Song of Ice and Fire

In search of a vagrant on Vara lands
madness only genius laments


The Library of Sweetport Sound


Lord and Lady Sunglass were away on a pilgrimage, but the brothers of House Vara and their entourage were received by Maester Ivan after traveling to Sweetport Sound.

Despite their misgivings about the reception they would receive at Sweetport Sound, the vassals of House Vara were welcomed into the library with open arms and were even invited to help catalogue the books they had come to read.

What they learned from the journals of Jothos Velaryon:

  • In 275-276 AL, Maester Ryan went to the Red Keep and begins experimenting Lion’s Fire, an herb he hopes to use in administering to pox sufferers. He would continue to study the pox for his entire tenure at the Red Keep.
  • Maester Ryan develops a complex cipher for Jothos Velaryon within the next year.
  • Jothos falls in love with Madam Edmy of Cressey
  • A year later, Jothos returns to the Driftmark from the Red Keep. He takes with him his bastard son, Aeron Waters.
  • Maester Ryan is recalled to the Citadel after his constant investigations into the Pox become an embarrasment
  • One of the journals is badly damaged and parts of it are indecipherable, still, it’s learned that Jothos enlisted the service of Ser Khale Stormsword, a hedge knight. Stormsword is to ensure that Maester Ryan is protected.
  • In 289 AL, Jothos Velaryon and Aeron Waters are reunited with Madam Edmy.
  • Jothos must flee with Waters, betrayed to Mikael Cressey by one of Madam Edmy’s ladies in waiting, Perry Anne, a woman of the smallfolk.
  • Mikael chases Waters and Velaryon after Madam Edmy commits suicide (addendum from Aeron Waters: Edmy was Mikael’s sister and Aeron suspects he murdered her to recover his family’s honor).
  • Jothos curses a “false knight” for betrayal and thievery. This false knight escaped to Braavos. But Jothos finds solace in the fact that the false knight’s betrayal means that he cannot pass on what he has learned.
  • Mikael Cressey becomes Lord of the house.

Addendum from Ser Xaladin: It is likely that the false knight is Ser Khale Stormsword, but it is possible that it is Ser Jothos’ own son, Aeron Waters, was false. He may have killed his own father and is showing signs of madness. In either case, the false knight fleeing to Braavos was probably the connection that involved the Iron Bank.

Past The Kings Road


This is what we know now.

Ser Cooper, the knight in charge of the assault at our very gates has been identified as Ser Leof Cooper of House Cressie. He is disposable, a hedge knight and therefore worth little to nothing in randsom. It is likely why he was chosen for this fool hardy mission. And that mission we have found was to steal away from the Knights Watch, the bastard Aeron Waters, for he is the son of Lord Jonthos Valarion and key to lost treasures of the Red Vault. His injuries have have been healed and I have decided to take him with us. He has sworn an oath on my brother’s sword that he shall not deceive us, he will follow our orders, and take no actions that would otherwise impede our mission. We shall see if his word is bond.

Madam Falea, known to us as Jane, has been ransomed back to the Iron Bank. A skilled spy she was. Why such a spy was sent into our midst? She was more forthcoming in her answer than I anticipated. It would appear many years ago a child was brought to our house under the guise of my Uncle’s bastard son. This child was in fact the son of a mason of the Red Keep. My uncle Cyril urgently spirited the child to our lands to put under our protection as apparently he holds some secrets to the Red Vault. For the few months this spy was in our employ she came perilously close to finding the mason’s location. And this knowledge would go to none other then Mikeal Cressey of House Cressey. The Very lord that send his bannerless hedge knight to steal another part of the key to this mystery, the bastard son Lord Jonthos. It would appear that Mikeal Cressey has made a deal with a member of the Iron Bank, one Ambadus Tremoho. Perhaps we can make a deal with this Tremoho and undercut the Cressey house entirely.

With the help of our mother my dear brother and I will remain united. Together we travel north to Sunglass where we will visit the library of the Maester Ivan Young, an avid book collector and currently keeper of the journals Aeron Waters have spoken about. But first we sailed to Dusken Dale where we recovered from an atrocities sea journey which left all comfort and hospitality to be desired. Were it not for my loyal squire I would have been locked under deck with nothing but a flask of water and a bucket for 10 days. It was truly a miserable journey. So miserable in fact that upon entering Dusken Dale I purchases the finest accommodations available to wash the filth of the trip away and recover from the illness that afflicted me.

While in Dusken Dale I paid my respects to lord and lady of Fort Dunn. There we met with the Lady Dunn where we exchanged small gossips. I purchased a fine blade of castle forged steel. An excellent example of form and function. My squire must have had eyes on it as he presented me with an off handed blade to match. I hope not need its use in our travels but it is better to be prepared then to not be. My brother has gained a friend in this fort, a blacksmith of fine repute. We should do what we can to hire this man away from House Dunn. In secret of course.

We then set south to King’s Landing upon the famed King’s Road. It is impressive I will say. But in Dorne, Such security seems overbearing. We stayed the night in King’s Landing and visited court. There I observed an agent of House Cressie rooting for information regarding his own house’s movements. It would seem by the reaction of those around him that none of Lord Mikeal’s moves have been detected…for now. I promise this will not be true for long. I must say I fear this city. I fear its walls as they have ears and eyes. There is nothing that you say and do in King’s Landing that stays a secret for long. This place is unnerving and is all the more reason for us to move along with our mission. I makes me long for my home land. It reminds me why I hate the north.

Our travels now take us to the long awaited Sun Glass. Aeron Waters has been disguised. Disguise or not it is vital to avoid the Jailor Doug for he could positively identify the bastard boy. This cannot happen. But I am confident that our party will be able to access the library and….whats that noise?

After The Storm
No one has had satisfaction


The Golden Calf has led his father’s armies to victory. He was heavily outnumbered, but the enemy bedraggled and poorly trained. He is gaining a reputation as a shrewd commander and local hero, but his fame is outshone by his brother.

Squire Xanthius proved to be a capable warrior without too many scruples. At the command of Xaladin, he dispatched the sentries around the last camp of the enemy army and was at the forefront of every attack against the invaders, though he has been heard to say that he is the only brave warrior in Varan lands on more than one occasion and he prefers to take an enemy unawares.

Delgado the Younger led a small group of his father’s most trusted men that captured and interrogated the spy who opened Oroca Hall to invaders. The spy, a hired agent of the Iron Bank of Braavos, was convinced to give up her employers and nearly all she knew of them: House Cressey and House Norcross. Del’s reputation as a man willing to risk himself for the smallfolk has charmed the villagers.

Fierro brought the spy down with the signature weapon of the gauchos: the bola. She had nearly escaped capture before he made a perfect throw in near darkness.

Torin Sands still sits as the steward of the House, though his position is precarious. He was nearly ousted once it was discovered that the spy had gained access to Oroca Hall and Varan secrets by beguiling Torin as his paramour.

The spy has been ransomed back to the Iron Bank, though the act itself was more meaningful than the sum gained. She left behind a coded letter and the knowledge that what House Cressey sought was a stonemason, living in Varan lands, who knows the secrets of a lost Targaryen treasure.

One of the invader’s ships escaped House Bouddic’s embargo. The sheriff interfered with the Bouddic warships moving upriver, which may have given the invaders the opening they needed. Gersen Wreed took the lockdown of Hornhaven’s ports quite literally and refused any exceptions.

Ser George has left for the North with a large contingent of men to take the black; they were provided by House Vara. Ser Leoff remains in the hall’s dungeon. The Velaryon knight continues to recover from his wounds.

Lady Lydea has gained many admirers, but has not been able to spend much time with Xaladin as his duties keep him away. The Varan Lord and Lady intend to keep them separate and Lady Lydea safely sequestered in their Hall. Lady Lydea spends most of her time with the Varan herds.

Lord Vara has decreed that his son Ser Xaladin should lead an expedition north to the Bracken tourney and use that as cover to investigate House Cressey. The twins have been inseparable since Xaladin returned, but Lord Vara has commanded that Delgado the Younger stay behind and Lady Lydea as well.

A Squire Charges, A Lord Calculates
...Noble Mind



"You are making a mistake. We would be sorely outnumbered against our enemies should we take to the mountains against them, leaving the strength of Oroca Hall, and our best troops would be cut down. Our cavalry is useless in the mountains and we cannot take the full strength of the Blood and Silver.

"But our enemies are cut off from their escape. Call our banners and rally our allies to the north, House Dayne, House Fowler, and the enemy cannot escape. Aided by the archers of the Black Sashes, the Bouddic ships will destroy the boats of our enemies. Foreign troops, and I believe they are foreign, my lord, cannot survive in our mountains, in a Dornish summer, without supplies. An entire army, wrecked by the storm, and without food, must return to Oroca and attempt to besiege us. Where we are strong and fed. Where we will win.

“When they do return, and they must, the Black Sashes and the Bouddic ships will have arrived to support us.

"Our gauchos can watch them unseen to make sure they do not smuggle the prisoner away. If they separate him from the host, Fierro will ride them down. They do not know our lands. Remember the poachers from the Stormlands? It is likely they were deserters from this host. The enemy was after only the Velaryon, which means they were following the Night’s Watchmen from the north. Foreign enemies; lost, starving, and battered. Make them come to us."

Storm From The North

The Night’s Watch in Dorne

After receiving an invitation to a hastilude at Stone Hedge from House Bracken, Lady Vara plots with her heir to win fame for her men-at-arms. Ser Enrique and Ser Korgan are selected to participate; one of them is expected to win the hand of Lady Bracken, the prize for coming first in the joust. Ser Xaladin will lead the party north from Oroca, but he is forbidden from winning the joust by his lady mother and his older twin.

Within a day of the hunt, the Night’s Watch arrived at Oroca Hall ahead of a fierce storm which grounded ravens. The laconic northerner recruiting for the Watch asked for succor and shelter from House Vara, which Xaladin extended in his father’s name. Initial impressions of each other were rough, but after Delgado the Younger joined them for bread and wine, the man of the Night’s Watch and the southern knight started to warm to each other.

A man of distinct Valyrian features was among the rapists, thieves, and tax evaders headed for the Wall. He spun a wild tale of murder, betrayal, poverty, riches, and misplaced blame which Xaladon considered to be undoubtedly a pack of lies. In exchange for buying his freedom from the Watch, he offered the Vara twins his knowledge of the secret location of a treasure which had been hidden by his family for generations. He said that he wishes to be free to pursue vengeance against the true killer of his father, but Xaladin wonders if it is not more likely that he does not want to spend the rest of his in years in hard labor on the freezing Wall and that he wants to add swindling House Vara to his list of crimes. However, it is thought that House Vara will undoubtedly set him free for his sympathetic Valyrian features and the excitement of a treasure hunt.

The face of patricide

Prey In The Blackstone Mountains
Ser Xaladin is given the place of honor as he hunts


The fruits of the first hunt

Bandits attacked the hunter’s lodge where the women, the infirm, and their Varan guards awaited the return of Ser Xaladin, Fierro, Ser Javen, Squire Xanthius, and the rest of the main hunting party. They dead highwaymen were thrown in a ditch by the guards who had killed them, but two escaped farther into the winding, stony crags of the mountains. They left without the horses they had come to steal.

Ser Xaladin was incensed that he was not immediately told of the attack upon his triumphant return from the boar hunt. Within moments he assessed the situation and rallied the strongest men present to aid him in tracking down the thieves who had attacked the camp of his paramour, Lady Lydea. She alone had noticed that two men had been driven off, not one. The largest part of the hunting party was ordered to escort the Lady back to Oroca Hall. Ser Xaladin tasked Fierro with finding the trail of the poachers. None escape Fierro.

Despite Xaladin’s orders to the contrary, the squire Xanthius followed the grim men who were closing in on the rustlers. Even though he had been injured by the boar, Xanthius felt honor bound to strictly adhere to Delgado the Younger’s orders; Xaladin’s twin had tasked the young squire to see to his brother and Xanthius refused to leave him. He crept up behind one of the crooks as Ser Xaladin advanced from the front, shouting orders to his men.

Fierro, Ser Javen, Ser Xaladin, and the squire left none alive. They outnumbered the pilferers and it was over in moments; Ser Xaladin tore out the throat of one with a castle-forged boar spear and Ser Javen cleaved two in half while Fierro and Xanthius distracted them. Xanthius had faced both boar and men with naught but a dagger and Ser Xaladin’s shield.

The brigands’ clothing was northern and their coins were minted at Storm’s End, but Xaladin suspects these clues are meant for misdirection and the men were used as cat’s paws.

Delgado the Younger did not join his brother in the hunt that was supposed to celebrate his brother’s return. Neither did his father.

Xaladin homecoming


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