House Royce

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House Royce of Runestone
Coat of arms Tenny pelletty, an orle of runes sable
Words We Remember
Seat Runestone
Current Lord Yohn Royce
Region the Vale
Title Lord of Runestone
Heir Andar Royce
Overlord House Arryn
Cadet Branch Royce of the Gates of the Moon
Ancestral Weapon Lamentation[1] (lost)
Founded Age of Heroes

House Royce of Runestone are an old and powerful noble house of the Vale, sworn to House Arryn. Lord Yohn Royce's seat is the ancestral castle Runestone, located on the coast of the narrow sea north of Gulltown. Lord Nestor Royce heads a cadet branch occupying the non-hereditary seat of the Gates of the Moon, located on the path that leads to the Eyrie.

The Royces of Runestone blazon their arms with black iron studs on bronze, bordered with runes [2] and their motto, is "We Remember".[3]



The Royces are an old house in the vale. They predate Arryn rule and trace their blood to the days of the First Men, who once populated the Vale, although no doubt they have since been heavily intermarried with the Andals who conquered the Vale millenia ago. They have several sets of ancient bronze plate armor inscribed with runes that are thought to make their wearers immune to injury.[4] The truth of this claim has been called into question.

Lord Royce competed in the Tourney of Maidenpool where he was defeated by Ser Humfrey Hardyng.[5]

Lady Perra Royce was the first wife of Lord Walder Frey. It is not known of which branch she was from.[6] Lord Tywin Lannister offered Tyrion Lannister for marriage to one of Lord Yohn Royce's daughters, but was rejected.

Kyle Royce was a member of Brandon Stark's party when he went to King's Landing to demand Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's head for kidnapping his sister, Lyanna Stark. It is not known from which branch Kyle came.

When Lord Yohn went north with his son Ser Waymar to the Wall, they stopped at Winterfell. There they hunted and in the training yard, Yohn fought and defeated both Lord Eddard Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Waymar Royce, a ranger of the Night's Watch, is killed by the Others. His body turns into a wight and kills Will.

Lord Yohn Royce and his two other sons, Andar and Robar, participate in the Tourney of the Hand in King's Landing. They rode in the tourney despite Lady Lysa Arryn forbidding her knights from fighting in that tourney.[7]}} Later Lord Yohn goes hunting with King Robert in the Kingswood, and his son Ser Robar is sent there by Lord Hand Eddard Stark to tell them of his tacit declaration of war against House Lannister. In Joffrey's first session of court, both Lord Royces and their sons are among the nobles commanded to do him fealty or be labelled as traitors.

A Clash of Kings

Robar becomes a member of Renly Baratheon's Rainbow Guard and is known as Ser Robar the Red. He allows Catelyn Tully and Brienne of Tarth to escape after the assassination of Renly. Ser Loras Tyrell kills Robar in a red rage after he learns of Renly's death.

A Storm of Swords

During the War of the Five Kings, Lord Yohn is one of the lords of the Vale who wishes Lady Lysa Arryn to ally with Robb Stark.[8]

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Lysa, Lord Yohn is one of the Lords Declarant demanding the removal of Lord Petyr Baelish, the Lord Protector of the Vale. The Lords Declarant sign and issue their statement of demands from Runestone.

Petyr grants the Gates of the Moon to Lord Nestor Royce in perpetuity, creating House Royce of the Gates of the Moon.

Yohn holds a small melee at Runestone for squires only that Harrold Hardyng wins. Yohn knights Harry as his reward.

Ser Mychel Redfort is forced by his father, Lord Horton Redfort, to marry one of Lord Yohn's daughters, Ysilla.[9]

House Royce at the end of the third century

The known Royces 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:

Mychel Redfort


Historical Members

Sworn Houses

House Coldwater Coldwater of Coldwater Burn
House Shett Shett of Gull Tower
House Tollett Tollett of Grey Glen

References and Notes

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