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House Manderly of White Harbor
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Coat of arms A white merman with dark green hair, beard and tail, carrying a black trident, on a blue-green field
Seat New Castle in White Harbor
Dunstonbury (formerly)
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
Lord of Dunstonbury (formerly)
Heir Ser Wylis Manderly
Overlord House Bolton

House Manderly of White Harbor is a noble family in the North whose seat is the New Castle in the city of White Harbor. They are among the most powerful and loyal vassals of House Stark as well as the richest northern family due to their control of the only city in the region. 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.

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, including Houses Locke, Woolfield, and Flint of Widow's Watch.[4] The Manderlys' dominion includes the Sheepshead Hills[5] and the Broken Branch,[6] as well as the allegiance of Ramsgate.[7] Their bannermen includes a dozen petty lords and a hundred landed knights.[4]



Kingdom of the Reach

The Manderlys are an ancient line who once lived along the banks of the mighty river Mander in the Kingdom of the Reach, and some claim the river was named after them.[8] A noble house of great lords descended from the First Men, they held the castle of Dunstonbury as their seat and had a fierce rivalry with House Peake.[9]

During the reign of the Gardener kings in the Reach, King Gwayne III the Fat managed to persuade Lords Manderly and Peake to accept his judgement on their quarrel, and do fealty for their lands, without any bloodshed. Near the end of the long reign of King Garth X Greybeard, a problem with the succession arose as Garth had fathered no sons and only sired two daughters, one of whom had been married to Lord Manderly, and the other to Lord Peake. Both lords were determined that their own wife should succeed the throne and the rivalry between them was marked by betrayal, conspiracy and murder, and soon escalated to open war with many lords joining the cause of both sides. The anarchy that followed lasted for almost two decades until Ser Osmund Tyrell, the High Steward of Highgarden, made common cause with the other lords of the Reach and defeated the Peakes and Manderlys. He placed a distant cousin of the previous king on the throne who ascended as King Mern VI Gardener.[9]

Exile and White Harbor

According to Lady Rohanne Webber, House Manderly left or were driven away from the Reach about a thousand years ago.[10] Lord Godric Borrell further refines the time period to "no more than nine hundred years ago", claiming the House had overreached itself and been repelled by the "green hands",[11] a reference to the Gardener kings and their sigil.[12] According to Maester Yandel, the exile of House Manderly is credited to Lord Lorimar Peake upon the behest of King Perceon III Gardener, who feared the Manderlys' growing influence and power in the Reach.[9]

Wylla Manderly proclaims that the Manderlys, sore and friendless and in peril of their lives, fled north and were protected and welcomed by the Starks of Winterfell as their own bannermen a thousand years before the War of Conquest. The Starks awarded the Wolf's Den to the Manderlys and tasked them with defending the White Knife in return for swearing an oath that they would always be loyal subjects of House Stark. This history instilled the Manderlys with great loyalty to their new liege lords.[13]

The city of White Harbor was built by the Manderlys with the wealth they had brought from the Reach and they developed it over the following centuries.[13] It is the smallest of the five cities of Westeros, and is the main northern port for commerce and naval transport. The New Castle, built to replace the aging Wolf's Den, resembles their previous castle Dunstonbury in the Reach.[9] 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]

Targaryen Era

House Manderly enjoyed great relations to both their liege lords, the Starks, and their sovereigns, the Targaryens. Princess Viserra Targaryen, the wild and high-spirited daughter of King Jaehaerys I and Good Queen Alysanne, was betrothed to Lord Manderly, but she apparently died by falling from a horse while racing drunkenly through the streets of King's Landing. Lady Jeyne Manderly wed Rickon Stark, eldest son and supposed heir to Lord Cregan Stark and gave him two daughters, Serena and Sansa. Lady Myriame Manderly married Rodwell Stark and became Lady of Winterfell upon her husband's accession.[9]

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.[14] Torrhen served as one of the regents of King Aegon III Targaryen after the war, resigning in 132 AC after the deaths of his father and brother from Winter Fever. When Aegon came of age in 136 AC, he ended the regency and dismissed the Hand of the King, Lord Manderly.[9]

Robert's Rebellion

When Lord Eddard Stark called the northern banners to join Robert's Rebellion against King Aerys II Targaryen, 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, now 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.[15]

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

While at Winterfell for the harvest feast, Lord Wyman meets with Bran Stark, Ser Rodrik Cassel, and Maester Luwin. He offers to mint coins for Robb, informs them of White Harbor's defenses, and proposes to build the king a new warfleet of galleys, with Rodrik saying he will inform Robb of the proposal. Later during the feast, Rodrik commands Hother and Mors Umber to work with Wyman in building longships to combat wildlings.[16]

Lady Donella Hornwood (née Manderly) is widowed by the death of Lord Halys Hornwood on the Green Fork. During 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,[17] and Manderly knights attack Bolton men in the Hornwood forests. News reaches Winterfell via Ser Rodrik, but he does not have the manpower to stop them.[18]

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. 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.[19] Wylis is ultimately freed when Roose Bolton captures Harrenhal.

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. During his parley with Ser Rodrik Cassel outside the gates of Winterfell, Theon observes a line of mounted Manderly knights. Rodrik's forces are betrayed by House Bolton in the battle at Winterfell, however.[20]

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 sees that twenty-three war galleys have been built without the Lannisters' knowledge. White Harbor is awash with refugees, including those from the Hornwood lands.[21] Despite the objections of his granddaughter, Wylla Manderly, Wyman denounces Davos in front of three Frey envoys, indicating he is ready to make peace with the Iron Throne and pay allegiance to Roose Bolton, the new Warden of the North, who requires that Wyman give up his claim to the Hornwood lands.[13] Wyman fakes Davos's death, however, killing a criminal in his place and altering the body so it resembles the Onion Knight. After Wylis returns safely to White Harbor, Wyman has Robett Glover free Davos from the Wolf's Den. Lord Manderly 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.[4]

Keeping up his ruse of loyalty, Lord Wyman arrives at Winterfell with three hunded men[22] 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.[23]

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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