Lord of White Harbor|
Warden of the White Knife
Shield of the Faith
Defender of the Dispossessed
Lord Marshal of the Mander
Knight of the Order of the Green Hand
|Died||In 132 AC, at White Harbor|
|Book(s)||Fire & Blood (mentioned)|
Desmond was a shrewd negotiator.
At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Desmond hosted Jacaerys Velaryon when the prince came to White Harbor. Desmond cited that the Old King had promised to redress the usurpation and exile of the Manderlys' ancient lands and promised House Manderly the hand of Princess Viserra Targaryen. In return for his youngest daughter being betrothed to Jace's brother, Prince Joffrey Velaryon, Desmond agreed to support Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and her blacks against King Aegon II Targaryen and his greens. Desmond's sons, Ser Medrick and Ser Torrhen, led White Harbor's soldiers during the war.
Mine own forebears were despoiled of their birthright when our enemies drove us into exile on these cold northern shores. When the Old King visited us so long ago, he spoke of the wrong that had been done to us and promised to make redress. In pledge of that, His Grace offered the hand of his daughter Princess Viserra to my great-grandsire, that our two houses might be made as one, but the girl died and the promise was forgotten.—Lord Desmond Manderly to Prince Jacaerys Velaryon