House Baratheon of Dragonstone|
|Born||At Flea Bottom|
A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
The Winds of Winter (appears)
Kem once saw Tywin Lannister riding up a hill in King's Landing. His men had red cloaks and little lions on their helms. Kem liked the helms. He tells Tyrion that he never liked the Hand though, as he sacked the city and smashed the host that Kem was in on the Blackwater.
Kem claims that he and his brother, Kennet, fought in the army of Stannis Baratheon during the Battle of the Blackwater. He tried to escape after the appearance of Renly Baratheon's ghost, but at the ships a knight said to him “Where’s your spear boy? We got no room for cravens”, and they left Kem and thousands more. As he feared being sent to the Wall, he traveled across the narrow sea and joined up with the sellsword company the Second Sons as a means to survive.
A Dance with Dragons
After Tyrion Lannister joins the company, Brown Ben tells Inkpots to escort Tyrion and Penny to the wagons in order to equip them with weapons and armor. Inkpots then tells Tyrion he'll have Snatch take them to the wagons. Snatch then whistles for Kem, calls him a "fucking pisspot", and tells him to escort the dwarves 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. Tyrion asks him if he misses King's Landing. Kem replies “some”. He adds that he misses a boy - a friend of his - and his brother who died on the Blackwater. Kem mentions he misses the food, and his love for the bowl of brown in a certain pot shop, claiming there was no equal elsewhere. He asks Tyrion if he has ever had a bowl of brown, to which Tyrion replies "A time or two. Singer's stew, I call it.", claiming it's called that because it makes him want to sing. Kem, unaware of Tyrion's reference, likes the name and says he will ask for it when he returns to Flea Bottom.
The Winds of Winter
As the Second Siege of Meereen commences, Tyrion steps out of his tent and observes the scene before him. He spies Kem sitting on a rock, gazing at the ground. 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 asks if that is the Rabbit; Inkpots tells him that it's Gorzhak zo Eraz, also called Pudding Face. During the Second Sons meeting to discuss Malazza's orders, Kem disturbs them to tell them that another rider has come with new orders from the supreme commander.
—Kem, to Tyrion Lannister