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House Tully has, for centuries before and centuries to come, tasted death for every turn or quarrel of a King or Queen, and for each one, lords, ladies and heirs pay the price with the Stranger. Cursed is the house that holds the heart of the realm.
Lord Jon’s lordship of the Riverlands began and ended with amid controversy. While he had found allies, friends and even family among the Mallisters and Blackwoods, a good deal of his actions and the actions of his family earned him enemies that would sew the near-destruction of his own house. Among them was his daughter’s broken betrothal to Willard Frey, Lord of the Twins and the age-long feud between Bracken and Blackwood and their disputed lands.
For every choice he made, favor was lost and a price was to be paid. For this, the price was the death of his son and heir, Beric Tully, before the man could rise to be Lord Paramount as he was meant to be. During the offense against Riverrun at the peak of the rebellion, Beric lost his life and Jon soon followed in his son’s shadow. They say he was mad with vengeance and mad with grief but few can claim to know the truth for the lives lost that day. What is known is that son and father were found side by side with Blackfyre dragons on their eyes.
It was Jon's brother who tutored the new young Lord Edric. Lord Caden was seasoned and kind. He advised and even raised the boy into lordship and manhood and to this day it is he who watches over the new generation. Many have credited him for Lord Edric’s indomitable presence, canny mind and leadership.
In the year after the Blackfyre rebellion was won by the Targaryens and their allies, Lord Edric summoned the banners to Riverrun. With the aid of his uncle, he staged an attempt to restore the Riverlands and prepare for the winter in the Great Hall. There, in the year 197 AC, he implored them to share resources and increase production before the snow came and there he demanded a tithe of ⅕ from all incomes to be paid to Riverrun to ensure the health of the Riverlands. More, he insisted - as with the loyalists - that ⅓ be levied from houses that held traitors. To this day, it is largely recognized as Lord Edric’s great triumph as a conciliator. Had he not done so, it is likely the Riverlands would have given in to winter’s whims and be half of what it is now.
Yet, regardless of Edric's first attempts, a sixth of the smallfolk population of the Riverlands was claimed by the White Lady, be it by cold, or hunger. Many times, the bodies would be burned to keep the impoverished warm, and tales of cannibalism were eerily common. Some say that is was these ungodly acts that led to the madness of Fairmarket.
The city was sacked and pillaged by their own; the poor against the wealthy, the wealthy in retribution against the poor. Soon enough, the common man, so displeased with their liege and their lords, declared the city their own to the battlecry: ‘No lord, no gods, no master.’ This was Fairmarket’s motto that denied the authority and privileges of Riverrun. In time, it was eventually made known that house Bracken was supplying Fairmarket and by 206 AC they were a great enough threat to take Deanna Tully and put Lord Beric to the sword.
The foolish act of Lady Deanna, Lord Jon's widow, began when members of her Mallister family were killed by the rebels from Fairmarket. Deranged by her own grief, the woman stormed towards Fairmarket with her Mallister retinue, losing fingers, her dignity and a son for her passions. Since, she has been held under lock, key and watchful eyes in Riverrun - a decision made by her youngest, wisest son, Lord [OPEN ROLE 12].
It was this Tully, [OPEN ROLE 12], that saw the end of the rebels of Fairmarket and the second treachery of House Bracken. In the years of 207 to 209, when ice began to melt, Mason strangled the source of their sorrows - the Brackens - and then, with the combined forces of Tully, Blackwood and Mallister, laid siege upon Fairmarket. While the miserable state of Fairmarket damaged the Riverlands greatly, the rivermen saw themselves free of the rebel’s influence. Though, as with all things, there was a price that men would oft prefer not to ever have to pay.
Still, a sense of peace arrived at the departure of winter when spring broke through the ice. The banners and their people afflicted with the decisions of Kings, Lords and Gods have found the will to rise up from their knees. As the Tullys and their retinue attend the tourney of Tumbleton, however, it is said that amidst the wends and alleys of Fairmarket, there’s still a whisper, ‘No lord, no gods, no master.’
Open and taken roles within the Tully's
■ Lord Lucas Tully, Second son of Lord Jon Tully, Brother to Lord Beric and Ser Caden Tully, (sage.spellhunter)
■ Daughter of Lord Tully, twin to Lorent Tully, 21 years old. (OPEN)
■ Son or daughter of Lord Tully, 18 years old. (OPEN)
■ Lord Caden Tully, Third son of Lord Jon Tully - CLOSED
Remaining of ‘former’ main line:
Ser Addam Tully of the Kingsuard - (Closed) -
Lady Della Tully, daughter of Beric Tully - NPC
Lady Roslyn Tully,daughter of Beric Tull - NPC
Lady Alana Tully (nee Blackwood), widow of former Lord Edric Tully,(closed)
While House Bracken had, in the past - been a strong and valuable ally to the Tullys, things have changed gravely in the past years. To the Brackens, the marriage of Lady Jayne to the late Lord Jon Tully was forgotten after half of the disputed lands of Cairns were given to the Blackwoods; their rivals, in the year of 190 AC.
Such animosity between the trouts and stallions is said to have started in the year of 196, when the Brackens and other numerous banners sided with the Blackfyres against their lieges. The event that would later be known as the 'Treason at Red Fork', resulting in the deaths of both Lord Jon and his heir, Lord Beric Tully.
And yet, despite the death of both lords, the Tullys sided with the crown; winning the Blackfyre rebellion. A year after the Treason at Red Fork, the young Lord Edric summoned his banners to Riverrun, and the Brackens were forced to send an outrageous amount of grains to their lieges - a whole third of the production. In an attempt to maintain their strength together, a maiden of House Bracken was wed to Lord Willard Frey; whom was also submitted to the punishment of House Tully.
In the year of 202, however, the Brackens saw a chance to subtly hinder the lieges that had harmed them so. The riots at Fairmarket, just as its sacking; was seen as an opportunity for the stallions, and two years later, the Brackens ceased to send their lieges taxes and slightly, subtly - started to fund those rebel smallfolk, mostly hungry and homeless given winter. Weapons were discretely sent over to Fairmarket, and in the year of 205, Brynden Blackwood, the lord of their rival house; was killed by the same rebels they sponsored.
A year later, the rebels managed to claim both Lady Deanna Tully and her son Edric. The opportunity to strike at last against their lieges would've seemed to come soon, but they hadn't expected that the rebels were foolish enough to portray banners of House Bracken upon Fairmarket. As ice began to melt, Houses Blackwood, Mallister and Tully marched under the command of the new Lord of the Riverlands, Lord [OPEN ROLE 12] Tully - who was then only ten and eight. Taken by surprise, the stallions were massacred and most Bracken slaughtered. The young Lord [OPEN ROLE 3], however, was spared, but both his sisters, Sofina and [OPEN ROLE 5] were sent as wards to houses Tully and Blackwood. It is said that the houses spared Lord [OPEN ROLE 3] out of respect for Lady Jayne, [OPEN ROLE 12]'s grandmother; who was a Bracken.
Nevertheless, however much respect Lord [OPEN ROLE 12] may have harbored for the Brackens - it wasn't enough to spare them humiliation. The lands from Cairns belonging to the Brackens were taken by the Blackwoods, and Stone Hedge itself was occupied by Blackwood troops - as if to keep Lord [OPEN ROLE 3] in check.
The boy lord now turns eight and ten, and has grown up in a harsh environment. Having lost a mother, father, uncles and two sisters to foreign houses - if anything, Lord [OPEN ROLE 3] is now bitter.
Open and taken roles within the Brackens
House Bracken of Stone Hedge
■ Lord Jason Bracken, (former lord of Stone Hedge (Deceased)
■ Lady Lya Bracken nee Lothston, first wife of Jason (Deceased)
- (Sister to Lord Regulus Lothston, former Lord Lothston, Lord of Harrenhall)
Jason & Lya's children:
■ Lady Rohanna Tollett nee Bracken, Daughter of Jason's first marriage, (30) [Possibly to open, in Vale]
■ Lady Jeyne Bracken, Second wife (cousin line), (Deceased - Executed formally after Reckoning)
Jason & Jeyne's children:
■ Lady Melanie Bracken, Second daughter of Lord Jason, (20) (Alyssavond Resident)
■ Lord Robert Bracken, [CURRENT] Lord Bracken, First son of Lord Jason & twin to a sister (18/19) OPEN
■ Lady ____ Bracken, Third daughter of Lord Jason and twin to Robert (18/19) OPEN
■ Lady Lyarra Bracken, Fourth daughter of Lord Jason, (Deceased)
■ Lord Ben Bracken, Second son of Lord Jason, (14) (NPC)
■ Lord _____ Bracken, brother to Lord Jason Bracken, (40+) OPEN
■ Lady _____ Bracken nee _____, wife to Lord _____, (30+) OPEN
■ Lord ______ Bracken, First son of Lord ____ Bracken OPEN
■ Lady ______ Bracken, First daughter of Lord _____ Bracken OPEN
■ Lady/Lord ____ Bracken, Second son/daughter of Lord ___ Bracken (NPC)
The participation of the Freys at the 'Treason at Red' fork is said to be justified by the Tullys broken words. Lady Lysa Tully had been betrothed to Lord Willard Frey ever since she was eleven, and she was promised nothing less than Ladyship over the Twins.
The girl, however, caught herself in scandal, after being discovered pregnant. Not only did the girl break a betrothal with the Freys; the Tullys also welcomed her bastard [OPEN ROLE 2] into their home, to grow among the trouts. Lord Jon Tully could've tried anything to remedy that broken betrothal, but the allowance of such Boy-Rivers into their household was seen as unforgivable. And so, the Freys waited for the right moment to punish the trouts for their lack of respect towards them, by joining the Blackfyres against the Crown and Riverrun in the year of 196.
While revenge was sweet as both Lord Jon and his heir Beric were killed during the rape of Riverrun; in the end, the war was lost by the Blackfyres. A year later, the Tullys also had their share of revenge by forcing the Freys to give a third of their stocked grains and send the young Gwynn Frey as a ward in Riverrun. The presence of the girl, Lord Willard's niece, at Riverrun - paused any new attempt against the Tullys in the years to come.
He, however, wed a comely maiden of house Bracken. Lady [OPEN ROLE 6] Frey, née Bracken, gave him many children and her house likewise had their reasons to despise their lieges.
Oddly calm, the Freys now are eerily quiet. Though it is known; the Freys know better than all - that vengeance is a dish tasted cold.
Open and taken roles within the Freys
House Frey of The Twins
■ Lord Willard Frey, former Lord of The Twins (Deceased)
■ Lady Leslyn Frey nee Bracken, former Lady of the Twins (Deceased)
■ Lord Edgarren Frey, Brother of Lord Willard, former Lord of The Twins (Deceased)
■ Lord ______ Frey, Lord Frey, Lord of the Twins, (47) OPEN
■ Lady ____ Frey nee _____ , Wife of Lord Frey, (35) OPEN
■ Lord ____ Frey, First son of Lord Frey, (21) OPEN
■ Lady ____ Frey, First daughter of Lord Frey, (20) OPEN
■ Lord ____ Frey, Second son of Lord Frey, (18) OPEN
■ Lord (x2) and Lady (x2) [NPC children of Lord Frey)
House Blackwood has been one of the strongest allies to the Tullys in the recent years, being, too, the ones who saved Riverrun against the Blackfyres.
The friendship between the Tullys and Blackwoods seem to have started in the year of 190, when they were given half the lands of Cairns, that had been, for years, being disputed with their rivals, the Brackens; regardless the fact that the then Lord Jon was wed to a Bracken. Their lieges had, then, surprised the ravens, and earned a respect that hadn't been common until then.
Six years later, favoring their lieges, House Blackwood was the one responsible for saving the Riverlands against the Blackfyre threat. The 'Raven-Helmed Knight's identity was never discovered, but he was, without doubt, the one who led the Blackwood forces against the Blackfyre forces. At that same battle, Ser Gerold Constayne was killed, and Lord Herbert Bracken mortally wounded.by the Raven Knight's blade.
The new council of Lord Edric welcomed Lord Brynden into his council, and it was he who suggested to gather grains from banners to keep the Riverlands fed. Hadn't it been Brynden, the Riverlands would've gone through worse during winter than they then had. It was him, too, who suggested that the traitors - notably their rivals, the Brackens - offer more grains than the other banners.
As the smallfolk rebellions in 205 increased, it was Brynden who personally went there to investigate. Sadly, the man died, and his son, [OPEN ROLE 7] took over Raventree Hall, and ensured the Tullys that despite that heavy, and sad lost, the Ravens would always be with their lieges. A year later, when Lady Deanna foolishly headed towards Fairmarket; causing later the death of her son and many Tully Knights, the Blackwoods once more joined forces with the Tullys. In 207, as the Ice began to melt, the Ravens marched once again with the trouts against the Brackens, as they had, all along, been the ones who armed the Fairmarket rebels.
The Blackwoods took full control over the lands of Cairns and occupied Stone Hedge itself - the halls of their enemies. The Blackwood pride was won once more, and until this day, they remain one of the Tullys most trusted allies.
Open and taken roles within the Blackwoods
Father: Lord Bryden Blackwood (Deceased)
Mother: Lady Aemily Blackwood nee Piper (48+) OPEN
■ Lord _____ Blackwood, Lord of Raventree Hall, Son of Brynden Blackwood, (30) OPEN
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■ Lord _____ Blackwood, brother to Lord Blackwood, (25+) OPEN
■ Lady Deanna Blackwood, sister to Lord Blackwood, played by yazminxxsaintsxx