Daven Lannister

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Daven Lannister
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Daven by Nacho Molina © Fantasy Flight Games

Title Ser
Warden of the West
Allegiance House Lannister
Culture westermen
Born In 273 AC (roughly)[1], at westerlands[2]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (appendix)
A Game of Thrones (appendix)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)

Ser Daven Lannister is a knight from House Lannister. He is the son of Ser Stafford Lannister, a cousin and brother-in-law of Lord Tywin Lannister.[3]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Daven Lannister

Daven has lively hazel eyes, a pug nose, yellow hair, and a big chin.[4] He is blunt and outspoken, but also jovial.[4]

Ser Jaime Lannister and Ser Brynden Tully do not think much of the capabilities of Ser Stafford Lannister, but they hold his son Daven in higher esteem.[5][6]

Daven wears gilded ringmail, a helm, and a fox-fur cloak.[4]

History

Ser Stafford Lannister has been negotiating to betroth his son Daven to Desmera Redwyne, although an agreement has not been reached with Lord Paxter Redwyne.[4]

Recent Events

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 better be left to goats and dogs, the latter a reference to Vargo Hoat and Ser Gregor Clegane, who then organize the foraging.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Daven's father, Ser Stafford Lannister, is killed in the Battle of Oxcross by Lord Rickard Karstark.[5] Daven vows to let his hair grow until he has avenged his father.[4]

A Storm of Swords

After the Stark army returns to the riverlands, Daven gathers the remaining soldiers of his father's army at Lannisport.[7]

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.[8] 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.[4]

As part of the pact between Lord Tywin Lannister and Lord Walder Frey concerning the betrayal of Robb Stark, Daven is to wed a Frey to consolidate the alliance between the two houses.[9]

After the Red Wedding, Daven and Ser Forley Prester join forces at the Golden Tooth and meet up with Ser Ryman Frey to besiege Riverrun.[10]

A Feast for Crows

Daven now has long shaggy hair, a bushy mustache, sidewhiskers as thick as a hedgerow, and a bristling beard.[4][11] 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.[12]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[4] 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.[11] Jaime successfully negotiates the surrender of Riverrun, although Brynden the Blackfish is able to escape.[13]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serving
girl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marla
Prester
 
Jason
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alys
Stackspear
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tywin
Lannister
 
Joanna
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Myranda
Lefford
 
Stafford
 
2 sons
 
2 daughters
 
Damon
 
Ella
Lannister
 
Lynora
Hill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tyrion
Lannister
 
Jaime
Lannister
 
Cersei
Lannister
 
Robert
Baratheon
 
Daven
 
Cerenna
 
Myrielle
 
Shiera
Crakehall
 
Damion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joffrey
Baratheon
 
Margaery
Tyrell*
 
Myrcella
Baratheon
 
Tommen
Baratheon
 
Margaery
Tyrell*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucion
 
Lanna
 
Antario
Jast
 
 
 


Quotes

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.[4]

- 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.[4]

- 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.[4]

- Jaime Lannister and Daven

References