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History of the Tullys

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Monday, 11 January 2010 14:14

The Tullys have held Riverrun and its lands for a thousand years, but did not reign until Aegon the Conqueror raised Edmyn Tully to overlord during the Wars of Conquest. This was a reward for being first among the river lords to abandon the tyrannical King Harren the Black and join Aegon’s host. Harren and his line were killed in the burning of Harrenhal.

In the past 90 years there have been four Lord Tullys. Lord Hoster’s father died 30 years ago, leaving Hoster to take up the rule of the House. Lady Minisa, Hoster’s wife, gave him one son and two daughters, but she died in childbed with a second son.

While not one of the greatest houses, Tully remains a powerful force with its command over the Riverlands. Hoster arranged for his eldest daughter, Catelyn, to be betrothed to the heir to Winterfell, Brandon Stark. In addition, relations between Tully and Lannister were at least cordial in those days, as Lord Tywin Lannister considered marrying his son Jaime to Hoster’s younger daughter, Lysa — a plan ruined when Jaime took the white and became a member of the Kingsguard. Hoster also took Petyr Baelish to ward; although he was from a petty house, Baelish has risen high in the realm to become the king’s master of coin.

When Aerys II killed Brandon Stark, Catelyn’s engagement transferred to Eddard Stark, the new lord of Winterfell. House Tully raised its banners in support of Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark once Lord Hoster was convinced of their cause — secured with the dual marriage of Catelyn to Eddard Stark and Lysa to Jon Arryn, Lord of the Vale.

During the War of the Usurper, Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was defeated at the Trident. The ruby ford was named for the rubies that were smashed out of Rhaegar’s armour and scattered in the water in the battle that led to his death. Although House Tully fought on Robert’s side, some of Tully’s banners remained neutral as long as possible, or even fought for Rhaegar.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2010 14:30