Raff, by Victor Garcia © Fantasy Flight Games
Raff the Sweetling
|Died||In 300 AC, at Braavos|
A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (appears)
Appearance and Character
A Clash of Kings
Raff the Sweetling is among the Mountain's men who capture Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie near the Gods Eye. Rather than aid Lommy Greenhands, who was wounded at the Gods Eye town, Raff drives his spear through the boy's throat and chuckles to himself.
On the march to Harrenhal, a man-at-arms smashes the face of a three-year-old boy with a spiked mace and Raff kills his screaming mother shortly afterwards. Chiswyck later recalls Raff stabbing the son of an alehouse owner when he tells the story about the gang rape at an alehouse. Arya adds Raff to her list of those she wants to kill.
Raff forages with Ser Gregor Clegane, Chiswyck, and the Tickler. He later departs Harrenhal alongside Lord Tywin Lannister as part of Gregor's vanguard, unknowingly putting himself out of Arya's reach to choose him as her next target for Jaqen H'ghar.
Storm of Swords
Raff's atrocities are recalled by Arya, who informs Harwin and the brotherhood without banners while they search for Lord Beric Dondarrion. Raff continues to be included in Arya's list, though as time goes on she struggles to remember his face as well as the other marked members of Gregor's men-at-arms.
A Feast for Crows
When Ser Jaime Lannister pauses at Harrenhal, he sees Raff wearing the chain of coins that once belonged to Vargo Hoat. After Ser Bonifer Hasty refuses to allow the Mountain's men to stay, Jaime brings them with him to Riverrun as part of his force to besiege the castle. Jaime notices two washerwomen playing with Raff and another man-at-arms.
A Dance with Dragons
The Winds of Winter
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When Harys is sent to negotiate the Iron Throne's debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos, he is accompanied by Raff as one of his guards. They attend a performance of The Bloody Hand at the Gate. Arya, posing as the mummer "Mercy", spots and seduces him. Arya tires Raff by running to her room. Once he is undressed she discreetly cuts his femoral artery, causing him heavy bleeding and rendering him unable to walk. Raff asks her to help him to a healer, but Arya cuts his throat to echo Raff's murder of Lommy. His corpse is dumped in a Braavosi canal, for the eels.
Quotes by Raff
Mercy: I'm a maiden now.
Raff: Not for long. I'm Lord Rafford, sweetling, and I know just what I want.—Arya Stark as "Mercy" and Raff
Raff: You'll need to carry me.
Arya: Think so?—Arya Stark as "Mercy" before killing Raff
Quotes about Raff
She slipped it through his throat beneath the chin, twisted, and ripped it back out sideways with a single smooth slash. A fine red rain followed, and in his eyes the light went out.—thoughts of Arya Stark
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 26, Arya VI.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rafford.
- The Winds of Winter, Mercy
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 19, Arya V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.