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This is a listing of houses in the Stormlands 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

The Stormlands

Ruled by House Baratheon of Storm's End, the Stormlands lay on the southeastern region of Westeros, neighbored by Dorne to the south, the Reach to the west, and the Crownlands to the north. Ruled by House Durrandon until Aegon I killed the last Storm King during the Conquest, it is named after the savage and frequent storms that occur along the coast. Bastards in the Stormlands are given the surname "Storm".

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    Tropes applying to Stormlanders 
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Highborn bastards in the Stormlands are all given the surname "Storm." Any Stormlord's bastard invariably gains this upon being acknowledged.
  • Blood Knight: The Stormlanders have a history of being militant and for thousands of years have fought the neighbouring Kingdoms for territory. They conquered the Riverlands until the Ironborn pushed them out. Orys Baratheon conquered the Stormlands and married their Queen. Afterwards they became The Dragon to House Targaryen and among the first in battle until Robert Baratheon led the Stormlords in Rebellion against the Targaryens.
  • Determinator: The Stormlords are a resilient people.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Though much less pronounced than any of the other regions, the Stormlands as a whole are loosely like medieval Germany. Like medieval Germany, the Stormlands have low urbanization and are the most densely forested part of the Seven Kingdoms (of the three major forests, two are located in the Stormlands, the third in the North; but while the North is vast, those two forests take up most of the Stormlands). The other similarities have more to do with their history, which is a lot like the Kingdom of Germany within the Holy Roman Empire.note 
  • Gate Guardian: The Marcher Lords defend The Stormlands from the Dornish.
  • Undying Loyalty: Robert earned their loyalty by crushing anyone who dared oppose him.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: The Stormlanders have a reputation for in-fighting. During the Rebellion, when Robert called his banners, several of them remained loyal to the Crown; Robert had to win three successive battles on the same day at Summerhall to win them over. During the War of the Five Kings, they are divided by a Succession Crisis between Joffrey, the supposed son of Robert's issue, his elder brother Stannis and the younger brother Renly. The invasion the Golden Company under Aegon's banner has led to further divisions, with some minor knights and lords already declaring for them.

Great House

    House Baratheon of Storm's End 

House Baratheon of Storm's End

Ours is the Fury
—House Baratheon words

House Baratheon of Storm's End is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal house in the stormlands, which they rule as Lords Paramount of the Stormlands. Their seat, Storm's End, is an ancient castle raised by the Storm Kings from the now-extinct House Durrandon. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Members of the family tend to be tall and powerfully built, with black hair and blue eyes, as well as strong, square jawlines. They are known for their mercurial tempers.

See the House Baratheon page.

Marcher Houses

    House Caron 

House Caron of Nightsong
"No Song So Sweet"
Caron House Words

House Caron of Nightsong is one of the principal noble houses in the Stormlands, sworn to Storm's End. They rule from Nightsong and hold the title Lord of the Marches, although they do not hold dominion over other marcher lords and the Dornish Marches.

Their blazon is a field of black nightingales on yellow.

Tropes related to House Caron:

  • The Exile: Deposed and replaced by House Foote after the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • Famous Ancestor: Lord Morton Caron was present at the wedding of Lord Rogar Baratheon and Alyssa Velaryon.
    • Lord Royce Caron, a initial member of the Council of Seven, the group who managed King Aegon III's regency. He resigned his post one year into the regency for unknown reasons.
  • Two First Names: Their surname is phonetically identical to "Karen".

Lord Bryce Caron

Bryce the Orange

Head of House Caron, Lord of Nightsong, and Lord of the Marches. A member of Renly Baratheon's Rainbow Guard until Renly’s death, after which Bryce switched his allegiance to Stannis.

  • Badass Cape: The rainbow cloak he wore when in the Rainbow Guard.
  • Duel to the Death: During the Battle of Blackwater Bay, Bryce faces Ser Philip Foote in single combat and is slain.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bryce the Orange during his time in the Rainbow Guard.
  • Mauve Shirt: He is a recurring character throughout A Clash of Kings before his death near the end of the novel.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Convinces Stannis to send Melisandre back to Dragonstone before the assault on King's Landing, lest his victory and kingship be attributed to her spells. Had Bryce not done this, she may have been able to change the outcome of the battle, particularly during the wildfire trap.
  • Praetorian Guard: When in the Rainbow Guard.
  • Sole Survivor: All of his immediate family (father, mother, brother, and several sisters) were killed by a chill in 289 AC. He was the only Caron to survive, aside from his bastard half-brother.
  • Turn Coat: Defected to Stannis after Renly was assassinated.

Ser Rolland Storm

The Bastard of Nightsong

Bryce Caron's bastard brother. He contests that he is now Lord of Nightsong over Philip Foote, who was awarded the title after slaying Bryce at Blackwater Bay.

  • Church Militant: He worships the Warrior heavily, which is one of the reasons why he is opposed to Melisandre.
  • Colonel Badass: He commanded Stannis' rearguard at the Battle of the Blackwater, buying enough time for Stannis to escape safely before escaping back to Dragonstone himself. He is later left in command of Dragonstone after Stannis takes most of his soldiers north to defend the Wall and rally the North.
  • Covered with Scars: He had the pox as a child, resulting in his face becoming heavily scarred.
  • Heroic Bastard: Befriends Ser Davos Seaworth and conspires with him to save the life of Edric Storm from Melisandre. Later holds Dragonstone against the Tyrell forces.
  • The Exile: Due to supporting Stannis.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the sole surviving member of House Caron.
  • Mouth of Sauron: As Castellan of Dragonstone.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Stannis. He is one of the King's Men whom Davos gathers to counteract the influence of Melisandre on Stannis. When Davos sends Edric away with some of the King's Men, Rolland is the only member of the conspiracy to remain with him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is unknown as of the fall of Dragonstone to the Iron Throne host commanded by Ser Loras Tyrell.

Historical Carons

Lady Ellyn Caron

Ellyn Caron was the ruling Lady of Nightsong during the reign of Aenys Targaryen

Lady Elenda Caron

The daughter of Lord Royce Caron and wife of Lord Borros Baratheon. She and Borros had five children, Cassandra, Maris, Floris, Ellyn and Olyver Baratheon. She would later marry Ser Steffon Connington until his death in the Dornish Marches.

Lord Pearse Caron

Pearse Caron was the head of House Caron, Lord of Nightsong, and Lord of the Marches during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen.
  • An Axe to Grind: Fought Leo Longthorn with one and lost.
  • Warrior Poet: He was a noted singer, harper and skilled tourney knight. He blazoned his shield with a silver harp on yellow.

    House Dondarrion 

House Dondarrion of Blackhaven

House Dondarrion of Blackhaven is an old house from Blackhaven in the Stormlands, sworn to Storm's End.

The Dondarrion line was founded when a messenger from the Storm King was ambushed by two Dornishmen while riding on a stormy night. An arrow killed his horse and his sword broke when he fell. When he thought he was doomed, a bright purple lightning bolt struck the Dornishmen, killing both. The man was thus able to deliver his crucial message on time. For this, the Storm King raised him to lordship, and he became the first Dondarrion. The marcher lords' castle is located in the Dornish Marches near the Boneway, controlling the pass to Dorne. Their sigil is a forked purple lightning bolt on black field speckled with four-pointed stars. Their motto is unknown.

Not to be confused with the Storm Kings of House Durrandon, which have their own page.

Lord Beric Dondarrion

See the Brotherhood without Banners page.

Historical Dondarrions

The Bastard of Blackhaven

The Bastard of Blackhaven was a bastard of House Dondarrion during the reign of the Storm King Argilac Durrandon.

Lord Harmon Dondarrion

No-Nose Dondarrion

Lord of Blackhaven during the rule of Aenys Targaryen.

Lord Simon Dondarrion

Head of the house during the reign of Jaehaerys the Wise, he fought against the second Vulture King alongside Rogar Baratheon and King Jaehaerys I.

  • Knight in Shining Armor: Described as handsome and gallant, as well as an excellent fighter.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Besides being a knight, he was also an accomplished singer and harper.
  • Warrior Poet: An experienced jouster who also happened to be a great singer and harper.

    House Selmy 

House Selmy of Harvest Hall

House Selmy of Harvest Hall is one of the principal noble houses from the Stormlands. Its seat is Harvest Hall in the Dornish Marches. They blazon their arms with three stalks of yellow wheat on brown.

Tropes related to House Selmy:

  • Bit Character: The family itself plays little part in the story.
  • Continuity Snarl: According to semi-canon sources, House Selmy are only landed knights. In the appendix of A Dance with Dragons, however, the head of the house, Arstan Selmy, is listed as a full lord, making the Selmys marcher lords.
  • The Ghost: Lord Arstan Selmy has yet to make an appearance in the series.
  • Out of Focus: They have not been heard of since Renly died.

Ser Barristan Selmy

See Daenerys' page.

    House Swann 

House Swann of Stonehelm

House Swann of Stonehelm is one of the primary noble houses of the stormlands. They are marcher lords ruling from Stonehelm over the lands surrounding the Red Watch on Cape Wrath in the eastern Dornish Marches. They blazon their arms with argent and sable a swan counter charged.

Tropes related to House Swann:

  • Damsel in Distress: Jeyne Swann, who was captured by the Kingswood Brotherhood alongside her septa. Their rescue by Ser Barristan Selmy is one of his many famous deeds.
  • Famous Ancestor: Denys Swann, one of the four squires sent to court Princess Daella Targaryen.
    • Lord Gawen Swann was an Ashford tourney participant. His fool named Matarys Targaryen the "Even Younger Prince".
    • Lord Manfred Swann, for whom Barristan Selmy squired in his youth.
  • Punny Name: Their surname.
  • Posthumous Character: Cyrenna Swann, the second wife of Walder Frey and Corenna Swann, the first wife of Ser Stevron Frey.

Lord Gulian Swann

The Lord of Stonehelm and head of House Swann. He is well past forty, which he uses as an excuse to stay at Stonehelm.

  • The Ghost: Has yet to physically appear and has only been mentioned a handful of times.
  • Nice to the Waiter: When Davos approaches several lords to get them to join Stannis, Lord Gulian agrees to meet with him as a courtesy despite refusing to join Stannis, which is far politer than how many of the lords responded to Davos' request.
  • Playing Sick: To remain in his castle instead of marching to join his liege lords.

Ser Donnel Swann

Donnel the Constant

The eldest son and heir of Lord Gulian.

  • Badass in Distress: Captured by Ser Elwood Harte at the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • The Ghost: Also discussed several times, he has yet to actually appear in the series.
  • Ironic Nickname: Ser Jaime mockingly dubs him Ser Donnel the Constant due to his constant switching sides.
  • Turn Coat: He first declares for Renly, then for Stannis, then bends the knee to Joffrey after being taken hostage.

Lady Ravella Swann

See the Riverlands Houses page, listed under House Smallwood.

Ser Balon Swann

Historical Swanns

Johanna Swann

The Black Swann

Niece of Lord Swann who was born near the end of the first century after Aegon's conquest, Johanna was taken as a slave and sent to Lys, where she became a very powerful courtesan.

  • High-Class Call Girl: So high class that she ends up in charge of Lys in all but name.
  • In-Series Nickname: The Black Swan was her courtesan nickname.
  • Made a Slave: She was captured on the Stepstones by members of The Triarchy, and after her uncle refused to pay the ransom for her, Johanna was sent to Lys to be a bedslave.
  • Sex Slave: Started out as one after being captured, but ended up gathering power and becoming a highly influential and powerful woman.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: What she became in later years.

Ser Byron Swann

A knight who lived during the Dance of the Dragons, and was famously killed by a dragon during it. Exactly which dragon is a bit of a mystery, though.

  • Epic Fail: His attempts to replicate Serwyn of the Mirror Shield's slaying of Urrax ended with him being burned alive by an unspecified dragon.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Exactly which dragon it was that killed him. According to The Dance of the Dragons, A True Telling by Grand Maester Munkan, Byron tried to slay the dragon Vhagar by polishing his shield into a mirror to reflect back Vhagar's image so he could get close and kill him, much as the legendary Serwyn of the Mirror Shield famously did to the dragon Urrax. However, Tyrion Lannister notes that this makes little sense, since Vhagar was Prince Aemond Targaryen's dragon and the Swanns were supporters of Aemond's brother Aegon II. Instead, Tyrion notes that Byron attempted this against Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen's dragon Syrax, which is supported by Byron's squire recording that the knight died fighting Syrax. ... except Rhaenrya and Syrax weren't anywhere near at the time. Maester Gyldayn, in his own account of the Dance, tries working out which one it was that killed him, and can't for the life of him determine which one did it. He did definitely fry, though.
  • The Dragonslayer: What he tried to be. He failed miserably.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Tried imitating the legendary Serwyn of the Mirror Shield's deed with Urrax. Problem is, what works for a fantasy hero doesn't work in the more cynical reality of Westeros, since unlike in the tales, dragons aren't stupid, and a mirror is not actually a good defense against flames.

Noble Houses

    House Buckler 

House Buckler of Bronzegate

"Pride and Purpose"
Buckler house words

House Buckler of Bronzegate is a noble house from Bronzegate in the Stormlands sworn to Storm's End.

According to semi-canon sources their arms depict three brass buckles on blue. Their motto is unknown.

Tropes related to House Buckler:

  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Cedrik Storm, the Bastard of Bronzegate, a knight that fought against Barristan Selmy.
  • Undying Loyalty: An unnamed Lord Buckler refused to renounce his loyalty to Rhaenyra Targaryen and was executed for it.

Lord Ralph Buckler

Head of House Buckler and Lord of Bronzegate.

  • Remember the New Guy?: He's mentioned during Joffrey's wedding, where he proposes a toast.
  • Turn Coat: Its quite likely he was one of the many Stormlords that first declared for Renly, then Stannis and then bent the knee to Joffrey following the Battle of the Blackwater.

Ser Brus Buckler

See the Queen's Men page.

    House Estermont 

House Estermont of Greenstone

House Estermont of Greenstone is a noble house from Greenstone in the stormlands and is one of the principal houses sworn to Storm's End. They rule the small island of Estermont east of Cape Wrath.

Their arms depict a dark green sea turtle on pale green. Their motto is unknown.

Tropes related to House Estermont:

  • Continuity Snarl: The exact family tree of House Estermont is a little confusing due to contradictory information in the appendix's, the text, and A World of Ice and Fire. See here.
  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Gunthor Estermont was a participant of Ashford's Tourney.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Lomas and his son Andrew continue to support Stannis after the Battle of the Blackwater, while his brother Aemon and his son Alyn bend the knee to Joffrey.
  • Turn Coat: Ser Aemon and Alyn both first declared for Renly, then for Stannis and bent the knee to Joffrey after the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ser Lomas remains loyal to Stannis after the Battle of the Blackwater and is part of the garrison holding Storm's End in his name.

Lord Eldon Estermont

Head of House Estermont and Lord of Greenstone. He is the granduncle of Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon. An old man and a widower at the start of the series.

  • Old Soldier: He may be seventy, but he still rides to war with his men.
  • Turn Coat: At the onset of the War of the Five Kings, he first declares for his nephew and liege lord Renly, then declaring to Stannis after Renly's death. During the Battle of the Blackwater, he either was captured or changed sides when the battle turns against Stannis and ends up bending the knee to the Iron Throne, despite Stannis being his grandnephew and several of his relatives remaining loyal to Stannis.

Ser Andrew Estermont

Cousin of Stannis Baratheon and son of Lomas Estermont. He is one of the members of his family who remains loyal to Stannis, and is among the King's Men who oppose Melisandre's influence on Stannis.

  • Badass Beard: He has a long pointy black beard and is a capable knight.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has large bushy brown eyebrows.
  • Nice Guy: From what little we see of him, he seems to be an extremely nice person.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside his fellow King's Men who work to counteract the fanaticism spreading throughout Stannis' followers.
  • Put on a Bus: He commands the King's Men that smuggle Edric Storm out of Dragonstone to prevent Melisandre from burning him, going to Lys to hide him until it is safe to bring Edric back.
  • The Squire: When he was younger he served as Stannis' squire.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Stannis, defying the head of his house to stay loyal to his cousin. Like Davos, you get the impression that he helps spirit Edric away to Essos not just to save Edric's life, but also to stop Stannis from doing something both heinous and stupid that he would later regret.

    House Fell 

House Fell of Felwood

House Fell of Felwood is a noble house sworn to Storm's End. Their seat is Felwood in the northern Stormlands.

Neither their arms or their words appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources their arms are blazoned per fess, a white crescent moon in the first on black above a green field, a spruce tree line between.

  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Thurgood Fell was one of the many noblemen present at the Ashford Tourney.
  • Undying Loyalty: An unnamed Lady Fell was executed by the greens at the start of the Dance of Dragons for remaining loyal to Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Lord Harwood Fell

"Robert would have done it in ten. Robert would have been inside Winterfell a fortnight ago, thumbing his nose at Bolton from the battlements."

Head of House Fell and Lord of Felwood.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Believes this, as he holds a great deal of respect for Robert Baratheon, who slew Harwood's grandfather in single combat. While normally such a thing would make House Fell and Baratheon Feuding Families, instead Harwood believes it made Robert worthy of being king and gave his loyalty to his house.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite being a lord, he still jumps in freezing water to save some of his lowborn men. Too bad it ends up killing him.
  • The Fundamentalist: He is one of the Queen's Men and worships R'hllor.
  • Punny Name: His name is Fell, and what happens to him? He Fell through the ice.

Historical Fells

Ser Willis Fell

Ser Willis Fell was a Kingsguard knight of King Aegon Targaryen II.

See Aegon II's page.

    House Gower 
House Gower is a noble house from the Stormlands. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with nine yellow trefoils on a black cross on ermine. Their motto has not yet appeared.

Ser Gerald Gower

A knight of House Gower in service to King Stannis Baratheon. He is a member of the King's Men.

  • Alliterative Name: Gerald Gower.
  • Only Sane Man: Alongside the other King's Men, he works to counteract Melisandre's influence in Stannis' court.
  • Put on a Bus: He leaves Dragonstone as one of the guards sent by Lord Davos Seaworth to protect Edric Storm from Melisandre by hiding him in the city of Lys on Essos.
  • Undying Loyalty: He was among the few knights from the Stormlands to not abandon Stannis after the Blackwater.

    House Grandison 

House Grandison of Grandview

Rouse Me Not
—House Grandison words

House Grandison of Grandview is a noble house from Grandview in the Stormlands. It blazons its arms with a black sleeping lion on yellow.

Tropes related to House Grandison:

  • A House Divided: The current Grandison lord remains loyal to the Iron Throne but one of his relatives continues to fight for Stannis.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Invoked in their words.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: They originally fought for the Targaryens during the rebellion, but switched to Robert's side after he beat them in the Battle of Summerhall.
  • Famous Ancestor: Lord Lorent Grandison was one of Aegon III's regents. He was known for his love of sleeping and also thought the other regents were fools.
  • Nice Guy: Despite Arianne wanting nothing to do with Lord Grandison, she admits he's a fairly pleasant fellow.
  • Sleepy Head: Hugh Grandison goes off for a kip between courses when he meets with Arianne.
  • Time-Delayed Death: Lord Grandison was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Trident and died of his injuries a year later.

Ser Harlan Grandison

    House Hasty

House Hasty is a noble house from the Stormlands.

Ser Bonifer Hasty

Bonifer the Good

"The Crone will light our way, and the Warrior will give strength to our arms."

Also known as Bonifer the Good, Bonifer is a old knight with a deep faith in the Seven and is the commander of the Holy Hundred, a hundred soldiers devoted to serving the Seven. He's made castellan of Harrenhal by Queen Cersei Lannister, to hold the castle in Petyr Baelish's name.

  • As the Good Book Says...: He is quite fond of quoting from The Seven-Pointed Star.
  • The Captain: Of the "Holy Hundred".
  • Celibate Hero: Swore off women after his ill-fated affair with Rhaella Targaryen, claiming only the Maiden could replace Rhaella in his heart.
  • Church Militant: He and his Holy Hundred intended to enforce the will of the Seven through force, although not the extremes that the Faith Militant does.
  • Courtly Love: In his youth, Ser Bonifer and his future queen Rhaella Targaryen were in love with each other. He even won a tournament and chose her as Queen of Love and Beauty. Nothing came of this, of course, since Rhaella had no choice but to marry her brother Aerys II and Bonifer, who was just a knight, became a pious and celibate knight afterwards.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Unimpressed by Hasty's stern devotion to The Seven, Jaime refers to him as Baelor Butthole.
  • The Fundamentalist: A less extreme example than others seen in the series, but still one nonetheless.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Tells Jaime that while he would pray with and forgive any outlaws he captures if they show genuine repentance for their actions, he would still execute them:
    Ser Bonifer: Sins may be forgiven. Crimes require punishment.
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Pia is pure Slut-Shaming without any regard to the fact she was raped and abused.
  • Nonindicative Name: His "Holy Hundred" soldiers actually number eighty-seven, having lost some men in the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • No Sympathy: For Pia, a washerwoman at Harrenhall who had been raped and beaten by men of House Bolton, the Brave Companions, and the Mountain's men. He considers her nothing but a whore and "font of corruption", forcing Jaime to take her away from Harrenhal, the only home she had ever known.
  • Old Soldier: He has several decades of experience as a knight, having first risen to prominence before the reign of Aerys II even began.
  • Turn Coat: Like many Stormlords, Ser Bonifer first declares for Renly, then goes over to Stannis and bends the knee to Joffrey after being captured during the Battle of the Blackwater.

    House Horpe

House Horpe is a noble house from the Stormlands. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with per chevron engrailed grey and bone, three death's head moths countercharged. Their words are not known.

Ser Richard Horpe

See the Queen's Men page.

Historical Horpes

Ser Harys Horpe

Ser the Faith Militant page

    House Mertyns 

House Mertyns of Mistwood

House Mertyns of Mistwood is a noble house from Mistwood in the stormlands. They blazon their arms with a white great horned owl on grey. Their words are not known.

  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Michael Mertyns, better known as the White Owl, was a knight of House Mertyns. He was a member of the Kingsguard at an unknown time.
    • Lord Jon Mertyns, who attended the wedding of Lord Rogar Baratheon and Alyssa Velaryon.

Lady Mary Mertyns

The dowager Lady of Mistwood.

  • Alliterative Name: Mary Mertyns.
  • Benevolent Boss: Although many nobles can barely be bothered to care about how their smallfolk are treated and write rape off as a natural part of war, Mary is angry that several of her servants have been raped by members of the Golden Company and makes sure to let Arianne know of their actions.
  • Bit Character: Though mentioned in the Appendixes for all the books, she has only appeared briefly in an Arianne preview chapter for The Winds of Winter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To Chain and Young John Mudd.
  • Defiant Captive: Being held captive in her own castle by the Golden Company but remains defiant, telling them her sons and grandsons will soon be back to hang them.
  • Old Friend: She was one to Jon Connington's mother, and asks Arianne to pass along a message to Connington to that effect.
    Mary Mertyns: If you should see this Lord Connington, you tell him that I knew his mother, and she would be ashamed.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Similar to Olenna Tyrell in this regard, insulting the Golden Company even though they've taken her castle.
  • Shout-Out: To Mary Mertyns, a friend of George Martin.

    House Morrigen 

House Morrigen of Crow's Nest

House Morrigen of Crow's Nest is a noble house from Crow's Nest in the Stormlands.

Their arms are a black crow in flight on storm-green. Their motto does not appear in the books.

Tropes related to House Morrigen:

  • Bit Character: Lord Lester and his younger brother and heir Ser Richard have only had minor appearances so far.
  • Famous Ancestor
    • Dickon Morrigen, who commanded King Argilac the Arrogant's vanguard during the Battle of the Last Storm. He was killed when most of the vanguard were killed by Queen Rhaenys and her dragon Meraxes, burning them with dragonflame.
    • Damon the Devout. Read about him in the Faith Militant page.
    • Ser Grance Morrigen was an Ashford tourney participant.
    • Ser Gyles Morrigan, nephew of Damon and Lord Commander of King Jaehaerys I's Kingsguard.
  • Meaningful Name: Morrigan was a woman/goddess in Irish mythology who often appeared as a crow.
  • Undying Loyalty: Lord Lester and Ser Richard, even though they first declared for Renly, remain loyal to Stannis after the Battle of the Blackwater.

Ser Guyard Morrigen

Guyard the Green

The youngest brother of Lord Lester, he was a member of Renly's Rainbow Guard before defecting to Stannis.

  • Badass Cape: The rainbow cloak he wore in the Rainbow Guard.
  • Colonel Badass: Commanded the vanguard of Stannis' army at the Battle of the Blackwater.
  • In-Series Nickname: Guyard the Green when part of the Rainbow Guard.
  • Karmic Death: Failed to protect Renly and was killed by a man wearing Renly's armor (Garlan Tyrell).
  • Praetorian Guard: When part of the Rainbow Guard.
  • Turn Coat: Defects to Stannis' army after Renly is assassinated.
  • Warrior Poet: Fancies himself a singer, and at a feast thrown by Renly, Guyard sings a song about tying lions' tails into knots. Some parts of it apparently rhymed.

    House Peasebury 

House Peasebury of Poddingfield

House Peasebury is a noble house seated at Poddingfield in the Stormlands. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with a pea pod burst open, green on white, bordered by three rows of green peas. Their words are not known.

Tropes related to House Peasebury:

Lord Robin Peasebury

Lord Pea Pod

Head of House Peasebury and Lord of Poddingfield. He is one of the Queen's Men.

  • Dirty Coward: How the Northmen view him, while he accuses Ser Justin Massey of being one after the knight expresses doubt that Stannis' army could take Winterfell.
  • I am a Humanitarian: Four of his men were found eating another soldier who had frozen to death on the Northern campaign, and it was rumored that Peasebury had joined them but barely avoided getting caught.
  • In-Series Nickname: Lord Pea Pod, in reference to the sigil of House Peasebury.
  • Not Worth Killing: After accusing Big Bucket Wull of being a spy sent by Roose Bolton to trick Stannis into marching on Winterfell, Lord Wull tells him that normally he would kill a man for such an accusation, but that his blade is too good to besmirch with the blood of a craven like Peasebury.
  • Properly Paranoid: While his accusation that Big Bucket Wull is a spy who will turn on them when the battle begins is wrong, Robin's suspicions that some of the Northerners could be playing Stannis false is correct since that is exactly what Arnolf Karstark is planning on doing.

    House Penrose 

House Penrose of Parchments
"Set Down Our Deeds"
Penrose House Words

House Penrose of Parchments is a noble house from Parchments in the Stormlands. They are one of the main noble houses sworn to the Baratheons of Storm's End. Their blazon is tenné, two quills crossed argent.

  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Jon Penrose was a participant at the Ashford Tourney, who fought against Ser Tybolt Lannister.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: The unnamed Lady Penrose during the First Blackfyre Rebellion outlived all her sons except the youngest, who was spared by Ser Quentyn Ball as a kindness for her.

Ser Cortnay Penrose
"May the Others bugger your Lord of Light, and wipe his arse with that rag you bear."

A knight of House Penrose in service of Renly Baratheon and castellan of Storm's End.

  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Boast: When King Stannis Baratheon threatens to storm Storm's End:
    King Stannis: Do you take me for an utter fool, ser? I have twenty thousand men. You are besieged by land and sea. Why would I choose single combat when my eventual victory is certain? I give you fair warning. If you force me to take my castle by storm, you may expect no mercy. I will hang you for traitors, every one of you.
    Ser Cortnay: As the gods will it. Bring on your storm, my lord—and recall, if you do, the name of this castle.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • The Champion: He is Edric Storm's: the main reason he does not surrender Storm's End to Stannis is because he is convinced that he means to harm Edric.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Utterly eviscerates Stannis and his lords and knights with the snark he throws at them.
  • The Determinator: Nothing could make him give up on Storm's End or surrender Edric Storm to Stannis. Ser Davos Seaworth even notes that Ser Cortnay likely would not even surrender if they threatened to kill his father.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Trying to hold Storm's End against vastly superior numbers is achievable, however jeopardizing Stannis' campaign to keep Edric Storm safe isn't a good idea as the other contenders for the Iron Throne, the Lannisters, are known to have killed many of Robert's bastards.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Knight in Shining Armor: One of the few knights in the series who takes his duties seriously and keeps to his honor.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not surrendering Storm's End as he worries for Edric's safety delays Stannis long enough for the Tyrells to get to King's Landing and defeat him at the Battle of the Blackwater. Due to this loss and despite his misgivings, Stannis begins considering sacrificing Edric Storm.
  • Pet the Dog: Is polite and courteous when he addresses Davos among Stannis's entourage.
    Cortnay Penrose: Is that your Onion Knight I see there? Well met, Ser Davos.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to all the lords and knights who joined Stannis after Renly's death.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: You get the impression he rather enjoys sticking it to each of the defectors supporting Stannis:
    Lord Alester Florent: You know me for a man of honor-
    Ser Cortnay: I know you for a man of ambition. A man who changes kings and gods the way I change my boots. As do these other turncloaks I see before me.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Rips off one of his gloves and tosses it into Stannis' face, challenging him to single combat to decide the siege of Storm's End, Stannis refuses to fight him or name a champion. Ser Cortnay is not amused by this:
    Ser Cortnay: Is it the justice of your cause you doubt, my lord, or the strength of your arm? Are you afraid I'll piss on your burning sword and put it out?
  • Undying Loyalty: To Renly.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears in one scene before being assassinated, but that scene was very memorable and made him a lot of fans.

Historical Penroses

Lucinda Penrose

A maiden of House Penrose who lived during the reign of Aegon III. En route to be presented to the king, she was attacked by outlaws who scarred her nose.

  • Misplaced Retribution: She blamed Daenaera Velaryon for her scarring, and played a role in the poisoning attempt on the young royal couple, even though Unwin Peake was the one most likely behind her assault.
  • Scars Are Forever: An outlaw cut her nose open, and she thought had that not happened, she would have been chosen instead of Daenaera.
  • Taking the Veil: Forced to join the Faith or she would have her nose cut off.
  • Unwitting Pawn: All signs indicate she was nothing but a pawn of Unwin Peake's supporters.

Ronnel Penrose, Master of Coin

Second husband of Princess Elaena Targaryen and Master of Coin during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen. They had four children together, Robin, Laena, Jocelyn and Joy Penrose.

  • Arranged Marriage: His match with Elaena was arranged by her cousin King Daeron II.
  • Open Secret: It was well known he had no knack for numbers and his wife did it for him. He simply signed the documents.

Queen Aelinor Penrose

Consort to Aerys I, who she was a distant cousin to. Her husband had no interest in consummating the marriage, so she ended up a maid and childless.

  • Retcon: Originally implied to be a sister of Aerys I in the novels. The World of Ice & Fire revealed her to be a member of House Penrose and a (likely distant) cousin to her husband instead.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Aerys preferred his books to her.

    House Seaworth 

House Seaworth of Cape Wrath

House Seaworth of Cape Wrath is a noble house from Cape Wrath in the Stormlands. The blazon of the house is a black ship on a pale grey background, with an onion on its sails. Although their keep is in the Stormlands, they are sworn not to House Baratheon of Storm's End but to House Baratheon of Dragonstone in the Crownlands.
See the House Seaworth page.

    House Staedmon 

House Staedmon of Broad Arch

House Staedmon of Broad Arch is a noble family from the Stormlands.

Neither their arms or their motto appear in the books. In a semi-canon source, they blazon the arms as a black dagger piercing a red heart on white within an undulating red border.

Lord Alesander Staedmon


Lord of Broad Arch and Head of House Staedmon
  • I Have Your Wife: Is likely the wife in this case, having last been seen still in the court of King's Landing after his capture.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is known as Pennylover, either out of Greed or for just having a keen eye over his finances.
  • My Nayme Is: Alesander, rather than Alexander.
  • Turn Coat: Swears loyalty to Renly, then Stannis, then Joffrey.

    House Tarth 

House Tarth of Evenfall Hall

House Tarth of Evenfall Hall is a noble house from Evenfall Hall in the stormlands. The family rules Tarth, a beautiful island northeast of Shipbreaker Bay that controls the Straits of Tarth between the island and mainland Westeros. They are one of the main houses sworn to Storm's End.

Their blazon is quartered with yellow suns on rose and white crescents and azure. Their words are not known. Lord Tarth is sometimes called the Evenstar.

See the House Tarth page.

    House Trant 

House Trant of Gallowsgrey

So End Our Foes
—House Trant words

House Trant is a noble family from the Stormlands. They are one of the principal houses sworn to House Baratheon of Storm's End.

According to a semi-canon source the seat of House Trant is Gallowsgrey. They blazon their shields with azure, a hanged man, sable.

Ser Meryn Trant

    House Wylde 

House Wylde of Rain House

House Wylde of Rain House is a noble house from the Rain House in the stormlands. It is one of the principal houses sworn to House Baratheon. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with a blue-green maelstrom (spiral) on gold.

  • Famous Ancestor: Ser Criston Wylde participated in the Ashford tourney.
  • The Ghost: Some of the family members listed aren't seen yet.
  • Old Soldier: Ser Ormund Wylde is old that he is the heavy favorite among the squires in Stannis' army to be the next person to die from the cold during the campaign towards Winterfell.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Ser Gladden Wylde was one of the men Ned Stark tasked to bring in Gregor Clegane but he is killed.
  • Uncertain Doom: Rainhouse was captured by the Golden Company, but the fate of Lord Casper is never specified.

Ser Gawen Wylde

Former master-at-arms of Storm's End.

Historical Wyldes

Lady Coryanne Wylde

A daughter of Lord Morgan Wylde who lived during the early reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Believed to be the author of A Caution for Young Girls

  • Becoming the Mask: She was sent to Dragonstone to be a maid to Alysanne while trying to seduce Jahaerys into breaking his marriage vows with her, but in one account, Coryanne grew so fond of the royal couple that instead of seducing Jahaerys, she instead showed the young man how to be a better and more attentive lover when the time came to consummate his marriage with Alysanne.
  • Defiled Forever: Losing her maidenhead to a much older man was seen as a great embarrassment to her family, who kept the whole affair in secret.
  • Elopement: Coryanne eloped with the married Ser Howard Bullock, the younger son of the commander of Dragonstone's garrison. They left for the Disputed Lands until his death in 53 AC.
  • Honey Trap: Sent by either Rogar Baratheon or his brother Borys to seduce young King Jaehaerys to break his marriage to his sister Alysanne. Which obviously failed.

Lord Jasper Wylde


Master of Laws under Viserys I and Aegon II. He supported the Greens during the Dance of the Dragons until his execution when King's Landing fell to Rhaenyra.

Ser Willam Wylde

Knightly Houses

    House Connington 

House Connington of Griffin's Roost

House Connington of Griffin's Roost is a house of landed knights from Griffin's Roost in the Stormlands, sworn to Storm's End. It was formerly a lordly house whose lands once extended many leagues west, north, and south of Griffin's Roost, including reaching near to the rainwood.

Their blazon shows two griffins combatant countercharged per pale on red and white. Their motto is unknown.

See the House Connington page.

Extinct Houses

    House Durrandon 

House Durrandon of Storm's End

House Durrandon was the house of the Storm Kings from the Stormlands. Their seat was Storm's End; an ancient castle raised by Durran Godsgrief, the founder of their line. The Durrandon sigil was a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Their words were Ours is the Fury. Both sigil and words were adopted by House Baratheon, who descend from House Durrandon through the female line, in the War of Conquest.

Not to be confused with House Dondarrion, listed previously on this entry.

See the House Durrandon page.

    House Toyne 

Fly High, Fly Far
House Toyne words

House Toyne was a noble house from the Stormlands. According to semi-canon sources, they blazoned their arms with a winged heart, black on gold, within a black bordure embattled.

  • The Exile: What they ended up being before their deaths.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Nobles who lost everything.
  • Posthumous Character: The family is extinct and every known member is long dead.
  • Trauma Conga Line: They lost favor after an attempted assassination to avenge Terrence, then they resorted to banditry and finally exiled.
  • Written by the Winners: The Brothers Toyne are condemned as villains for trying to kill Aegon IV, even though he deserved it.

Ser Terrence Toyne

Ser Terrence Toyne was a knight of House Toyne. He was a knight of the Kingsguard during the reign of Aegon IV Targaryen.
See the Historical Kingsguard page.

Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne was the leader of the Kingswood Brotherhood, an outlaw organization that operated during the reign of Aerys II Targaryen.

Myles Toyne

Myles Toyne, also known as Blackheart, was a captain-general of the Golden Company and an exiled descendant of House Toyne.

Other Houses

    House Cafferen 

House Cafferen of Fawnton

House Cafferen of Fawnton is a noble house from Fawnton in the Stormlands. They blazon their arms with two white fawns counter salient on green.
  • Bit Character: Only known for staying loyal to the Mad King. Their lord at the time remains nameless.
  • The Chew Toy: What little we know of them is that they're constantly suffering, either against the Dornish or the Mad King.
  • Groin Attack: Ser Jon Cafferen was castrated by the Wyl of Wyl during his infamous raiding of Fawntown.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Robert got him on his side by beating their army at Summerhall.
  • Off with His Head!: Lord Cafferen was beheaded by Lord Tarly in battle then it was sent to Aerys.

    House Cole 

House Cole is a former noble house from the Stormlands. They blazoned their arms with ten black pellets on scarlet.

  • The Exile / The Remnant: There is both a Dick and a Will Cole serving in the Golden Company but it is uncertain if they are true remnants of the House since members of the company can choose whatever name they please.

Criston Cole

Criston Cole was Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. His actions helped pave the way for the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons and earn himself the nickname "The Kingmaker".

    House Lonmouth 

"The Choice Is Yours"
House Lonmouth words

House Lonmouth is a noble house from the Stormlands. They blazon their arms with quartered of six: red lips strewn on yellow, yellow skulls strewn on black.

Ser Richard Lonmouth

A close personal friend and former squire of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, alongside Ser Myles Mooton. When he was ready, he received his knighthood from Prince Rhaegar. Richard was present at the Tourney at Harrenhal.

  • The Ghost: There have been no mentions of him since the Tourney at Harrenhal, where is known to have played a drinking game with Robert Baratheon and promised King Aerys II that he and Robert would find and discover the true identity of the Knight of the Laughing Tree.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There are no mentions of him after Harrenhal, despite being one of Rhaegar's closest friends.

Historical Lonmouths

Ser Joffrey Lonmouth

The Knight Of Kisses

Ser Joffrey Lonmouth was a knight and likely a lover to Ser Laenor Velaryon. Prince Joffrey Velaryon was named after him.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Despite it being quite obvious that he and Laenor were lovers, some Maesters try to make their relationship more ambiguous in the official histories which has caused this trope to take effect in the decades after Joffrey and Leanor's deaths.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His joust with Ser Criston Cole.
  • Kick the Dog: Ser Criston Cole killed him just to be petty.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Laenor Velaryon, who tried to honor him for the rest of his life.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He championed for his "friend" Laenor during the latter's wedding to Rhaenyra. He had his head bashed in by Ser Criston Cole of the Kingsguard.
  • Open Secret: He was Laenor Velaryon's "constant companion". Laenor had wanted to name his first two sons after him, but only named the third Joffrey.
  • Revenge Before Reason: It's widely accepted that Ser Criston Cole killed Ser Joffrey to get back at Laenor and Rhaenyra; Ser Criston and Rhaenyra had a remarkably complicated relationship even before the wedding.
  • Time-Delayed Death: He died six days after Criston Cole bashed his head in.


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