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.

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.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion Lannister sees the tears of Lys in Grand Maester Pycelle's collection of medicines and poisons.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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