The King is: VanceXentan (Gm)
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The action begins in the unified Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the long summer ends and winter draws near. Lord Eddard Stark is asked by his old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King's Hand following the death of the previous incumbent, Eddard's mentor Jon Arryn. Eddard is reluctant, but receives intelligence suggesting that Jon was murdered. Eddard accepts Robert's offer, planning to use his position and authority to investigate the alleged murder. However it seems that all is not well in Westeros as it seems war is about to start. Lady Catelyn Stark had captured Tyrion Lannister in an attempt to bring a confession out of him. However Tywin Lannister seems to have intentions of taking out House Stark out of indignation for his sons capturing. Ned Stark in King's Landing is also busy finding out what truly happened to Jon Arryn. However after this Canon diverges from the game of thrones. The son and nephew of Jon Arryn and his brother Jack are preparing to welcome lady Catelyn Stark to the House of Arryn. In doing so Paul Arryn has assembled his bannermen lords to help him deal with the situation. However things will escalate quickly as unlike in the books the House of Arryn has a proper Heir but not one loyal to the Starks. No Paul Arryn's intentions though honest and pure are those of glory and domination. Westeros will fall to the Falcon....
1. All standard role play rules apply you know them if you don't ask about them
2. We will be playing as Vale Kingdom in this role play so we won't have any southern lords on our side but we may have some allies. If you want to have an southern lord as a house then ask.
3. Don't overstock your house with soldiers we aren't a massive kingdom just yet
4. I will allow side arcs for your individual houses and or characters but you must inquire about them first to me before implementing them
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House Arryn Bannermen and Allies (Roster)
◾House Arryn of Gulltown.
◾House Baelish of the Fingers.
◾House Belmore of Strongsong.
◾House Corbray of Heart's Home. - PhoenixLegacy - Lord Lyonel Corbray
◾House Elesham of The Paps.
◾House Wayne of Gulltown. - Jaychalla - Lord Alerik Wayne
◾House Hersy of Newkeep.
◾House Hunter of Longbow Hall.
◾House Lynderly of Snakewood.
◾House Melcolm of Old Anchor.
◾House Pryor of Pebble.
◾House Seraph of Redfort. - Torack - Lord Tork
◾House Royce of Runestone. - Restricted for plot
◾House Redfort of New Redfort
◾House Sunderland of Sisterton.
◾House Templeton of Ninestars.
◾House Waynwood of Ironoaks. - Reserved
◾House Waxley of Wickenden.
List of Custom Lords for NPC Houses:
Lord Char Royce
Lord Stan Lynderly
Lord James Hunter
Ser Neo Hunter
Lord Norman Egen
Ser Vardis Egen
Lord Horris Elesham
Lord Scott Melcolm
Ser Lyonel Waynwood
Ser Sandor Frey
Sana Borrell, Nora Longthrope,
Lord Cory 'The Brave' Torrent
Lady Milly Torrent
Roran 'The Smasher' Donniger
Lord Jeffery Belmore
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Name of House: House Arryn
House Words: "As High as Honor."
Soldiers under house's command:
5,000 Foot Soldiers/Archers (mixed)
2,500 Heavy Cavalry
Area controlled: The Eyrie (Capital)
History of House:
Prior to the arrival of the Andals, the Vale was ruled by the First Men under the Mountain Kings. Ser Artys Arryn slew the last of the Mountain Kings and the Arryns became Kings of Mountain and Vale, according to semi-canon sources some six thousand years ago. They renamed the land the Vale of Arryn, and their kings wore the Falcon Crown. The House submitted to House Targaryen when Aegon the Conqueror's sister Visenya arrived at the Eyrie and found that the young king Ronnel wanted to ride a dragon. Since then, the Arryns remained Defenders of the Vale and were also named Wardens of the East, a title that they have always held since. The Targaryen civil war, the Dance of the Dragons, was a contest of claims between Viserys I's issue from an Arryn wife and a Hightower. Decades later, during the Blackfyre Rebellion, the House remained loyal to King Daeron II. At the climactic Battle of the Redgrass Field Lord Arryn's van was smashed by Daemon Blackfyre.
The descendents of Lord Jasper Arryn have experienced a variety of calamities that have left the House with very few trueborn members. Jasper's successor, Lord Jon Arryn, married several times to try to sire heirs. His first wife Jeyne Royce died in childbirth, however she managed to give birth to a son named Paul. His second wife Rowena Arryn, a cousin, died childless of a winter chill. His sister Alys birthed nine children by her husband Ser Elys Waynwood, dying soon after the last one. All nine died or took religious orders before they could reproduce. Jon and Alys's younger brother Ronnel died of a bad belly many years before the novels.
The war that became Robert's Rebellion started when Jon Arryn refused to surrender his wards Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark to the Mad King. The battle against Lord Randyll Grafton at Gulltown saw Lord Arryn defeat his royalist bannermen. During the war, Jon was one of the principal leaders and his marriage to his third wife Lysa Tully helped secure Lord Hoster as an ally. Unfortunately, casualties mounted among the few remaining Arryns. Jon's nephew Elbert Arryn had been part of Brandon Stark's doomed party that went to King's Landing, and his distant cousin Ser Denys, the "darling of the Vale", was killed at the Battle of the Bells. After the war, Lord Royce ruled as High Steward of the Vale as Jon became Robert's Hand of the King. Lord Jon served loyally for fourteen years before being murdered by poison. Unfortunately Lysa died in child birth leaving the Vale up to the son of Arryn's first born son took over in his place.
Characteristics of House: House Arryn of the Eyrie is one of Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal noble house in the Vale. Their main seat is the Eyrie, but they have many other holdings, including their winter castle at the Gates of the Moon. Both of these fortifications sit astride the Giant's Lance, the tallest mountain in the Vale, and the Eyrie is considered impregnable. They are very honorable men and women who have proven themselves as great governors and warriors alike.
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Full Name: Paul Arryn
Nickname(s): The Fledgling Eagle, The Falcon King, Lord of the Eyrie, Defender of the Vale, Warden of the East
Weight: 155 lbs.
Personality: Paul is a very respectful man but very careful in his dealings with other people. He does not take after his old man much at all as he is fully willing to brutally carry out what he needs to do in order to win even if he does not like it. However he is a kind person to his friends and fair in judgment not going to extremes. He is not easily angered and mocks people back when laughed or scoffed at. He has a natural charisma developed from time training at House Royce. He was taught combat by the master of arms as a child and learned to fight wars by studying the campaigns of Dorne and Aegon's the Conqueror's strategies. However he is known to be rather apathetic which has caused mixed feelings towards him by the Vale's citizens. However he is known to have a deep hatred of bows and arrows seeing them as weapons of cowards and never uses them himself but is not afraid to let armies use them. But as such he is horribly pitiful at bow using relying on his skills on horseback and with a sword which aren't meager at all. He also has a rather hard time playing peace keeper or a diplomat seeing as he prefers to say what he wants and gets right to the point. As such he is not very good with pleasantries and is not very social able when he can help it while trying to maintain a demeanor of friendliness it fails at times.
Biography / Background Story: Born to Jon Arryn and his first wife he was a lot healthier than expected. He was rather quiet as a child reserved and not very social. He liked to read and write more than fight with a sword and shield. Jon was saddened over his wife's death in child birth but he took care of the boy as best he could. Paul enjoyed his father's company greatly and told stories of his ancestors whenever he could. He was also raised by the wards of Jon, Robert and Ned before the rebellion and has fond memories of both. Young Paul slowly crept out of his anti-social shell and started to learn how to fight as well as read and write. However he was more fond of combat and started to learn how to hold his own in combat. He took lessons from Robert Baratheon and the Master at Arms of the Eyrie. Lord Paul was also interested in combat but was considered too young to take into combat and was left behind with Royce to guard the keep when battle broke out. However he also spent time at Redford, and House Royce developing his skills in different areas. Regardless young Veric continued to learn how to fight and lead soldiers. However after his father died he decided to close off the Eyrie as to find out what happened to Lord Jon Arryn. Many people are calling for Veric to open the gates but he will not until something major happens or he finds the killer with agents he has sent out.
Weapon(s) Choice: Long Sword and Shield
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Full Name: Jack Arryn
Nickname(s): The Big Bird
Weight: 200 lbs.
Personality: Known for his abilities in warfare and his ability to predict things with extreme precision Jack Arryn is a proud man. He is easily angered and takes slights against him and his house seriously. He loves a good fight with an unhealthy addiction to victory. However his skills has led him to victory in many fights. He is a father to his men and is known to cause fanatical loyalty from his men. He hates liars and cheaters and always honors his agreements. He has a deep love for his son Bane Arryn and a deep loathing for the Freys calling them upstarts. He has less pride in his son Carth whom he has seen as a trickster instead of a true knight of the seven. He hates victories secured by dirty means but sees sometimes there is no avoiding it, a lesson he learned hard during the Greyjoy Rebellion. He tends to spend time soaking in the battlefield afterward to understand all those lives whom have been lost were not in vain.
Biography / Background Story: Born as the last son to Jasper Arryn he is the younger brother of Jon and Ronnel Arryn. He was always proud and hated being mad fun of. He first recognized when he beat up Lord Royce himself at age 15. He was used as the Master at Arms when he came of age around 30 and become a great swordsman. He was called the Great Eagle before getting drunk at a party and being named The Big Bird out of jest but he kept it saying he is the biggest bird in the Vale. He knocked over a charging horse with his bare hands during a fight with the mountain clans of Arryn. He had a deep love and respect for Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon and gladly went to war with him. He fought the Tagaryens at the Trident in raids before Robert's climatic battle and helped secured the way. He also fought in the Greyjoy Rebellion where he killed one of the children of the lord of the pyke in a duel and fought and won a battle as well. He stayed at the Vale as master of the guards there and when Jon died he dedicated his life to his nephew and had his son join the court with him.
Weapon(s) Choice: Great Sword/Flail
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Full Name: Carth Martell
Nickname(s): The Shining Hawk
Weight: 155 lbs.
Personality: Boastful and proud young Carth is a man of great charisma and skill. He likes his unorthodox fighting method of using two short swords or two daggers. He is unpredictable always one step ahead of most people but his tricky nature has gained him a lack of trust by many people. He took his nickname as a mocking statement towards his brother's nickname. He tends to be very happy and joyful in most situations even when it is grim and hopeless. It takes something extraordinary to make Carth Arryn cringe in fear. He hates the Cleganes and Lannisters with a passion however seeing them as bastards who killed ruthlessly such as in the case of the Martell Family at King's Landing. He also has little love for the prissy Tyrells and bards though he does love a good song. He is a loving father who would do anything for his family. However despite his loving and fun attitude he can be very cruel to whoever crosses him and despite his extreme skill in combat and diplomacy he fails as a governor by far and has set his goal in life to be a knight or at least a military soldier of some sort.
Biography / Background Story: Born two years before Veric Arryn, Carth is a cousin of Paul. Carth was always a loud young child but he held a lot of promise. Even at a young age he could convince people to do a lot of things for him and it was noticed by his father (Arryn's Brother). He was squired by an House Royce knight but he learned to fight from a Braavosi mercenary who passed by The Vale cities he was raised at occasionally. He would be the young rogue who went about town screwing with people and getting his butt kicked by the knights of the house afterward. Young Carth has also fought alongside his cousin at The Eeyrie and even witnessed a few of the closing battles of Robert's Rebellion as a child. Even though he loves to fight he would never betray his family and young Carth has resigned himself to being second. He has a wife and four kids. He has gained a reputation that equals or surpasses that of Loras Tyrell and has the skills to boot. His jovial nature is sometimes mistaken as moronic but in truth Carth is a extremely intelligent, cunning, and devious person who loves a good fight. Some say he isn't even Arryn at all.
Weapon(s) Choice: Various short swords and daggers are normally fond clogging his belt and back and even underneath his cloak. He is fond of using them.
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◾House Bolton of the Dreadfort.
◾House Cerwyn of Castle Cerwyn.
◾House Dustin of Barrowton.
◾House Glover of Deepwood Motte.
◾House Hornwood of Hornwood.
◾House Karstark of Karhold (also a cadet branch of House Stark).
◾House Manderly of White Harbor
◾House Mormont of Bear Island.
◾House Reed of Greywater Watch.
◾House Tallhart of Torrhen's Square.
◾House Umber of the Last Hearth.
◾The Riverlords and House Frey
- House Blount. Ser Boros of House Blount is one of the Kingsguard.
- House Chelsted. A member of House Chelsted was for a short time the Hand of King Aerys II. The House may be extinct.
- House Hayford.
- House Kettleblack. The Kettleblacks are a family of sellswords and hedge knights who serve several masters. Osmund is a member of the Kingsguard, while his brothers Osfryd and Osney are officially retainers of Cersei Lannister. Their father, Oswell, is a retainer of Petyr Baelish.
- House Rosby of Rosby.
- House Rykker of Duskendale. The Rykkers were given their lands after the Defiance of Duskendale and the subsequent execution of all members of House Darklyn.
- House Slynt of Harrenhal. The Slynts were nominally Lords of Harrenhal until Janos Slynt was stripped of the castle and exiled to the Wall. Slynt's sons remained in King's Landing.
- House Stokeworth of Stokeworth.
- House Thorne.
- House Banefort of Banefort.
- House Brax of Hornvale. House Brax is one of the more powerful houses sworn to Casterly Rock. Lord Andros Brax had once made a visit to Hoster Tully in hopes of marrying his son to one of Hoster
- House Broom.
- House Clegane
- House Crakehall of Crakehall. Members are regarded as being uncommonly strong and robust, including the historical knight Ser Lyle Crakehall, called "Strongboar."
- House Estren of Wyndhall.
- House Farman of Fair Isle.
- House Kenning of Kayce.
- House Lefford of the Golden Tooth.
- House Lorch
- House Lydden of the Deep Den.
- House Marbrand of Ashemark. The current Lord of Ashemark is Damon Marbrand. His son and heir, Addam, is a capable commander and was made commander of the City Watch of King's Landing
- House Payne. Ser Ilyn the headsman and Podrick, squire to Tyrion Lannister are from this house, though Podrick is from a lesser branch.
- House Reyne. Extinct house that rebelled against Tytos. Destroyed by Tywin Lannister and an inspiration for a famous song in Westeros, "The Rains of Castamere".
- House Prester of Feastfires.
- House Serrett
- House Spicer. House Spicer is seen as an upstart house. They descend from a spice merchant and a witch-woman famous in Lannisport for her potions.
- House Swyft of Cornfield.
- House Westerling of the Crag.
- Ashford of Ashford.
- Bulwer of Blackcrown. The Bulwers are cousins of the Tyrell family, with a member, Victaria Tyrell, marrying into the family at some point in the recent past. The Lady of House Bulwer, Alysanne, is Victaria's daughter. She is a little girl and one of Margaery's ladies-in-waiting.
- Chester The head of House Chester is given the title of Lord of Greenshield.
- Crane of Red Lake.
- Florent of Brightwater Keep.
- Fossoway. Two branches exist— The "red apple" Fossoways of Cider Hall - The "green apple" Fossoways of New Barrel, a cadet branch descending from Raymun Fossoway. The house's creation is described in The Hedge Knight.
- Grimm of Grimstone. The head of House Grimm is given the title of Lord of Greyshield.
- Hewett of Hewett Castle. The head of House Hewett is given the title of Lord of Oakenshield.
- Hightower of the Hightower. They reside in Oldtown, and are very rich and influential.
- Merryweather of Longtable.
- Mullendore of Uplands.
- Oakheart of Old Oak.
- Redwyne of the Old Town.
- Rowan of Goldengrove
- Serry The head of House Serry is given the title of Lord of Southshield.
- Tarly of Horn Hill.
- Tyrell of Brightwater Keep of Brightwater Keep, a newly made cadet branch of House Tyrell.
- Vyrwel of Darkdell
- House Seaworth Seaworth of Cape Wrath
- House Horpe Horpe
- House Peasebury Peasebury of Poddingfield
- House Fell Fell of Fellwood
- House Wylde Wylde of Rain House
- House Grandison Grandison of Grandview
- House Morrigen Morrigen of Crows Nest
- House Caron Caron of Nightsong
- House Wensington Wensington
- House Massey Massey of Stonedance
- House Farring Farring
- House Follard Follard
- House Chyttering Chyttering
- House BarEmmon Bar Emmon of Sharp Point
- House Celtigar Celtigar of Claw Isle
- House Sunglass Sunglass of Sweetport Sound
- House Velaryon of Driftmark
- House Blacktyde of Blacktyde.
- House Botley resides on Pyke.
- House Codd. A house of very low standing. Their words are "Though All Men Do Despise Us."
- House Drumm of Old Wyk.
- House Farwynd. The Farwynds are considered strange by their fellow ironborn. Several branches of the house exist, including: House Farwynd of Sealskin Point. Located on the western shore of Great Wyk
- House Farwynd of the Lonely Light. Located on one of the westernmost islets of Great Wyk. They are rumored to be skinchangers, taking the shape of various sea mammals.
- House Goodbrother of Great Wyk. There are three branches of this house: House Goodbrother of Hammerhorn are the senior branch its Lord is titled Lord of Great Wyk.
- House Goodbrother of Shatterstone they reside on Old Wyk, a cadet branch of the former.
- House Goodbrother they reside on Orkmont, a cadet branch of the former.
- House Harlaw of Harlaw. Several branches of the house exist, including: House Harlaw of Ten Towers. The senior house. Its Lord is titled the Lord of Harlaw. The wife of Lord Balon Greyjoy is a Harlaw.
- House Harlaw of Grey Garden. A cadet branch.
- House Harlaw of Tower of Glimmering. A cadet branch.
- House Harlaw of Harridan Hill. A cadet branch.
- House Humble. A house of low standing, originating from the blood of thralls.
- House Merlyn of Pebbleton.
- House Orkwood of Orkmont.
- House Saltcliffe of Saltcliffe.
- House Sparr resides on Great Wyk.
- House Stonehouse resides on Old Wyk.
- House Stonetree of Harlaw.
- House Sunderly resides on Saltcliffe.
- House Wynch of Iron Holt.
The Crownlands: approx. 15,000-20,000 men and 210 warships.
◾ King's Landing's City Watch has 2,000 men (raised to 6,000 men during the events of the novels).
◾ The lords of Duskendale, Stokeworth, Rosby and other castles can raise between 10,000 and 15,000 more troops.
◾ Dragonstone and the surrounding islands can raise around 3,000 troops, about 400 of whom would be mounted.
◾ 50 ships of the Royal Fleet are based at King's Landing. Their flagship is King Robert's Hammer.
◾ 160 ships (80 of them full war galleys) of the Royal Fleet are based at Dragonstone.
◾ The North: approx. 40,000-45,000 men, negligible sea power.
◾ The North has a total fighting potential of around 40-45,000 men. The sheer size of the North means that assembling this force is difficult, and can be severely reduced by agricultural needs depending on the season. There are around four footsoldiers to every one mounted.
◾ The North's last major fleet was destroyed by Brandon the Burner. Since then the North has had no strength at sea, just a few defensive ships based at White Harbor. During the War of the Five Kings, House Manderly received permission to begin building a major new fleet.
◾ The Iron Islands: approx. 20,000 men, 400 longships, 100 war galleys.
◾ The Iron Islands can raise about 20,000 men, with almost no cavalry to speak of. Most of these men serve as raiders and skirmishers on their ships.
◾ The ironborn have over 500 ships at their disposal, the overwhelming majority of which are longships meant for coastal raiding, not pitched sea battles. The major exception is the Iron Fleet, which consists of 100 heavy way galleys dipping 100 oars or more. The flagship of the Iron Fleet is the Iron Victory.
◾ The Riverlands: approx. 45,000 men, negligible sea power.
◾ The Riverlands can summon approximately 45,000 soldiers. There are three foot to every one horse.
◾ House Frey can muster about 4,000 soldiers by itself.
◾ The Riverlands has no major fleet, just a small coastal force based at Seagard to discourage raiding. Barges, skiffs and river galleys can be found on the rivers, however.
◾ The Vale of Arryn: approx. 45,000 men, negligible sea power.
◾ The Vale can muster about 45,000 soldiers, with three foot to every one horse.
◾ The Vale maintains a small defensive fleet at Gulltown.
◾ The Westerlands: approx 50,000 men, 50-70 warships.
◾ The Westerlands can raise about 50,000 soldiers at need. The ratio of foot to horse is unknown, although Tywin Lannister favors having about two to one. The Lannisters' immense wealth allows them to buy, train and equip the horses such numbers require.
◾ The City Watch of Lannisport is extremely well-trained, and constitutes the most disciplined feudal foot levy in all of Westeros.
◾ The Lannisters also field exceptionally well-trained pikemen, which can wheel on command. Ser Kevan Lannister is known to command the pikemen in battle.
◾ The Lannisters command a coastal fleet of between 20 and 30 cogs, galleys and dromonds based at Lannisport, and an additional 30-40 ships based along the coast. Since the Greyjoy Rebellion, the Lannisters have ordered all coastal houses to have naval forces.
◾ The Reach: approx. 100,000 men and over 200 warships.
◾ The Reach can muster a well-trained army of 80,000 men. At exceptional need, this can be raised to 100,000. The Reach generals prefer a cavalry to footsoldier ratio of two-to-one, but this is not always possible.
◾ The Reach maintains an extremely large fleet at the Arbor, under the command of House Redwyne. This fleet consists of 200 warships which can dip 100 oars of more. The Shield Islands, the coastal houses, the Mander lords and the defensive fleet at Oldtown can all increase this number significantly.
◾ The Stormlands: approx. 30,000 men, negligible sea power.
◾ The Stormlands can raise about 30,000 men. They have a very poor horse-to-foot ratio, so most of their army is not mounted.
◾ Despite this, the Stormland forces are well-trained, particularly those based on the Dornish Marches.
◾ There is a small number of ships based around the coast, although there is a constant threat of storms smashing them apart.
◾ Dorne: less than 50,000 men, negligible sea power.
◾ Dorne presents itself as being able to raise 50,000 men. A large part of their army consists of spearmen. Their horses are known as "sand-steeds" and are best-suited to light, hit-and-run attacks using horse archers (which Dorne has more of than any other army). Later, it was revealed that Dorne had significantly exaggerated its numbers and military power to appear more formidable than it really was. The true numbers available to Dorne are not publicly known.
◾ Dorne has very few ships due to the lack of good anchorages along its coast.