The Bastard of Cider Hall|
The Brown Apple
|Book(s)||A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
Franklyn is a big-bellied, shambling hulk of a man with a seamed face crisscrossed with old scars. His right ear looks as if a dog had chewed on it and his left ear is missing entirely. He wears a lord’s ransom in golden arm rings, he may wear at least twelve of them, one for each year he has served with the company.
Franklyn claims that his mother was a washerwoman at Cider Hall who was raped by one of the lord's sons. Due to this, Franklyn loathes the Fossoways. He has been with the Golden Company for at least a dozen years. He knows Griff and remembers him from when he served with Golden Company twelve years ago. He was knighted sometime after Griff left the company.
A Dance with Dragons
Ser Franklyn is present during Jon Connington’s rendezvous with the Golden Company three miles south of Volon Therys. During the discussions about how to meet up with Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen, Franklyn suggests the land route but Harry Strickland replies that the demon road is death.
Franklyn is one of the first to swear his allegiance to Aegon Targaryen. He remarks that he looks forward to attacking the Reach and killing some Red-Apple Fossoways. Franklyn then takes Aegon to meet the men of the Golden Company.
Once in Westeros Franklyn takes part in the taking of Griffin's Roost. Trees had been allowed to encroach on the field beyond the castle’s gatehouse, so Flowers is able to use the brush for concealment, leading his men within twenty yards of the gates before emerging from the trees with a ram that the men had fashioned back at camp. The gate turns out to be closed—but not barred—and it gives way at the second blow. Ravens are quickly dispatched by the castle but are taken out by the Golden Company’s expert archers. When Jon tells Franklyn there are to be no more messages, the next thing to come flying from the maester’s tower is the maester.
During the victor's feast in Griffin's Roost's great hall, Jon Connington presides from the Griffin’s Seat while Franklyn shares the high table with Homeless Harry Strickland, Black Balaq, and the three young Conningtons they had taken captive. Franklyn is later present during Jon’s war council held at Griffin's Roost.
Makes me a sort o’ brown apple Fossoway, the way I see it.
- Aegon Targaryen and Franklyn
- Franklyn to Aegon Targaryen