Shadrich, by Matt Smith © Fantasy Flight Games
A white mouse with red eyes on blue and brown undy
(Barry wavy azure and brunâtre, a mouse argent orbed gules)
Appearance and Character
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Ser Shadrich is a wiry, fox-faced man, with a sharp nose and bristly orange hair. Though he is not more than five foot two, short enough to be mistaken for a boy, he has the face of an older man, with wrinkles by his mouth, and hard eyes. He also has a scar beneath his ear.
A Feast for Crows
Ser Shadrich fought for Stannis Baratheon in the Battle of the Blackwater. After Stannis's defeat, Shadrich was forced to pay a ransom he could not afford, meaning that he was ruined financially. Shadrich becomes a hired knight for the merchant Hibald and his serving men.
While Shadrich is escorting Hibald's party to Duskendale, they are joined by Brienne of Tarth, Ser Creighton Longbough, and Ser Illifer the Penniless. When Brienne says she is searching for her lost sister, Shadrich realizes that it is Sansa Stark whom Brienne seeks. Shadrich explains Varys is offering a plump bag of gold for Sansa, which would return him to the status he enjoyed before the Blackwater. Shadrich offers to split the reward, but Brienne carries on pretending she is seeking her sister. Shadrich becomes sarcastic, as he knows she is lying.
After Brienne abandons her traveling companions at the Old Stone Bridge, she worries that Shadrich might be following her. It is actually Podrick Payne who follows Brienne after Duskendale, however.
Ser Shadrich eventually turns up at the Gates of the Moon, as a newly-hired hedge knight in service to Lord Petyr Baelish. Along with Ser Byron the Beautiful and Ser Morgarth the Merry, Shadrich is introduced to Alayne Stone (a disguised Sansa Stark) in the west tower of the Gates.
The Winds of Winter
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When Alayne is greeting guests the day before the tourney for the Brotherhood of Winged Knights is to be held at the Gates of the Moon, she bumps into Ser Shadrich, but he prevents her from falling. He tells her and Myranda Royce that he does not intend to participate in the joust. When Alayne asks if he might try the melee instead, he replies that hedge knights hope for melees, if they can't find a bag of dragons. Later, at the feast, Alayne dances with Shadrich, among others.
Quotes by Shadrich
Shadrich: Some call me the Mad Mouse. The brown is for the lands I've roamed, the blue for the rivers that I've crossed. The mouse is me.
Brienne: And are you mad?Shadrich: Oh, quite. Your common mouse will run from blood and battle. The mad mouse seeks them out.
—Shadrich and Brienne Tarth
—Shadrich to Brienne Tarth
We mice are quiet creatures.—Shadrich to "Alayne Stone"
Myranda: Will you be seeking wings?
Shadrich: A mouse with wings would be a silly sight.Shadrich: A good melee is all a hedge knight can hope for, unless he stumbles on a bag of dragons. And that's not likely, is it?
Alayne: Perhaps you will try the melee instead?
Quotes about Shadrich
He had the sort of easy arrogance that comes with skill at arms.—thoughts of Brienne Tarth
Ser Shadrich was so short that he might have been taken for a squire, but his face belonged to a much older man.—thoughts of "Alayne Stone"