Artys I Arryn
Artys Arryn, as depicted in
Game of Thrones: Complete Guide to Westeros
|Full name||Artys Arryn, the First of His Name|
|Predecessor||Robar II Royce as High King of the Vale, the Fingers, and the Mountains of the Moon|
|Successor||His eldest son|
|Born||At Giant's Lance|
|Issue||At least three sons|
Artys I Arryn was the first King of Mountain and Vale and the founder of House Arryn in Westeros. Prior to his coronation, Ser Artys, called the Falcon Knight, was an Andal knight who defeated the First Men of the Vale in the Battle of the Seven Stars. He is sometimes combined in tales with the Winged Knight, a legendary hero of the Vale from thousands of years before the Andal invasion.
Artys was born of pure Andal blood in the Vale in the shadow of the Giant's Lance. On his shield he bore the moon-and-falcon and a pair of falcon's wings decorated his silver warhelm, earning him the nickname of the Falcon Knight. He was esteemed as the finest warrior of his day, skilled with sword, lance and morningstar. Artys was a cunning and resourceful leader, beloved by all who fought beside him.
After King Robar II Royce united the First Men of the Vale, the Mountains of the Moon, and the Fingers under his rule and struck against the divided Andal houses and petty kings, the Andals unified under the leadership of Ser Artys, who was of an age with King Robar. He led the Andal army in the Battle of Seven Stars, taking part in its final stage. Artys led a force of over five hundred knights through a goat track on the Giant's Lance to take the already weakened First Men in the rear, leaving a decoy, who was slain by Robar, among the main fighting force. It is possible he slew Robar himself, though other candidates have been put forth over the centuries.
After the Andal victory, the First Men houses bent the knee to Ser Artys, who was proclaimed King of Mountain and Vale, thus founding the Arryn dynasty. In later centuries, singers would conflate him with the legendary "Winged Knight".
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