Grand Maester Pycelle

Grand Maester of the Citadel


A fixture in King’s Landing’s politics for decades, Grand Maester Pycelle has served on the small council the entire time. He is old, wise, and typically underestimated by everyone who knows him. Only a handful know the truth, and those few welcome his council and loyalty.

Pycelle appears to be an old, pot-bellied man with white hair and a long white beard. He wears fine, though not ostentatious, robes.

To everyone else, he appears to be a kind, completely harmless, old man who falls asleep at inopportune times. Beneath his fatherly veneer, Pycelle is an incredibly intelligent and loyal man who is ultimately interested in power. He bends the vows of his order to suit his needs, indulging the needs of the flesh and dabbling in poisons and politics with a skill few maesters dare approach. In a strange way, he’s highly protective of the Seven Kingdoms and believes he’s only done what’s best for it.


Pycelle has been the Grand Maester of the Citadel and a member of the small council for over forty years. During his time, he has seen the rise and fall of numerous Hands, witnessed the heady days of Aerys’s early rule and his sharp decline into madness, and through it all, the fat maester has survived, always attending to his own needs before those of the state. In the twilight years of the last Targaryen king, Lord Tywin Lannister won over Pycelle, and even after Tywin abdicated his post as Hand, Pycelle’s loyalty to House Lannister remained strong. While not common knowledge, Pycelle betrayed Aerys as the Lannister host descended on King’s Landing, advising the Mad King to throw open his gates and welcome the army, even when Aerys doubted Tywin’s intentions. This act was instrumental to Aerys’s defeat, and from this cunning advice, Pycelle brought the war and the Targaryen kings to an end.

Grand Maester Pycelle

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