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|Alias||Raff the Sweetling|
|Died||In 300 AC, at Braavos|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned) The Winds of Winter (appears)
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Rafford
Rafford is soft spoken and has a mop of sandy hair. He is cruel and sadistic.
When Jaime arrives at Harrenhal, he sees Raff wearing the chain of coins that once belonged to Vargo Hoat. He thinks of Raff as bolder than the rest of Gregor’s men and notes that he is not as drunk as Shitmouth.
A Clash of Kings
|“||Raff: Can you walk?
Lommy: No, you got to carry me.
Raff the Sweetling is one of Ser Gregor Clegane's men at arms and is part of the group that captures Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie in the Riverlands. He sees Lommy is injured and asked him if he is alright in a feigned voice of concern. After Lommy says Raff will need to carry him, Raff proceeds to stab Lommy in the throat with his spear, chuckling to himself after the deed is done.
On the march to Harrenhal, he smashes the face of a three-year-old boy with a spiked mace and kills his screaming mother shortly afterwards. Chiswyck later recalls Raff killed the son of the alehouse owner when he tells the story about the gang rape at the alehouse. For these actions, Arya adds him to her prayer kill list.
He participates in the Battle of the Fords under Ser Gregor Clegane's command, managing to cross the Trident as one of his best men. He survives the battle at Stone Mill and successfully retreats when Ser Edmure Tully counter-attacks with his reserve.
Storm of Swords
Raff continues to be religiously included in Arya's death prayer list, though as time goes on she struggles to remember his face as well as the other marked members of Ser Gregor's men-at-arms.
A Feast for Crows
When Ser Jaime Lannister pauses at Harrenhal, he encounters the remnants of Ser Gregor's men there, and notes Raff is the boldest of the group. After Ser Bonifer Hasty refuses to allow them to stay, Jaime brings them with him to Riverrun as part of his force to besiege the castle. After the fall of Riverrun, Rafford is told to escort Ser Robin Ryger and Ser Desmond Grell to Maidenpool for their journey to the Wall and make sure they made it alive.
A Dance with Dragons
The Winds of Winter
When Ser Harys Swyft is sent to negotiate the crown's debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos he is accompanied by Raff as one of his guards. They attend a performance of The Bloody Hand at the Gate. Arya, posing as the mummer "Mercy" spots him, and seduces him. She tires him out by running him to her room, then once he is undressed she discreetly stabs him in the thigh, rendering him unable to walk. She backs off feigning surprise and shock, and Raff, seeing the blood flowing out of his wound, panics and tells her to help him to a healer. When Arya asks how they can get there, Raff replies:
|“||Raff: You’ll need to carry me.
After sweetly echoing Raff's own words from when he killed Lommy, Arya stabs him in the throat. His corpse is dumped in a canal, for the eels.
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 26, Arya VI.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- ↑ The Winds of Winter, Mercy