Wedding tourney at Whitewalls

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Daemon II Blackfyre as "John the Fiddler", by Riotarttherite ©

The wedding tourney at Whitewalls[1] was a tourney held by Lord Ambrose Butterwell to celebrate his second marriage to the daughter of Lord Frey in 212 AC. It was held at Whitewalls in the riverlands and was the grounds for the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[2]

The Joust

The format was a standard knock-out tournament. Two knights entered the lists under false names, Ser Duncan the Tall as the "Gallows Knight", a mystery knight, and Daemon II Blackfyre as "John the Fiddler", a hedge knight. The prize for the winner was supposed to have been Lord Butterwell's dragon egg, but it was stolen before it could be awarded.[2] Secondary prizes were to be thirty golden dragons for the runner-up and ten golden dragons for each knight defeated in the previous round.[2] The tourney ended prematurely when a royalist army led by Lord Bloodraven arrived to suppress the Second Blackfyre Rebellion.[2]

The tourney was then interrupted by claims that a thief had stolen the dragon egg. The next tilt would have been:

A trial by combat was then held to determine the guilt or innocence of Ser Glendon Flowers in the theft of the dragon egg:

Known Attendees


Duncan: Will there be a melee here?

Kyle: A melee? At a marriage? That would be unseemly.
Maynard: A marriage is a melee, as any married man could tell you."

Uthor: There's just the joust, I fear, but besides the dragon's egg, Lord Butterwell has promised thirty golden dragons for the loser of the final tilt, and ten each for the knights defeated in the round before.[2]

Uthor: This is only a bit of jousting to celebrate His Lordship's nuptials. A tilt in the yard to mark the tilt between the sheets. Hardly worth the bother for the likes of Otho Bracken.

Kyle: I'll wager my lord of Butterwell does not take the field either. He will cheer on his champions from his lord's box in the shade.

Glendon: Then he'll see his champions fall, and in the end, he'll hand his egg to me.[2]

Some words are wind. Some words are treason. This is a traitor's tourney, ser.[2]