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Donal Noye by Amoka©
|Allegiance|| House Baratheon|
|Died||In 300 AL, at The Wall, near Castle Black|
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Donal Noye had a big belly and a pinned-up sleeve. His jaws were bristling with black stubble. He was muscular and very strong even with one hand missing. He carried Jon without difficulty up the stairs and held Jon down when Maester Aemon cut out the arrow piercing him. His nose is broad and flat.
Noye was a soldier as well. He fought in many battles for House Baratheon. The last battle he fought for the Baratheons was at Pyke during the Greyjoy Rebellion. The wound he took in the battle festered and he lost his left arm. He then joined the Night's Watch as a smith.
A Game of Thrones
Donal Noye saw Jon Snow easily beating his fellow Night's Watch recruits in training. He lectured Jon that he (Jon) did not fight fair. Jon had lots of practice by capable trainers while the other youths had few if any practice. Furthermore Jon humiliated them by showing how easily he could beat them. Making the recruits fear and despise him. If Jon would not change he might run the risk of getting killed.
Initially Jon was angered by what Noye said but later he befriended the other recruits and began training them. He also became on friendly terms with Noye. Jon began to help Noye in the armory and Noye later wished him well when Jon joined the expedition beyond the Wall.
A Storm of Swords
Donal Noye was one of the few people to remain at Castle Black. When Jon escaped the wildlings and ran to Castle Black to warn of the coming assault he encountered Noye. Noye asked him if he was indeed a deserter. He told Jon that a message had come back to Castle Black that Jon had been seen in the company of wildlings and that he was a deserter. Jon explained that Qhorin Halfhand had command him to join the wildlings but remain a Black Brother in truth and Noye believed him. Maybe because he knew Jon or because he saw that Jon had been wounded. Noye then carried Jon to Maester Aemon for treatment of his wounds and began preparing for the defense of the Wall.
The remaining men of the Night's Watch retreated to the King's Tower because the other buildings were not defensible due to the enemy circumventing the Wall. Noye took command of the defense. He sent warning of the coming attack to Mole's Town and offered the villagers refuge in the King's Tower if they would help defend it. During the fight the wildlings managed to claim the stairs despite severe losses and the remaining men of the Night's Watch fled to the Wall. Noye had prepared for this and had drenched the last landings with oil. The Night's Watch fired burning arrows into the building which went up in flames. The attackers perished to a man.
Although the Night's Watch had defended the Wall against the company of wildlings who had climbed the Wall, there was still the vast army under command of Mance Rayder to deal with. When they in turn appeared on the Wall Noye again lead the defense. The wildlings had no ladders to climb the wall so they attacked the gate. With the large wildling army, it was not possible to prevent some wildings and a giant from reaching the gate. When they began to break it Noye left with a few men to prevent them. Before he left he gave Jon Snow command of the Wall. Noye succeeded in stopping the wildlings at the gate, at the loss of his life and of the men who went with him.
When the Night's Watch was on the brink of defeat Stannis Baratheon appeared with his army and defeated the Wildlings. According to Stannis, if the wildlings had already taken the Wall this may not have been possible.
|“||"Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He'll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he's copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day."||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon, pp 161-162.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon, p 233.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 64, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon.