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Mance Rayder
Mance Rayder by Amoka©
Mance Rayder by Amoka©
Przydomki The Mance
Inne tytuły Król Za Murem
Kultura Wolni Ludzie
Żona Dalla
Książki Gra o Tron (Mentioned)
Starcie Królów (Mentioned)
Nawałnica Mieczy (Appears)
Uczta dla Wron (Mentioned)
Taniec ze Smokami (Appears)
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Mance Rayder by graikfaik ©

Mance Rayder was once a man of the Nocna Straż before breaking his vows and abandoning his post. He has since become extremely influential among the Dzicy, and called "The King Za Murem".

Appearance and Character

Mance is a big man, long legged and lean, broad in the chest and shoulders. His once long brown hair is now gone mostly grey, laughter lines appear at the corner of his mouth. [1] He has a sharp face and shrewd brown eyes.[2] He is an unremarkable-looking man in his middle years, with a fondness for music.


Mance was a Dzicy child taken by the Nocna Straż and raised as one of them.[3] He was a loyal member of the Nocna Straż for most of his life until he suffered an injury while ranging, and was healed by a Dzicy woman. While he recuperated, she mended his torn cloak with swatches of red fabric. Upon returning to Mur, the Nocna Straż commanders required him to replace his mended cloak with one of uniform black. This infringement of freedom caused him to abandon the Nocna Straż and live with the Dzicy in the way he wished.[2]

Recent Events

Gra o Tron

It was revealed that when Robert Baratheon came to Winterfell to see his old friend Eddard Stark, Mance was actually present at this event. Hearing of the King's planned visit via sources in the Nocna Straż, Mance inspired by the Bael the Bard legend, decided to partake in the event. He scaled the Mur and journeyed to Winterfell.

His presence was unbeknownst to Eddard Stark, who had never met Mance nor Benjen who had never met him before either despite being in the Watch for a few years. Under the disguise of a musician, Mance played the lute during the feast.

Nawałnica Mieczy

Mance undertook the monumental task of uniting the notoriously individualistic Dzicy under his guidance to invade the Siedem Królestw, they are assembled in the Mroźne Kły. Following the rumors about Mance Rayder, the King-Beyond-The-Mur and the Dzicy deserting their villages, the Night watch assemble in force and left to range beyond the wall.

When Jon Snow met with Mance under pretext of joining his campaign, Mance explained that he had taken possession of a magic horn known as the Horn of Winter that could topple Mur, and would use it as a last resort if he could not bypass it militarily. However, Mance revealed that the Dzicy, including his own people, had been hunted by the Inni and their wights, and were unable to stop them. His true aim therefore was not to destroy Mur, but to use it as a shield against the Inni.

Mance undertook his [[Battle of Czarny Zamek |invasion of Mur]] while it was manned by a skeleton crew commanded by Jon Snow. Despite overwhelming odds, Jon successfully held Mance's forces at bay long enough for Stannis's unexpected reinforcements to arrive and demolish the disorganized Dzicy army.

Uczta dla Wron

Jon smuggled Mance's son away from Mur in the care of Samwell Tarly because he knew that Stannis's sorceress Melisandre was looking to sacrifice a child of royal blood, and that Mance's title of "King-Beyond-the-Mur" could be construed as a royal lineage.

Taniec ze Smokami

Mance is supposedly burned alive by Stannis with the Dzicy, members of the Nocna Straż, King's Men, and Queen's Men there to bare witness. Jon Snow orders him killed by archers of the Watch during the burning to give him a quick death.[4][5]

In actuality the man killed was Grzechocząca Koszula, who was glamored by Melisandre's magic to appear like Mance. Meanwhile, the actual Mance is is glamored by a ruby worn at his wrist to appear as Rattleshirt. No one bar Mance and Melisandre knew the truth of the deception. Melisandre kept the secret from Stannis due to Stannis's strict code of following the law. "Rattleshirt" even sparred with Jon Snow in the yard and Jon was shocked by the man's speed and skill, not knowing it was actually Mance.

Later when word reached the Mur that Arya Stark (it was unknown the girl was actually Jeyne Poole) was to wed Ramsay Snow, Melisandre offered to send Rattleshirt to retrieve her, but Jon refused, not trusting Rattleshirt. Therefore, Melisandre revealed Mance's disguise in order to make Jon reconsider the offer. Jon held Mance's son (it was unknown to both Melisandre and Mance that Jon had switched Mance's baby with Craster's) so Mance would do everything in his power to rescue Jon's sister for the sake of his son.[1]

Mance took six Dzicy spearwives with him [6] - Rowan, Holly, Squirrel, Willow Witch-eye, Frenya and Myrtle. He arrived at Winterfell as a bard under the assumed name "Abel" (an anagram for "Bael" from the "Bael the Bard" legend) [7][8] and claimed the women were camp followers and relatives to him. [9][10] Mance performed songs throughout the wedding and subsequent feast at Winterfell, while during the night his Dzicy spearwives killed several Bolton men at arms (suspicion was cast on Theon Greyjoy at first, then Manderly Rycerzs) causing tension in the castle between the Bolton, Frey and northern houses. They also got the help of a reluctant and fearful Theon Greyjoy to help them free "Arya", even though he knew it was really Jeyne Poole. Tensions exploded in the castle when Little Walder Frey was murdered (though the spearwives claimed to Theon that his death was not their doing). Disguised as bedmaids bringing water for Arya's bath, the six women and Theon entered her bedchamber and there Squirrel stripped out of her clothes and they disguised the terrified Jeyne as a bedmaid to sneak her out (Squirrel would remain in the room and escape by climbing down the tower).[11][12][13][14]

The ploy was a success until Jeyne gives their position away by screaming, and Theon and Jeyne are forced to jump from Winterfell's battlements to the snow below. [15][16]It was reported in a letter Ramsay Bolton sent Jon that Mance has been captured and thrown in a cage which is exposed to the elements and that the six spearwives that came with him had been killed and skinned. Mance is being forced to use their sewed-together skins in the cage, as it is his only source of warmth. [17][18]

References and Notes

  1. 1,0 1,1 Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 31, Melisandre I.
  2. 2,0 2,1 Nawałnica Mieczy, Rozdział 7, Jon I.
  3. Starcie Królów, Rozdział 53, Jon VII.
  4. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 10, Jon III.
  5. Pages 134-138
  6. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 35, Jon VII.
  7. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 37, Książę Winterfell.
  8. Page 491
  9. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 41, Sprzedawczyk.
  10. Page 539
  11. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 46, Duch w Winterfell.
  12. Pages 616-717
  13. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 51, Theon I.
  14. Pages 673-686
  15. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 62, Ofiarowanie.
  16. Page 826
  17. Taniec ze Smokami, Rozdział 69, Jon XIII.
  18. Pages 907-908
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