Warden of the West

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Warden of the West, by David Griffith © Fantasy Flight Games

Warden of the West is a warden title bestowed on the most prominent house of the westerlands by the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms since Aegon's Conquest. All known Wardens of the West have been from House Lannister. Traditionally, the title is held by the head of the house, the Lord of Casterly Rock.

Responsibilities

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Loren the Last bends the knee to House Targaryen, as depicted in Game of Thrones History and Lore.

The Warden of the West is tasked with defending the western regions of the Seven Kingdoms from invaders.[1] Although now part of the realm, men from the Iron Islands historically raided the shores of the Sunset Sea,[2] and some ironborn desire a return to the Old Way.[3]

History

Loren I Lannister, King of the Rock, was captured the day after the Field of Fire during Aegon's Conquest. Loren the Last submitted to King Aegon I Targaryen and was named the first Warden of the West.[4]

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West, and Lord Eddard Stark, Warden of the North, supported King Robert I Baratheon during Greyjoy's Rebellion.[5]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West, by Aleksander Karcz © Fantasy Flight Games

Lord Tywin Lannister, Warden of the West and Hand of the King, is murdered by his son Tyrion in the Tower of the Hand.[6]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei Lannister, the Queen Regent, wants her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, to succeed her father as Hand, but Kevan insists he will only do so if he is named regent in her place and she removes herself to Casterly Rock.[7] Cersei instead names Ser Harys Swyft as Hand, Ser Damion Lannister as castellan of the Rock, and Ser Daven Lannister as Warden of the West.[8]

Daven participates in the siege of Riverrun.[9]

Known Wardens of the West

References

  1. So Spake Martin: Social Structure, Moat Cailin, and More, June 10, 2002
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 11, Theon I.
  4. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 77, Tyrion XI.
  7. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.