Brienne of Tarth is the sole surviving child and heir of House Tarth. She is unusually tall and muscular for a woman by Westerosi standards and developed a taste for martial activity as a child. Brienne has grown up to become skilled at arms and dreams of becoming a knight. She is also called The Maid of Tarth, or, disparagingly, Brienne the Beauty, due to her appearance.
After winning a tournament melee, she is made a member of King Renly Baratheon's new Kingsguard, shortly before his assassination. She becomes the sworn sword of Catelyn Stark and vows to avenge Renly's death. She is charged by Catelyn Stark to return Jaime Lannister to King's Landing, in an attempt to exchange him for her two daughters she believes are held hostage there.
- A Party at Harrenhal
- A Single Scream