Daven Lannister, by Nacho Molina © Fantasy Flight Games
|Born||In ~272 AC, Westerlands|
Appearance and Character
A Game of Thrones
When fighting breaks out in the riverlands, Ser Daven offers Lord Tywin Lannister to lead the foraging for the Lannister host, but he is refused. Tywin explains that some tasks are fit for lions while others are better left to goats and dogs, the latter a reference to Vargo Hoat and Ser Gregor Clegane, who then organize the foraging.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Robb Stark, the King in the North, executes Lord Karstark for treason at Riverrun, as Rickard had killed Willem Lannister and Tion Frey to avenge his own sons' deaths at the hands of Ser Jaime Lannister in the Whispering Wood. Daven is thus robbed of his chance to take revenge on Rickard, the man who killed his father. Daven keeps letting his hair grow, although his vow has become obsolete.
A Feast for Crows
Daven now has long shaggy hair, a bushy mustache, sidewhiskers as thick as a hedgerow, and a bristling beard. After Ser Kevan Lannister's refusal to serve as Hand of the King, Queen Cersei Lannister names Daven Warden of the West and commands him to lay siege to Riverrun, where Ser Brynden Tully still holds a sizable garrison.
The siege of Riverrun does not go easy. Brynden has taken all the food he could find to Riverrun, so the Lannister army cannot live off the land. Furthermore, there are quarrels among the besiegers. The Freys do not help their allies and only gather food for themselves. Daven does not like the Freys, but he intends to wed one, as he knows what happened to Robb Stark in the Red Wedding. In addition, a part of the forces consists of riverlords who have surrendered. Although taken back in the king's peace, they are still less than enthusiastic about fighting their former allies. Daven wants to storm the castle, but is not able to persuade his commanders, especially Ser Emmon Frey.
When Jaime, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, arrives to take command of the siege, Daven is pleased to be relieved of this task. He jokes about Jaime's missing hand and happily informs Jaime of the siege's troubles. Daven talks with Jaime about the true loyalty of the rivermen in front of some of their pages, Lewys Piper and Garrett Paege. During the war council, he openly says that Ser Ryman Frey is drunk instead of sick. Jaime successfully negotiates the surrender of Riverrun, although Brynden the Blackfish is able to escape.
I vowed I would not let my hair be cut until my father was avenged. The Young Wolf got to Karstark first, though. Robbed me of my vengeance. I like a bit of hair. The nights grow colder, and a little foliage helps to keep your face warm. Aye, and Aunt Genna always said I had a brick for a chin.—Daven to Jaime Lannister
You know the best thing about heroes, Jaime? They all die young and leave more women for the rest of us.—Daven to Jaime Lannister
Jaime: I hope you do not intend to take vows as well, coz. The Freys are prickly where marriage contracts are concerned. I would hate to disappoint them again.
Daven: I'll wed and bed my stoat, never fear. I know what happened to Robb Stark.—Jaime Lannister and Daven
- See the Daven Lannister calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daven Lannister.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.