Davos Seaworth

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Davos Seaworth
Davos Seaworth by Amoka©
Davos Seaworth by Amoka©

Alias The Onion Knight
Davos Shorthand
Ser Onions
Title Hand of the King
Lord of the Rainwood
Admiral of the Narrow Sea
Allegiance House Seaworth
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Culture Westeros
Born At King's Landing
Spouse Marya Seaworth
Book(s) A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons

Played by Liam Cunningham
TV series Season 2

Davos Seaworth, Lord of the Rainwood, Admiral of the Narrow Sea, commonly called the Onion Knight, was once a smuggler, but became a landed knight and Stannis Baratheon's most honest and loyal supporter. He captains the Black Betha, his old smuggling ship. He has seven sons, many of them serving on ships in Stannis' fleet. His wife tends his lands on the Cape of Wrath. The sigil of his house is a black ship with an onion on the sails upon a grey field.[1] Davos is played by Liam Cunningham in the TV series.

Character and Appearance

Davos is a slight man with an ordinary face. He has brown hair and eyes, and a beard peppered with gray. The first joints of the fingers of his left hand are missing.[2] He wore the bones in a pouch around his neck until he lost them. Davos was strong in the Faith of the Seven.


Davos is as a man of low birth, born in wretched Flea Bottom of King's Landing, his life was one of hardship. In his youth, he found service on the Cobblecat under Roro Uhoris, a Tyroshi smuggler and pirate. At which time he was acknowledged with the Eastwatch forces of the Night's Watch and with the Wall itself. While impressed by the execution of Uhoris for the crime of trading weapons with the wildlings, he did not refuse to trade with the members of the Night's Watch later.[3]

After his time with the Cobblecat, Davos made his own way and secured his own ship, the Black Betha, he became infamous smuggler smuggler to sail the narrow sea, ho piloted his black-sailed ship into harbors in the dead of night.[4] Davos married Marya, they had seven children Dale, Allard, Matthos, Maric, Devan, Stannis.

During Robert's Rebellion, almost a year into the Siege of Storm's End, Davos took it upon himself to smuggle onions and other foodstuffs into Storm's End, running the Redwyne blockade of the castle. The food allowed Stannis Baratheon's men to hold on until Eddard Stark arrived to break the siege. As a reward for his service Stannis knighted him, giving him choice lands on Cape Wrath. However, Davos lost the first joint from each finger of his left hand, as payment for his past crimes. Davos found the ruling just, and agreed to the terms if Stannis would swing the blade himself.[5] He kept the bones of his joints in a pouch around his neck because he believed they were lucky, having bought a future for his family.[6]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

When Stannis declared himself King of the Seven Kingdoms after the death of his brother, Robert, Davos supports his claim. He is strong in the Faith of the Seven, however, and dislikes Stannis's conversion to R'hllor under the guidance of Melisandre. Davos is sent as an envoy to treat with the lords of the Stormlands, to persuade them to support Stannis, but his mission was unsuccessful.[5]

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth (TV series)

Davos is then sent sailing along the coast of Westeros, to deliver letters and proclamations declaring the royal heirs are bastards born of incest between Jaime Lannister and Queen Cersei Baratheon. Stannis gave Davos knights as well, to read the letters aloud to the illiterate smallfolk. [1] When Davos finished that task, he joined Stannis at the Siege of Storm's End. He is present among many of the other lords when Stannis parleys with the castellan Ser Cortnay Penrose. Stannis has Davos use his smuggling skills to sail Melisandre under Storm's End so she can birth a shadow that would slay Ser Cortnay.

Davos later took part in the Battle of the Blackwater. Davos tried to persuade the fleet commander, Imry Florent, to send in scouts to test whatever new defenses the city had prepared, but Ser Imry refused to listen. During the Battle, Ser Davos and four of his seven sons were part of the fleet that assaulted King’s Landing. Much of the fleet was destroyed by wildfire. All of four of Ser Davos’s elder sons Dale, Allard, Matthos and Maric were lost, and he himself nearly died. [3]

A Storm of Swords

Davos Seaworth by Wouter Bruneel.

At the conclusion of the battle Davos was stranded on a small rocky isle for many days, where he hallucinates that the Seven talk to him,[7] until chance blew one of Stannis’s ships towards him. Blaming Melisandre for the disaster, he planned to kill her but her magic gave her warning and he was arrested.[8] In the end, Stannis lifted Davos Seaworth to Lord of the Rainwood, Admiral of the Narrow Sea, and Hand.[9] Davos again fights Melisandre's influence over Stannis by smuggling Robert Baratheon's bastard, Edric Storm, out of Dragonstone to spare him from being sacrificed to R'hllor. He also suggests that Stannis go to the aid of the Night's Watch, which is under attack by wildlings.[10].

A Feast for Crows

It is reported that Davos was sent to White Harbor to negotiate with the Manderlys. Cersei Lannister demands that Lord Manderly execute Davos in exchange for the ransom of his heir.[11] It is then reported that Davos's head and hands now grace the walls of White Harbor.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

Davos sails from Eastwatch at the Wall to represent Stannis and his claim in White Harbour with Salladhor Saan and his fleet of Lyseni sellsails. After a number of storms take their toll on Saan's fleet, Saan abandons Stannis's cause and gives Davos the choice between coming with him to Essos, or leaving in a small row boat. Davos chooses to leave, and eventually washes up on the shores of the Sisters. After a short stay and an update on current events from Lord Godric Borrell of Sweetsister, Davos continues to White Harbour.[13] He is preceded, however, by envoys of House Frey (Rhaegar Frey, Ser Jared Frey and Symond Frey), who have come with the remains of one of Manderly's sons.[14]

Davos appears before the Merman's Court to present the case for the Manderlys to support Stannis. Lord Manderly has Davos dragged off to be executed in the presence of the Freys.[15] Manderly then has Davos imprisoned in the Wolf's Den, but has a different prisoner executed. The prisoner is beheaded, his head dipped in tar. The fingers of one of his hands are also cut off to resemble Davos. The head and hands are then put up on spikes on the walls of White Harbour to give the Lannisters and Freys reason to believe in House Manderly's loyalty to the Iron Throne.[16] Once Manderly has sent a false report to the Iron Throne and gotten his son and heir, Ser Wylis Manderly, back, he frees Davos. He tells Davos that he will swear his allegiance to Stannis if Davos retrieves Rickon Stark. Manderly has discovered the boy is alive, but needs a smuggler to retrieve him.[17]


Unknown wife

References and Notes

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