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House Caron of Nightsong
House Caron.png
Coat of arms A field of black nightingales on yellow
Words No Song so Sweet
Seat Nightsong
Current Lord Rolland Storm
Region the Stormlands
Title Lord of the Marches
Lord of Nightsong
Overlord House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Died out 299AC

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]

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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 1,000 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]

Ser Arlan and Dunk served Lord Caron and Lord Dondarrion when they fought the 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 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.

In 287AC, 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. 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.

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 is named to the Rainbow Guard, being known as Bryce the Orange afterwards. Lord Caron's nightingales are seen by Catelyn Tully in Renly's camp. During the feast he goads Ser Robar the Red into juggling daggers. After the failed parley between the Baratheon brothers at Storm's End, Lord Bryce is given command of the left in the coming battle. Bryce turns to Stannis Baratheon after Renly's death, however. He accompanies Stannis to the parley with Ser Cortnay Penrose, where he offers to fight Cortnay in single combat and is rebuffed.

Bryce fights in the Battle of the Blackwater, in which he is slain in single combat by a one-eyed knight, Ser Philip Foote. The late Lord Bryen Caron's bastard, Ser Rolland Storm, commands the rearguard that allows Stannis to reach the galleys and flee from the Blackwater. King Joffrey Baratheon renders the house’s keep, lands, titles, and incomes forfeit and given to Ser Philip as the first Lord Foote.[8] Rolland still claims Nightsong as a pretender, however.[9]

A Storm of Swords

Rolland, the Bastard of Nightsong, is regarded by Stannis as one of the few good men that remain to him after his defeat at the Blackwater. Rolland helps Davos Seaworth to smuggle Edric Storm out of Dragonstone. He is trusted by Davos because of his fierce faith in the Warrior.

The arms of House Caron are spotted by Jon Snow during the attack by Stannis on the wildling camp north of the Wall. Ser Rolland was named castellan of Dragonstone by Stannis before going north to the Wall.

Mylenda Caron becomes a widow when Lady Stoneheart and her outlaws hang Petyr Frey.

A Feast for Crows

Rolland continues to serve Stannis's cause by holding Dragonstone. His fate after the fall of Dragonstone is unknown.[10]

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 and Notes


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