Godric Borrell

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Godric Borrell
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Title Lord of Sweetsister
Allegiance House Borrell
Book(s)

A Feast for Crows

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Godric Borrell is the Lord of Sweetsister and head of House Borrell.[1]

Appearance

Lord Godric is a big fleshy ugly man with massive shoulders. Coarse white hair grows from his cheeks and chin. He is bald on the top of his scalp, with a lumpy red veined nose and webbing between his three middle fingers.

History

During the War of the Usurper, Eddard Stark washed up on Sweetsister while trying to sail North to raise his banners. Godric's father could easily have turned Ned over to Aerys Targaryen for a reward, but instead freed him, saying, "If you lose, you were never here."

The Sisters have always had amiable relations with smugglers. When Stannis Baratheon was Master of Ships, he sent a fleet to Sisterton without Borrell's leave and made him hang a dozen good friends. Baratheon threatened to hang Borrell as well should some ship sink because the Night Lamp had gone black.[2]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

A group of Freys led by Rhaegar Frey arrives at Sweetsister en route to White Harbor, bringing Lord Wyman Manderly the bones of Manderly's son. Disdainful of Manderly, Borrell states he would have hanged the Freys if they had extended him such a "courtesy".

Lord Borrell is having supper when Davos Seaworth is brought before him. Godric updates Davos on the current events, including the death of Tywin Lannister. He tells Davos the story of Ned Stark's visit, recounting to Davos Seaworth about a fisherman and his daughter who brought Ned Stark in secret across the Bite to the North at the beginning of Robert's Rebellion. If Lord Borrell is to be believed, Ned left her with a bag of silver and a bastard in her belly, which she named Jon Snow after Lord Jon Arryn.

It becomes evident that Godric harbors doubts about Cersei Lannister's ability to rule, as he notes that Davos would be in chains if her uncle Kevan Lannister were in power. He tells Davos of his father's parting words to Ned Stark: "If you lose, you were never here." Davos replies, "No more then I was."[2] Godric then allows Davos to leave for White Harbor to attempt to curry favor with Lord Wyman Manderly.[3]

References and Notes