Syrio Forel

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Syrio Forel
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Syrio Forel portrait by Amoka©


First Sword to the Sealord of Braavos

Water Dancer
Allegiance House Stark
Culture Braavosi
Born At Braavos
Died In 298 AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Miltos Yeromelou
TV series Season 1

Syrio Forel is a bravo from Braavos, a master fencer and former First Sword of Braavos.[1] In the TV series he is played by Miltos Yeromelou.[2]


He is a slight, bald man with a beak of a nose.[3]


The day the old First Sword died, the Sealord of Braavos sent for Syrio. Syrio, upon entering the Sealord's presence was asked about the cat, claimed to be from a far off land, seated on the Sealord's lap. Syrio answered him truthfully, telling him that he has seen cats like that a thousand times in the alleys of Braavos. Because he saw the reality of what the cat was, he was named First Sword.[4]

Recent Events

Miltos Yeromelou as Syrio Forel (TV series)

A Game of Thrones

Eddard Stark hired Syrio to teach Arya Stark how to use her sword, Needle, believing the slender blade would suit the Braavosi Water Dancer style. Syrio trained Arya using wooden swords filled with lead. He also mentored her on how to move and think like a warrior: to be perceptive, move with grace, and command her fear.[3]

After the Tourney of the Hand, Eddard and his household are at the feast. His daughters are finally being cordial each other, and Sansa asks Arya how her dancing had gone. Arya happily tells her she is sore all over, and shows her a nasty bruise on her leg. Sansa states that she must be a terrible dancer. Later, while Sansa is busy, Eddard exams the Arya’s bruise himself while she is standing on one leg—she was getting better at that. He asks if Syrio Forel is being too hard on her, and she replies that Syrio says every hurt is a lesson and every lesson makes you better. Eddard is concerned even though Syrio had come with an excellent reputation, and the Braavosi style suited Arya’s slim blade. Once he had found her with a black cloth over her eyes (Syrio was teaching he to see with her ears, nose and skin), and he had been having her do spins and backflips. Eddard offers to have Jory Cassel take over her lessons, or maybe find someone else, but Arya emphatically tells Eddard she does not want them, she wants Syrio. Eddard knows that any decent master at arms could give Arya the basics of sword fighting without the blindfolds, cartwheels and hopping around on one leg, but he knew there was no arguing with her. He tells her very well, and to try to be careful.[5]

When Cersei Lannister ordered all Starks in the Red Keep to be captured or killed, Syrio ordered Arya to flee while he held off the Lannister men. With only his wooden practice sword, he defeated or killed five guardsmen and then attacked Meryn Trant. Syrio rained down ineffective blows onto Meryn's plate armor until his sword was cut in half. Arya fled, obeying Syrio's orders.[4] Even years later, Arya remembers Syrio's words and lets them guide her actions through difficult situations.

Quotes by Syrio

Boy, girl, You are a sword, that is all.[3]

My words lied. My eyes and my arm shouted out the truth, but you were not seeing.[4]

- Syrio to Arya

Other men were stronger, faster, younger, why was Syrio Forel the best? I will tell you now. The seeing, the true seeing, that is the heart of it.[4]

- Syrio to Arya

The first sword of Braavos does not run.[4]

- Syrio to Arya

Quotes about Syrio

You are quick, for a dancing master.[4]

- Meryn Trant

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References and Notes

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