Yohn Royce, also known as Bronze Yohn - interestingly Bronze John is a name for Yellow Fever (as I learnt in Fevre Dream). Not sure what this could mean for their role in the series, because I always pictured them as a force for good. We'll see, though.
You know, I remembered that Bronze Yohn/Bronze John analogy when I first started reading the books, but I've since moved on from that Fevre Dream specific implication, and now wonder if it does have some meaning. I suspect that GRRM just liked the sound of it, and the shoutout to his earlier work? I do love the shoutout to the Fevre River from Dream, I wish the one in ASOIAF was spelled the same way. I'll take what I can get though.
I do think, minus plague implications of the name, that he will play a big role in the future. I wonder if he or his heir would be the ones to take over in the Vale if the Arryns do die out. I suspect that if Bronze Yohn doesn't already know Sansa's true identity, he will soon. The more I think about Sansa's identity being unknown, the more I think most in the Vale might know or suspect something. Yes, there is something to be said for snoutty nobility not deigning to notice a bastard or the common folk, but there is the issue of the Tully eyes she has, Lysa being there nonstop since Jon Arryn's death, and the point of both Cat visiting the Vale in AGOT and Bronze Yohn's pre-GOT visit to Winterfell.
I'd also like to give a shoutout to poor, dear departed Robar. Might as well give one to Waymar, too. I'm starting to feel a bit sorry for Bronze Yohn on the loss of his sons, although.......there is also a cold, hard, and snotty vibe about him too that makes me forget that part.
Edited by Lady Fevre Dream, 27 May 2014 - 09:16 AM.