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The Stormcrows are a sellsword company composed of five hundred mounted soldiers.[1]


Season 4Edit

Before marching to the Wall to protect the Night's Watch,[2] Stannis Baratheon is persuaded by his Hand Davos Seaworth to hire sellswords, though the king is resistant to use mercenaries, who he claims cannot be trusted —and they lack the money to hire them anyway.[3] After securing a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos,[4] Stannis Baratheon hires the Stormcrows.[1] They accompany Stannis to Castle Black, where they are part of the cavalry that charges into Mance Rayder's camp, quickly dispatching the Free Folk army.[5]

Season 5Edit

During Stannis's march on Winterfell, a snowstorm stalls them and the five hundred Stormcrows desert his army during the night. Stannis is not surprised and remarks to Davos that sellswords are only loyal to gold.[1]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Stormcrows are a mercenary company found in the Free Cities, numbering five hundred horse. Their banner displays four crows between crossed lightning bolts. They are hired by Yunkai to defend it from Daenerys Targaryen along with the Second Sons. Their captains are Prendahl na Ghezn, Sallor the Bald and Daario Naharis. After the parley with Daenerys Targaryen, Daario kills his co-commanders and joins Daenerys's host, taking part in Battle of Yunkai and the conquest of Meereen. In the television adaptation, their plotline is merged with that of the Second Sons.

In contrast to the Second Sons who switched sides in the fifth novel, the Stormcrows are totally loyal to Daenerys, no matter how far her position grows worse, even after her departure from Meereen. While their commander is held hostage by the Yunkai, the Stormcrows are represented at the ruling council by two seasoned sellswords, an archer named Jokin and a scarred and sour axeman known as the Widower.

Unlike in the show, the Stormcrows are not involved at all in Stannis's military campaign in the North.

At the point the novels reached, Stannis has not hired any sellsword company yet. His host is about 5,000 men, including his own knights, survivors of the Northern Houses and members of the Northern mountain clans, and lost only 80 men so far (either died or deserted). In the sample chapter of the sixth novel he gives Ser Justin Massey order to travel to Braavos and hire at least 20,000 sellswords, either of the Golden Company or any company with good reputation. It is doubtful that Massey will manage to travel to Braavos and back in time before the battle of Winterfell ends.

Known Members Edit

  • {Prendahl na Ghezn}, formerly a captain. Killed by Daario
  • {Sallor the Bald}, formerly a captain. Killed by Daario
  • Daario Naharis, the commander. Currently held hostage by the Yunkai'i who besiege Meereen, temporarily replaced by the Widower and Jokin
  • Widower, scarred axeman, second-in-command
  • Jokin, archer

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