|Title||Lord of Runestone|
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)
|Played by||Rupert Vansittart|
|TV series||Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6 | Season 7|
Yohn Royce, known as Bronze Yohn, is the Lord of Runestone and head of the senior branch of House Royce. He is sworn to House Arryn. He has three sons, Ser Andar, Ser Robar, and Ser Waymar, and several daughters, including Ysilla. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Rupert Vansittart.
- 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. He has a set of bronze armor, thousands of years old that is inscribed with runes that ward him from harm.
Lord Yohn is a tourney knight, who took part in the tourney at Harrenhal, where he was defeated by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and in the tourney at Lannisport, where he was defeated by Ser Jorah Mormont. 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.
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.
A Game of Thrones
Yohn attends court in King's Landing with a retinue of knights and sworn swords. He takes part in the Hand's tourney in King's Landing, participating with his sons Andar and Robar. Yohn stays in King's Landing, participating in the boar hunt that kills King Robert I Baratheon.
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. 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.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Yohn is mentioned as a suitor of Lady Lysa Arryn by Ser Kevan Lannister. 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.
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.
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.
A Dance with Dragons
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Game of Thrones, Prologue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 15, Davos II.