Tears of Lys

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The tears of Lys is a rare and expensive poison dissolved into liquids. It is clear, sweet as water and leaves no trace.[1] The effects of the poison cause a sickness in the bowels and belly, eating away at them.[2] According to semi-canon sources it is created by the alchemists from Lys.[3] It is unknown if it has a connection with the Weeping Lady of Lys.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Varys tells Eddard Stark that Lord Jon Arryn was poisoned with the tears of Lys.[1] When the small council considers assassinating Daenerys Targaryen, Varys suggests the tears of Lys.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Sansa Stark learns that Lysa Tully put the tears of Lys in the wine of her husband, Lord Arryn, at the behest of Petyr Baelish.


The tears of Lys, they call it. A rare and costly thing, clear and sweet as water, and it leaves no trace. I begged Lord Arryn to use a taster, in this very room I begged him, but he would not hear of it. Only one who was less than a man would even think of such a thing, he told me.[5]
- Varys, to Eddard Stark

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  3. A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII, p 323.

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