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Raff, by Victor Garcia © Fantasy Flight Games

Culture Westermen
Born Westerlands[3]
Died In 300 ACBraavos

Rafford, known as Raff the Sweetling,[2] is one of the Mountain's men, the men-at-arms in service to Ser Gregor Clegane.

Appearance and Character

Rafford is soft spoken and has a mop of sandy hair. He is a younger man[1] and handsome.[4]

Despite his nickname, Raff is cruel and sadistic.[2] He is bolder than many of the other Mountain's men, and he drinks less than Shitmouth.[1] He has low cunning.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Raff the Sweetling is among the Mountain's men who capture Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie near the Gods Eye. Rather than aid Lommy Greenhands, who was wounded at the Gods Eye town, Raff drives his spear through the boy's throat and chuckles to himself.[5]

On the march to Harrenhal, a man-at-arms smashes the face of a three-year-old boy with a spiked mace and Raff kills his screaming mother shortly afterwards.[2] Chiswyck later recalls Raff stabbing the son of an alehouse owner when he tells the story about the gang rape at an alehouse.[6] Arya adds Raff to her list of those she wants to kill.[2]

Raff forages with Ser Gregor Clegane, Chiswyck, and the Tickler.[6] He later departs Harrenhal alongside Lord Tywin Lannister as part of Gregor's vanguard, unknowingly putting himself out of Arya's reach to choose him as her next target for Jaqen H'ghar.[7]

Storm of Swords

Raff's atrocities are recalled by Arya, who informs Harwin and the brotherhood without banners while they search for Lord Beric Dondarrion.[8] Raff continues to be included in Arya's list, though as time goes on she struggles to remember his face as well as the other marked members of Gregor's men-at-arms.[9]

A Feast for Crows

When Ser Jaime Lannister pauses at Harrenhal, he sees Raff wearing the chain of coins that once belonged to Vargo Hoat.[1] After Ser Bonifer Hasty refuses to allow the Mountain's men to stay, Jaime brings them with him to Riverrun as part of his force to besiege the castle. Jaime notices two washerwomen playing with Raff and another man-at-arms.[10]

After the siege of Riverrun ends, Jaime orders a dozen Mountain's men led by Raff to escort Ser Robin Ryger and Ser Desmond Grell to Maidenpool for their journey to the Wall.[11]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Kevan Lannister suggests that Ser Harys Swyft hire some of the Mountain's men to add to his household guard.[12]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

When Harys is sent to negotiate the Iron Throne's debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos, he is accompanied by Raff as one of his guards. They attend a performance of The Bloody Hand at the Gate. Arya, posing as the mummer "Mercy", spots and seduces him. Arya tires Raff by running to her room. Once he is undressed she discreetly cuts his femoral artery, causing him heavy bleeding and rendering him unable to walk. Raff asks her to help him to a healer, but Arya cuts his throat to echo Raff's murder of Lommy Greenhands. His corpse is dumped in a Braavosi canal, for the eels.[4]

Quotes by Raff

Raff: Can you walk?

Lommy: No, you got to carry me.

Raff: Think so?[5]

—Raff before killing Lommy Greenhands

Mercy: I'm a maiden now.
Raff: Not for long. I'm Lord Rafford, sweetling, and I know just what I want.[4]

Arya Stark as "Mercy" and Raff

Raff: You'll need to carry me.
Arya: Think so?[4]

Arya Stark as "Mercy" before killing Raff

Quotes about Raff

She slipped it through his throat beneath the chin, twisted, and ripped it back out sideways with a single smooth slash. A fine red rain followed, and in his eyes the light went out.[4]

—thoughts of Arya Stark