Sandoq the Shadow
Appearance and Character
Sandoq stood nearly seven feet tall, with black skin and hair. His face was horribly disfigured; it bore numerous thin white scars, and his lips and tongue had been removed. He typically hid his disfigurement under a black silk veil. Sandoq the Shadow was also illiterate, which combined with his disfigurement meant it was impossible for him to communicate complex messages.
While at first impression the mute giant could seem a menacing brute, Sandoq was actually a skilled musician: he delicately played sweet sad songs on a stringed instrument of goldenheart and ebony.
In 135 AC, during the plot against the Rogare family amidst the Lysene Spring, Sandoq the Shadow protected his lady's husband, Prince Viserys, and his brother, King Aegon III, from Ser Amaury Peake of the Kingsguard and a dozen guardsmen, slaying them all on the drawbridge of Maegor's Holdfast. Thus began an eighteen-day standoff before the plot unraveled.
Sandoq, alongside several of the white cloaks, accompanied King Aegon upon his sixteenth nameday when he entered the small council chambers. Sandoq's presence unnerved the Hand of the King and the regents as the king dismissed them from his service.
Sandoq is no beast. He cannot speak, but he hears and he obeys.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.