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Do we have any good in-universe explanations why, at the start of A Feast for Crows,

Pate was killed by the alchemist/Jaqen H'ghar?

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    The Alchemist infiltrated the citadel, he introduced himself to Sam at the end of the book.
    – TLP
    Jul 25, 2014 at 17:29
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    And Pate was necessary because he was close to AM Marwyn, right?
    – Lou
    Jul 25, 2014 at 17:30
  • I'm currently rereading but my memory of AFFC is hazy.
    – Lou
    Jul 25, 2014 at 17:30
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    @LeoKing We know that Jaqen is a Faceless man. Their organisation was founded as a resistance against the Valyrian freehold, magic users and slavers. We also know from Marwyn that the citadel has certain anti-magic (e.g. Targaryen, dragon) tendencies. That might align Jaqen against Dany. But on the other hand, since he is infiltrating the place, more likely he is not with them. But really.. not enough to speculate on.
    – TLP
    Jul 26, 2014 at 1:50
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    Of course, Jaqen's mission started well before the birth of Dany's dragons, when Ned was still hand of the king (when Ned gave Yoren the "pick of the dungeons", and Jaqen was there).
    – TLP
    Jul 26, 2014 at 1:53

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Later on in Chapter 45 of AFFC,

Sam Tarly meets a novice named Pate with the same features as Pate from the prologue. Since Jaqen H'ghar is a faceless man, he has presumably assumed Pate's identity, and this is why Pate was killed. Unfortunately as of the end of ADWD we do not know what Jaqen is ultimately trying to accomplish.

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