|Coat of arms
A grey stone head with fiery eyes, on a light green field
(Vert, a stone head cendrée, orbed gules)
|Lord Petyr Baelish
|The Vale of Arryn
|House Baelish of Harrenhal
|A Braavosi sellsword
House Baelish is a noble house from the Vale. Their seat is an unnamed, old flint tower, which commands no more than a few stony acres on the smallest of the Fingers. House Baelish's smallfolk consists of a village of a dozen families in huts of piled stone beside a peat bog.
The house began with Petyr's great-grandfather, who was born in Braavos and came to the Vale as a sellsword employed by House Corbray. His son took the head of the Titan of Braavos as his sigil when he was knighted. His arms were a grey stone head with fiery eyes, on a light green field.
During the War of the Ninepenny Kings, Petyr's father became friends with Lord Hoster Tully. He later "cashed in" on the friendship to have Petyr fostered at Riverrun. Petyr fell in love with Hoster's daughter, Catelyn, and Lysa Tully fell in love with him. After challenging Brandon Stark for Catelyn's hand, and after secretly impregnating Lysa, Petyr was sent home in disgrace.
In 289 AC, Petyr Baelish was given a minor sinecure in customs by Lord Jon Arryn, on the suggestion of his wife Lysa. There, Petyr distinguished himself, bringing in three times as much as any other collector. Petyr's rise to King's Landing was a swift one, and within three years after his arrival at court, he sat on the small council of King Robert I Baratheon.
A Clash of Kings
Lord Petyr Baelish offers himself as the envoy to the Reach to win their support for House Lannister. Following the Battle of the Blackwater, Petyr receives Harrenhal and is titled Lord Paramount of the Trident for services rendered to the crown.
A Feast for Crows
House Baelish at the end of the third century
The known Baelishes during the timespan described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Petyr Baelish, Lord of Harrenhal, Lord Paramount of the Trident, and Lord Protector of the Eyrie and the Vale of Arryn, formerly master of coin under King Robert I Baratheon and King Joffrey I Baratheon.
- Umfred, Lord Petyr's steward.
- Grisel, a former wetnurse to Lord Petyr, now keeper of his tower.
- Bryen, the old captain of the guards at Lord Petyr's tower.
- Kella, a servingwoman and shepherd.
- Kella's daughter, an infant.
- Baelish, a Braavosi sellsword.