Nestor Royce

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Nestor Royce
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Title(s) Ser[1]
Keeper of the Gates of the Moon
High Steward of the Vale
Allegiance House Royce of the Gates of the Moon
House Arryn
Culture(s) Valemen
Issue Albar Royce
Myranda Royce
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appendix)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)
The Winds of Winter (appears)

Lord Nestor Royce is the senior member of a cadet branch of House Royce and Keeper of the Gates of the Moon. He has been High Steward of the Vale for the fourteen years prior to Lord Jon Arryn's death.[2]


See also: Images of Nestor Royce

Nestor is a massive, barrel-chested man.[2] He is bald and wears a greying beard.[3] According to Lord Robert Arryn, Nestor has a mole.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Nestor is rejected as a possible groom for Lady Lysa Arryn. He greets Lady Catelyn Stark and her companions when they visit the Gates of the Moon en route to the Eyrie.[2]

A Storm of Swords

Nestor's frolicsome daughter, Myranda Royce, keeps the Gates of the Moon for her father.[4]

A Feast for Crows

In his position as High Steward of the Vale Nestor is also Keeper of the Gates of the Moon. Because he virtually ruled the Vale for so long, Nestor feels he is owed for his long years of service. In order to secure his loyalty, Lord Protector Petyr Baelish grants him hereditary lordship over the Gates of the Moon after the War of the Five Kings, forming House Royce of the Gates of the Moon. The parchment contains the Arryn seal, but was signed by Petyr as Lysa was murdered before she could sign it.[3] Lord Nestor escorts the Lords Declarant up to the Eyrie to meet with Petyr and Lord Robert Arryn.[5]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Lord Nestor hosts a tourney at the Gates of the Moon. The winners of the tourney will become the first members of a new knightly order, the Brotherhood of Winged Knights. Nestor is happy to show his guests the tapestries that once belonged to King Robert I Baratheon.[6]