Lyonel Hightower

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Lyonel Hightower
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Title Beacon of the South
Defender of Oldtown
Defender of the Citadel
Lord of Oldtown
Lord of the Hightower
Lord of the Port
Voice of Oldtown
Allegiance House Hightower
Culture Reach
Born In 114 AC or 115 AC[1]
Died In 143 AC or after[1]
Spouse Lady Samantha Tarly[2]
Issue 6 children[2]
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Lyonel Hightower was Lord of the Hightower and head of House Hightower at the end of the Dance of the Dragons and during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen.[2]

History

Lyonel was born in 115 AC[2] to Lord Ormund Hightower and his first wife, who died in childbed at some point. He had two younger brothers, Martyn and Garmund, and a sister, Bethany. During the Dance of the Dragons, his father married again to Samantha Tarly, known as "Lady Sam".[2]

Lyonel became Lord of the Hightower at age fifteen, after his lord father was killed at the First Battle of Tumbleton. It is said that when Lord Corlys Velaryon's peace terms were first offered to Lord Lyonel, he ripped the parchment from his maester's hand and tore it to shreds, vowing to write a reply in the Sea Snake's blood. However, his step-mother had other ideas. According to Mushroom, Sam persuaded Lyonel to agree to the terms by allowing him to seduce her and promising to marry him if he surrendered. This was because she was related to both the Tarlys and Rowans, who supported the blacks of Rhaenyra Targaryen. Munkun believes that Lord Hightower accepted the terms because of the end to Tyrell neutrality, however, and his youngest brother being at Highgarden at the time. [2]

Lord Lyonel announced his intention to marry his father's widow, but the reigning High Septon forbade the union as a form of incest. However, Lyonel kept Samantha as his paramour for thirteen years and fathered six children on her.[2] Lyonel and Lady Sam attended the coronation of Aegon III Targaryen and his wedding to Queen Jaehaera Targaryen, with their presence being so great a scandal that the High Septon refused to travel with them. [3]

Relations between the Hightowers and the Faith soured when the High Septon commanded Lady Sam to remove herself from her step-son's bed and take vows as a silent sister as penance. When she refused, he condemned her as a shameless fornicator and forbade her to set foot in the Starry Sept until she repented. Instead, Samantha famously confronted the High Septon, forcing him to relent.[3]

Although he had taken Lady Sam as a paramour, Lyonel was considered as a potential husband for Baela Targaryen, but she instead wed Lord Alyn Velaryon.[3]

Alyn Oakenfist was greeted by Lord Lyonel when Lady Baela docked at Oldtown's harbor. He became a close friend of Lyonel and his lover due to the courtesy he showed Sam.[4]

Lord Lyonel and Lady Sam made their way to King's Landing in 136 AC when new regents were chosen by lot.[5]

King Aegon III planned to visit Lyonel and Sam in Oldtown in a royal progress to mark his coming of age.[5]

A new High Septon eventually reversed the position of his predecessor, allowing Lyonel to marry Sam.[2]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hobert
 
 
 
 
 
Lord Hightower
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Otto
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bryndon
 
 
 
Unknown
first wife
 
Ormund
 
Samantha
Tarly*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
sons
 
Alicent
 
Viserys I
Targaryen
 
Gwayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Myles
 
Lyonel
 
Samantha
Tarly*
 
Martyn
 
Garmund
 
Rhaena Targaryen
 
Bethany
 
 
Aegon II
Targaryen
 
Helaena
Targaryen
 
Aemond
Targaryen
 
Daeron
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6 children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6 daughters
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaehaerys
Targaryen
 
Jaehaera
Targaryen
 
Maelor
Targaryen
 


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 See the Lyonel Hightower calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  4. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.