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* Lord {[[Beric Dondarrion]]} was killed multiple times throughout the war but was resurrected each time by [[Thoros of Myr]]. He was the original leader of the Brotherhood until he gave up his life for Catelyn Tully.
 
* Lord {[[Beric Dondarrion]]} was killed multiple times throughout the war but was resurrected each time by [[Thoros of Myr]]. He was the original leader of the Brotherhood until he gave up his life for Catelyn Tully.

Revision as of 17:59, 29 March 2013

The Brotherhood Without Banners - by Sir-Heartsalot ©

The Brotherhood Without Banners, also known as the Knights of Hollow Hill and the Forgotten Fellowship, is a outlaw group who fights Lannister rule in the name of former King Robert. The group was founded by the soldiers and nobles who were sent by the then Hand of the King Eddard Stark to bring Gregor Clegane to justice. After they were ambushed while crossing a ford and nearly defeated, the group continued the fight as guerrilla group. Their number increased as they were joined by defeated soldiers from other battles and refugees from the fighting. After the death of their leader, Beric Dondarrion, the undead Catelyn Tully took over the group. Under her leadership the Brotherhood is more concerned with exacting revenge on House Lannister and their allies, particularly House Frey, for the Red Wedding than with justice and the protection of the smallfolk.

Founding

The Brotherhood was originally founded by Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr. After reports of marauding raiders in the Riverlands had reached King's Landing, the Hand of the King, Eddard Stark sent out a force under the command of Beric Dondarrion, including some of his own men, to stop the marauders and bring them to justice. According to witnesses the raiders were led by a man of monstrous size, whom Eddard realized could only be Ser Gregor Clegane.

Beric, having the command of the party, led his men into an ambush and was killed by Ser Gregor. He was then accidentally resurrected by Thoros using his religions funeral custom. The revived Beric swore to uphold his oath to King Robert and resumed his quest for Gregor's head. Once Robert died and the Lannisters assumed control of the Iron Throne, Beric's men became the outlaws but they still fought on for the justice of the smallfolk and in the name of King Robert and Eddard Stark.

In a later conversation with his son Tyrion, Tywin Lannister revealed that the intention was to draw Eddard Stark to them to be captured and exchanged for Tyrion, who had been taken prisoner by Catelyn Tully. But because he had been wounded Stark was unable to lead the party himself, and instead entrusted the leadership of the party to Beric Dondarrion.

Outlaw

Members and associates of the BWB - Gendry, Arya Stark, Anguy, Lem Lemoncloak, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Edric Dayne, Tom of Sevenstreams and Harwin - by mustamirri ©

When the group was first sent out, Clegane had been declared outlaw but after the death of Robert Baratheon and the fall of Eddard Stark, the roles were reversed. Now, Clegane was fighting in the name of the law, while Dondarrion and his group were declared outlaws. Thoros of Myr later revealed to Arya that there had been voices within the group that thought they should surrender themselves, but Dondarrion convinced everybody to continue the fight in the name of King Robert as to uphold the spirit of Robert's decree and protect the people.

The Brotherhood fought a guerrilla war against the invaders. At first the Lannisters and their allies were their targets, but eventually the Brotherhood saw their task as to protect the smallfolk against all who would harm them. Because of this, Northern raiders and common outlaws were now also targeted by the brotherhood.

This phase can be seen as the high point of the Brotherhood. They believed in the nobility of their cause and gained much support from the smallfolk, who provided them with information and, sometimes, food. They were fairly successful in capturing their enemies, and continued to show their faith in the righteousness of their cause by always providing their prisoners with justice; namely a trial. Due to the odds against them, Dondarrion was killed several more times, but was resurrected each time by Thoros. Most of his crew refused to acknowledge this and, according to them, Dondarrion had just been wounded and Thoros was a competent healer.

A group of the Brotherhood managed to capture Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane and bring them to Beric's hideout at the same time. Beric decided to hold Arya until they could ransom her to her Tully relatives. He put Sandor on trial for Lannister atrocities. On Arya's eyewitness testimony, Beric convicted Sandor of murdering the butcher boy Mycah, but allowed him to choose a trial by combat. He fought Sandor personally with a flaming sword, but was killed. The Brotherhood allowed Sandor to leave, though they seized his possessions in exchange for a deed. Thoros resurrected Beric once again, and later Arya escaped and was captured by Sandor.

Leadership change

After the Red Wedding the Brotherhood found the body of Catelyn Tully. Harwin and Dondarrion asked Thoros to resurrect her. Thoros refused because she had been dead for too long. In some way, Dondarrion gives the kiss of life to her, trading his life for hers, resurrecting Catelyn's half-decayed body; what convinced him to exchanged his life for hers is unknown. Though rendered nearly mute from her slit throat, Catelyn can croak out orders that are barely intelligible. She took the name Lady Stoneheart and became the Brotherhood's new de facto leader.

Under the leadership of the undead Catelyn Tully the Brotherhood embarks on a campaign of revenge against those who were their enemies. Participants of the Red Wedding, particularly the Freys, were their target.

In the epilogue of A Storm of Swords, it is described that the Brotherhood had captured Petyr Frey. When Merrett Frey came to ransom him, he saw that Petyr had already been hanged, and was then also hanged next to him.[1] Later, after he had been dismissed by Jaime Lannister, Ryman Frey was ambushed by the Brotherhood and he too was hanged, along with his entire party.

According to Thoros, at this point the Brotherhood had fallen low, and were no different to regular outlaws.

Later the Brotherhood captured Brienne of Tarth and her companions Podrick Payne and Ser Hyle Hunt, who had been searching with her for Sansa Stark and Arya Stark as Brienne, and Jaime, had swore to Catelyn Tully before her death. The undead Catelyn recognized Brienne, but was uninterested in any argument, since the delirious Brienne had called out for Jaime so many times during her recovery and carries the young King Tommen's seal and the sword Jaime gave her, named oathkeeper. Instead, she demanded that Brienne kill Jaime Lannister, or suffer death herself. Brienne refused because she had been rescued by Jaime and believed him to be a changed man. Catelyn then gave the command for her to be hanged with her companions. At the last moment, when the Brotherhood pulled upon the rope, Brienne is revealed to have screamed a single, unknown, word.[2]

Known members

Currently

Formerly

Allies & Sympathisers

Quotes

Dondarrion's a knight, but the rest of you are the sorriest lot of outlaws and broken men I’ve ever seen. I shit better men than you.

- Sandor Clegane, to the Brotherhood without Banners

References and Notes