Syrio Forel

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Syrio Forel
Syrio Forel.jpg
Syrio Forel portrait by Amok©

Title First Sword to the Sealord of Braavos Water Dancer
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Braavosi
Born At Braavos
Died In 298 AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Miltos Yeromelou
TV series Season 1

Syrio Forel is a bravo from Braavos, a master fencer and former First Sword of Braavos.[1] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is played by Miltos Yeromelou.[2]


See also: Images of Syrio Forel

Syrio is a slight, bald man with a beak of a nose.[3]


The day the old First Sword died, the Sealord of Braavos sent for Syrio. Syrio, upon entering the Sealord's presence, was asked what was special about the cat, claimed to be from a far off land, seated on the Sealord's lap. Syrio answered him truthfully, telling him that he has seen tomcats like him a thousand times in the alleys of Braavos. Because he saw the reality of what the cat was, common not special and male not female, he was named First Sword.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Eddard Stark hires Syrio to teach Arya Stark how to use her sword, Needle, believing the slender blade would suit the Braavosi water dancer style. Syrio trains Arya using wooden swords filled with lead. He also mentors her on how to move and think like a warrior: to be perceptive, move with grace, and command her fear.[3] Syrio teaches Arya to see with her ears, nose, and skin, and he covers her eyes with a black cloth over her eyes and has her do spins and backflips.[4]

After the Hand's tourney, Eddard and his household are at the feast. His daughters are finally being cordial each other, and Sansa asks Arya how her dancing has gone. Arya happily tells her she is sore all over, and shows her a nasty bruise on her leg. Sansa states that she must be a terrible dancer. Later, while Sansa is busy, Eddard exams the Arya’s bruise himself while she is standing on one leg—she is getting better at that. He asks if Syrio Forel is being too hard on her, and she replies that Syrio says every hurt is a lesson and every lesson makes you better. Eddard is concerned even though Syrio had come with an excellent reputation, and the Braavosi style suits Arya’s slim blade. Eddard offers to have Jory Cassel take over her lessons, or maybe find someone else, but Arya emphatically tells Eddard she does not want them, she wants Syrio. Eddard knows that any decent master at arms could give Arya the basics of sword fighting without the blindfolds, cartwheels and hopping around on one leg, but he knows there was no arguing with her. He tells her very well, and to try to be careful.[4]

When Cersei Lannister ordered all Starks in the Red Keep to be captured or killed, Syrio orders Arya to flee while he holds off the Lannister men. With only his wooden practice sword, he defeats or kils five guardsmen and then attacks Ser Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard. Syrio rains down ineffective blows onto Meryn's plate armor until his sword is cut in half. Arya flees, obeying Syrio's orders.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Years later, Arya remembers Syrio's words and lets them guide her actions through difficult situations.[5]

Quotes by Syrio

Boy, girl, You are a sword, that is all.[3]

– Syrio to Arya Stark

My words lied. My eyes and my arm shouted out the truth, but you were not seeing.[1]

– Syrio to Arya Stark

Other men were stronger, faster, younger, why was Syrio Forel the best? I will tell you now. The seeing, the true seeing, that is the heart of it.[1]

– Syrio to Arya Stark

The first sword of Braavos does not run.[1]

– Syrio to Arya Stark

Quotes about Syrio

Syrio says that every hurt is a lesson, and every lesson makes you better.[4]

- Arya Stark to Eddard Stark

You are quick, for a dancing master.[1]

Meryn Trant to Syrio

Never do what they expect.[1]

- thoughts of Arya Stark

References and Notes

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