A Storm of Swords-Chapter 22

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Arya IV
A Storm of Swords chapter
PlaceHigh Heart - Acorn Hall
Page246 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Arya III
Jaime III ← Arya IV → Daenerys II

Arya V


The outlaws first visit Lord Lymond Lychester and then the Lady of the Leaves in search of word on Lord Beric's whereabouts. But none have seen him, only hearing rumors that he was dead--hung once, killed by Vargo Hoat, Amory Lorch, and twice by Gregor Clegane. The same rumors Arya had been hearing at Harrenhal. But Lem and Tom know that Beric is still alive.

The outlaws plan to ransom Arya at Riverrun after they meet up with Beric and Thoros of Myr. They arrive at High Heart, an ancient hill sacred to the children of the forest. Thirty-one mighty weirwoods had stood at the top of the hill, but only their stumps remained from after the Andals chopped them down. Yet Arya could still feel the power of the place. The old dwarf woman speaks in private to Lem, Tom and Greenbeard, but Arya overhears the conversation. The woman has dreams while sleeping among the weirwood stumps, and tells them she had dreamed of "a shadow with a burning heart killing a golden stag";[1] of "a man without a face, waiting on a swaying bridge, on his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from its wings";[2] and of "a raging river and a woman that was a fish…dead with red tears on her cheeks, but when her eyes did open, I woke from terror."[3]

At Acorn Hall, Lady Smallwood informs them that Thoros had been through recently, and that Karstark men were searching for the Kingslayer. Arya and Gendry go off to the smithy, and the former apprentice explains that Thoros was a charlatan, using regular swords with wildfire to make his flaming sword.

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  1. A likely reference to the death of Renly Baratheon
  2. A likely reference to the death of Balon Greyjoy
  3. A likely reference to the death of Catelyn Tully

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