House Banefort

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House Banefort of Banefort
House Banefort.svg
Coat of arms A black hooded man, on a grey field, within a fiery tressure
(Cendrée, a hooded man sable within a tressure rayonné along the outer edge gules)
Seat Banefort
Head Lord Quenten Banefort[1]
Region Westerlands
Title Lord of Banefort[1]
Hooded King[2] (formerly)
Overlord House Lannister
Founder Hooded Man[2]
Founded Dawn Age/Age of Heroes[2][N 1]

House Banefort of Banefort is a noble house from Banefort in the westerlands, one of the main families sworn to Casterly Rock.[3]

According to semi-canon sources they blazon their shields with a hooded man, black on grey with within a fiery tressure.[4][5]


The Baneforts were petty First Men kings of the Age of Heroes, claiming descent from the Hooded Man. The last Hooded King was Morgon Banefort, whose thralls were defeated after twenty years of war by Loreon I Lannister, King of the Rock.[6]

According to a semi-canon source,[7] the Baneforts supported Tywin Lannister when he suppressed the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Quenten Banefort is captured at the battle in the Whispering Wood.[8]

A Clash of Kings

The colors of House Banefort are spotted by Arya Stark leaving Harrenhal with Lord Tywin Lannister's army.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Banefort spends the War of the Five Kings as a prisoner of Lord Jonos Bracken,[1] and he is probably freed when the Brackens submit to the Iron Throne after the Red Wedding.[9]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Banefort is one of the lords who escort the corpse of Tywin from King's Landing to Casterly Rock.[10]

House Banefort at the end of the third century

The known Baneforts during the time span of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members

Behind the Scenes

The sigil of House Banefort is a reference by George R. R. Martin to the comic book character Black Hood.[11]


  1. The text in the Westerlands section of TWOIAF implies that the mentioned First Men houses are all founded in the Dawn Age but does not use the term Dawn Age, instead it says Golden Age which could be meant to cover the Dawn Age and Age heroes together. This combined with it being very unlikely that no First Men houses of note where founded in the Age of Heroes means we can not tell if the mentioned houses are founded in the Dawn Age or Age of Heroes.