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 First Men
The First Men were the culture of humans who first set foot on Westeros. The influence of the First Men is still felt in Westeros, most strongly in the North.
The Andals are one of the three major ethnic groups of Westeros. Their arrival caused the fall of many of the kingdoms of the First Men which had developed in the wake of the Pact with the children of the forest. The Andals also brought the Faith of the Seven to the Seven Kingdoms.
The Mountain Clans
The Clans of the Mountains of the Moon
Savage clans who live in the Mountains of the Moon in the Vale, they hate the Arryns and rob any passing travelers. The clans include the Black Ears, Storm Crows, Burned Men, Milk Snakes, Moon Brothers, Painted Dogs, Sons of the Mist, and the Stone Crows.
- Self-Mutilation Equals Authority: The Burned Men perform self-mutilation as a rite of passage to demonstrate their bravery. Cutting off one's nipple or finger is pretty typical. Timett took it Up to Eleven by gouging out his own eye with a hot knife, which was so impressive that he was immediately promoted to warleader.
- Ax-Crazy: The rest of Westeros see mountain clans as this, the mountain clans see the Burned Men as this, and even the Burned Men are a little wary around Timett.
- Badass: All of the mountain clans are fierce fighters, and make travel into and out of the Vale a risky proposition for small groups or those with no weapons.
- Battle Trophy: The Black Ears tribe cuts off the ears of their captured enemies but leaves them alive to prove they do not fear retaliation.
- The Brute: Several clans fulfill this role for Tyrion, and they are widely hated by the people of King's Landing. Shagga is the most obvious example.
- Character Death: Ulf son of Umar and Conn son of Corratt are both slain at the Battle of the Green Fork.
- I Am X, Son of Y: How they introduce themselves. Tyrion catches on and introduces himself as "Tyrion, son of Tywin".
- Unkempt Beauty: Conn, son of Corratt is described as "handsome if he bathed".
Shagga, son of Dolf
A clan chief of the Stone Crows, Shagga becomes one of Tyrion's closest allies.
- An Axe to Grind: Carries three axes as his weapons, normally wielding two at once with the third as a backup.
- Annoying Arrows: He is hit by several arrows during the Battle of the Green Fork, but does not notice them in his grief for Conn. Most of them just got stuck in his armor, but a few did pierce his flesh, but he is fine when he removes them after the battle ends.
- Badass Beard
- Berserker Tears: When his friend Conn is killed.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He never stops boasting.
- Catch Phrase: "I'll chop off your manhood and feed it to the goats" is Shagga's favorite threats; it is sometimes used by Tyrion to great effect. It turns out that Shagga refers to a man's beard as his "manhood".
- Dual Wielding
- Third-Person Person: He often speaks in this manner.
Timett, son of Timett
A Red Hand of the Burned Men, one of the most feared mountain clans.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: He is described as a gaunt youth, and is not yet twenty years old when he first appears. He leads the Burned Men because he is the most Badass one there. When a Burned Man comes of age, he must burn a body part - usually a finger, toe or other expendable body part. Timett chose to put out his own eye, doing so with a red hot knife. The Burned Men were so impressed they promoted him to "Red Hand" (a war leader) on the spot.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Dual Wielding
- Eye Scream: He burned out his own eye just to prove how Badass he is.
- In-Series Nickname: Timett One-Eye.
- Macho Masochism
- Put on a Bus: He and his men go back to the Vale after the Battle of the Blackwater, after being denied reentrance to King's Landing following Tyrion's injury.
Chella, daughter of Cheyk
A clan chief of the Black Ears. The only one of Tirion's wildling lieutenants to return to him after the Battle of the Blackwater, but was driven off.
"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..."
A mysterious, monstrous race from the Lands of Always Winter. Eight thousand years ago they caused the Long Night, a period of time where the dead rose and attacked the living, laying waste to the world. According to legend they were driven back by Azor Ahai and locked away behind the Wall, where the Night's Watch was established to safeguard the world from their return. Though most believe the Others are simply a myth, the monsters have returned and are once again trying to plunge the world into a never-ending Winter.
- 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.
- Bigger Bad: 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.
- 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.
- Humanoid Abomination: They look human but they have milk white skin and Occult Blue Eyes.
George R. R. Martin
: "They are strange, beautiful… think, oh… the Sidhe
made of ice, something like that… a different sort of life… inhuman, elegant, dangerous."
- 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.