House Royce of the Gates of the Moon
|House Royce of the Gates of the Moon
|Coat of arms
A black portcullis over a white crescent moon on purple bordered with runes on bronze
(Purpure, a moon increscent argent surmounted by a portcullis sable, all within a bordure bronze charged with ancient runes of the third)
|Gates of the Moon
|Lord Nestor Royce
|Vale of Arryn
|Keeper of the Gates of the Moon
|Ser Albar Royce
House Royce of the Gates of the Moon is a noble house from the Gates of the Moon in the Vale of Arryn. They are a cadet branch of House Royce of Runestone. According to semi-canon sources, they blazon their arms with a black portcullis over a white crescent moon on purple bordered with runes on bronze. Their motto has not appeared yet.
House Royce of the Gates of the Moon is a cadet branch to the Royces of Runestone. They have intermarried with noble Vale houses, and potentially one of the Great Houses as well if the branch that married into House Stark is the same cadet branch. Benedict Royce, a younger son of Lord Raymar Royce of the junior branch, married Jocelyn Stark.[N 1] According to Catelyn Stark, the marriage between Benedict and Jocelyn produced three daughters who married into other Vale houses. One married a Waynwood, another a Corbray, and the third might have married a Templeton.
A Game of Thrones
Nestor Royce has been High Steward of the Vale for fourteen years in Jon Arryn's absence as Hand of the King in King's Landing, and many whisper that he should rule as regent until Robert Arryn comes of age. Nestor has offered himself as a suitor to the widowed Lysa Arryn, but she has rejected him. Nestor welcomes Lady Catelyn Stark, Ser Brynden Tully, Tyrion Lannister, and Bronn to the Gates of the Moon.
A Storm of Swords
Robb Stark considers who he can choose as his heir apparent, due to the apparent deaths of his brothers Bran and Rickon and the marriage of his sister Sansa to Tyrion Lannister. His mother Catelyn refers to the Jocelyn Stark-Benedict Royce marriage, saying one of their descendants could be Robb's heir.
A Feast for Crows
Lord Nestor, his son Ser Albar Royce, and Ser Marwyn Belmore come to the Eyrie to hear Marillion confess to the murder of Lysa. The Keeper of the Gates of the Moon has not been a hereditary position; however, Petyr Baelish, the Lord Protector of the Vale, grants the castle to the Royces in perpetuity, stating it was the wish of Lady Lysa before her death. In his words to Nestor, Lord Baelish grants them the lordship "for their loyal service", but privately to Alayne Stone he admits to "buying their support."
Nestor closes his gates against his cousin Bronze Yohn and the rest of the Lords Declarant. His garrison is less than 300 men, and each of the six lords outside has 1,000. He accompanies them when they climb to the Eyrie to treat with Lord Baelish.
Nestor's daughter Myranda Royce was once married, but her husband died while they were having sex on her wedding night. Nestor offers Myranda as a match for Harrold Hardyng, but his offer is rejected by Lady Anya Waynwood.
House Royce at the end of the third century
The known Royces during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Nestor Royce, High Steward of the Vale and castellan of the Gates of the Moon.
- Ser Marwyn Belmore, captain of guards.
- Mya Stone, a 19-year-old guide and mule-handler. The eldest of Robert Baratheon's bastard offspring.
- Ossy and Carrot, mule handlers.
- Lord Raymar Royce, Lord of the junior branch of House Royce in the middle of the third century AC.[N 1] (possibly; unconfirmed)
- At this time, it is uncertain if Raymar Royce was an ancestor of Nestor Royce, or if "junior branch" refers to another branch of House Royce entirely.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix:Stark Lineage.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.