Our Campaign starts around 1/2 year or a little bit more before Martins books starts. Our house (the Blyth of Dragonports) have their land on the coast of the Bite, somewhere between the Neck and the Mountains of the Moons.
Because we invest some times to fill out the other houses in the region (and because they will play a important role) i like to give some short overview of the local players (houses and chars).
Ideas and Comments are wellcommed, of course.
(Given the fact, i am from Germany, my English may be sometimes incorrect. I appologize
The Houses of the Region
Arans of Starborne (NPC house)
Arms: a golden dog on a black and purple shield.
Motto: Keep Watch forever.
The Arans are the main local player and have the vows of most of the minor houses nearby. They are loyal to the Freys, but given the distance to the Twins, the Arans can play their own game. This means, that they try to keep the peace – and their own position as local leaders. The history of the house goes back to the Andal Invasion.
The most important source of income for the Arans is an iron mine nearby the small castle Starborne.
Members of the family:
Lord Vickon is the ruling lord – a hard man, good fighter, able commander and excellent hunter. His wife Elsbeth is a Frey, but her loyalties are more with her husband and her children’s, then with Walder Frey.
From Vickon and Elsbeth’s 6 children only 3 are still living.
Jonah is Lord Vickon’s heir is around 30 – an able man, perhaps a little bit arrogant.
His Brother Vickon (of course named after his father) is a good fighter but also arrogant and with his numerous love affairs sometimes a real trouble for his family.
Meera, the youngest child of the Lord, is 16 years old and in some way a mystery. Her family tends to limit hear appearance. At least one wedding was cancelled with unknown reasons.
Blyths of Dragonport (Players House)
The Blyths of Dragonport have their land on the eastern coast. The main settlement is the small harbour-town Dragonport. The harbour and the market place are also the most important source of income for the Blyth’s. Dragonport is a small but not unimportant gate for goods from the North to the Riverlands and vice versa (for those who want to avoid the travel thru the Neck). The fortress of the Blyths lies nearby the town and is also named Dragonport. The house was founded during Aegons Conquest, because of loyal service to the Tagaryens.
The arms of house Blyth shows a golden dragon on a per-fess shield, green on the bottom, blue on the top. The motto is: Loyal but untamed!
Members of the family:
Lord Rickon Blyth is the Head of the house, a strong and hot tempered man in his fifties. His wife Fiana comes from the Sisters. He has three children. Although he is a good fighter and proud character, he did his best to bring an end to the long feud between his house and the neighbour house Dannett.
Viserion Blyth is Lord Rickons oldest son and around 25. He is known as a good fighter and talented commander, but also as a fierce temper, sometimes even cruel. Therefore, his relationship with his father and his younger brother Gard is mostly strained. Viserion is married with Anna Dannett (21), a niece of Lord Alfred Dannett – this marriage should bring an end to the long living tension between the two families.
Gard Blyth (Player Character) is Lord Rickons second son, 23 years old, and was always the “better” son – dutiful, honourable and trying to do his best to please his father. Naturally there is no love between him and Viserion. Gard is a sincere young man, an able commander but only an average fighter. He tries to act as a “real” knight, has good manors but is sometimes a little bit arrogant.
Alyanna Blyth (Player Character) is Viserions and Gards 17 years old sister. At the time she stays in Kings Landing under the tutelage of her aunt Visennya Buckwell. She seems to be a beautiful young lady with perfect manors. Only few people (including her aunt, who sometimes works as a spy for Lord Varys) knew that she have her own will and a talent for intrigues. Normally she acts as the perfect noble maid, but she had learned to use this disguise for her own agenda.
After two cancelled betrothals some say that she is bad luck for every man who is interested in her in that way (one of the candidates died in an accident, while the other must take the black after some of embarrassing secrets leaked out).
Erik Blyth (Player Char) is Lord Rickons younger brother. He is a man in his 40th, not very athletic, strong or agile – in fact a little bit overweight. He is no fighter, but an able negotiator and merchant. At the time he lives in Oldtown. He hasn’t seen his family (or the city and castle Dragonport) since 15 years – he left Dragonport at the beginning of Roberts Rebellion, because he, in contrast to his older brother, stayed loyal to the Tagaryens.
Ragnar Greyjoy (Player Char, 17 years old) comes from a lesser branch of the famous (or infamous) Greyjoy-family, which rule over the Iron Islands. After their rebellion against King Robert 8 years ago, Ragnar (like the more prominent Theon Greyjoy) was taken hostage.
First “guest” of the Freys, he later was send to the Blyth, where he stayed since 6 years. Although he is young and in some aspects even naïve and ignorant, he is an able fighter. Because of his mixed background he still not knows where his heart lies – and even, to what gods he should pray: the drowned god of the ironmen, or the seven? Should be the “honour” of the Ironman his ideal – or the honour of the knights of Westeros?
Blyth of Krayenhorn (NPC House with one PC member
Arms: a black raven on white
Motto: Dark Wings, Dark Words
These landed knights are of course related to the Blyth of Dragonport. The Krayenhorn-family is only 200 years old, and born out of a tragedy. A younger son of a younger son of a Blyth-Lord was send to the north, to become a man of the night watch. But before he could spoke the oath of the night watch, messages arrived, that most of his family were killed by clansmen. Therefore he returned into the south, to take vengeance. With him he brought a tame raven and a young woman (some say, a bastard daughter of a Stark-lord), which he married later.
His successes in the fighting against the clans brought him not only vengeance for his killed relatives, but also a strip of land, which the family inherit till today. The Blyth’s of Krayenhorn are a Bannerhouse of the Arans, but have still strong connections to the Blyth of Dragonport.
The “castle” Krayenhorn is only an old but massive stone tower, some unfortified buildings around, and a palisade. The land of the family is not very fertile, their troops not numerous and they have still problems with clan raiders. Their most important source of income is the breeding of horses.
Members of the family:
Ser Gawan is the head of the house. His two older brothers Micael and Aemon both died during Roberts Rebellion – but on opposite sides. Gawan is a man of 41, sometimes a little bit intimidating because of his taciturn, earnest and strict nature. Although he is married the second time, he still have no heir (neither son nor daughter) – a fact, that troubled Gawan more and more. To make the things more complicated, there are at least four bastards of his brother Micael…
Anya is the second wife of Gawan and not even half of his age. She comes from House Dannett – her marriage with Gawan was part of the attempt to end the old feud between house Dannett and the Blyth-family (like the marriage of her sister Anna with Viserion, the heir of Lord Rickon Blyth of Dragonport). Anya is a strong willed young woman. She respect and appreciate her husband, but she did not love him.
Paedrig Rivers (Player Char) is one of the bastards of Ser Gawans older brother Micael, who died during Roberts Rebellion. Short before his honourable death, Paedrigs father (most times a not very honourable man) had an affair with the much younger Avara Uller (born Gargalen) and killed her husband in a duel. Outcast of her family and without any income, she gave Paedrig to Ser Micaels father, who disdained the immorality of his dead son, but recognized some kind of responsibility for his illegitimate grandson. Paedrig was handed over to a peasant family and some years later to the hedge knight Ser Randolph Gower, to become his squire. But Gower was killed by marauding clansmen while Paedrig survived because he was left for dead. That the wounded young man was brought to Krayenhorn wasn’t very much to the liking of Ser Gawan, but in the end, Paedrig was his (illegitimate) nephew... Therefore he was healed, armed and then send away with the order, never to come back to Krayenhorn.
Paedrig is a, a good fighter and most time uncomplicated and serious young (15) year old man – sometimes a little bit to proud of his noble parents.
House Fallkirk (NPC house)
Arms: A silver fist on a green and maroon Chevron shield
Mott: no fist so strong
This House is a real Newcomer in the region - founded during the Blackfyre Rebellion and by a Bastard. Therefore most of the older houses (even the Blyth) did not have a high meaning from the Falkirks. Their harsh rule (even for Westeros), the use of clansmen mercenaries and the allegation (if true or not) of treachery, murder and piracy did nothing to brighten the image. The Falkirks started with not much land, and what they have got, is not very fertile. Therefore they do almost everything to widen their stance. During Roberts Rebellion the Falkirks and Arans nearly exterminate the old house Ripon, which was loyal to the Tagaryens, and take their land.
The hard regime of the Falkirks lead to a number of peasant rebellions, while other disappointed fled into the territory of other houses (for example to Dragonport) – also a source of trouble between the Falkirks and their neighbours.
Members of the family:
Lord Edwyn is only 20 years old – his father was killed by bandits (or rebellious peasants) and his mother died short after. He is said to be as ambitious as hot tempered. He is unmarried.
Torrhen is Edwyns 15 year old brother and his hear, until Edwyn gets a legitimate son. Torrhen is a proud young man, who at the time serves as a squire for the Arans to become a knight one day.
Rhaenyra, Edwyn’s and Torrhen’s 16 year old sister is said to be a calmer character then her brothers. Beside this, there are no rumours about her.
Jonothor Rivers, Edwyns bastard uncle, is an important asset for the young lord, because of his fighting abilities and good connections to some of the mountain clans. His son Gwayne is said to be half a clansmen – and an excellent fighter as well.
House Dannett (NPC house. Warning, spoilers for “Peril at Kings Landing”!!)
Arms: a golden pomegranate, pierced by a vertical arrow, on a grey shield
Motto: eat bitter, grow strong
The Dannetts are an old and noble house, founded in the days of the Andal Invasion. A little bit too loyal to Harren the Black during Aegons Conquest, they lost a part of their land to the new house Blyth – the source for the long feud between the two houses.
During Roberts Rebellion, the Dannetts suffered great losses, when they early declared themselves for the rebels. The hall of the Dannetts were besieged and heavy damaged, and six of the seven Dannetts brothers don’t survive the civil war. There are still allegations, that this happened, because other rebellious houses (and especially the Blyth’s) left house Dannett alone in the fight and intentionally came to the rescue nearly too late. Short after the end of the civil war, the damaged hall crashed down, killing a number of family members and reducing the family to a mere handful of survivors. Since then, time has not been much better for the house. The restoration of the hall and other war damages, the replacing of the military losses, meagre income, diseases and a far too expensive representative way of living has brought the house on the brink of bankruptcy. Because of this, the Dannetts accepted the idea of Lord Rickon Blyth, to bring an end to the old feud between the houses by marriage – but tension remain between the Blyths and the Dannetts.
Lord Alfric is an ill and bitter man, his measures and politics becoming more and more desperate and erratic in the last years. He is unable to accept the decline of his house – but also unable, to do something permanently against this decline. He does nearly everything to conceal the signs of decay from the other houses (and his own son).
Adham is Lord Alfrics heir and only son – and the great hope of his father. He is a promising, honourable and attractive young knight, perhaps a little bit overconfident. Thanks to the disguise manoeuvres of his father, he did not know how desperate the situation of house Dannett REALLY is.
Iris is Adhams sister, a beautiful young lady with her own will. Some month ago, she should be married to one of Lord Dannetts greatest debtors – but Iris vanished short before the wedding.
Anna and Anya are Lord Dannetts nieces, daughters of one of his younger brothers. Their parents died during Roberts Rebellion, leaving the two girls of two and five years orphaned. They grew up to two attractive young women. While the older sister, Anna, is calm and a little bit shy, her younger sister Anya is more headstrong and lively. Anna was married to Viserion Blyth of Dragonport, while her sister married Ser Gawan Blyth of Krayenhorn.
House Weymouth (NPC house)
Arms: a silver crane on a purple shield
Motto: Safely over deep water
This is certainly the oldest house in the region, tracing their roots back to the days of the First Men. For the Weymouths ALL of the others houses are only newcomers. It is said, that they have good connections to the crannogmen of the Neck. During the invasion of the Andals, they lost many of their land, but they survived. More recent, during Roberts Rebellion, their loyalty to the Tagaryens lead to additional losses of land, men and income, leaving the Weymouths with only the power and status of a greater landed knight. All other houses in the region changed the sides much earlier and some of them still look with mistrust or resentments at the ‘loyalists’. The Weymouth only survived because the protection of the mighty Arans – another loyalist house, the Ripons, was nearly extinct and stripped from all their land. In this situation, the Weymouth’s tended to cautious action and a very carefully politic. They couldn’t afford another mistake.
Lord Gyles is the head of the house, since his father died during Roberts Rebellion. He is not much older than 30 years, a cautious diplomat and good bowman, trusted and beloved by his peoples. His wife Carellen comes from House Manderly of White Harbor
Gyles and Carellen have only one child, a 17 years old daughter named Naerys. She is a calm and inconspicuous, but more religious and cultured as many other young noble women. Since she is at time the only heir of the family, their parents look with cautious and worry into the future (especially concerning the question of Naerys eventual marriage).
Septrie Eaglewood (NPC community)
The septrie is at least 500 years old, but some say, that its history goes back even to the time short after the invasion of the Andals. The septrie include a community of Brown Brothers,
Brown Sisters and a group of Silent Sisters. During the centuries, the septrie gathered a considerable amount of land and wealth.
As protection against bandits, marauders, clansmen and other raiders, the septrie is fortified and can mobilize some peasant levies. Although it is forbidden for the faith to have standing armies, the septrie have also a Scout unit – formally a as a sort of lease unit from the Arans. Although this, there are still not enough men to make the territory completely save – the septrie has sometimes problems with bandits and clan raiders.
Political, the septrie has especially good ties to the Arans but do not participate in the feudal feuds and skirmishes. Most of the houses respect this and try to have also a good relationship with the faith. Many unwanted or embarrassing members of the local noble houses (bastards, idiots, cripples) were send to the septrie, where this ‘leftovers’ were treated with diligence and discretion.
Septa Jonelle is the head of the community. She is still young (not even 30 years old), but headstrong, intelligent and an able administrator. In contrast to the normal situation, she is no member of a local noble house. Instead of this, she made her way from an orphan girl with unknown heritage to the top of the Septrie in an astonishing short amount of time.
Septon Rodrick is the second in command. He is from noble heritage, but lacks the will and the abilities to stand against his much younger superior. He is said to be the wisest man in the region, but also a little bit senile.