Godric Borrell

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Godric Borrell
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Title Lord of Sweetsister[1]
Shield of Sisterton[1]
Master of Breakwater Castle[1]
Keeper of the Night Lamp[1]
Allegiance House Borrell
Culture Sistermen
Born At Sweetsister[2]
Issue At least two daughters[1]
Father Lord Borrell
Book(s) A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Godric Borrell is the Lord of Sweetsister, Shield of Sisterton, Master of Breakwater Castle, Keeper of the Night Lamp,[1] and the head of House Borrell.[3]

Appearance and Character

Godric is a big, fleshy, man with massive shoulders. His face is blunt and brutal with a massive brow. Godric is bald on the top of his scalp, though coarse grey and white hair grows from his cheeks and chin. The black-eyed lord has thick lips, and his nose is lumpy and red veined. Godric has all of his teeth, though most are yellow and one is blackened. He has "the mark", webbing between the middle three fingers on his big right hand.[1]

Lord Borrell is fond of storms and sister's stew, but not of northmen.[1] According to a semi-canon source, he is pragmatic.[2]

Ser Davos Seaworth thinks of him as a robber lord and a wrecker. Though Godric has a black repute, he still respects the ancient laws of hospitality.[1]

History

During Robert's Rebellion, Eddard Stark washed up on Sweetsister while trying to sail to the north to raise his banners. Godric's father, Lord Borrell, could easily have turned Eddard over to King Aerys II Targaryen for a reward. Godric was in attendance when his father instead freed Ned.[1]

Because the Three Sisters have long tolerated smugglers, Lord Stannis Baratheon, master of ships for King Robert I Baratheon, once sent a fleet to Sisterton without Godric's leave and made him hang a dozen friends. Stannis threatened to hang Godric as well should some ship sink because the Night Lamp had gone black.[1]

Godric has daughters but no sons, and his granddaughters include Gella.[1]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Godric claims the cargo of Sloe-Eyed Maid after the ship crashes into rocks in the Bite.[1]

A group of Freys led by Rhaegar Frey arrive at Sweetsister en route to White Harbor, bringing Lord Wyman Manderly the bones of Wyman's younger son, Ser Wendel. Disdainful of Wyman, Lord Godric states he would have hanged the Freys if they had extended him such a "courtesy".[1]

Godric is having supper when Lord Davos Seaworth is brought before him. Godric updates Davos on the current events, including the death of Lord Tywin Lannister. He tells Davos the story of Eddard Stark's visit, recounting to Davos 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 Godric 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.[1]

It becomes evident that Godric harbors doubts about Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's ability to rule, as he notes that Davos would be in chains if her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, were in power. When Godric tells Davos of his father's parting words to Ned Stark, "If you lose, you were never here," Davos replies, "No more than I was."[1] Godric then allows Davos to leave for White Harbor to attempt to curry favor with Lord Manderly.[4]

Quotes by Godric

These kings never bother with the Sisters. Why should they? We are small and poor. And yet you're here. Delivered to me by the storms.[1]

—Godric to Davos Seaworth

The sea's a treacherous cruel thing.[1]

—Godric to Davos Seaworth

Quotes about Godric

The lords of the Three Sisters had a black repute, and none more so than Godric Borrell, Lord of Sweetsister, Shield of Sisterton, Master of Breakwater Castle, and Keeper of the Night Lamp … but even robber lords and wreckers were bound by the ancient laws of hospitality.[1]

—thoughts of Davos Seaworth

Family

Lord Borrell
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Godric
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 
Unknown
husband
 
Daughter
 
Unknown
husband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gella
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 


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