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|Alias||The Hooded Hand|
|Born||In 89–97 AC|
|Died||In 133 AC, the Tower of the Hand, King's Landing|
|Played by||Jefferson Hall|
|TV series||House of the Dragon: Season 1|
Tyland Lannister was a knight from House Lannister. He served on the small council at King's Landing, as master of ships for Viserys I Targaryen, as master of coin for Aegon II Targaryen, and as Hand of the King for Aegon III Targaryen. He was the younger twin brother of Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock.
Tyland never married nor had any children. He was a cunning man.
The Dance of the Dragons
On the night of the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Tyland gathered with the other members of the small council in Queen Alicent Hightower's chambers. There, they discussed the succession until dawn. During the meeting, Tyland pointed out that many of the lords who had sworn to defend the succession of Princess Rhaenyra back in 105 AC were long dead. He remarked that it had been twenty-four years, and that he himself swore no such oath, as he had been a child at the time.
At the start of the Dance of the Dragons Ser Tyland was named master of coin by Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower. Upon his appointment, Tyland acted at once to seize the royal treasury. The crown's gold was divided into four parts. One part was entrusted to the care of the Iron Bank of Braavos for safekeeping, another sent to Casterly Rock and a third to Oldtown. The remaining wealth was used by the greens for bribes and gifts and hiring sellswords.
When Prince Aemond Targaryen was the Prince Regent and Protector of the Realm, Tyland favored Aemond's suggestion of bringing battle to Prince Daemon Targaryen and chastising the rebellious river lords. When Rhaenyra took King's Landing in 130 AC, Tyland was among the members of the court who emerged from Maegor's Holdfast. Tyland was taken and given to Rhaenyra's torturers, in the hopes that some of the Crown's treasury could be recovered. Tyland refused to tell where the gold had been sent to, despite being blinded, gelded, and mutilated by the torturers.
After Rhaenyra fled the capital, Ser Tyland was released by the gutter knights of Ser Perkin the Flea, who had seized the Red Keep to install his squire, Trystane Truefyre, as king on the Iron Throne. After the city was taken back by the greens, Tyland was re-installed as master of coin. As the armies of the enemy were preparing to march on King's Landing, he suggested sailing to Lys or Tyrosh to hire sellsword companies to fight for Aegon II, but Corlys Velaryon insisted that Tyland could never return with the sellswords in time. When King Aegon II suggested sending Rhaenyra's son, Prince Aegon the Younger, to the Wall, or gelding him to ensure Rhaenyra's line would end with her only remaining son, Tyland argued for a harsher course. He suggested Aegon's execution, insisting that Aegon would always be a threat to the king, as long as he lived.
Hand of the King
Tyland returned to King's Landing from Myr shortly after King Aegon II Targaryen's death. He was made Hand of the King for King Aegon III Targaryen at the start of his regency. He began wearing a silken hood over his head on formal occasions, as ladies new to court were known to faint when seeing his severely disfigured face. His hood, however, gave cause to whispers among the smallfolk, who considered him a malign masked sorcerer and began calling him "the hooded hand".
Despite having previously served King Aegon II and having argued for the death of Aegon III before his coronation, Tyland served the new king loyally. He insisted that he could no longer recall who had sided with the blacks and who had sided with the greens. Tyland set out to restore trade to the Seven Kingdoms, which had collapsed during the war. He abolished the taxes that had been enacted by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and Lord Bartimos Celtigar, gave out loans for rebuilding the holdings which had been destroyed during the war, and ordered the construction of three huge fortified granaries throughout the kingdom, and had them filled with grain. He further ordered the repair and restoration of the Dragonpit, strengthened the city gates, and announced the funding for the construction of fifty new war galleys, although only ten were eventually commissioned.
When war erupted once more in the Stepstones, Tyland refused the offers made by envoys from Pentos, Braavos, and Lorath to form an alliance against Racallio Ryndoon, insisting to the regents of Aegon III that it was wiser to keep out of the wars of the Free Cities. When the former Grand Maester Orwyle was discovered and arrested in early 132 AC, the small council declared him an oathbreaker and sentenced him to death. However, Tyland insisted that, as the office of King's Justice had not yet been filled, the execution should be put on hold since he himself was not able to perform the execution. Tyland had Orwyle confined to a large, airy, comfortable tower cell and provided him with ink and parchment so he could continue to write his confessions. Tyland was in no hurry to fill the vacancy of the King's Justice and Orwyle remained comfortably imprisoned for two years. Mushroom and Septon Eustace both believed that the old friendship between Tyland and Orwyle and the recollection of all they had endured influenced Tyland's decisions regarding Orwyle.
During the discussions on the succession began in 132 AC, Tyland informed Lady Baela Targaryen of the small council's choice of husband for her. Baela voiced her disagreement to him, and claimed to have slept with two of her proposed husband's sons. Tyland had her confined to her rooms as a result. Baela escaped her confinement and fled to her cousin Lord Alyn Velaryon, who she wedded instead. When some of the regents urged Tyland to appeal to the High Septon to annul the marriage. Instead, Tyland spread the word that the marriage had been arranged by the royal court, to prevent people from learning about Baela's defiance of the council. When discussions began on a husband for Baela's sister, Rhaena, Tyland insisted on including Rhaena in the discussions.
In early 133 AC, when it was discovered that Winter Fever had broken out across the city and the realm, Tyland ordered the gates of the city and the Red Keep closed, to prevent the disease from spreading. But as the Winter Fever was nearing its end, Tyland himself fell ill. He died after only two days, in the presence of Septon Eustace and King Aegon III, who took his hand as Tyland took his last breath.
Tyland is not remembered fondly, partly due to his physical appearance after being tortured and partly due to his actions during the Dance of the Dragons. Some blacks hated him for having urged King Aegon II Targaryen to put Aegon the Younger to death and some greens hated him for serving Aegon III faithfully in the aftermath of the war.
I myself swore no such oath.
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- Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- Fire & Blood, The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
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