House Corbray

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House Corbray of Heart's Home
House Corbray.svg
Coat of arms Three black ravens in flight, holding three red hearts, on a white field
(Argent, three ravens volant sable, each clutching in their claws a heart gules)
Seat Heart's Home[1]
Lord Lyonel Corbray[1]
Region The Vale of Arryn[2]
Title Lord of Heart's Home[1]
Lord of the Five Fingers (during the Andal Invasion)[3]
King of the Fingers (during the Andal Invasion)[3]
Heir Ser Lyn Corbray[1]
Overlord House Arryn[2]
Ancestral Weapon Lady Forlorn[3]
Founder Ser Corwyn Corbray[3]
Founded Coming of the Andals[3]

House Corbray of Heart's Home is a noble house from Heart's Home in the Vale of Arryn. It is an old but poor house.[4] The ancestral Valyrian steel longsword[5] of the Corbrays is Lady Forlorn.[3]

They blazon their arms with three black ravens in flight holding three red hearts, on white.[5][6] Their words do not appear in the books.

History

Andal Invasion

The Corbrays were an Andal house during the Andal invasion. Corwyn Corbray conquered the Fingers by defeating Houses Brightstone and Shell, claiming for himself the title of Lord of the Five Fingers. When the First Men began to unite against the Andals, King Robar II Royce slew Qyle Corbray, King of the Fingers. The Corbrays claim that Ser Jaime Corbray killed Robar in the battle of the Seven Stars.[3]

Targaryen Era

First Century

During the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen, his sister-wife, Queen Rhaenys Targaryen, arranged a betrothal between a Corbray and one of the triplet daughters born to the Evenstar of Tarth.[7] Ser Gawen Corbray was chosen by Aegon's other queen, Visenya Targaryen, as master-at-arms for her son, Prince Maegor, on Dragonstone. On account of his reputation as being one of the deadliest knights in the Seven Kingdoms in his day.[8]

Lord Qarl Corbray declared for Prince Aegon the Uncrowned in the conflict that opposed him to his uncle King Maegor I Targaryen. During the campaign, Prince Aegon found himself surrounded by three armies loyal to Maegor. Lord Qarl adviced Aegon to attack his foes separately before they could join their forces, but Aegon refused and continued his march towards King's Landing. Ultimately, the armies faced each other at God's Eye in a bloody battle. When Prince Aegon and his dragon, Quicksilver, were killed by King Maegor atop Balerion, the battle was lost for Aegon's supporters. Lord Qarl was able to killed Ser Davos Darklyn of Kingsguard with Lady Forlorn and survived the battle. The Corbrays were pardoned by King Maegor, but they were stripped of some lands and titles and were forced to give up hostages.[8]

When Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen took the throne in 48 AC after Maegor's death, he arrested the Commander of the City Watch and named Qarl in his stead.[9] The following year, Qarl was one of the lords who represented of the Vale of Arryn at the Golden Wedding.[9]

Jaehaerys' mother and Regent, Queen Alyssa Velaryon, wanted to reward the lords who had declared for Aegon the Uncrowned by choosing a bride for Jaehaerys amongst their kin. The Corbrays were one of the Houses considered by Alyssa.[9] This idea never came to fruition, however, but Qarl remained a staunch supporter of the Queen Regent. When Lord Rogar Baratheon refused his dismissal by Alyssa from the office of Hand of the King, Qarl drew Lady Forlorn prompting Rogar to concede. Qarl also hid Princess Aerea Targaryen under Alyssa's orders to keep Rogar's brother, Ser Ronnal Baratheon, from taking her to Storm's End with the departing Baratheon household.[10] In 58 AC, Lord Qarl advised Jaehaerys against naming Barth his new Hand due to the Septon humble origin. The following year, Qarl died of the Shivers. His death and those of many his men provoked a short period of chaos in the streets of King's Landing. Qarl was eventually replaced at the head of the City Watch by Ser Robert Redwyne.[11]

Second Century

During the Dance of the Dragons, the Corbrays followed their liege lord, Lady Jeyne Arryn, and supported Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. Towards the end of the war, Lord Leowyn Corbray and his younger brother, Ser Corwyn Corbray, were entrusted by Lady Jeyne to lead the 10,000 strong army descending from the Vale towards the capital.[12] The Corbray brothers along with Lady Jeyne and the Lads took control of the city from Lord Cregan Stark of Winterfell, but let him preside over the trials of those suspected of poisoning the late king, Aegon II Targaryen.[13]

Once the trials dealt with and the war officially over, a council of regents was created to rule over the young Aegon III Targaryen. Lord Leowyn was named Protector of the Realm but Aegon's Hand, Ser Tyland Lannister, quickly achieved an unspoken dominance over Leowyn, gathering more power to himself as time passed. When the matter of Aegon III's succession was brought up to the council, Leowyn favored Aegon's half-sister, Princess Rhaena Targaryen, over her older wilder twin, Princess Baela Targaryen.[14] As the regents did not desire Baela to produce an heir with her lord husband, Alyn Velaryon, they quickly married Rhaena off to the man she chose, Corwyn Corbray.[14]

Lord Leowyn died of the Winter Fever in 133 AC, alongside his mistress and several of his servants,[14] he was succedded as Lord of Heart's Home by his son, Quenton Corbray.[N 1] The title of Protector of the Realm was passed on Lord Unwin Peake, Aegon's Hand after the death of Ser Tyland.[14]

The following year, Ser Corwyn was named a regent after Lord Manfryd Mooton died of age and illness.[15] 134 AC also marked the death of Lady Jeyne Arryn and the start of a war of succession in the Vale. Corwyn was dispatched to settle the matter, but he was killed by a crossbowman at Runestone when he came to confront Lord Gunthor Royce who supported Ser Arnold Arryn instead of Lady Jeyne's chosen heir, Ser Joffrey Arryn. Following the death of his uncle, Lord Quenton declared for Joffrey, who was eventually installed as Lord of the Eyrie. Lord Quenton came to King's Landing in 136 AC to attend the Great Council, where new regents were chosen for Aegon III.[16]

During the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard was part of the loyalist forces that fought Daemon Blackfyre at the battle of the Redgrass Field. They dueled for nearly an hour, their Valyrian steel swords Blackfyre and Lady Forlorn clashing loudly. At last, Blackfyre struck Gwayne's helm and left him blind and bleeding. Daemon dismounted to tend to his foe and ordered Redtusk to carry Gwayne back to the maesters for healing, an action that afterwards some considered decisive, since it gave the Raven's Teeth enough time to find a good position to fire the arrows that killed Daemon.[17]

Third Century

Petyr Baelish's great-grandfather was a Braavosi sellsword, who came to the Vale after being hired by a Lord Corbray.[18]

A Corbray lordling married a daughter of Benedict Royce and Jocelyn Stark.[19][20]

Baratheon Era

During Robert's Rebellion, Lyn Corbray fought Lord Jon Arryn at the gates of Gulltown, and later joined him at the battle of the Trident, where he slew Prince Lewyn Martell. At the battle, he took Lady Forlorn after his father was injured, and led a charge which broke the Dornishmen. His father gave Lady Forlorn to him upon his death, something his older brother Lyonel resented.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Mya Stone confesses to Catelyn Stark of being infatuated with Mychel Redfort, Ser Lyn Corbray's squire.[21] Lyn is one of the widowed Lady Lysa Arryn's suitors, and stays with her at the Eyrie for half a year after Lord Jon Arryn's death. Lyn offers himself as a champion for Lady Lysa in Tyrion Lannister's trial by battle, stating that he is the surest sword there.[22]

A Storm of Swords

When discussing King Robb Stark's succession, his mother Catelyn recalls that Lord Eddard Stark's grandfather had a sister who married a younger son of Lord Raymar Royce and had three daughters, one of whom married a Corbray.[19]

Lysa is angered by Lord Lyonel Corbray for asking for her son Robert Arryn to be sent to them as a ward, and does not believe that they truly love her.[18] Leaving his new wife Lysa and Sansa Stark at the Eyrie, Petyr Baelish spends four days meeting with the Corbrays.[23]

A Feast for Crows

Although Lord Lyonel is content enough with Petyr's rule, Ser Lyn joins the Lords Declarant.[24] Though he is Petyr's guest at the Eyrie, Lyn draws his sword and menaces him during the parley with the Lords Declarant. Sansa discovers that Lyn had been bought by Littlefinger from the beginning, in order to undermine the Lords Declarant. Petyr confesses that he rewards Lyn for his services with "gold and boys and promises", defining him as a man of simple tastes.[5]

Petyr arranges the wedding between childless Lyonel Corbray and the daughter of a rich Gulltown merchant who provides an enormous dowry. The Lords Declarant are supposed to shun Lyonel's wedding. At the end, Lord Belmore, Lady Waynwood and the Knight of Ninestars attend, as well as the Lords Waxley, Grafton and Lynderly.[25]

Mychel Redfort is knighted and replaced as Lyn Corbray's squire. According to Myranda Royce, the new squire is a loutish lad that Lyn took only for coin.[25]

House Corbray at the end of the third century

The known Corbrays during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord Corbray
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First wife
 
Lyonel
 
Merchant's
daughter
 
Lyn
 
Lucas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sickly
babe
 
Unborn
child
 


Historical Members

Before the Conquest

After the Conquest

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Even though Quenton is not mentioned in the text as Leowyn's son, we can assert that he was. Indeed he is mentioned as Corwyn's nephew (Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency). Corwyn is himself mentioned as being Leowyn's younger brother as well as being a second son (Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand). As Corwyn did not succeed Leowyn after his death (Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows), Quenton must have been a son of Leowyn in order to inherit.
    It can also be noted, as complementary information, Quenton is the son of Leowyn in the Blood of Dragons game (see Blood of Dragons: House Corbray of Heart's Home).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
  6. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  10. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  11. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  12. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  13. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  15. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Sworn Sword.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Stark Lineage.
  21. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 The Winds of Winter, Alayne I
  27. 27.0 27.1 Fire & Blood, The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  28. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  29. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.