Yohn Royce

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Yohn Royce
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Alias Bronze Yohn[1]
Title Ser[2]
Lord of Runestone[3]
Allegiance House Royce
Lords Declarant
Culture Valemen
Issue Andar Royce
Robar Royce
Waymar Royce
Ysilla Royce
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Played by Rupert Vansittart
TV series Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7 | Season 8

Yohn Royce, known as Bronze Yohn, is the Lord of Runestone and the head of the senior branch of House Royce.[3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Yohn is portrayed by Rupert Vansittart.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Yohn Royce

Yohn's face is lined and he has grey hair, slate-grey eyes and very bushy eyebrows. He is as tall as Sandor Clegane and has large, gnarled hands, with a booming voice to match.[4] Yohn is a tourney knight,[5][6] who dons a set of bronze armor while competing. The armor is said to be thousands of years old and the inscribed runes ward its owner from harm.[7]


Yohn took part in the tourney at Harrenhal where he was defeated by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.[5] According to semi-canon sources, Yohn won the melee during this tournement.[8] Yohn also participated in the tourney at Lannisport, where he was defeated by the eventual champion, Lord Jorah Mormont.[5][6] He defeated Thoros of Myr in the melee at the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day with a common mace after the fire of Thoros's sword had guttered out.[9]

Lord Tywin Lannister offered his son Tyrion for marriage within House Royce but was rejected.[10]

Lord Royce escorted his youngest son north, when Ser Waymar joined the Night's Watch in 296 AC. They stayed in Winterfell on their way, where Yohn participated in hunts and practice sparring with Lord Eddard Stark and Ser Rodrik Cassel, defeating them both in the latter.[7][4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Yohn by Chris Dien © FFG

Yohn's youngest son, Ser Waymar, is killed by Others beyond the Wall.[11]

Yohn attends court in King's Landing with a retinue of knights and sworn swords.[1] He takes part in the Hand's tourney in King's Landing, participating with his sons Andar and Robar.[7] Yohn stays in King's Landing, participating in the boar hunt that kills King Robert I Baratheon.[12]

As Robert lies dying, Bronze Yohn is named by Lord Petyr Baelish as a possible ally for Lord Eddard Stark against Queen Cersei Lannister in the matter of the succession, though ultimately Ned chooses to rely on the gold cloaks.[1] During Joffrey I Baratheon's first court session after Ned's imprisonment, Lord Royce is listed by Grand Maester Pycelle among those required to swear fealty to the new king.[13]

A Clash of Kings

Yohn's middle son, Ser Robar, is slain by an enraged Ser Loras Tyrell after the murder of King Renly Baratheon.[14]

A Storm of Swords

Yohn is mentioned as a suitor of Lady Lysa Arryn by Ser Kevan Lannister.[10] According to Lysa herself, Yohn is pressuring her into participating in the War of the Five Kings, presumably in defense of Riverrun against the Lannister forces.[15]

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Lysa, Lord Yohn brings five other lords of the Vale to Runestone where they sign a document forming the Lords Declarant. Yohn's cousin, Lord Nestor Royce, informs Petyr Baelish about Yohn's intent to question Marillion about the murder of Lysa and to remove Petyr from his position as Lord Protector of the Vale.[16]

The Lords Declarant later ascend the Eyrie to meet with Lord Baelish. Yohn possibly recognizes Sansa Stark, but Nestor explains she is Petyr's natural daughter, Alayne Stone. Yohn declares his intent to foster the young Lord Robert Arryn at Runestone as his ward and squire and to raise him to be a knight that Lord Jon Arryn would be proud of, with the group's backing. He prevents Ser Lyn Corbray from attacking Ser Lothor Brune, but later departs the Eyrie in anger when the other Lords Declarant allow Lord Baelish a year more as Lord Protector. Petyr tells Sansa he believes Lord Yohn will be the only member of the Lords Declarant who will continue to be a threat to his plans.[4]

Bronze Yohn later holds a small melee at Runestone only for squires. Harrold Hardyng wins the melee and Yohn knights him as his reward. Lord Royce's daughter, Ysilla, marries Ser Mychel Redfort.[2]

A Dance with Dragons

News reaches Sisterton and White Harbor about Lord Yohn publicly vowing to remove Lord Petyr Baelish from power in the Vale.[17]

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.

Petyr Baelish is convinced Yohn warned Ser Harrold Hardyng against him before he travelled to the Gates of the Moon to participate in the tourney for the Brotherhood of Winged Knights.[18]

Quotes about Yohn

Sweet Petyr, I've missed you so, you don't know, you can't know. Yohn Royce has been stirring up all sorts of trouble, demanding that I call my banners and go to war.[15]

Nestor: This will not be the end of it. My cousin means to question the singer himself.
Petyr: Bronze Yohn mistrusts me. He means to come in force. Symond Templeton will join him, do not doubt it. And Lady Waynwood too, I fear. And Lord Belmore, Young Lord Hunter, Horton Redfort. They will bring Strong Sam Stone, the Tolletts, the Shetts, the Coldwaters, some Corbrays.[16]

Our cousin Bronze Yohn had himself a mêlée at Runestone, a small one, just for squires. It was meant for Harry the Heir to win the honors, and so he did.[2]


Yohn has three sons, Ser Andar, Ser Robar, and Ser Waymar, and several daughters, including Ysilla.[7][2] Yohn also has granddaughters.[2] Yohn refers to Nestor Royce, the senior member of a cadet branch of House Royce, as his cousin.[4]



External Links

Yohn Royce on the Game of Thrones wiki.