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  1. Floki of the Ironborn

    Your Sigil, Your Words, Your Fealty, and the Name of Your Keep.

    House: Boatsman Sigil: A sky blue field with three black ravens flying above four brown ships. Keep: Unknown, later Ravenholt Ancestral weapon: A Valyrian steel axe called Vengeance Kingdom: Orkmont, but later Cape Kraken, in the North Liege Lord: House Stark Culture: Ironborn, later First Men Traditional appearance and house traits: Tall and lean appearance, light-coloured hair and grey eyes. Founder: "Raven" Floki Origin story: True to the family name, House Boatsman were originally poor shipbuilders on the Iron Islands. But as their craft grew in popularity, they slowly built their wealth and prestige until they could afford to maintain a reaving ship which was mocked by other ironborn for its small size. So might their meagre existence have continued were it not for Floki, a highly clever boat builder and an equally savage fighter, even as a very young man. It was he who, despite being only 14 years old, helped his father seize and acquire a Valyrian steel axe during a daring raid in Essos. When his father was thrown overboard during a storm, Floki took charge of the ship. Only his skilled seamanship allowed their raiding party to return safely around Westeros. To avoid the wroth of the Reach and Dorne, Floki brought his damaged ship into harbours as a trading ship, selling the cargo he and his father were bringing back (he kept the axe, however). Word of Floki's voyage made him a known figure on the Iron Islands, and the wealth he brought home from selling his plunder allowed him to develop a sigil for himself as a minor lord in his own right. House Boatsman was hired to build ships for larger houses. This increased Floki's following, even though the noble families of the Iron Islands turned their noses up at him as a mere upjumped commoner. They never insulted him to his face, however, for Floki proved a dangerous fighter, particularly with the Valyrian steel axe. By the time he saw his 21st year, the Floki was already a father of five young children, even as he went on a raid to the North. It was disastrous, and an attack upon Deepwood Motte was beaten back with great loss. It was there that Floki, fleeing from vengeful Northmen, first came across a weirwood tree, deep in the forests of the Wolfswood. Though he managed to find the shore and lead the survivors home, he never forgot the tree, which left him mystified. For the next few years, Floki stayed home, taking into his care dozens of slaves who had been taken in the North. Treating them kindly, he questioned them on the weirwoods and the old gods. The more he learned, the more he was convinced that he and the Ironborn worshipped a false and evil god. Floki adopted the old gods of the First Men as his own, raising his children to recognize the old gods as the true gods of their world. As you can imagine, Floki became deeply unpopular and despised as an apostate. The Drowned Men preached against House Boatsman as being heretics and traitors, but Floki strove to win the protection of House Hoare, a major house who had abandoned the Drowned God for the Andal faith. Instead, House Hoare mocked Floki for a fool, worshipping weirwood trees. Attacks were launched against House Boatsman, and Floki was forced to defend himself and his people, many of whom followed their lord into worshipping the old gods. Floki was 27 years old when a devastating attack was launched on his home, leading to the brutal deaths of his wife and children. Floki and his surviving followers fled upon four crowded ships, never to settle on the Iron Islands again. Though Floki's ships were well-built, they were hotly pursued by dozens of other ships whose oarsman were more numerous. Legend has it that Floki prayed to the old gods for salvation, leading to a great fog to descend upon the sea. While the Ironborn were virtually blinded by the fog, Floki had brought three ravens with him, and he released them so that they might fly above the fog and spot land. Floki's ships followed the black birds to the long shores of Cape Kraken. Then as now, Cape Kraken was long disputed by the northmen and Ironborn, leading to a sparse population of people with mixed blood. Nobody opposed Floki when he landed his four ships and his loyal followers, most of them northern slaves whom he had acquired on the Iron Islands. When he offered to set them free, they preferred to swear allegiance to Floki instead. This proved invaluable when Northern forces arrived to slay these new Ironborn arrivals. Much was said about Floki's brilliant sailing or his vicious fighting, but on that occasion, his tongue turned to silver as he spoke of his renouncing the false Ironborn god, and offering his services to House Stark just as House Manderly had done just three hundred years before. He willingly allowed the forces of House Dustin to take him to Winterfell in chains, where he repeated his reasoning before the Starks of Winterfell. Despite many calls that Floki should be slain, Eyron Stark was convinced of Floki's genuine conversion to the old gods. It was determined that Floki would hold what part of Cape Kraken that he could, in defence of his new lord against the people he had renounced. Floki vowed to slay a hundred Ironborn for every child that he'd lost to them. As a sign of his sincerity, he took a northern woman as his new wife (the legends insist that this woman, named Helga, had been a daughter of the slaves Floki liberated) and planted a godswood in his new home of Ravenholt. The wooden castle (which was eventually converted into stone over the long years) was built on a small cliff close to where Floki's ravens had first landed on Cape Kraken, overlooking the sea from which he'd come. Thus began the rule of House Boatsman in Cape Kraken. Many times, Ironborn raiders landed on the cape, only to face the vengeful battle cry of Floki, who had renamed his Valyrian steel axe Vengeance. It's unknown how many Ironborn Floki killed during his lifetime, but he was a feared enemy, even as an ancient man with several sons and daughters by his northern wife. Though he risked his life many times in battle, Floki was said to have died in bed soon after the death of Helga, passing peacefully when his heart gave out. Eyron Stark's son and heir was said to have personally visited Ravenholt to oversee the joint funeral of Floki and Helga, while taking two of Floki's grandsons as wards to Winterfell. Over the years, House Boatsman endured, even if they did not exactly flourish on Cape Kraken. Many times in that house's history, the head of the house was named Floki in honour of their famous founder. Due to their proximity with the Iron Islands, many members of House Boatsman suffered bloody deaths while battling the Ironborn and other pirates. Though they remained one of the smallest noble houses in the North, House Boatsman never failed in their service to House Stark, and were present for several great moments in the North's history. One of Floki's descendants was a witness to the kneeling of Torrhen Stark before the forces of King Aegon Targaryen. Another descendent, also called Floki, travelled south to King's Landing with Cregan Stark after the Dance of the Dragons, and was one of the few men to go back north rather than settle south of the Neck or Essos. Among the most noteworthy of Floki's descendants was Floki "One-Eye", the twentieth of his name. As a young man, "One-Eye" earned this nickname after he suffered a grievous wound at the Battle of the Trident, even as he wielded Vengeance against the forces of House Targaryen alongside Eddard Stark. He also led a ship to the Iron Islands and gladly participated in the suppression of the Greyjoy Rebellion. While there, "One-Eye" wreaked a long-awaited revenge against several Ironborn warriors who were descended from houses that had driven House Boatsman off of Orkmont. Their skulls are in Raven Hall to this day. Current state of house: In recent years, House Boatsman has suffered cruel losses from Ironborn raids by House Greyjoy during the War of the Five Kings, coupled with the death of the aging Floki "One-Eye" and several of his followers at the Red Wedding. The future of House Boatsman rests with their young lord, the twenty-first man to bear the name Floki. His whereabouts are unknown, as he refused to swear oaths to Roose Bolton, but has yet to be hunted down for this treason. Sources report that he left Ravenholt in the hands of his wife and sons, and was last seen leading a band of his best surviving warriors into the Neck. It is unclear what his purpose is or whether he will return from his quest.
  2. Floki of the Ironborn

    Aegon and his Enemies

    Frankly, Unwin didn't try hard enough as far as I'm concerned. Reading about the Targaryens is like reading about the Egyptian pharaohs, especially the really gross ones during the Ptolemaic dynasty where Cleopatra had just six great grandparents instead of the normal sixteen. It's disgusting.
  3. Floki of the Ironborn

    Aegon and his Enemies

    And those kings didn't live long, nor were they respected. Aegon III was also unpopular anyway, due to, again, the fact that he's an antisocial, spoiled, self-obsessed man-child who openly shuts down any attempt to be social or makes enemies out of men who are trying to help him. If he started punishing men for doing their jobs, it would have been him who took a crash landing onto some spikes instead of his first wife.
  4. Floki of the Ironborn

    Aegon and his Enemies

    Assuming that there's no treason conspiracy, what would Aegon charge Gareth with once he took his supposed revenge as a grown king? Guard: Gareth Long, you are under arrest. Gareth: What's the charge? Guard: The king accuses you of being mean while training him. Gareth: You mean while I was training him to have the skill set that any nobleman is expected to have in this world? The skill set that he needs to have in order to be a respected king in our society? And the skill set that he otherwise wouldn't have because he's a goddamn emo boy who doesn't get over the same thing that literally millions of boys less privileged than him would have to deal with in the aftermath of the Dance of Dragons? Guard: Er… yes. Gareth: (Bursts out laughing) Guard: (Laughs along) Yeah, this is really stupid, why is he our king again?
  5. It really seems like House Peake constantly ends up on the wrong side of history during the Targaryen era. First you have Unwin Peake and all the chaos that he caused in the name of social climbing and ambition. Then you have their support of House Blackfyre during two different rebellions. Then there's a Peake Uprising of sorts during the reign of Maekar Targaryen, during which the king, and several prominent nobles of Westeros are killed. And yet House Peake has continued to survive to the timeline of the books. My question is how?! You're telling me that Targaryen king after Targaryen king allowed this troublesome house to survive, let alone with enough strength to rebel time after time? Houses are wiped out at the stroke of a pen during the War of the Five Kings, all because they sided against the winning side *once*. House Caron, House Massey, House Florent, House Stark, House Tully all lose their lands and titles for fighting against the Iron Throne. Meanwhile House Peake is alive and well!
  6. Floki of the Ironborn

    The Murder of Baelor

    Wasn't Aegon meant to be a promising young man and warrior? He'd have been in his mid 30s when he became king, I can imagine he wouldn't have been quite as disgusting or depraved as he turned out when he became king. The point was that he had appetites that got bigger and out of control as he got older and more powerful. It's amazing what people overlook about family members until it's too late.
  7. Floki of the Ironborn

    Make your own Westeros House.

    House: Boatsman Sigil: A sky blue field with three black ravens perched above four brown ships. Keep: Unknown, later Ravenholt Ancestral weapon: A Valyrian steel axe called Vengeance Kingdom: Orkmont, but later Cape Kraken, in the North Liege Lord: House Stark Blood line (First men, etc): Ironborn/First Men later on Traditional appearance and house traits: Tall and lean appearance, light brown hair and blue eyes. Founder: "Raven" Floki of the Ironborn Origin story: True to the family name, House Boatsman were originally poor shipbuilders on the Iron Islands. However, as their craft grew in popularity, they slowly built their wealth and prestige until they could afford to keep two reaving ships and crews. So might their meagre existence have continued were it not for Floki, a highly clever boat builder and an equally savage fighter, even as a very young man. It was he who, despite being only 16 years old, helped his father seize and acquire the Valyrian steel axe during a daring raid in Essos. Only his skilled seamanship allowed their raiding party to return safely around Westeros, feigning to be traders to avoid the wroth of the Reach and Dorne. It was during that great sea voyage home that Floki's father died of his wounds acquired during the seizing of the axe. Word of Floki's voyage made him a known figure on the Iron Islands, and the plunder he brought home allowed him to develop a sigil for himself as a minor lord in his own right. House Boatsman was hired to build ships for larger houses. This increased Floki's following, even as he was invited to accompany greater houses of the Iron Islands on raids to the Riverlands and Westerlands. Though he was only brought along for his seamanship and his talent with building and maintaining ships, Floki proved himself in battle many times. By the time he saw his 21st year, Floki was already a father of three sons and two daughters, even as he went on a raid to the North. It was disastrous, and an attack upon Deepwood Motte was beaten back with great loss. It was there that Floki, fleeing from vengeful Northmen, first came across a weirwood tree, deep in the forests of the Wolfswood. Though he fled back to the shore and led the survivors home, he never forgot the sight of that tree, nor did he forget the valiant strength of the Northmen. For the next several years, Floki stayed home, taking in dozens of slaves who were taken from the North. Treating them kindly, he questioned them on the weirwoods and the old gods. The more he learned, the more he was convinced that he and the Ironborn worshipped a false and evil god. Floki adopted the old gods of the First Men as his own, raising his children to recognize the old gods as the true gods of their world. As the years passed, however, Floki became deeply unpopular and despised as an apostate. The Drowned Men preached against House Boatsman as being heretics and traitors, but Floki strove to win the protection of House Hoare, a major house who had abandoned the Drowned God for the Andal faith. Instead, House Hoare mocked Floki for a fool, worshipping weirwood trees. Attacks were launched against House Boatsman, and Floki was forced to defend himself and his people, many of whom followed their lord into worshipping the old gods. Floki was 27 years old when a devastating attack was launched on his home, leading to the brutal deaths of his wife and children. Floki and his surviving followers fled upon four crowded ships, never to settle on the Iron Islands again. Though Floki's ships were well-built, they were hotly pursued by dozens of other ships whose oarsman were more numerous. Legend has it that Floki prayed to the old gods for salvation, leading to a great fog to descend upon the sea. While the Ironborn were virtually blinded by the fog, Floki had brought three ravens with him, and he released them so that they might fly above the fog and spot land. Floki's ships followed the black birds to the long shores of Cape Kraken. At the time, as now, Cape Kraken was long disputed by the northmen and Ironborn, leading to a sparse population of mixed blooded people. Nobody opposed Floki when he landed his four ships and his followers, most of them northern slaves whom he had acquired on the Iron Islands. When he offered to set them free, most of them preferred to swear allegiance to Floki instead. This proved invaluable when the forces of the King of Winter arrived to drive Floki's followers into the sea as Ironborn raiders. Much was said about Floki's brilliant sailing or his vicious fighting, but on that occasion, his tongue turned to silver as he spoke of his renouncing the false Ironborn god, and offering his services to House Stark just as House Manderly had done just three hundred years before. Eyron Stark, the then-heir to Winterfell, was convinced of Floki's genuine conversion to the old gods, thanks in part to the numerous northmen whom Floki had released from imprisonment. It was determined that Floki would hold what part of Cape Kraken that he could, in defence of his new lord against the people he had renounced. Floki was untroubled, and vowed to slay a hundred Ironborn for every child that he'd lost to them. As a sign of his sincerity, he took a northern woman as his new wife and planted a godswood in his new home of Ravenholt. The wooden castle (which was eventually converted into stone over the long years, was built on the cliff where Floki's ravens had first landed on Cape Kraken, overlooking the sea from which he'd come. Thus began the rule of House Boatsman in Cape Kraken. Many times, Ironborn raiders landed on Cape Kraken, only to face the vengeful battle cry of Floki, who had renamed his Valyrian steel axe Vengeance. It's unknown how many Ironborn Floki killed during his lifetime, but he was a feared enemy, even as an ancient man with several sons and daughters by his northern wife, an illegitimate daughter of House Dustin's castellan whose name was Helga. Though he risked his life many times in battle, Floki was said to have died in bed soon after the death of Helga, passing peacefully when his heart gave out. The aging king Eyron Stark was said to have personally visited Ravenholt to oversee the joint funeral of Floki and Helga, while taking two of Floki's grandsons as wards to Winterfell. Over the years, House Boatsman endured, even if they did not exactly flourish on Cape Kraken. Many times in that house's history, the head of the house was named Floki in honour of their famous founder. Due to their proximity with the Iron Islands, many members of House Boatsman suffered bloody deaths while battling the Ironborn and other pirates. Though they remained one of the smallest noble houses in the North, House Boatsman never failed in their service to House Stark, and were present for several great moments in the North's history. One of Floki's descendants was a witness to the kneeling of Torrhen Stark before the forces of King Aegon Targaryen. Another Floki travelled south to King's Landing with Cregan Stark after the Dance of the Dragons, and was one of the few men to go back north rather than settle south of the Neck or Essos. Among the most noteworthy of Floki's descendants was Floki "One-Eye", the twentieth of his name. As a young man, "One-Eye" earned this nickname after he suffered a grievous wound at the Battle of the Trident, even as he wielded Vengeance against the forces of House Targaryen alongside Eddard Stark. He would later lead a ship to the Iron Islands and gladly participate in the suppression of the Greyjoy Rebellion. Begging leave of Eddard Stark, "One-Eye" sailed to Orkmont and killed several descendants of those houses who had driven House Boatsman out of the Iron Islands. Their skulls are in Raven Hall to this day. Current state of house: In recent years, House Boatsman has suffered cruel losses from Ironborn raids by House Greyjoy during the War of the Five Kings, coupled with the death of the aging Floki "One-Eye" and several of his followers at the Red Wedding. The future of House Boatsman rests with their young lord, the twenty-first man to bear the name Floki. His whereabouts are unknown, as he refused to swear oaths to Roose Bolton, but has yet to be hunted down for this treason. Sources report that he left Ravenholt in the hands of his wife and sons, and was last seen leading a band of his best surviving warriors into the Neck. It is unclear what his purpose is or whether he will return from his quest.
  8. Floki of the Ironborn

    Gareth Long and Unwin Peake were utter fools

    You give Aegon way too much credit. He didn't do anything meaningful. If it had been up to Aegon, he would have tossed himself off of the Red Keep when he heard Thadeus Rowan's "confession." Viserys was the one smart enough to see through the sham and he was the one who basically ruled while Aegon was busy brooding, just like every source on Aegon III says. And he was only man enough to take the Small Council with Sandoq the Shadow at his side, who again, was only loyal to Aegon because of Viserys. No offense meant to you, Steller, but I'm just well and truly sick of people going on and on about what an interesting character Aegon III is, how they want to read all about his life, all while he's the Westerosi equivalent of a Millennial caricature, all while the one who should have been king the entire time is right there. Maybe if Viserys had just kept his mouth shut, Aegon could have flown out of the picture and we'd have gotten Viserys' glorious reign as king where there's no war with Dorne and no bullshit regarding Baelor Targaryen.
  9. Floki of the Ironborn

    Gareth Long and Unwin Peake were utter fools

    If Aegon was truly that petty that he'd kill or punish two former members of his court, then he'd deserve to be overthrown and conspired against. I do agree, though, those men were fools not to kill him sooner and spare Westeros the reign of the Broken King, the foolish warlord king, and the holy fool Baelor. We could have had years and years of Viserys as a ruler instead of a brooding emo boy and his useless sons.
  10. Re-reading "Fire and Blood", it occurs to me that the royal house came very close to extinction in the aftermath. Aegon and Viserys Targaryen were holed up in the Red Keep, starving, and Aegon was a hair's breath close to suicide at one point during the siege. Assuming that something had happened to their twin half-sisters as well, the house could very well have died. Before Viserys, the nobles were terrified at the idea of their being so few heirs who were too young to reproduce for a few years. What would have happened if the Targaryens had died with the dragons? Would the realm have split apart? Would the lords paramount in the south have battled over who had the most Targaryen blood in them? And what if the Targaryens had died but the dragons survived?
  11. Floki of the Ironborn

    Suppose Robert was the middle son and Stannis the elder

    What you said about there being a second war with the Lannisters is certainly true. Tywin wouldn't stand for his son getting sent to the Wall. That means a war with the Westerlands and possibly the Reach since there'd be two Targaryens still out there. This means the rebels probably lose, even with four different regions of Westeros fighting the might of the Reach and Westerlands. One factor that might save the rebels from defeat would be getting Dorne to join the alliance on the basis of Tywin having murdered Elia and her kids. Another would be the scenario at King's Landing. Assuming that Tywin and his men have ransacked the place by the time the rebels arrive, and the royal family residing there has been butchered, there's a chance of besieging the lannisters within the burning city. As a result, Tywin and the leadership of the west is trapped inside a ruined city. Tyrion would be a squalling babe and a dwarf, so if his father and brother and uncles (presumably) are dead in the fighting, that means Mace Tyrell probably dips his banners without a fight still. Cersei becomes a hostage to ensure the Westerlands' compliance, Jon Arryn still becomes Hand of the King, Robert marries a Florent instead of Stannis, and the realm benefits overall.
  12. Floki of the Ironborn

    Favorite new character introduced in Fire and Blood?

    I like that Alicent was the driving force behind the Dance, don't get me wrong. It's great that women once again become their own agents, even when it causes them to war with each other like Alicent and Rhaenyra did. It makes for better storytelling rather than if Otto was just manipulating Alicent like a puppet (not saying he didn't have a role to play, but you know what I mean). Anyway, as to what you pointed out about nurses, no, I'm still not buying that a sickly, dying old Jaehaerys had it in him to be sexually pleasured by a woman he clearly thought was his daughter (GRRM never states that he thinks Alicent is Alysanne, only his daughter, so I won't bother filling in that kind of gap).
  13. Floki of the Ironborn

    Favorite new character introduced in Fire and Blood?

    I don't think Jaehaerys would have slept with Alicent. He was convinced that she was one of his daughters, and he never showed any interest in anyone except Alysanne. Even when they were fighting and not seeing each other, he refused the sexual advances of other, younger women. I think Alicent was just going nuts and thinking back to happier times, when all she had to do was read bedtime stories to a dying old man.
  14. Floki of the Ironborn

    Favorite new character introduced in Fire and Blood?

    I'm sorry but what? What is it with everyone loving Elissa Farman? I thought she was a very unlikable character. She had a one-track mind to sail farther than anyone had ever sailed before and betrayed her closest friends to accomplish that dream of sailing. And what did she even accomplish? We never find out where she ended up, so her great journey, if it ever did succeed, only ever benefited her. Alyn Velaryon did far more with his great voyages than she did, and he was a much more interesting character. If we're talking about great female characters, I agree with Rhaena Targaryen being on that list, she was incredibly developed and complex. I'd also put Alysanne Targaryen on that list, as well as Rhaenyra Targaryen and, frankly, Alicent Hightower. Her final years were supremely satisfying to read about, given what she did with her life and all the terrible actions which backfired on her.
  15. I'd love to see what Jaime would be like, having made his way to the position of Lord Commander of the Nights Watch. How jaded he would be with how his life turned out, how much he'd despise anyone who actually volunteered to be in that frozen hellscape when he was chained and forced to go on the pain of death. How everyone despises him for his finest act. And to those who say that Tywin would try and get him out, imagine if Jaime does get the chance leave, and he either does so, or he actually refuses in the hope that he might salvage a bit of honour left to him. Maybe he discovers the Others' existence and realizes that he's exactly where the real battle will take place, and he and Jon Snow both have to try and warn everyone of the real threat. That would be a hell of a story and a really cool take on Jaime's character.
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