House Coldwater

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House Coldwater of Coldwater Burn
House Coldwater.svg
Coat of arms A blue pall with white borders on red
(Gules, a pall azure, fimbriated argent)
Seat Coldwater Burn
Head Lord Royce Coldwater[1]
Region The Vale
Title Lord of Coldwater Burn[1]
Overlord House Royce[1]
Founded Before the Andal Invasion[2]

House Coldwater of Coldwater Burn is a noble house from Coldwater Burn in the Vale of Arryn. They are sworn to the Royces of Runestone.[1]

According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with a blue pall with white borders on red.[3] Their words do not appear in the books.


The Coldwaters are of First Men origin. During the coming of the Andals to the Vale, they allied with King Robar II Royce against the invading Andals. Robar's forces were defeated in the Battle of the Seven Stars, however, and the Coldwaters submitted to Artys I Arryn, the new King of Mountain and Vale.[2]

When a war of succession ensued in the Vale upon the death of Lady Jeyne Arryn, House Coldwater supported her cousin, Ser Arnold Arryn, as heir to the Eyrie.[4]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Lord Petyr Baelish is informed that Lord Yohn Royce will come to the Eyrie to depose him with his bannermen, including the Tolletts, the Shetts, and the Coldwaters.[5]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Ser Ben Coldwater comes to the Gates of the Moon to attend the tourney for the Brotherhood of Winged Knights. During the feast, he is the first of the knights to dance with Alayne Stone.[6]

House Coldwater at the end of the third century

The known Coldwaters during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Of unknown relation to the main branch:

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
  4. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Winds of Winter, Alayne I