A Storm of Swords-Chapter 39

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Arya VII
A Storm of Swords chapter
Placea sept in the Riverlands
Page439 UK HC (Other versions)
Chapter chronology (All)
Arya VI
Tyrion V ← Arya VII → Bran III



The Lightning Lord’s band is attacking a sept held by several members of the Bloody Mummers. Arya watches as Lord Beric and Thoros of Myr seem to be everywhere at once, both with flaming swords in hand. Afterward, they hang the Mummer called Septon Utt for his crimes. Arya is upset that Lord Beric let Sandor Clegane free after taking all his gold.

That night at the sept's brewhouse, Lord Beric is speaking to Arya and asks Thoros, "How many times have you brought me back now?" Thoros claims it is R'hllor who has restored his life six times, but the seventh may be the end of both of them. Beric reveals that he has trouble remembering his past, and would be unable to even find his ancestral home. Thoros believes that the Lord of Light is not done with Lord Beric yet, and that is why the red god has raised him from the dead so many times. The outlaws plan to ransom Arya back to her mother or brother.

Later, Gendry joins the outlaws as a blacksmith and is knighted by Lord Beric. Soon after, Sandor Clegane returns, claiming he killed the sentries. He demands his gold back, but is rebuffed by Thoros and commanded to leave. The Hound leaves realizing he cannot do anything, and they then discover that the sentries were only asleep. When some complain that the Hound will follow and murder them in their sleep, Lord Beric states, "Sandor Clegane would kill us all gladly, but not in our sleep."

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