|Alias||Bloody Ben Blackwood|
|Title||Lord of Raventree Hall|
|Born||In 118 AC|
|Died||In 136–206 AC|
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Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
Benjicot Blackwood, also known as Bloody Ben Blackwood, was the Lord of Raventree Hall and head of House Blackwood during the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons and during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen.
Appearance and Character
Benjicot was tall and slim, with a shy and sensitive manner. When armored for battle, however, he was quite fierce.
Dance of the Dragons
When he was eleven years old, Benjicot became the head of his House after the death of his father, Lord Samwell Blackwood, in the Battle of the Burning Mill during the Dance of the Dragons. A member of the blacks, Benjicot participated in the Battle by the Lakeshore. Although the soldiers from the riverlands and the north defeated the westermen army in the battle, Benjicot wept when he saw all of the dead. When Prince Aemond Targaryen raided the riverlands atop Vhagar, Benjicot asked Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen to protect the riverlords with her dragons, but she remained in King's Landing.
Benjicot's men hunted the foragers of Ser Criston Cole after Cole left Harrenhal. Benjicot commanded the center during the Second Battle of Tumbleton. Following the battle, he had one of his longbowmen, Billy Burley, put three arrows through the eye of the weakened dragon Tessarion. He brought the body of Ser Addam Velaryon to Raventree Hall, where it remained until 138 AC when it was sent to Driftmark and entombed at Hull.
During the Battle of the Kingsroad, Benjicot led the army together with Lord Kermit Tully and his brother Ser Oscar Tully. Benjicot broke the flank of Lord Borros Baratheon's greens in the battle, allowing his aunt Alysanne's archers to bring down the loyalist knights. Benjicot was remembered after the battle as Bloody Ben. Following the battle, Benjicot, Kermit and Oscar became known as the "Lads", a name bestowed upon them by their men on account of their youth. Together with Alysanne and Lady Sabitha Frey, they were well received when they arrived at King's Landing. The youths deferred to the more formidable Lord Cregan Stark after the northern army appeared at the capital, however. With peace having been achieved, many northmen agreed to settle in Bejnicot's lands instead of returning north.
Regency of King Aegon III
During the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen, Benjicot and a thousand Blackwood men supported Ser Robert Rowan's campaign to end the civil war in the Vale of Arryn. Robert's host of nine thousand was slowed by snow on the high road, however, and repeatedly attacked by Vale mountain clans. After Robert was crushed by a boulder, Benjicot took over command. The royal host had lost a third of their men in reaching the Bloody Gate, and were therefore less useful for the cause of Ser Joffrey Arryn. Benjicot and Lord Alyn Velaryon eventually forced the other claimants to accept Joffrey, and Benjicot returned to Raventree Hall.
Benjicot had a long life.
- The Princess and the Queen.
- See the Benjicot Blackwood calculation.
- Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The House of the Wolf.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.