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Captain of the Mud Gate
Commander of the City Watch
City Watch of King's Landing
|Died||In 299 AC, at King's Landing|
A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Jacelyn Bywater
Ser Jacelyn is tall, lantern jawed, with deep-set eyes, a prominent brow and salt-and-pepper hair. He has an iron hand strapped to his right wrist where he lost his hand, hence his nickname. He is considered brave and honorable, but is seen as rigid by the corrupt Janos Slynt.
Jacelyn is of a lesser branch of House Bywater and was too poor to afford a knighthood. He came by it only as a reward from King Robert I Baratheon, for his part in Greyjoy's Rebellion when he fought with distinction at Pyke, where he lost his hand. He has been captain of the Mud Gate in King's Landing for three years when Tyrion Lannister arrives to take up the position of Hand of the King in 299 AC.
A Clash of Kings
Ser Jacelyn is named Commander of the City Watch by Tyrion Lannister after Tyrion dismisses Janos Slynt. He receives Ser Cleos Frey when the latter arrives to give the terms from Robb Stark. After the riots during Princess Myrcella's departure to Dorne, Jacelyn tells Tyrion about the spread of bloody flux at Pisswater Bend, about the growing revolt among the smallfolk, and how Tyrion is personally blamed for the hard times. Jacelyn obeys Tyrion's orders to seize Prince Tommen on the Rosby road, imprisoning Lord Gyles Rosby in the process, and keeping him safe and out of reach of Cersei Lannister. For this he earns Cersei's enmity, as well as a lordship from Tyrion.
During the Battle of the Blackwater, Lord Jacelyn is one of the commanders of the forces sworn to King Joffrey I. Although the plan created by Tyrion succeeds in destroying part of Stannis Baratheon's forces, the better part of Stannis's army is able to cross the Blackwater Rush to assault the gates. When the City Watch sees Joffrey retreating to the Red Keep they break. Jacelyn tries to rally them and seems to succeed, but he is killed when an arrow from an unknown quarter finds his throat.