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House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest

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House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest
House Vance (Wayfarer's Rest).svg
Coat of arms Quartered, a black dragon on a white field and two golden eyes in a golden ring on a black field
(Quarterly, first and fourth, argent, a dragon sable, second and third, sable, a pair of eyes within an annulet or)
Seat Wayfarer's Rest
Current Lord Karyl Vance
Region Riverlands
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)
Founder Armistead Vance

House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest is one of the two great branches of House Vance in the riverlands, the other being House Vance of Atranta.

Neither their arms or their motto appear on the books. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms as quartered, a black dragon on white, two golden eyes in a golden ring on black.[1]

House Smallwood is sworn to Wayfarer's Rest.[2]


Armistead Vance was the mightiest of the Andal conquerors who defeated King Tristifer IV Mudd.[3]

In the century after the downfall of House Justman, the Vances were among the petty kings which disputed the riverlands. Lord Vance was slain in the war between the Teagues and the Storm King Arlan III Durrandon. Lord Robert Vance was a would-be river king during the rule of the Storm Kings; it is unknown which branch of the Vances he was from.[4]

The Vances joined the rebellion of river lords against Harren the Black during Aegon's Conquest.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

When the Lannisters start massing men at the Golden Tooth, Ser Edmure Tully commands Lord Piper and Lord Vance of Wayfarer's Rest to guard the pass.[6] Ser Karyl Vance is with his father at the pass below the Golden Tooth when Ser Gregor Clegane and the Mountain's men started ravaging holdfasts in the riverlands. He is sent with Ser Marq Piper and Ser Raymun Darry to report to the Iron Throne.[7]

Lord Vance is slain when the Lannisters attack from the Golden Tooth.[8] Karyl, the new Lord of Wayfarer's Rest, and Marq raid the Lannister army in the riverlands.[9] Karyl is among the river lords at Riverrun when Robb Stark is crowned King in the North.[10]

A Clash of Kings

Robb allows the rivermen to return to their homes, so Karyl leaves Riverrun to defend Wayfarer's Rest.[11]

At the Battle of the Fords, Lord Karyl is commanded with the defense of the fords north of Riverrun.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Vance is among the seven nobles who launch the funeral boat of Lord Hoster Tully.[13] Ser Lymond Vikary is held captive at Wayfarer's Rest.[14]

King Tommen I Baratheon signs the pardon of Lord Vance in the aftermath of the Red Wedding.[15] It is unknown if it is for Karyl or Lord Norbert of Atranta, but afterwards both have been welcomed to the king's peace.[16]

A Feast for Crows

Both branches of House Vance are present at the siege of Riverrun,[16] and their lords take part in the war councils.[17] After finishing the siege, Lord Karyl recommends to Ser Jaime Lannister he go to the siege of Raventree, since Lord Tytos Blackwood will never surrender to Lord Jonos Bracken.[18]

House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest at the end of the third century

The known Vances of Wayfarer's Rest 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:

Lord Vance

Historical Members

Sworn Houses

House SmallwoodHouse Smallwood of Acorn Hall.[2]

Behind the Scenes

House Vance is a reference by George R. R. Martin to the author Jack Vance, who was one of Martin's favorite authors. The dragons in their sigil refer to Vance's The Dragon Masters and the eyes to his The Eyes of the Overworld. Wayfarer's Rest refers to Vance's Liane the Wayfarer.[20]