Grand Maester Pycelle has been the Grand Maester of the Seven Kingdoms for forty years. Despite his oath to serve the realm, Pycelle has more loyalty to House Lannister. He convinced King Aerys II to open his gates to his former Hand, Lord Tywin, in the waning days of Robert's Rebellion, in the hope that Tywin would take the throne. He later allowed Lord Arryn to die under his care, sending his maester away and withholding care, to keep the secret of Queen Cersei's incest, and generally promoted the interests of House Lannister on the small council for years.
- The Hand's Investigation