House Peake

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House Peake of Starpike
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Coat of arms Three black castles on orange
(Tenné, three castles sable)
Seat Starpike
Dunstonbury (formerly)
Whitegrove (formerly)
Current Lord Titus Peake
Region Reach
Title Lord of Starpike
Overlord House Tyrell

House Peake of Starpike is a noble house from Starpike in the Reach. They blazon their arms with three black castles on orange.[1][2][3] The three black castles on their arms symbolize the three castles that House Peake once owned: Starpike, Dunstonbury, and Whitegrove.[4] Their motto has yet to appear.

The Peakes are Marcher lords from the Dornish Marches.[5]


Kingdom of the Reach

House Peake is an ancient house of First Men origin. According to tales from the Reach, the Peakes, Florents, and the Balls are each descend from one of the three husbands of Florys the Fox, a daughter of Garth Greenhand.[6]

The Peakes were historical rivals with House Manderly.[4] During the reign of the Gardener kings in the Reach, King Gwayne the Fat persuaded Lords Manderly and Peake to accept his judgment on their quarrel and do fealty for their lands, without having to fight a single battle.[7]

Near the end of the long reign of King Garth Greybeard, a problem arose with the succession as Garth had sired no sons and only daughters, one of whom had married Lord Manderly, and another to Lord Peake. Both lords were determined that their own wife should succeed to the throne, and the rivalry between them was marked by betrayal, conspiracy and murder, and finally escalated into open war with other lords joining the cause on both sides. The anarchy that followed lasted almost a decade until Ser Osmund Tyrell, the High Steward of Highgarden, made common cause with the other lords of the Reach and defeated both the Peakes and Manderlys. Ser Osmund then placed a distant cousin of the late Garth Greybeard on the throne who ascended as King Mern VI Gardener.[4]

House Manderly was driven into exile from the Reach by Lord Lorimar Peake upon the behest of King Perceon III Gardener who feared the Manderly's swelling power in the Reach.[8] This allowed House Peake to acquire the Manderly's seat of Dunstonbury.[8]

Targaryen Era

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Unwin Peake supported the greens. He took command of the green army from the Reach after the Second Battle of Tumbleton and led its retreat.[9] After the death of Lord Corlys Velaryon, Lord Unwin was given a position as one of King Aegon III Targaryen's regents. He eventually became Hand of the King, which he later resigned when the king would not marry his daughter.[10]

Lord Gormon Peake was a fierce supporter of Daemon I Blackfyre and was considered one of the finest knights during the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen. After they chose the side of House Blackfyre in the failed First Blackfyre Rebellion, they had two of their castles stripped from them, leaving them only Starpike.[2] Gormon was a part of Daemon II Blackfyre's entourage at the Whitewalls tourney in 211 AC, and was subsequently executed for treason.[1][2]

The Peakes rose against the Iron Throne in the Peake Uprising in 233 AC. King Maekar I Targaryen's helm was crushed by a rock hurled from the battlements of Starpike. Lord Robert Reyne and Ser Tywald Lannister were also killed in the Storming of Starpike.[11] In the aftermath of Starpike, Roger Reyne, the new Lord of Castamere took vengeance for his father Robert's death by slaughtering seven captive Peakes before Prince Aegon Targaryen prevented him from harming others.[12]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Lord Titus Peake is married to Margot Lannister.[13]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Laswell, Torman, and Pykewood Peake are exiles in the Golden Company in support of Aegon Targaryen. Laswell is sent to capture Rain House.[14]

House Peake at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:

Historical Members

Behind the Scenes

House Peake is a reference by George R. R. Martin to the books of Mervyn Peake. Titus Groan is the main character of the Gormenghast trilogy.

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Sworn Sword.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mystery Knight.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The World of Ice and Fire.
  5. According to the ConCarolinas westerlands reading, King Maekar I Targaryen was slain at Starpike, while The World of Ice and Fire states Maekar was killed fighting a rebellious lord on the Dornish Marches.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, Garth Greenhand.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Gardener Kings.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Kings of Winter.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon III.
  11. The World of Ice and Fire, House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  12. The World of Ice and Fire: The Westerlands (unabridged).
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  14. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  15. 15.0 15.1 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.

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