- "Storms come and go, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling."
- ―Varys to Tyrion Lannister.
Lord Varys, also known by his nickname the Spider, is the Master of Whisperers. Born as a slave in Lys, Varys became a eunuch when a troupe of mummers he travelled with in Myr sold him to a sorcerer, who castrated him using magic. He eventually came to meet Illyrio Mopatis, the two rising to greatness, until Varys travelled to Westeros after establishing a vast spy network, which he then used to become Master of Whisperers to Aerys II Targaryen. He was pardoned by Robert Baratheon, and remained on as Master of Whisperers, and later for King Joffrey as well. In the show, he continued to do so until helping Tyrion Lannister escape to Pentos, where he accompanied him and later became Master of Whisperers to Daenerys Targaryen. In the books, he now serves Tommen Baratheon, and recently orchestrated the assassinations of Pycelle and Kevan Lannister.