Monday, June 27, 2011

Of Hornwoods, Freys, Boltons, and Whents...or Blackwoods (Spoilers)

Believe it or not, I have spent alot of time trying to pick families that the PCs and NPCs are directly or indirectly attached to. Some of my decisions were by pure luck, since I started this whole thing when I was just getting started reading the books.

Having completed all the books (as of June 27 - 4 books in Ice and Fire and the 3 short stories for Dunk and Egg), I am now listening to the books on CD. As is normally the case, you pick up much more details on the second (and third) time through.

The following will contain spoilers to the main storyline of Ice and Fire...

Cyrie Umber, of House Hornwood
So - this one was pure luck...I had no clue what would happen to the Hornwood family at the time I chose that family for Lothar's mother. House Hornwood's males have been wiped out in the battles at the end of Book 1, A Game of Thrones. In Book 2, Lady Hornwood comes to Winterfell and both the Umbers and the Manderly's are trying to broker a marriage to take over the Hornwood lands. As it turns out, the Bastard Bolton kidnaps Lady Donella, forces her to marry him, and then leaves her to die in a dungeon. Now the Boltons lay claim to the Hornwood lands. Will Lothar and the Umbers get involved?

With the events of Book 3, and the upcoming events of Book 5, it will be interesting to see what is actually happening in the North as a result of the Bolton involvement in the Red Wedding and its aftermath.

Maester Baelin, of House Frey
Once again - I had no clue of the events in Book 3 and the Red Wedding when I chose Maester Baelin's family. Being raised at the Citadel from a young age and assigned to House Umber, Baelin really holds no allegiance to his blood family. But, this family connection could prove interesting in the near future. Regarding the Red Wedding, I will not go into anymore details...you can easily find that information if you would like to. But, if you have not read Book 3, try to hold off the temptation.

House Whent or House Blackwood
There will be a sub-plot regarding the sisters who married into the Vey and Draven families. I picked House Whent because I wanted a family that was pretty much out of the main storyline. Once I read that Lady Whent had no heirs at all...I figured it was best to change to a family that at least still existed and was not about to be extinct. Extinct would mean no claim to the former Whent lands...a child in House Vey or House Draven would provide that potential heir, and thus, the family would not be extinct.

House Blackwood is a riverlands family that still worships that Old Gods (like the Northerners). They have not bent the knee to the Iron Throne after the Red Wedding, and are the only family of the riverlords that are still fighting. Plus, they have a longstanding feud with another riverlands family (House Bracken) which could always be used as a plot point later.

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