House Ryswell

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House Ryswell of the Rills
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Coat of arms A black horse's head, eyes and mane red, on bronze within a black engrailed border
(Bronze, a horse's head sable orbed and maned gules within a bordure engrailed sable)
Current Lord Rodrik Ryswell
Region North
Title Lord of the Rills
Overlord House Stark (AGOT)
House Bolton (ADWD)

House Ryswell of the Rills rules the Rills, the extensive area between the barrowlands and the Stony Shore in the north.

Their blazon is a black horse's head, eyes and mane red, on bronze within a black engrailed border.[1] Lord Rodrik Ryswell and his quarrelsome sons personalize their arms with horseheads of different colors—black, brown, gold (for Rodrik), and grey. Their words are not mentioned in the books.

History

An old story tells that when seventy-nine deserters left the Wall, one of them was the youngest son of Lord Ryswell, who decided to look for shelter at his father's keep. However, Lord Ryswell returned his son and his companions to the Nightfort, where they were buried alive in the ice to forever stand the watch they had abandoned. Late in his life Lord Ryswell took the black to end his days watching behind his son.[2]

Lady Robyn Ryswell was a wife of Jonnel Stark, Lord of Winterfell.[3]

Lord Rodrik Ryswell hoped to advance the status of his House by marrying his daughter Barbrey to a House Stark of Winterfell, but Brandon Stark, the heir of Lord Rickard Stark, was instead betrothed to Catelyn Tully. Barbrey instead wed Willam Dustin, Lord of Barrowton. After Brandon and Rickard were killed by King Aerys II Targaryen, Lord Eddard Stark wed Catelyn instead of Barbrey.[4] Lord Dustin and Ser Mark Ryswell died fighting beside Eddard at the Tower of Joy in the aftermath of Robert's Rebellion.[5]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Spearmen from the Rills compose part of the force that Lord Roose Bolton leaves under command of Ronnel Stout and Ser Kyle Condon in the aftermath of the fighting at the fords of the Trident.[6]

Maester Aemon sends a raven to the Rills in a plea for help to defend Castle Black from wildlings.[7]

A Feast for Crows

The small council hears that Umbers and Ryswells are joining Ramsay Bolton for the siege of Moat Cailin.[8]

A Dance with Dragons

The Ryswells and Dustins are the first to declare for House Bolton when Lord Roose is named Warden of the North. The two houses surprise the remaining ironmen on the Fever River and manage to burn their longships.[9] The ironborn at Moat Cailin repel three attacks by the northern host, but Theon Greyjoy negotiates the castle's surrender.[10]

Lord Rodrik Ryswell, his quarrelsome sons, and his daughter Barbrey attend the wedding of Ramsay to "Arya Stark" at Winterfell.[11] Ryswell and Dustin squires have snowball fights within the castle.[4] Rickard Ryswell flirts with one of Abel's washerwomen,[4] while Roose Ryswell sends scouts in search of Stannis Baratheon's army in the wolfswood.[12]

Roger Ryswell is present with Barbrey, Lord Bolton, and Ser Aenys Frey when Theon is questioned about the deaths that are happening in the castle, including one of Roger's men-at-arms. Roger is hostile towards the Freys, as Ryswell men were slain at the Red Wedding.[12]

House Ryswell at the end of the third century

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

Without specified familiar relationship with the main branch, other Ryswells include:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rodrick
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bethany
 
Roose Bolton
 
Barbrey
 
Willam Dustin
 
Roger
 
Rickard
 
Roose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Domeric
Bolton


Historical Ryswells

References and Notes

  1. The Citadel. Heraldry: the North
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
  13. The appendices of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons list Roger, Rickard, and Roose as Rodrik's quarrelsome cousins, but the text of A Dance with Dragons specifies them as his sons in 20. Reek II and 32. Reek III.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.

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