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Book A Clash of Kings (appears)

Kurz is one of the criminals Yoren picked for the Night’s Watch when he cleaned out the dungeons of King’s Landing[1] and is part of the group marching north to the Wall.[2]


Kurz had been arrested as a poacher.[3]

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A Clash of Kings

Moving north on the kingsroad, the band arrives at an inn with a bathhouse where a group of gold cloaks carrying an arrest warrant for Gendry catches up with them. Yoren refuses to hand anyone over and the gold cloaks threaten to use force, prompting Yoren's band to announce their resistance, including Kurz, who intends to use his skinning knife as weapon. In the end, the gold cloaks retreat without violence breaking out.[2]

Avoiding the kingsroad after this encounter, the group moves west- and northwards on side roads towards the Gods Eye and soon the food Yoren has brought north runs out. Yoren turns to Kurz and Koss to keep the group fed. They move ahead of the column and return by dusk, bringing deer or quails.[3]

The band arrives at the eastern side of the river running south from the Gods Eye. While Yoren and others search a ford, Kurz catches a fish in the river with his bare hands. They move on north to a town on the southern shore of the Gods Eye where Yoren intends to hire boats for crossing the lake, but the town is deserted and no boats can be found. Yoren decides that they'll spend the night in the town's holdfast. He assigns Kurz, Tarber and Cutjack the task of holding vigil from on high at the towerhouse of the town and orders Kurz to blow his hunting horn if danger threatens. Which Kurz does when men under the command of Ser Amory Lorch approach the town that night to burn it down.[4]

Kurz is injured by an arrow when he pulls in the ladder at the towerhouse. However, he, Tarber and Cutjack survive the assault as Lorch's men cannot put the towerhouse on fire and have no patience to starve the three out. They are reunited with Arry and others who escaped via a tunnel from the holdfast, but Kurz's wound becomes infected and takes a turn for the worst. After teaching the group some much needed hunting techniques and survival skills, he succumbs to the wound and dies. Soon after his death, Tarber and Cutjack take everything of value and abandon the other survivors.[5]