The Vale of Arryn

 

Current OOC Lead: Lucas Corbray (adlai rae)

Current IC Lead: Gerold Arryn (Avhishisata)

The Vale of Arryn conceals a great many things and in Winter, those mountains proved nigh on impassable and a snowy shroud for much of the Arryn’s increasing strife. Pockets of militant resistance seemed to thrive, even in the most inhospitable of places - their passions and desperation fueling their attacks against the Valemen around them. Largely cut off from the outside world, the Arryns put down their rivals and suppressed the violent arm of the Faith which had survived the Blackfyre Rebellion only to take purchase along their southern borders. Once the most loyal of allies to the Crown, the Arryns now descend from their high perches to find a realm much-changed to the one they once so valiantly served. What now, for the falcon-lords as they too, join in the migration to Tumbleton?

 

 

A stalwart ally of the Targaryen Kings, the Arryns lived up to their honorable words when they rode to the aid of Maelys and Maegor Targaryen during the Blackfyre Rebellion. It is largely accepted that the Arryns and their vassals were decisive in turning the tide of that final battle and they have been greatly rewarded since; with various Valemen holding positions at court.

Yet, it is the Vale of Arryn which many argue has suffered the worst that Winter had to offer. Great black clouds darkened the sky, casting an ominous shadow over the land and rendering day to bleak night. Blizzards raged, sometimes for weeks on end and snow piled impossibly high in ten foot drifts that filled the mountain passes and made travel impossible. Ravens were  sent into the fury of the White Lady only to vanish, messengers were buried in avalanches, riders and mounts swallowed up and drowned by the snow. All communication outside the region came to a halt - save for the port of Gulltown which provided links to the North and across the Narrow Sea. Lightning was seen often in these storms leading the more religious and superstitious to whisper of  ill omens  and the anger of the Gods.

These are whispers which ill-suit the ruling Arryns, quietly fearful of the pockets of Faith Militant which still reside within their borders. Brought back into the fold by King Maelys when the course of the Blackfyre Rebellion seemed to turn against him, many were quietly relieved when Winter brought a quick end to the Faith’s militant fervor. However, not even the icy winds could subdue them and the Southern borders of the Vale are dotted with the Faith’s outposts - largely isolated by the growing snow drifts and impassable mountain roads.

Meanwhile, the Mountain Clans have grown more and more daring as Winter drags on and their desperation reaches its peak - seeing several settlements raided and ruined, including those of the Faith Militant along the borders. However, the anger of the Gods culminates in a ‘False Spring’ which brings floods to the Vale of Arryn - washing away any evidence of Winter’s pain.

The waters might well have sedated those militant factions within the Reach, but it is not without trepidation that Lord Arryn departs his family’s seat to make for the Great Tourney of Tumbleton. And having been isolated for nigh on ten years, there are many who would look to the Arryn’s arrival with some curiosity and intrigue.

 

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TIMELINE

210 AC

Tumbleton:

 

The insular nature of the Vale outwards and even inwards due to the harsh winter past, is finally broken once House Arryn of the Eyrie, originally of Gulltown, arrives at Tumbleton. There they are joined by House Corbray who appeal them for aid after the harsh winter.

 

Greywood:

 

Despite King Maegor dying from poisoning at Tumbleton House Arryn is distracted with it’s own troubles as Lord Osric Arryn of the Eyrie Arryns returns from his travels in Essos. Him and his wife making a claim to their rightful titles. House Arryn of Gulltown disputes the claim and civil war ensues, half of the banners supporting the Eyrie, the other half backing the Gulltown Arryns. House Corbray and House Grafton side with Lord Osric Arryn, who in the end wins the civil war.

 

King Maegor’s death is shortly followed by the Faith uprising within King’s Landing. The are similar rumors of strong pockets of the Faith Militant within the borders of the Vale.

 

King’s Landing:

 

Lord Osric Arryn and Lord Viktor Corbray side with Daemon Darkstone in making him Lord Protector of the Realm.

 

Lord Tytos Lannister, Lord of the Westerlands, declares himself King of the West after declaring that the council of Lords that appointed Daemon Darkstone was chosen unfairly with the intent of legitimizing Maegor’s bastards. He declares war against King’s Landing and lays siege upon the city.

 

The Siege of King’s Landing is thwarted by a sudden appearance of Osric Arryn’s troops. Viktor Corbray fights and kills Lord Serrett in the ensuing battle. Lord Osric Arryn is named Hand of the King for his support during the siege, where as Lord Viktor Corbray is named Deputy Commander of the Goldcloaks under Aeron Darkstone, bastard son of Jonella Grafton and Maegor Targaryen.

 

Lord Osric Arryn is found poisoned in the Tower of the Hand. Aeron Darkstone is named Hand of the King, and Viktor Corbray becomes the Commander of the Goldcloaks.

 

War in the West ensues. Lord Grafton and Lord Corbray rally the Vale troops after a significant loss at the siege of Casterly Rock. They attack the Golden Tooth, taking it for the Crown. Lord Lefford is escorted back unharmed to King’s Landing by Lord Corbray. Lord Grafton is taken ill from the siege, and secludes himself in Gulltown to recover.

 

The investigation into Osric Arryn’s murder continues, and through questionable methods, Osric’s own servant confesses to poisoning him. His reasoning was that Osric should not support a Bastard. Rumor has it, those of the Vale are opposed to any bastards taking the throne, although it may have just been a small pocket of people.

 

Aeron Darkstone becomes Aeron Targaryen when he ascends the throne and names Viktor Corbray as his Lord Marshal on the small council. Camilla Corbray is named Mistress of Robes to the court, while Andar Arryn takes his seat as Lord of the Eyrie. Lord Arryn gifts the Paps to Viktor Corbray for his service to the Vale, whom married Laenna Celtigar and retires to those holdings.

 

Camilla Corbray and Arianna Arryn are sequestered in the Maiden vault as potential wives for King Aeron.

 

Lord Andar Arryn is named Master of Coin on the small council.

 

House Arryn allies with House Redwyne of the Reach, marrying Arwyn Arryn to Lord Loreyon Redwyne.

 

House Corbray allies with House Dondarrion of the Stormlands, with the marriage of Aurora Corbray to Lord Dondarrion. A trade deal is negotiated within this arrangement.

 

House Corbray solidifies it’s alliance with House Grafton with the marriage between Tesni Grafton and Lord Branwyn Corbray.

 

211 AC


Lord Andar Arryn dies on top of a whore inside the Red Keep.

Lord Baelon Grafton returns to the Vale after an extended illness.

Lord Viktor Corbray and his son, Branwyn, die in a shipwreck off the coast of the Vale, due to storms. Lady Tesni Corbray is presumed dead as well.
 
Lady Camilla Corbray assumes the mantle of Heart's Home and The Paps.
 
Lord Athen Arryn, son of Andar Arryn, now the fourth liege lord of the Vale in a year, is named Lord of the Vale and comes to King's Landing.
 
At request by Lady Camilla, King Aeron legitimizes Viktor Corbray's bastard, Elliott Stone, now to be named Elliott Corbray and declares that he will be granted all rights of inheritance, possibly placing him before Ysmay, the older trueborn daughter.
 
Lord Athen Arryn is betrothed to Lady Camilla Corbray who goes missing shortly after, never to found or heard from.
 
After a mere few months of being Lord of the Vale, Athen Arryn is found dead in the consulate along with Lord Eon Royce. It looked to be the product of a physical altercation near a stairwell.
 
Lord Gerold Arryn is named Lord of the Vale and travels to King's Landing, his new wife following him a few days after. This is now the 5th Lord Paramount of the Vale to travel to King's Landing in a year.
 
Lord Artys Arryn joins his brother in King's Landing. Quickly, a conflict arises and accusations are thrown between the two and it does not seem to be resolved.
 
Lord Arryn travels back to the Eyrie along with all those that had traveled to King's Landing from the Vale. He calls a council, calling all of his banners to join him in the Eyrie.
 
King Aeron Targaryen publicly accuses Lord Arryn of kidnapping his cousins, Brise and Shaelyn Grafton. Lady Rowena Arryn responds, claiming that the women were their willingly as ladies of her court.
 
Lord Gerold Arryn officially secedes from the Seven Kingdoms, naming himself King of the Mountains and the Vale. 
 
On the orders of King Gerold, Brise and Shaelyn Grafton were returned to their father in Gulltown. Shortly afterward they ran away and were disinherited by Baelon Grafton so they could no longer be pawns due to their familial ties to Aeron Stone the Bastard King, as he had become known as in the Vale.

 

212 AC

King Gerold Arryn marches his troops, along with the Vale court. They met with the Lannister forces at Castamere but did not participate in the siege.

The body of Aeron Stone is found on the beach below the Red Keep. Jamie Baratheon is selected as the interim Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm.

Baelon Grafton perished in the Westerlands during a brief skirmish with sellswords leaving his younger brother, Maxtar, as Lord of Gulltown

The bodies of the newly disinherited daughters of Lord Baelon Grafton are found in their chambers within the city. Their deaths had come by their own hands.

The courts of the Vale and the Westerlands are welcomed back into Kings Landing.

Gerold Arryn officially bends the knee to the Iron throne and Lord Protector Jamie Baratheon in service to the missing child King Daemon Targaryen.

 
To be continued (Currently ongoing in RP)

 

 

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 House Arryn of the Eyrie (OPEN)

 

Features of an Arryn of Eyrie: Golden to medium brown hair, straight or wavy hair, bright blue eyes, with soft facial features. Light-pale skin with freckles. Arryns are considered the purest of the Andal families.

Family tree for House Arryn is located here

  • Lord  Gerold Arryn, son of the late Albert and Catelyn Arryn, LP of the Vale, 30, (Avhishisata)
  • Lady Rowena Arryn, wife of Lord Gerold Arryn, nee Waynwood, 18 (Oor Breen)
  • Lady Ryella Arryn, sister of Lord Gerold Arryn, 20s  (Arebelle)
  • Lord Harrold Arryn, Uncle to Lord Gerold Arryn, 45-47, (OPEN)
    • Lady ___ Arryn, cousin to Lord Gerold Arryn, 18+( OPEN)
    • Lord ___ Arryn, cousin to Lord Gerold Arryn, 18+  (OPEN)
    • Lord ___ Arryn, cousin to Lord Gerold Arryn, 18+  (OPEN)
       
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  House Grafton of Gulltown (OPEN)

Dark brown to black hair, blue-green eyes.  Women are on the tall side with defined curves. Men are often fit, but not bulky, and appear rugged, but clean. Freckles. Bloodline is Andal.

Family tree for House Grafton found here

  • Lord Maxtar Grafton, Lord of Gulltown, 50+ , (OPEN)
    • Lord Cyrus Grafton, Heir of House Grafton, 32 (Cyrus McMahn)
    • Lady Hannah Grafton, Daughter of Maxtar, 18 (Ravandolls)
    • Lady ___ Grafton, Daughter of Maxtar, 18+ (OPEN)
    • Lord ___ Grafton, Son of Maxtar, 18+ (OPEN)
       

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  House Corbray of Heart's Home (OPEN)

Strong andal features. straight, medium to light brown hair and sea blue eyes, occasionally light as the sky, light and freckled skin, but not pale as snow. Some darker hair for children of Viktor Corbray and Melanie Corbray nee Borrell.

Family tree for house Corbray found here

  • Elliott Corbray, Lord of Heart's Home, 18 years (Bradly Sharktooth)
  • Lady Ysmay Corbray, sister to Lord Corbray, 18 years. (ishikaisis)
  • Lord Lucas Corbray,  uncle of Lord Corbray, 40 years (Adlai Rae)
    • Lord --- Corbray, cousin of Lord Corbray, advisor, 20+ years, (OPEN)
    • Lady --- Corbray, cousin of Lord Corbray, 18+ years (OPEN)
       

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  House Royce of Runestone (OPEN)

Light to dark brown hair, green or brown eyes, Pale skin.

Family tree for House Royce found here

  • Lord Yohn Royce,  Lord of Runstone, 39 years, (OPEN)
  • Lady Teora Royce nee Hunter, Lady of Runstone 35+ (OPEN)
  • Family of Lord Royce, 18+, (OPEN)
     

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 House Waynwood of Ironoaks (OPEN)

Pale skin, light blonde hair, light blue eyes.

Family tree for House Waynwood found here

 

  • Lord Alester Waynwood, Lord of Ironoaks, 45+ (OPEN)
  • Lady Elyana Waynwood nee Grafton, Lady of Ironoaks, 40 (Darla Adasia)
    • Lord --- Waynwood, heir of Ironoaks, 20+ (OPEN)
    • Lady --- Waynwood, nee Egen wife of heir 18+ (OPEN)
    • Lady Ethel Waynwood, daughter of Lord Waynwood, 22 (NPC)
    • Lady Rowena Arryn, Lady of the Vale, 19, (Oor Breen)
    • Lady Gwenyth Waynwood, daughter of Lord Waynwood, 18 (Tatjana Muircastle)
       

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House Egen of Heavens Hall  (OPEN)

Family tree for house Egan found here

  • Lord Robert Egen, Lord of Heavens Hall 40+ (OPEN)
  • Lady Lyanna Egen nee Royce, Lady of Heavens Hall, 40+ years (OPEN)
    • Lady ____ Egen, daughter of Lord Egen, 18+  (OPEN)
    • Lord ____ Egen, heir of House Egen, 18 years (OPEN)
       

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House Templeton of Ninestars (OPEN)

Family tree of house Templeton found here

  • Ser Gareth Templeton, Lord of Ninestars, 40 + (OPEN)
    • Lord___ Templeton, heir of House Templeton, 24+ (OPEN)
    • Lord ____ Templeton, son of Gareth Templeton, twin to Eric, 20+ (OPEN)
    • Lady_____ Templeton, Daughter of Gareth Templeton, twin to Cal, 19+(OPEN)
       

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Other Houses to be opened: 

   House Belmore

House Borell

 House Coldwater

 House Donniger

 House Hardyng

 House Hersy

House Hunter

 House Lipps

  House Lynderly

 House Melcolm

 House Moore

 House Pryor

 House Redfort

 House Ruthermont

 House Sunderland

 House Tollett

 House Upcliff

 House Wydman

 House Waxley

 

 

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Updated 8/27/2017