House Flint of Widow's Watch

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House Flint of Widow's Watch
Flint Widows Watch.png
Coat of arms A blue field strewn with whitecaps, on a yellow chief with crested line a pair of blue eyes
(Azure semé of whitecaps argent, on a chief wavy crested or two eyes of the second irised of the first and pupiled sable)
Words Ever Vigilant
Seat Widow's Watch
Current Lord Lady Lyessa Flint
Region North
Overlord House Stark (AGOT)
House Bolton (ADWD)
Cadet Branch House Flint of Flint's Finger
House Flint of the mountains

House Flint of Widow's Watch is a noble house from Widow's Watch in the east of the north. They are probably the most powerful branch of House Flint.[1] While the Flints of the mountains claim to be the oldest of the Flints,[2] a semi-canon source states the Flints of Widow's Watch are the senior branch of the extended Flint family, which includes the mountain Flints and House Flint of Flint's Finger.[3]

Neither their arms or their words appear in the text. A semi-canon source blazons their banner as a blue field strewn with whitecaps, on a yellow chief with crested line a pair of blue eyes and gives their motto as "Ever Vigilant".[4][5]

History

It is suggested that the Night's King was a Flint, among the many possibilities. Lord Commander Rodrik Flint is regarded as one of the worst commanders of the Night's Watch, for trying to make himself King-Beyond-the-Wall. One of the dark legends surrounding the Nightfort is the rape and murder of brave young Danny Flint.[6][7]

A branch of House Flint held the Wolf's Den for a century after the extinction of the Greystarks.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After Robb Stark calls his banners, Maester Luwin explains that while some houses (such as the Karstarks, Boltons, Hornwoods and Umbers) gather at the winter town, others such as the the Reeds, the Ryswells and Dustins and also Lords Manderly and Flint are waiting to join him along the kingsroad. Since House Flint of Widow's Watch is ruled by Lady Lyessa Flint, the passage probably refers to the Lord of Flint's Finger.[9]

Robin Flint is one of the thirty sons of nobles that ride besides the Young Wolf during the war. He and Ser Wendel Manderly are among the older men in the group.[10]

A Clash of Kings

The Flints are reported to have ties to House Hornwood through the female line, though A Clash of Kings does not specify which branch.[11]

The Flints of Widow Watch excuse themselves for not attending the harvest feast of Winterfell because Lady Lyessa Flint is heavy with child and there is sickness at Widow's Watch.[11] Robin accompanies Lady Catelyn Stark on her voyage south to deal with Renly Baratheon and Stannis Baratheon.[12]

When Theon Greyjoy studies the banners from the northern lords preparing to attack Winterfell through Maester Luwin's Myrish lens tube, he sees some of House Flint, though not as many as from other houses.[13]

A Storm of Swords

Robin commands the rearguard during Robb's march to the Twins for the wedding of Edmure Tully.[14] Robin is one of Robb's bodyguards during the wedding feast, sitting near him with the Smalljon without drinking. During the Red Wedding, Robin is last seen ringed by Freys, their daggers rising and falling.[15]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to Widow's Watch in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

The fleet of Salladhor Saan is spotted by the Flints of Widow's Watch.[16]

The Flints of Widow's Watch take their lead from Lord Wyman Manderly of White Harbor.[8]

House Flint of Widow's Watch at the end of the third century

The known Flints of Widow's Watch during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

References and Notes

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