Patchface was purchased as a slave in Volantis by Lord Steffon and Cassana Baratheon, the father of Robert and his b...
Patchface was purchased as a slave in Volantis by Lord Steffon and Cassana Baratheon, the father of Robert and his brothers. They wrote a letter before their trip telling their family of a jester of amazing skill. When their ship sank just off the coast of Storm's End, only Patchface survived, washing ashore several days later. He is currently in the employ of Stannis Baratheon as a jester and companion of his daughter.
“ Under the sea, the birds have scales for feathers. I know. I know… ”
Patchface sings this line while Maester Cressen is showing Shireen the white raven. It is pretty clear that when Patchface refers to the birds in this quote, he is speaking specifically of ravens.
Usually, the "scales for feathers", part of this quote is interpreted to mean dragon scales. It is more likely that these scales are actually those of fish, mainly because of the fact that Patchface is obsessed with them and that everything is an analogy for the sea. If the scales are referring to fish, then it would be logical to conclude that whenever Patchface is referring to fish, he is actually talking about ravens. However, when applying this, most of Patche's prophecies still don't make much sense.
“ It is always summer under the sea. The merwives wear nennymoans in their hair and weave gowns of silver seaweed. I know. I know… ”
This is the first time that the Merwives are mentioned. Merwives are the wives of mermen, who are the others. Assuming that the others that we have seen so far are all male, then this is interesting because we have no other references to female others.
The word Nennymoan appears to be a bastardization of the word anemone. In addition to the sea creatures, anemones are a genus of flowers, which can come in the blue variety. This is shaky evidence, but it could suggest that Lyanna Stark is somehow connected to/is an other.
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“ Clever bird, clever man, clever clever fool… ”
He's probably calling Maester Cressen a fool because of what he was going to do soon.
“ The shadows come to dance my lord, dance my lord, dance my lord. The shadows come to stay my lord, stay my lord, stay my lord... ”
This is clearly made in reference to Melisandre and her shadow powers. There are really two ways to take this:
“ Under the sea, you fall up. I know. I know… ”
Another notable incidence of falling in ASOIAF is when Bran is pushed from the tower by Jaime, crippling him and inducing a coma. In the coma Bran dreams that he is falling from the sky. If he hits the ground, then he dies in real life, so he must learn to fly from the three eyed crow in order to live and wake up.
“ Here we eat fish, under the sea, the fish eat us. I know. I know… ”
This one is slightly confusing since the first time he says fish, he is actually talking about real fish that we eat. The second part, "under the sea, the fish eat us" probably refers to human sacrifice to both the old gods and R'hllor.
“Under the sea, smoke rises in bubbles, and flames burn green and blue and black. “I know, I know, oh, oh, oh.”
Could refer to the Wildfire of the Blackwater.
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“ Fool's blood, king's blood, blood on the maiden's thigh, but chains for the guests and chains for the bridegroom, aye aye aye. ”
This has been well established as predicting the Red Wedding. Rob (“king’s blood”), and his naïve family/subjects will be killed. Catelyn will slit the throat of a jester Aegon Frey (“fool’s blood”). The bride is still deflowered (“blood on a maiden’s thigh”), but her bridegroom Edmure (“the bridegroom”) and the other survivors (“guests”) were held imprisoned (“chains).
“ Under the sea the mermen feast on starfish soup, and all the serving men are crabs. ”
Could refer to the "Frey pie" incident where the Mermen are Manderlys. The starfish represents the Freys - the many legs of the starfish are the many branches of house Frey. Note also that many starfish will regenerate lost legs and some may even grow a completely new body from a single remaining leg. The starfish's legs then are all of Walder Frey's children.
As for the crabs, it could refer to a house however it could be Lord Wyman himself. He is so fat that he is always carried abound in a litter. Picture a litter, with it's carriers at the front and back and tell me that from the side it doesn't somewhat look like a crab scuttling sideways down the road.
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