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House Mooton of Maidenpool
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Coat of arms Argent, a salmon gules within a tressure Or
Words Wisdom and Strength
Seat Maidenpool
Current Lord William Mooton
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Maidenpool
Overlord House Tully

House Mooton of Maidenpool is a noble house from the Riverlands. Their seat of Maidenpool is one of the main ports and trade centers of the Bay of Crabs. According to legend, this was the location where Florian the Fool saw Jonquil for the first time while she was bathing with her sisters.[1]

Their blazon is a red salmon on white, over a white field with a golden tressure. [2] According to semi-canon sources their motto is «Wisdom and strength».[3][1]

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History

Prior to the War of Conquest, Maidenpool failed to conquer Crackclaw Point.[4]

The Mootons began the Dance of the Dragons on the side of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. Lord Walys Mooton recaptured Rook's Rest for the blacks, but was then slain in a failed attempt to kill King Aegon II Targaryen's dragon, Sunfyre. His brother, Lord Manfryd Mooton, hosted the dragonriders Prince Daemon Targaryen and the dragonseed Nettles, for a time. Manfryd aligned with Aegon and the greens after refusing Rhaenyra's order to kill Nettles. Rhaenyra ordered that a decree of attainder be drawn up against the Mootons, but she soon lost power after the Storming of the Dragonpit.[5]

When Lord Bloodraven marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, among the river lords who came in support was Lord Mooton.

For many years the Mootons were among the most influential of the river lords. However, the wealth of the family and the town has been significantly reduced since House Mooton chose to side with their kings, House Targaryen, against their liege lords, House Tully, during Robert's Rebellion.[6] Ser Myles Mooton, who had been Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's squire, was slain by Lord Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Bells.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Lord William Mooton and his sons try to hunt a huge she-wolf that had attacked some smallfolk. However, they have to flee and lose all their hounds.

A Storm of Swords

During the War of the Five Kings, Ser Jaime Lannister, Ser Cleos Frey, and Brienne of Tarth see that Maidenpool has been sacked, but Lord William still holds its castle.[1] Lord Randyll Tarly takes Maidenpool and locks Lord Mooton in a tower cell.[7] King Tommen Baratheon signs a pardon for Lord Mooton and welcomes him back into the king's peace.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne learns that Lord William sat behind his walls while he sent men off to fight and watched Maidenpool burn. Randyll's heir, Dickon Tarly, is betrothed to William's daughter, Eleanor Mooton.[9] Amongst the hanged broken men on the way to the inn at the crossroads, Brienne sees some wearing the the badge of House Mooton.[10]

House Mooton at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members

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