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History of the Arryns

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Monday, 11 January 2010 14:20

The Vale was originally held by the First Men, as was so much of Westeros in the earliest days. When the Andals arrived, they landed in the Fingers. From that point, they would wrest control of the Vale from the First Men, driving them out of the Vale. These Andals became the Kings of Mountain and Vale.

The Kings of Mountain and Vale held sway over the Mountains of the Moon thousands of years ago, from the end of the Age of Heroes until they fell to the dragons. The Bloody Gate has long demarcated entrance to the Vale and kept the region secure — a dozen armies broke themselves against the Gate in the Age of Heroes. One of the earliest known Arryns was the Lady Alyssa, for whom the Vale’s waterfall is named; she saw her husband, brothers, and children into the grave, outliving them all and never shedding a tear herself.

Since the time the last King of the Mountain and Vale bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror, the Arryns have held the title of Warden of the East for the Targaryens. They have held the region in check, squashing any great force of clan raiders, and guarding the shores of the kingdom.

In recent history, Jon Arryn took both Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon as his wards, allying his family with two of the greatest houses. Lord Jon Arryn had two wives, both of whom died without bringing forth a living heir. Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark were thus fostered with him and raised as if they were his own sons. When King Aerys II demanded the boys’ heads, Jon Arryn called his banners instead.

During the War of the Usurper, Jon married his third wife, Lysa Tully, and in so doing became a good brother to Eddard. Jon Arryn’s cousin, the gallant Ser Denys Arryn, was killed at the Battle of the Bells by the King’s Hand, Lord Connington. After the war was won, Jon Arryn went to Sunspear in Dorne. He helped settle the anxiety of the Martells who were concerned about the death of Princess Elia and her children. Lord Jon became King Robert’s Hand.

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