Lord of Starpike, Dunstonbury and Whitegrove|
Protector of the Realm
Hand of the King
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Unwin Peake was the Lord of Starpike, Dunstonbury, Whitegrove, and head of House Peake during the Dance of the Dragons. He later served as Lord Regent, Protector of the Realm and Hand of the King during the regency of King Aegon III Targaryen.
The Dance of the Dragons
Lord Unwin supported the greens during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. He joined Lord Ormund Hightower's great host, which marched from Oldtown toward King's Landing. After the First Battle of Tumbleton, Unwin wanted to wait at the sacked town in hopes of reinforcement from Lord Borros Baratheon. Unwin advocated for declaring Prince Daeron Targaryen to be the new Prince of Dragonstone after hearing of the death of Prince Aemond Targaryen. He was a leader of the Caltrops, thirteen nobles who plotted to kill the disrespectful Two Betrayers.
Lord Peake's tent was burned by Seasmoke during the Second Battle of Tumbleton, but he survived the battle. When Unwin asked Ulf White his intentions after the battle, Ulf replied that he would take the Iron Throne after the greens captured King's Landing. However, Ulf died drinking poisoned wine with Unwin's commander, Ser Hobert Hightower. Lord Peake offered one thousand golden dragons to any knight of noble birth who could claim the surviving dragon, Silverwing, but none succeeded. Seeing that the greens' army was disappearing through desertion, Unwin, the new commander, decided to abandon the campaign toward King's Landing and retreat from Tumbleton.
The Regency of Aegon III
During the regency of Aegon III, Lord Unwin became a regent after the death of Lord Corlys Velaryon in 132 AC, and he eventually reached the position of Hand of the King. He kept acquiring more and more power, endeavoring to weaken his foes by any means at hand. Unwin saw his kin hold many high offices, and he attempted to wed his daughter to King Aegon III Targaryen after the apparent suicide of Queen Jaehaera Targaryen. Ser Mervyn Flowers of the Kingsguard who was his bastard half-brother, was standing guard at the door to Jaehaera's chambers on the occurrence of her death. It was variously suggested that Jaehaera had been murdered by Ser Mervyn or that Mervyn had merely stood aside to allow Tessario the Tiger, a sellsword in Lord Peake's service, to do the deed. When the match was rejected he threatened to resign his position. Lord Peake's threat was accepted by his co-regents and in 134 AC he resigned.