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.


At the end of 54 AC, Cassella Staunton, Septa Maryam, Alayne Royce, Lianna Velaryon, Samantha Stokeworth, and Maester Culiper died on Dragonstone. The castle closed its gates as quarantine to protect the island from an epidemic, but 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]


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


  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.