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Ser Axell Florent is a knight of House Florent who serves as the castellan of Dragonstone for his nephew-in-law, Lord Stannis Baratheon. He is the younger brother of Lord Alester Florent of Brightwater Keep.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Axell Florent
Axell is a short and muscular stout man, round with thick arms and bandy legs. He has the prominent ears for which House Florent is known. Axell's nose is broad, the eyes are close set, and he has a double chin which is saggy. The brows are beetled and both his nose and ears are hairy. He is homely and ugly. Axell's voice rings like a trumpet. During his time in the north, he grows a ragged brush of a beard. Axell wears russet and fox fur. He carries a dagger.
Axell is threatening, discourteous, and quick to anger.
By 299 AC, Axell had been castellan of Dragonstone for ten years while Lord Stannis Baratheon has been away in King's Landing to serve on the small council of King Robert I Baratheon.
A Clash of Kings
Axell supports Stannis Baratheon's claim to the Iron Throne. He emerges as the foremost of the queen's men and a fervent believer in R'hllor. Despite Axell being more courteous to Ser Davos Seaworth than other lords supporting Stannis, Davos does not trust him because the others of House Florent declares for Renly Baratheon.
During a small council meeting, Queen Cersei Lannister suggests creating a rumor that Stannis's daughter, Princess Shireen Baratheon, was actually fathered by Axell.
When Stannis sails for Storm's End, Axell and his niece, Queen Selyse Florent, are left behind on Dragonstone.
A Storm of Swords
Axell arrests Ser Davos Seaworth in Aegon's Garden on Dragonstone after Melisandre predicts Davos's plot to kill her. Axell brings his own brother, Lord Alester Florent, to the dungeon when the Hand of the King is accused of treason. Axell wants Davos to be burned, but Melisandre instead advises Stannis Baratheon to meet with him. Axell wishes to be named as the new King's Hand. Queen Selyse Florent has urged for his appointment, and Axell himself has struck a deal with Salladhor Saan for his support. While escorting Davos to Stannis in the Chamber of the Painted Table, he attempts to intimidate Davos into recommending him as Hand to Stannis as well, threatening to have Davos killed if he refuses. During the meeting with Stannis, Axell urges Stannis to attack Claw Isle, put the island population to the sword, and loot the wealth rumored to reside there, as Lord Ardrian Celtigar abandoned Stannis after the Battle of the Blackwater. Davos argues in favor of sparing the people of Claw Isle, and recalls to Stannis that he had abandoned his rightful king during Robert's Rebellion. When Axell declares Davos a traitor for saying this, he is sent away. Stannis next names Davos as Hand instead of Axell.
Axell and Queen Selyse Florent advise Stannis to sacrifice Edric Storm to Melisandre's flames, but Davos has the boy smuggled from Dragonstone. Axell claims to be able to see visions in flames, but Melisandre is skeptical of his ability.
A Feast for Crows
When Stannis goes north to the Wall, he leaves Axell at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with Selyse.
A Dance with Dragons
Ser Axell takes charge of the household of his niece, Queen Selyse, at Eastwatch. He mocks Lord Davos Seaworth during a feast with Cotter Pyke and officers of the Night's Watch, comparing the Onion Lord to an ape. Axell uses the title Queen's Hand. When Cotter sends letters to Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, he disparages the Florent knight.
Axell accompanies Selyse to Castle Black after she sets out for the Nightfort. He is disgusted with Wun Wun and desires to meet the beautiful Val. During the wedding feast of Alys Karstark and Sigorn, Axell gives a toast and dances with Selyse. The queen arranges Axell's betrothal to the eldest daughter of Gerrick Kingsblood.
Quotes by Axell
R'hllor has blessed me with that gift. Like Lady Melisandre, he shows me the future in the fire. Stannis Baratheon will sit the Iron Throne. I have seen it. And I know what must be done. His Grace must make me his Hand, in place of my traitor brother.—Axell to Davos Seaworth
If you think to betray me, pray remember that I have been castellan of Dragonstone a good long time. The garrison is mine. Perhaps I cannot burn you without the king's consent, but who is to say you might not suffer a fall.—Axell to Davos Seaworth
Defeat is a disease, and victory is the cure.—Axell to Stannis Baratheon
To King Stannis and his wife, Queen Selyse, Light of the North! To R'hllor, the Lord of Light, may he defend us all! One land, one god, one king!—Axell to the queen's men
Quotes about Axell
If he is not a kinslayer, he is the next best thing. Axell Florent's brother had been burned by Melisandre, Maester Aemon had informed him, yet Ser Axell had done little and less to stop it. What sort of man can stand by idly and watch his own brother being burned alive?—thoughts of Jon Snow
The letters he'd received from Eastwatch-by-the-Sea had a deal to say of Axell Florent, very little of it good.—Jon Snow's thoughts on Cotter Pyke's reports on Axell
Ser Axell, if you are truly the Queen's Hand, I pity Her Grace.—Jon Snow to Axell
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Axell Florent.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 63, Davos VI.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 39, Jon VIII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.