Mountain's men

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Ser Gregor Clegane with the Mountain's men - by Nordheimer ©

The Mountain's men[1][2] are men-at-arms of the westerlands in service to Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain That Rides.

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See also: Images of the Mountain's men

The Mountain's men are a dangerous, unsavory bunch,[3] grim and foul mouthed.[4]

The best that can be said for Gregor's men is that they are not quite as vile a bunch as the Brave Companions.[4] Sandor Clegane refers to his brother's soldiers as Gregor's "pet rats". According to Sandor, Gregor once killed one of his men for snoring.[5] Gregor never brings his men-at-arms to court in King's Landing.[5]

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A Game of Thrones

Clegane's band foraging - by Marc Simonetti. © FFG

After Tyrion Lannister is abducted by Catelyn Stark,[6] Lord Tywin Lannister sends the Mountain's Men across the Red Fork into the riverlands under the guise of brigands. They ravage the holdfasts of Sherrer, Wendish Town, and the Mummer's Ford and draw House Tully forces away from Riverrun and the Golden Tooth.[7]

When Lord Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King, dispatches a party of men led by Beric Dondarrion to execute Ser Gregor Clegane for his crimes,[7] Tywin ambushes them at the Mummer's Ford. When Beric and his men attempt to retreat across the Red Fork Gregor's men take them in the rear.

Thereafter, the Mountain's men join Lord Tywin's host as it marches through the riverlands, eventually fighting in the Lannister vanguard on the left flank of the battle on the Green Fork.[8] After the battle, Tywin withdraws to Harrenhal but leaves the Mountain's men and others to raid in the riverlands.[9]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Gregor's men, by serclegane
Left to right: Chiswyck, Polliver, The Tickler, Raff The Sweetling, the Sarsfield squire, and Shitmouth

Gregor's band sacks Castle Darry, killing the eight-year-old Lord Lyman Darry. They also take and burn Stone Hedge, taking its food supplies and burning the harvest of Lord Jonos Bracken.[10]

As the band is foraging and raiding they capture and question various smallfolk. Amongst the people they capture are Hot Pie, Gendry, and Arya Stark of Winterfell, although they are oblivious to her true identity. Raff slays Lommy.[3] Arya quickly comes to know Gregor's men. The men-at-arms take their surviving prisoners to serve Lord Tywin Lannister at Harrenhal.

Tywin sends Gregor and his men to destroy Lord Roose Bolton's northern host. During this time, they skirmish several times with the brotherhood without banners, and lose four men to Beric Dondarrion's night raids before returning to Harrenhal, taking up residence in the Wailing Tower.[11] While in the guise of a common servant, Arya overhears Chiswyck speak of the earlier rape of a brewer's daughter, Layna. Arya orders Jaqen H'ghar to kill Chiswyck.[11]

During Lord Tywin's attempt to break through back to the westerlands at the Battle of the Fords, the Mountain's men join with Tywin's host and attack the crossing at the Stone Mill, which is defended by Ser Edmure Tully's forces. Along with the rest of the Lannister force, the Mountain's men are pushed back and forced to retreat.[12] Harrenhal is taken by Lord Bolton in their absence.

A Storm of Swords

Following their failure to cross the Red Fork, Ser Gregor and his men retake Harrenhal, which Roose Bolton has abandoned to Vargo Hoat. Inside, Gregor's men slaughter the inhabitants and defenders except for the cook who opens the gate, the castle smith Ben Blackthumb, and a girl named Pia whom the Mountain and his men rape repeatedly.

Leaving Polliver as castellan and some men including the Tickler to hold Harrenhal, Gregor and the rest of his men follow a force sent by Lord Bolton toward Duskendale. The survivors of the battle at Duskendale are harried in their retreat by Gregor's men.[13] Roose's rearguard is then ravaged by the Mountain and his party when they attempt to cross the ruby ford.[14] Gregor is poisoned with manticore venom[15] during his trial by combat with Oberyn Martell.[16]

At some point after Polliver is left as castellan, Arya and Sandor confront some of Gregor's men who have gone to drink, whore, and "tickle the innkeep" at the crossroads inn. A fight breaks out when they attempt to capture Sandor, however, and the pair kill Polliver, the Tickler and a Sarsfield squire.[2]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Gregor's Dog. © FFG

The remnants of Ser Gregor's men-at-arms, including Raff the Sweetling, Dunsen, and Shitmouth, remain stationed at Harrenhal.[17] When Ser Jaime Lannister arrives there on his way to Riverrun, a handful of Gregor’s men emerge from the castle's towers to watch him dismount. Jaime discovers that Gregor had named Polliver as his castellan after his departure, but Shitmouth informs him that Polliver was killed in a run-in with Sandor Clegane at the crossroads inn, leaving no one in charge at Harrenhal. After Jaime views Vargo Hoat's head, Shitmouth and Raff explain that Vargo's body was served as "roast goat" to Vargo himself and other prisoners.[4]

When Jaime informs Gregor's men that they can either ride with him to the siege of Riverrun or join Ser Bonifer Hasty's men, the men state Gregor promised rich rewards for those that rode with him. Jaime tells them to take any grievances up with Queen Regent Cersei Lannister.[4] Before he leaves Harrenhal, Jaime orders Ser Ilyn Payne to behead one of Gregor's men who tried to rape Pia, despite the perplexed man's protests.[4]

After the fall of Riverrun, Jaime allows Ser Robin Ryger and Ser Desmond Grell to take the black and journey to the Wall. A dozen Mountain's men led by Rafford are ordered to escort Robin and Desmond to Maidenpool.[18]

A Dance with Dragons

Twenty men accompany Red Ronnet Connington from Maidenpool to King's Landing, most of them the Mountain's former men. Within a day one is accused of murder and another of rape; Lord Randyll Tarly executes the murderer and gelds the raper.[19]

When the men-at-arms arrive at King's Landing with Red Ronnet, Randyll suggests they be sent to the Wall, and Lord Mace Tyrell states he would not suffer such men in the City Watch. Lord Regent Kevan Lannister decides not to exile them, however, as the Iron Throne needs loyal swords against the new threat of the Golden Company. Kevan tells Grand Maester Pycelle and Ser Harys Swyft to hire the Mountain's men if they feel they need guards against House Tyrell.[19]

The Winds of Winter

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Raff the Sweetling is among Harys's guard in Braavos, where he is killed by Mercy.[20]

Known Mountain's men


Quotes

At Wendish Town, the people sought shelter in their holdfast, but the walls were timbered. The raiders piled straw against the wood and burnt them all alive. When the Wendish folk opened their gates to flee the fire, they shot them down with arrows as they came running out, even women with suckling babes.[7]
Raymun Darry to Eddard Stark


Varys: You are quite certain these were more than brigands?

Raymun: Brigands, Lord Varys? Oh, they were brigands, beyond a doubt. Lannister brigands.[7]

Varys and Raymun Darry


They rode down my 'prentice boy. Chased him back and forth across the fields on their horses, poking at him with their lances like it was a game, them laughing and the boy stumbling and screaming till the big one pierced him clean through.[7]
– unnamed smith from Sherrer to Eddard Stark


Cersei: And someone needs to set Harrenhal to rights. We have urgent need of Wylis Manderly, assuming he is still alive and captive, but the garrison has not replied to any of our ravens.

Jaime: Those are Gregor's men at Harrenhal. The Mountain liked them cruel and stupid. Most like they ate your ravens, messages and all.[4]

- Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister


A handful of Ser Gregor's men emerged from the towers to watch him dismount; hard-eyed, hard-mouthed men, the lot of them. They would have to be, to ride beside the Mountain.[4]
- thoughts of Jaime Lannister


The only peace Ser Gregor's lot had ever given anyone was the peace of the grave.[4]
- thoughts of Jaime Lannister

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