House Manderly

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House Manderly of White Harbor
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Coat of arms White merman on a blue-green field.
Seat New Castle in White Harbor
Current Lord Wyman Manderly
Region The North
Title Lord of White Harbor
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Knight of the Order of the Green Hand
Heir Ser Wylis Manderly
Overlord House Bolton

House Manderly of White Harbor is among the most powerful and loyal vassals of House Stark as well as the richest noble family in the North due to their control of the only city in the region and the many silver mines in their lands. Unlike most other northern houses,[1] the Manderlys follow the Faith of the Seven instead of the old gods, as the family originated in the Reach. Their seat is the New Castle in the city of White Harbor.

The Manderlys' blazon is a white merman with dark green hair, beard and tail, carrying a black trident, over a blue-green field.[2][3] Their words do not appear in the books, neither has George R. R. Martin submitted them in semi-canon material.

The Lord of White Harbor, Wyman Manderly, influences all lands and houses east of the mouth of the White Knife, from Widow's Watch and Ramsgate to the Sheepshead Hills and the headwaters of the Broken Branch. This includes Houses Locke, Woolfield, and Flint of Widow's Watch.[4]



According to Lady Rohanne Webber, House Manderly used to exist along the banks of the mighty river Mander in the Reach, but left or were driven away about a thousand years ago.[5] Lord Godric Borrell further refines the time period to "no more than nine hundred years ago" and that the House had overreached itself and been repelled by the "green hands", apparently a reference to House Gardener. The implication seems to be that House Manderly attempted and failed to take power in the Reach from House Gardener at the time and was banished from that realm, sore and friendless and in peril for their lives.[6] Wylla Manderly proclaims that the Manderlys fled north and were protected and welcomed by the Starks of Winterfell as their own bannermen a thousand years before the War of Conquest. This history apparently instilled the Manderlys with great loyalty to their liege lord and swore an oath that they will always be loyal subjects of House Stark.[7] The Manderlys are one of the few great houses of the North to follow the Faith of the Seven instead of the old gods and thus have a strong tradition of knighthood.[1]

The Starks awarded the Wolf's Den to the Manderlys and tasked them with defending the White Knife.[7] The city of White Harbor was developed by the Manderlys over the following centuries. It is one of the five cities of Westeros, and is the main northern port for commerce and naval transport. The New Castle was built to replace the aging Wolf's Den.

House Manderly supported Rhaenys Targaryen in the Great Council of 101 at Harrenhal. During the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon traveled to White Harbor and Winterfell and convinced the North to join the blacks. Lord Manderly sent warriors led by his sons, Ser Medrick and Ser Torrhen, to support Rhaenyra Targaryen.[8]

When Lord Eddard Stark called the northern banners to join Robert's Rebellion, Lord Wyman Manderly led the Manderlys south. Wyman fought at the Battle of the Trident, rewarding his retainer Ser Bartimus for saving his life by making him castellan of the Wolf's Den, White Harbor's prison.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After learning of the assassination attempt on his son Bran's life, Lord Eddard Stark instructs his wife Catelyn to have Lord Wyman Manderly strengthen White Harbor.[9]

After leaving the Vale of Arryn, Catelyn meets the Manderlys at White Harbor. Because of Eddard's arrest in King's Landing, a Manderly army, led by Ser Wylis and Ser Wendel, joins Robb Stark at Moat Cailin when marching south against the Lannisters. Their force consists of near 1,500 men, including some 20 knights with their squires, 200 mounted lances, swordsmen and freeriders, and the remaining foot armed with spears, pikes and tridents. Wyman remains at White Harbor to watch over the city.[2] When the northern army splits at the Twins, Wendel accompanies Robb to free Riverrun, and although he is already a mature man, he is counted among the thirty young sons of lords that form Robb's personal guard. Meanwhile, Wylis leads the White Harbor infantry with Lord Roose Bolton on his march south, and is captured at the Battle of the Green Fork.

A Clash of Kings

Lady Donella Hornwood, who was born a Manderly, is widowed by the death of Lord Halys Hornwood on the Green Fork. While at Winterfell for the harvest feast, Lord Wyman advances his claim for the House Hornwood lands, going on to offer to wed his cousin. Ultimately this does not occur, as Donella is forcefully wed when she returns to her lands and is locked away to die by Ramsay Snow, the Bastard of Bolton. In response, Wyman seizes Hornwood to prevent Ramsay from occupying it,[10] and Manderly knights attack Bolton men in the Hornwood forests. News reaches Winterfell via Ser Rodrik Cassel, but he does not have the manpower to stop them.[11]

In the south, Wendel accompanies Lady Catelyn Tully to negotiate with Kings Renly and Stannis Baratheon, bearing the Stark banner at the parley before Storm's End. After Theon Greyjoy seizes Winterfell, he receives reports that Lord Wyman sent a dozen barges up the White Knife packed with knights and siege engines to help recapture the Starks' seat. Meanwhile, Wylis has been held prisoner at Harrenhal, where he frequented the kitchens. Wylis is one of the northmen Tyrion Lannister is willing to trade for his cousins captured at the Battle of the Whispering Wood.[12] Wylis is ultimately freed when Roose Bolton captures Harrenhal. Back in White Harbor, Lord Wyman follows Bran Stark's command to work with Hother Umber in building a northern fleet to combat wildlings.

A Storm of Swords

As Robb marches to the Twins to attend the wedding of Edmure Tully, Ser Wendel Manderly is placed in charge of protecting his baggage train. Ser Wylis commands Lord Roose Bolton's rearguard as they march to the same destination. Wylis is captured for a second time when Gregor Clegane's men attack the army as they cross the Ruby Ford of the Trident, with Lord Bolton allowing the Mountain to destroy his rearguard. Wylis is returned to captivity at Harrenhal. At the Twins, Wendel dies at the Red Wedding, with an arrow going into his open mouth. Maester Aemon sends a raven to White Harbor in a plea for help from the Manderlys to defend Castle Black from a wildling siege.

A Feast for Crows

According to Queen Cersei, the Manderlys are on the verge of allying themselves with the Boltons, with Lord Wyman agreeing to marry both of his granddaughters to members of House Frey and open his port to Lannister ships. The Iron Throne receives reports that Lord Wyman executed Davos when he attempted to negotiate an alliance with Stannis; Cersei responds by allowing the release of Wyman's surviving son, Wylis Manderly. At Harrenhal, Jaime Lannister informs a grateful Wylis he will have an escort to Maidenpool and be put on a ship home to White Harbor.

A Dance with Dragons

When Davos Seaworth arrives in White Harbor hoping to ally Lord Wyman to King Stannis, he learns that the Manderly fleet has been built up without the Lannisters' knowledge. White Harbor is awash with refugees, including those from the Hornwood lands. Wyman fakes Davos's death, killing a criminal in his place and altering the body so it resembles the Onion Knight. After Wylis returns safely to White Harbor, Wyman sends Davos on a mission to find Rickon Stark, known to be alive thanks to Wex Pyke, in a secret bid to unite the northern lords in resistance to Houses Bolton and Frey.

Keeping up his ruse of loyalty, Lord Wyman arrives at Winterfell with near a thousand men to answer Roose Bolton's call to arms, and to attend Ramsay Bolton's wedding. At the wedding, he provides some of the food, including three pies that are implied to be made from three missing Freys who had recently been in White Harbor. While quartered in Winterfell, there is tension within the garrison between the Manderlys and Freys. When Wyman japes about the death of Little Walder Frey, it boils over into bloodshed, with Lord Wyman wounded and several men-at-arms dead on both sides. Lord Bolton, hoping to reduce tensions and hungry mouths within the castle, sends the White Harbor men to engage Stannis's army, which is slowly approaching Winterfell.

House Manderly at the end of the third century

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

Ramsay Snow
Halys Hornwood
Leona Woolfield
Daryn Hornwood


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