Quentyn Ball

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Quentyn Ball
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Alias Fireball
Title Ser
Allegiance House Ball
Died In 196 AC, at near Redgrass Field
Book(s) The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (mentioned)
Personal Arms A fireball blazing red and yellow across a night black field[1]

Ser Quentyn Ball, better known as Fireball, was a knight of House Ball during the reigns of King Aegon IV Targaryen and King Daeron II Targaryen. His personal coat-of-arms was a fireball blazing red and yellow across a night black field.[1]

Appearance and Character

He was red haired, with a fiery temper, hence the moniker Fireball.

History

During the reign of Aegon IV

In King's Landing Quentyn was the master-at-arms at the Red Keep during King Aegon IV Targaryen's days. At some point Aegon promised Quentyn a place in the Kingsguard once an opening were to become apparent. In order to facilitate this Quentyn made his wife join the Silent Sisters. Aegon died before an opening in the Sworn Brotherhood became vacant.[2]

First Blackfyre Rebellion

When a place in the Kingsguard later became available under Daeron II, the successor to Aegon, Quentyn reminded him of his father's promise. However Fireball was refused the white cloak for reasons unknown and it was given to Ser Willem Wylde instead. This betrayal is what caused Quentyn choose Daemon Blackfyre's side during Daemon's rebellion. It was rumoured that he had as much a part as Bittersteel did in convincing Daemon to claim the throne.[2]

It was Fireball that rescued Daemon when King Daeron sent the Kingsguard to arrest him. During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, he killed Lord Lefford at Lannisport and sent Lord Damon Lannister back to Casterly Rock when he came out to confront him. At the crossing of the Mander he slew all the sons of Lady Penrose save for the youngest, whom he spared as a kindness to her. He was slain by a common archer on the eve of the battle of the Redgrass Field when he stopped for a drink of water.[3][1]

It is possible he fathered a bastard son named Glendon Flowers.[1]

Behind the Scenes

According to George R. R. Martin Fireball was loosely inspired by Sir Hotspur Percy, a late medieval English nobleman.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Mystery Knight.
  2. 2.0 2.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daeron II Targaryen.
  3. The Sworn Sword.
  4. The Citadel. Private Meeting Santa Fe, NM (May 4, 2004), So Spake Martin

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