Master of whisperers

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The master of whisperers or mistress of whisperers is the king's spymaster and is a member of the small council. He or she is charged with gathering intelligence from the Red Keep, King's Landing, around the Seven Kingdoms, across the narrow sea, and other places.


Tyanna of Pentos, the most feared of Maegor I Targaryen's wives, served her husband as his mistress of whisperers.[1] It was said that speaking secrets in the Red Keep was foolish, as rats and other vermin were her spies. She tortured many enemies of the Crown, including fellow wife Alys Harroway and her many alleged lovers; all but two confessed to adultery.[2]

Larys Strong, a Lord of Harrenhal nicknamed "Larys Clubfoot", served as master of whisperers during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen.[3]

Lady Mysaria, nicknamed Lady Misery, served as mistress of whisperers for the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons. [4]

Brynden Rivers, known as Lord Bloodraven, was a spymaster[5] with a network of spies while serving on Daeron II Targaryen's small council.[6] Brynden later served Aerys I Targaryen as master of whisperers as well as Hand of the King.[7]

Varys, nicknamed the Spider, was the master of whisperers for King Aerys II Targaryen, and after Aerys II's death, for King Robert I Baratheon.[8]

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A Game of Thrones

Varys serves as the master of whisperers for King Robert I Baratheon and his successor, Joffrey I Baratheon.

A Feast for Crows

Since Varys disappeared from King's Landing the night of Lord Tywin Lannister's murder, Queen Cersei Lannister appoints Qyburn as the new master of whisperers for King Tommen I Baratheon.[9]


The master of whisperers must be sly and obsequious and without scruple. A courageous informer would be as useless as a cowardly knight.[10]