A certain man

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Culture Myrish
Book A Clash of Kings (mentioned)

Played by Harold James McMullan
TV series Game of Thrones: Season 3

A certain man is a sorcerer who made Varys a eunuch. His true name is not mentioned.[1] In the television adapation Game of Thrones, the sorcerer is portrayed by Harold James McMullan.


When Varys was an orphan boy he was apprenticed to a traveling folly. The folly's master owned a fat little cog and they sailed up and down the narrow sea performing in all the Free Cities and from time to time in Oldtown and King’s Landing.[1]

One day at Myr, a certain man came to the folly. After the performance, he made an offer for young Varys that his master found too tempting to refuse. Varys was in terror. He feared the man meant to use him as he had heard men used small boys, but in truth the only part of Varys the man had need of was his manhood.[1]

The man gave Varys a potion that made him powerless to move or speak, but did nothing to dull his senses as his manhood was cut off at the stem, then burnt in a brazier in a bloodmagic ritual.[1]

With the ritual complete, the man had no further use for Varys and tossed him out on the streets. Varys asked the man what he should do, to which the sorcerer replied he supposed that he should die. Varys, to spite him, vowed to live.[1]

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A Clash of Kings

Varys tells Tyrion Lannister how he was made a eunuch, telling him of a certain man.[1]