Fire Eater, on 07 August 2011 - 01:55 PM, said:
As far as I read in the abstract of Arianne's chapter, Haldon Halfmaester told the Dornish princess that the conquest of Storm's End was a bloody one. I don't think Rowan bent the knee to a pretender he and almost all the lords of Westeros considered to be death since the sack of King's Landing by the Lannisters. I think he might have been captured, he is one of the greatest bannermen of the Reach, and there must be still some swords at Goldengrove.
Concerning House Peake, they were great lords in the Reach during the reign of Daeron II, when they sided with the Black dragon and lost two of their three castles. Gormon Peake even lost his head at Whitewalls during the Second Blackfyre Rebellion. I think his heirs might have been banished from the succession of Starpike, and a cousin must have inherited their last remaining castle for his descendants, something like the case of Jon Connington. Laswell seems very sure of his contacts at The Reach. His ancestor was a man of great prestige, one of the greatest knights of Westeros during the Blackfyre rebellion, and the man who slew Lord Hayford -the loyalist Hand of the King -at the Redgrass Field. As he claims, they might still have some allies at the Reach. As far as I have heard, no army from Oldtown has helped Lord Tyrell in his campaigns, and most of the war expenses have fell in Houses Rowan, Redwyne, Tarly, and Oakheart, as well as the Shield Islands (now lost).
Considering which Tyrell bannermen might betray his Lord, I think Randyll Tarly is the one. He was a noted loyalist to Mad Aerys, and even slew Lord Cafferen as a turncloak and sent his head as trophy to King's Landing. He might have not forgotten his past allegiances to the Dragon Kings. Arwyn Oakheart also could betray her liege lord. She despised the Lannisters, and she might bear some grudge against them after her little Arys was killed at Dorne by "Darkstar." Who knows...
Concerning Alekyne Florent, he might be gentle to Sam, or not. That we shall see. I only hope Garlan expels the Krakens from the Shield Islands, and that Oldtown be spared from any raid from the ironborn. The city is well defended, and his lord has started to move towards the strengthening of the defenses with his sons. Also, we must remember that Brightwater keep is still being defended by Ser Colin Florent and the remaining swords of House Florent, and while the ironborn raid the coasts of the Reach, it is probable there should be some hope for the Florents.