The Lads was a nickname for Lord Kermit Tully, his brother Ser Oscar, and Lord Benjicot Blackwood, the young leaders of the riverlands at the end of the Dance of the Dragons. The three youths were supported by Alysanne Blackwood and Lady Sabitha Frey. All were black supporters of Rhaenyra Targaryen's son, the eventual King Aegon III Targaryen.
Inseparable after their victory in the Battle of the Kingsroad, the young Kermit, Oscar, and Benjicot began to be called "the Lads" by their men.
With the Lads' forces approaching King's Landing and Lord Cregan Stark also marching south on the kingsroad, Lord Corlys Velaryon advised King Aegon II Targaryen to abdicate and join the Night's Watch but was refused. The king was found poisoned later that day, however, and was succeeded by King Aegon III. The Lads were welcomed by smallfolk, including pretty women showering them with kisses, and the gold cloaks when they arrived in the capital, although Mushroom suspects their reception was organized by Lord Larys Strong.
The arrival of Lord Cregan Stark and his host of northmen dampened enthusiasm, however, and the Lads deferred to the imposing Warden of the North during the Hour of the Wolf.
Are you babes in swaddling clothes, to be cozened by flowers and feasts and soft words? Who told you the war was done? The Clubfoot? The Snake? Why, because they wish it done? Because you won your little victory in the mud? Wars end when the defeated bend the knee and not before.—Cregan Stark to the Lads
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.