Pia

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Pia
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Alias Pretty Pia[1]
Allegiance House Whent
Culture Rivermen
Born In before 281 AC[N 1], at Harrenhal[2]
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)

Pia, also known as Pretty Pia, is a servant of House Whent who works in the buttery at Harrenhal.[3]

Appearance and Character

A pretty, giggling girl, Pia is sweet and simple.[4][2]

Pia has a reputation for promiscuity.[5]

History

Pia was born at Harrenhal.[2] She was a young girl during the tourney at Harrenhal arranged by Lord Walter Whent in 281 AC.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

The yielding of Harrenhal by Lady Shella Whent to Lord Tywin Lannister occurs during the War of the Five Kings. Pia works at the castle's buttery[3] and sleeps with many of Tywin's knights.[5] When Pia claims to have seen something in the buttery one night, Hot Pie assumes it is a ghost.[5]

On the night of the fall of Harrenhal, Arya Stark notices Pia abed with one of the Brave Companions in the buttery's loft.[3] When Lord Roose Bolton arrives after the castle's fall, he sets up stocks near the bear pit for women who slept with Lannister men-at-arms, including Pia. Stripped and shaved, the women are locked up for any man to use. One morning Arya Stark observes the women being used by three men-at-arms from House Frey.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Pia is sent by Qyburn to Ser Jaime Lannister's bedchamber as Jaime recovers in Harrenhal after losing his sword hand. She mentions that as a little girl she witnessed him being raised to the Kingsguard during the tourney at Harrenhal, and that she has long fantasized about him. Nonetheless, Jaime sends her away. Qyburn tells Jaime that the girl is healthy.[4] Ser Gregor Clegane leads the capture of Harrenhal.[7]

A Feast for Crows

For speaking when he wants silence, Gregor smashes Pia's face with a mailed fist, breaking her nose and knocking out half of her teeth.[2] Pia develops a habit of covering her mouth when she speaks, to hide her broken teeth.[8]

When Jaime returns to Harrenhal, the only servants from Lady Whent's time who still remain in the castle are Pia, Ben Blackthumb, and a cook. The sobbing girl clings to Jaime's leg until Ser Lyle Crakehall pulls her off. Jaime tells her that no one will hurt her now, but that only makes her sob louder.[2] He thinks she is still pretty enough as long as she keeps her mouth closed.[8] When one of the Mountain's men tries to rape Pia, Jaime commands Ser Ilyn Payne to take his head off. As they force him to his knees the perplexed man says they had her hundreds of times. When Ilyn presents Pia with his head she smiles through her ruined teeth.[8]

When the godly Ser Bonifer Hasty of the Holy Hundred is named by Jaime as temporary castellan of Harrenhal, he refers to Pia as a whore and wants her gone from the castle. Jaime agrees to take her into his entourage as a washerwoman.[2] Jaime believes she is likely barren, as she has not become pregnant after being with numerous soldiers.[8]

Pia rides with Jaime's squires, on a gelding found for her by Josmyn Peckledon; Jaime notices that Peck is interested in her. Upon arriving at Darry, Jaime bathes in a tub, and is uncomfortably aware of Pia. After dismissing her Jaime asks Peck if he wants her and advises the youth to be kind if he beds her. Jaime suggests they use the empty bed of Lancel Lannister, Lord of Darry.[8]

By the time they reach the siege of Riverrun, Peck and Pia are regularly having sex. Jaime often goes to sleep to the sound of them in a corner of the tent.[9] When Jaime meets with his cousin, Ser Daven Lannister, Pia mulls wine in a kettle.[9] Pia is present in the tent when Jaime delivers his terms to Ser Edmure Tully, and Jaime has her find clean clothing for the captive.[10]

Quotes by Pia

I was a slip of a girl when you came for Lord Whent's tourney and the king give you your cloak. You were so handsome all in white, and everyone said what a brave knight you were. Sometimes when I'm with some man, I close my eyes and pretend it's you on top of me, with your smooth skin and gold curls. I never truly thought I'd have you, though.[4]

—Pia to Jaime Lannister

Quotes about Pia

And as lords and ladies never notice the little grey mice under their feet, Arya heard all sorts of secrets just by keeping her ears open as she went about her duties. Pretty Pia from the buttery was a slut who was working her way through every knight in the castle.[5]

—thoughts of Arya Stark

Pia is quite skilled, would you not agree? And so ... willing.[4]

She is a font of corruption. I won't have her near my men, flaunting her ... parts.[2]

Pia listened as solemnly as a girl of five being lessoned by her septa. That's all she is, a little girl in a woman's body, scarred and scared.[8]

—thoughts of Jaime Lannister

Josmyn: Kind, my lord? How .... how would I ...?
Jaime: Sweet words. Gentle touches. You don't want to wed her, but so long as you're abed treat her as you would your bride.[8]

Notes

  1. Stated to be a young girl at the time of the tourney at Harrenhal.

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