House Mallister

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House Mallister of Seagard
House Mallister.svg
Above the Rest
Coat of arms A silver eagle displayed on indigo
(Purpure, an eagle displayed argent)
Seat Seagard
Head Lord Jason Mallister[1]
Region Riverlands
Heir Patrek Mallister[1]

House Mallister of Seagard is one of the most prominent noble houses from the riverlands. Seagard is a fortress built to defend the coast against the reavers from the Iron Islands, and dates from before Aegon's Conquest.[2]

Their blazon is a silver eagle displayed, on a purple field.[3][4] Their motto is "Above the rest".[5]


House Mallister has a prouder lineage than their liege lords, House Tully of Riverrun, the Lords Paramount of the Trident.[6]

Some Mallisters have worn winged helms,[7][8] and Mallister guardsmen wear indigo cloaks.[9]

The Mallisters distrust the ironborn.[10]


Andal Era

The Mallisters conquered most of the Cape of Eagles from the ironborn during the reign of King Torgon Greyiron.[11]

In the century that followed the fall of House Justman, the Mallisters were one of the many river lords who were petty river kings, with House Teague eventually controlling the riverlands.[12]

Lord Petyr Mallister rose against the Storm Kings of House Durrandon, having a brief and inglorious reign as King of the Trident before his defeat.[12]

Targaryen Era

Ser Denys Mallister, by Romain Leguay © Fantasy Flight Games

House Mallister aided House Targaryen during Aegon's Conquest and rebelled against King Harren the Black of Harrenhal.[13]

Lord Mallister attended the Golden Wedding in 49 AC and considered young King Jaehaerys I Targaryen to be wiser than his years.[14]

In 105 AC, Lord Lymond Mallister unhorsed Ser Criston Cole at the tourney at Maidenpool to celebrate the accession of King Viserys I Targaryen.[15]

The Mallisters declared for Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons.[16] Lord Borros Baratheon slew Lord Jorah Mallister during the Battle of the Kingsroad.[17]

Ser Desmond Mallister had a great and tragic friendship with Lord Loron Greyjoy.[18]

Ser Joseth Mallister jousted in the tourney at Ashford Meadow. He was left unconscious in one of the first tilts.[7]

Ser Denys Mallister, twice a candidate to become Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, has been the commander of the Shadow Tower since 267 AC.[19]

Lord Jason

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen unhorsed Lord Jason Mallister in a tourney at Storm's End.[20] Jeffory Mallister was one of the companions of Brandon Stark who were accused of treason and executed by order of Rhaegar's father, the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen, in 282 AC.[21]

During Robert's Rebellion against Aerys, Lord Jason attended the wedding between Catelyn Tully and Eddard Stark at Riverrun and gave lavish gifts.[9] At the Battle of the Trident, Jason slew three of Rhaegar's bannermen.[8]

During Greyjoy's Rebellion against King Robert I Baratheon, Jason slew Rodrik Greyjoy while defending against the storming of Seagard.[2] He took part in the tourney at Lannisport following the rebellion, but he was defeated by the eventual victor, Lord Jorah Mormont.[22]

Will was caught poaching by Mallister freeriders and then sent to the Night's Watch.[23]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Jason Mallister attending the Hand's tourney, by Tomasz Jedruszek © Fantasy Flight Games

Lord Jason Mallister is seen by Catelyn Stark on the road while he is going to the Hand's tourney.[9] Once there, he unhorses Ser Aron Santagar.[8]

After the death of King Robert I Baratheon, Jason is named among the nobles the newly-crowned King Joffrey I Baratheon insists must do him fealty or be named traitors.[24]

The Mallisters join the northern host when Robb Stark rides south from the Twins. Jason's son, Patrek Mallister, is one of the thirty young sons of lords that ride with Robb in the battle in the Whispering Wood and the Battle of the Camps.[25] Meanwhile, Jason holds a subordinate command and captures Ser Gawen Westerling.[26] At Riverrun, the Mallisters join in proclaiming Robb as King in the North.[27]

A Clash of Kings

Jason and Patrek accompany Theon Greyjoy on their way back to Seagard.[2] Jason commands the defense of four fords during the Battle of the Fords, repulsing all comers.[28]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Jason is among the seven nobles who launch the funeral boat of Lord Hoster Tully at Riverrun.[29]

At Hag's Mire, Jason brings the captain of the Myraham, who breaks the news to the gathered northern and river lords that Balon Greyjoy is dead and Euron Greyjoy has claimed the Seastone Chair. Lord Mallister reports that his fleet at Seagard consists of half a dozen longships and two war galleys. Robb orders him to send two of his warships into the Neck (one carrying Galbart Glover, the other Maege Mormont) to find Greywater Watch.[30]

Ser Denys Mallister is considered a leading contender to become Lord Commander of the Night's Watch after the death of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.[10] However, he steps aside so that Jon Snow can win.[31]

A Feast for Crows

Black Walder Frey threatens to hang Patrek, a captive from the Red Wedding, unless Lord Jason surrenders Seagard. Jason bends the knee.[32]

Even though they have renewed their fealty to the Iron Throne, House Mallister's banners are noticeably absent from the rivermen force besieging Riverrun, according to Ser Jaime Lannister.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Jason and his heir, Patrek, are held captive by Freys in their own castle, Seagard.[33]

House Mallister at the end of the third century

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

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:



Historical Members


The Mallisters had a bone-deep mistrust of the ironborn, Jon knew.[10]

—thoughts of Jon Snow

The commander of the Shadow Tower had been born beneath the Booming Tower of Seagard, and looked every inch a Mallister.[19]

—thoughts of Samwell Tarly


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Hedge Knight.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: Driftwood Crowns.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fire & Blood, The Years of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  16. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  18. 18.0 18.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Prologue.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 63, Catelyn X.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  27. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  28. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  29. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 79, Jon XII.
  32. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.

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