Knights of the Vale
The tradition of knighthood is strong in the Vale. During the Andal invasion of Westeros, the Andals first landed in the Fingers. Legends claim that the first King of Mountain and Vale, Ser Artys I Arryn, was the Winged Knight.
A Game of Thrones
Ser Hugh, a young knight who squired in King's Landing with the late Defender of the Vale, Lord Jon Arryn, is killed in the Hand's tourney in the capital. Following her return to the Eyrie, Jon's widow, Lady Lysa Arryn, refuses to permit any of the knights of the Vale to travel to King's Landing to participate in the tourney.
Lady Catelyn Stark arrests Tyrion Lannister and takes him to her sister Lysa at the Eyrie. When Tyrion sarcastically replies to the accusation of murdering Jon, Lysa warns him to speak politely, for she is protected by the knights of the Vale. When Tyrion later demands trial by combat, many knights and nobles ask for the honor of championing Lysa.
After winning his trial by combat against Ser Vardis Egen thanks to his champion Bronn and departing the Eyrie, Tyrion appeals to the mountain clans, who reject his offers of gold, by offering them weapons and armor to face the knights of the Vale.
A Storm of Swords
Despite their pleas for aid, Lysa ignores the messages urging the Vale to join forces with her nephew Robb, now the King in the North and King of the Trident. After Robb ponders his next move after the betrayal of Lord Rickard Karstark at Riverrun, he considers that the knights of the Vale could make all the difference in the War of the Five Kings.
A Feast for Crows
What do the Stone Crows do, but hide behind rocks and shiver in fear as the knights of the Vale ride by?
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 42, Tyrion VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.