Gift of mercy

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Arya refused to give the Hound the gift of mercy. © Mike S Miller

The gift of mercy is the term the Faceless Men use for the granting of a quick, humane death to a person who is ailing or mortally wounded and destined to die a painful, lingering death otherwise.

People may request the gift of mercy. For example, Osha grants the dying Maester Luwin the gift of mercy at his request,[1] as does Sandor Clegane to a survivor of the Red Wedding, a bowman in service to Ser Marq Piper who escaped but was severely injured.[2] Arya Stark gives the gift of mercy to a squire after a brawl at the Inn at the Crossroads, but denies it to the critically wounded Sandor after stating that he does not deserve it.[3]

Beyond the Wall the free folk will give children the gift of mercy if they have been afflicted by certain diseases, such as greyscale.

Quotes

"If I had given birth to that poor child, I would have given her the gift of mercy long ago.”
- Val, to Jon Snow

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