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|Alias||Brown Ben Plumm|
|Title||Commander of the Second Sons|
|Book(s)|| A Storm of Swords (Appears)|
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
Ben Plumm, better known as Brown Ben Plumm, is the commander of the mercenary company called the Second Sons.
Ben is described as "an older man", tall and still fit. He has a broad face, brown skin, a broken nose and nappy grey/white hair. He has a salt and pepper beard He has large, dark, almond-shaped Dothraki eyes that he inherited from his mother. There are wrinkles at the corner of his eyes.
Brown Ben's mother is a Dothraki. He says he is part Braavosi, Summer Islander, Ibbenese, Qohorik, Dothraki, Dornish and part Westerosi. He claims to have a drop of Targaryen blood, which must be why dragons, particularly Viserion, have an affinity for him. He states an old member of House Plumm married a "dragon princess". He vaguely says that the wedding took place in the reign of Aegon Targaryen. Daenerys points that there were five Aegons who reigned in Westeros and asks which one, but Ben fails to remember the regnal number requested. 
Ben's grandmother was half-Ibbenese and half-Qohoriq. He claims that his knowledge of Westeros came from her second-hand narratives to him as a child. She never stepped foot on Westeros herself. His Westerosi grandfather was killed by a Dothraki, prior to the birth of Ben. His ancestor was reportedly famous for having a cock six-foot-long. Tyrion Lannister suspects him to be a distant descendant of a younger son of Viserys Plumm and a possible distant relation to the famous Ossifer Plumm. Ossifer reportedly fathered a child when already dead and buried. Tyrion also claims that Brown Ben has "two drops" of dragon blood, not just one.
Ben once served as a bodyguard to the uncle of Oznak zo Pahl in Meereen before joining the Second Sons. He escaped from Meereen by traveling through the sewer system, an experience that he does not wish to ever repeat.
While plundering after his first battle with the Second Sons, Plumm took some leather armor from a dead sellsword, and discovered a fortune of coins the man had sewn into the lining of the armor. Plumm, being naive at the time, told a fellow sellsword whom he believed a friend. The fellow sellsword told the commander and they took the fortune away from Plumm. Ben loves gold, but this incident made him realize that it is useless if one is not alive to enjoy it. Plumm now chooses his battles very carefully. He once served near Volantis where he learned the game of cyvasse.
Brown Ben claims to have fought in a hundred battles but he does not claim to have fought bravely in all of them.
A Storm of Swords
Brown Ben is voted in as the new commander of the Second Sons after Mero disappears during the fight at Yunkai. He sits on Daenerys Targaryen's war council. It is his idea to use the sewer system of Meereen as a route to besiege the city.
A Dance with Dragons
Daenerys sends Brown Ben and the Second Sons to guard the south against any incursions by Yunkai. When Plumm returns to the city and discovers Daenerys could no longer control her dragons, he decides her cause is lost and goes over to the Yunkai, enraging Daenerys. During the Yunkai slave market held outside Meereen, Plumm sees Ser Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister being sold, and plans to buy both: Mormont to kill and give as a wedding gift to Daenerys and Tyrion for the lordship claim offered by Cersei Lannister. Plumm is outbid on both by Yezzan zo Qaggaz.
Plumm later plays a games of cyvasse with Tyrion, who describes Plumm thus:
|“||"Plumm had an amiable look to him, especially when he smiled. The faithful retainer, every man's favorite nuncle, full of chuckles and old sayings and roughspun wisdom. It was all a sham. Those smiles never reached Plumm's eyes, where greed hid behind a veil of caution. Hungry but wary this one".||”|
Ben, along with the other three sellsword commanders, is allowed to enter Meereen when peace is declared. He explains to Dany the reasons he turned his cloak. Plumm allows Tyrion along with Jorah to join the Second Sons after they escape their dying master. Tyrion writes sixty documents promising large sums of gold to several high ranking members in the company. To Plumm he promises the largest reward of "One hundred thousand gold dragons, fifty hides of fertile land, a castle and a lordship". All this Tyrion promises to honor when he becomes Lord of Casterly Rock; how Tyrion persuades the Second Sons he will achieve this remains a mystery.
|“||"Never trust a sellsword." ||”|
|“||"There are old sellswords and bold sellswords but there are no old, bold Sellswords." ||”|
Quotes about Ben
|“||"A warm smile, that. Friendly. But my, those eyes are cold." ||”|
|“||"He studied Tyrion as a man might study a talking snake." ||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 57, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys.