Leaf, by Mattie Victoria ©
|children of the forest
|In 100 AC (roughly)
|A Dance with Dragons (appears)
Octavia Alexandru Season 4
Kae Alexander Season 6
Game of Thrones:
Season 4 | 6
Appearance and Character
Like the other children of the forest, Leaf is smaller than humans, but not childlike. She has nut-brown skin, dappled like a deer's with paler spots. Her hands have only three fingers and a thumb, with sharp black claws instead of nails. She has large ears that can hear things that no man can hear. She has large gold and green eyes slitted like those of a cat, allowing her to see in dark passages. Leaf's hair is a tangle of brown, red and gold, autumn colors, with vines and twigs and withered flowers woven through it. She wears a cloak of leaves.
Bran Stark thinks that from far away, Leaf looks no older than himself or his sisters, Sansa or Arya, but close at hand, Leaf seems far older. Her voice is high and sweet, but also sad. She is the only one of the children in the cave of the three-eyed crow who speaks the Common Tongue of Westeros.
Leaf was born in the time of House Targaryen's dynasty in the Seven Kingdoms, and walked the world of men for two hundred years to watch, listen, and learn. She says she might be walking still, but her legs were sore and her heart was weary, so she turned her feet for home.
A Dance with Dragons
Outside the cave of the three-eyed crow beyond the Wall, Bran Stark and his companions — Hodor, Meera, and Jojen Reed — are attacked by wights. A cloud of ravens pours from the cave, and Bran sees what appears to be a girl, almost like his sister Arya, chasing off the wights with the fire of a torch. Bran then realizes she is not a girl, but a child of the forest, who leads them into the cave of the last greenseer, Lord Brynden.
The little woman explains about the children of the forest to Bran and his companions, calling them "those who sing the song of earth". She explains that the children in the cave have names too long for the human tongue, so Bran and Meera give them names. Meera calls the little woman Leaf. Leaf warns the company not to wander too far in the cave because of its dangers, saying that not even her people have explored all its passages despite living there for a thousand thousand years.
Quotes by Leaf
Men, they are the children.—Leaf, to Bran Stark
Bran: Where are the rest of you?
Leaf: Gone down into the earth. Into the stones, into the trees. Before the First Men came all this land that you call Westeros was home to us, yet even in those days we were few. The gods gave us long lives but not great numbers, lest we overrun the world as deer will overrun a wood where there are no wolves to hunt them. That was in the dawn of days, when our sun was rising. Now it sinks, and this is our long dwindling. The giants are almost gone as well, they who were our bane and our brothers. The great lions of the western hills have been slain, the unicorns are all but gone, the mammoths down to a few hundred. The direwolves will outlast us all, but their time will come as well. In the world that men have made, there is no room for them, or us.—Bran Stark and Leaf
Quotes about Leaf
—thoughts of Bran Stark