Bennis of the Brown Shield|
|Book(s)||The Sworn Sword (appears)|
Ser Bennis, more commonly known as Bennis of the Brown Shield, was a hedge knight during the reigns of King Daeron II Targaryen and King Aerys I Targaryen. His personal arms are a shield without any paint, where the Brown Shield name comes from.
Bennis met Ser Arlan of Pennytree and his squire, Dunk, when a group of hedge knights were hired by a Dornish merchant to guard him between Lannisport and the Prince's Pass. Bennis was cruel to the young Dunk, pinching and taunting him. After one of the other knights went missing, it was rumored he'd been murdered by Bennis following an argument.
By 211 AC, Bennis served Ser Eustace Osgrey at Standfast together with Ser Duncan the Tall, Ser Arlan's former squire. Bennis accompanied Duncan in an attempt to discover why the Chequy Water had dried up, and injured one of the workers of Lady Rohanne Webber of Coldmoat when they refused to break down the dam they had built.
After Bennis and Duncan informed Ser Eustace about the events that had transpired, Eustace realized that Lady Rohanne would take the wounding of one of her men as a slight to her honor. Preparing for conflict, Bennis and Duncan began to train his villagers for battle, but quickly come to the realization that they will not stand their own. Hoping to prevent retaliation, Ser Duncan traveled to Coldmoat to pay a "bloodprice", but Lady Rohanne refused to accept it, and instead threatened to come for Bennis with fire and steel if Eustace would not give him to her by the next day.
On the condition that Bennis deliver himself for punishment, Rohanne planned to only slice his nose, but Bennis refused to allow it, even after the woods near Standfast were burned on Rohanne's orders. Preparing for Rohanne's arrival, Bennis decided to hold up in the tower of Standfast. When Ser Eustace, Duncan and Duncan's squire Egg rode to the river meet Lady Rohanne and her men, Bennis stayed at Standfast because the sight of him would likely infuriate Lady Rohanne. While Duncan settled the dispute in a duel at the river, Bennis stole all the valuable items at Standfast and fled.