Amory Lorch

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Amory Lorch
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by Amok©

Alias The Manticore
Title Castellan of Harrenhal
Allegiance House Lorch
Died In 299 AL, at Harrenhal
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Fintan McKeown
TV series Season 2

Ser Amory Lorch is a landed knight of House Lorch and bannerman of House Lannister. His arms are a black manticore on a red field.[1]


Character and Appearance

He is a portly man of average height described as having a piggy face with small pig-like eyes.[1][2] Lorch is regarded as a cruel, simple and small man.


Lorch was responsible for the murder of the three-year old Princess Rhaenys Targaryen during the sack of King's Landing. Alongside and in front of several House Lannister men-at-arms[3], he dragged the screaming toddler from under her father Rhaegar's bed and stabbed her (over fifty times) to death.[4]

When Tywin Lannister, who ordered the killing, later asked Lorch why it had taken half a hundred sword thrusts to kill a girl of three, Lorch's reply was she kept screaming and wouldn't be quiet. Lord Tywin later stated if Lorch had the wits the gods gave a turnip he would have used sweet words and a soft pillow to kill the girl instead.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

During the War of the Five Kings, Lorch, along with fellow bannerman Gregor Clegane and Vargo Hoat, the mercenary leader of the Brave Companions, was given the task to forage the Riverlands and to burn what he did not take. Lorch's raiding party even encountered and attacked Yoren's group of recruits for the Night's Watch (with Arya Stark hidden among them) and was responsible for Yoren's death.[1] This attack was unprovoked as the Night's Watch took no part in the wars of the realm.

Lorch captured two innocent smallfolk, a beekeeper and his wife and threatened far and wide to hang them if Beric Dondarrion did not surrender to him; when Lord Beric did surrender, Lorch hanged the beekeeper and his wife anyway with Dondarrion strung up in the middle. Dondarrion would later be resurrected by Thoros of Myr, though.[5]

Lorch was made castellan of Harrenhal by Lord Tywin Lannister when Lord Tywin took the majority of his army east to engage Stannis Baratheon.[6] While castellan, Ser Amory drank a great deal of the best wine in the castle's cellars.[7] He was eventually captured by Roose Bolton when Bolton persuaded Vargo Hoat to betray House Lannister and to seize control of the castle. After Harrenhal's fall, Lorch was fed to a bear as entertainment to Bolton, Hoat, and the Brave Companions. Arya Stark was also present to witness Lorch's death and notes that the bear that killed Lorch:

" a big black bear, just like Yoren".[8]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister tells his son Tyrion Lannister of his plan to blame the deaths of Elia Martell and her children entirely on the deceased Ser Amory, to circumvent giving Ser Gregor Clegane over to Prince Oberyn Martell, who comes to King's Landing to seek justice for their deaths.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Roger Hogg told Ser Jaime Lannister how Ser Amory attacked his towerhouse at Sow's Horn even though he was sworn to House Hayford, who is sworn to King's Landing.[9]


Young boys and old men die the same. [1]

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