House Prester

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House Prester of Feastfires
House Prester.svg
Coat of arms A red ox, on an ermine field
(Ermine, an ox passant gules)
Words Tireless
Seat Feastfires
Lord Garrison Prester
Region Westerlands
Title Lord of Feastfires
Heir Forley Prester[1]
Overlord House Lannister

House Prester of Feastfires is one of the principal noble houses sworn to House Lannister of Casterly Rock.[2] Their seat at Feastfires is located at the westernmost point of the westerlands.

Their blazon is a red ox on ermine.[3][4] Their motto is not mentioned in the books, but according to semi-canon sources it is "Tireless".[5]

History

During Lady Johanna Lannister's war against the ironborn, she hoped to retake Fair Isle from the Red Kraken, Lord Dalton Greyjoy. Lord Prester, Lord Tarbeck, and Ser Erwin Lannister were given command of ragtag fleet of fishing boats and cogs at Feastfires, but they were betrayed. The ill-fated crossing led to their deaths and Lord Prester's head was sent back to Casterly Rock.[6]

According to a semi-canon source, Lord Tytos Lannister compelled his brother, Ser Jason, to wed Marla Prester to avoid further scandals and bastards. After the wedding, Ser Jason departed Casterly Rock to live with his wife at Feastfires. After Ser Tywin Lannister arrested Lord Walderan Tarbeck, Lady Ellyn Tarbeck captured two sons of Lord Prester, two Lannisters of Lannisport, and Stafford Lannister, the eldest son of Lady Marla Prester and the late Ser Jason, along with half a dozen common girls who met them in the woods by Feastfire for purposes of dalliance. The hostages were later exchanged at Castamere.[7]

Lord Prester was one of the first lords to join Ser Tywin against the Reynes and Tarbecks when they rebelled against House Lannister.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Among the gathered knights at the Hand's tourney is one with the arms of House Prester.[8]

The Prester banner is seen among Lord Tywin Lannister's army in the riverlands.[3] During the siege of Riverrun, the south camp is under the command of Ser Forley Prester. When Robb Stark attacks and surprises the other camps and Forley sees they are lost, he retreats in good order from the Battle of the Camps. However, a Tyroshi sellsword commanding Forley's freeriders goes over to the foe.

A Clash of Kings

Forley retreats to the Golden Tooth with the remnants of the Lannister army, blocking the pass to the westerlands and awaiting for an opportunity to strike back against Riverrun.

The red ox is spotted by Arya Stark leaving Harrenhal with Tywin Lannister.

A Feast for Crows

A banner of House Prester is among those gathered to escort the corpse of Lord Tywin Lannister back to Casterly Rock.

Ser Forley joins Ser Daven Lannister to march on Riverrun and besiege it again with the Freys. Forley commands the escort which will bring Ser Edmure Tully and Jeyne Westerling to Casterly Rock. He is ordered by Ser Jaime Lannister to kill Edmure or Jeyne should either of them try to escape.

House Prester at the end of the third century

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

Historical Presters

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide: Banners of the Westerlands
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 The World of Ice & Fire: The Westerlands (unabridged). georgerrmartin.com
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Lannister Lineage.