This is a listing of houses in the Reach that appear in A Song of Ice and Fire that do not have enough members or tropes to justify their own page (yet).
For the main character index, see here
- "In Highgarden there are fields of golden roses that stretch away as far as the eye can see. The fruits are so ripe they explode in your mouth—melons, peaches, fireplums, youve never tasted such sweetness."—King Robert I
The most heavily populated and fertile region of Westeros, the Reach is ruled by House Tyrell from Highgarden. Before the Conquest by Aegon Targaryen, the Reach was ruled by House Gardener, but its male line was extinguished in the war. House Tyrell had long served as the stewards of House Gardener, and in exchange for bending the knee, were made rulers of the Reach despite descending from the extinct Gardeners through the female line. Knighthood and chivalry is held in the highest esteem in the Reach, having the most stringently managed tournament rules in all the Seven Kingdoms. There is much tension and history of warfare between the Reach and Dorne. Bastards in the Reach are given the surname "Flowers".
The Reach is the largest of the Southron kingdoms, as well as the "bread bowl" of the realm. In addition to Highgarden, the Reach contains The Arbor, an island ruled by House Redwyne, which produces most of Westeros' finest wines. It is also home to Oldtown, the oldest city on the continent and ruled by House Hightower, home of the Citadel as well as the Starry Sept, the original seat of the Faith of The Seven.
The Reach was not formally featured in the series until the publication of A Feast For Crows, which featured the city of Oldtown; the region is also the setting of the novella The Sworn Sword, which is part of the Tales of Dunk & Egg, set 90 years before the events of ASOIAF.
- Chivalric Romance: The Reachmen are known for being chivalrous and knightly.
- Demoted to Dragon: The Gardeners reduced the Hightowers, Oakhearts and Redwynes to vassals.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Medieval France due to their terrain and status as the most populous kingdom and the homeland of chivalry and stereotypical knights, at least in the eyes of the common people. Also, middle-south England. The most populated region in the kingdom, immensely fertile and rich, and the heart of the kingdom's chivalry. The historical Tyrrell family hails from Essex which lies in this region; the ruling family of the Reach, the Tyrells, are named after this house.
- Flower Motifs: Most of their Houses have names that recall flowers or plants (Gardener, Florent, Oakheart...) or have said motif in their coat-of-arms.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: While that's certainly how things work now, it was played with in the past. Several houses claim descent from some of Garth Greenhand's daughters, with their husbands as afterthoughts, while others claim descent from some of his sons.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: With Dorne. There's plenty of bad blood between the Reach and their Dornish neighbor, especially since the Reach bend the knee to Aegon I and Dorne didn't, and the Reach noblemen being The quisling during the Dornish Wars.
- Upper-Class Twit: To rival the Vale houses. The Reachmen (see the Tyrells or the Florents) are usually merry fellows at best or utterly snobbish at worst.
House Tyrell of Highgarden
- Growing Strong—House Tyrell words
House Tyrell of Highgarden is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, being Lords Paramount of the Mander and the liege lords of the Reach. A large, wealthy house, its wealth is only surpassed among the Great Houses by House Lannister, and the Tyrells can field the greatest armies. Additionally, if they call the ships of the Redwyne fleet, the lords of the Shield Islands, and the coastal lords, they can command a navy that equals if not surpasses the royal fleet of King's Landing.
Highgarden is an ancient seat of rule and the heart of chivalry in the Seven Kingdoms; the Tyrells style themselves 'Defenders of the Marches' and 'High Marshals of the Reach', and traditionally, they have been Wardens of the South and Lords Paramount of the Mander. Their sigil is a golden rose on a green field. Members of the family tend to have curly brown hair and brown or golden eyes.
- See the House Tyrell page.
House Peake of Starpike
House Peake of Starpike is a noble house from Starpike in the Reach. They blazon their arms with three black castles on orange. The three black castles on their arms symbolize the three castles that House Peake once owned: Starpike, Dunstonbury, and Whitegrove. Their motto has yet to appear.
The Peakes are Marcher lords from the Dornish Marches.
Tropes related to House Peake:
- Famous Ancestor: Lord Lorimar Peake, who drove House Manderly out of the Reach at the behest of King Perceon III Gardener and was rewarded with the Manderlys' castle of Dunstonbury for his success.
- Lord Uther Peake, who married Prunella Celtigar in an arranged marriage by Queen Alysanne Targaryen.
- Titus Peake, son and heir of Unwin Peake, who fought in the Dance of the Dragons, only to be killed by bandits.
- The abundance of these is a plot point; Urrathon the Shieldsmasher, Meryn the Scribe, Yrma of the Golden Bow, Barquen the Besieger, Eddison the Elder and Eddison the Younger- they all demonstrate the rich and diverse ancestry of House Peake, and why Unwin is so desperate to make his house great again.
- The Ghost: Lord Titus, the current head of the house.
- Impoverished Patrician: Have declined since the Field of Fire and the death of Lord Armen Peake. As the Tyrells had no blood ties to the Peakes and so no reason to favor them, the Peakes began declining. A century later they no longer command such a pride of place and are not particularly rich. In another century they have lost two of their castles. A century after that they are barely mentioned as exerting any influence.
- In the Blood: Conniving weasel-bastardry and plotting. If ever there's a plot, a Peake's probably going to be in there somewhere.
- Jerkass: Being a complete asshole seems to be the defining characteristic of all the Peakes of Starpike that have made an appearance in the series.
- Karma Houdini: A family that makes a habit of being treasonous, overly-ambitious, and insolent. Houses responsible for lesser crimes have faced extermination and exile. The Peakes are still around, though diminished in status.
- Shout-Out: To Mervyn Peake and Gormenghast.
- The Rival: They were once bitter rivals of House Manderly.
- Token Good Teammate: Titus Peake (son of Unwin) was knighted for his valor before dying tragically in a skirmish, all without showing any real villainous traits.
The Peake BrothersSee the Golden Company page.
Lord Unwin Peake
Lord of Starpike, Dunstonbury, and Whitegrove during the Dance of the Dragons. He fought for the Greens, supporting King Aegon II over Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. Following the end of the Dance, he gained a seat on the Regency council ruling in the name of Aegon III and became Hand of the King after the death of Ser Tyland Lannister attempting to gain as much power as he could.
- 0% Approval Rating: Probably no one besides his own cronies liked him, and the other regents immediately jumped at the first opportunity they could to get rid of his presence.
- All for Nothing: While he was never personally punished for all his scheming, nepotism and blatant corruption, in the end all his efforts to put his house on top amounted to squat.
- Cool Sword: He managed to get a hold of House Roxton's ancestral sword, Orphan-Maker, after its previous owner died during the assassination of Hugh Hammer, an event that Peake had a hand in planning. It isn't clear if House Peake still holds the sword, or if it managed to return to House Roxton.
- Corrupt Politician: He forced himself into powerful positions, almost solely to accrue power and wealth for his family.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- Instead of biding his time and bringing people round to the idea, Unwin declared that Aegon III would marry his own daughter Myrielle barely seven days after the death of Queen Jaehaera. Obviously the lords of the realm protested against this for multiple reasons, and Unwin had to agree to the Maiden's Day Ball where Aegon could choose his own bride.
- When the other regents thwarted his attempts to stop Aegon III marrying Daenaera, Unwin tried to make them cooperate by threatening to resign as Hand of the King. Instead of them falling in line, the other regents gladly accepted his resignation, leaving him no way to back out.
- Evil Chancellor: He was clearly trying to seize power during his time as Hand and membership on the Regency council
- Evil Is Petty: Isn't it just mysterious that Thaddeus Rowan, his replacement as Hand of the King, gets seized and brutally tortured into insanity?
- Evil vs. Evil: The sole moment when Unwin holds any possible sympathy is when he's plotting against the Two Betrayers - who are, by everybody's standards, far worse.
- Hate Sink: Not once is Unwin Peake given anything resembling a positive character trait. The best that could be said of him is that he conspired against the Two Betrayers, and even that was motivated by self-interest.
- It's All About Me: Every time something didn't go Unwin's way at court, he immediately assumed it had to be because everyone else was plotting to undermine him.
- Jerkass: Oh yeah. He was totally unpleasant, managing to unite the rest of Aegon's bickering regents in their hatred of him.
- Karma Houdini: Yes, he got removed from the regency council, but this is a relatively minor punishment compared to what he did to poor Jaehaera.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After the Second Battle of Tumbleton left him in command of the Green army, Unwin, seeing the casualties the Blacks had inflicted and the fact every Green dragonrider had been killed either in the battle or its aftermath, ordered a retreat back to the Reach as opposed to continuing with the march to recapture King's Landing.
- The Leader: Alongside Ser Hobert Hightower, Unwin was the co-leader of the Caltrops, a conspiracy to kill the Two Betrayers after they began talking about taking the Iron Throne.
- The Man Behind the Man: It's heavily implied he was the one behind the conspiracy to assassinate Aegon III and replace him with Viserys, since most of those involved in the plan owed their positions at court to him. However, none of the conspirators named Unwin, even under torture, and without evidence, no further action was taken against him.
- Nepotism: During his time as Hand, he shamelessly filled the Red Keep with members of his own extended family, up to and including the Kingsguard.
- Not Now, Kiddo: On the incredibly rare occasions Aegon III actually showed interest in ruling, Peake would immediately say he had no business asking because he was a kid. This managed to lose any respect Aegon III might have had for any of the regents.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: He was one of the regents on the council who oversaw the early reign of King Aegon III. The council was often hamstrung by its members infighting or trying to quell the ambitions of one of its members, namely Peake himself, who set about trying to gather more and more power, including an effort to marry his daughter to Aegon III after Queen Jaehaera's suspicious death.
- Number Two: To Aegon III as Hand of the King.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He had seven children, six of which predeceased him.
- The Rival: Of Lord Alyn Valeryon, who Unwin prevented from become a regent and sent on multiple dangerous missions to get him killed. Instead, Alyn kept winning victories and the praise of the other regents, and managed to marry his cousin Daenaera to Aegon, stopping Unwin's own attempts to marry his daughter to him.
- Robbing the Dead: Presumably how he managed to get his hands on Jon Roxton's Valyrian sword, Orphan-Maker. It isn't stated whether the blade ever ended up back with it's rightful house.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: After his efforts to get Aegon's marriage to Daenaera stopped were halted by the other regents, he threatened to resign as Hand in an effort to get them to bow to his will. He was stunned when they happily accepted and appointed Lord Thaddeus Rowan to replace him.
- Would Hurt a Child: He forced Gaemon Palehair, Aegon III's only friend, to become his whipping boy as a way to exert influence over the young king. And, although never proven, it is likely Unwin was behind the death of Queen Jaehaera, likely having sent his hired sellsword Tessario the Tiger to throw her from Maegor's Holdfast while Unwin's bastard brother Ser Mervyn Flowers guarded her.
- You Are in Command Now: Becomes commander of the the Greens' Reach host after most of its commanders were killed.
Lady Myrielle Peake
The daughter and only surviving child of Unwin Peake. Her father constantly tried to make King Aegon III Targaryen marry her so he could control the throne, but all attempts failed.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Lady Turnips; see below for details of how she got it.
- In-Series Nickname: When Aegon expressed doubts about liking Myrielle, Lord Peake likened a potential marriage to the king having to eat turnips when his cooks prepared them. When word got out, Myrielle was soon known throughout the Seven Kingdoms as "Lady Turnips".
- Just Friends: While Aegon was far more fond of her than he ever was of Jaehaera, it's clear the young king only saw her as a companion at best.
- Nice Girl: She was described as lovely and pleasant, which is the complete opposite of her jackass father.
- Sole Survivor: The only survivor out of Unwin Peake's seven children.
- Unwitting Pawn: She possibly knew her father was only using her to gain control over the throne, but was in no position to object.
Ser Mervyn Flowers
- See the Historical Kingsguard page.
Ser Amaury Peake
- See the Historical Kingsguard page.
Ser Gedmund Peake
Gedmund Great-Axe, Gedmund Green-Sick
Uncle of Unwin Peake, who was appointed as commander of the royal fleet despite his inexperience with ships.
- An Axe to Grind: Probably the origin of his first nickname.
- Green Around the Gills: During the voyage to the Stepstones he got so sea sick sailors started to call him Germund Green-Sick
- Nepotism: Much like his bastard nephew and great-nephew, the only reason he was appointed to such high position despite his inexperience was because his kin was Hand.
Lord Gormon Peake
Lord of Starpike during the first two Blackfyre Rebellions. He fought for House Blackfyre, however, and lost two of his castles for this. He becomes part of a conspiracy to renew the rebellion under Daemon II Blackfyre during the Whitewalls Tourney in 212 AC.
- Affectionate Nickname: Daemon II refers to him as "Gormy".
- Beard of Evil: He has a well-trimmed black beard that was starting to turn grey and white.
- Big Bad: Of The Mystery Knight.
- Carry a Big Stick: Wields a mace in combat.
- The Dragon: To Daemon II, being the most powerful lord who supports him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He is the one who arranged for the conspiracy and brought Daemon II to Westeros, makes plans Daemon has no clue about, and is the main antagonist towards Ser Duncan and Egg during The Mystery Knight.
- Jerkass: He is a complete asshole to friend and foe alike. The only difference is a matter of degree.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He managed to get out of the first Blackfyre Rebellion alive, and apparently refused to take the hint not to try again. Second time around, Bloodraven was the one passing sentence, not Daeron II.
- Manipulative Bastard: On paper, yes — masterminding a rebellion fairly competently isn't Smug Snake material. Mind you, puppeteering Daemon doesn't actually meet the dizzy heights of awesome you usually expect of the trope, either. And, he wound up well outside his league and against a much better player.
- Off with His Head!: He is beheaded for his part in the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.
- The Proud Elite: He is extremely disdainful of Duncan and other hedge knights due to their lower class background.
- Undying Loyalty: To House Blackfyre.
House Tarly of Horn Hill
- "First in Battle"—House Tarly words
House Tarly of Horn Hill is a noble house of the Reach, one of the strongest sworn to House Tyrell. Horn Hill is located in the foothills of the Red Mountains. Their sigil is the striding huntsman on green.
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.
- See the House Tarly page.
- Never Resting—Ambrose house words
House Ambrose is a noble house from the Reach.
They blazon their arms as a yellow field strewn with red ants.
Tropes related to House Ambrose:
- Alliterative Family/Alliterative Name: Lord Arthur, Lady Alysanne, and Alyn.
- Famous Ancestor:
- Ser Aegon Ambrose was one of the seven champions that fought against Maegor the Cruel in his trial of seven.
- Marq Ambrose was a member of the Caltrops, who perished during the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
- Ser Aubrey Ambrose, one of the many famous knights from the Reach who supported Daemon Blackfyre during the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
- The Ghost: Neither Lord Arthur or his wife Lady Alysanne have appeared yet in the series.
- Named After Someone Famous: Lady Alysanne is one of the many noblewomen named after Good Queen Alysanne.
Son of Lord Arthur and Lady Alysanne.
- Alliterative Name: Alyn Ambrose.
- Arranged Marriage: To Elinor Tyrell.
- Bit Character
- Child Soldier: His exact age is unknown, but he is stated to be fairly young. He does a good job during the Battle of the Blackwater though, slaying a Myrish archer and a Mullendore man-at-arms.
- The Lady's Favor: Wore Elinor's during the Battle of the Blackwater.
- The Squire: Although the knight he is serving is unknown.
Ser Edmund AmbroseSer Edmund Ambrose is a knight of House Ambrose. It's unknown how he is related to the main family.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Took part in the Prank Date wager among a group of knights trying to take Brienne of Tarth's virginity. She got back at him and all the other knights involved by beating the crap out of them in a melee.
- The Ghost: Brienne remembers him in flashback.
- Remember the New Guy?: He was in Renly's melee back in book 2 but it's in book 4 that Brienne thinks of him.
- Alliterative Name: Androw Ashford.
- The Ghost: No members of this house appear in the current story.
- Stronger Than They Look: Dunk thinks that both Robert and Androw will fail miserably in the lists, but both put up a gallant effort against tough opponents and only lose on the tenth and sixth tilts respectively.
Lord AshfordLord of Ashford during the 209 tourney.
- Doting Parent: Holds a tourney in honour of his daughter's 13th birthday. He's also extremely proud of his sons' performances in the lists.
- Graceful Loser: Even when his sons both fail in the first round of the tourney, he's extremely happy they proved a challenge to the well-renowned Tybolt Lannister and Lyonel Baratheon.
- Last-Name Basis: We never find out his first name.
- Pet the Dog: Allows Dunk a desperate last-minute attempt to find a final challenger.
- Rules Lawyer: Refuses to allow Dunk to fight with just six knights, saying he needs a seventh or he's automatically guilty.
Lady Rosamund Ball
A close friend and companion of Queen Alysanne Targaryen.
- Famous Ancestor: One of the more well-known and regarded ancestors of House Ball.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When three Septa's attempted to assassinate Alysanne at the springs of Maidenpool, Rosamund and the rest of the Queen's companions fought them off. Sadly, Rosamund was mortally wounded by a dagger to her gut and died after several days of suffering.
- Lady-in-Waiting: Served as one of Alysanne's ladies, with the group of them formally known as the "Wise Women".
- Undying Loyalty: She and several other women had been sent to Dragonstone to convince Alysanne to abandon her marriage to Jaehaerys. Rosamund and the others ended up convinced the match was perfect and became Alysanne's closest friends.
Ser Quentyn Ball
Master-at-arms at the Red Keep at the time of Aegon IV and one of Daemon Blackfyre's supporters. May have been the father of Ser Glendon Flowers.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In universe. He was killed by a common archer when he stopped to drink water on the eve of the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
- Fiery Redhead: So firey, it's in is name.
- Honor Before Reason: He slew all the sons of Lady Penrose save for the youngest, whom he spared as a kindness to her.
- Hot-Blooded: By all accounts, yes. Although not thick, his common sense probably had to install decent fire escapes under each window to deal with the repeated evictions.
- Long Dead Badass: By the time of the novels.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Said to be one of his reasons to joined Daemon Blackfyre's rebellion. Aegon IV promised him a place in the Kingsuard if a spot was opened. Quentyn made his wife join the Silent Sisters to facilitate this. Aegon IV had already died and was succeeded by Daeron the Good when a spot was opened, but Daeron rejected Quentyn's request and named Ser Willem Wylde instead.
- Poisonous Friend: Along with Bittersteel, its said he incited Daemon to claim the Iron Throne.
- The Smart Guy: He was one of Daemon Blackfyre's key commanders.
House Caswell of Bitterbridge
House Caswell of Bitterbridge is a noble house from the Reach. Their seat is Bitterbridge, where the Roseroad meets the river Mander. Their blazon is a yellow centaur with bow on white. The Caswells carry the title Defender of the Fords.
Tropes related to House Caswell:
- Driven to Suicide: During the Dance of the Dragons, Lady Caswell hanged herself from the battlements of Bitterbride after she begged Lord Ormund Hightower to spare her children when he prepared to sack the town in revenge for the death of Prince Maelor Targaryen at the hands of a mob from the town.
- Famous Ancestor:
- Lord Commander Orbert Caswell, known as the Black Centaur, led the Night's Watch for nine years.
- Tom Flowers, bastard of Bitterbridge, fought in the Dance of the Dragons.
- Lord Armond Caswell, Lord of Bitterbridge during the Blackfyre Rebellion. His son Lord Joffrey jousted in the Whitewalls tourney against the man who saved his father's life.
- Ser Cleyton Caswell was among Lady Rohanne Webber's suitors.
- My God, What Have I Done?: More "My God What Have We Done". Lady Caswell was apparently aghast at what happened to Maelor Targaryen and Ser Rickard Thorne, claiming the gods would punish the town for it. She was right, as Daeron Targaryen, his dragon, and an army burned the town to the ground and killed most of its populace in revenge.
Lord Lorent Caswell
Head of House Caswell, Lord of Bitterbridge, and Defender of the Fords. He is a wispy young lord who has two young daughters.
- Blatant Lies: When Renly jokes that Lorent is obviously tired of his army's presence at Bitterbridge and will be relieved when they are gone, Lorent's weak and nervous protests that that is untrue are obviously false.
- Curbstomp Battle: He once tried to steal a longsword from Rolly, the son of the castle blacksmith who made the sword for his son. Lorent claimed that Rolly's hands were more fitted to use a hammer than a sword and thus he had no right to such a good weapon. Rolly proceeded to beat Lorent with said hammer, breaking both his arms and some of his ribs. He ended up fleeing Westeros and joining the Golden Company to avoid the Caswell's wrath.
- Dirty Coward: After Renly is assassinated, Lorent seals up his castle and refuses to let anyone in or out in order to stay out of the war. This also netted him a considerable amount of supplies that had been stored there for Renly's army.
- Jerkass: According to Rolly Duckfield's account of him, Lorent is an arrogant and classist asshole.
- Outnumbered Sibling: He had four sisters, which made him his father's heir and favorite child. Thus, none of the other squires at Bitterbridge would ever risk hurting Lorent during training for fear of hurting him and drawing his father's ire.
Lord Alyn CockshawHead of House Cockshaw during the reign of Aerys I. He was one of the Blackfyre loyalists who gathered at the Whitewalls tourney to crown Daemon II Blackfyre.
House Crane of Red Lake
House Crane of Red Lake is a noble house from Red Lake in the Reach. It is one of the principal houses sworn to House Tyrell.
They blazon their shield with a vee of golden cranes on pale blue.
Tropes related to House Crane:
- Famous Ancestor: Ellard Crane, one of the four squires sent to court Princess Daella Targaryen. After he kissed her without permission she decided she hated him.
- The Ghost: Ser Vortimer Crane, the master-at-arms of Highgarden and Ser Rycherd Crane, the husband of Rylene Florent.
- Heroic Lineage: Rose of the Red Lake.
Ser Parmen Crane
Parmen the Purple
A knight of House Crane who joins Renly Baratheon's Rainbow Guard.
- Badass Cape: His rainbow cape, which all members of the Rainbow Guard wore.
- Badass in Distress: He is imprisoned at Highgarden after attempting to rally Renly's footsoldiers to Stannis.
- In-Series Nickname: Parmen the Purple, due to wearing a purple cape and armor as a member of the Rainbow Guard.
- Praetorian Guard: As a member of the Rainbow Guard.
- Turn Coat: After Renly is killed, Parmen defects to Stannis.
A young lady of House Crane who is part of Margaery Tyrell's entourage in King's Landing.
House Florent of Brightwater KeepHouse Florent of Brightwater Keep is a noble house from Brightwater Keep in the Reach, one of the main houses sworn to House Tyrell. Their sigil is a red-gold fox head encircled by lapis lazuli flowers. Members of the House are known for their prominent ears.
- See the House Florent page.
House Footly of Tumbleton
- "Tread Lightly Here"—House Footly's words
House Footly is a noble house from the Reach. Tumbleton is located fifty leagues southwest of King's Landing, near the Reach's northeastern border with the Crownlands.
According to semi-canon sources, House Footly blazons their shields with a field of silver caltrops on black.
- Foreshadowing: The words of House Footly are "Tread Lightly Here", and things went to hell for everyone on Tumbleton during the Dance of the Dragons for treading carelessly.
- The Ghost: While they're included among Renly Baratheon's supporters, no member has appeared in person yet.
- No Name Given: The Lord Footly that was killed during the Dance of Dragons.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Tumbleton suffered this far worse than all the other cities during the Dance of Dragons.
Lady Sharis Footly
The wife of Lord Footly during the Dance of Dragons. After husband was murdered, she was raped by his killer Jon Roxton, and she would later give birth to a child she proclaimed to be her late lord husband's trueborn heir, though it was far more likely that he had been sired by Roxton.
- Child by Rape: Most likely her son was the product of Jon Roxton's rape.
- Determined Widow: Didn't let her rape by Jon Roxton break her, dedicating herself to bringing back Tumbleton to prosperity.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: What Jon Roxton did after killing her husband.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Her dark-haired boy was probably fathered by Roxton
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She became well known for doing her best to bring back Tumbleton by restoring buildings, planting crops, burying the dead and cleaning and displaying the skulls of the dragons Seasmoke and Vermithor.
- You Are in Command Now: Once the greens left, she was left in charge of leading House Footly.
House Fossoway of Cider Hall
- "A Taste of Glory"—House Fossoway words
House Fossoway of Cider Hall is a noble house from the Reach, one of the principal bannermen sworn to House Tyrell of Highgarden. Cider Hall is located at the fork of the Mander and the Cockleswent.
They are commonly referred as the red-apple Fossoways, to differentiate them from the other branch of the house, the green apple Fossoways from New Barrel, that split from the red apples in 209 AC.
Their banner is a red apple over a golden field.
Tropes related to House Fossoway of Cider Hall:
- Bit Character: Ser Tanton, who claimed at the feast Renly held at Bitterbridge that he would kill Ser Gregor Clegane. Instead he ended up captured at the Battle of the Blackwater and bent the knee to the Iron Throne.
- The Conspiracy: During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Owen Fossoway was part of the Caltrops, a group of lords and knights loyal to Aegon II who plotted to kill the Two Betrayers. Before their plan could be put into action, Lord Owen was killed during the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
- Heroic Lineage: To Foss the Archer.
- Red Shirt: Ser Bryan and Edwyd, two brothers of House Fossoway killed during the Battle of the Blackwater by Ser Lothor Brune.
- Tag Team Twins: The unnamed Fossoway twins that were defeated by a young Baelon Targaryen during a tournament at Old Oak.
- Turn Coat: During the War of the Five Kings, the Fossoways went from supporting Renly to Stannis and then Joffrey.
- See the House Tyrell page.
Ser Franklyn Flowers
- See the Golden Company character sheet
House Fossoway of New Barrel
House Fossoway of New Barrel is a knightly house from the Reach, sworn to House Tyrell of Highgarden.
They are commonly referred as the green-apple Fossoways, to differentiate them from the original branch of the house, the red apple Fossoways from Cider Hall. The exact location of New Barrel is unknown but it's in the Reach.
Their banner is a green apple over a golden field. Their motto does not appear in the books.
Ser Jon Fossoway
The Knight of New Barrel and Head of House Fossoway of New Barrel. He is married to Janna Tyrell, the sister of Lord Mace Tyrell.
- Nice Guy: He is described as a genial man.
- Turn Coat: While initially siding with Renly, he joins Stannis after Renly is assassinated. He is later captured during the Battle of the Blackwater and bends the knee to the Iron Throne again.
Lady Florence Tyrell née Fossoway
The wife of Lord Martyn Tyrell, and Master of Coin in all but name during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
- Alliterative Name: 'F's
- Behind Every Great Man: Everyone knew her husband only signed the documents while she did all the actual work.
- Call-Forward: Much like Princess Elaena Targaryen and Ronnel Penrose several decades later, she was a woman who served as non-official Master of Coin.
- Good with Numbers: Enough to be non-official Master of Coin.
Ser Steffon Fossoway
- "I shall be more than a knight before this day is done. Lord Fossoway. I like the sound of that."
A knight who participates in the Ashford Tourny in 208 AL.
- Combat Pragmatist: At tournaments, Steffon choses to face whichever champion shows the most weakness or seems to be tiring in order to guarantee that he wins.
- Jerkass: He is condescending to everyone, including his cousin and squire Raymun.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He first volunteers to aid Duncan in the Trial by Seven, claiming that he did not like what Prince Aerion had done to the puppeteers from Dorne, although Raymun thinks he wants the glory that would come from the trial. Then he fights for Aerion during the trial, having been promised a lordship and casually jokes about having betrayed Duncan.
Ser Raymun Fossoway
- "I fear I am still not ripe... but better green than wormy, eh?"
A member of a lesser branch of House Fossoway, Ser Raymun was the founder of House Fossoway of New Barrel. He appears in the short story The Hedge Knight.
- Appropriated Appelation: Since Steffon continually calls Raymun not ready for knighthood and "still green", Raymun paints the apple on his shield green instead of red, claiming he would rather be green than rotten.
- Famous Ancestor: He started the new branch of House Fossoway after splitting off from his relatives.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He makes sure to hit Steffon quite a few times during the Trial of Seven.Raymun: I think I broke some of my cousin's ribs. At least I hope I did.
- Nice Guy: He treats Ser Duncan the Tall with respect despite him being a young hedge knight, and volunteers to be one of his champions during Ser Duncan's Trial by Seven.
- The Squire: To his cousin Steffon, but he is disgusted by his cousins betrayal of Ser Duncan and quits being his squire. He is knighted minutes later by Ser Lynonel Baratheon.
Ser Derrick FossowaySee the Band of Nine.
House Graceford of Holyhall
- "Work Her Will"—House Graceford words
House Graceford of Holyhall is a noble house from Holyhall in the Reach. According to semi-canon sources, they blazon their arms with the Mother's face upon white pale wavy dividing a brown field.
Tropes related to House Graceford:
- Too Dumb to Live: Towards the end of Maegor the Cruel's reign, with half the realm rising up in revolt in support of his nephew Jaehaerys, Maegor summoned what few lords he had still loyal to him, only for a handful to answer his call, certainly not enough to defeat the combined armies of the Vale, Stormlands and Westerlands who had declared for Jaehaerys. Seeing the writing on the wall, Lord Graceford advised Maegor to abdicate and take the black to save himself; Maegor, unsurprisingly, had Lord Graceford beheaded on the spot, then continued his war council with Graceford's head on a spike next to the Iron Throne.
Lady Alyce GracefordLady Alyce Graceford is a member of House Graceford.
Lady Alyce comes to King's Landing in the entourage of Margaery Tyrell. She is pregnant.
- Bit Character: Lady Alyce attends the funeral for Lord Tywin Lannister. There, she asks Cersei Lannister for leave to name her child Tywin if it is a boy or Lanna if it is a girl.
- Proper Lady: She is described as elegant.
Lord George Graceford
The Lord of Holyhall during the Dance of Dragons and the regency of Aegon III. He was one of the only three members of the Caltrops conspiracy to survive the second battle of Tumbleton. He was later appointed as Lord Confessor by Unwin Peake.
- Alliterative Name: George Graceford
- Dirty Coward: While he had no problem torturing innocent servants and the elderly Thaddeus Rowan, the moment he was seized and saw the torture instruments, he croaked the names of all the conspirators (who were mostly Peake's supporters).
- Torture Technician: What his job as Lord Confessor entitled, and he tortured several innocent servants to make them confess trying to poison the king.
- Trading Bars for Stripes: Rather than face execution for his part in the conspiracy against the plot against Lord Rowan and other members of Aegon III's court, George opts to take the Black and join the Night's Watch.
- Unholy Matrimony: According to Mushroom he was the lover of Lady Clarice Osgrey, who apparently accompanied him in some of his torture sessions.
House Hightower of The Hightower
- "We Light the Way"—House Hightower words
House Hightower of the Hightower is one of the most important and powerful vassals of House Tyrell (and before them of House Gardener). Their seat is the Hightower in the city of Oldtown within the Reach. The sigil of House Hightower is a stone white watchtower, with a fire on the top. They possess a Valyrian steel sword called Vigilance.
The Hightowers are among the oldest and proudest of the Great Houses. They have often preferred trade instead of war, and have also avoided many wars because of their support for the Faith of the Seven. The Hightowers can be legitimately referred to as being either "of Hightower" or "of Oldtown."
- See the House Hightower page.
Ser Owen InchfieldSer Owen Inchfield is a knight from House Inchfield.
- Remember the New Guy?: Brienne of Tarth recalls that Ser Owen was a part of King Renly Baratheon's host encamped beneath the walls of Highgarden in book 2.
- Jerkass: He was one of the knights that participated in the wager on who would claim her maidenhead. In his efforts to win the bet, Owen attempted to take it by force, kissing Brienne without her permission. She knocked him backwards into a campfire.
Ser Lucas Inchfield
Lucas the LonginchCastellan of the Coldmoat for Lady Rohanne and one of her many competing suitors.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Before his duel with Duncan, Lucas tells Rohanne that once he wins, he will make her marry him.
- Duel to the Death: With Ser Duncan, during a trial to determine if Rohanne or Eustece is in the wrong during their conflict. He loses.
- Ironic Nickname: Lucas Longinch, due to his height.
- Jerkass: Presented Duncan to an imposter Lady Rohanne to shame him. It also shows he cares little for his duties to Lady Webber.
- Number Two: To Lady Rohanne, although she is not happy with that situation since her father gave him the position of castellan in his will, and had no idea what Lucas was really like.
House Meadows of Grassy Vale
House Meadows of Grassy Vale is a noble house from the Reach. Their castle is Grassfield Keep in or near the town of Grassy Vale. They are sworn to House Tyrell of Highgarden.
According to semi-canon sources, House Meadows blazons their shield with a border of flowers of many colors and varieties on green.
Lord Elwood Meadows
The Lord of Grassy Vale, a young man of twenty years. He is a cousin of the Fossoways.
- Dragon Ascendant/Demoted to Dragon: Sort of. After Stannis seizes Storm's End he makes Lord Elwood the new castellan, though later he demotes him to Number Two once again.
- The Ghost: He has been mentioned a few times but has yet to actually appear.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After Ser Cortnay's death, Elwood bends the knee to Stannis and gives up Storm's End to him.
- Number Two: To Ser Cortnay Penrose, castellan of Storm's End for Renly. Later to Ser Gilbert Farring.
House Merryweather of Longtable
- "Behold Our Bounty"—Merryweather house words
House Merryweather of Longtable is a noble house from the Reach. Longtable is located at the confluence of the Mander and the Blueburn.
Their blazon is a golden horn of plenty spilling out apples, carrots, plums, onions, leeks, turnips, and fruits of many colors, over a white field bordered in gold.
Tropes related to House Merryweather:
- Famous Ancestor: Lord Marq Merryweather, who briefly served on the council of regents during the last year of King Aegon III's regency. He was known for his love to feast.
- Lady Jeyne Merryweather, one of the hundred maids presented to King Aegon III. She and Jeyne Mooton and Jeyne Smallwood were victims of Unwin Peake's Malicious Slander.
- The Ghost: Russel Merryweather, Orton and Taena's young son who is at Longtable while his parents reside at King's Landing.
- Impoverished Patrician: King Robert didn't give back all of Merryweather's former holdings.
- Meaningful Name: As Cersei finds out, the Merryweathers are only there when things are going good (Merryweather = fair weather).
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Seems to be this family's specialty.
Lord Owen Merryweather
The Chuckler, The Hold-of-Plenty Hand
Head of House Merryweather during the reign of Aerys II, grandfather of Lord Orton Merryweather. Made Hand of the King after Tywin Lannister's resignation.
- The Exile: Aerys believed Orton was conspiring against him and had him exiled, but not before stripping him of lands and titles.
- In-Universe Nickname/Spell My Name with a "The": The Chuckler. Jaime also calls him "the Horn-of-Plenty Hand".
- Non-Action Guy: He was a terrible and ineffective Hand during the early days of Robert's Rebellion. According to Word of God, his "actions" to prevent the rebellion from gaining strength was to send ravens declaring Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, and Jon Arryn traitors and demanding their heads, never actually moving from King's Landing.
- Number Two: As Aerys' Hand.
- Sycophantic Servant: Lord Tywin dubbed Merryweather "The Chuckler" because his only skill was laughing at Aerys' jokes.
- You Have Failed Me: Luckily for him, Aerys only exiled him instead of his usual punishment for those who displeased him.
Lord Orton Merryweather, Justiciar, Hand of the King
Head of House Merryweather and the Lord of Longtable. Appointed Justiciar (the renamed office of Master of Laws) by Queen Cersei Lannister, and briefly held the position of Hand of the King.
- Ambiguously Gay: He's noted to look with interest at a good looking male servingman, and given his wife's preferences, there's an implication they may be The Beard for each other.
- Ambition Is Evil: Despite being sworn to House Tyrell, Orton and his wife ally with Cersei after arriving in King's Landing and often side with her in opposition to the Tyrells in order to increase their power. This leads to him ordering a lot of torture.
- Corrupt Politician: Aids Cersei in her schemes in exchange for power at the encouragement of his wife.
- Cuckold: His wife is definitely having sex with other people, although it is unknown if he knows or not.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Recommends appointing Ser Bonifer Hasty as castellan of Harrenhal until Petyr Baelish claims it. Ser Jaime Lannister thinks Orton did so simply because Bonifer had served his grandfather and because he figured somebody whose nickname was "The Good" would be well suited to the task, but that it may turn out to actually be a good choice since Bonifer is dedicated to protecting those who remain in the wartorn area and getting them prepared for the coming winter.
- Enemy Mine: On the Small Council, Orton advocates this policy in regards to the ironborn, suggesting the crown offer an alliance to use the ironborn to reaugment the crown's fleet. When Pycelle argues they're demanded the north as their price, which Tywin had already given to the Boltons, Orton suggests they can make use of the ironborn in the short term, then aid Roose Bolton in disposing them when the crown has no further need. Ultimately, Cersei rejects the plan, preferring to build her own fleet rather than deal with the Greyjoys.
- The Exile: When House Merryweather was exiled, Orton went to Myr, where he met Taena and married her.
- Gag Nose: His large and lumpy nose is mentioned fairly often.
- Henpecked Husband: His wife is clearly the one with more brains and ambition, with Orton simply cooperating with Cersei on her say-so. He isn't even aware of much of the behind-the-scenes plotting his wife and Cersei are doing.
- Number Two for Brains: During his brief stint as Hand of the King, which suits Cersei just fine since she only needs a handy mouthpiece.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flees King's Landing with his wife after Cersei is arrested by The Faith.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Everyone agrees that Taena is quite out of Orton's league.
- Upper-Class Twit: It is very clear that he is completely out of his depth in King's Landing and that he has no way of successfully navigating court intrigue without the aid of his wife.
- Yes-Man: To Cersei, like most of the people she placed on the Small Council.
Taena of Myr
- "Longtable may be sworn to Highgarden, but I am of Myr, and my loyalty is to my husband and my son. I want all that is best for them."
Wife of Orton Merryweather and mother of Russell Merryweather. She arrives at King's Landing as part of Margaery Tyrell's routine, but she allies herself with Cersei Lannister in King's Landing as a way to increase her husband's power.
- Affably Evil: Duplicitous and ambitious though she may be, Taena is also quite the fun socialite.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Lost her virginity to a pirate prince. She seems quite turned on by Cersei too.
- Ambition Is Evil: Her desire to see House Merryweather expand in power leads her to allying with Cersei and participating in numerous acts of treason, organizing frame-ups, and manipulating other nobles, including her husband.
- The Beard: Implied to be this for Lord Orton.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She may project the image of a loyal noblewoman, but she does not hesitate for a moment to turn on House Tyrell so that she can increase her husband and son's power.
- Black Eyes of Evil: She has black eyes, which helps contribute to her exotic beauty, and she is also responsible for numerous deaths and a lot of torture thanks to her allegiance with Cersei.
- The Confidant: Becomes this to Cersei, who confides in her Maggy the Frog's prophecy that she would be replaced by "another, younger and more beautiful", outlive her children, and be murdered by her valonqar (little brother). Notably, Cersei does not confide in Taena her biggest secrets, including her incest with Jaime and murdering Robert.
- The Dark Chick: For Cersei's inner circle.
- Dark Mistress: To Cersei.
- Double Agent: Is spying on Cersei for Margaery, but is actually feeding her false information from Cersei. Or so she claims. Other actions (such as giving false witness against Tyrion) have fueled fan speculation that she is actually working for Varys or Littlefinger.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lady Taena dotes on her only son Russell.
- Foreign Fanservice (In-Universe): Cersei and Jaime note the attractiveness of her "exotic" features.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Cersei thinks that Taena sounds like she is being gored while fingering her.
- Lady Macbeth: She manipulates her husband into throwing his support behind Cersei instead of his liege lord in order to increase House Merryweather's power and influence.
- More Deadly Than the Male: She is the true brains and power of House Merryweather, manipulating her husband to ally with Cersei.
- Pet the Dog: She manages to convince Cersei not to have several washerwomen who accidently shrank some of her dresses whipped, advising her that it is better to be merciful with the smallfolk, and that they would love her more if she is kind.
- Royal Favorite: Taena Merryweather ingratiates herself with Queen Regent Cersei in order to bolster House Merryweather's power and influence. While Cersei is aware of her true intentions, she regularly sleeps with Taena and confides in her about a very personal fear regarding a prophecy that predicted all her children would die.
- Sexy Walk: Both Cersei and Jaime note how her every movement is designed to draw peoples' eye.
- Surprise Witness: Tyrion is dumbfounded when Taena claims to have seen him slip something into Joffrey's wine, as unlike all the other witnesses Cersei trots out, he's never done anything to piss her off.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flees King's Landing with her husband after Cersei is arrested by The Faith.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She is decidedly more attractive than her husband.
- Always Second Best: Ser Hosman Norcross only got to marry Delena Florent after she was impregnated by King Robert.
- Badass Family: Implied as all it's male members are knights.
- Famous Ancestor: Ser Jeffory Norcross, known as Neveryield, was a member of the Kingsguard.
- Ser Tyler Norcross was a member of the Caltrops conspiracy, who perished during the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
- The Ghost: Ser Hosman and the rest of his family members haven't appeared in person yet.
- Wrongfully Accused: Ser Bayard Norcross is among the many accused of having an affair with Margaery Tyrell.
House Oakheart of Old Oak
- Our Roots Go Deep—Oakheart house words
House Oakheart of Old Oak is an old and powerful family from Old Oak in the Reach. They are among the noble houses from the Reach that can trace their descent from Garth Greenhand. As part of the longstanding rivalry between the Reach and Dorne, Oakhearts have fought Dornishmen extensively.
Their arms are three green oak leaves on gold. Their banner is thus referred to as the Three Leaves.
Tropes related to House Oakheart:
- Famous Ancestor: Several, mostly coming from battles against Dorne:
- Lord Edgerran the Open-Handed, who is depicted on a tapestry at Old Oak sitting with a hundred Dornishmen heads at his feet.
- Lady Alys Oakheart, whose wedding was brutally interrupted by the Wyl of Wyl, who killed her father and had her gang-raped along with her handmaidens before selling them into slavery.
- Lord Torgen Oakheart, who fought for Maegor the Cruel before switching sides and joining the host of Septon Moon rather than stopping them.
- Ser Denys Oakheart, who was defeated in a tournament by the young Prince Baelon Targaryen who was disguised as a mystery knight.
- Ser Arthor Oakheart, who was defeated in a tournament to celebrate Jaehaerys I's tenth year on the throne by Ryam Redwyne.
- Lord Alester Oakheart, who died at the Prince's Pass along with Daeron the Young Dragon, blowing a warhorn with his last breath.
- Ser Olyvar the Green Oak, who was a member of the Kingsguard that fought alongside King Daeron I Targaryen and died in the Prince's Pass alongside his king and his kinsman Alester.
- Ser Gwayne Oakheart, who was present at Ashford's tourney of 209 AC.
- Heroic Lineage: To Jon the Oak who was supposedly there first knight.
Lady Arwyn Oakheart
Lady of Old Oak and head of House Oakheart.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her one line in the books so far has been snark aimed at the Lannisters.King Renly: It would seem that the direwolf is gentler than the lion.Lady Arwyn: Gentler than the Lannisters is drier than the sea.
- Enemy Mine: With the Lannisters against Stannis after Renly is killed.
- Minor Major Character: She is the head of one of the most powerful houses in the Reach, but has only appeared once in the story.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Renly is assassinated, Lady Arwyn is one of the nobles who refuses to support Stannis and joins the Lannisters instead.
Ser Arys Oakheart*
- See the Kingsguard character page.
House Redwyne of the Arbor
House Redwyne of the Arbor is one of the main noble houses sworn to Highgarden. Their seat is the Arbor, an island south of the Whispering Sound. Redwyne is a powerful house with strong ties to the Tyrells, and the Redwyne fleet provides a significant portion of the fleet of the Reach, owning 200 warships and five times as many merchant vessels.
They were ruled by the Ironborn House Hoare of Oarkmont as part of the Kingdom of the Isles and Rivers, a rule that fell at the beginning of Aegon's Conquest with the slaying of King Harren The Black.
Their blazon is a burgundy grape cluster on blue, symbolizing the famed wines of the Arbor; the cluster was also featured on the arms of House Hoare before Aegon's Conquest. The motto has not been mentioned in the books. Members of the house tend to be freckled and red of hair.
Tropes related to House Redwyne:
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: To Aquitaine, a region of France famous for its wine production. The Reach being France even makes the Arbor fit geographically where Aquitaine is.
- Heroic Lineage: To Gilbert of the Vines, inventor of wine making. More likely they learned the craft from the Dornish
- Succession Crisis: Faces a potential one: Paxter's twins Horas and Hobber often argue over which one is the rightful heir, and should he die without the issue being settled, things could go badly for House Redwyne.
Lord Paxter Redwyne, Master of Ships
Paxter Redwyne is the Lord of the Arbor and head of House Redwyne. He is married to his cousin Mina Tyrell, the sister of his liege lord Mace Tyrell, whose mother Olenna was the daughter of Paxter's grandfather Runceford, and is the father of twins Horas and Hobber and daughter Desmera. He is the current Master of Ships on the Small Council.
- The Captain: He is a reputable admiral, commanding the Reach's naval forces during several battles.
- Cultural Posturing: He is pretty disdainful of the North and seems to view its inhabitants as stupid and barbarous, at one point remarking that no sane person would ever want to live north of the Neck.
- Enemy Mine: Despite his distaste for the Lannisters, he has plenty of reason to ally with them besides his loyalty to their new allies the Tyrells and the fact they have his sons as hostages. Stannis Baratheon is not someone he wants to see sit on the Iron Throne, since Paxter was responsible for the naval blockade during the siege of Storm's End during Robert's Rebellion that left the castle on the verge of being starved to submission, saved only by the actions of Davos Seaworth. He's correct to assume Stannis would not have forgotten nor remotely forgiven such a thing.
- I Have Your Wife: His sons are held as hostages by the Lannisters during the War Of Five Kings, which prevents him throwing his lot in with Renly and the Tyrells.
- Kissing Cousins: Married his cousin Mina Tyrell.
- Neutral No Longer: Stayed out of the War of Five Kings during its opening stages, due to his sons being held hostage in King's Landing. He finally gets involved when the Tyrells side with the Lannisters, allowing him to ensure the safety of his sons and remain loyal to his liege lord.
- Yes-Man: During the Small Council meetings, he usually follows Mace Tyrell's lead during discussions.
Ser Horas Redwyne
Horas Redwyne is the son of Lord Paxter Redwyne and a twin to his brother, Ser Hobber Redwyne.
- The Bully: Alongside his brother, he made Samwell Tarly's time at their house thoroughly miserable.
- Butt-Monkey: Alongside his brother, he is held as a hostage for most of the War of the Five Kings, fails miserably in their one escape attempt, and is later framed for being one of Margery's lovers, although at least in that case Cersei has him imprisoned in nice quarters and plans on turning him to her side rather than being punished by the Faith.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: He dresses up a kitchen maid in armour so she can beat up Samwell Tarly.
- I Have Your Wife: The "wife" in this scenario. Held at Kings Landing to prevent his lord father joining his forces to the Tyrells and Renly Baratheon.
- Jerkass: He is a fairly unpleasant knight who fits in well with the other lickspittles that populate the royal court.
- Pet the Dog: His one good deed so far in the series is saving the life of Lady Tanda Stokeworth during the riot in Kings Landing.
- During the same incident, he also shows some concern that Tyrek Lannister is missing, although he still calls him the mocking name "Wet Nurse" while doing so.
- Those Two Guys: Typically is either seen or mentioned alongside his twin Hobber.
Ser Hobber Redwyne
Hobber Redwyne is the son of Lord Paxter Redwyne and a twin to his brother, Ser Horas Redwyne.
- The Bully: Alongside his brother, he made Samwell Tarly's time at their house thoroughly miserable.
- Butt-Monkey: Alongside his brother he is held as a hostage for most of the War of the Five Kings, is defeated by Ser Meryn Trant during Joffery's name day tourney, fails miserably in their one escape attempt, and although he is freed earlier than his brother he is later framed for being one of Margery's lovers, although at least in that case Cersei has him imprisoned in nice quarters and plans on turning him to her side rather than being punished by the Faith.
- I Have Your Wife: The "wife" in this scenario: like his twin brother he is held by the Lannisters to ensure his father didn't move against them during the War Of Five Kings. Once Renly is dead eventually Paxter Redwyne is free to join the Tyrells against Stannis and Hobber is released as an act of good faith.
- Jerkass: He is a fairly unpleasant knight who fits in well with the other lickspittles that populate the royal court.
- Those Two Guys: Typically is either seen or mentioned alongside his twin Horas.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (nee Redwyne)See the House Tyrell link above.
Lord Manfryd Redwyne
The Lord of the Arbor during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was named as Master of Ships but his enmity with Lord Daemon Velaryon led to the Hand's resignation. Father of Robert, Rickard and Ryam Redwyne.
- Alliterative Family: His three sons had Alliterative Names
- The Rival: Of Daemon Velaryon.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He didn't like working with either Donnel Hightower or Daemon Velaryon.
Ser Robert Redwyne
The eldest son of Manfryd Redwyne's three sons and heir. He was appointed as Commander of King's Landing City Watch after the death of Ser Qyle Corbray by Jaehaerys I. Since he died shortly after his father, it is likely Lordship of the Arbor went to his younger brother Rickard.
- Alliterative Name: Much like his younger brothers.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Neither Braxton Beesbury's attempts to threaten him nor Roy Connington's attempts to bribe him stopped the commander from delivering them to the King.
- Sibling Team: With his brothers Rickard and Ryam.
Ser Ryam Redwyne
Ryam Redwyne was one the greatest knights of his age. He is also remembered for his terrible tenure as Hand to King Viserys I.
See the Historical Kingsguard page
Ser Robyn RhyslingSer Robyn Rhysling was a knight of House Rhysling during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen.
House Rowan of Goldengrove
House Rowan of Goldengrove is one of the most prominent and old families from the Reach, its dominions extending all along its northern borders. This may mean that the Rowans were made Marshall of the Northmarch to replace the declining House Osgrey, now their bannermen. Their blazon is a golden tree on silver. Their words are not mentioned in the books.
Like several other major Reach houses, the Rowans can trace their descent from the legendary Garth Greenhand, through his daughter Rowan Gold-Tree.
Lord Mathis Rowan
Lord of Goldengrove and head of House Rowan. He is married to Bethany Redwyne and has three children with her. He briefly held a position on the Small Council before being removed by Cersei.
- Brutal Honesty: He has little tolerance for political talk during Small Council meetings, preferring to cut through the doublespeak and reach the heart of matters being discussed, which makes him rather blunt.
- Colonel Badass: He is one of the top military commanders in the Reach, and is given command of Renly's center when preparing for battle against Stannis. He later takes command of besieging Stannis' garrison at Storm's End, which he had previously helped besiege during Robert's Rebellion.
- Combat Pragmatist: During a war council with Renly, Mathis suggests attacking Stannis' forces before daybreak, despite Stannis and Renly having agreed to give each other till dawn to surrender. Renly refuses, claiming that it would not be honorable to do so.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite the enmity between the Houses of the Reach and Dorne, Tyrion Lannister notes that Mathis "looks fit to gag" after Tywin says he will give House Martell the justice they were denied by Robert for the deaths of Elia Martell and her children, even though Tywin was the one who ordered their deaths.
- Nice Guy: He is one of the more reasonable, well-respected, and genuinely liked lords in the series, with no one having anything bad to say about him (except for Dareon, who Mathis sent to the Wall because he thought he had raped his daughter). He can be rather blunt sometimes, but that's due to an aversion towards political doublespeak.
- Old Soldier
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Renly is assassinated, Mathis joins the Houses Tyrell, Tarly, and several others in leaving instead of going over to Stannis, eventually siding with the Lannisters.
Lord Thaddeus Rowan
Lord of Goldengrove around the time of the Dance of the Dragons. He served as a regent of Aegon III and briefly as Hand of the King.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Loved by practically everybody.
- 2 + Torture = 5: Would confess to literally any crime after Lord Peake put him in the Black Cells; Mushroom even got him to admit to causing the Doom of Valyria.
- Arranged Marriage: To Floris Baratheon, the third daughter of Borros Baratheon, who died in childbirth.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: After being framed for several crimes, he was tortured for "information".
- Frame-Up: He was the victim of a conspiracy, likely backed by Lord Unwin Peake, to frame several members of the court and the Rogare family for several crimes.
- The Good Chancellor: Always had the best interests of Aegon III in mind.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: He had two sons from his first marriage and five from the second.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son Robert died in the Vale suppressing Arnold Arryn's rebellion.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: He was one of the regents on the council who oversaw the early reign of King Aegon III. The council was often hamstrung by its members infighting or trying to quell the ambitions of one of its members. He served on the Council until being dismissed by Aegon after he sustained permanent mental damage during the Peake Coup.
- Number Two: He replaced Lord Unwin Peake as Hand of the King, but was quickly removed from the office by a conspiracy and replaced with Ser Marston Waters of the Kingsguard.
House VarnerA Noble House descended from the Andals.
Their arms are a white weasel on ermines.
Tropes Related to House Varner:
- Bit Character: An unnamed lady of the house was a prospective bride for Aegon III.
Lord Steffon VarnerThe current lord of the Hosue and a supporter of Renly.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: He goes from serving Renly, to bending the knee to Stannis rather than go join up with the Lannister's, to surrendering to the Lannister's anyway at the Blackwater.
- Hidden Depths: He's hobbling with a broken knee when he swears fealty towards Joffrey, implying that he didn't immediately abandon Stannis's cause and kept fighting until he was injured.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: His exact age is unclear but he seems to be one of the younger lords and is making out with a serving girl in the middle of a banquet in one scene.
House Beesbury of Honeyholt
- Beware our Sting—Beesbury house words
House Beesbury of Honeyholt is a noble house from the Reach, sworn to the Hightowers. Honeyholt is located next to the Honeywine river, which flows towards Oldtown and the Whispering Sound.
Their arms are three yellow beehives on a black pale over a paly black and yellow field.
Tropes related to House Beesbury:
- Alliterative Name: Bertram and Beony Beesbury.
- Bit Character: A couple:
- Ser Bertram, a fat red-faced knight who tells Ser Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth about the Red Wedding.
- Ser Hugh participated in the bet among Renly' knights over who could take Brienne of Tarth's virginity.
- The Ghost: Lord Warryn, who has yet to appear in the series.
- Heroic Lineage: They boast descent from the legendary Ellyn Ever-Sweet, daughter Garth Greenhand, who supposedly invented honey making.
Lord Ben BeesburyLord Ben Beesbury was a minor lordling.
- Alliterative Name: Fittingly, B's.
- Posthumous Character: Prince Doran Martell tried to marry his daughter Arianne to him, but he died before the betrothal could be completed.
- Romantic False Lead: He was one of many insulting, old prospective husbands Doran arranged for Arianne to throw off the Iron Throne's suspicion of their loyalty.
Ser Braxton Beesbury
A knight and heir of House Beesbury during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was considered the worst of the three lovers of Princess Saera Targaryen. He was challenged to a trial-by-combat by King Jaehaerys I himself, who killed him by stabbing him in the eye.
- Alliterative Name: Braxton Beesbury
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He was quite arrogant and confident he could beat any Kingsguard the King sent. He clearly didn't expect to be facing the King himself. And when he did, he chose a morningstar, expecting that the king would have no idea how to fight it.Stinger: Which of these old men will I face?Jaehaerys: This old man.
- Combat by Champion: Against King Jaehaerys the Old King. It was that or a Cruel and Unusual Death.
- Death by Irony: A man nicknamed 'Stinger' was stung in the eye.
- Eye Scream: He died when Jaehaerys drove Blackfyre through his eye.
- Epic Flail: Used a morningstar in his trial against Jaehaerys.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: While hero or villain is subjective, he was nineteen and Jaehaerys was 49 when they fought.
- To the Pain: Jaehaerys was pissed at this guy when he found out he'd been sleeping with Saera. In full Papa Wolf mode, he told Beesbury that getting his nads snipped off, followed by the remainder getting shipped off to the Wall like Ser Lucamore was too good for him. Jaehaerys instead suggested removing his tongue and nose, so he could never charm any girl again, followed by breaking his arms and legs in such a way they'd never heal properly, and he'd never be able to show off his fighting skills. Apparently Beesbury went very pale at this, and was all too eager to go for trial by combat.
Lord Lyman Beesbury
- "I am an old man, but not so old that I will sit here meekly whilst the likes of you plot to steal her crown."
Head of the house at the start of the Dance of the Dragons. He served as Master of Coin for both Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He was the only member of the Small Council who supported Rhaenyra's claim to the Iron Throne and got killed for his it.
- Conflicting Loyalties: Stayed true to the will of his late king rather than the command of his liege lord, and paid with his life.
- Honor Before Reason: Even surrounded by political opponents, he defended Rhaenyra's right to the Iron Throne.
- Karmic Death: Spoke out against the Greens taking Rhaenyra's so his throat was cut to silence him.
- "Rashomon"-Style: How he died differs.
- Destination Defenestration: According to the fool Mushroom, Lyman was killed after being thrown out a window by Ser Cristan Cole.
- Slashed Throat: According to Archmaester Gyldayn, Lyman's throat is cut by Ser Cristan Cole when he tried to leave the Small Council chamber after declaring his support of Rhaenyra over Aegon II.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The first casualty of the Dance.
Ser Alan BeesburySer Alan Beesbury was a knight and member of House Beesbury during the Dance of the Dragons.
- Badass in Distress: Captured at the Battle of the Honeywine, probably for the rest of the war.
- Famous Ancestor: A rather unfortunate one.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He was captured in the Battle of the Honeywine but nothing else is known about him.
- You Are in Command Now: He actually became Lord after Lyman's death, but didn't became aware of it until after he was captured.
- You Killed My Father: Most likely the reason why he sided with the Blacks against his liege lord was because of the murder of his grandfather Lyman at the hands of Cole.
Ser Humfrey Beesbury
Ser Humfrey Beesbury was a knight of House Beesbury during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen. Ser Humfrey Hardyng was his brother-in-law.
House Bulwer of Blackcrown
- Death Before Disgrace—Bulwer house words
House Bulwer of Blackcrown is a noble house from the Reach, sworn to the Hightowers. Blackcrown is located on the northern coast of Whispering Sound.
According to semi-canon sources their arms depict a bull's skull, bone over blood.
Tropes related to House Bulwer:
- Famous Ancestor: Humphrey Bulwer was present at the Tournament of Ashford Meadow.
- Heroic Lineage: They boast descent from the legendary Bors the Breaker, son of Garth Greenhand.
- Widow Woman: Victaria Bulwer (nee Tyrell), Lord Jon's wife and mother of Alysanne and their unnamed son.
Lady Alysanne BulwerLady Alysanne Bulwer is Lady of Blackcrown and head of House Bulwer. Daughter of Lord Jon Bulwer and Lady Victaria Tyrell, distant cousin of Lord Mace Tyrell. Succeeded her father, after he died of a sickness.
Alysanne is a Lady-in-Waiting of Margaery Tyrell in King's Landing.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: The current head of the house is nine-years old.
- Accidental Hero: She and Margaery play come-into-my-castle together. It is one of the things Ser Osney Kettleblack claims is preventing him from seducing Margaery.
Lord Jon BulwerLord Jon Bulwer was Lord of Blackcrown and head of House Bulwer during the reign of Robert Baratheon. He married Victaria Tyrell and had one child with her, Alysanne.
- Disappeared Dad: To Alysanne
- Posthumous Character: Died of a summer fever shortly before the series began.
Jack BulwerA ranger of the Night's Watch.
See the Night's Watch Rangers page.
Ser Buford Bulwer
The Old OxSer Buford Bulwer, better known as the Old Ox, was a knight of some renown during the reign of Aerys I Targaryen.
House Costayne of Three Towers
House Costayne of Three Towers is a noble house from Three Towers in the Reach, sworn to the Hightowers. Three Towers is located on the southern coast of the Whispering Sound.
They blazon their shield with quartered: a silver chalice on black, a black rose on gold. Their words do not appear in the text.
Tropes related to House Costayne:
- The Conspiracy: House Costayne was one of the houses which attended the Whitewalls Tourny, which was intended to kick-start the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. It failed, and all the conspiring lords were punished.
- Famous Ancestor
- Owen Costayne was Lord of Three Towers and head of House Costayne during the Dance of the Dragons. Owen died slowly from a wound given by Bold Jon Roxton's blade, Orphan-Maker.
- Ser Leo Costayne, Lord Admiral of the Reach during the Dance of the Dragons, who was persuaded by Lady Johanna Lannister to use his fleet to transport her warriors to the Iron Islands in revenge for their attacks on the Westerlands. Ser Leo was killed in the fighting and only part of his fleet returned, but it was filled with valuables looted from the islands.
- "Long Tom" Costayne served the Kingsguard for 60 years.
- The Ghost: The current lord of the house, Lord Tommen Costayne.
- Wandering Minstrel: Aemon Costayne, who was meant to be one of the seven singers who performed at Joffrey Baratheon and Margery Tyrell's wedding. He never got the opportunity to do so because of Joffrey's death.
Queen Elinor Costayne
- Adult Fear: She was forced to marry her husband's killer because of an Implied Death Threat against her sons if she resisted. After the wedding, her sons were all taken away from her, with the two eldest being fostered at the Eyrie and Highgarden respectively. Then she gave birth to stillborn child that was eyeless and had small wings.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Her first husband was tried and executed for conspiracy to dethrone Maegor. After seven days of mourning she was summoned and made one of his brides.
- The Dog Bites Back: One of the many in-universe theories for how Maegor met his end is that Elinor was the one who pushed him, impaling him on the Iron Throne.
- Modest Royalty: After Jaehaerys became king, Elinor left King's Landing in the plain robes of a penitent. As one of the Seven Speakers, her queenly raiment became shabbier and more threadbare each day. Elinor eventually gave up all claims to nobility and joined a motherhouse.
- Taking the Veil: Became a Mother of the Faith and spread Jaehaerys's Doctrine of Exceptionalism.
- Teen Pregnancy: Already a mother of three even when she was just 19.
House Cuy of Sunhouse
House Cuy of Sunhouse is a noble house from Sunhouse in the Reach, sworn to the Hightowers. Sunhouse is located by the town Cuy, along the coast southeast of Oldtown.
Neither their arms or their words appear in the text. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their shield as six yellow flowers on blue.
- The Ghost: The current head of the house, Branston Cuy.
Ser Emmon Cuy
Emmon the Yellow
A knight of House Cuy. He is a member of Renly Baratheon's Rainbow Guard, and is known as Emmon the Yellow.
- An Axe to Grind: Wields a axe when attempting to kill Brienne of Tarth after mistaking her for Renly's killer.
- Badass Cape: His rainbow cape, which all members of the Rainbow Guard wore.
- Bling of War: Wears yellow plate armor covered in sunflowers.
- Character Death: Executed by Ser Loras Tyrell after Renly was killed and he was blamed for letting Brienne of Tarth escape.
- In-Series Nickname: Emmon the Yellow, due to wearing yellow armor as a member of the Rainbow Guard.
- Praetorian Guard: As a member of the Rainbow Guard.
- Red Shirt: His only major scene is the one where he mistakes Brienne for Renly's assassin and tries to kill her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only gets one major scene.
House Mullendore of Uplands
House Mullendore of Uplands is one of the principal noble houses from the Reach. Their seat, Uplands, is east of Oldtown. They are sworn to the Hightowers.
Their arms depict a field of black-and-orange butterflies strewn over white. Their motto does not appear in the books.
Tropes related to House Mullendore:
- Alliterative Family: The only two named members of the family mentioned so far have names beginning with an "M".
- Famous Ancestor: Ser Matthew Mullendore was among the many noblemen present at the Tourney of Ashford's meadow.
- The Ghost: Lord Martyn Mullendore hasn't appeared yet.
- In-Series Nickname: A bastard of House Mullendore competed in tournaments as a mystery knight entitled Blackshield.
Ser Mark Mullendore
A knight from House Mullendore. He owns a monkey.
- Alliterative Name: Mark Mullendore.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses part of his left arm in the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Bit Character: He is a minor recurring character.
- Butt-Monkey: He loses his arm and monkey in the Battle of the Blackwater, and gets captured and forced to bend the knee to the Iron Throne. Later on he gets thrown into the dungeons of the Red Keep after Cersei falsely accuses him of sleeping with Margery Tyrell as part of her plot to kill the young queen.
- Frame-Up: He is framed by Cersei as one of the false lovers of Margery named by The Blue Bard.
- Turn Coat: From Renly, then to Stannis and then swears loyalty to Joffrey after being captured at the Battle of the Blackwater.
House Osgrey of Standfast
The Chequy Lions
House Osgrey of Standfast is a noble house from Standfast in the Reach. Sworn to House Rowan, its lands border those of House Webber and House Stackhouse. They have not been lords in centuries, now being landed knights, though they once had been among the greatest houses of the Reach.
Their blazon is a chequy lion, green and gold rampant on a field of white. Their motto has not appeared yet.
Tropes related to House Osgrey:
- An Arm and a Leg: Addam's fate, getting his arm chopped off by a knight of House Smallwood.
- Cut Short: It's not known what became of House Osgrey and their domains after the demise of Ser Eustace, as he did not have children with Rohanne Webber, and she remarried after.
- Famous Ancestor: Having formerly been one of the greatest houses in the Reach, they have several mentioned:
- Perwyn the Proud built Coldmoat, the greatest of House Osgrey's four castles.
- Ser Wilbert Osgrey, known as the Little Lion, was the youngest of five sons and lived during the reign of King Gyles III of Highgarden. When King Lancel V Lannister invaded the Reach, Ser Wilbert helped lead the defense against him, and engaged him during the battle. Brightroar cut through his armor, but as he was dying, Ser Wilbert drove his knife through a gap in Lancel V's armor, killing him, which broke the back of the Lannister forces who then retreated.
- Ormond Osgrey, who helped bring about the ruin of the house by speaking out against King Maegor I Targaryen suppressing the militant religious orders the Poor Fellows and the Warrior's Sons. King Maegor took Coldmoat away from House Osgrey for this and gave it to House Webber.
- Lady Clarice Osgrey, the aunt of Lord Unwin Peake, who was believed to be involved in a conspiracy against Thaddeus Rowan, although her involvement was never proven.
- Feuding Families: With House Webber, who received Coldmoat from King Maegor when he took it from House Osgrey. However, relations between the two houses had been relatively good until the Blackfyre Rebellion, when Ser Eustace sided with Daemon Blackfyre and Lord Wyman Webber fought for Daeron II.
- I Have Your Wife: As a punishment for siding with House Blackfyre during Blackfyre Rebellion, Ser Eustace's then-8-year-old daughter Alysanne was taken hostage to King's Landing, where she became a silent sister. She eventually died at the age of 20 during Great Spring Sickness.
- Impoverished Patrician: Once owned 4 castles and had the loyalty of many lords and knights before being Demoted to Dragon.
- Posthumous Character: Ser Eustace's four children all died before the events of The Sworn Sword: his sons Edwyn, Harrold, and Addam all died at the Battle of the Redgrass Field, while his daughter Alysanne was taken to King's Landing as a hostage after the Blackfyre Rebellion and became a Silent Sister.
- Sibling Team: Edwyn, Harrold, and Addam all fought together during the Battle of Redgrass Field.
- Villainous Valour: Despite fighting for the usurper Daemon Blackfyre, Edwyn, Harrold, and Addam all fought bravely during the Rebellion and died good deaths.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The details of Edwyn's death are never given; Harrold was wounded, and Addam died trying to protect him, but all we know about Edwyn is that he died at some point during the fighting.
- Youngest Child Wins: Addam is given far more development and characterization compared to his elder brothers Edwyn and Harrold, who are little more than Red Shirts.
Ser Eustace Osgrey
- "A great battle is a terrible thing but in the midst of blood and carnage, there is sometimes also beauty. Beauty that could break your heart. "
Head of House Osgrey and Knight of Standfast in 210 AL. Ser Eustace is the last member of House Osgrey, with his efforts to restore some of the greatness of his house bringing nothing but more ruin upon them.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Ser Bennis refers to him as Ser Useless due to him being old and feeble.
- Horrible Judge of Character: While valorizing the Blackfyre supporters to Dunk, he calls them all heroes (which in a lot of cases, really depend on the point of view). However, one of those "heroes" listed is Gormon Peake, and when he's met by Dunk a few years later, it becomes very clear that if any word could be ascribed to him, heroic sure as hell ain't one of them. Seems Eustace subscribes to "Blackfyre supporter equals automatic good".
- Kissing Cousins: Literal example. The first girl he kissed was a cousin from the now-extinct cadet branch, House Osgrey of Leafy Lake.
- Old Soldier: He's quite old, and not as good as soldier as he was before (as evidenced by his Embarrassing Nickname).
- Outliving One's Offspring: The deaths of his children and the suicide of his wife due to them dying has pretty much broken him. He still visits their graves often.
- Pride: Even though House Osgrey has practically nothing left, Ser Eustace still takes great pride in their history and refuses to let any of what little they have left be threatened.
- Rank Up: Becomes Lord of Coldmoat after marrying Lady Rohanne.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Daeron II pardoned him, but it doesn't stop him from addressing the king as "the Falseborn" in front of Dunk and Egg (the latter of which, unbeknownst to him, is Daeron II's grandson).
- We Used to Be Friends: With Lord Wyman Webber, with their friendship ending after ending up on opposite sides of the Blackfyre Rebellion.
House Webber of Coldmoat
House Webber of Coldmoat is a noble house from Coldmoat in the Reach. It is sworn to House Rowan. Their lands used to border those of House Osgrey.
Their blazon is a black field with a spotted spider on a silver web.
Tropes related to House Webber
- Alliterative Name: Wyman and Wendell Webber, Lady Rohanne's father and cousin respectively.
- Feuding Families: With House Osgrey over territorial claims and having been on opposing sides during the Blackfyre Rebellion. They are reconciled when Rohanne and Ser Eustace Osgrey marry.
Lady Rohanne Webber
The Red Widow
- "My husbands seldom linger long, I fear."
Head of House Webber and Lady of Coldmoat in 210 AL. She is known as the Red Widow due to having four husbands to have died shortly after marrying her and being twenty-five. She later marries Eustace Osgrey and Gerrold Lanister.
For House Osgrey of Standfast, see the Knightly Houses section below. For House Lannister of Casterly Rock, see here
- Action Girl: Leads her soldiers into action wearing armour.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning Addam Osgrey, who she loved.
- Black Widow Many believe her to be a sorceress or to have poisoned her husbands, but they all died of natural causes or in war.
- Braids of Action: Has a single plait which she plays with coquettishly whenever she's flirting with Dunk, who eventually cuts it off as a memento of her.
- Cartwright Curse: She's famous for it, in fact, having outlived a total of five husbands.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has a dry sense of humour, which she employs being The Tease to poor Dunk. Her Lannister descendants may have picked up from her.
- Famous Ancestor: As per The World of Ice & Fire, she later married Gerrold Lannister and gave birth to his sons and daughters, including Tytos Lannister. That makes her the grandmother of Tywin Lannister and great-grandmother of Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion.
- Femme Fatale: A medieval version, but she hits all the points - beautiful, manipulative, Belligerent Sexual Tension with the hero, even the sympathetic point-of-view.
- For Want of a Nail: How different Westeros history would have been had Rohanne ended up with Dunk instead of becoming Tywin's grandmother.
- It's Personal: She is angry at Eustace Osgrey for unwittingly causing Addam's death, Addam being the love of her life. She is also angry at him for siding with Daemon Blackfyre while House Webber remained in the loyalist side, creating a rift between their houses, which to that point were inseparable allies.
- Last Kiss: Gave one to Dunk before he left at the end of The Sworn Sword.
- Mama Bear\A Mother To Her Men: Don't even think about harming her vassals. She won't care whether you are a smallfolk or a knight. Nor will she ever hand over one of her loyal men over to be judged or punished even if they might have committed fairly significant act of arson.
- Now while she definitely cares for her men, unlike other Mama Bears, she is not simply motivated by maternal instincts. She cannot allow any of her vassals to be harmed because that would make her authority look weak, which would tantamount to political suicide.
- However she does seem to genuinely care for her people, since she sent her own Maester to treat the old man who was injured by Ser Bennis. In a world of deep class divides, that is a significant gesture.
- Now while she definitely cares for her men, unlike other Mama Bears, she is not simply motivated by maternal instincts. She cannot allow any of her vassals to be harmed because that would make her authority look weak, which would tantamount to political suicide.
- Nice Girl: Invoked. She is very courteous and understanding to Dunk, much to his surprise... until he mentions Addam and Eustace Osgrey.
- The One That Got Away: To Ser Duncan The Tall. This is mutual, however, as Lady Rohanne professes that if he had higher pedigree, she would not hesitate for a second to be with him. Dunk still thinks of her remorsefully.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She has had two children, both of whom died within days of being born.
- Smear Campaign: Lady Rohanne enacted a mini-war of attrition against Eustace Osgrey in order to slowly erode him to insignificance for unwittingly causing Addam's death by siding with the enemy. In reaction, it was him who gave her the fame of being a "Red Widow". It took Dunk's example to make them realize that they were both being jerks.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Addam Osgrey. She would have preferred to marry him instead of her father's squire, but Lord Wyman would not allow it.
- The Tease: Enjoys flirting with the adorkable Duncan, who's a lot better looking than the rest of her suitors.
- Unwanted Harem: Despite the widespread belief she killed her four husbands, she still has suitors lining up to try and marry her to claim her title and land. She doesn't care for any of them, but is drawn to Ser Duncan the Tall when they meet. Sadly, he is too low-born for her to marry, and her marriage to Ser Eustace Osgrey brings reconciliation between their houses at the expense of motivating Duncan to leave the Reach.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappeared sometime in 230 AL.
- Widow Woman: Only twenty-five years old and has had four husbands die. Her fifth husband, Ser Eustace, dies less than a decade after their marriage.
- Youthful Freckles: She is a pretty, freckled redhead of small build. This serves to accentuate that she appears to be younger, way too young to be the Lady of the Coldmoat (as Ser Eustace described her, Dunk was expecting an Iron Lady) and way too young to be a widow of four husbands. She's actually very mature for being 25 years old.
The Grey Pup
Coldmoat's Maester. He was born on the Iron Islands.
- The Medic: As a Maester, he is trained in medicine. He also studied the techniques of the priests of the Drowned God, so he is able to revive people who nearly drowned.
- Persecuted Intellectuals: Subverted and invoked. An Ironborn Maester would be a markedly odd thing to be on the time after Robert's Rebellion because of House Greyjoy's dislike of Maesters (as a Maester unwittingly caused the death of Urrigon Greyjoy); however, The Sworn Sword takes place a century before the events of ASOIAF where said prejudice was not as marked. It's fair to say that regardless, anti-intellectualism has always been a part of the Ironborn tenets.
- Younger Than They Look: Duncan notes that they seem to be of the same age, but that Cerrick has an "air of somber wisdom" that makes him seem older.
A noble house sworn to House Tarly. It blazons its arms with a brown deer, bound and slung on a pole, on white. Their words are not known.
Tropes related to House Hunt:
- The Ghost: Ser Alyn Hunt, a cousin of Ser Hyle who is part of the Reach forces hunting down outlaws in the Riverlands.
Ser Hyle Hunt
Ser Hyle Hunt is a knight of House Hunt in service to House Tarly. He is hanged by the Brotherhood without Banners.
- Alliterative Name: H's.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has this with Brienne. He was one of several knights who participated in a Prank Date wager to see who could seduce Brienne and take her virginity. All of them flattered her (one of the first times any men had treated her nicely), and she was understandably not pleased when she found out about the wager. Brienne was drawn to him before finding out, and Hunt at least likes her, which leads to an interesting relationship.
- Bounty Hunter: Joins Brienne in The Quest for Sansa Stark, hoping for the land and gold offered (though it's equally likely he's hoping to get back in Brienne's favor).
- Decapitation Presentation: He cuts off the heads of the three Brave Companions Brienne killed so he can give them to Randyll Tarly to display on spikes.
- Disappeared Dad: He fathered a bastard girl on a commoner, but isn't in her life since the last time he went to visit her the mother poured soup on him and chased him away.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- He is a sarcastic jerk who badly hurt Brienne's feelings due to the Prank Date wager, but he looks out for the smallfolk, defends both Sam and Brienne against Randyll's brutality, and seems at some points to be genuinely sorry for what he did to Brienne.
- He also offers some sort of atonement for the aforementioned Prank Date, by proposing to Brienne. He doesn't hide his mercenary attitude about the marriage and claims (truthfully or not) that he would need darkness to fulfill his husbandly duties to her, but this time he's treating her like an equal partner and offering her a honest deal with gain for both sides, instead of deceiving her like he did before.
- Lie Back and Think of England: Says he'll marry Brienne despite her looks because as her husband he could inherit Tarth. Unfortunately for him, Brienne isn't interested in this pragmatic arrangement, thanks to Hyle's previous deception.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Averted; he gains more respect for Brienne after seeing her kill three outlaws.
- No Respect Guy: He's treated badly by Randyll Tarly despite his services. This stems from an incident in which Randyll tried to teach his son Sam how to swim by leaving him to drown if he couldn't, but Hyle saved Sam's life, which angered Randyll. Being an instigator of the Prank Date wager didn't help either. Sticking up for Brienne when Tarly refuses to allow her to stay is the final straw.
- Pet the Dog: Stops his soldiers raping a farmer's wife, and stands up for Brienne against Lord Randyll, which gets him dismissed from Randyll's service.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Is stuck guarding the gates of Maidenpool after his role organizing the bet over Brienne.
- Rugged Scar: Has one near his left ear.
House Gardener of Highgarden
House Gardener of Highgarden is the extinct house of the old and famed Kings of the Reach. Beginning with the mythical first king Garth the Gardener, the Gardeners ruled, through war and peace and the assimilation with the Andal invaders, down the generations, until the last Gardener king Mern IX Gardener and his kin were killed at the Field of Fire in the War of Conquest.
Their seat was Highgarden, where many Gardener kings sat upon a living throne called the Oakenseat that grew from an oak that the mythical Garth Greenhand himself was reputedly said to have planted. The Kings of House Gardener wore crowns of vines and flowers when at peace, and crowns of bronze thorns (later iron) when they rode to war. Their blazon was a green hand over a white field, which inspired the chivalric Order of the Green Hand.
- See the House Gardener page.
- "None so dutiful"—House Hastwyck words
House Hastwyck is a noble house from the Reach.
Ser Morgil Hastwyck
Ser Morgil Hastwyck was a knight from House Hastwyck who lived during the reign of King Aegon IV Targaryen.
- Posthumous Character: Killed by Aemon The Dragonknight in a Combat by Champion to defend his sister Queen Naerys' honor.
- Written by the Winners: Gone down in history as an infamous villain for accusing his queen of adultery and treason. Its possible he was just Aegon IV's Unwitting Pawn, as Aegon is believed to have begun the rumors.
House LeygoodHouse Leygood is a noble house from the Reach. Their blazon is a threefold thunderbolt.
- Famous Ancestor: Ser Simon Leygood was a suitor of Rohanne Webber during the reign of Aerys I Targaryen. He was deeply in debt.
- No Name Given: The Lord Leygood that burned during the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
Ser Lucas LeygoodA knight of House Leygood who was appointed as Commander of King's Landing City Watch by Lord Unwin Peake. His father was a member of the Caltrops conspiracy who perished during the Second Battle of Tumbleton.
When his involvement in the conspiracy against House Rogare and Thaddeus Rowan was revealed, he was killed during a brief battle when guards where sent to imprison him.
House Norridge is a noble house from the Reach. They blazon their arms with a flight of flaming arrows rising bendwise on a blue field.
- The Ghost: Lady Elyn Norridge, the wife of Ser Luthor Tyrell, eldest son of Ser Moryn Tyrell, making her sister in-law of Leo "the Lazy" Tyrell.
Ser Jeremy NorridgeSer Jeremy Norridge was knight of House Norridge.
House Roxton of the Ring
House Roxton of the Ring is a noble house from the Reach. Their seat is the Ring. They blazon their arms with a saltire of interlocked golden rings, upon a sky blue field. Their words are not known.
Tropes related to House Roxton:
- Ancestral Weapon: Orphan-Maker, a black Valyrian steel blade. What happened to the blade after the Dance of Dragons was mystery In-Universe for years until it reappeared in the hands of Unwin Peake when he was appointed Hand of the King to Aegon III. How he got it, or if he ever gave it back to the Roxtons remain unknown.
- Famous Ancestor: Ser Lorence Roxton was a knight of the house who triumphed in the so-called War for the White Cloaks, a melee tournament to fill-in the vacancies of Jaehaerys I's Kingsguard.
Ser Jon Roxton
A knight of House Roxton during the Dance of the Dragons. He fought for The Greens and was a member of the Caltrops, a conspiracy to kill the Two Betrayers.
- Death by Irony: According to legend, he was only slain because he tripped on the entrails of Ser Hugh Hammer, whom Ser Jon had split open from groin to throat.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Slew Hugh Hammer and three of his men before being taken down by the remaining seven.
- Evil All Along: Introduced as a heroic character who bravely slays the evil Hugh Hammer, only for later books to reveal he took part in the Rape, Pillage, and Burn of Tumbleton much like Hammer did. Then there's his appalling treatment of Lord and Lady Footly.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Practically sliced Lord Footly in two.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Remembered by the moniker "The Bold" despite the fact he casually executed Lord Footly and then raped Lady Sharis.
- Long Dead Badass: He was a highly skilled warrior, with two of his more notable victims being Lord Owen Costayne and Hugh Hammer.
- Pet the Dog: He knights young Ser Titus Peake for his valour. It doesn't begin to make up for his crimes, of course.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Delivered an awesome one to Hugh Hammer before splitting him open:Jon: Lord Hammer, my condolences.Hugh: For what?Jon: You died in the battle.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kills Lord Footly and then rapes his wife in the same room.
Lady Helicent Uffering
- Dunk: "The stream, the Chequy Water. Your ladyship built a dam across it"...
Helicent: "Oh, I am quite sure I havent. Why, I have been at my devotions all morning, ser."
Lady Helicent Uffering was a member of House Uffering and was the sister to Ser Rolland Uffering who was Rohanne's fourth husband.
- Sibling Team: The brothers Lucantine and Portifer Woodwright are household knights of House Tyrell.
- Undying Loyalty: Ser Denys Woodwright was a knight sworn to Lord Corlys Velaryon, who intended to free him from the black cells. The plan failed because his companion Thoron True slipped the plan to a whore he was bedding. The whore informed Lady Misery, who had both of them hanged.
- Wrongfully Accused: The Woodwright brothers are among the many accused of having an affair with Margaery Tyrell.