Peril at Kings Landing
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Arms: A silver chalice studded with emeralds on a black field.
Words: Drink, Live, Last
House Hunter bears a seemingly endless supply of brothers, male cousins, sons, and more distant male relations. Although hardly enough to rival the brood of Walder Frey, House Hunter still boasts one of the largest families in Westeros. Unfortunately, an abundance of male heirs has one definite consequence for a minor house with a small fiefdom: the house does not have enough holdings to satisfy everyone. The Hunter family history is replete with murders, brawls, abductions, disappearances, banishments, and other acts too unsavory to mention. The song “A Hundred Feet of Red, Red Rope” infamously chronicles the demise of Old Targin Hunter, and it’s left unsung by any mummer or minstrel within a hundred leagues of House Hunter’s lands unless the performer desires a reenactment. House Hunter fought the Lannisters on the side of the Targaryens during Robert’s Rebellion and then turned cloak to the lions when the Kingslayer dipped his white sword in Mad King Aerys’s blood.
Since the Rebellion’s end, House Hunter has counted its blessings and abated the kin-culling ways of its bloody past. The men of House Hunter have behaved more civilly toward their own blood in recent years; their abject fear of their liege-lord’s wrath prevents them from resorting to their old ever-winding clockwork of machination and backstabbing. However, the Lannisters have a saying: “If a man needs to die abed, or at fate’s whim, send a Faceless Man; if the circumstances of his death need not be disguised, a Hunter is far cheaper.”
The heir of House Hunter is Hayes Hunter, whose elder brother Naton, recently died at the hands of Eckhard Stone, a former pit fighter aligned with House Teamus.
Arms: A pomegranate pierced with a red vertical arrow against a grey field
Words: Eat Bitter, Grow Strong
The Latneaus are not the most renowned of their liege lord’s banner houses, but their longstanding protection of several of the regions’ larger farming communities and being so far south of most northern territories ensures them a fair amount of influence in local politics, and a decent income from their tenants. In the tumultuous years of the War of the Usurper, the Latneaus skirted the edge of loyalties and seized every opportunity to switch allegiance as the fickle winds of war shifted.
They initially remained loyal to the Starks against Aegon the Conqueror during his conquests. Choosing their moment well, the Latneaus surrendered when Stark’s forces wavered rather than face certain destruction; Aegon permitted them to keep their lands. During Robert’s Rebellion, House Latneau wisely followed the lead of the Usurper, knowing they could abandon this course and claim they were coerced into rebellion. The Rebellion proved too close to read, and House Latneau was compelled to commit their forces to Robert’s cause in full. The Latneaus suffered great losses, and the current head of the house is the sole survivor of seven brothers. Targaryen forces besieged and badly damaged the Latneaus’ keep early in the Rebellion.
At the Rebellion’s end, with Robert Baratheon crowned King, it seemed the Latneau’s steadfast support would win them a place in history and a hand on the helm of the future. But despite generous support from their liege lord, ill fortune has cursed House Latneau at every turn. Several years of poor harvests, resultant famine, illness, and ever-growing debt plunge the house into ever more dire straits. Desperation has seized Lord Alfric Latneau, who knows the only salvation for his struggling house is to keep up appearances long enough for the tides of ill fortune plaguing his family to subside.
And ill fortune continues – after his daughter ran away from a political marriage which may have saved his house, some of the Latneau smallfolk were put to the torch. House Teamus was blamed, but have since cleared their name, but at about the same time, Joshua Latneau, the house heir, was poisoned during the joust of Prince Joffrey’s name day, while jousting the champion of House Teamus. However, Mason Teamus found Iris Latneau working at a brothel in King’s Landing, and is preparing to escort her home, as she is the house’s sole heir now.
Arms: An eyepatch, a dagger, and a set of face-down cards.
Words: Fear Us
A House sworn to Winterfell and House Stark. Their seat is the The Edgeguard. Their holdings are everything south of and including the First Men Mountains, east of Deetch Lake and the Red River to Breakeven Bay. The port town of Breakeven, Kiki’s Mine, Deetch’s Dam, the Edge Pass to Karstark lands, and Highcard Tower are all major landmarks.
They are descendents from Teamus, who lived after the beginning of the Andal Invasion 6,000 years ago. Teamus joined the King of Winter in successfully stopping the Andals at Moat Cailin during their attempt at invading the North. Shortly thereafter, legend has it that Teamus got the best of the Mykal Bolton in a card game, able to foresee the outcome with the mythical greensight. He was steadily losing all night to Mykel Bolton, but finally won a large amount of their land on the eastern coastline. It is said Teamus won after removing his eye (a precious gem) with a dagger and using it as a wager, with nothing else left to his name. The current King of Winter had to take a hand in the matter, and awarded official land deeds to both houses, honoring what had transpired in the card game. Since then there has been enmity between both houses, Boltons accusing Teamus of trickery, and Teamus cutting Boltons off from access to the sea.
Black Sword, a villain which spoiled a marriage between Lord Mathle and a Bolton woman many centuries ago, has been rumored to haunt Edgeguard looking for Boltons to slay. This incident caused even more enmity between the two houses (exact dates unknown).
The subsequent lord Deetch of Teamus (750-650 B.A.C.) set to work building Deetch’s Dam, which ended up flooding Bolton farmland (the resulting lake named Deetch Lake). The inevitable conflict with the Boltons took place south of the dam, and as a result the strip of water flowing from Deetch Lake to Breakeven Bay has been named the Red River. This event started a marked time of infrastructure for the house. After Deetch’s Dam, Lords Strom, Clem and Wyatt expanded Edgeguard, built Highcard Tower as a lookout for enemies (by land and sea), and oversaw the flourishing of the town of Breakeven. Lord Shon, the final lord in this age of expansion, befriended a hermit in the First Men Mountains who revealed the location of a cave with valuable resources. Lord Shon ordered a mine be constructed and named it after the hermit, Kiki.
In recent times, the current Lord Jolvan had joined with Eddard Stark of Winterfell to turn back Balon Greyjoy’s Rebellion, and even took a knife wound to the shoulder while protecting Stark, thus causing some political gains for Teamus against the Boltons. The young Teamus, returning home to his lord father, soon was married to Meralyn Karstark under dubious circumstances. She was soon with child, and gave birth to two sons and a daughter. The oldest and apparent heir is 17. while his siblings are 10 and 7.
Other information of note: All members of the household have a set of playing cards, each with a picture of a noteworthy member of the Teamus bloodline. Each lord’s likeness is added to a card in the set upon their death. The house suffers from gambling, and not as much as it benefits. Many of the line throughout the ages believe they have the green sight, and gamble accordingly. Even the ones that do, do not know how to utilize the ability properly, nor are they able to differentiate between a green dream and one that is not. As a result, the house suffers, but other than that vice, the house continues to be a contributing member of Eddard Stark’s lands, and a thorn in the side of the Boltons.
Recently, House Teamus avoided a vicious scandal which met it’s end at King’s Landing, which pit them as pawns in a bigger game than they can imagine. However, they emerged relatively unscathed, and quite rich.