Jaime Lannister

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Jaime Lannister
Alias The Kingslayer
Title Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Allegiance House Lannister
Culture Westeros
Born At Casterly Rock
Book(s) A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows

Jaime Lannister known as the Kingslayer is the second child, and firstborn son, of Lord Tywin Lannister of Casterly Rock and his wife Lady Joanna Lannister. He received his nickname after slaying the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen. Prior to that he became the second-youngest ever member of the Kingsguard.

History

Prior to the series

He and his older twin sister Cersei were inseparable in their early childhood, going as far as to experiment together in a sexual manner at a young age. During one of these encounters, they were caught by Lady Joanna, their mother. Cersei was immediately exiled to the other side of the castle, and both twins were told never to do anything like that ever again.

At age nine, he lost his mother, who died birthing his younger brother Tyrion. Even though Tyrion is a malformed dwarf, Jaime seems to show genuine love towards Tyrion as a brother.

At the age of eleven, Jaime was sent to Crakehall to become a squire for Ser Sumner Crakehall. Two years later, while still a squire, he won his first tourney melee.

At age of fifteen, he was knighted on the battlefield by Ser Arthur Dayne during the campaign against the Kingswood Brotherhood. He later stopped at Casterly Rock to visit his sister, who he had been separated from for those years. It was there that Cersei told him that Lord Tywin intended to marry him to Lysa Tully, second daughter of Lord Hoster Tully of Riverrun. It was Cersei who suggested that Jaime become a member of the Kingsguard, replacing the recently deceased Ser Harlan Grandison to be close to her and free himself of the unwanted marriage to Lysa. After a night of passionate sex he gave his consent to Cersei's plan.

A moon's turn later, he was raised to the Kingsguard at a ceremony at Harrenhal by Ser Gerold Hightower. It was only later that night when King Aerys II Targaryen decided to send him back to King's Landing to guard Queen Rhaella and Prince Viserys, depriving him of the chance to participate in Lord Whent's tourney that he realized that Aerys had only chosen him for the Kingsguard as a slight against Lord Tywin of whom Aerys was insanely jealous. Furthermore, Cersei's ploy failed, as Lord Tywin resigned the Handship soon after, seeing Jaime's appointment as a slight by King Aerys intended to deprive him of his heir. Thus, instead of being together as they intended, Cersei and Jaime just swapped places. Jaime was left at Court, finding himself guarding a mad king while four lesser men became Hand of the King.

During his time in the Kingsguard, Jaime was troubled morally by the decisions of King Aerys who was insane. Two notable examples, of Jaime's moral problems with King Aerys behavior was when King Aerys was raping and ravaging Queen Rhaella, and secondly, when King Aerys had Brandon Stark and Lord Rickard Stark executed. Jaime's trick to block out Aerys spectacularly cruel acts was to 'go away inside', something that he would later pass on to his son, Tommen as a way to deal with the harsh reality.

As King Aerys became increasingly insane, he began to see traitors everywhere and Varys was always there to point out those that he had missed. Aerys refused to let Jaime leave King's Landing and join the royal army, instead keeping him in Kings Landing to be used as a hostage against Lord Tywin who was still sitting on the sidelines in Robert's Rebellion. Lord Tywin Lannister was replaced as Hand of the King first by Lord Owen Merryweather who was exiled when he failed to deal with Robert's rebellion, and who Jaime nicknamed "the Chuckler" because he laughed at the King's witticisms. The second was Lord Jon Connington, who was exiled after the Battle of the Bells in which Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon won a notable victory over the Royalist forces.

The new Hand of the King after Lord Connington was exiled was Lord Chelsted. King Aerys began a plan with the help of his chief Pyromancers (including Lord Rossart, whom he later made Hand of the King) that would entail placing wildfire caches all over Kings Landing, intending to take the whole city with him if the royalists lost. When Lord Chelsted confronted Aerys about his genocidal plan he was burned alive. King Aerys then raised Lord Rossart, the King's favorite Pyromancer to the Handship. Meanwhile, Jaime observed the whole of Aerys's genocidal plan and knew where all of the wildfire was to be placed.

It was the Battle of the Trident that roused Lord Tywin to act. He marched his armies to the gates of Kings Landing. Even though Varys called Lord Tywin a traitor, King Aerys heeded the advice of Grand Maester Pycelle and opened his gates to Lord Tywin and his army. Once inside, Lord Tywin betrayed King Aerys and began the Sack of King's Landing. It was at this moment that Aerys gave Rossart the order to began his murderous plot to burn Kings Landing whilst telling Jaime to kill his father. Luckily, Jaime who had been privy to this plan, chose this moment to kill Rossart and then Aerys to prevent this plan from coming to fruition. At the time he killed King Aerys, Lord Tywin's men lead by Ser Elys Westerling and Lord Crakehall came into the hall, so there was no way Jaime could vanish. When asked who would be proclaimed as King, he thought about Prince Viserys or Prince Aegon but remembered that they carried Aerys tainted blood in them. It was after this that Jaime sat on the throne for a little while, before Ned Stark rode into the hall with his men to claim the throne for Robert Baratheon.

After the death of the last Targaryen king, Jaime secretly hunted down the two other pyromancers involvled in the plan to burn Kings Landing, Belis and Garigus. Jaime was pardoned by King Robert I Baratheon and continued to serve as in his Kingsguard. Robert also gave him the name Kingslayer.

Jaime continued his illicit relationship with his sister, even though she was now married to King Robert, thus committing numerous acts of treason against King Robert. He fathered three children with Cersei: Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen.

During the series

Ser Jaime joined Queen Cersei, and King Robert in the journey to the North to name Ned Stark of Winterfell Hand of the King, after the death of Lord Jon Arryn, the previous Hand.

While at Winterfell, when King Robert was out hunting, Jaime and Cersei's illicit affair was observed by Bran Stark, who was climbing. As Bran began to slip, Jaime pulled him up, only to throw him out of the window, intending to kill him to keep the affair a secret.

Ned Stark did indeed accept King Robert's invitation to be Hand, and began to get closer and closer to discovering Jaime and Cersei's secret, by piecing together the fact that every time in history a Lannister had wed a Baratheon, raven haired children were produced instead of golden-haried children that Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen were.

Meanwhile, Catelyn Stark, Lady of Winterfell captured Jaime's brother Tyrion on suspicion of involvement in a botched assassination attempt on Bran Stark. (It was later proven that Joffrey was the one behind it, not Tyrion). Jaime and Lannister men attacked Ned and his Northmen in the streets of King's Landing, leading to numerous deaths on both sides. Jaime fled Kings Landing and joined Lord Tywin.

Jaime then led an army of Westermen against the River Lords, smashing Edmure Tully's host at the Golden Tooth, and eventually besieging Riverrun. However, Lord Robb Stark, who had succeeded his father Ned Starkas Lord of Winterfell after the latter's execution, managed to defeat Jaime's army at the Battle of the Camps and captured Jaime. Afterwards, Jaime was imprisoned in Riverrun. Whilst he was at Riverrun, with the dismissal of Ser Barristan the Bold, Jaime became Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

When Lord Tywin appointed Tyrion Hand of the King, Tyrion promised to help free Jaime to gain Cersei's support. Tyrion's plan to free Jaime, however was unsuccessful and thereafter he was transferred to a dungeon in Riverrun where he was kept chained and malnourished. During this period, Cersei was unfaithful to Jaime, taking their cousin Lancel as her lover.

While the War of the Five Kings raged around him, Jaime continued to be trapped in Riverrun as a prisoner until Catelyn Stark and Brienne of Tarth conspired to free him, hoping to exchange him for Sansa and Arya Stark, Catelyn's daughters who were believed to be held by the Queen in Kings Landing, after Tyrion, as Hand of the King, had sworn in open court to return the two girls for the return of Ser Jaime.

Brienne, Jaime, and his cousin Cleos Frey began the journey towards King's Landing, evading recapture by Ser Robin Ryger and his party from Riverrun, through Brienne's ingenious tactic of dropping boulders and rocks onto the chasing ship. However, they could not evade capture by the Brave Companions (also known as the Bloody Mummers) led by Vargo Hoat, who had betrayed Lord Tywin and now served the newly crowned King Robb Stark.

It was then that Lord Vargo ordered Zollo the Fat, one of his men, to chop Jaime's sword hand off, symbolically destroying everything that Jaime was. After this, Jaime lost the will to live until ironically, it was Brienne who reminded him that he had something to live for, namely, his family and for revenge. Lord Vargo then journeyed with Jaime and Brienne to Harrenhal, held by Lord Roose Bolton for King Robb.

While at Harrenhal, Jaime divulged to Brienne the events surrounding the Sack of Kings Landing, including Aerys's wildfire plot while they shared a bath in the bathhouse. Later, at dinner, Lord Bolton hinted that he would betray King Robb as long as Jaime would absolve him of the blame for the loss of his sword hand. Jaime agreed, and Lord Bolton announced that he would be escorted to Kings Landing by Steelshanks Walton. However, Brienne was to remain behind as Lord Vargo's prize.

It was after Lord Bolton had left, and Walton had begun the journey to Kings Landing with Jaime and fallen maester, Qyburn, who was charged with keeping Jaime healthy, that he fell asleep on a weirwood stump. Whilst asleep against the stump, Jaime had a dream about Brienne, and subsequently turned around and collected her from Harrenhal.

When the party arrived at King's Landing, King Joffrey had just died. As soon as he rode into the yard, Ser Loras Tyrell, who was now his brother Kingsguard, accused Brienne of murdering Renly Baratheon. However, Jaime quickly defused this situation by having Brienne arrested rather than allowing Loras to kill her. He then proceeded to the sept, where Cersei was, and there met another new brother Kingsguard, Ser Osmund Kettleblack, who was another of Cersei's lovers. Once inside the Sept, Cersei and Jaime had sex in front of their son Joffrey's corpse.

However, this was to mark the last time that he and Cersei shared intimate relations as their relationship began to fall apart afterwards. His brother Tyrion, who had known that Joffrey was in fact his son and not Robert's, was accused of poisoning Joffrey. Jaime's relationship with his father also fell apart as he refused to resign from the Kingsguard. It was at this time that he was given a Valyrian Steel Sword (later named Oathkeeper), made from Ned Stark's sword, Ice, that he would later pass onto Brienne, to aid her in her quest to find and keep Sansa Stark safe from Cersei and all those that would turn her in for the reward posted by Cersei.

When both trial by words and by battle failed, Tyrion, Jaime still did not believe that Tyrion was the murderer and forced Lord Varys to arrange his escape. It was then that Jaime admitted that to Tyrion that Tyrion's first wife, Tysha was not a whore but in fact a crofter's daughter as she claimed to be. Incensed at this revelation, Tyrion hit Jaime, and falsely claimed responsibility for the murder of Joffrey, and also revealed the truth about Cersei's sexual escapades with Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack.

He later found out that Tyrion had killed their father after being freed.

Immediate Family

  • Lord Tywin Lannister: his father.
  • Lady Joanna Lannister: his mother - deceased
  • Queen Cersei Lannister: his twin sister, born before him.
  • Tyrion Lannister: His younger brother
  • Joffrey Baratheon: his natural son.
  • Myrcella Baratheon: his natural daughter.
  • Tommen Baratheon: his natural son.

Appearance

Jaime is a tall man, with golden hair. He has "flashing green eyes and a smile that cut like a knife". He is widely considered to be beautiful.

Quotes

There are no men like me. There's only me.