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Mero: "The Second Sons have faced worse odds and won."
Jorah: "The Second Sons have faced worse odds and run."
Mero and Ser Jorah Mormont[src]

The Second Sons are a mercenary company operating in Essos, with members recruited from various Free Cities. They fight for coin and the highest bidder. They are noted for their professionalism, bravery and ruthlessness in pursuit of a contract; their policy is to never accept counter-contracts, since they would be seen as unreliable and no one would hire them again. Their banner displays a broken sword.

The weaponry of the Second Sons varies considerably, as various types of swords, daggers and spears have been shown.  Daario Naharis, the current commander, uses an arakh identical to the ones wielded by the Dothraki.  However, most of them favor light metal-and-leather armor with enlarged, scale-patterned pauldrons and greaves which resembles samurai armor- although they do not seem to wear helmets.  Second Sons are also extremely useful as infiltrators and assassins; Daario successfully entered Daenery's tent despite it being heavily guarded by Unsullied, although he did not actually intend to kill her.  Later, he led Jorah and Grey Worm in infiltrating the city of Yunkai, allowing Daenerys to capture it with virtually no casualties.


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In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels the Second Sons are one of a number of mercenary companies operating in Essos. They are so-called because it is common for the second sons of lords and merchants - who would otherwise inherit nothing - to seek service in their ranks for glory and gold. Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, served in the Second Sons for a year before leaving to found the Golden Company. Prince Aerion Targaryen also joined the Second Sons during his time in Essos, as did Rodrik Stark, "the Wandering Wolf".

Prior to the novels, the Second Sons had recently fallen into disrepute due to the rise of a particularly vicious commander, a Braavosi called Mero. Mero has led the company in pursuing contracts no-one else would touch, and the company has become almost as ill-omened as the infamous Brave Companions as a result. Mero's reputation grew so bad that none of the Free Cities would hire the Second Sons anymore, which is why at the time the books commence the Second Sons are in the employ of the city of Yunkai in Slaver's Bay.

The TV series combines the Second Sons with the Stormcrows, a company led by Prendahl na Ghezn, Sallor the Bald, and Daario Naharis. In the books, the Second Sons and Stormcrows consist of about 500 men each, for a total of one thousand mercenaries. The TV series not only combined the two mercenary companies, but doubled the total number of mercenaries from one thousand to two thousand.

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