Denys Mallister

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Denys Mallister
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art by BrittMartin, used in Green Ronin's Night's Watch: A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Sourcebook

Title Ser
Allegiance House Mallister
Night's Watch
Born In 245 AC or before[1], at Seagard
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Ser Denys Mallister is a knight of House Mallister and a member of the Night's Watch. He has commanded the Shadow Tower for thirty-three years. He is an uncle of Lord Jason Mallister.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Denys Mallister

Denys is an old man. He has blue-grey eyes and a long white beard. He has lost almost all his hair and his face is deeply lined. He still has his teeth and is graceful in his movement. He clasps his Night's Watch cloak with a silver eagle. In his communication with other people he is very courteous and well-spoken due to his high-born roots.[3][4] He is also considered cautious and chivalrous.[5]


Denys was born at Seagard as a member of the Mallister family.[3] He was a squire at twelve, a knight at eighteen and a champion at twenty-two years old. He once unhorsed both of Samwell Tarly's grandfathers at the same tourney (Alester Florent and Randyll Tarly's father.) He has been the commander of the Shadow Tower for thirty-three years (since 267 AC), and a candidate in the two last elections of Lord Commanders of the Night's Watch.[3]

When Mance Rayder returned from his ranging with scarlet silk woven into his cloak from a wildling who nursed him back to health, it was Ser Denys who ordered him to burn the cloak and wear only the black cloaks of the Night's Watch. Ser Denys's stern order influenced Mance's decision to desert the Shadow Tower and the Night's Watch the next day.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Denys Mallister writes to Lord Commander Jeor Mormont, reporting that the mountain people are moving south, slipping past the Shadow Tower in numbers greater than ever before.[7]

Ser Denys sends another raven to Lord Commander Mormont, informing him rangers from the Shadow Tower have found whole wildling villages abandoned, and at night huge fires have been sighted, blazing in the mountains from dusk till dawn.[8]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Denys confirms the report of Mance Rayder gathering an army from the wildling captured by Qhorin Halfhand in the depths of the Gorge, writing this to Lord Commander Mormont.[9]

A Storm of Swords

When discussing the Night's Watch, Tyrion Lannister advises his father Tywin Lannister to deal with Ser Denys or Cotter Pyke rather than Janos Slynt; Lord Tywin dismisses Ser Denys as a Mallister of Seagard, one that would not serve his purposes.[10]

Ser Denys leaves the Shadow Tower to attend the choosing for the next Lord Commander of the Night's Watch to replace Jeor Mormont. Traveling with Bowen Marsh and the other Castle Black survivors of the Battle of the Bridge of Skulls, this party happens across Samwell Tarly and Gilly on the road, escorting them back to the castle.[11]

Denys is a leading candidate to become the next Lord Commander, along with Cotter Pyke, collecting two hundred and thirteen votes by the time only seven candidates remained in the race.[11] Because the support between them is divided, Janos Slynt appears as a potential alternative. Though Cotter and Denys hate each other, both agree that Janos would be a worse choice; both are persuaded by Sam Tarly to support Jon Snow instead.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Denys sends regular ravens to Castle Black requesting additional men.[12] He writes back to express disappointment in the 10 untrained men from Mole's Town sent by Lord Commander Jon Snow, and also reports sightings of fires in the night north of the Gorge.[13] Ser Denys believes wildings are amassing to force the Bridge of Skulls once more.[14] Ser Denys later writes of seeing great camps of wildlings in the mountains beyond the Shadow Tower.[15]


Unknown Mallister
Unknown brother

References and Notes

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