Aurane Waters

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Aurane Waters
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Aurane Waters, the Bastard of Driftmark - Fantasy Flight Games ©

Alias Bastard of Driftmark
Title Grand admiral (master of ships)
Lord of the Waters[2]
Allegiance House Velaryon
Race Valyrian
Culture crownlands
Born In 277 AC or 278 AC[3]
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appendix)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Aurane Waters, called the Bastard of Driftmark, is a bastard member of House Velaryon.[4] He is the half brother of Monford Velaryon, Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark.[5]


See also: Images of Aurane Waters

Aurane is handsome and thin, with silver-gold hair and grey-green eyes. He has a cleft in his chin and has a beard.[6] His appearance reminds Cersei Lannister of Rhaegar Targaryen, although Aurane's face is narrower.[7]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Aurane is a scion of House Velaryon and fights for Stannis Baratheon during the War of the Five Kings. After the Battle of the Blackwater, Aurane is captured and bends the knee to King Joffrey I Baratheon.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Aurane is pardoned for fighting for Stannis and wins the favor of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, who believes that Aurane desires her. Cersei grants him the position of grand admiral, formerly the master of ships, on King Tommen I Baratheon's small council. Since most of the royal fleet was destroyed at the Blackwater, Aurane receives funds to build a small fleet of dromonds.[6] Grand Maester Pycelle disagrees with Aurane's plan to captain the dromonds with younger men, rather than veterans of the Blackwater.[9]

Aurane tells Cersei that Ser Loras Tyrell was wounded during the siege of Dragonstone.[10] Cersei thinks Aurane covets Dragonstone, as his lordship on the small council does not include a seat of his own, but she feels Rosby would be more fitting for him.[1] Because of increasing unrest in King's Landing after the arrest of Queen Margaery Tyrell, Aurane tells Queen Cersei that he will launch her new dromonds on the Blackwater Rush to keep the peace and potentially prevent Lord Mace Tyrell from rescuing his daughter, Margaery. During her imprisonment by the Faith of the Seven, Cersei is visited by Qyburn, who tells the queen that Lord Waters fled the capital with the new ships after her arrest.[11]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

According to Valena Toland, a new pirate king has set up on Torturer's Deep, styling himself the Lord of the Waters,[12] with three-decked warships.[13] This description matches that of the new ships for King Tommen's fleet at the time they were made.


Aurane Waters


Jaime: There is talk that you mean to make Aurane Waters the master of ships.

Cersei: Has someone been informing on me? Waters is well suited to the office. He has spent half his life on ships.
Jaime: Half his life? He cannot be more than twenty.
Cersei: Two-and-twenty, and what of it? Father was not even one-and-twenty when Aerys Targaryen named him Hand. It is past time Tommen had some young men about him in place of all these wrinkled greybeards. Aurane is strong and vigorous.
Jaime: Paxter Redwyne would be a better choice. He commands the largest fleet in Westeros. Aurane Waters could command a skiff, but only if you bought him one.[14]

- Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
  2. Arianne I (The Winds of Winter)
  3. See the Aurane Waters calculation.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  5. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aurane Waters.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  12. "Waters" is the surname for noble bastards from the crownlands such as Aurane Waters himself. The traditional title for the head of House Velaryon is "Lord of the Tides".
  13. Arianne I (The Winds of Winter)
  14. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.

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