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Culture Crownlands
Born Flea Bottom, King's Landing

Kem is a young sellsword of the Second Sons.[1]

Appearance and Character

Kem has pale blond hair.[2]

The youth dislikes Lord Tywin Lannister for the Sack of King's Landing and the Battle of the Blackwater.[1]


Kem comes from Flea Bottom.[1] He once saw Lord Tywin Lannister riding up a hill in King's Landing, and the lad liked the little lions on the helms of Tywin's red cloaks.[1]

Kem claims that he and his brother, Kennet, fought in the army of Stannis Baratheon during the Battle of the Blackwater, during which Kennet was killed. Kem dropped his spear and tried to escape after the appearance of Renly Baratheon's ghost (Garlan Tyrell), but he and thousands more were left behind by the fleeing ships.[1]

As he feared being sent to the Wall by Tywin after the battle, Kem traveled across the narrow sea and joined the Second Sons, a sellsword company, as a means to survive.[1]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Kem and the Second Sons go over to the Yunkai'i after Brown Ben Plumm feels that Daenerys Targaryen's cause is lost.[3]

After Tyrion Lannister joins the company, Snatch has Kem escort Tyrion and Penny to the wagons. Tyrion chats briefly with Kem on their way to the armory. He can tell that Kem is from King's Landing, as he has a strong Flea Bottom accent. Kem says he misses a boy—a friend of his—and his brother Kennet, who died in the Battle of the Blackwater.[1]

Kem mentions he misses the food of the capital, and his love for the bowl of brown in a certain pot shop, claiming there is no equal elsewhere. Tyrion says he calls the food "singer's stew", claiming it makes him want to sing. Kem, unaware of Tyrion's reference to the late Symon Silver Tongue, likes the name and says he will ask for it when he returns to Flea Bottom.[1]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

As the second siege of Meereen commences, Tyrion thinks Kem may be remembering his dead brother or his friend back in King's Landing. When a Yunkish lordling rides up to order the Second Sons to bring the company to the bay shore by the command of Gorzhak zo Eraz, Kem is confused, and he asks if that is the Rabbit; Inkpots tells him it is Gorzhak zo Eraz, also called Pudding Face. During the meeting to discuss Malazza's orders, Kem disturbs the Second Sons to tell them that another rider has come with new orders from the supreme commander.[2]

Quotes by Kem

Kem: Who told you I was from King's Landing?
Tyrion: No one. Your wits gave you away. There's no one clever as a Kingslander, they say.[1]

—Kem and Tyrion Lannister

Kem: They say all Lannisters are twisty snakes.
Tyrion: Snakes? That sound you hear is my lord father, slithering in his grave. We are lions, or so we like to say. But it makes no matter, Kem. Step on a snake or a lion's tail, you'll end up just as dead.[1]

Quotes about Kem

Every word out of your mouth reeks of Flea Bottom.[1]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister