Larys Strong

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Larys Strong
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Larys Clubfoot, art by Enife.

Alias Larys Clubfoot[1]
The Clubfoot[1]
Title Lord of Harrenhal[1]
Master of whisperers[2]
Lord Confessor[1]
Allegiance House Strong
Culture Rivermen
Died In 131 AC[3], at King's Landing[3]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Larys Strong, known as Larys Clubfoot or the Clubfoot, was the Lord of Harrenhal and head of House Strong during the latter part of the reign of Viserys I Targaryen and the reign of Aegon II Targaryen. He served on the small council as the master of whisperers and Lord Confessor for both kings Viserys I and Aegon II.[2][4]

Appearance and Character

The Clubfoot rarely spoke, preferring to listen. When he did speak it was either to be glib or share words of great importance. As with most masters of whisperers, he was enigmatic and cunning. One of his legs was twisted at birth and he walked with a limp. [2]


Reign of Viserys

In 105 AC, Larys was brought to court by his father, Lord Lyonel Strong, alongside his older brother, Harwin, and two sisters. Larys joined the confessors of King Viserys I Targaryen,[1] a position he still held by 120 AC.[5]

In 120 AC, Larys's father and older brother died in a fire at Harrenhal, leaving Larys to inherit his father's seat and title. Although the cause of the fire was never determined, one of the suggestions to have been put forth was that Larys had caused the fire.[1][5][6] Other suggested culprits were Prince Daemon Targaryen, Lord Corlys Velaryon, King Viserys I himself, and the curse of Black Harren. Larys eventually became the Lord Confessor and master of whisperers on Viserys small council.[1][5]

Dance of the Dragons

when King Viserys I died in 129 AC. Larys despite his families alleged ties to Rhaenyra, was part of the green faction at court and gave his support to the crowning of King Aegon II Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons. When Aegon II's older half-sister Rhaenyra took King's Landing in 130 AC, Larys escaped capture by spiriting both himself as well as King Aegon II, still recovering from severe wounds, and the king's two remaining children, Maelor and Jaehaera, from the Red Keep through a secret passage which led them out of the city while bypassing the city's gates.[2]

Larys insisted the group part ways. He ordered two sworn brothers of Aegon II's Kingsguard, the first Ser Rickard Thorne to bring Prince Maelor to Lord Lyonel Hightower at Oldtown and the second Ser Willis Fell to escort Princess Jaehaera to Lord Borros Baratheon at Storm's End, while disguising King Aegon as a commoner and sending him to Dragonstone under the care of the bastard knight, Ser Marston Waters, believing her own stronghold would be the last place she would think to search for her brother.[2][7]

At Harrenhal when Prince Aemond Targaryen learned of fall of King's Landing, he became enraged and believed Larys had been involved in the betrayal somehow. Aemond had every member of House Strong at Harrenhal killed.[8]

Larys remained behind in King's Landing, discreetly working to undermine Rhaenyra's hold on the capital. When Queen Helaena Targaryen committed suicide. A rumor was spread throughout the city that she was murdered on the orders of Rhaneyra. Mushroom in his writings accuses Larys of being the source for this slander. A massive riot broke out in King's Landing forcing Rhaenyra to flee the city. Rival factions seized control of several parts of the city at this time, when Perkin the Flea seized the Red Keep and crowned Trystane Truefyre, Larys emerged from hiding in the throne room.[9]

Larys seemingly supported Trystane and even secured the release of Queen Alicent, Grandmaesrter Orwyle and the Sea Snake. When host of Lord Borros Baratheon arrived outside King's Landing. Larys offered to treat with Lord Borros on Trystane's behalf but instead conspired with Perkin the Flea to betray Trystane and give the city to supporters of Aegon II Targaryen. When Queen Alicent wanted Lord Corlys killed too, Larys pointed out that Aegon II was on Dragonstone surrounded by a House Velaryon fleet and suggested to pardon Lord Corlys and wait until the wars end before disposing of him. [10]

The clubfoot however later discreetly alerted Corlys to the plot and persuaded him to work with him. After the defeat of Lord Borros and his host at the Battle of the Kingsroad, Larys had Baela Targaryen clandestinely spirited away so she could not be used as a hostage against Lord Corlys. King Aegon II was later found dead with blood on his lips, killed by poison. Larys and Lord Corlys had the few loyalists remaining either killed or imprisoned and persuaded the remaining Greens to surrender as the Riverlords descended on the capital. At first the scheme of the clubfoot seemed to have been successful, nevertheless the later arrival of Lord Cregan Stark and his northmen to the capital turned the fortunes of Lord Larys and his coconspirators. Lord Cregan though loyal to the promises he had made to the late Rhaenyra Targaryen, was incensed at the dishonorable manner of Aegon II's death. Larys along with dozens of others were arrested by Cregan for the ignominious assassination of Aegon II. [10]

Hour of the Wolf

After the poisoning of King Aegon II Targaryen, Larys was one of the twenty-two people charged with and subsequently arrested for the king's murder by Lord Cregan Stark. Grandmaester Orwyle later confessed to giving Larys the poison used to kill the king. During the Judgement of the Wolf, Lord Cregan presided over Larys's trial. Larys chose death over the Wall and was subsequently executed. Before he was executed he made a request to Lord Cregan that after he was dead, his clubfoot be removed from his corpse so he would be free of it in death at least, Lord Cregan obliged. His remains (minus the clubfoot) would later be taken to Harrenhal as his final resting place. As Larys was the last of his line, his death brought an end to House Strong. [11][12]

Quotes by Larys

When was a wolf ever moved by words?[12]

—Larys to Cregan Stark

Quotes about Larys

A man who gathers whispers can spread them just as well.[8]

—Writtings by Mushroom

The enigma that is Larys Strong the Clubfoot has vexed students of history for generations, and is not one we can hope to unravel here. [10]

—writings of Gyldayn


3 Wives
Alys Rivers
[Note 1][Note 2]
2 Daughters
  1. Both Grand Maester Munkun and Septon Eustace believed Alys Rivers to have been the bastard daughter of Lord Lyonel Strong
  2. In 132 AC, Alys claimed to have wed Aemond before his death.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Rogue Prince.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Princess and the Queen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  4. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath — The Hour of the Wolf.