|House Lothston of Harrenhal|
|Coat of arms||
A black bat on a field per bend, silver and gold|
(Per bend argent and or, a bat displayed sable)
|Title||Lord of Harrenhal|
|Founder||Lord Lucas Lothston (House Lothston of Harrenhal)|
|Founded||151 AC (House Lothston of Harrenhal)|
|Died out||221–233 AC[N 1]|
House Lothston of Harrenhal is an extinct house from Harrenhal in the riverlands. Their arms were a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold. They held Harrenhal until three or four generations before A Song of Ice and Fire and were a powerful house which once loomed large in the histories of the Seven Kingdoms.
Ser Lucas Lothston was the grandson of a hedge knight. After the secret siege and the failed plot against King Aegon III Targaryen in 135 AC, the patient Lucas was named master-at-arms of the Red Keep by Lord Torrhen Manderly to replace Ser Gareth Long.
Lords of Harrenhal
After Falena Stokeworth was found in bed with Prince Aegon Targaryen in 149 AC, his father, Prince Viserys, desired to remove Falena from court at King's Landing. Viserys married her to Ser Lucas Lothston and convinced King Aegon III to gift his master-at-arms with Harrenhal in 151 AC, as the previous holders of the castle, House Strong, had died out as a result of the Dance of the Dragons. House Lothston became the sixth noble house to rule as Lords of Harrenhal.
Lord Lucas was briefly Hand of the King for Aegon IV Targaryen in 178 AC. Jeyne Lothston, the daughter of Lucas and Falena, became the eighth of Aegon's mistresses, but she was sent away from court when she caught the pox from the king. Lucas was sent away as well, having been removed as Hand.
The Lothstons of Harrenhal had a bad reputation; Lord Lucas Lothston and his son Manfryd, for example, were renowned for their black deeds. According to Ser Eustace Osgrey, Manfred Lothston betrayed Daemon Blackfyre in the First Blackfyre Rebellion. Lady Danelle Lothston, called Mad Danelle, was said to send giant bats out to capture children for her cookpots, to have bathed in blood and feasted on flesh. When Lord Bloodraven marched on the wedding tourney at Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion in 212 AC, among the river lords who came in support was Lady Danelle.
The downfall of House Lothston came when Danelle turned to the black arts, causing chaos. The last Lothston was killed with the help of an ancestor of Ser Illifer the Penniless in unknown circumstances. After the line ended during the reign of King Maekar I Targaryen, the lordship of Harrenhal was given to House Whent, knights who had first served the Lothstons but then helped to defeat the mad family. Ben Blackthumb worked as a boy for Lord Lothston and later for the grandfather and father of Lady Shella Whent.
A Storm of Swords
Ser Jaime Lannister uses a shield found in the armory of Harrenhal with the arms of House Lothston on his ride back to King's Landing. He remembers the stories of Lady Danelle Lothston, who bathed in tubs of blood and presided over feasts of human flesh.
A Feast for Crows
Jaime gives the heavy oaken shield to Brienne of Tarth when she departs King's Landing to find Sansa Stark. When she gets to Duskendale a captain at the gate tells her that the black bat arms are of ill repute. Brienne has it re-painted by the captain's sister, who is not pleased to see the black bat either, as she is reminded of her mother's frightening tale about Mad Danelle.
A Dance with Dragons
House Lothston at the end of the third century
The known Lothstons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Ser Guy Lothston, called Guy the Glutton, one of King Maegor I Targaryen's champions in his trial of seven.
- Lord Lucas Lothston, first Lothston to be Lord of Harrenhal, and Hand of the King to Aegon IV Targaryen.
- Lord Lucas Lothston, called the Pander.
- Manfred Lothston, a participant in the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
- The Bastard of Harrenhal, a tourney participant.
- Lady Danelle Lothston, called the Mad.
You bear a liar's shield, to which you have no right. My grandfather's grandfather helped kill the last o' Lothston. None since has dared to show that bat, black as the deeds of them that bore it.
The black bat of Lothston. Those are arms of ill repute.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 44, Jaime VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
- The Hedge Knight.
- The Sworn Sword.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.