Marston Waters

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Marston Waters
Title Ser
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Hand of the King
Allegiance Kingsguard
Culture Crownlands
Died In 135 AC, at King's Landing[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Ser Marston Waters was a knight of Aegon II Targaryen's Kingsguard. He served briefly as Lord Commander and Hand of the King for Aegon III Targaryen.[2][1]



Marston had kin on Dragonstone. He was the bastard son of Tom Tanglebeard's sister by the knight who took her maidenhead. He was also Tom Tangletongue's cousin.[3]

The Dance of the Dragons

During the Dance of the Dragons, Ser Marston and another "cousin" lost their homes when Spicetown was burned during the Battle of the Gullet.[4][3]

When Rhaenyra Targaryen's dragons first appeared in the skies above King's Landing, Lord Larys Strong spirited King Aegon II Targaryen and his children out of the city. He concealed the fugitive king on a fishing skiff and put him in the care of the bastard knight Marston. The skiff sailed for Dragonstone.[3]

After his arrival Aegon stayed hidden on Dragonstone. The wounded Sunfyre eventually returned from Rook's Rest to Dragonstone and fought and killed the Grey Ghost. After his return Ser Marston and his cousins set sail to look for the Grey Ghost's killer, whom they suspected was Sunfyre. Aegon and Sunfyre were reunited and began to heal. The Two Toms—Tom Tangletongue and his son Tom Tanglebeard—and Marston returned to the other side of the island to seek out men willing to help them take the castle of Dragonstone.[3]

During the fall of Dragonstone, Ser Alfred Broome's men opened a postern gate to Marston, Tom Tangletongue, and their men. Lady Baela Targaryen managed to elude the schemers, locate her dragon Moondancer, and rise up on her to challenge Aegon and Sunfyre as they made their descent. After hitting the ground she dragged herself away from her dying dragon, Ser Alfred Broome drew his sword to slay her but Marston wrenched the blade from his hand, saving her life.[3][5]

For his valor King Aegon named Marston to his Kingsguard. Marston, along with the other knights and lords present, did not object when King Aegon fed Rhaenyra, his half-sister, to Sunfyre.[3] Aegon and his retinue returned to King's Landing aboard Mouse at the end of 130 AC. With the Moon of the Three Kings having been ended by Lord Borros Baratheon, Aegon allowed Marston to grant knighthood to Trystane Truefyre, before the boy's execution by Alfred.[3]

Aegon sent Ser Tyland Lannister, Marston, and Ser Julian Wormwood across the narrow sea to hire sellswords in Pentos, Tyrosh, and Myr.[3] Marston was unsuccessful, however, as the Triarchy was descending into civil war and hiring mercenaries for the upcoming Daughters' War. Marston could not match the wages the Free Cities offered, so he departed empty handed. By the time he returned, King Aegon II was dead.[6]

Reign of Aegon III

Ser Marston kept his position as a knight of the Kingsguard under the new boy king, Aegon III Targaryen as the regents wanted to show reconciliation between the greens and the blacks. Marston and Ser Willis Fell, both greens, were allowed to retain their positions, with Willis being named Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and Marston being his second.[7] Aegon III never forgot how Marston did nothing when his mother Rhaenyra had died, however.[2] Willis and the Hand of the King, Ser Tyland Lannister, died of Winter Fever in 133 AC.[7]

Aegon named Ser Robin Massey and Ser Robert Darklyn to the Kingsguard, passing over Marston as Lord Commander in favor of Robin. Lord Unwin Peake, the new Hand, undid Aegon's appointments and named Marston as the new Lord Commander. Marston knighted Lord Alyn Velaryon when he was honored at a lavish ceremony before the court. During the Maiden's Day Cattle Show, Marston attempted to block the twins Baela and Rhaena Targaryen from entering the hall on their chargers, only for Baela to strike him with her riding crop.[2]

According to Mushroom, the paranoid Lord Peake was convinced that the pregnant Baela was plotting to kill the king if she had a boy and said as much to Marston once.[8]

It was said that Prince Viserys Targaryen's wife, Larra of Lys, and her kin from House Rogare were part of a plot to overthrow King Aegon. After the fall of the Rogare Bank in 135 AC during the Lysene Spring, Marston arrested Lord Roggerio Rogare at the Mermaid.[1] Marston became Hand of the King after Lord Thaddeus Rowan was arrested. Marston ordered Larra's arrest, but Viserys and King Aegon refused to give her up. The family locked themselves within Maegor's Holdfast and remained there for eighteen days in what would later become known as the secret siege.[1]

Ser Marston refused to storm the keep, as he did not wish to dishonor the white cloak by ordering an attack on the king he had sworn to protect. After the false confession of Lord Rowan, Marston recalled his duty and fulfilled his king's command to arrest those who had falsely implicated Thaddeus and the Rogares. Marston was stabbed while trying to apprehend his own sworn brother, Ser Mervyn Flowers, who was then beaten to death by others. Grand Maester Munkun attempted to treat Marston's wounds, but the knight died that night. Marston had held the office of King's Hand for less than a moon's turn.[1][9]

When Lord George Graceford was questioned about those involved in the plot, he claimed Marston was involved from the start as a "bloody turncloak". Some historians suspect Marston might have been no more than a catspaw, a simple knight deceived by a more cunning man. Marston, Ser Mervyn, and Ser Amaury Peake were replaced in the Kingsguard by Ser Edmund Warrick, Ser Dennis Whitfield, and Ser Agramore Cobb, with Ser Raynard Ruskyn becoming Lord Commander.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  8. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.