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This is a character listing for the members of House Corbray who appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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House Corbray of Heart's Home

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A noble house of Andal descent seated at Heart's Home, located to the northeast of the Eyrie. It is an old but poor house.

They blazon their arms with three black ravens in flight holding three red hearts, on white. Their words do not appear in the books.

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  • Alliterative Family: All the current generation of Corbrays have names beginning with "L": Lyonel, Lyn, and Lucas.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Lady Forlorn, a Valyrian steel sword with a heart-shaped ruby in the pommel.
  • Badass Family: Corbrays have been notable warriors and fighters throughout history.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • Ser Jaime Corbray, who fought at the Battle of Seven Stars. The Corbrays insist he was the one who slew High King Robar II Royce during the battle, pointing out the fact that they recovered Lady Forlorn during the battle as proof of the deed.
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    • Ser Qarl Corbray was chosen as Commander of the City Watch by Jaehaerys I until his death from the Shivers.
    • Lord Leowyn Corbray, who supported Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of Dragons and one of the many victims of the Winter Fever.
  • The Ghost: Ser Lucas Corbray, the younger brother of Lyonel and Lyn.
  • MacGuffin: Lady Forlorn changing hands during the Andal wars is a memorable saga for the Corbrays.
  • No Name Given: The Lord Corbray that killed Davos Darklyn during the Battle beneath the God's Eye.
  • Punny Name: Well, their shield includes a couple of puns on their name. For starters, the Latin for "heart" is "cor". Then "corbie" is Scots, Scottish English and Geordie for "raven" or, any large, threatening corvid, really. Just add an extra R to the variant "corby" and you're more or less done.
  • Theme Naming: Other than "L", their names usually begin with "C", "G" or "Q"; Corwyn, Gawen, Gwayne, Qyle, Qarl and Quenton.
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    Lord Lyonel Corbray 

Lord Lyonel Corbray

Head of House Corbray and Lord of Heart's Home.


  • The Ghost: Despite being one of the most powerful noblemen of the Vale, he has yet to appear in the series. When most of the Lords of the Vale gather at the Gates of the Moon to attend a tourney to select the Brotherhood of the Winged Knight, Lyonel does not attend due to his new wife being pregnant.
  • Nobility Marries Money: In exchange for Lyonel's support, Littlefinger arranges for him to marry the daughter of a wealthy Gulltown merchant with a extremely sizable dowry. This helps relieve some of the financial strain House Corbray had been under.
  • The Resenter: Resents his brother having been given Lady Forlorn by their dying father.

    Ser Lyn Corbray 

Ser Lyn Corbray

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"My lady has a thirst. Whenever she comes out to dance, she likes a drop of red."

The younger brother of Lyonel, Ser Lyn is a member of the Lords Declarant, who are opposed to Lord Petyr Baelish's regency over the Vale.


  • Ambiguously Gay: It is rumored that he isn't all that interested in women. Confirmed by Littlefinger, who buys his loyalty with gold and boys.
    • Interestingly enough, his sexuality seems to be common knowledge, as Myranda Royce brings it up after talking to him.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Probably the most evil noble in the Vale.
  • Badass Boast: Makes one when volunteering to be Lysa Arryn's champion in Tyrion's trial-by-combat for supposedly murdering Jon Arryn:
    Ser Lyn: The gods favor the man with the just cause, yet often that turns out to be the man with the surest sword. We all know who that is.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Sansa notes that while he is attractive, there is something unsettling about his smile. His behavior backs up her assessment.
  • Blood Knight: He lives for fighting and dueling, and woe be to whoever faces him.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Littlefinger buys his loyalty with boys.One shudders to think of why he needs to keep being given more.
  • Hero Killer: Lyn personally killed Lewyn Martell of the Kingsguard at the Battle of the Trident, though Martell was already fatally injured at that point. Littlefinger however notes that Corbray has a tendency to give anyone who points that out the opportunity to ask Martell the truth of it in Hell.
  • Impoverished Patrician: It's mentioned that he's constantly in need of money, which one of the reasons why he works with Littlefinger.
  • Jerkass: He is rude, crass, and corrupt. He even disregards the laws of Sacred Hospitality, drawing his sword and threatening Littlefinger at the parlay between the Lords Declarant and Littlefinger at the Eyrie. Of course, this was arranged between them to weaken the Lords Declarant's cause and give Littlefinger an upper hand in the negotiations.
  • Lean and Mean: He is tall and thin, and well known for being one of the most dangerous men in the Vale.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long haired and noted to be attractive by Sansa.
  • The Mole: For Littlefinger among the Lords Declarant. Any other plots against Littlefinger that pop up will also find him to be one of the first to offer his services so he can fulfill this position.
  • The Sociopath: He seemingly only cares for himself.
  • Smug Snake: Nearly every sentence he utters is him mocking or insulting someone, and he tends to have a smug grin on his face most of the time.
  • Token Evil Teammate: For the Lords Declarant, who despise him.
  • Turn Coat: During Robert's Rebellion, he fought for the Targaryen loyalists in the Vale before defecting after Robert Baratheon won the Battle of Gulltown.
  • Unwanted Harem: He is part of the group of lords who vie for Lysa's hand after Lord Arryn dies, seeking to gain claim to her control over the Vale.
  • Wild Card: His exact loyalties are unclear: while he served ably in defusing the Lords Declarant cause for Littlefinger, Sansa notes that he seems truly angry over Littlefinger arranging for his brother's marriage, since that threatens his position as heir of House Corbray. This causes her to doubt his true loyalties to Littlefinger.

Historical Corbrays

    Lord Corwyn Corbray 

Lord Corwyn Corbray

A Andal knight who was among the first warlords to cross the Narrow Sea, he claimed the Fingers as his domain, styling himself Lord of the Five Fingers, after defeating the Kings Dywen Shell and Jon Brightstone.


    King Qyle Corbray 

King Qyle Corbray

Qyle Corbray was a member of House Corbray who ruled the Fingers as King of the Fingers during the Andal invasion. He was a wielder of the Valyrian steel blade Lady Forlorn.


    Ser Gawen Corbray 

Ser Gawen Corbray

A knight chosen by Visenya Targaryen to be master-at-arms for young Prince Maegor Targaryen


    Ser Corwyn Corbray 

Ser Corwyn Corbray

Ser Corwyn Corbray was a knight of House Corbray and younger brother of Lord Leowyn Corbray. He was married to Lady Rhaena Targaryen although they had no issue. He was shot and killed by a crossbowman at Runestone on 134 AC when confronting Lord Royce for supporting Arnold Arryn over Jeyne Arryn's chosen heir Joffrey.


    Ser Gwayne Corbray 

Ser Gwayne Corbray

A knight of the Kingsguard.

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