|Alias|| The Chuckler|
The Horn-of-Plenty Hand
|Title|| Lord of Longtable|
Hand of the King
|Book(s)|| A Storm of Swords (mentioned)|
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
When Lord Tywin Lannister resigned his position as Hand of the King in 281 AC, Owen was named the new Hand by King Aerys II Targaryen. With Tywin gone from court, the new focus of Aerys's mistrust and paranoia was his own son and heir, Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone. At court, there was growing tension between the factions loyal to the king and those loyal to Rhaegar. It fell to Lord Merryweather and Grand Maester Pycelle the unenviable task of keeping peace between the two factions.
Owen proved ineffectual in preventing the uprising that came to be known as Robert's Rebellion. When Lords Jon Arryn, Robert Baratheon, and Eddard Stark began their rebellion, Owen sent missives to the lords of the Seven Kingdoms declaring them outlaws and demanding their heads. He never stirred from King's Landing, and this coupled with the news of Ned and Robert's successful return to their respective seats of power made the paranoid Aerys believe that Lord Owen was conspiring with them. He was subsequently stripped of lands and titles and exiled for his failure, and was replaced as Hand of the King by Lord Jon Connington.
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