Pate (whipping boy)
Pate, by SquisherKing
|House Baratheon of King's Landing
|In 291 AC or 292 AC
A Feast for Crows
When young King Tommen I Baratheon's mother, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, asks him a question that he refuses to answer, Cersei threatens to send for Pate and have him beaten until he bleeds. Tommen sullenly relents, and answers his mother.
Later, when Tommen argues with his mother, Cersei again threatens to send for Pate.
Some time later, Tommen again argues with his mother, saying that his wife, Queen Margaery Tyrell, had told him he should be more active in the rule of the kingdom, and Cersei idly comments that Margaery says too much and she would like to have her tongue torn out. This infuriates Tommen, who forbids Cersei from hurting Margaery. Cersei then orders Ser Boros Blount of the Kingsguard to take Tommen to his bedchamber, summon Pate, and force Tommen to whip Pate himself until the boy bleeds from both cheeks. Cersei further orders, that if Tommen refuses or says one word of protest, Qyburn will be summoned and remove Pate's tongue in front of Tommen. Tommen is very subdued afterwards, and Cersei is satisfied that punishing Pate served its purpose.
If you lie to me, I will have no choice but to send for Pate and have him beaten till he bleeds. Is that what you want?