Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword of House Corbray. It is made of Valyrian steel. Lady Forlorn is traditionally passed down from lord to lord, but instances of lords lending the blade to a son or a brother for their lifetime only to have it return to the lord afterward have been recorded in the history of the house.
The name "Lady Forlorn" is a legacy from the coming of the Andals, and predates the current sword. Robar II Royce, the High King of the First Men of the Vale, claimed the first Lady Forlorn after slaying Qyle Corbray, the King of the Fingers and an Andal leader. Robar wielded Lady Forlorn during the Battle of the Seven Stars, using it to kill Torgold Tollett and a decoy dressed as Ser Artys Arryn. The Corbrays claim that Ser Jaime Corbray slew Robar in the battle, allowing them to reclaim the first Lady Forlorn.
At some point the Corbrays acquired a Valyrian steel sword which they named Lady Forlorn in honor of the ancient sword, as Lord Qarl Corbray used the new blade to kill Ser Davos Darklyn of the Kingsguard during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye in 43 AC. Qarl threatened Lord Rogar Baratheon with Lady Forlorn when Rogar suggested replacing King Jaehaerys I Targaryen with Princess Aerea Targaryen in 50 AC.
Ser Corwyn Corbray, the brother of Lord Leowyn Corbray, wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. Corwyn, one of the regents for Aegon III, was slain by a crossbowman at Runestone after drawing Lady Forlorn on Lord Gunthor Royce in 134 AC.
At the time of the First Blackfyre Rebellion, Lady Forlorn was wielded by Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard. In 196 AC during the Battle of the Redgrass Field, Gwayne fought Daemon I Blackfyre, who wielded the Valyrian sword Blackfyre. Eventually, after nearly an hour of fighting Daemon defeated Gwayne.
Lord Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Battle of the Trident in 283 AC. When Lord Corbray was wounded, his younger son, Ser Lyn, took up the sword and killed the man who had wounded his father. Lyn then led the charge against the Dornishmen and killed Prince Lewyn Martell of the Kingsguard. Because of this feat the sword was left to Lyn instead of his elder brother Lyonel when their lord father died.
A Feast for Crows
During Lord Petyr Baelish's meeting with the Lords Declarant at the Eyrie, Ser Lyn Corbray threatens Ser Lothor Brune with Lady Forlorn. Petyr uses the aggression to demand concessions from the Lords Declarant. After they leave, Petyr informs Sansa Stark that Lyn is secretly working on his behalf.
The original Lady Forlorn
The Valyrian steel Lady Forlorn
- Lord Qarl Corbray
- Ser Corwyn Corbray
- Ser Gwayne Corbray
- Lord Corbray, father of Lyonel, Lyn and Lucas Corbray.
- Ser Lyn Corbray
My lady has a thirst. Whenever she comes out to dance, she likes a drop of red.
Behind the Scenes
In The World of Ice & Fire, the Lady Forlorn of Robar II Royce's era is described to be a Valyrian steel sword. It has been confirmed that "Valyrian steel" should have been removed from the description.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- The Sworn Sword.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: The Andals Arrive.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring - The End of Regency.
- Regarding Lady Forlorn's description