Arys Oakheart

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Arys Oakheart
by David Palumbo ©Fantasy Flight Games
Arys Oakheart by David Palumbo ©Fantasy Flight Games

Title Ser
Allegiance House Oakheart
Culture Reachmen
Born At Old Oak
Died In 300 AC, at the Greenblood
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (POV)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Ser Arys Oakheart is a knight of House Oakheart and a member of King Robert I Baratheon's Kingsguard. Arys is the youngest son of Lady Arwyn Oakheart of Old Oak.[1] He becomes a POV character in A Feast for Crows.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Arys Oakheart

Arys has light-brown hair and a comely face.[2] Sansa Stark considers him courteous and cordial.[2] He owns a tunic decorated with the golden oak tree of House Oakheart and his Kingsguard armor has white-enameled scales.[2][3] Arys owns at least three white cloaks—light wool, heavy wool, and silk—which he pins with the golden leaf of his house.[2][4]


Arys joined the Kingsguard in 290 AC.[5]

Recent Events

In Dorne Arys is seduced by Princess Arianne Martell - by Sacha Angel Diener. © Fantasy Flight Games

A Game of Thrones

Ser Arys competes in the Hand's tourney along with the other Kingsguard knights. He is present in the throne room when Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed, and he laughs at his former sworn brother's shame.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Arys is regarded as one of the kinder Kingsguard under King Joffrey I Baratheon, often making pleasant conversation with Sansa Stark. When Joffrey orders his Kingsguard to beat Sansa, Ser Meryn Trant, Ser Boros Blount, Ser Preston Greenfield, and Ser Mandon Moore carry out the command without qualm or question. Arys, when ordered, hits Sansa but as lightly as he dares, and only after objecting first.[2] He is also skilled with the lance, displaying absolute confidence in his ability to win the tourney on King Joffrey's name day, despite the presence of other Kingsguard.

Arys is sent to Sunspear in Dorne to guard Princess Myrcella Baratheon, who is betrothed to Trystane Martell.[7] Arys regrets having struck Sansa, and he lights a candle to the Warrior in gratitude for having been chosen by Tyrion Lannister for the mission.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister informs his son Tyrion that Ser Arys Oakheart has sent a letter from Dorne, revealing Myrcella and Trystane get on well and that Myrcella has taken a great liking to Princess Arianne Martell.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Arys is seduced within half a year by Arianne, daughter of Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, and heiress to the throne of Dorne.[9] She convinces him to rebel against the Iron Throne and support Myrcella's claim over that of her brother, King Tommen I Baratheon.[4] When the conspiracy is uncovered at the Greenblood, Arys stages a mad charge into Martell forces, killing two of their number before being killed himself by Areo Hotah, the captain of Prince Doran's guard.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

The Dornish court decides to tell Ser Balon Swann that Arys was killed by Ser Gerold Dayne.[11]

Quotes by Arys

You know I have no other woman. Only... duty. [4]
- Arys to Arianne Martell

There have always been men who found it easier to speak vows than to keep them.[4]
- Arys to Arianne Martell

I will not be remembered as Ser Aerys the Unworthy. I will not soil my cloak.[4]
- Arys to Arianne Martell

You will not take her whilst I still draw breath.[10]
- Arys to Areo Hotah

Quotes about Arys

Arys, my sweet knight, why did you do it? You should have yielded. I tried to tell you, but the words caught in my mouth. You gallant fool, I never meant for you to die, or for Myrcella...[9]
- thoughts of Arianne Martell

Did he charge at Areo Hotah in hopes of saving me? Or did he do it to escape me, to wash out his dishonor with his life's blood?[9]
- thoughts of Arianne Martell

References and Notes

  1. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 2, Sansa I.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight, Ser Arys claims to have not touched a woman since joining the Kingsguard ten years ago.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  7. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.

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