House Mooton

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House Mooton of Maidenpool
House Mooton.svg
Coat of arms A red salmon within a gold tressure, on a white field
(Argent, a salmon gules within a tressure or)
Words Wisdom and Strength
Seat Maidenpool
Lord William Mooton
Region Riverlands
Title Lord of Maidenpool
Heir Eleanor Mooton
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)

House Mooton of Maidenpool is a noble house from the riverlands. Their seat of Maidenpool is one of the main ports and trade centers of the Bay of Crabs.

Their blazon is a red salmon on white, over a white field with a golden tressure. [1] According to semi-canon sources their motto is "Wisdom and strength".[2][3]

House Mooton is historically far wealthier than their overlord of House Tully.[4]

History

Hundred Kingdoms

According to legend, Jonquil's Pool was where Florian the Fool saw Jonquil for the first time while she was bathing with her sisters.[3]

The Mootons were petty kings in the days of the First Men. The Storm King Monfryd the Mighty defeated a Mooton king and conquered Maidenpool prior to the coming of the Andals.[5] King Florian the Brave was killed by Andals in the Fall of Maidenpool.[6] The Mootons of Maidenpool were within the domains of Kings Benedict I Justman and King Torrence Teague, although the riverlands eventually passed first to the Storm Kings under King Arlan III Durrandon and then to House Hoare under King Harwyn Hardhand.[6]

Maidenpool historically failed to conquer Crackclaw Point.[7]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest Lord Mooton joined Lord Darklyn in opposing Aegon the Conqueror, but both were slain fighting against Aegon's dragons and Orys Baratheon. Lord Mooton's brother, Jon Mooton, then yielded to Aegon. Jon supported the Targaryens in the Field of Fire, slaying men who tried to escape the dragons.[8] Although the Mootons were far wealthier than House Tully, Aegon named Edmyn Tully as Lord Paramount of the Trident after the burning of Harrenhal.[4]

During the Faith Militant uprising, Lord Mooton slew Lord Rupert Falwell in the battle at the Great Fork.[9]

Jonah Mooton, Roy Connington, and Braxton Beesbury were favorites of Princess Saera Targaryen, Perianne Moore, and Alys Turnberry. After a scandal, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen forced Jonah to wed Perianne in 84 AC. When Saera disappeared the following year, the king asked Jonah to watch for her in Maidenpool.[10]

The Mootons began the Dance of the Dragons on the side of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. Lord Walys Mooton led the retaking of Rook's Rest for the blacks, but he was then slain in a failed attempt to kill King Aegon II Targaryen's dragon, Sunfyre. His brother, Lord Manfryd Mooton, hosted the dragonriders Prince Daemon Targaryen and the dragonseed Nettles, for a time. Manfryd aligned with Aegon and the greens after refusing Rhaenyra's order to kill Nettles. Rhaenyra ordered that a decree of attainder be drawn up against the Mootons, but she soon lost power after the Storming of the Dragonpit.[11] Manfryd served as a regent for King Aegon III Targaryen until his death in 134 AC.[12]

When Lord Bloodraven marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, among the river lords who came in support was Lord Mooton.[13]

Robert's Rebellion

House Mooton sided with King Aerys II Targaryen against their liege lord, Hoster Tully, the Lord Paramount of the Trident, during Robert's Rebellion.[14] Ser Myles Mooton, who had been Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's squire, was slain by Lord Robert Baratheon at the Battle of the Bells.[15]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

A nameless traveller claims that Lord William Mooton and his sons try to hunt a huge she-wolf that had attacked some smallfolk. However, they have to flee and lose all their hounds. Arya Stark questions the story.[16]

A Storm of Swords

During the War of the Five Kings, Ser Jaime Lannister, Ser Cleos Frey, and Brienne of Tarth see that Maidenpool has been sacked, but Lord William still holds its castle.[3] Lord Randyll Tarly takes Maidenpool and locks Lord Mooton in a tower cell.[17] King Tommen I Baratheon signs a pardon for Lord Mooton and welcomes him back into the king's peace.[18]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne learns that Lord William sat behind his walls while he sent men off to fight and watched Maidenpool burn. Randyll's heir, Dickon Tarly, is betrothed to William's daughter, Eleanor Mooton.[19] Amongst the hanged broken men on the way to the inn at the crossroads, Brienne sees some wearing the badge of House Mooton.[20]

House Mooton at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members

Notes

  1. Though Lord Mooton is mentioned to have sons in A Clash of Kings, Arya II, Eleanor is his heir as of A Feast for Crows, implying all of Lord Mooton's sons have died during the war.

References

  1. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  2. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Sons of the Dragon.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The Princess and the Queen.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Mystery Knight.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 5, Arya II.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  20. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 37, Brienne VII.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  22. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  23. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragons.
  24. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  25. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  27. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.