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|House Bracken of Stone Hedge|
|Coat of arms||Or, a stallion rampant to sinister gules within a bordure tenné|
|Current Lord||Jonos Bracken|
|Overlord||House Baelish of Harrenhal|
|Founded||Age of Heroes|
House Bracken of Stone Hedge is an old house from Stone Hedge in the Riverlands, one of the main familes sworn to House Tully. They once ruled the Riverlands as kings during the Age of Heroes. They blazon their arms with a red stallion upon a golden escutcheon on brown. Their words do not appear in the books.
The Brackens have the blood of the First Men in their veins and were kings of the Riverlands during the Age of Heroes. They have an old and bitter feud against their neighbors, the Blackwoods. According to the Brackens, the Blackwoods were vassals who betrayed the Brackens and usurped their crown. The feud has continued throughout the years, aided by House Bracken's change to the Faith of the Seven after the Andal invasion. The Blackwoods believe the Brackens poisoned the weirwood at Raventree Hall. Battle Valley and the village of Blackbuckle are part of the disputed land. There have been numerous peaces between the Brackens and Blackwoods, many sealed by marriage, but the feud always restarts.
House Bracken aided Aegon the Conquerer during his War of Conquest and rebelled against King Harren the Black of Harrenhal. A Bracken fought a duel with a Blackwood over Rhaenyra Targaryen in 112AC, but the princess eventually wed Ser Laenor Velaryon.
Barba Bracken, the fifth mistress of King Aegon IV Targaryen, was the mother of Aegor Rivers, the Great Bastard known as Bittersteel. According to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Lord Bracken was to sail with Myrish crossbowmen to aid Daemon Blackfyre and Bittersteel during the Blackfyre Rebellion, but was delayed by storms.
Ser Otho Bracken slew Lord Quentyn Blackwood at a tourney in King's Landing, reinvigorating the feud. Three years later Otho and some Blackwoods participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow. Ser Steffon Fossoway considered convincing Otho or the Blackwoods to fight for Dunk at his trial of seven, but decided it would be impossible to make them fight on the same side. When Lord Bracken lay dying, Septon Sefton explained that Otho would inherit and the Blackwoods would not suffer him, meaning war. Lord Bracken's eldest son died in the Great Spring Sickness. The then-Hand of the King, Bittersteel's rival Lord Bloodraven, was half-Blackwood, so he was unlikely to stop it.
Lords Bracken and Blackwood came to Riverrun when Lysa Tully was young to put their feud before Lord Hoster Tully's judgment. Hoster attempted to marry Ser Brynden Tully to Lord Bracken's daughter. The daughter of Elys Waynwood was on her way to marry a Bracken when she was kidnapped by the Burned Men and not heard from again.
A Game of Thrones
Three Bracken men-at-arms, Kurleket, Lharys and Mohor, assist Catelyn Tully in arresting Tyrion Lannister at the inn at the crossroads. The three die during the trek to the Vale of Arryn, slain by mountain clansmen.
After the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, Ser Gregor Clegane burns out the Brackens, laying waste to their fields, slaughtering their smallfolk and leaving Stone Hedge a smoking ruin. Lord Jonos Bracken is listed among the nobles Joffrey commands to do him fealty or be declared traitors. Lord Jonos arrives at Riverrun after the Battle of the Camps. At the war council at Riverrun, Jonos suggests to pledge fealty to King Renly Baratheon, perhaps only to contradict Lord Tytos Blackwood's previous statement. After Greatjon Umber speaks, Jonos joins the other river lords in declaring Robb Stark to be King in the North.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Lord Quenten Banefort is held captive by House Bracken. Among those claimed to have been murdered by the Lannisters by the Brotherhood Without Banners was the Harry Rivers, the Bastard of Bracken. Brienne of Tarth, Cleos Frey, and Jaime Lannister find the bodies of tavern wenches hanged for associating with Lannister troops while traveling through Bracken lands. Lord Jonos is among the seven nobles who launch Lord Hoster Tully's funeral boat.
Following the death of King Robb Stark in the Red Wedding, Jonos surrenders to the Iron Throne and receives a royal pardon. The Brackens then fight House Blackwood, who remain loyal to House Stark, on behalf of House Baratheon of King's Landing.
A Feast for Crows
Dead soldiers bearing the colors of House Bracken have washed up on the Quiet Isle. According to the Elder Brother, they are buried next to their Blackwood enemies. The Brackens besiege the Blackwoods at Raventree Hall.
A Dance with Dragons
Lord Tytos Blackwood refuses to surrender to Jonos Bracken, leading Jaime Lannister to attempt to resolve the siege of Raventree. Jonos desires to gain the east bank of the Widow's Wash, from Crossbow Ridge to Rutting Meadow, Grindcorn Mill, Lord's Mill, Muddy Hall, the Ravishment, Battle Valley, Oldforge, Buckle, Blackbuckle, Cairns, Claypool, Mudgrave, Waspwood, Lorgen's Wood, Greenhill, Barba's Teats, and Honeytree. However, Tytos only agrees to transfer Woodhedge, Crossbow Ridge, Buckle, Lord's Mill, and Honeytree. Jaime orders Jonos to send one of his daughters to serve Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in King's Landing.
House Bracken at the end of the third century
The known Brackens during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Jonos Bracken, Lord of Stone Hedge.
With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch of the house there is also:
- Harry Rivers, the Bastard of Bracken, the natural son of a member of House Bracken, claimed to be Lord Jonos's son.
- Lord Bracken's daughter. One of the possible matches for Brynden Tully in his youth. Possibly a sister of Lord Jonos.
- In 112AC, the son of Lord Bracken dueled the son of Lord Blackwood for the hand of Rhaenyra Targaryen.
- Ser Otho Bracken, known as the Brute of Bracken, was the son and heir of Lord Bracken during the reign of Daeron II.
- Barba Bracken, the fifth of Aegon IV Targaryen's mistresses and mother of Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers.
- Bethany Bracken, the seventh of Aegon IV's mistresses.
|“||We've had a hundred peaces with the Brackens, many sealed with marriages. There's Blackwood blood in every Bracken, and Bracken blood in every Blackwood. The Old King's Peace lasted half a century. But then some fresh quarrel broke out, and the old wounds opened and began to bleed again. That's how it always happens, my father says. So long as men remember the wrongs done to their forebears, no peace will ever last. So we go on century after century, with us hating the Brackens and them hating us. My father says there will never be an end to it.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ "Riverlands" entry in A World of Ice and Fire
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime.
- ↑ The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 1, Jaime.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 48, Jaime.
- ↑ Blackwood-Bracken Feud and Coinage, (August 13, 2003) So Spake Martin
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Chicon 7 Reading
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa.
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime.