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Of the great kingdoms of Westeros, The Riverlands is its veined, beating, bloody heart. Annexed to her right is the Crownlands of Kings, Queens and courts whose shoulder is never far from her own; above her the vast and cold expanse of the ominous North; to her east the great shadow of the silent Vale; to her west, old allies and oft-times enemies in the richly ored Westerlands; and to her feet the rushes and thickets of the plentiful but quarrelsome Reach.
Surrounded is she by giants, legend, the rich and royal and for them all she bleeds.
But for none does she die.
The Stranger knows the hills and the rivers of this land well. It is here where many good men perish, and many bad men, too. It is here where Kings and Queens are made and others quashed. It is here where rivers run red and land redder. It is here where history repeats and the spokes turn.
And too is it here, in the Riverlands, that the blacks met the reds, where winter found its bitter home, where men cried out in protest; ‘No lord, no gods, no master!’ Although Lord Tully has long since silenced those cries, they remain whispers upon his fertile lands that haunt the man who would follow in his father’s footsteps and be the Lord of Riverrun.
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THE DANCE OF THE DRAGONS:
The first recorded civil war in the Seven Kingdoms, the like that Westerosi soil had never seen for the dragons that soared the skies and scorched the lands. The realm was left destroyed.
During the Dance, the Riverlands was split and divided, their lords notoriously quarrelsome. Many houses sided with the Rhaenyra’s blacks and others to Alicent Hightower’s greens, but eventually, many if not most of the Riverlords were black supports. Houses Frey, Bracken, Blackwood and Tully were staunch allies during this period while the more southern houses had a green-leaning.
House Tully was famously divided on the matter; the aged Lord Tully was a green supporter but his grandson and heir held the Tully banners in Riverrun in favor of the blacks before joining the fray. Both perished before the culmination, and the next lord Tully rose to take arms with the blacks among The Lads and became an instrumental and powerful leader in the Riverlands.
Figures that dress songs and stories of the lands of hills and rivers emerged at this time in the same manner of those from the Age of Heroes, among them:
Lord Elmo Tully
Lord Bloody Ben Blackwood
The Lads (a makeshift, black-supporting army comprised of the young lords of the Riverlands)
Black Aly Blackwood (later Alysanne Stark)
Red Robb Rivers (Blackwood bastard)
Lord Forrest Frey (a notably powerful & gallant knight, oonce suitor to Queen Rhaenyra)
Ser Pate the Lionslayer (dealt the fatal wound that killed Lord Jason Lannister).
Notable alliances of this time:
Houses Hightower, Lannister, Baratheon and the Stormlands, the southern half of the Reach (Tyrells were neutral as was Dorne).
Houses Stark and Dustin, Arryn, Tully and a significant portion of the Riverlands, as well as Reachlords like Tarly, Rowan and Caswell and even Hightower’s own banners.
Notable Riverland battles of this time:
Battle at the Red Fork:
Westerman led by Lord Jason Lannister met the rivermen at the crossing of the Red Fork. While the rivermen were broken in battle and the westermen invaded, Lord Jason was slain by the squire, Pate of Longleaf who became Ser Pate the Lionslayer.
Battle by the Lakeshore (a.k.a Fishfeed):
A battle along the shores of the Gods Eye where the greens’ supporters of the west, house Lannister among them, were flanked on all sides. Two thousand soldiers were lost and the victory of the blacks pushed Prince Aemond and Criston Cole from Harrenhal. It is considered the bloodiest battle of the dance.
A bloody battle that took place south of the Gods Eye where the greens were outnumbered two to one, Riverlords using guerilla warfare and scorched-earth tactics to lure the greens into a greater ambush. The greens were swiftly defeated, many fleeing to their own deaths under a rain of arrows.
A time of realm-wide reconstruction after the decimation the dragons’ dealt to the Seven Kingdoms.
150 AC marks the divergence between the canon timeline and ROIAF: KL’s timeline.
Vaegon I is crowned King of Westeros after Aegon III.
House Lothston is granted Harrenhal of the Riverlands at the behest of King Vaegon I. House Strong of Harrenhal had previously fallen to Ice at the hands of Lord Cregan Stark at the end of the recent civil war, The Dance of the Dragons.
Edmyn Tully dies on his deathbed after some 30 years of renewed prosperity following the Dance of Dragons. Jon Tully, his son and heir, becomes Lord of the Riverlands.
Later that same year, Jon weds a maiden of house Bracken, Lady Jayne.
Lord Beric Tully, son of Jon, is born and named the heir of the Riverlands and future Lord of the Trident.
After several miscarriages, Jon and Jayne Tully have a daughter, Lysa Tully.
Lord Jon and Jayne Tully are blessed once again with the birth of Lucas Tully, their second son.
Lysa Tully is betrothed to Edgerran Frey, lord of the Twins and many years her senior.
Lord Caden Tully, son of Jon and Jayne, is born.
A Targaryen bastard, Daemon Rivers is born to Lady Ellyn Darry by Maegor Targaryen.
Lord Beric Tully marries a maiden of House Mallister, Deanna.
Lord Edric Tully, son of Beric and heir to Riverrun, is born.
Lord Brynden Blackwood, renowned warrior and cautious diplomat, is appointed Hand of the King having staunchly stood the side of Rhaegel Targaryen and his sons throughout his life and at court.
Among this year's’ many scandals and rumors, Lady Lysa Tully is found pregnant and betrothals between house Frey and House Tully are ended and good ties are severed during a precarious political time.
Lady Lysa gives birth to a bastard and passes in the aftermath. Her father, Jon Tully, attempts to salvage relations between the Twins and Riverrun with no success. He concedes, in the end, to raise the bastard boy in his own household which tarnishes Frey-relations further.
Lady Jayne Tully, formerly of Bracken, gives into grief. Her health declines and she passes under her husband’s watch.
In the wake of his lady wife’s death, Lord Jon Tully sees his second grandchild born to his heir; a summer-son who they name Addam.
During the seasons of plenty, another Tully is born: the lady Della.
As if blessed by the mother herself, lady Deanna has a fourth son who they name Lord Willem in honor of Willem Wildrivers, a legendary - if not mythical - ancestor of Lord Jon from the Age of Heroes.
In the same year of Rhaegel I Targaryen’s death and the rumblings of rebellion, swords clash in the Riverlands over the often-disputed village of Cairns for harvests between houses Bracken and Blackwood. Lord Jon intervenes only to find that the smallfolk of the village is not altogether certain to whom they belong, to whom they pay their taxes nor to whom they owe their harvests. In an attempt to be fair and diplomatic, Lord Tully divides bushels and land evenly - not the first of his house to do so - to no avail. It served only to embitter house Bracken. The house, allied to house Tully by marriage, expected to be favoured.
The famed friendship between the Tullys and the Lord Hand and the Blackwoods further spurn house Bracken. Rumors of a Blackwood-Tully union are poison to the once solid and staunch alliance between Stone Hedge and Riverrun.
Lord Bracken increases the taxation on goods passing through Stone Hedge and its surrounding village when news reaches him that lord Addam Tully is being sent to King’s Landing as Brynden Blackwood’s cupbearer and later page alongside his own daughter, Alana Blackwood.
Grand Tourney of Summerhall.
Following the marriage of Haera of Myr to King Maelys Targaryen, lords and ladies of the Riverlands stir at the notion of further foreign influence at court and in the Seven Kingdoms. If the seeds of rebellion were planted on Rhaegel’s deathbed, they are nurtured in Maelys’ barren marriage bed.
The Mother blesses Lord Beric and Lady Deanna once more, with a daughter whose cries are said to be heard from outside the walls of Riverrun. They name her Roslyn.
Willem Tully is sent to Seagard as page to his mother-house. Many suspect this is Jon and Beric Tully’s way of ensuring Mallister support with the burgeoning threat of a Bracken uprising.
Balerion Blackfyre gives credence to the rumors and emerges to challenge his half-brother's claim to the Iron Throne. Many flock to him out of spite against the Dornish influence of the court and capital, others for the traditional outlook of the Blackfyre brothers, and some merely for Balerion's martial prowess, a proven knight and famous personality.
THE BLACKFYRE REBELLION
Noted Targaryen loyalists:
Noted Blackfyre supporters:
The second stage of the offense arriving in the Riverlands urges Brynden Blackwood, Hand of the King, to return to his liege’s kingdom to muster his men and the Riverlands at the side of House Tully. With him, Addam Tully returns to the Riverlands under the guardianship of the Faith Militant between the Crownlands and leg of the Riverlands.
Lord Lannister sends ravens to Riverrun and armed envoys thereafter informing Lord Tully of the invasion from the south and the ocean road. The warning is enough to prompt immediate action, but not enough to forewarn Lord Jon of his own treasonous banners, some of which he never expected to turn cloak. Surviving and ambitious knights of the west follow in the wake of Blackfyre banners, cutting off their supply lines and culling their numbers, if only feebly.
In an act of defiance against their liege; Houses Bracken and Frey take the vanguard in opposition to the Tullys and join the Blackfyres efforts along with houses Grey, Heddle, Nayland, Paege and Shawney, most of whom were exposed at Pinkmaiden- a massacre that distinguished friend from foe and remembered as ‘The Treason at the Red Fork.’
The blacks advanced onto Riverrun, and besieged the great, coveted castle and keep for three days and three nights. Lord Brynden Blackwood devised the offensive, and a mysterious raven-helmed knight charged the vanguard and is alleged to be the man who opened the skull of the conspirator, Ser Gerold Costayne before mortally wounding Lord Herbert Bracken.
Both Lord Jon and Lord Beric Tully die in battle and are found dead on-field with Blackfyre mint placed over their eyes. Lord Edric Tully is named Lord of the Riverlands. Lord Caden Tully aids his nephew into lordship.
Deprived of commanders, Balerion is led to his first retreat on account of the Riverlords and their rivermen. They press, instead, to Harrenhal where the knights of Lothston were mustering support for the blacks.
Later, upon a Crownlands field, the blacks and the reds of Blackfyre and Targaryen meet. The loss is so great it’s said the ground was made of flesh and bone and the air of blood. It is here that Balerion runs through his half-brother and King, Maelys the Maester, and that Maegor looses a fire-tipped arrow upon Balerion’s Blackfyre helm. He dies a smoldering corpse while Aemon, his brother, emerges assuming a victory only to see his muster weak and men being cut down around him, so many in their number that the song ‘Of Blood and Black Fires’ comes about in memory of it. Aemon flees.
The turn of battle turns a few cloaks and it is notably house Lothston that is first to do, swallowing whole contingents of black-supporters while bearing their banners, if tales can be believed.
The first makings of a long winter begins to spread south, the seasons swiftly changing in the aftermath of a hard war.
At the call of Lord Edric Tully, his stalwart uncle and Lord Brynden Blackwood, banners are beckoned to Riverrun and to council. A indenture is signed - some might say forced - to ensure trade and resources shared between the Riverlands to prepare for the oncoming winter and the devastation of the last year. ⅕ of total incomes is to be sent to Riverrun, while a levy is charged to the treasonous houses that enforces a whole third as well as hostages. Among the taken are maids from houses Frey and Bracken. Bethany Bracken is among them. She becomes one of Lady Della’s handmaidens. House Lothston, however, is exempt of both. Lord Joseth Darry is noted to have protested against this.
For three nights and three days, festivities are held in Riverrun to honor the dead and celebrate the victory of the Targaryen crown and the Riverlands’ efforts in the war before a period of noted austerity across the Seven Kingdoms, particularly in the Riverlands.
Meanwhile, young Willem Tully joins his Mallister-uncle on a journey through and to the Free Cities eastward before the onslaught of winter, where the resources are plentiful and where the snow rarely touches the ground.
Despite his age, Edric Tully is a keen and canny liege-lord and keeps the Riverlands largely fed and stable for the first few years of winter. Lord Brynden Blackwood leads his council and is named Castellan of Riverrun.
In 199AC, Lord Edric Tully marries Lady Alana Blackwood. Before the onslaught of winter, banners from the Riverlands arrive at Riverrun to attend and celebrate and this is the last celebration of any grand size for the duration of a long winter. House Bracken is absent, bar the hostages taken on as wards.
In the closing of the wedding celebrations, Addam and Edric Tully duel and the younger wins. Later, the boy is sent to Goldengrove to squire under Ser Josef Osgrey of the Reach, loyalist and Lord Rowan’s right hand man.
Alana Tully, formerly of Blackwood, miscarries and loses her daughter to the Stranger
Lord Frey marries the young Lady Leslyn of House Bracken to the raised brow and whispers of the lords and ladies of the Riverlands.
Stock and stores in the Riverlands begin to dry out and food is increasingly more scarce in spite of the efforts to salvage and maintain trade alliances. The ferocity of the long winter is picking up and showing few to no signs of relenting. Word spreads locally that Ser Jon Wode is found dead, frozen within the walls of Prickly Halls.
Come the end of the year, a sixth of the population of the Riverlands has given in to the Stranger. Houses Piper and Smallwood suffer the worst for the Red Fork and Blackwater Rush no longer flood their crops. These are the first two houses to stop sending their taxes to their liege.
The population of Fairmarket begin to starve, only worsened by the uprisings and riots that flourish in that area. Lord Edric, then nine and ten, sends his sister with reserve supplies to feed and placate the people. The attempt was feeble and fails. Lady Della returns to Riverrun.
Later, Fairmarket is sacked and the death toll is high.
Willem Tully returns home, a stranger to his family and eager to return east to earn a few triumphs for his belt. Addam, a newly minted knight and newly minted man follows in his wake.
After a ride out to Fairmarket and a skirmish near its town walls, brothers Edric and Adam Tully argue on their return to Riverrun, a dispute so big it leads to the despatching of Bethany Bracken to her home soil and Addam Tully’s departure from Riverrun for good. Bethany disappears later that year, with many rumours in her wake
House Bracken stops paying their taxes to the reeves of Riverrun. Of their number, two perish ‘on the road’ though rumours suggest that Lord Bracken celebrated their hanging at his feasting table in his late father’s honor. Darker words insist they were the feast.
Addam Tully joins the Kingsguard at seven and ten late in the year after the ‘Disaster of Duskendale’, a grand royal tournament held in the honor of King Maegor II Targaryen and hosted by the Hand, Abelar Darklyn's family. But rather than earning the white cloak with a tourney win at lance or sword, or another more fashionable exploit, he did so in the bearpit.
Fairmarket and its populace is in a state of anarchy and a nuisance to neighboring lords and their lands. Rumors of cannibalism become common along with tales of bandits and criminals dominating the area and ruling it as self-styled lords. After raids on failing and suffering farms nearby, Lord Brynden Blackwood musters a small host and rides out to Fairmarket to find truth to the rumors. What he does find are brigands that are armed with stolen and salvaged steel as good as his own. A knight (TBD] delivers the news to Riverrun.
On the orders of the Riverlands’ council and Lord Edric Tully, nearby allies are called to arms to take Fairmarket and execute the brigands infesting the once thriving town. The Mallisters are first to heed the call with a few good men and some follow thereafter. Nayland of Hagsmire and Bracken of Stone Hedge, however, offer no men and no word despite their proximity.
After a series of skirmishes and retreats in the twilight of a long year, Lord Brynden Blackwood, former Hand of the King and hero of the Rebellion, is declared dead and brought home by his son Quentyn. Fires scorch the cold, winter-barren lands around Fairmarket and what fire could not touch, blood did. Many wonder how the rebels of Fairmarket stood a chance against trained men, and more wonder at how, in the depths of a long winter, they had the resources and the arms to do it with. Few were left to wonder for long.
The turn of the year approaches but the Fairmarket uprising goes on, carrying the far reaching phrase that sets a shiver up a noble’s back: ‘No Lords, No Gods, No Master.’
The loss of Brynden Blackwood dealt a hard blow to his house, the crown, the Tullys and the Riverlands and the suspension of retaliation sees the increase in rebel bandit numbers. Noble houses along the Red Fork find themselves unable to send resources to Riverrun and elsewhere, and the Mallister contingent never returns to Seagard. Six of their number are found in the meeting of the forks, west of the Trident. When the ravens reach Riverrun, Lady Dowager Deanna rides out with a small Mallister retinue at her back for vengeance. She is found and held for ransom, and there’s many a song and story to accompany what happens to her there that bears no repetition.
Baited, Edric Tully rides out to Fairmarket without counsel and with an assemblage of Tully’s finest cavalry, archers and men at arms. Without snow to slow them, they make good time but find themselves outnumbered. It is thanks to the skill of the knights and men-at-arms that Lady Deanna survives and many of the rebels killed. However, among the dead is Lord Edric. In the aftermath, Bracken banners are found along with full stores and a plentiful armory.
With Addam Tully wearing the white cloak, lordship passes to the third son of the late Beric Tully, Brandon.
Long in the making and at the passing of winter’s final wind, the forces of house Mallister, Blackwood and Tully march against Stone Hedge and force House Bracken to its knees. Bracken allies, if any, do not rush to their defence and the Riverlands, for all its noise, falls silent.
Taken by surprise, the stallions were massacred and most Bracken slaughtered
Lord Quentyn Blackwood, son of Brynden Blackwood, is said to have been the one to cut the traitor down. Lady Bracken is executed for her parts in the crimes. Despite mixed counsel, mercy is granted to the children of House Bracken and they are spared but taken as wards to houses Blackwood and Tully, respectively. House Blackwood takes regency over Stone Hedge and the village of Cairns is given over, in full, to Raventree Hall as a result of the Bracken’s second treason in only a decade.
Ser Lucas Tully is granted the title Warden of the Blue Fork and Fairmarket and given leadership over a large retinue of knights, standing as half a lord with land to guard and men to lead, but this does little to stop the influx of poor and common men and women from occupying the town that had once been almost a city and stood half a ruin. All manners of ill-boding tales emerge from beneath Oldstones southward, and it is years yet before Fairmarket will ever be what it once was.
The Bitter Spring has begun, and lords, ladies and common men and women from all over the realm travel to Tumbleton for the Great Tourney to see one another for the first time in years, even decades or worse, since the battlefield. Lord Brandon Tully attends with a large retinue, his family and banners who seek his favor and that of the other kingdoms.
King Maegor meets his end; assassinated through poison. A prolonged period of mourning begins but not before Haera of Myr, Lord Footly and a Red Priest by the name of Visandros are implicated. Lord Footly finds his death at the blade of another, rumours of the time hinting at murder under suspicious circumstances; Visandros of Asshai met The Stranger at the trial as he was found guilty -- Haera of Myr sentenced to exile, never to be seen again. Though, many stood in defense of the Myrish former Queen; her innocence proclaimed despite the verdict rendered. Lady Della Tully offers support for the woman she believes innocent as does Ser Robin Wode, a banner knight under Lord Regulus Lothston.
The newly appointed Lord Regent, the former hand of Maegor II -- Prince Dakario Martell; acts swiftly in the period of time that follows the Red Dragon King's death, naming Lord Steffon Hightower as the new Hand of the King alongside having sought suitable others with which to fill the remaining seats that were left empty upon a Small Council that lacked a designated ruler.
Lord Smallwood’s brother Theodric is found dead in Acorn Hall’s stables, allegedly murdered by a servant girl
Melanie Bracken, daughter of the late Lord Jason Bracken and the ‘Traitor’s Darling’ joins much of the Tully family in the Capital.
Lady Roslyn Tully, youngest of the Tully sisters, comes to King’s Landing shortly afterwards
Lord Brandon finally succumbs to the sickness that plagued him as achild in Riverrun. Lady Roslyn returns from King’s Landing to mourn him. The title of Lord Paramount passes to Lord Willem who resides the capital.
A Great Council is called in the Red Keep to decide the next ruler. Ser Robin Wode makes his ‘claim’, to the amusement of most but in the end, the vote goes overwhelmingly in favour of Daemon Darkstone, bastard of Darry.
War erupts in the realm. The Westerlands declare independence and attempt to lay siege to the Capitol. The new Lord Tully calls his men West, to march against Casterly rock and to offer support to the crown. In a matter of only moons after his brother’s death, Lord Willem takes an enemy arrow for a friend, and passes away
Uncertainty brews in the Riverlands, as the region’s great council is called together to decide on the new Lord Paramount. The lords pass over Beric’s daughters, and instead choose his brother Lucas, a man known for his recent firm rule over Fairmarket
Daemon is killed by a collapsing bridge, with his younger brother Aeron becoming Hand of the King in his place.
Melanie Bracken, is controversially chosen by Aeron to be one of the nine candidates to stay in the maidenvault, from which one is to be made his queen. Anxiety is felt by many at the possibility.
There is an archery contest on the day of King Aeron’s choosing. Lady Melanie is narrowly saved from a stray arrow by Princess Marleah Martell, who is later selected as Aeron’s queen. Despite an obvious head injury, the Stallion’s daughter makes it to the feast and even manages to toast the new couple before wobbling off with an escort.
THE KNIGHT’S PROTEST
King Aeron announces the betrothal of former Kingsguard Aegon Blackfyre and his bastard sister Vysena Waters.
Katherine Tully, Lord Lucas’ sister comes to the city.
As guests gather outside the Sept, Ser Robin Wode shows up with his men and demands that Ser Aegon repeat his vows as Kingsguard. A disagreement breaks out, nearly resulting in a bloody duel to decide if the ceremony would proceed. Laeherys Blackfyre publicly takes Ser Wode’s side -as many would remember later on- causing further strife in the family. The Lace Dragon’s interference brings an early end to it, spilling her and her groom’s blood. The king announces that the wedding shall go on. When questioned by Ser Wode, he declares that his will is the will of gods’, as an anointed king. Despite Wode’s ‘victory’ (which would result in a song Touch Me Not), he is arrested and detained comfortably in the Red Keep. The wedding does on, despite the bride and groom’s bloodstained garb. An ill omen if there was ever was one, many would say.
Ser Robin’s actions gain him many supporters in the city while he is detained, to the point where nobles fear riots in the streets.
On the morning of the royal wedding, the High Septon threatens to not hold the wedding until King Aeron apologises and offers his humility before the gods. Though Aeron does just that, he is made to repeat it yet again at his own wedding.
Ser Robin is released, appointed as commander of the Targaryen honour guard and member of the Small Council. His moment of glory does not last long, however. He is suspected of harbouring the fugitive Laeherys Blackfyre in Prickly Hall and kept under house arrest by gold cloaks until his trial.
Lord Lothston’s twin sons Robb and William arrive in the Capital with their widowed sister Eleanor. It is thought they arrive as their father’s eye and ears, and then to negotiate the release of Robin, banner knight of Lord Lothston.
Lord Lucas Tully orders his sister Lady Katherine arrested for protesting against Ser Robin’s charges and allegedly voicing support of the Blackfyres. She is kept in the noble cells of the Keep for a short time before she takes her life. Rumours reaches Riverland houses, some of which voice their concern [FILL THIS BIT] Lord Lucas’ explanation placates them, though the relationship with Piper starts to look dubious.
Lord Lucas’ son and heir Lorent takes the Black.
Queen Marleah gives birth to twin princes before dying in the brief winter riots months later
Jorran Rivers comes to court, announcing his responsibility for the raging crowd that had killed Queen Marleah. There is much noise as he is arrested… and silence afterwards.
Ser Robin is released from his house arrest by the Lord Hand Jamie Baratheon
Her popularity and known liveliness at court earns Lady Melanie Bracken an appointment as Mistress of Ceremony, a senior position on the Queen’s Council.
Lord Jamie Baratheon retires as Hand, soon replaced by Lord Ryon Reyne
Lord Gerold Arryn leaves King’s Landing for the Vale shortly before King Aeron publically accuses him of sedition and treason
Lord Lucas Tully is appointed Master of Coin
Very soon, Lord Reyne announces Lord Laurent Lannister’s execution and stripping of House Lannister’s power and titles (given to Lannister of Lannisport) for striking King Aeron Targaryen and words of treason against the crown. The lack of trial is given much umbrage by lords of the realm, until Laurent insists on trial by combat.
Lady Alys, daughter of Lord Lucas, weds Lord Castiel Manderly, thereby becoming the lady of the White Harbor
Lord Balerin Prester voices his protest of how King Aeron uses his powers, with an unknown amount of supporters rallying behind him
Lord Lucas appoints Ser Robin Wode in charge of preparing defences in the Riverlands against the inevitable war between the Crown and the Vale. It is unknown who else of the kingdom’s many neighbours will step in.
Ser Gawin Prester fights in her stead against Ser Dirk Footly of the Kingsguard. The Prester wins a bloody victory, proving Laurent’s innocence in the eyes of the Seven. Laurent is given back his former power and seat of Casterly Rock after the previous uproar, though announced exiled to stay there by the king.
Lord Jamie Baratheon, Cedric Stark and their abnnerman staying in the Capital travel to Storm's ENd, to the worry of the Crown's supporters. They finally reach out, making a list of demands to renew their previous relations with the crown - that above all, Lord Ryon Reyne is removed from the office as Hand. King Aeron complies, restoring some measure of ease.
Gerold Arryn announces the Vale's separation from from the Iron Throne and is crowned king of the Vale, shortly before the pronounced Queen Rowena gives birth to a son.
Numerous houses of the West ally with House Lannister in an open rebellion, with plans to attack Castamere of the accused injustices brought upon them by the red lions. The Vale is known to have allied with these rebel houses, and plans to march across the Riverlands before aiming for King's Landing.
Lord Lucas is appointed as Master of Law.
The hand of a sister is offered to Lord Lucas Tully, both from Lord Reyne and the proclaimed King Gerold. The latter promises no bloodshed if the Trout lord took up his offer and joined the attack on Castamere. However, a betrothal is announced to Lady Edyis Reyne shortly before Harrenhal -occupied by Lucas himself- is beset upon by the Vale army. The marriage soon takes place, albeit briefly before events turn.
Ser Aden Tully, brother of Lord Lucas and infamous prisoner of his own Shawney's wife family in the Blackfyre Rebellion, comes to King's Landing via his sloop before being called to join Ser Robin's forces approaching the Westerlands.
Lord Jamie Baratheon is once again appointed as Hand.
The royal twins born of Aeron Targaryen and Marleah Martell are taken from the King's chambers. That very same day, King Aeron disappears, as does several of the Kingsguard. He is soon found dead with the head of his Kingsguard while Ser Lancel Lannister remains missing. The Lion knight's very name gives people some pause for thought.
The Hand, Lord Jamie Baratheon, is proclaimed as Lord Protector by the Small Council while the twins are missing.
The Lannister army's siege of Castamere comes to a victory in a short succession of events before Lord Ryon Reyne is allegedly beheaded by Laurent Lannister himself. The new Lady Tully, Edyis, flees King's Landing as soon as she hears the news. Regina, her niece and potential heir to Castamere, is taken as well. There is no sign of either of them yet.
Lord Tully is relived of his role as Master of Laws, and seeks for the High Septon to grant an anulment to the marriage with Edyis Reyne, as they had allegedly not consummated. The woman herself is still missing.