Brotherhood of Winged Knights
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The Winds of Winter
The idea for the order is first suggested by Alayne Stone, after she notices that young Lord Robert Arryn is always comforted when she reads him tales of his legendary ancestor, Ser Artys Arryn, the Winged Knight. This gives her the idea that perhaps he would be comforted if he were surrounded by his own bodyguard of Winged Knights, as the young Lord of the Eyrie does not feel safe. Lord Petyr Baelish, regent for Robert, likes the idea and immediately set plans in motion to form the order.
The Brotherhood of Winged Knights are to contain eight members. While Alayne originally suggests seven—like the Kingsguard—Robert feels he should have more guards than King Tommen I Baratheon, so the number of members is increased. The members of the Brotherhood will serve Robert for the next three years.
The winners of a tourney at the Gates of the Moon will become the first members of the new knightly order. Sixty-four knights from across the Vale of Arryn compete for the eight positions. As Lady Lysa Arryn had kept the men of the Vale out of the War of the Five Kings, many of the young and unblooded knights are eager to prove their martial prowess, causing the tournament to draw many participants.
—Alayne Stone's thoughts