House Darklyn

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House Darklyn of Duskendale is an exctincted house that ruled for centures the village of Duskendale and the surrounding lands. Their keep is the Dun Fort, at the top of the hill that dominates the town.

The Darklyns had been petty kings during the Age of Heroes, and their power reached as far as for trying to get hold of the Cracklaw Point. Later their realm was swallowed by the surrounding larger kingdoms, but the Darklyns remained and served their new kings as the proud Lords of Duskendale.

Their closest allies are their bannermen of House Hollard, who served them loyaly and even provided brides for the Darklyns kings of old thrice.

During the Targaryen rule, they were close allies to the dragonlords to the point that seven sons of Darklyn had joined the Kingsguard, more than any other house. Those good terms with the Iron Throne ended with the Defiance of Duskendale.

The Defiance

The Defiance of Duskendale took place during the reign of King Aerys II when, according to the commonfolk convinced by his wife Lady Serala of Myr, Lord Denys Darklyn took Aerys captive.

During the emprisonment of the king, the master-at-arms of the Dun Fort, Ser Symon Hollard, slain Ser Gwayane Gaunt of the Kingsguard. The Hand of the King, Lord Tywin Lannister, assembled an army that could easily storm the town, but Lord Denys menaced that he would kill the king as soon as the attack started. Aerys was held prisoner half a year with Tywin's army waiting outside Duskendale.

The situation remained invariable until Ser Barristan Selmy of the Kingsguard stormed the Dun Dort and rescued the king. Having lost his hostage Lord Denys had no other option that to surrender at once. He bent the knee and begged for mercy, but the king demanded his head and all his family's. Lord Denys, his rothers and his sister, uncles and cousins were beheaded. Lady Serala, called the Lace Serpent for the supposed poison of her words, was burned alive after torning out her tongue and her female parts with which it was said that she had enslaved her lord.

House Hollard, that had served House Darklyn during the defiance and had a close relationship with their lords, had the lands taken, the castle torn down, and its members also executed. Only young Dontos Hollard was spared because Barristan asked for mercy.

Known members

Lord Denys, the rebel lord that seized the king and was executed, was the last member of the house.

Before him, the White Book records seven Darklyn sons that served in the Kingsguard. One of them was Rolland Darklyn, who entered the sworn brothership on a battefield and died an hour later. He was the youngest member ever to serve at the Kingsguard until Jaime Lannister (who was 16 at the time).


The Darklyn line was completely extinguished by Aerys after the Defiance. However, in Duskendale there are many people named Darke, Darkwood or Dargood who probably descend from minor branches of the house.