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Monsters-and-maidens[1] or monsters and maidens[2] is a game played by multiple individuals, usually children. Participants chase each other while pretending to be monsters or maidens.


As a child, Arya Stark played monsters-and-maidens, hide-the-treasure, and come-into-my-castle with the children of the people of Winterfell.[1] She also played come-into-my-castle and monsters-and-maidens amongst the stone kings in the crypt of Winterfell.[2]

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A Clash of Kings

Rickon Stark plays monsters-and-maidens, lord of the crossing, rats and cats, and come-into-my-castle with Big Walder and Little Walder Frey.[3]

A Storm of Swords

Edric Storm plays monsters-and-maidens with Shireen Baratheon and Patchface at Aegon's Garden in Dragonstone, with Edric pretending to be a monster.[4]

Shae and Tyrion Lannister pretend to play the game during a tryst amongst the dragon skulls within the Red Keep.[5]


Shae: You have to catch me. M'lord must have played monsters and maidens when he was little.

Tyrion: Are you calling me a monster?

Shae: No more than I'm a maiden. You need to catch me all the same.[5]