Ben Plumm, by The Mico ©
Ben is an aging man, but still fit. He has a broad, weathered face, brown skin, a broken nose, and grey-white hair. He has a salt and pepper beard. He has large, dark, almond-shaped Dothraki eyes that he inherited from his mother. There are wrinkles at the corners of his eyes.
Ben says he is part Braavosi, Summer Islander, Ibbenese, Qohorik, Dornish, Dothraki, and Westerosi. He claims to have a drop of Targaryen blood, which must be why dragons, particularly Viserion, have an affinity for him. He states an old member of House Plumm married a "dragon princess". He vaguely says that the wedding took place in the reign of Aegon Targaryen. Daenerys points out that there were five Aegons who reigned in Westeros and asks which one, but Ben fails to remember the regnal number requested. Tyrion Lannister suspects him to be a distant descendant of a younger son of Viserys Plumm and a possible distant relation to the famous Ossifer Plumm, and that Ben thus has "two drops" of dragon blood, not just one, as Viserys Plumm was rumored to have been fathered by King Aegon IV Targaryen on Princess Elaena Targaryen, Ossifer's wife.
Ben once served as a bodyguard to the uncle of Oznak zo Pahl in Meereen, before joining the Second Sons. When someone Ben knew was killed by Oznak for looking at a woman the wrong way, Ben fled, escaping the city through its sewer system, an experience that haunts him.
While plundering after his first battle with the Second Sons, Plumm took some leather armor from a dead sellsword, and discovered a fortune of coins the man had sewn into the lining of the armor. In his naivety, Ben told a fellow sellsword whom he believed a friend. The fellow sellsword told their sergeant, and his colleagues relieved Ben of his fortune. Ben loves gold, but this incident made him realize that it is useless if one is not alive to enjoy it.
Ben claims to have fought in a hundred battles, but he does not claim to have fought bravely in all of them.
A Storm of Swords
Ben is elected as the new commander of the Second Sons after Mero disappears during the fight at Yunkai. Ben sits on Daenerys Targaryen's war council. It is his idea to use the sewer system of Meereen as a route to besiege the city.
A Dance with Dragons
Daenerys sends Brown Ben and the Second Sons to guard the south against any incursions by Yunkai. When Plumm returns to the city and discovers Daenerys could no longer control her dragons, he decides her cause is lost and goes over to the Yunkai'i.
During the slave market held outside Meereen, Plumm sees Tyrion Lannister and Penny being sold, and attempts to buy them, with a mind to delivering Tyrion's head to Daenerys as a wedding gift,, or to Cersei Lannister to claim the reward of a lordship. However, he is outbid by Yezzan zo Qaggaz.
Ben, along with the other three sellsword commanders, is allowed to enter Meereen when peace is declared. He explains to Dany the reasons he turned his cloak. After Tyrion and Jorah Mormont escape the dying Yezzan, Plumm allows them to join the Second Sons. Tyrion writes sixty documents promising large sums of gold to several high ranking members in the company. To Plumm, he promises the largest reward, "One hundred thousand gold dragons, fifty hides of fertile land, a castle, and a lordship". Tyrion promises to honor the documents when he becomes Lord of Casterly Rock.
Quotes by Ben
Quotes about Ben
A warm smile, that. Friendly. But my, those eyes are cold.—Tyrion Lannister's thoughts
Brown Ben is shrewd, tenacious, not unintelligent … but wary.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Ben Plumm.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 47, Tyrion X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 57, Tyrion XI.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.