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Pate (novice)

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Pate
Pate TheMico.jpg

Alias "Cressen"
Title Novice
Allegiance Citadel
Culture Westeros
Born In 281AC or 282AC[1], at Westerlands
Died In 300AC, at Oldtown
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (POV)

Pate is a novice of the Citadel. He is the POV Character of the Prologue of A Feast for Crows.[2]

Contents

Character and Appearance

Originally from the Westerlands, Pate is named after the folk hero Spotted Pate, the pig boy.[2] He is pale, soft and pasty-faced.[3] Pate is not very intelligent; he has been at the Citadel for five years, but has not earned a single link for his maester's chain. Part of his duties is looking after old senile Archmaester Walgrave.

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Pate has met a person who calls himself the Alchemist and has promised Pate a golden dragon coin if he brings the Alchemist the personal key of Walgrave in three days. The personal key of an archmaester can open any lock in the Citadel. Pate thinks about this offer for two days. He needs the gold to claim the maidenhood of Rosey, the youngest serving girl of the Quill and Tankard pub. Pate dreams of running away with Rosey.[2]

On the third day Pate is with his friends, Alleras, Mollander, Armen and Roone in the Quill and Tankard celebrating Alleras's newly acquired link. They meet Leo Tyrell, another novice who thinks very much of himself and is not liked by the others. Leo mocks them and claims he will have Rosey. Shortly after the other boys go back to the Citadel leaving Leo and Pate, who is waiting for the Alchemist.[2]

Eventually, Pate thinks that the Alchemist will not show up and heads back to the Citadel. Outside the pub he runs into the Alchemist who has Pate follow him into a narrow alley. Pate asks the Alchemist to show his face, which is revealed to be that of a young man. He has a slight scar on his right cheek and a hooked nose, while his hair is thick, black and curly.[4] Pate gives the Alchemist the key, thus proving himself to be a thief, and the Alchemist gives him the dragon coin, which he bites into. When Pate tries to walk back he falls to the ground and dies. His last thoughts are of Rosey.[2]

Later, Samwell Tarly comes to the Citadel and meets Alleras, Leo Tyrell and a boy calling himself Pate, like the pig boy.[3]

References

  1. See the Pate (Novice) calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell.
  4. This description matches the appearance that Jaqen H'ghar takes when he changes his face before Arya Stark in A Clash of Kings-Chapter 47.
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