|Lady of Mistwood[N 1]
Appearance and Character
The elderly Mary is spry and cheerful even in wartime.
A Dance with Dragons
The Winds of Winter
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Mary is held under gentle imprisonment after Mistwood falls during the landing of the Golden Company. She joins their captains, Young John Mudd and Chain, at dinner when Princess Arianne Martell passes through Mistwood on her way north to meet Lord Jon Connington. Mary is annoyed at the situation but unafraid, scolding the captains at the table while wagging a leg of duck at them. She explains her sons and grandsons rode off to join Renly Baratheon when the war started. A grandson was wounded at the Battle of the Blackwater, but he has since recovered. Mary expects her kin to return and hang the sellswords. She says she knew Jon Connington's mother, and that she would be disappointed in him.
Behind the Scenes
Mary is named after Mary Mertens, a friend of George R. R. Martin. At Archon in 1977, Mertens wore a shirt inspired by The Storms of Windhaven, a novella by Martin and Lisa Tuttle. Later Martin dedicated Wild Cards VII to her. Mertens once lived in New Orleans and Mississippi, which might be the inspiration for the owl and Mistwood of House Mertyns.