History of Secondary Houses That Must Have Played Game Right and Will Rise After It’s Played


House Tarly of Horn Hill. One of the strongest houses sworn to House
Tyrell. Marcher lords of the Dornish Marches, the
Tarlys are a family old in honor with rich lands and a strong keep. They are also the keepers of a Valyrian greatsword
called Heartsbane. Samwell Tarly has been removed from the Tarly
line of succession by Lord Randyll Tarly in favor of Dickon Tarly. According to legend, Tarly castle was built
on Horn Hill by Garth Greenhand’s sons Harlon the Hunter and Herndon of the Horn, who built
their castle atop Horn Hill and took to wife the beautiful woods witch who dwelled there,
sharing her favors for a hundred years. The brothers did not age so long as they had
intercourse with her whenever the moon was full. Prior to the acquisition of the western marches
by the Kings of the Reach, the castle was in a kingdom which extended from Horn Hill
to Nightsong. Randyll Tarly is among the lords that join
their forces to Renly Baratheon’s beneath Bitterbridge. Renly was at Horn Hill with Lord Tarly when
he received Stannis Baratheon’s letter concerning the illegitimacy of Queen Cersei Lannister’s
children. Randyll is among the lords who do not go over
to Stannis after Renly’s death at Storm’s End. He captures Renly’s stores at Bitterbridge
and puts many men to death, mainly Florent men-at-arms, lest they go over to Stannis
along with their lords. Randyll is presented to the Iron Throne after
the Battle of the Blackwater, where he had commanded the center of the Tyrell and Lannister
host. The words of house Tarly are: “First in Battle”
House Tarth of Evenfall Hall. They are one of the main houses sworn to Storm’s
End. The family rules Tarth, a beautiful island
with mountains and waterfalls, high meadows and shadowed vales. It is called the Sapphire Isle for the striking
blue seas in which it sits. Some monarchs keep fleets along the western
coast of Tarth, as its mountains shield against storms and make the Straits of Tarth more
pacific than the narrow sea or Shipbreaker Bay. Ancestors of House Tarth were once kings,
and the head of the family is known as “the Evenstar”, which they claim dates back to
the dawn of days. The island of Tarth came under the dominion
of the House Durrandon when the Storm King Durran the Fair married the daughter of Tarth’s
king, Edwyn Evenstar. The island rebelled three times during the
reign of the Storm King Durwald the Fat, however. Tarth was the first region of the stormlands
conquered during the Andal invasion, but peace between the Andals and First Men was eventually
achieved when the Storm Kings and their bannermen intermarried with the Andals. The Tarths have Andal ancestry and have ties
with houses Durrandon, Baratheon, and Targaryen. Morne, a ruined castle on the eastern coast
of Tarth was once the seat of petty kings who were conquered by Storm Kings. Nobles and smallfolk alike from Tarth claim
descent from Ser Galladon of Morne, also called the Perfect Knight, who was a legendary knight
from Tarth. Legends claim that his valor was so great
that the Maiden, of the Seven, fell in love with him. She gave him an enchanted sword, the Just
Maid, to demonstrate her love for him. No sword could check the sword’s blows, no
shield could stop them. According to the legend, Galladon only unsheathed
the sword three times, not once against a mortal man, for the fight would have been
unfair. House Seaworth of Cape Wrath. Although their keep is in the Stormlands,
they are sworn not to House Baratheon of Storm’s End but to House Baratheon of Dragonstone
in the Crownlands. House Seaworth was created after Davos, a
common smuggler, broke the Redwyne cordon and smuggled foodstuffs to the starving garrison
of Storm’s End during Robert’s Rebellion. For his bravery in the Siege of Storm’s End,
Davos was awarded a knighthood along with choice lands on Cape Wrath, including a small
keep and a forest to hunt in, by Lord Stannis Baratheon. For his years of smuggling, however, Davos
lost joints on his left hand. Davos captains Black Betha. He has seven sons, many of them serving on
ships in Stannis’s fleet. His wife Marya tends his lands on Cape Wrath. Davos is a man of low birth, born in the wretched
Flea Bottom ward of King’s Landing to a life of hardship. In his youth, he found service on the ship
Cobblecat under Roro Uhoris, a Tyroshi smuggler and pirate. Eventually Uhoris was caught by the Night’s
Watch fleet from Eastwatch, where he was executed for trading weapons to wildlings. While impressed by this event, Davos did not
refuse to trade with the members of the Night’s Watch later. After his time aboard the Cobblecat, Davos
made his own way and secured his own small ship, becoming one of the most infamous smugglers
of the Seven Kingdoms up until meeting Stannis Baratheon. House Mormont of Bear Island. It is an old, proud, and honorable house of
the north. House Mormont is one of the few houses to
have an ancestral weapon of Valyrian steel: a sword called Longclaw. However, due to Bear Island’s lack of valuable
resources, the Mormonts are a rather poor house, that’s why Mormont hall is made just
of huge logs, surrounded by an earthen palisade. On the gate is a carving of a woman in a bearskin
with a child in one arm suckling at her breast and a battleaxe in the other. Like the other women of Bear Island, the women
of House Mormont learn how to defend themselves from ironmen and wildlings. Island is densely forested with a large bear
population which earned the island its name. According to legend, in ancient times, Bear
Island was ruled by House Woodfoot, who were wiped out when the Ironborn conquered the
island. During the Age of Heroes, Rodrik Stark allegedly
won control of the island in a wrestling match with an ironborn. Rodrik gave Bear Island to the Mormonts who
have been loyal supporters of the Starks ever since. Lord Jeor Mormont arranged a marriage for
his son, Jorah, to a girl from House Glover when Jorah was still relatively young. While the marriage lasted ten years, the couple
had no children. Jorah’s wife eventually died after not being
able to recover from her third childbirth. By the time she died, Lord Jeor had joined
the Night’s Watch, where he rose quickly through the ranks and was eventually elected Lord
Commander.. When Lord Eddard Stark called his banners
to fight in Robert’s Rebellion, Jorah joined the rebels, and fought in the Battle of the
Trident. Jorah fought during the Greyjoy Rebellion
as well, and earned fame both in the war and the subsequent tourney at Lannisport, held
to celebrate the victory over the Iron Islands. He met Lynesse Hightower at the tourney, and
fell in love with her. After winning the jousting, he crowned Lynesse
his queen of love and beauty, and asked her father, Lord Leyton Hightower, for her hand
in marriage, which he granted. However, life on Bear Island differed significantly
from life at Oldtown, and Jorah spend all of his money to keep her happy. Finally, after trying to sell poachers to
a Tyroshi slaver to increase his income, Jorah fled from the north to the Free Cities with
his wife upon learning that Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell was coming to Bear Island to
pass on the king’s judgement. In the Free Cities, Jorah and Lynesse lived
in exile in Lys, and Jorah became a sellsword after they ran out of money in half a year. However, while he was away, Lynesse became
the concubine of a merchant prince, and Jorah was exiled from Lys as well. Jorah’s aunt and Jeor’s sister, Maege, inherited
Bear Island after Jorah fled the Seven Kingdoms. The words of House Mormont are: “Here We Stand”. House Clegane of Clegane’s Keep. This house of landed knights holds fealty
to House Lannister of Casterly Rock, and are among their primary bannermen. The keep was given to the first Clegane knight,
the kennelmaster at Casterly Rock until one autumn year when he saved Lord Tytos Lannister
from a lioness and lost a leg and three dogs in the effort. As a reward, Tytos gave him lands and a towerhouse
and took his son as his squire. The three dogs on the Clegane sigil represent
those that died saving Tytos. There is a village under the keep. The keep has a fearsome reputation, one that
lives up to that of its lord, Ser Gregor Clegane. It is said that servants disappear unaccountably,
and even the dogs are afraid to enter the hall. Gregor Clegane, called the mountain that rides
or simply mountain, the eldest grandson of a brave kennelmaster was knighted by Prince
Rhaegar Targaryen, the heir of King Aerys II Targaryen. During the Sack of King’s Landing, Gregor
murdered Rhaegar’s son, the infant Prince Aegon Targaryen, before raping and murdering
his mother and Rhaegar’s bride, Princess Elia Martell. Gregor is known for his unspeakable cruelty;
this is mirrored in the Mountain’s men, who casually commit atrocities during their campaigns. Sandor, his younger brother, was driven away
by this behavior, taking service with House Lannister and refusing to take a knight’s
vows to avoid association with his elder brother. the father of Gregor and Sandor, died in a
hunting incident shortly after King Robert I Baratheon was crowned. Their sister died young under queer circumstances. House Manderly of White Harbor. House Manderly were once a powerful noble
house of the Reach. Centuries ago they were driven out of the
Reach and were given sanctuary and lands by House Stark in exchange for their pledge of
fealty. Starks gave the Wolf’s Den and the surrounding
lands to the Manderly’s, leading to the creation of White Harbor around the Wolf’s
Den. King Jon Stark founded the Wolf’s Den, a castle
at the mouth of the White Knife, after he drove out sea raiders who were using the harbor
as a base for raids inland. For centuries the castle was held by various
Starks and offshoot branches, such as the Greystarks. Other families who were lords of the Wolf’s
Den in the past included the Flints, Lockes, Slates, Longs, Holts, and Ashwoods, all tasked
by Winterfell to defend the White Knife. The ancient castle is now used as a prison,
as the Manderlys reside at the New Castle and receive visitors in the Merman’s Court. The Manderlys still keep many traditions from
the South, because even though they are descended from the First Men just like their fellow
Northmen, they have long ago adopted the Faith of the Seven and the culture of the past Andal
invaders. They are the richest House in the North through
fish, grain and overseas trade. Lord Wyman manderly is the head of the house,
and he is so fat he can no longer ride a horse and must be carried in a litter, leading to
the nickname Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse. He is nearly sixty years old, with a massive
belly and fingers the size of sausages. Wyman is amiable and has a loud, booming laugh. He is mocked by his own people as Lord Lamprey. By his own admission, and because of his physical
appearance, Wyman is seen by many as craven and foolish, however, this is a clever front;
he is shrewd, calculating and intelligent. He is also staunchly loyal to House Stark. The proud and pale New Castle is built atop
a hill rising above the city’s thick white walls. The broad, stepped Castle Stair is a white
stone street that leads from the Wolf’s Den up the hill to the New Castle. There is a clear view of both of the city’s
harbors from the hilltop. The Merman’s Court is the great hall of the
New Castle where the Manderlys hold court. Chambers within the castle are handsomely
furnished. The household guard wear cloaks of blue-green
wool and carry silver tridents instead of spears. The Manderlys decorate their castle with faded
banners, broken shields and rusted swords from ancient victories, and wooden figures
from the prows of ships. There is a secret passage beneath the Castle
Stair that leads from the New Castle to the Wolf’s Den. White Harbor is the largest settlement north
of the Neck, but the smallest among the five major cities of Westeros. It is the north’s primary trade port as well. Its location on the mouth of the White Knife
provides opportunities for trade further north. City itself is clean and well-ordered, with
wide straight cobbled streets that make it easy to walk around. The houses are built of whitewashed stone,
with steeply-pitched roofs of dark grey slate. Due to its location White Harbor has more
contact with the south and there are more knights and followers of the Faith of the
Seven in White Harbor than anywhere else in the north. The Lord of White Harbor, Wyman Manderly,
influences all lands and houses east of the mouth of the White Knife, including Houses
Locke, Woolfield, and Flint of Widow’s Watch. Their bannermen include a dozen petty lords
and a hundred landed knights. House Yronwood of Yronwood. House Yronwood is an ancient family who once
ruled half of Dorne as the Kings of Yronwood, titled as Bloodroyals, with domains significantly
greater than House Martell of Sunspear, a fact the Yronwoods let no one forget. House Yronwood established castle Yronwood
in the high valleys and green foothills below the peaks and seized control of the Stone
Way, also called the Boneway, the second of the two great passes into Dorne. This is reflected in their title Warden of
the Stone Way. The path runs north past the River Wyl and
ends at Summerhall in the Dornish Marches. Well protected and comparably fertile, Yronwood
lands were also well timbered and possessed of valuable deposits of iron, tin, and silver. The ancient Yronwood kings often fought with
the Storm Kings. At the Battle by the Bloody Pool Yoren Yronwood
was turned back by King Durran the Young; as it was said, Durran have dammed the river
Slayne with Dornish corpses. When the Rhoynar came to Dorne with Nymeria
aboard her ten thousand ships, they joined House Martell, increasing the size of Lord
Mors Martell’s host tenfold. Nymeria married Mors and named herself and
her husband the Prince and Princess of Dorne, asserting their dominion over all of Dorne
in the ensuing Nymeria’s War. King Yorick V Yronwood was supported by his
bannermen, Houses Jordayne, Wyl, Blackmont and Qorgyle, amongst many others. In the ninth year of warfare Mors Martell
died at Yorick’s sword in the Third Battle of the Boneway. Nymeria took control of the Martell armies,
however, and it took another two years of fighting before Yorick bent the knee and was
sent to the Wall. The Yronwoods became the most powerful bannermen
of House Nymeros Martell, though their relationship is uneasy at best. The Yronwoods also have a rivalry with House
Fowler, who supported the Martells in the war. Even though Yronwoods lost during Nymeria’s
War, the head of the house continues to hold the title The Bloodroyal. The Yronwoods joined Bittersteel against the
Targaryens and Martells in three of the five Blackfyre Rebellions, even though one of the
original goals of the rebels was to remove the Dornish influence at court. When Oberyn Martell was sixteen years old,
he was found abed with old Lord Edgar Yronwood’s paramour and they fought a duel. Although it was only to first blood, Edgar’s
wounds festered and he died shortly afterwards, originating rumors that the Red Viper’s blade
had been poisoned. Oberyn fled to the Free Cities in exile. To “repay a blood debt”, Prince Doran Martell,
Oberyn’s elder brother, later sent his second child, Quentyn Martell, to foster with Edgar’s
grandson, Lord Anders Yronwood. Quentyn served at Yronwood as page and squire. He chose to be knighted by Anders himself
instead of his uncle, Oberyn. During the War of the Five Kings, following
prince Doran’s instructions, Lord Anders musters and maintains an army in the Boneway. Ser Cletus Yronwood and Ser Archibald Yronwood
accompany Quentyn Martell in his mission to find Daenerys Targaryen in Essos. Since his son and his cousin are traveling
with Quentyn to Essos, with all probability Lord Anders has been entrusted by Doran Martell
with the critical secret of his support for the Targaryen restoration. Cletus is killed by pirates, but Archibald
arrives in Meereen. The words of house Yronwood are: “We Guard
the Way”.

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