Manfryd Mooton

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Manfryd Mooton
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Title Lord of Maidenpool
Lord Regent
Allegiance House Mooton
Blacks
Greens
Died In 134 AC
Book(s) The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Manfryd Mooton was a Lord of Maidenpool and a head of House Mooton.

History

Manfryd supported the blacks and Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons. He became Lord of Maidenpool when his brother, Lord Walys Mooton, was charred while trying to slay the injured dragon Sunfyre at Rook's Rest.

After hearing that Prince Aemond Targaryen was laying waste to the riverlands atop the dragon Vhagar, Lord Manfryd sent urgent messages to Rhaenyra. Prince Daemon Targaryen and his paramour, Nettles, then used Maidenpool as their base. Manfryd suggested the two dragonriders split up in their search for Aemond, but Daemon refused.

Queen Rhaenyra was betrayed by the baseborn dragonriders Ulf White and Hugh Hammer and was convinced by the black council to condemn the also baseborn Ser Addam Velaryon and Nettles. Jealous of Nettles's relationship with Daemon, the queen sent a message to the castle of Maidenpool. Maestar Norren received a letter from the queen commanding Lord Manfryd to kill Nettles, but to do no harm to Daemon. Manfryd was deeply disturbed when reading the letter and did not want to break the sacred laws of hospitality, since Nettles and Daemon were guests under his roof. He met and discussed the letter in secret with his maester, his captain of the guard, a remaining brother, and his champion, Ser Florian Greysteel. After some discussion and arguments, Manfryd stated that he wished he never read the letter, to which Norren replied, "Mayhaps you never did."[1]

Norren informed Daemon and Nettles of the letter, claiming that he had not shown the letter to anyone else inside the castle. The two dragonriders departed the following morning. Daemon thanked Lord Manfyrd for his hospitality and told him to pass on the message to Prince Aemond if he arrived that Daemon would be waiting for Aemond at Harrenhal.

Manfryd refused Norren's offer to resign. The night after Daemon and Nettles departed, Manfryd had Queen Rhaenyra's quartered standard taken down from the gates of Maidenpool and replaced them with the golden dragons of King Aegon II Targaryen. Rhaenyra ordered that a decree of attainder be drawn up against the Mootons, but she soon lost power after the Storming of the Dragonpit.[1]

After the end of the war and the coronation of Aegon III Targaryen, Lord Manfryd became a member of the council of seven regents that would rule until the child king came of age. Lord Manfryd, however, died of age and illness in 134 AC.[2]

Quotes

These are foul times and it is a foul choice this queen has given me. The girl is a guest beneath my roof. If I obey, Maidenpool shall be forever cursed. If I refuse, we shall be attainted and destroyed ... Would that I had never read this letter.[1]
- Manfryd to his advisors

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.

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