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Varamyr Sixskins and his animals
|Alias|| Varamyr Sixskins |
|Book(s)|| A Storm of Swords (Appears)|
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
Varamyr, better known as Varamyr Sixskins, is a diminutive member of the free folk and a skinchanger who controls three wolves, a snow bear, and a shadowcat. He was known as Lump until he took his new name.
- See also: Images of Varamyr
Varamyr is grey-faced and bald with round shoulders. He is small.
Varamyr, known as Lump at the time, used one of his dogs Loptail, Sniff or Growler to kill his younger brother Bump. When Varamyr's father came upon Bump's body, the dogs were sniffing around it. Not knowing which one had done the act, he put all three to death. However, before Loptail's death, Varamyr slipped inside his skin and felt Loptail's death. His reaction, a scream, informed Varamyr's parents that he was a warg.
Varamyr's father dragged him through the woods until he came to Haggon, an elderly warg who informed Varamyr that he belonged with his own kind. Haggon taught him how to skinchange properly and the rules of the ability. He also instructed him on the strengths and weaknesses of the different animals and rudimentary survival skills. Haggon often traded with the Night's Watch, and it was on one of those trips where Varamyr began to dream of living south of the Wall. He named himself Varamyr when he was ten years old.
When Haggon lay dying, Varamyr, resentful, stole his wolf, Greyskin, who Haggon had intended as his second life. At that point Varamyr was calling himself Varamyr Threeskins and then Fourskins after taking Greyskin. Over the years, Varamyr died eight more times while wearing the skins of other creatures. However, his power grew and he was known to ride into battle on the back of a 13-foot tall female snow bear. He had a hall of moss, mud and hew logs, which had been Haggon's before he died. A dozen villages paid him homage. When he wanted a woman from the villages, he would send his shadowcat to get them. They came, some crying, some not, but all resentful. Eventually Mance Rayder sought an alliance with Varamyr. Varamyr agreed and was a part of Mance's host beneath the Wall.
A Storm of Swords
After the death of Orell, Varamyr takes control of Orell's eagle, which still has a remnant of Orell's consciousness inside of it, and uses it to scout Castle Black. He takes early notice of Stannis Baratheon's arrival at the Wall thanks to the eagle. Melisandre burns the eagle, causing Varamyr to briefly go insane.
A Dance with Dragons
After the defeat of the wildlings at the Battle of Castle Black, he flees together with a small group, hiding his real identity from them. One by one they leave until only Thistle, a spearwife, remains. He is stabbed by a boy when he attempts to take a squirrel-skin cloak off of a dead body that happens to be the boy's mother. Varamyr reveals that he wanted to take Ghost from Jon Snow saying to himself that a second life in Ghost would have been worthy of a king. When Varamyr tries to take over Thistle's body because he is dying, she reacts frantically, expelling him from her mind and biting her own tongue off the in the process. He lives on in his wolf One Eye.
Quotes by Varamyr
|“||Once a horse is broken to the saddle, any man can mount him. Once a beast’s been joined to a man, any skinchanger can slip inside and ride him. Orell was withering inside his feathers, so I took the eagle for my own. But the joining works both ways, warg. Orell lives inside me now, whispering how much he hates you. And I can soar above the Wall, and see with eagle eyes.||”|
|“||Mance should have let me take the direwolf. There would be a second life worthy of a king.||”|
Quotes about Varamyr
|“||A vicious little runt.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 15, Jon.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Prologue.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 76, Jon.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 73, Jon, p 1017.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Prologue, p 12.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 58, Jon, p 774.