War of the Ninepenny Kings

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War of the Ninepenny Kings
Part of Blackfyre Pretenders
Date Approx 259AL-261AL[1]
Location Stepstones, Free Cities
Result Band of Nine fall from power
Ending of Blackfyre Pretenders line.


Belligerents
Armies of Tyrosh
Seven Kingdoms
Armies of the Band
Golden Company
Notable commanders
Jaehaerys II[2]
Barristan Selmy
Brynden Tully
Band of Nine
Maelys Blackfyre
Samarro Saan

The War of the Ninepenny Kings was a conflict involving several of the Free Cities, started by a group of ambitious men known as the Band of Nine. After the Band set their sights on Westeros, Jaehaerys II dispatched an army to defeat them. [3]

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Background

During the reign of King Jaehaerys II, the Blackfyres re-emerged to trouble the Seven Kingdoms. Maelys Blackfyre, who was said to have consumed his twin in the womb, resulting in a second head growing out of his neck, made alliance with a group of eight other power-seekers in Essos. The members of this group, the Band of Nine, vowed to aid one another in achieving their goals.

War

The Band of Nine met with initial success, conquering the Disputed Lands and securing the Free City of Tyrosh, setting up Alequo Adarys, the Goldentongue as its ruler. Second, they secured the Stepstones as a base for operations against Westeros.

The Seven Kingdoms recognized the threat and sent a large force to the Stepstones to remove the danger before it grew any larger. This was the last time prior to the War of the Five Kings that the regional warden titles were activated. Several knights distinguished themselves in the battle, including Brynden Tully and Barristan Selmy, who cut a bloody path though the Golden Company's ranks to slay the last of the Blackfyre Pretenders - Maelys the Monstrous - in single combat, and ended the threat to the Seven Kingdoms.[4] However, it took another six years before the Band of Nine's holdings in Essos were lost and Alequo deposed from power in Tyrosh.

Aftermath

Hoster Tully became acquainted with Lord Baelish during this event which subsequently led to Lord Tully taking his son, Petyr Baelish, on as a ward. The Blackfyres were extinguished in the male line; this accomplishment was enough to name Barristan Selmy to the Kingsguard when the next opening presented itself.

References and Notes

  1. Barristan Selmy killed Maelys the Monstrous during the War of the Ninepenny Kings before he was named to the Kingsguard. He was named to the Kingsguard when he was 23 years old. Selmy was born in 237AL, making the years he would have been 23 260AL and 261AL. This means the War of the Ninepenny Kings could not have taken place any later than 261AL
  2. A World of Ice and Fire
  3. A World of Ice and Fire
  4. A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order

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