House Farman

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House Farman of Faircastle
Farman.png
Coat of arms Three silver ships on a blue field with a border of crimson and gold
(Azure, three galleys argent within a bordure compony gules and or)
Seat Faircastle, Fair Isle
Current Lord Sebaston Farman
Region westerlands
Title Lord of Fair Isle
Overlord House Lannister

House Farman of Faircastle is a noble house from Faircastle on Fair Isle, off the coast of the westerlands. They are sworn to House Lannister of Casterly Rock, and are considered among their principal bannermen. The Farmans are known for their hatred of the ironborn from the Iron Islands.[1]

Neither their arms or their words appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with three silver ships on blue, a border of crimson and gold.[2]

History

Age of Heroes

The Farmans are an ancient line, dating back to the days of the First Men when they ruled as petty kings and guarded the western coast of Westeros from ironborn reavers. The Farmans knelt to Tommen I Lannister, King of the Rock, when he raised a great fleet and married the daughter of the last Farman king.[1] At some point House Farman liberated Fair Isle from ironborn occupation when Gylbert Farman incited a smallfolk uprising.[3]

Targaryen Era

In 47 AC, the widowed Rhaena Targaryen went as far away as possible from her uncle, King Maegor Targaryen, to Fair Isle, where Lord Farman granted her the hospitality of Faircastle. When Rhaena was summoned by King Maegor, she went, for ignoring this summon would bring the King with Balerion down on Fair Isle. As she had grown fond of Lord Farman, but even more than fond of his second son Androw, so she left.[4].

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Dalton Greyjoy captured Fair Isle and took the five daughters of Lord Farman as salt wives for himself and his brother, Veron Greyjoy.[5] Two years after the Great Spring Sickness, Lord Dagon Greyjoy sacked Fair Isle and took a hundred women away along with half its wealth. Ser Duncan the Tall considered leaving the service of Ser Eustace Osgrey and pledging his sword to Lord Farman, who was reinforcing the defenses of his island.

Some years after Lord Tywin Lannister defeated the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion, Lord Farman of Faircastle grew truculent. Tywin sent him as an envoy a musician playing "The Rains of Castamere", and that was enough to make Lord Farman reconsider his position.

Jeyne Farman was Cersei Lannister's companion at Casterly Rock during her youth. It is possible that she is the daughter of the rebellious Lord Farman and was requested by Tywin as a hostage to ensure his loyalty.

Recent Events

Farman ships battling the ironborn, illustrated by Lukasz Jaskolski. © Fantasy Flight Games.

A Feast for Crows

Cersei Lannister recalls that she, fat Jeyne Farman, and Melara Hetherspoon went together to visit Maggy the Frog, but Jeyne ran away from the tent as soon as the maegi opened her eyes. Cersei thinks that perhaps plump, timid Jeyne did the most clever thing when she fled, since afterwards she had a pleasant life marrying one of her brother Lord Sebaston's bannermen and whelping a dozen children.[6][7]

House Farman at the end of the third century

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

Historical Farmans

Sworn Houses

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Driftwood Crowns.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Sons of the Dragon.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Red Kraken.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Lannister Lineage.

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