House Sunderland

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House Sunderland of the Three Sisters
House Sunderland.svg
Coat of arms Three women's heads, white with black hair, on blue and green undy
(Barry wavy azure and vert, three women's heads argents, crined sable)
Head Triston Sunderland
Region Vale of Arryn
Overlord House Arryn

House Sunderland of the Three Sisters rules the Three Sisters, islands located in the Bite. The Sunderlands are sworn to House Arryn of the Eyrie.[1]

House Sunderland blazons their arms with three women's heads, white with black hair, on barry wavy blue and green.[2][3] Their motto does not appear in the books. The name and location of their castle is as yet unknown.


During the Conquest of the Seven Kingdoms by Aegon the Conqueror, the Three Sisters rebelled against Ronnel Arryn, King of Mountain and Vale, and named as their queen Marla Sunderland.[4] Queen Visenya Targaryen flew on Vhagar to end the Sistermen's Rebellion, however. The Sistermen deposed Marla, and her brother, Lord Steffon Sunderland, submitted to King Aegon I.[5][6]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon flew on Vermax to Sisterton, where he received obeisance from Lords Sunderland and Borrell. Jacaerys gained the Three Sisters for the blacks.[7][N 1]

Lord Sunderland led the Sistermen fighting for House Blackfyre during the First Blackfyre Rebellion in 196 AC. He attended the wedding tourney at Whitewalls in 212 AC that was to launch the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[2]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Triston Sunderland is recalled by Lord Godric Borrell as having bemoaned the high cost of purchasing destriers for his seven sons, all of whom are determined to become knights.[1]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Three of Triston's sons travel to the Gates of the Moon to participate in the tourney for the Brotherhood of Winged Knights.[8]

House Sunderland at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members

Sworn Houses


  1. The Princess and the Queen states that Jacaerys Velaryon called upon "Lord Borrell and Lord Sunderland of Sisterton", but the more recent and comprehensive Fire & Blood states that Jacaerys "lighted briefly at Sisterton, where Lord Borrell and Lord Sunderland did obeisance to him." Lord Sunderland may thus have traveled to Sisterton from elsewhere for the meeting with the prince.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mystery Knight.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  8. The Winds of Winter, Alayne I