Mors Umber by Robert O'Leary
|Title||Castellan of Last Hearth|
|Born||In 235 AC or before, at Last Hearth|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Mors Umber, better known as Mors Crowfood, is a member of House Umber, the uncle of Lord Greatjon Umber, and the joint castellan of Last Hearth with his brother, Hother. He is old and usually drunk.
- See also: Images of Mors Umber
Mors is an old man, huge and powerful, with a ruddy face and a shaggy white beard. He wears a chunk of dragonglass in place of a lost eye or conceals the empty socket with a stained white leather eye patch. He wears a cloak made of a snow bear with its head as a hood.
Whilst sleeping by the side of a road, a crow had taken Mors for dead and so it pecked out his eye. According to Old Nan, he grabbed the raven at its feet and bit its head off, earning him the nickname Crowfood. His wife died while in childbirth. Both of his sons were killed during the Battle of the Trident in Robert's Rebellion and his only daughter was abducted by a wildling, leaving Mors with a deep hatred of the free folk.
A Clash of Kings
Mors Crowfood, with his brother, Hother Whoresbane, attends the harvest feast at Winterfell, where Mors puts himself forward as a possible match for Lady Donella Hornwood, despite him being older than her father. He points out that his nephew, Lord Greatjon Umber, is King Robb Stark's strong right hand, making an Umber, and Mors in particular, the best choice to protect the widow's lands. As Maester Luwin knows that Donella despises Mors, considering him a drunk brute, he points out that she is still in mourning, having lost her husband Halys and her son Daryn in the War of the Five Kings, to which Mors replies crudely that he could chase away her grief with his manhood. Luwin promises to pass the request on to Donella and Robb. When Luwin answers Hother's request for longships and men to sail them as protection against the influx of wildlings in the north with the suggestion to strike an alliance with Lord Wyman Manderly on this, Mors is dismissive, calling Wyman a "waddling sack of suet". However, Ser Rodrik Cassel commands the Umbers in the name of King Robb to ally with the Manderlys and they give in, but not without grumbling.
At the harvest feast itself, Mors and his brother Hother play a drinking game, slamming their horns together hard. When a spinning skirl is started, Mors is first on his feet, grabs a passing serving girl, knocks the wine flagon out of her hand and whirls her around and tosses her in the air. The girl squeals with laughter and turns red as her skirt lifts.
A Storm of Swords
A Dance with Dragons
Mors is one of the few representatives of the north to declare fealty to Stannis Baratheon. He agrees to serve Stannis if he is sent the skull of Mance Rayder. Mors also states to Stannis that he will not fight his brother, Hother Whoresbane, who is supporting the new Warden of the North, Lord Roose Bolton. Stannis is advised by some to attack Last Hearth for this, but Jon tells him not too. Hothor did this only because the Greatjon is a prisoner of the Iron Throne. Stannis agrees and promises to place Mors and his host on the opposite side of battle to his brother.
Mors camps outside Winterfell during a blizzard, his men repeatedly blowing warhorns to cause confusion and to draw out the Bolton host. There he is able to capture Theon Greyjoy and Jeyne Poole, when both are fleeing Winterfell and their depraved captor, Ramsay Bolton, the heir of Roose. Also during this time, the Braavosi banker Tycho Nestoris comes looking for Stannis but meets Mors instead. Mors sends Theon and Jeyne with Tycho and his escort to Stannis at a crofters' village.
The Winds of Winter
Theon reveals Mors asked Jeyne, who is still claiming she is Arya Stark, questions about Winterfell, such as names of servants of the keep, to confirm her identity. Since Jeyne lived at Winterfell for most of her life, she was able to answer them correctly. Also, Mors was only able to muster a few crippled men and green boys as part of his force, as most of the Umber strength had gone south with the Greatjon and the remaining guard had left with Hother.
Mors had his green boys dig a pit trap outside the Winterfell gates. Due to the blizzard, the sentries' visibility was impaired and they were able to do it without detection. When the Freys rode out of Winterfell's gate, several of them fell into this trap. Hosteen Frey lost his horse and Aenys Frey broke his neck and died.
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Mors Umber calculation.
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Mors Umber.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran II.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Theon.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 21, Bran III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 62, The Sacrifice.