House Caron

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House Caron of Nightsong
House Caron.png
Coat of arms A field of black nightingales on yellow
(Or, semé of nightingales sable)
Words No Song so Sweet
Seat Nightsong
Current Lord Rolland Storm
Region stormlands
Title Lord of the Marches
Lord of Nightsong
Overlord House Baratheon of Dragonstone

House Caron of Nightsong is one of the principal noble houses in the stormlands, sworn to Storm's End.[1] They rule from Nightsong and hold the title Lord of the Marches,[2] although they do not hold dominion over other marcher lords in the Dornish Marches.[3]

Their blazon is a field of black nightingales on yellow.[4][5] Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon correspondence it is No Song so Sweet.[6]

History

The Carons date back to the Age of Heroes, and they are a family known for creating warriors and singers. They claim their nightingale sigil has been in a thousand battles.[3] Maester Yandel states Nightsong has been sworn to Storm's End since time immemorial, but also that the Kingdom of the Reach once included western marches from Horn Hill to Nightsong.[7] The Carons and Swanns both claim to be the oldest of the marcher lords.[3]

The first Vulture King besieged Nightsong with a host of Dornishmen, but was unable to capture the castle. The rebel was eventually defeated in the Vulture Hunt by Lady Ellyn Caron, Lord Harmon Dondarrion, and Lord Samwell Tarly.[8]

After the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Royce Caron was chosen as one of the regents of King Aegon III Targaryen, but he resigned a year later.[9]

Ser Arlan and Dunk served Lord Caron and Lord Dondarrion when they fought another Vulture King in the Red Mountains. Lord Pearse Caron was one of the outstanding participants in the tourney at Ashford Meadow. He was a harper, singer and knight of renown, and had his personal arms emblazoned with a silver harp. Pearse chose Lord Leo Tyrell as his opponent at Ashford. The match was even, and Pearse managed to shatter Leo's shield, but in the end he yielded. Lord Caron ignored Dunk when he was asked for help in the trial of seven.[10]

In 287 ᴀᴄ, Brienne of Tarth was promised to the younger son of Lord Bryen Caron, a shy boy with a mole above his lip, but two years later a chill caused his death, also taking the lives of Lord Caron, his wife and their daughters.[11] This left young Bryce Caron as Lord of the Marches.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Bryce Caron's shield with its field of nightingales is seen displayed outside his tent during the Hand's tourney. He is one of the outstanding knights at the tourney, but he is defeated by Ser Jaime Lannister.[2]

After King Joffrey I Baratheon assumes the Iron Throne, he orders that Bryce swear fealty.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Along with most other storm lords, Lord Bryce declares for Renly Baratheon at the outset of the War of the Five Kings, and he is named to the Rainbow Guard, being known as Bryce the Orange afterwards. Lord Caron's nightingales are seen by Catelyn Stark in Renly's camp at Bitterbridge. During the feast he goads Ser Robar the Red into juggling daggers.[4]

After the failed parley between Renly and his brother Stannis at Storm's End, Bryce is given command of the left in the coming battle.[13] Bryce turns to Stannis after Renly's death, however. He accompanies Stannis to the parley with Ser Cortnay Penrose, where he offers to fight Cortnay in single combat but is rebuffed.[14] Bryce advises Stannis against having Melisandre present for his upcoming attack on King's Landing.[15]

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Bryce is slain in single combat by a one-eyed knight, Ser Philip Foote. Joffrey grants the Carons' lands, rights, and incomes to Philip, forming House Foote of Nightsong.[16]

A Storm of Swords

Bryce's half-brother Rolland Storm, the Bastard of Nightsong, is regarded by Stannis as one of the few good men that remain to him.[17] Rolland had commanded the rearguard that allows Stannis to reach the galleys and flee from the Blackwater.[18] Rolland helps Lord Davos Seaworth smuggle Edric Storm out of Dragonstone. He is trusted by Davos because of his fierce faith in the Warrior instead of R'hllor.[18] Rolland is named castellan of Dragonstone by Stannis before going the king sails north to the Wall.[19]

The arms of House Caron are spotted by Jon Snow during the battle beneath the Wall between Stannis's knights and the free folk of Mance Rayder.[20] After the battle, Stannis sends word for Rolland to have obsidian mined at Dragonstone.[19]

Mylenda Caron becomes a widow when Lady Stoneheart and the brotherhood without banners hang Petyr Frey.[21]

A Feast for Crows

Rolland continues to serve Stannis's cause by holding Dragonstone. His fate after the fall of Dragonstone is unknown.[22]

A Dance with Dragons

Rolland is the pretender Lord of Nightsong.[23]

House Caron at the end of the third century

The known Carons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unspecified familiar relationship with the lord of the house there is also:

Historical Members

References