Amory Lorch

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Amory Lorch
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Amory Lorch by Amok©

Alias The Manticore
Title Ser
Castellan of Harrenhal
Allegiance House Lorch
House Lannister
Culture Westermen
Died In 299 AC[1], at Harrenhal[1]
Personal Arms A black manticore on a red field
(Gules a manticore passant sable)
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Played by Fintan McKeown
TV series Season 2

Ser Amory Lorch is a knight of House Lorch and bannerman of House Lannister. His personal arms are a black manticore on a red field.[2] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Fintan McKeown.

Appearance and Character

Amory is a portly man of average height, described as having a pale piggy face with small pig-like eyes, and a high, thin voice.[2][3] He is regarded as a cruel and unintelligent, brutal man.[4] He is the sort of man to order the deaths of non-combatants as if it bores him.[2]

History

According to a semi-canon source,[5] during the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion in 261 AC, Ser Amory threw the last Lord Tarbeck, a three-year-old boy, down a well in Tarbeck Hall. It is disputed whether this was done per the orders of Ser Tywin Lannister, or without his knowledge.[N 1]

In 283 AC, Amory was responsible for the murder of the three-year old Princess Rhaenys Targaryen during the Sack of King's Landing. Per the order of Tywin Lannister, he and Gregor Clegane scaled the walls of Maegor's Holdfast to access the royal apartments.[6] Alongside and in front of several House Lannister men-at-arms,[7] he dragged the screaming toddler from under her father Rhaegar's bed, and stabbed her dozens of times.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

At the onset of the War of the Five Kings in 299 AC, Lord Tywin Lannister orders his brother, Ser Kevan, to direct Ser Amory, along with his fellow bannerman Ser Gregor Clegane and the sellsword Vargo Hoat, to forage the riverlands and to burn what he does not take. Each of the raider captains is to have three hundred cavalry.[8]

A Clash of Kings

At a holdfast in a town by the Gods Eye, Amory's raiding party encounters Yoren's group of recruits for the Night's Watch, with Arya Stark hidden among them. Amory orders the holdfast attacked (unprovoked as the Night's Watch takes no part in the wars of the realm), and is responsible for Yoren's death.[2] Because of Yoren, Arya adds Amory Lorch's name to the list of people she wants to kill.[9]

Amory captures two innocent smallfolk, a beekeeper and his wife, and threatens far and wide to hang them if Lord Beric Dondarrion does not surrender to him. When Beric surrenders, Amory hangs the beekeeper and his wife anyway, with Beric strung up in the middle. Beric is later resurrected by Thoros of Myr.[10]

Arya Stark, disguised as a servant in Harrenhal, is offered the deaths of three people by Jaqen H'ghar. She considers Amory for one of them before deciding on Chiswyck.[3]

When Tywin Lannister takes the majority of his army east to engage Stannis Baratheon he makes Amory castellan of Harrenhal, with the Bloody Mummers also left behind to do the foraging.[11] While castellan, Amory resides in the castellan's chambers in Kingspyre, with only a hundred men left to guard the rest of Harrenhal,[1] drinking a great deal of the best wine in the castle's cellars.[12]

Amory is eventually captured by Lord Roose Bolton, after Roose persuades Vargo Hoat to betray House Lannister and to seize control of the castle. After the fall of Harrenhal, Amory is paraded naked before Roose and Vargo. Pleading and sobbing, he is kicked into the bear pit to be killed by the bear inside it. Arya Stark is present to witness Amory's death and notes, "The bear is all in black. Like Yoren."[1] The bear tears Ser Amory apart.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Jaime Lannister finds a human jawbone in the bear pit of Harrenhal. As it still has maggoty flesh on it, it may have been Amory's.[13]

Prince Oberyn Martell comes to King's Landing to seek justice for the deaths of his sister Princess Elia and her children, Princess Rhaenys and Prince Aegon Targaryen, during the Sack of King's Landing.[14] Lord Tywin Lannister tells his son Tyrion his plan to blame all three of the deaths entirely on the deceased Amory (who in truth had only killed Rhaenys), to circumvent giving Ser Gregor Clegane over to Oberyn. According to Tywin, Amory justified his brutal murder of Rhaenys because the child had kicked him and would not stop screaming. Tywin plans to tell Oberyn that Amory acted on his own, without orders, to gain favor from Robert Baratheon, and hopes that Amory's recent brutal death will assuage Oberyn's need for justice.[4]

Later, to spite his father, Tyrion tells Oberyn that Amory Lorch did kill Rhaenys, but also that Gregor Clegane killed Elia and Aegon.[7]

A Feast for Crows

In Sunspear, Prince Doran Martell tells Ser Arys Oakheart that his charge, Princess Myrcella Baratheon, may be in danger. When he protests that only a beast would hurt a little girl, Doran reminds him of Amory and Rhaenys.[15]

In Braavos, Arya Stark sees people peacefully welcoming death at the House of Black and White, and recalls how Amory had begged in fear when thrown into the bear pit.[16]

At the Eyrie, Lord Petyr Baelish reminds Sansa Stark about the curse of Harrenhal and of the deaths of all who have held the castle recently, including Amory Lorch.[17]

Ser Roger Hogg tells Jaime Lannister how Amory attacked his towerhouse at Sow's Horn and slaughtered his animals, even though he was sworn to House Hayford, who are sworn to King's Landing.[18]

A Dance with Dragons

In Sunspear, Ellaria Sand wishes for the end of the Martell hostilities against House Lannister, as all those who had a hand in the deaths of Elia and her children are dead, including Amory Lorch.[19]

Quotes by Amory

Young boys and old men die the same.[2]

—Amory to Yoren

Quotes about Amory

Vargo Hoat had Ser Amory torn apart by a bear after the fall of Harrenhal. That ought to be sufficiently grisly to appease even Oberyn Martell.[4]

I asked him afterward why it had required half a hundred thrusts to kill a girl of … two? Three? He said she'd kicked him and would not stop screaming. If Lorch had half the wits the gods gave a turnip, he would have calmed her with a few sweet words and used a soft silk pillow. The blood was in him.[4]

Only a beast would harm a little girl.[15]

Notes

  1. Assuming that Amory Lorch was at least sixteen years old at the time of the Reyne-Tarbeck Rebellion (as he was already a knight), this would make him 38 years old or older during the Sack of King's Landing, and thus unlikely to be in prime condition to scale the walls of Maegor's Holdfast. Additionally, he would be 54 years old or older during the War of the Five Kings, and he is not mentioned to be an older man in his appearances in A Clash of Kings. This inconsistency may be why this incident was not included in the published Westerlands chapter of The World of Ice & Fire.

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