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The Hill tribes under Tyrion Lannister


Chella, wearing a necklace of human ears.

The Black Ears are one of the hill tribes that live in the Mountains of the Moon. They derive their name from their habit of chopping off the ears of their victims and wearing those as a necklace.

They are ruled by Chella, daughter of Cheyk. Together with other hill tribes, the Black Ears joined Tyrion Lannister and helped him get out of the Vale in return for money and weapons to take over the Vale for themselves.

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The Moon Brothers and the Black Ears have strong bonds together.

While the Black Ears do cut the ears off of their fallen enemies, they don't necessarily kill them. As Chella explained: "We don't kill our victims. Only cowards do so, because they fear they can't conquer them twice."

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