This is a listing of R'hllor, his religion, and and individuals associated with him, in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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The Red God, Lord of Light, Heart of Fire, God of Flame and Shadow
- "The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows."
He is also known as the "Lord of Light", "The Red God, "Heart of Fire" and the "God of Flame and Shadow". R'hllor is a popular deity in Essos, but relatively obscure in Westeros, with the notable exceptions of Stannis' court and the Brotherhood Without Banners. R'hllor is believed to be opposed by a deity known as The Great Other, who is the opposite of R'hllor in all respects. Ritual prayers include beseeching the Lord of Light to bring the dawn; the devout do this every night.
While R'hllor is introduced later in the series and seems like a foreign import in comparison to the Seven, it should be noted that every red priest or priestess depicted "on-screen" has been shown to work supernatural feats, something no septa or septon has been seen to equal. That being said, the Faith of the Seven is opposed to magic as a whole, so it isn't surprising they wouldn't try to use it.
- Activist Fundamentalist Antics: People who worship the Old Gods, the Seven, or some other deity tolerate each other and accept the existence of those other deities to varying degrees. The worshippers of R'hllor, believe that all other deities are minions of their equivalent of Satan, which tends to cause some friction.
- Black and White Morality: A major theme, at least one Melisandre espouses.
- Breeding Cult: Melisandre's shadow babies. It is unknown if other red priestesses have the same ability or if male red priests may impregnate women with them. This ability may have stemmed from Melisandre being a shadowbinder, not from her red priestess training.
- The Chosen One: Azor Ahai.
- Church Militant: The Fiery Hand, slave soldiers protecting the Red Temple in Volantis. Like the other Slaves of R'hllor in Volantis they also have the facial flames tattoos.
- Crystal Dragon Jesus: Has a lot in common with Zoroastrianism, due to the whole "Light Is Good vs. Dark Is Evil" dynamic with R'hllor and the Great Other. The author also modeled it on the real life Christian heresy of Catharism which was brutally suppressed in the Albigensian Crusade. However, the faith as a whole opposes some aspects of both religions (Catharism advocated celibacy and self-restraint to the point of seeing reproduction as abominable; R'hllor's faith advocates for sexual activity).
- Also, much like the early Christian doctrines, they have a strong belief that there is only one "proper" deity and another evil entity diametrically opposed to that deity; any other faiths are snuffed out where they can be (at least Melisandre works to do so).
- His most famous epithet, "lord of flame and shadow" is shared with Yaldabaoth.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Their religious intolerance to other faiths and fondness for Human Sacrifice goes hand in hand with their gender-equality in the priesthood, their sex-positive attitudes and in the case of Volantis, their commitment to abolitionism and support for Dany's crusade.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: So what if the God of Flame is evil? Winter is coming.
- Good Is Not Nice: If He is good that is.
- Jerk Ass Gods: R'hllor is believed to appreciate human sacrifices, and his followers need little provocation to start burning non-believers.
- Kill It with Fire: Unsurprisingly, this is a means that R'hllor's worshippers use to punish nonbelievers/honor their deity.
- Light Is Not Good: He is the god of light opposed to darkness (albeit not shadows) and certainly seen by his followers as good and just, but almost everyone else sees him as a sinister force at best. There is an underlying implication that the light extreme R'hllor represents is as awful as the darkness of the Others.
- Love Goddess: R'hllor also is a fertility deity.
- Religion Is Magic: R'hllor's devout followers have shown magical abilities to bring people back from the dead, predict the future (with varying degrees of success), and survive without food or water for extended periods.
- The Sacred Darkness: R'hllor's is associated with shadow, which, at least in this religion, is explicitly different from darkness (which is instead linked to the Great Other). Shadow is generated by light, while there are no shadows in darkness.
- Seer: The priests and priestesses in service to R'hllor seem to be gifted with pyromancy (in the classical sense). How accurate they are, however, tends to vary.
- Slave Brand: Those who are purchased by the Temple of R'hllor at Volantis are known as "Slaves of R'hllor", and have tattooed flames on their cheeks and foreheads.
The Red Woman, The Red Priestess, Lady Red
- "R'hllor, give us light, for the night is dark and full of terrors."
A red-clad sorceress and Shadowbinder from the mysterious land of Asshai, Melisandre is an adviser to Stannis Baratheon and his wife. She is a priestess of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, and while various organizations claim (with varying degrees of probable truth) to use "spells", (such as the Faceless Men, pyromancers and certain armorers,) she is one of the few indisputably magical characters in the entire series, apart from other worshippers of R'hllor, and (depending on how you define "magic") the skinchangers like Bran, and greenseers like Jojen Reed. Melisandre preaches a message of tolerance and peace... by having people burned alive for the greater good. Her goal is to prepare the world for the War for the Dawn to save humanity from the threat of the Others.
- Affably Evil: She is very polite. She also takes offense to very little, including murder attempts.
- Ambiguously Human: She straddles the line between this and Humanoid Abomination. She doesn't really need to eat and hopes one day, she won't need to sleep at all. She needs to remind herself to eat and cover-up properly in cold weather as to not freak others out. Poison doesn't work on her. Her hair and eye colour are not natural hues of red, and her height is also off for most women (or even many men). She's older than she looks. There's the Blood Magic she does. Then, there's the fact that very few people in-world are actually comfortable in her presence for reasons they can't put their fingers on. Yeah.
- Her own POV in A Dance With Dragons, however, does confirm that she has genuine religious beliefs, feels vulnerable and uncertain about some of her visions, and has a Dark and Troubled Past as a former slave.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Type IV of the former or Type III of the latter, depending on your point of view.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Has red hair, red eyes, and dresses all in red. Fittingly, she's a priestess of a fire god, although it is unknown if this is her "true" appearance. Additionally, she's the only Red Priest mentioned to have red hair.
- Black and White Morality: Why she and Stannis get along so well.Melisandre: An onion that is half black with rot is a rotten onion. Men are good or they are evil.
- Blood Magic: One of Melisandre's specialties, and it often takes the form of human sacrifices. She can do some blood magic without killing her source, like when she used leeches to draw some of Edric Storm's blood.
- Bookworm: She loves reading.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In A Dance With Dragons, she uses Ygritte's "You know nothing, Jon Snow", which she must have learned of through supernatural means. Or it's a creepy but meaningless coincidence.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Skeptics like Maester Creesen, Davos, and Jon Snow try to write off her visions and prophecies and challenge her intuition and wisdom, but Melisandre keeps vindicating herself. By the end of A Dance With Dragons, Jon begins taking some aspects of her visions seriously, but he still strongly disagrees with her other methods.
- Cassandra Truth: Few people believe her visions before they come true.
- Contralto of Danger: Melisandres voice is quite deep and she is possibly the most dangerous of Stannis circle.
- Court Mage: She has quite deliberately set herself up as this. It's no accident she approached Stannis via his wife.
- Curtains Match the Window: Since her hair is a strange shade of red (explicitly differentiated from an ordinary redhead), the matching eyes are more than a little unsettling.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She still has nightmares of being sold on the block. And there are hints that it probably doesn't end there. Especially given what is learned about the general treatment of slaves in Essos.
- The Dragon: "Right-hand woman" is practically her self-written job-description.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Word of God says she has her own agenda.
- Dark Messiah: Possibly. Melisandre sees visions from her God through the flames, though this God is not exactly straightforward with her or she has trouble interpreting the messages; as such, she is leaning towards being a prophet rather than a Messiah. Then again, if conveying the messages involves the immolation of infidels, the "Dark" part is fully covered.
- Determinator: No matter what it takes or how steep the price she and others have to pay, she fully intends to work out what R'hllor's will is and carry it out. And nothing will stop her.
- This also seems to be a trait that she admires in others, thinking well of Davos even when he tries to kill her because he's doing it out of loyalty and determination and because he thinks it's the right thing to do.
- The Dreaded: Melisandre is the most feared of Stannis' followers and he uses her reputation to his advantage.
- Elemental Hair: It's pretty obvious she's associated with fire just from the description of her hair.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Evokes this more than a little, even though the R'hllor religion is all about heat and flame representing good. Naturally, the opposing side fits Evil Is Deathly Cold like a glove.
- Evil Chancellor: Most people believe her to be this, as she urged Stannis to have his young nephew sacrificed, although the truth is—like most of the series—more gray than that. After Davos Seaworth spirits Edric away, she tells him that he has only delayed Edric's death and possibly doomed many others.Melisandre: Do you think you've saved this boy, Onion Knight? When the long night falls, Edric Storm shall die with the rest, wherever he is hidden. Your own sons as well. Darkness and cold will cover the earth. You meddle in matters you do not understand.
- Evil Redhead—Zigzagged: The trope is certainly present with her, but it's not played straight. It's hard to say she's evil, exactly. She is extremely ruthless, but she's in the morally grey area of the A Song of Ice and Fire universe.
- The Evil Genius / The Smart Guy: Depending on your view. She's one of Stannis's top advisors.
- Fetus Terrible: The "shadow babies".
- Fiery Redhead—Averted: She is cold and calculating, and on the rare occasions when she is genuinely surprised her composure barely flickers.
- Forgets to Eat: R'hllor sustains her, so she doesn't actually need to eat, but she tries to remember to anyway so she doesn't freak anyone out.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a slave as a child, yet rose to became a very powerful priestess and sorceress, and is advisor to one of the most powerful men in Westeros.
- The Fundamentalist: Oh my, yes. Perhaps the biggest one in the books, and even though she's not the only character with these traits, she stands out.
- Heroic Wannabe: Certainly wants to be a good person, but her value of "good" is different than others.
- Hot Witch: Literally hotter to the touch than ordinary people, and she's also beautiful and not at all averse to flirting with or openly propositioning men with a strong life-force (like Davos) she can use to make her Living Shadow assassin babies.
- Implied Love Interest: To Stannis, though "love" might be going too far. They are implied to be sleeping together, at the very least.
- The Insomniac: In A Dance With Dragons, it's revealed that Melisandre doesn't sleep much, often just an hour a night, as she is afraid of nightmares.
- Kill It with Fire: Kills an eagle with her flames during the battle at the Wall.
- Knight Templar: Her aims are admirable, and she's one of the pitifully few individuals willing to do anything about the threat of the Others. Her means, however, are completely ruthless.
- Lady of Black Magic: She's always calm and composed, but as part of a low-magic setting she's usually limited to soothsaying, illusion and giving birth to deadly Living Shadows. Given that she's one of a handful of people to show outright supernatural abilities at all, however, that says something. Her powers increase near the Wall, apparently allowing her to take out an eagle with a fireball.
- Lady in Red—Invoked: Melisandre is an object of desire for many characters who note her unnatural beauty; she garbs herself completely in red as the trope states, yet her sexual exploits are not stated proper in the books, though it's implied that she does have a sexual relationship with Stannis. (see Hot Witch).
- The Law of Power Proportionate to Effort: Melisandre is one of the few people with substantial knowledge about various forms of magic, and she has gained the reputation of being a dangerous and formidable Lady of Black Magic. This is partially because she makes the magic look easier to use than it actually is, using various forms of tricks and items to make the act of casting easier, or produce an effect which looks far more impressive than it actually is.
- Licked by the Dog: In A Dance With Dragons, Ghost is immediately taken with her, although it's implied that something unnatural is going on to cause that reaction. This is especially jarring since, with his mental connection to Jon Snow, one would expect Ghost to share Jon's unease of her, so the fact that Ghost took to her disconcerts him.
- Lie to the Beholder: Melisandre is able to cast these glamours on people, specifically Mance Rayder. It's noted to be very difficult magic, and the more they challenge people's Weirdness Censors, the it is harder to keep up, so wearing the person's Iconic Item or Iconic Outfit helps the disguise.
- Light Is Not Good—Zigzagged: Sometimes played straight, sometimes not. Melisandre insists that R'hllor is good and has humanity's best interest at heart, but her religious extremism and terrifying "children" put those assertions in doubt. She's not good (despite what she thinks of herself) but not evil either. As she tells Davos:Melisandre: There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of light, the children of fire. The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows.
- Living Shadow: Her "children". When Davos questions whether shadow powers are appropriate given her beliefs, she replies that they are, since you can't have shadows without light.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She complicates things by using slight-of-hand, stagecraft and plain old chemistry to "boost" whatever it is she does. Even surviving Cressen's attempted poisoning could be written off as "somebody who knows her antidotes and takes them every day," and it would also fit her other MO of using powders and liquids to both colour and produce flames from nothing, King's Landing Alchemist-style — except for the fact that her magic ruby glowed. However... she does also do quite a lot of things you need to ask questions about (throwing a fireball goes a little beyond "really good at chemistry for a Medieval-style setting"). And she certainly knows things she really shouldn't, especially if she were only using the raven postal service. According to her viewpoint chapter her genuine magic is also a mix of real divine power and blood magic, and yet other abilities (like not needing to eat) may be from being a shadowbinder rather than a red priestess. She's gone considerably out of her way to keep anyone from knowing this, and even she isn't always sure where the lines are.
- Meaningful Name: 'Melisandre' is very similar to 'Melisande', a French name meaning (among other things) strength and determination.
- Military Mage: As Stannis Baratheon's Court Mage, Melisandre uses her ability to see visions in fire to counsel him on military strategy, telling him that if he marches on King's Landing his brother Renly will defeat him, but if he attacks Renly at Storm's End he will be victorious. Both are true thanks to Prophecy Twist.
- She herself plays a major role in the battle at the Wall, telepathically lighting the wildling's Animal Eye Spy scout on fire and causing the skinchanger inside it to go mad with pain and lose control of his other animals, sending a shadowcat, three wolves, and a polar bear rampaging through wildling lines just before Stannis' army crashes down on them.
- My Blood Runs Hot: Because it contains the flames of R'hllor.
- Mysterious Backer: Definitely. Her motivations become more clear in A Dance With Dragons.
- The Needless: She doesn't need to eat, being sustained my the magic of R'hllor, but consumes food to keep up appearances.
- No Social Skills—Downplayed: She's certainly courteous, but she has difficulty holding a conversation without sliding into religious rhetoric and her idea of seducing someone is straight up propositioning them and hoping for the best. This makes her very blunt and makes it very difficult for her to convince people of what she wants them to believe. Luckily for her Stannis considers straightforward Brutal Honesty to be a positive trait.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: She keeps powders in the hidden pockets of her sleeves to aid in her sorceries.
- Not So Omniscient After All: Her POV in A Dance With Dragons confirms this is the case. The visions that she sees in the fires will always come true, but her personal feelings (i.e. her trying to manipulate events to Stannis's advantage) sometimes cause her to mistake their meaning. Also, ignoring the matter of interpreting the visions, even receiving them is not consistent; she can miss things she is not actively looking for, which is why she fails to see Davos taking Edric Storm beyond her reach, and even when she is actively looking for something the visions might show her something completely unrelated.
Melisandre: I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R'hllor shows me only Snow.
- There's a funny line in A Dance With Dragons, possibly a Shout-Out to fans who believe in the Jon Snow is Azor Ahai theory:
- Also in A Dance With Dragons, it's shown that Moqorro, Victarion Greyjoy's captured R'hllor priest, is a noticeably more accurate and straightforward clairvoyant.
- Odd Name Out: Has the distinction of being one of only two POV characters not from Westeros (the other being Areo Hotah). She's also one of the few POV characters without a last name.
- Older Than They Look: Has practiced the art of watching the flames for "years beyond count" and yet appears to be no older than around 30.
- Out with a Bang—Zigzagged: When propositioning Davos to help her make some shadow babies, Melisandre implies that it would be the best sex ever, but it's also made clear that sex with Melisandre draws the life out of the other participant (it's heavily implied that this is why Stannis looks so haggard and prematurely aged after having created two shadows with her, to the point where she dares not try to make a third).
- Pet the Dog: Many.
- In A Dance with Dragons, she has Devan Seaworth remain at the Wall so Davos won't lose another son.
- She attempts to save Maester Cressen even after he tries to poison her.
- She insists that Davos be treated gently after he tries to assassinate her, visits him in prison, and expresses understanding for his motivation in trying to kill her. Later, she personally convinces Stannis to release him.
- She saves Mance Rayder and tries to save Jon Snow despite having little reason for the first and none (that she knows of) for the second.
- She's one of the few people in the books who treats Selyse with anything resembling kindness and respect.
- She is kind to Sam and honestly praises him for killing an Other.
- When Davos accuses her of being involved with Renly's death, Stannis goes so far as to defend her and point out she was the one who convinced him to at least try to negotiate with him.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While she mistrusts Davos because he refuses to worship R'hllor, she realizes that his loyalty to Stannis cannot be doubted and so doesn't move against him. At times she seems to genuinely like him.
- Prophetic Fallacy: Her visions are always true, but her interpretation of them isn't always accurate (for example, the girl she saw riding to Castle Black for refuge that she assumed was Arya Stark was actually Alys Karstark). Unfortunately, to maintain her image she acts like she's infallible until proven otherwise and even then handwaves it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: She is not to be trifled with. And you get plenty of warning with those peepers.
- Shout-Out: According to Word of God, Melisandre has a few similarities to Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's quite beautiful and taller than most men. However, when her height is noted it is not as a positive trait, and is one of the reasons why other characters find her unsettling.
- The Stoic: She shows little reaction to most things and internalizes most of her fears, presenting a very stoic exterior.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: It is in her POV chapter where we learn of her Dark and Troubled Past, as well as her soft spot for Davos. We also learn that she has a soft spot for Davos' young son, Devan, who she is deliberately trying to keep safe for Davos' sake.
- Uncanny Valley: Comes across this way in-universe. While descriptions of her by other characters note her beauty, they invariably also note that something is "off" and unsettling about her. While this is possibly "just" the effect of her flame-red hair, flame-red eyes, very pale skin, and unusual height, it seems that people have an instinctive aversion to something else about her, and just don't know what it is.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Lord of Light, her cause, and possibly to Stannis.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She will do anything to advance her god's cause, since she believes it's humanity's only hope of surviving the winter to come. She gives the following typical defense to Jon Snow when he expresses skepticism of her visions:Jon Snow: Dalla told me something once. Vals sister, Mance Rayders wife. She said that sorcery was a sword without a hilt. There is no safe way to grasp it.
Melisandre: A wise woman. A sword without a hilt is still a sword, though, and a sword is a fine thing to have when foes are all about.
- Worthy Opponent: How she views Davos. Well, at the start, and maybe not that much: initially, he was an obstacle she tried getting rid of. Then she realised his worth to Stannis and recognised that his obstruction wasn't outright malicious in any way, shape, or form, nor was it self-serving. Their relationship has mellowed into... a very odd one, as a result. Both continue to butt heads, but she actually comes across as liking him, for all she considers him misguided. With Davos, however: different story. It's unlikely he'll forget or forgive the Shadow Babies or Edric Storm any time soon.
Flame of Truth, Light of Wisdom, First Servant of the Lord of Light, Slave of R'hllor
- Haldon Halfmaester has spoken of using the red priest to Young Griff's advantage, Tyrion recalled. Now that he had seen and heard the man himself, that struck him as a very bad idea. He hoped Griff had better sense. Some allies are more dangerous than enemies.—Tyrion Lannister's thoughts
A High Priest of R'hllor, he resides at the Temple of the Lord of Light in Volantis.
- High Priest: Currently the highest-ranked of the priests in Volantis. How that relates in comparison across the whole of Essos is unknown, but it seems to give him enough clout to meddle in the affairs of other places.
- I Have Many Names: Among them being Flame of Truth, Light of Wisdom, First Servant of the Lord of Light, and Slave of R'hllor.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly a play on beniiro, Japanese for "crimson".
- Minor Major Character: Despite having sent off three big players in the plot (Melisandre, Thoros of Myr, and Moqorro) on major missions that affect several storylines and being a major religious/political force in Essos, he is only seen in person once from a distance while giving a sermon.
- Only One Name: That we know of. Like Melisandre's, though, it's probably not the one he had as a child.
- Turbulent Priest: He openly and enthusiastically supports Daenerys Targaryen, believing she is Azor Ahai reborn. This troubles the triarchs of Volantis because Daenerys is known to want to end slavery and they fear Benerro's sermons will incite a slave rebellion. Unfortunately for them, the city watch, the Tiger Cloaks, are ardent worshipers of the red god and are unlikely to go against their high priest.
- Uncanny Valley: Possibly downplayed. Tyrion quickly gets an acute attack of the nopes upon seeing and hearing him, for one thing; he seems to put it down to his political radar screaming out, rather than anything else. However, given he'd spent some time around Moqorro, he could have been unconsciously picking something familiarly creepy up, too.
The Black Flame
- "Your Drowned God is a demon, he is no more than a thrall of the Other, the dark god whose name must not be spoken."—Moqorro to Victarion Greyjoy
Another red priest in service to R'hllor, Moqorro was sent by the religion's High Priest to serve as an adviser to Daenerys Targaryen. However, his ship is wrecked by a storm and he was lost overboard. He is then rescued by Victarion Greyjoy and his crew.
- Affably Evil: In contrast to his fearsome appearance, he's a polite, even pleasant guy and quite erudite... he also advocates burning people alive as human sacrifices.
- Ambiguously Human: There's just something... rather more than normal about him... Like Melisandre, Moqorro lives in the dip in how he looks and people pick up on it. However, he's got a subtly-wrong shade of black going on, rather than a dodgy red. Being rather massive is a little easier for him to get away with thanks to being both male and standing next to another man-mountain like Victarion to take the edge off. However, he is still a little bit too loomingly big both in size and general attitude. Even for a bloke.
- The Cassandra: Warns Victarion that he is being manipulated, but is ignored. Mind you, depending on why he warned him, it could be seen as a sort of Sarcastic Confession, as well as a warning about (probably) Euron.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: He is a priest of a fire god, with pitch-black skin that makes him look as if he's been roasted in flame.
- Cunning Linguist: He's comfortable with languages from Essos and isn't half bad communicating with anybody from Westeros. Which... raises the suspicion that, as with Melisandre, he could be Older Than He Looks just to have had time to get that good with them all.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Described as having pitch-black skin and a mane of white hair.
- The Dragon: Quickly becomes one to Victarion, who was in need of one after Euron made Nute the Barber Lord of Oakenshield, thus weakening his brother's position.
- Dragon with an Agenda: It is clear helping Victarion get Daenerys for himself is not Moqorro's goal.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Well, yes. If pyromancy counts as "dreaming".
- Exact Words: Talks a lot of the "great destiny" awaiting Victarion, who's not smart enough to ask exactly what he means by this.
- Ethnic Magician: Well, kind of. Nobody in-world or out actually knows what his ethnicity is, as he doesn't match known descriptions. Definitely does the mojo thing, though.
- The Fundamentalist: Seems to be a common Red Priest(ess) trait.
- Genius Bruiser: He's over six feet tall and has a rock hard stomach, but has also learned to speak the Common Tongue of Westeros fluently with almost no accent, and is a talented linguist of the Valyrian language. Not to mention his magical skills. All in all, this points to him being just like Melisandre in another way, as well: Older Than They Look.
- Heal It with Fire: After Victarion's arm is injured, Moqorro not only heals it with fire magic, but also makes it inhumanly strong.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Takes on this role in respect to Victarion.
- In-Series Nickname: The Ironborn raiders call him the Black Flame due to being unable to pronounce his name.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his prophetic abilities to predict the weather, which while less spectacular than Melisandre's efforts to see specific future events in the flames, is much more accurate. And for someone trying to sail an entire pirate fleet through autumn storms, a lot more practical.
- Poisonous Friend: Becomes one to Victarion. Just like Melisandre does to Stannis, his advice often involves suggestions to burn people.
- Religion Is Magic: As a priest of R'hllor he has powers similar to Melisandre. He can see the future in flames, and he survives for several days floating in the open ocean clinging to flotsam, with no food or water, after the ship he was on was destroyed in a storm.
- Scary Black Man: Due to a combination of being tall and bulky and having creepy magical abilities, the Ironborn he meets up with are quite frightened of him. However, it's not certain if he's black — racially that is, not color-wise. His skin is described as not being like that of a Summer Islander, but a pure, charcoal black that doesn't match that of any known race in the books, and is likely unnatural.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: It's possible that he had two potential "employers" in mind when it came to hooking up to movers-and-shakers, as his path put him in position to meet Tyrion as well as Victarion. One interpretation could be that he took a pass with the tricksome dwarf-with-a-big-shadow after a closer look and went with the giant as the better bet to get what he's after.