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House Frey

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Straddling the banks of the Trident’s Green Fork, the bridge-fortress known as the Twins is the seat of House Frey. The two matching keeps of the Twins secure the only crossing of the Green Fork north of the ruby ford.

Walder Frey, 90 years old, is Lord of the Crossing. His current wife is Lady Joyeuse of Erenford, age 16. Walder’s sons include Ser Stevron, the eldest and heir to the Twins; Ser Emmon, married to Genna of Lannister; and Septon Luceon. Lord Walder also has sons with his other wives, and many of these are old enough to have children and grandchildren of their own. Many of these children are named Walder or Walda, in honour of their progenitor.

History

It took House Frey three generations to build just the bridge across the Trident; then work began on the keeps on either side of the bridge. By charging for the use of that crossing for 600 years, the Freys have become wealthy at the cost of their peers’ respect.

Historically, the Freys have tried to conquer Greywater Watch, but only succeeded in making the Reeds an enemy. The people of the Twins have nought but contempt for their neighbours to the north, considering them frog eaters with green teeth and mossy armpits.

Walder Frey, the Lord of the Crossing, rules the house. A combination of long life and multiple wives has resulted in an abundance of progeny. It is said that Lord Walder could field an army out of his breeches. Walder Frey arrived with reinforcements for Robert Baratheon’s battle against Rhaegar, but only after the fighting was completed. This questionable pragmatism inspired Lord Hoster Tully to refer to Lord Walder as “The Late Lord Frey.”

House Personality

Viewed as an upstart by other houses, the Freys have developed a persecution complex. The house is quite cognisant of the strategic importance of the Twins, and delights in lording their power over greater houses that come to beg the use of the bridge. Lord Walder possesses the caution of an old man, but the ambition of a young one.

Holdings

The Twins are a pair of squat and ugly fortresses resting on either side of the Frey’s bridge across the Green Fork. Each keep is identical, possessing high curtain walls, moats, oak-and-iron gates, barbicans, and portcullises.

House Position

Though wealthy and populous, the Freys have long been scorned by their peers. House Frey’s meagre lineage combined with their greedy habits has led many great houses to look down upon them.


ALLIED HOUSES: Tully; Anyone with something to offer.
ENEMY HOUSES: Reed; Anyone who offends their honour; See Tully

 

House Destiny

Lord Walder is secure within the Twins, but circumstances require him to forge an uneasy alliance with the Starks in their conflict with the Lannisters. In the end, Lord Frey and Lady Catelyn settle terms.

In exchange for the Freys’ support and passage across the river, Robb agrees to marry a Frey daughter once the fighting is done. Furthermore, Frey’s son Olyvar becomes Robb’s squire, two of Frey’s grandsons will be fostered at Winterfell, and Arya, if ever found, will marry the youngest Frey, a lad named Elmar.

Prominent Members

Walder Frey, 90 years old, is Lord of the Crossing. His current wife is Lady Joyeuse of Erenford, age 16. Walder’s sons include Ser Stevron, the eldest and heir to the Twins; Ser Emmon, married to Genna of Lannister; and Septon Luceon. Lord Walder also has sons with his other wives, and many of these are old enough to have children and grandchildren of their own. Many of these children are named Walder or Walda, in honour of their progenitor.

House Traits

FEATS: Blood of the Andals; Gold Breeder; Keen Mind; Silver Tongue; Twins
SOCIAL STATUS: Rank 3 (Member of a Minor House)

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 June 2011 15:01