Arya is particularly close to her half brother, Jon Snow, who encourages her martial pursuits.She is said to take after the fiery Lyanna in temperament.
Before she leaves, Arya's half-brother Jon gives her a sword called Needle, after her least favorite ladylike activity, as a parting gift.
He tells her she will need to practice, but that the first lesson is to "stick 'em with the pointy end".
During one of these she discovers a secret passage in the Red Keep.
She overhears two men, who by description seem to be Varys and Illyrio Mopatis speaking about her father, Cersei, and spies.
Arya cannot leave King's Landing since the city gates are heavily guarded, so she lives on the streets of Flea Bottom, catching pigeons and rats to trade for food.
Arya witnesses her father's public condemnation at the Great Sept of Baelor.
Queen Cersei Lannister is not satisfied with this, however, and orders Sansa's direwolf, Lady, to be killed in Nymeria's place.
Mycah, having fled, is tracked and killed by Joffrey's "dog," Sandor Clegane.
From this moment, Arya harbors a lasting enmity for the Hound.