Tears of Lys

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The tears of Lys is a rare and expensive poison, made by the alchemists of Lys.[1][2] It is clear, tasteless, odorless, and leaves no trace.[1][3] When dissolved into liquids and drunk, the poison eats away the bowels and belly of the victim, and appears to be a sickness of those parts.[3] It is unknown if the poison has a connection with the Weeping Lady of Lys.

History

At the end of 54 AC, a maester and several women died on Dragonstone from a mysterious epidemic. Lord Rego Draz recognized the symptoms as those of the tears of Lys. The poisoner was Androw Farman, jealous of his wife Rhaena Targaryen's friendships with her ladies.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Varys tells Eddard Stark that Lord Jon Arryn was poisoned with the tears of Lys.[1] When the small council considers assassinating Daenerys Targaryen, Varys suggests using the tears of Lys.[5]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion Lannister sees the tears of Lys in Grand Maester Pycelle's collection of medicines and poisons.[6]

A Storm of Swords

During Tyrion Lannister's trial for the death of King Joffrey Baratheon, Grand Maester Pycelle claims that Tyrion stole a sample of the tears of Lys, as well as other drugs from Pycelle's collection.[7]

Sansa Stark learns that Lysa Tully put the tears of Lys in the wine of her husband, Lord Arryn, at the behest of Petyr Baelish.[8]

A Feast for Crows

In the Faceless Men's House of Black and White in Braavos, the waif teaches Arya Stark about the properties of the tears of Lys.[3]

Quotes

The tears of Lys, they call it. A rare and costly thing, clear and sweet as water, and it leaves no trace. I begged Lord Arryn to use a taster, in this very room I begged him, but he would not hear of it. Only one who was less than a man would even think of such a thing, he told me.[1]

- Varys, to Eddard Stark

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  2. A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  4. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.