent and seemingly benign.
- Badass: He can effortlessly fight off large numbers of human or undead attackers at once, and has apparently been operating almost entirely alone in hostile territory north of the wall for a very long time.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saved Samwell and Gilly from wights.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Is quite clearly some kind of undead creature, yet is a (seemingly) heroic figure.
- The Faceless: His face is concealed by a scarf.
- Humanoid Abomination
- In the Hood: Wears a hood over his head that helps conceal his face.
- The Marvelous Deer: He rides a great elk.
- Revenant Zombie: Unlike the wights, Coldhands seems fully capable of independent thoughts.