A Clash of Kings
Mance was a wildling child taken by the Night’s Watch and raised as one of them. He was a loyal member of the Night’s Watch for most of his life until he suffered an injury while ranging, and was healed by a wildling woman. While he recuperated, she mended his torn cloak with swatches of red fabric. Upon returning to the Wall, the Night’s Watch commanders required him to replace his mended cloak with one of uniform black.