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Wylis Manderly
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Title Ser
Allegiance House Manderly
Born In or between 252 AC and 263 AC[1], at White Harbor[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Ser Wylis Manderly is a knight of House Manderly. He is the eldest son and heir of Lord Wyman.[3] Wylis is married to Leona Woolfield and has two daughters, Wynafryd and Wylla Manderly.

Character and Appearance

See also: Images of Wylis Manderly

Wylis is a very fat man, bald and with a large walrus mustache. He is quiet and formal.[3] He clasps his cloak with a silver-and-sapphire trident.[4]

Wylis's wife, Leona, is very devoted to him.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Wylis commands the men from White Harbor when Robb Stark calls his banners, as his father, Lord Wyman Manderly, is too fat to ride a horse any longer and remains to look after the city's defenses. The force, consisting of 1,500 men with about 20 knights, 200 mounted riders, swordsmen and freeriders and the rest foot, marches from White Harbor to Moat Cailin, where Robb is gathering his troops before heading south. Wylis is accompanied, apart from his younger brother Wendel, by Lady Catelyn Stark, Ser Rodrik Cassel and Ser Brynden Tully, who all arrived by ship in White Harbor coming from the Vale of Arryn. Although she thinks that Wylis is probably the fattest man she has ever seen, apart from his father, so that she pities his horse, and that he wears only clothes that have food stains, Catelyn likes him well enough. When they arrive near Moat Cailin, Wylis remains in the camp while his brother Wendel rides on with Catelyn to the castle to greet Robb.[3]

The northern host marches south and arrives at the Twins, where they are greeted by Ser Stevron Frey, who invites Robb to the Twins in the name of Lord Walder Frey. Robb's bannermen, distrusting Walder, advise against Robb putting himself in the hand of the Lord of the Crossing, with Wylis suggesting that Walder should come out of his castle and treat with Robb in plain sight of both men's forces. It is ultimately decided that Catelyn will go to the Twins to talk with Lord Walder.[3]

After an agreement with Walder has been found, the northern army splits and Wylis comes under the command of Lord Roose Bolton, who marches his troops south along the kingsroad to engage Lord Tywin Lannister's main host at the Trident as a diversion for Robb's attempt to lift the siege of Riverrun. Lord Bolton's forces suffer a defeat against Tywin's in the battle on the Green Fork, in which Wylis is captured[3][6] by Tywin.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Tywin Lannister offers to trade Wylis, held captive at Harrenhal, to his father without ransom, if Lord Wyman withdraws his support from Robb Stark, who is now King in the North. Wyman refuses Tywin, however. During the harvest feast at Winterfell, Wyman talks with Ser Rodrik Cassel, Maester Luwin, and Bran Stark. He stresses he would not want to see his son Wylis languishing at a cursed place such as Harrenhal longer than he must and expresses the hope that in time a fair exchange of prisoners can be arranged. Additionally, Wylis would not want to sit out the rest of the war. In this context, Lord Manderly describes his son as gallant and fierce as a mastiff.[7]

In reply to the northern peace terms submitted by Robb Stark via Ser Cleos Frey, Tyrion Lannister offers to trade Wylis and Harrion Karstark for Willem Lannister in an exchange of prisoners.[8]

While in Harrenhal, the prisoners taken in the battle on the Green Fork are housed in the upper chambers of the Tower of Dread. Most of them are given freedom of the castle when they pledge not to attempt escape and thus Wylis can start haunting the kitchens, where he is always looking for morsels of food. Arya Stark learns about this "fat lordling" from Hot Pie.[4]

Harrenhal is captured by Lord Roose Bolton's troops after the Brave Companions switch sides following Tywin's departure from the castle.[9] As a result, Wylis is liberated and remains with Roose's host.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Wylis is part of Lord Roose Bolton's army when it leaves Harrenhal to Vargo Hoat and the Brave Companions. They move north to cross the Trident at the ruby ford to eventually join forces with Robb Stark at the Twins on the occasion of Lord Edmure Tully's wedding with Roslin Frey.

When Roose's army arrives at the river, the ford is impassable and Roose has to ferry his men across in small boats. Wylis and the knights from White Harbor serve as rear guard during the operation. When two thirds of the force have crossed the Trident, the rest, mainly Locke, Norrey and Burley men, are suddenly attacked by Lannister forces, leading to fighting at the fords of the Trident. Wylis tries to rally the men as best as he can, but they come under attack by heavy cavalry led by Ser Gregor Clegane, who drives the defenders into the water. Many men drown, die in the fighting, or flee, while others are captured, including Wylis.[11][10]

While meeting with Robb Stark at the Twins, Lord Bolton claims that he was unable to help the men on the south shore.[10] Roose and Walder Frey then betray Robb during the Red Wedding.[12] Since Roose had made a secret deal with Tywin Lannister and Walder,[13] Roose's leaving of Wylis at the Trident was probably meant to weaken northmen loyal to House Stark.

A Feast for Crows

The Iron Throne negotiates with Lord Wyman Manderly about the possibility of White Harbor abandoning the northern cause and rallying behind the new Warden of the North, Lord Roose Bolton. Wyman suggests he will wed off both his granddaughters to Freys and open his harbor for ships of the Crown, but only if Wylis is returned to him safely. The small council and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister demand that Wyman execute Davos Seaworth, held prisoner by Lord Manderly, as a token of his good will.[14] Although Frey witnesses inform Grand Maester Pycelle that Wyman has executed Davos,[15] Cersei is not sure that Wylis is still alive as a prisoner at Harrenhal, as the messages sent in this regard receive no reply.[16]

When Cersei sends her resisting brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, to lift the siege of Riverrun, she lists reestablishing order at Harrenhal and getting hold of Wylis on the way as additional reasons why Jaime needs to attend personally to the matter.[16]

Upon Jaime's arrival at Harrenhal, the Mountain's men tell him of Vargo Hoat's death after Gregor Clegane's capture of Harrenhal, including that Vargo's flesh had been fed to Wylis and other prisoners as "roast goat". Wylis is alive and brought to Jaime, if in a ragged and filthy condition and completely broken in spirit. Jaime notices his dull eyes and sallow, sagging jowls and wonders whether he and the other prisoners had any inkling of what they had been eating at one point. When he tells Wylis that he will be escorted to Maidenpool and put on a boat to White Harbor, Wylis collapses in tears. It takes four men to lift him up again, making Jaime think that the man ate too much roast goat.[16]

Jaime sends Wylis to Maidenpool with a party that includes some Brave Companions and is under the command of Ser Ronnet Connington, whom Jaime wants to get rid off after Ronnet made insulting remarks about his former betrothed, Brienne of Tarth.[17][18]

A Dance with Dragons

Upon his arrival in White Harbor, Davos Seaworth, who is in the city to negotiate a possible alliance of House Manderly with Stannis Baratheon, learns that the Lannisters still keep Wylis as prisoner, whereas Davos thought that both of Lord Wyman's sons were dead. Davos receives this as a bad omen for his mission, because the captivity of Wylis makes Wyman susceptible to blackmail.[19] Wyman acts hostile in their negotiations and Wylis's wife, Leona, accuses him of trying to stir up more treason, although Davos realizes that she is speaking from fear. In the presence of Rhaegar, Jared, and Symond Frey, Wyman orders Davos's arrest and execution.[20]

When Wylis returns to White Harbor from Maidenpool, his father holds a welcoming feast in the New Castle. During the feast, Wyman uses the need for digestion after he ate too much as excuse for a secret meeting with Davos to inform him about the background of his long imprisonment and to apologize for it. The late Tywin Lannister had written to Lord Wyman, lising conditions for his safe return, mainly that Lord Manderly bends his knee to the Iron Throne and to the new Warden of the North, Lord Roose Bolton. If Wyman refused, Wylis would die a traitor's death and White Harbor would be stormed and sacked with the Manderlys extinguished. Wyman explains he had to fake Davos's execution, using another prisoner, to guarantee the safe return of Wylis and that he could not reveal this to him earlier. Wyman also apologizes for his daughter-in-law, pointing out that Wylis is the whole life of Lady Leona.[5]

At Winterfell, where the wedding of Ramsay Bolton and "Arya Stark" (actually Jeyne Poole) has taken place, Hosteen Frey questions Wyman on the disappearance of the three Frey envoys, suggesting foul play by Wyman in this context. He points out that the three were Wyman's guests at White Harbor and brought his son home. Wyman is dismissive, stressing that, whereas the Freys merely returned Wendel's bones from the Red Wedding, it was Lord Tywin Lannister who was true to his word and returned Wylis safe and whole.[21]

Quotes about Wylis

Gallant, that son of mine, and fierce as a mastiff.[7]
- Wyman Manderly to Rodrik Cassel

The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer's farce is almost done. My son is home.[5]
- Wyman Manderly to Davos Seaworth


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Leona Woolfield
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