Justin Massey

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Justin Massey
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Alias The Smiler
Title Ser
Allegiance House Massey
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Ser Justin Massey is a knight from House Massey and a queen's man. He once squired for Robert Baratheon, where it is said he acquired his appetite for women.[1]

Appearance

Justin is a large man with pink cheeks, blue eyes and white blonde hair pale as flax. He has a pleasing manner and a glib tongue. He has a ready smile and Stannis Baratheon refers to him as "the smiler".[1]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Ser Justin fought alongside Stannis Baratheon at the Battle of the Blackwater. He advised the retreat to Dragonstone when the battle appeared lost.[2]

A Feast for Crows

Justin is among the knights who go north to the Wall with Stannis to defend the realm from the wildling army of Mance Rayder.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Justin is an adviser to Stannis and seated high in his councils.[4] He is sent south by Stannis along with Ser Richard Horpe. His departure is noted by Dywen and Jon Snow deduces that he is acting as an envoy for Stannis.[4] Upon his return he argues with Jon about the likely length of Roose Bolton's siege of Moat Cailin, believing the ironborn will hold out for a longer period. He counsels Stannis to strike against the Dreadfort. He taunts Ser Godry Farring about the basis for his nickname 'Giantslayer'. Stannis believes that Ser Justin aspires to be rewarded with the Lordship of Winterfell for his service. However, Stannis plans to give the title to Arnolf Karstark. Stannis also believes that Massey hopes to marry Val. Ser Richard is a rival to Ser Justin in both ambitions.[1]

Justin is among those who march with Stannis on Deepwood Motte, defeating the ironborn there and capturing Asha Greyjoy. He reluctantly follows Stannis to Winterfell, fearing the long march and the prospect of a siege in the snow. He is in command of the baggage train and is concerned about the scarcity of provisions. He believes that Melisandre brings good fortune to Stannis and wishes that she was with the host instead of at the Wall. He is less devout than some queen's men. He warns Asha when the others begin to talk of making a sacrifice to R'hllor to end the snowstorms that plague the march. Ser Justin's baggage train suffers heavy losses with horses foundering and exhausted men sitting to die in the snow. He removes Asha's fetters on the twentieth day of the march.[5] Jon fears that Stannis might try to marry Arya Stark to Ser Justin, when he guesses she might be the girl Melisandre prophesies coming to the Wall.[6]

Justin is courteous to Asha. Alysane Mormont tells Asha that Justin probably wishes to marry her, claim her lands, seat her on the Seastone Chair and rule through her as her lord and master since he has lost his own lands through supporting Stannis, but Asha believes her defeat at the kingsmoot by her uncle Euron and her defeat at Deepwood Motte by Stannis has already stamped her as an unfit ruler in the eyes of the ironborn, but since he brings Asha food, wine, and company she does not deflate his hopes but does not see him as a strong prospect. Ser Justin intervenes when Ser Clayton Suggs manhandles Asha and threatens to have her burned at the stake. They eat together in the longhall and Ser Justin argues with others in the host that they should remain camped at the crofters' village instead of pressing on. He leaves the dinner when Ser Richard accuses him of cowardice and questions his faith in R'hllor.[7]

The Winds of Winter

Stannis orders Ser Justin to accompany the banker Tycho Nestoris back to Braavos. Justin is to first escort "Arya Stark" safely to her brother Jon Snow at the Wall. He is to be accompanied by Alysane Mormont and the brothers of the Night's Watch who escorted Tycho south from the wall. Once in Braavos he will use Stannis's newly acquired wealth from the Iron Bank of Braavos to hire at least 20,000 sellswords, plus the ships needed to bring them back across the narrow sea.

Stannis tasks Justin to return with the sellswords even if he falls in battle, and to fight the war in his daughter Shireen Baratheon's name. Ser Justin protests that his place is by Stannis's side if there is to be battle, but Stannis says that he is better suited as an envoy than a warrior. He then counsels Stannis to undertake the journey himself, which angers Stannis and he reminds Justin of his advice to retreat during the Battle of the Blackwater. He vows to carry out Stannis's orders. Before leaving he appeals to Stannis for a lordship to improve his standing as an envoy, but is rebuffed. He asks Stannis to send Asha with him, still pursuing marriage with her. Stannis refuses but allows that he may be rewarded with the marriage on his return.[2]

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