The West was wrangled back from the depths of chaos during the reign of Lord Tyr Lannister ‘The Golden Lion’ – a ‘Golden Age’ forged by that Lannister which thought himself capable with both quill and sword; alliances, trade, and the securing of a prosperous future all things Tyr would come to spur through perhaps his own willpower alone. Growing up in an era where Dragons still walked the lands, Tyr was an ambitious man; a Westerlander with his sights set on founding a dynasty akin to those ancient Kings of the Rock. Decisively, upon the very day his own father perished – Tyr arranged a keen marriage with House Brax only to begin gathering allies upon his own council in the weeks that follow. Lord Tarbeck, Lord Crakehall, Lord Lannister of Lannisport, Lord Swyft, and Lord Westerling would become Lord Lannister’s closest allies and most trusted friends, occupying the positions of Spymaster, Master of Arms, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Household guard, and Chancellor. His good-brother, Lord Brax, was given the most trusted spot on his council -- steward. Lord Brax was rewarded because of his marriage with Lady Millie Lannister nee’ Brax. With Lannisport especially a strong bond would be made and continued - the Lords of Lannisport often occupying the post of Naval Commander upon the Western Council whilst ties of marriage and blood would accompany; traditions forged much like those made with some other banners of the West, akin to the custom bestowed unto Crakehall which resulted in each Lord of the Crakehall name assuming the role of Master-At-Arms for the West.
Not only would the region be in capable hands, but so too would the Lannister lineage – Tyr arranging the tutoring of his descendants personally whilst likewise negotiating the marriages of all his children as well as those of his grandchildren; fruitful alliances and pairings made by ‘The Golden Lion’ to endure long after his own death.
Tyr’s heir, Tyto Lannister would be the most ferocious of ‘The Golden Lion’s’ spawn – with a blade in his hand, Tyto would seem as if the Warrior himself at times due to sheer speed or power; though unlike his father Tyto would find no pleasure or skill in many things he deemed ‘intellectual’.
Tyr was taken by the Stranger one night after scumming to an unknown illness; the same illness that would take his wife years later. Tyto would begin undoing much of the progress his father amassed amid that ‘Golden Age’ for the Westerlands. Soon would begin a reign of excess and militant might – Tyto Lannister fueling only the war machine he envisioned alongside each of his own desires or those of his closest friends; all other facets of life and most other requests falling upon deaf ears. It came as no surprise when Tyto changed out his father’s council; keeping only a select few of the same men by his side. Lord Lannister of Lannisport continued as the Commander of the Navy until his death when his son would eventually fill his seat. Lord Banefort, Lord Crakehall, Ser Lorch and Lord Algood would take thee blessed weekend positions of Spymaster, Master of Arms, Commander of the Household Guard and Chancellor to Tyto Lannister. The new Lord Lannister would also appoint his wife’s brother as his Steward, Lord Lefford - furthering the bond between noble houses. Perhaps it was with a drastic change in leadership and lifestyle that the future tidings of treason would begin to take hold - Lord Reyne long neglected by the Lannisters of Casterly Rock, seeing the Golden Lions as natural rivals due to their similar wealth and power whilst having been lifetime friends with Balerion Blackfyre. As the Blackfyre ‘Pretender’ would grow in power, so too would Lord Reyne, secretly minting the coinage belonging to the Blackfyre rebels; coinage which would be the mark of traitors in times ahead. Lord Reyne would not be alone with his Blackfyre allies, for Lord Tarbeck and all others which felt neglected or betrayed soon joined the side of the Black Dragon Sigil. Some could say that the seeds of dissent and rebellion had long been in growth; for far before the name Blackfyre was shouted amid battle - House Reyne and a few of its allies remained silent as their plots began to take shape; long standing rivalries with some of the other similarly blessed families of the West leading toward differences in opinion and leadership between those which found themselves either siding with the Red Lion or the Golden Lion. As Lord Tyr often mistrusted and excluded Lord Reyne or others of the Red Lion’s ilk - a counter movement in the West would one day rise up in the form of those Westerlanders which supported Balerion in the rebellion for the Crown. Certainly, a holding like Castamere not only provided an efficient location for scheming and preparing for treason - for the riches of the mines beneath would be on par with those of the Lannisters themselves; the mintage of the Blackfyre Pretenders coinage a natural evolution for the Reynes.
Tyto was blessed with many children, his two sons the most promising of them all – for the second born son, Darius, would be just as deadly with a weapon as his father was; whilst the heir to Casterly Rock, Tytos, would seem more like his grandfather Tyr in the balance between intellect and militant might.
Fiercely loyal to the Targaryen Kings, both generations of Lannister Lords would offer aid unto the Dragon Dynasty – thus it was no wonder when the Rebellion began, the Lannisters and the Westerlands in whole soon rallied to fight. Fight the Westerlander’s would; though many would never realize that soon enough Westerlander would fight Westerlander in civil war; kin of the same loins sometimes slaying one another due to a simple difference in opinion and a change in the sigil they stood beside. When the Reach burned from the eerie flames of wildfire during the ‘Black Blight’ - Westerlander men would be there fighting for the Loyalist side. When Lannisport was sacked, Western forces would be on either side - just the same the result would be during the battle outside Casterly Rock. For a while, the Westerman would need time to recover - but in that final battle upon the bloody fields of the Crownlands, Westerlanders would again stand with the Targaryen King and the loyalist forces.
Soon after the Blackfyre forces conquered the Reach, those which followed the Black Dragon Sigil would move Westward - Lannisport sacked after a battle for it's future which resulted in the deaths of both the Lord of Lannisport as well as Lord Lefford. Lord Lefford was related to the Lannisters being the grandfather of their Lord whilst the Lord of Lannisport was the father of the Lord Paramount’s own bride - thus the Lannisters alongside the other Loyalists whom followed the Red Dragon Sigil would then retaliate. Fighting continued from Lannisport all the way unto Casterly Rock - oddly enough the founder of the 'Militant Era', Tyto, would not yet show himself; still behind the gates of Casterly Rock.
When Blackfyre forces would arrive amid the heartland of the West; Reyne, Tarbeck and a slew of other traitors in tow – Tyto would at long last have the battle he dreamt of upon his doorstep. Rallying those loyal banners that remained alongside his own sworn warriors – Tyto led the Vanguard against all those beneath the Black Dragon sigil. Many men died in the aftermath, Lord Tarbeck impaled by a squire of House Prester, the Lord of Lannisport butchered by a hail of arrows - but most prominent among the dead would be Tyto Lannister; his skull cleaved open, his brain a meal for maggots and birds to feast upon.
Lannisport would be sacked, damages enduring for years to come as it would take great effort and much gold to bring about full repairs. Fleets on fire, soldiers slayed, peasants perishing; the Lannisters would only have their Gold remaining en masse; something which would be near useless in the times of survival ahead.
Darius Lannister and his elder brother Tytos Lannister, newly named Lord of Casterly Rock – would continue to fight, even after witnessing their father’s murder and mutilation. As Darius bested every man that came too close; Tytos would hold his own by his brother’s side, though only for a time. As the pair got separated; Tytos Lannister soon found himself facing the Lords that killed his father, in a duel to the death. Lords Tarbeck and Reyne rushed the child of the Lord they just killed, intending to do the same with the young Tytos - though just as Tytos was blinded in one eye whilst Lords Reyne and Tarbeck stood above; ready to see the demise of the Lannister line - it was only by sheer luck or sheer skill that a young squire of Prester slew the traitorous Tarbeck and made the Lord Reyne flee; saving the life of Lord Tytos whilst securing his own spot as the Lannister’s Sworn Sword.
The Westerlands would be occupied and defeated; Blackfyre’s sigil of a Black Dragon flying high above each keep whilst the majority of the Blackfyre troops soon sought the Riverlands as their next target.
Amid Winter, as the stain and pain of the recent War would still be felt strongly; more horrific trauma would be wrought. Natural disasters seemed to accompany anywhere ‘The White Lady’ went – waters would freeze, hills and valleys would fill with snow, the lands would be painted white whilst farms withered. Peasants were punished by the cold winds of Winter just as much as Nobility were – the death toll rising rapidly with each passing day, many a family be they high or low born each losing loved ones to the cold. If it wasn’t the cold, it was a result of the winter’s wrath; for food would be scarce and trade would be near impossible – many necessities done without for some time. Life, even for those with great riches and lavish estates – soon became about only survival.
Goldroad saw the birth of an infamous outlaw organization during the winter. It gained recognition by kidnapping several nobles and evading early attempts to capture them. Ultimately, they became such a nuisance that King Maegor II sent a detachment of soldiers led by notable members of the Kingsguard like Ser Olyver Lydden and Ser Ellery Trant to destroy them in 201 AC. Ser Sumner Crakehall and his two squires, Lancel Lannister and Merrett Westerling, along with Ser Arthur Lydden were also part of the retinue. In a notable clash, the young Lancel Lannister, Ser Olyver Lydden, and Ser Ellery Trant faced off against several notable outlaws, including the fierce psychotic Knight and their leader, Dickon Toyne. Ellery killed Dickon, while Olyver killed the psychotic Knight. Lancel saved Sumner from member of outlaw group in the battle and crossed sword with others. After the brotherhood had been defeated, Lancel was knighted on the battlefield by Ser Olyver Lydden.
As winter finally broke the Westerlands would begin rebuilding. Tytos dedicated some of his men and funds to certain banners - Lannisport taking precedence to see the port rebuilt and allow trade to flow through with ease. Other, formerly weak houses like the Westerlings were given support and thus enabled to become a strong and prominent within the West once more; the Crag’s mines having long been dry and emptied - thus the Lannisters sought to use Crag’s fertile soil as a farming area to supply loyalists.
Lord Tytos Lannister would again try to do what his Grandfather once did; assembling a council, forging alliances, seeking prosperous trade, securing the Lion’s lineage and rebuilding the land from the tatters his father left the West in.
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210 AC - Unsteady times in Westeros.
King Maegor’s poisoning at the festivities in Tumbleton seems to leave the remaining lords and small council of King’s Landing leaning towards the intent to legitimize the King’s bastards.
Westeros is left unstable and fragile with no clear successor to the Throne.
Lord Tytos Lannister, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands, declares the council that seeks to appoint Daemon Darkstone as Lord Regent of the Seven Kingdoms as an unfair council.
210 AC - Rise and Fall of the Lannister Rebellion.
Lord Tytos Lannister declares himself the King of the West and lays siege upon the Walls of King’s Landing. As a result Lord Darius Lannister is executed as retaliation from those within, while his good sister Cerenna Lannister is said to have committed suicide.
The death of Lord Tytos Lannister leaves his commanders, Swyft, Kenning and Farman to take the decision to lead their men and equipment back to the Westerlands, half along the Gold Road and half via the Riverlands. Tytos’ body is secretly removed while a thousand westermen bravely attempt a diversion at the Lion’s Gate.
Redwyne ships take control of Lannisport, securing the city.
Ser Swyft and retreating forces of Lannister and their banners encouter a blockade set by the Tyrells along the Gold Road at the Blackwater Rush.
The men that had set out from Oldtown arrive at the face of the Rock and at the ships and the Port of Casterly Rock, negotiations abound and the body of Tytos is allowed to pass into the rock for interring. The rock refuses to surrender while Hightower’s navy attacks the Lannister ships. A hundred Kayce knights and Ser Kenning are the ransom for which the fifty knights and Tytos Lannister remains were allowed passage.
Lord Loreyon Redwyne’s blockade was succesful and he is now Master of Lannisport. In return he orders his men to open trade to the city and to begin collecting goods and storing them on the carracks. The Redwyne men set up a hold and manage to city from there. No further violence would be committed against the people of Lannisport unless in attacked.
House Tyrell and banners while present at Deep Den manage to ‘convince’ Lord Tygett to join the cause of the Iron Throne. Northmen that had traveled for long and in circuitous paths around the mountains to the west, finally join the Tyrell forces at Casterly Rock.
Tyrell forces commence siegeworks surrounding Casterly Rock, building trebuchets and preparing battlements for a siege.
Lord Tygett Lannister, Tytos’ son, is deemed too ill to handle all matters of the siege and temporarily gives his sister, Cersye Lannister, regency over House Lannister.
Ser Lancel Lannister takes command of the Lannister army present in Casterly Rock and held the castle for a better part of the month till the Tyrell forces were finally ordered to be removed.
Westeros’ new King Aeron Targaryen requests all fortified positions to be removed from Casterly Rock in order to begin talks of surrender. Ceryse Lannister requests an envoy of septons as part of her negotiation.
Ceryse and Julien Lannister are escorted back to King’s Landing by Ser Gawin Prester where they bend the knee to the crown. Lord Malister Tyrell upon refusing to remove his forces from Casterly Rock is stripped of his titles before he is returned to Highgarden by Lord Viktor Corbray. Shortly after Lord Malister Tyrell is sent to the wall by King Aeron Targaryen, to spend the rest of his days at the Wall.
Ser Lancel Lannister is named master-at-arms at Casterly Rock.
Julien Lannister is still currently imprisoned by the crown, in the black cells for conspiracy to murder his own Lord nephew. Lady Ceryse Lannister approves of the imprisonment.
Ser Gawin Prester, the legendary squire from the Blackfyre Rebellion, joins the City Watch of King's Landing.
Lady Ceryse Lannister negotiates peace with King Aeron Targaryen in the Sept of Baelor, both signing a treaty. Lady Ceryse is made ward of the crown and ambassador of House Lannister until her Lord brother arrives. She is to be placed in the maidenvault with the other noblewomen to be considered as a bride to King Aeron.
Lord Jamie Baratheon, Hand of the King, visits Lord Tygett Lannister at Casterly Rock to check upon his health.
Lady Ceryse Lannister returns home with Ser Gawin Prester.
The whereabouts of one of Lord Tytos’ daughters, Oleande Lannister, once wed to House Baratheon before being disowned, was unclear until she showed up in King’s Landing but shortly after is not seen in public anymore.
Tytos' son, Lord Tygett Lannister, finally succumbs to his illness, leaving Laurent Lannister as the new Lord of Casterly Rock.
211 AC - Aftermath and Peace
Ser Ryon Reyne travels to Castamere to secure more banners for House Reyne.
Ser Ryon Reyne returns to King's Landing to wed Aleana Velaryon, securing more ships for Castamere. Soon after his father dies making him the Lord of Castamere. King Aeron Targaryen names Lord Reyne Lord Paramount and Warden of the West. Lady Aleana Reyne throws herself from a balcony to the floor of the throne room of the Red Keep.
Lord Leoric Lannister of Lannisport arrives in King's Landing with much of his family to join, and begins work to repair the name of Lannister and commerce of Lannisport.
King Aeron Targaryen calls the cousin of the late traitor Tytos, Ser Lancel Lannister to King's Landing to include him in his Kingsguard at the advice of Lord Commander Ser Ellery Trant.
Lord Reyne marries Lyerra Lefford in exchange for Lord Lefford's allegiance to secure the pass into the Westerlands at the Golden Tooth.
Lord Julius Banefort arrives at King's Landing to bend the knee to Castamere and secure a bride.
With the arrival of his brother Kaster and Almeria Lannister, tensions rise between House Banefort and House Reyne. Another bane of contention is Durandal Grey, a commoner from Vale turned Landed Knight.
Ser Lancel Lannister and King Aeron Targaryen defeat Ser Durandal Grey and Lord Kaster Banefort to win the Warrior's Day Tournament in King's Landing.
Fulfilling one of his purposes in arriving in the capital, as well as with the blessing of Lord Crakehall, Julius of Lord Banefort and Adela of House Crakehall unite their two houses in marriage. The new Lady Banefort has appeared to taken to her new role quite well.
While doing his duty to the house which gave him opportunities, Durandal Grey was slain defending Vaeya Banefort from a rogue bear, ending the noble House of Grey.
211 AC - Trouble Brews
Having fled to Essos before the siege, Lady Ophelia Payne returns to the capital, sending gossip among those who know of her.
Lord Balerin Prestor, arrives at the capital. Not many as of yet know his intent and purpose on arrival.
Due to a heated argument with Leoric, Lady Kadan Lannister was sent to Lannisport during the night, with the intent of securing and maintaining interests in Lannisport as the Lady of Lannisport.
Among much speculation, and cause of rumors, Laurent Lannister of Casterly Rock finally arrived. To bend the knee or to resume the cause of Tytos remains to be discovered.
Ryon Reyne appointed Hand of the King.
With under two days passing, Laurent Lannister of Casterly Rock was arrested and placed in the black cells, with his lands and titles stripped from him. His crime? Assault of a relative of the Hand of the King and assault of the King. Letters fly into Casterly Rock from Banner Houses loyal to Laurent, accusing His Grace of overstepping his bounds. While letters come out from the Hand of the King as well as the Red Lion, others come in as a mass exodus from King's Landing begins.
Leoric Lannister assaulted by assailants unkown. While eventually recovering health, he will always carry a scar from the incident.
211 AC - Start of the War of the Lions
To prove his innocence or guilt, King Aeron Targaryean has consented to a trial by combat concerning Laurent Lannister's crimes. Although Laurent is proven innocent, it is for naught as he is exiled. Ordered to surrender his brothers to the crown, Laurent was escorted out of King's Landing and sent back to Casterly Rock.
Letters still fly into Casterly Rock bemoaning of the actions of Aeron Targaryean and Ryon Reyne.
Most of the Westerland contingency loyal to Laurent Lannister vacate King's Landing during the night, making their way to Lannisport and Casterly Rock. First among those leaving the capital is Lord Balerin Prester.
211 AC - War of the Lions of Gold and of Red
While the Vale Secession and the crowning of the King of the Vale is ongoing, Laurent Lannister calls the banners to him. Intending to declare and claim his ancestral titles, ravens were sent to houses loyal to Casterly Rock. As a surprise to those present, Leoric Lannister of Lannisport was one of those who arrived after sending his daughter to a different location. Rumors report of the acrimony of his arrival.
Leoric Lannister dipped into his personal funds to send a crier and a knight to the Seven Kingdoms with a missive. Trade in and out of Lannisport has been seriously hampered with loyalist ships warned to stay away. So far the only response has been from King Aeron Targaryean.
Laurent Lannister gathers forces to march on Castamere. In response, King Aeron Targaryean sent a letter attainting Laurent Lannister and encouraging the forces laying siege Castamere to stand down. He promised a Council of the West to address concerns.
Surrender terms were given to Castamere. Loyal to the last, the terms were refused and bombardment begins.
212 AC - War's Conclusion
The Castamere loyalists were, to a man, sealed in the mines of Castamere while the bombardment continues. Although forces loyal to House Reyne, including House Hightower, attempted to break the siege of Castamere, their efforts were for naught. Morale was lost as Ser Ryon Reyne was slain in battle. Reyne loyalists were sealed in the mines, the intent to remove all the Reynes the intent of the Lannister forces.
In a surprising move, the Lord of House Kenning, named the Lord Admiral in the conflict, withdrew his support before the siege. In lieu of execution, his title of Lord Admiral was stripped and House Kenning was ordered to remain neutral during the conflict, else suffer the fate of the Reynes if lost.
During the siege, the lords of House Broom, Lydden and Garner were captured from the Castamere army and ransomed back to their respective houses. The cost of freedom? Neutrality in the war. Upon Lannister victory in the west, all three lords bent the knee to Laurent Lannister, swearing fealty.
The siege was known as a dark time for the Reyne forces. Edyis and Lyerra had joined Ryon Reyne in Castamere to witness the 'return to King's peace'. The first fatality? Lord Reyne and Lady Reyne were ambushed by forces loyal to House Prester. Though Lyerra was returned to her family in a gesture of respect, the head of Lord Reyne on a pike was of a tremendous boost to the Lannister forces. Next to fall was Lady Edyis under unknown circumstances. With the suicide of Ashlan Lannister, who withdrew her support from Laurent, and alienated herself from her family, the only surviving members of House Reyne are Lady Katheryne Hightower 'nee Reyne, Regina Reyne, and an unnamed knight who was given charge of the little babe.
With the death of Aeron Stone, dubbed Aeron Targaryean and King of Westeros, the throne was secured by his Hand, Jamie Baratheon. Upon Lord Baratheon's ascention as Lord Regent, the first act was to attaint Ryon Reyne for breaking the King's Peace and for manipulating Aeron Stone.
Before returning to King's Landing with the combined Westerlands forces as well as the forces of the Vale, Laurent Lannister left orders. Under the supervision of his younger brother Lyonel, Castamere and her mines were to be worked and all resources placed under the control of Casterly Rock.
Laurent Lannister returns to Casterly Rock and was appointed Lord Paramount by Jamie Baratheon, Regent, by Right of Conquest. He began to speak to those who returned, intending to appoint members to his council and to heal the damage wrought by Tytos's Rebellion.
Under cloud of suspicion, Tommen Lannister, Heir of Lannisport, returned home to assist his cousin Kadan Lannister in both the rebuilding and administration of the city. He also carried his Lord Father's suggestions on trade which were implemented upon his arrival.
To be continued / Ongoing in Role Play