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The Red God has his due, sweet girl, and only death may pay for life. This girl took three that were his. This girl must give three in their places. Speak the names, and a man will do the rest.
~ Jaqen to Arya

The unnamed faceless assassin, commonly known as Jaqen H'ghar is a major character in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, and its television adaptation, Game of Thrones. He is a faceless assassin from The House of Black and White, who worships the various gods of death collectively known as The Many Faced God. In Game of Thrones, he is portrayed by Tom Wlaschiha.

Biography

A Song of Ice and Fire

At some unknown point, Jaqen was placed in the Black Cells in King's Landing. He was taken to by Yoren to be a member of the Night's Watch. He was considered to be too dangerous to walk free, and was kept in chains along with Rorge and Biter. Despite how insane and savage Rorge and Biter were, they were afraid of Jaqen.

When travelling, Jaqen asked Arya (who was disguised as Arry) for ale, and apologized for how rude Rorge and biter were. When Arya attacked Rorge, Jaqen made note that she had more courage than sense. When the Night's Watch was attacked by Amory Lorch, the trio was almost burned to death, since they couldn't escape their chains. However, Arya tossed them an axe to help them escape.

After escaping, the three of them joined the Brave Companions. After the Bave Companions entered Harrenhal, Jaqen confronted Arya, knowing her true identity. Since Arya saved three lives, Jaqen told Arya he would kill three people for her. The first person Arya requested was Chiswyck, after hearing that he, along with the Mountain's Men, participated in a gang rape. Chiswyck was killed by his own dog. The second person Arya requested was Weese for beating her. Weese was thrown off a building.

The Brave Companions brought many Northern prisoners to Harrenhal. Arya requested that Jaqen help free them. Jaqen refused, saying he could only kill someone who Arya named. Arya named Jaqen himself. Jaqen then agreed to help on the condition that Arya unname him. Jaqen had Rorge and Biter take boiling soup to pour over the guards to help the Northerners, escape. It turned out the Brave companions were working with Roose Bolton the whole time to take Harrenhal.

Afterwards, Arya unnamed Jaqen. Jaqen then changed his appearance, claiming Jaqen was dead. He then gave Arya and iron coin, telling her to give it to someone from Braavos, if she ever wanted to be a faceless assassin. He taught her the words "Valar Morghulis", which means "All men must die".

A man named "The Alchemist", who resembled Jaqen's new appearance was in Oldtown. He approached a Novice from the citadel named Pate, asking him to steal a key in exchange for a gold coin. Pate gave him the Key, and The Alchemist gave Pate the gold coin. However, the gold coin was poisoned, and when pate bit into it, he died. Later, when Sam arrived at the Citadel, he met someone with Pate's appearance.

Game of Thrones

In Season two, Jaqen follows the same Night's watch plot and Harrenhal plot as the books. However, the people he killed were different. The first person Arya requests is The Tickler. The Tickler is later found dead in the courtyard. Later, Amory Lorch saw Arya reading Lannister documents. Arya quickly ran to Jaqen and named him, and Jaqen killed Amory before he could reach Tywin Lannister.

Just like in the books, Arya blackmailed Jaqen by naming him. However, in the show, Arya demanded he help her escape along with Gendry and Hot Pie. Jaqen killed the guards, leaving a clear path for Arya and her friends. He then changed his appearance, gave her the iron coin, and taught her the words "Valar Morghulis".

In Season five, Arya arrived in Braavos. She went to the House of Black and white and met and old man. She requested Jaqen, but the old man said he didn't know anyone by that name. Later, the old man saved Arya and reverted to the appearance of Jaqen from Season Two. He told her he was "no one".

Later, Arya saw him help a supplicant commit suicide. Arya wanted to train, but Jaqen refused. He then saw her playing the Lying Game with the Waif. He told Arya she must get rid of all her possessions, including Needle. Afterwards, Jaqen showed her where the dead bodies were cleaned. He then tested her by having her lie to him, and hit her anytime she lied. When Arya kept claiming to hate Sandor Clegane, he kept hitting her. He eventually took her to the Hall of Faces, and gave her a face.

Jaqen instructed Arya to kill and insurance agent and gave her a vial of poison. However, Arya instead killed Meryn Trant. Jaqen then drank the vial of poison and appeared to have died. The waif then appeared wearing Jaqen's face. Arya continually removed faces from the body, but her vision eventually faded.

Arya then became a blind beggar on the street. The Waif would hit her, while she tried to defend herself without seeing. Jaqen offered to return her sight is she said her name, but Arya refused. Jaqen took her back to the House of Black and White to have to continue to train fighting the Waif. He once again asked her her name, but she claimed to not have one. Jaqen then gave her a cut of water which seemed to be poisoned. He told her no one should have no fears, so Arya drank it and regained her sight.

Jaqen explained how the Faceless Men originated from slaves in Valyria. He ordered her to assassinate Lady Crane. However, Arya ended up backing out of the assassination, so Jaqen gave the Waif permission to kill her. Later, Jaqen followed a trail of blood to the Hall of Faces, where he saw the Waif's face. Arya confronted him with Needle, but Jaqen walked through the sword. Arya refused to be no one and stated she was Arya of House Stark. Jaqen accepted that she succeeded in being no one and let her leave.

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