Robar II Royce

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Robar II Royce
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Biographical Information
Full Name Robar Royce, Second of That Name
Other Titles High King of the Vale, the Fingers and the Mountains of the Moon
Bronze King
Died in , at Giant's Lance
Culture First Men
Family
Royal House House Royce
Successor Artys Arryn as King of Mountain and Vale
References
Books The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

High King Robar II Royce was the last Bronze King of House Royce of Runestone, who lived during the Andal invasion. He was the grandson of Yorwyck VI Royce. He united much of the Vale under his rule as Robar Royce, Second of That Name, High King of the Vale, the Fingers, and the Mountains of the Moon.

History

Robar II inherited the crown less than a fortnight before his sixteenth nameday yet proved a fearsome warrior and a cunning and charming leader. He united the houses of the First Men that still held out against the Andals - Redforts, Hunters, Belmores, and Coldwaters - as well smaller clans and houses, bringing them together with marriages, grants of land or gold and, in one case, outshooting Lord Hunter in an archery contest - though legend claims King Robar cheated. He even won the allegiance of reputed sorceress Ursula Upcliff. Thus Robar was proclaimed High King of the Vale, the Fingers and the Mountains of the Moon.

Instead of attempting an attack against all the Andals, King Robar warred upon one enemy at a time, as the Andal houses had fallen to petty rivalries and infighting - the same infighting that had plagued the First Men and allowed the Andals to seize power. The first to fall was the King of the Fingers, Qyle Corbray. According to legend, Robar II slew Corbray after striking his Valyrian steel sword, Lady Forlorn, from his hand. Gulltown was retaken when Robar sent his own sister inside the city to convince the surviving Shetts to rise against the Graftons and open the city gates. The Hammer of the Hills, an Andal king who held the eastern end of the Vale, fell before Robar's host beneath the walls of Ironoaks.

The Andals ultimately reacted and chose to unite under a knight named Ser Artys Arryn, the Falcon Knight. The two armies fought in the Battle of Seven Stars. According to singers, Robar's army threw back six Andal charges, but the seventh one broke through. Nevertheless, Robar ordered a counterattack and led the charge himself, with his champions at his side, slaying Torgold Tollett with Lady Forlorn. Then he spied the Falcon Knight's armor across the field and spurred toward him. King Robar managed to slay Ser Artys, but then five hundred knights charged down the slopes of the Giant's Lance to take Robar's host in the rear. Leading the attack was a champion silvered steel, with a moon-and-falcon on his shield and wings upon his warhelm: the true Ser Artys; whereas the man King Robar had slain was a mere decoy. King Robar and thirty lords supporting him died. It is unknown who slew King Robar: Ser Aryts, Lord Ruthermont, Ser Luceon Templeton, or Ser Jaime Corbray.[1]

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