Jon Connington

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House Connington.png Jon Connington House Connington.png
Alias Griff
Title Lord of Griffin's Roost
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Connington
Golden Company
King Aegon VI
Book(s) A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Personal Arms Two griffins combatent countercharged per pale on red and white

Lord Jon Connington, Lord of Griffin's Roost, was the head of House Connington and for a time Hand of the King. He was one of the few close friends of Rhaegar Targaryen.[1] He had no brothers.[2]


Jon Connington is the only surving son of Armond Connington, Lord of Griffin's Roost, and his wife. He served as a squire in King's Landing together with Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. He danced with Ashara Dayne at the Tourney at Harrenhal.[3] He was unhorsed at a tourney held at Storm's End by Ser Barristan Selmy.[4]

Because of his connection with the royal family, and because he was a noted warrior, Aerys II chose him as Hand of the King after the dismissal of Owen Merryweather. Aerys wanted someone young and vigorous to match Robert's youth and vigor. After the Battle of Ashford, Connington took over the pursuit of Robert Baratheon from the Tyrell army. In the Riverlands, near the town of Stoney Sept, he caught up with Robert, who was hiding in the town. Connington's soldiers began a house-to-house search. Then Robert Baratheon's allies arrived at Stoney Sept.

At this point the Battle of the Bells began. The rebel army under the joint command of Eddard Stark, Jon Arryn and Hoster Tully immediately began attacking the royal army. Connington fought back fiercely. He personally killed Arryn's nephew and heir, Denys Arryn, and wounded Lord Tully. In spite of his bravery, Connington could not prevent a defeat, but still was able to retreat in good order.[5]

Connington could easily have had Stoney Sept surrounded and then set the whole town ablaze, killing Robert (and ending the rebellion) before the relief force of Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully could even arrive, as his critics said Tywin Lannister would have done; however, doing so would have meant the deaths of the innocent men, women and children of the town, so Connington choose not to go down that path, wanting the glory of slaying Robert for himself.[6]

King Aerys held Connington responsible for the defeat and exiled him, stripping the house of its lands, wealth and titles. Connington while in exile joined the Golden Company and served there for several years, it was said he was kicked out though after he was caught attempting to steal from the Company war chests. It was said that Connington drank himself to death a year later.[7]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

The story of Connington stealing from the Golden Company and then drinking himself to death was a fabrication created by Varys, in order to hide Jon's true purpose. After some investigation, Tyrion Lannister learns that Connington changed his name to Griff and adopted Rhaegar's son Aegon (whom many falsely believed to be dead) with the intention of eventually conquering Westeros and placing the boy on the Iron Throne. They plan to join their strength to Daenerys Targaryen in Volantis.[8] Connington is infected with Greyscale during the journey to Volantis when rescuing Tyrion Lannister from drowning, but keeps it a secret.

Upon learning that Daenerys remains in Slaver's Bay, the Golden Company, under Aegon's direction, decides to attack Westeros instead because the time was ripe.[9] Connington, Aegon and the Golden Company land in the Stormlands and take several castles, including Connington's ancestral keep Griffin's Roost. They next plan to take Storm's End, where Aegon will raise the standard of House Targaryen above the battlements.[10]

Connington is plagued by guilt over the Battle of the Bells and hears the tolling of the bells everytime he closes his eyes. He knows that with the Greyscale death is coming for him, but hopes to live just a few more years time enough to end the Usurpers line and restore Aegon VI to the Iron Throne. Jon Connington believes if he can achieve this it will finally stop the tolling of the bells and he can die content in his home of Griffin's Roost.



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