Corwyn by © Riotarttherite
|Born||In 100 AC|
|Died||In 135 AC, Runestone|
Corwyn Corbray was a knight from House Corbray during the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons and the regency of King Aegon III Targaryen. During the regency, Corwyn became one of Aegon III's regents, whilst his older brother, Lord Leowyn, was the Protector of the Realm.
Born in 100 AC, Ser Corwyn was the second son of the Lord of Heart's Home, and a younger brother of Leowyn Corbray. A famed knight, his lord father had gifted him Lady Forlorn, the ancient Valyrian steel sword of House Corbray.
Corwyn had two daughters from his first marriage. By the time of the Dance of the Dragons, his wife had passed, however. At the Eyrie, he met Rhaena Targaryen, a ward of Lady Jeyne Arryn, growing close to the Targaryen princess.
Dance of the Dragons
In 130 AC, Lady Arryn gave Ser Corwyn and Lord Leowyn command of her army of ten thousand men sent forth from Gulltown, supporting the claim of the late Queen Rhaenyra's eldest son Prince Aegon. The Arryn host sailed from Gulltown aboard a fleet hired from Braavos. Only the Velaryon fleet posed a threat to the Arryns, though the Corbrays soon witnessed the Velaryon ships tearing down the banners of Aegon II Targaryen, for the king had died. The Braavosi landed Ser Corwyn at Maidenpool with half the power Lady Arryn had sent down, the other half under the command of Lord Leowyn at Duskendale.[N 1] The towns welcomed the Arryn hosts with feasts and flowers, as the surviving supporters of Aegon II surrendered.
The young Prince Aegon ascended to the throne as King Aegon III Targaryen. Soon after Lord Cregan Stark's hold over court had begun, word arrived that Ser Corwyn had left Duskendale accompanied by Lord Clement Celtigar and the widowed Lady Staunton. When the Corbray brothers arrived at King's Landing, they joined the ruling council and added their voices to those of Lady Arryn and the Lads, desiring peace across the Seven Kingdoms. This contributed to power beginning to slip from Lord Stark's hands.
In 132 AC, Princess Baela Targaryen defied the will of the council of regents of being betrothed to Lord Thaddeus Rowan of Goldengrove, instead marrying her cousin, Lord Alyn Velaryon of Driftmark. Because of this defiance, the council thought Baela could no longer be considered a potential heir the Iron Throne and planned to immediate marry off her younger twin, Rhaena. Rhaena was asked if she had a favorite among suitors, and she confessed to being "especially fond" of Ser Corwyn. Though Ser Corwyn was a second son and far from an ideal choice, House Corbray was old and prestigious, and his brother had been made Protector of the Realm, and thus the council agreed to Rhaena's wish. Although Lord Rowan preferred a longer betrothal, the two were hastily betrothed with a wedding a fortnight later, for the regents feared that Princess Baela was already with child by Alyn.
In the latter half of 133 AC, Rhaena announced she was with child by Ser Corwyn, but suffered a miscarriage a month later. Later that year, Ser Corwyn brought Lady Daenaera Velaryon forward at the Maiden's Day Ball when Baela and Rhaena put her forward as a potential second wife for the king. Favoring the young Daenaera, the king did indeed wed her.
Lord Rowan made Ser Corwyn one of the seven regents in 134 AC after the death of Lord Manfryd Mooton, who had never fully recovered from the Winter Fever. Lady Arryn died later that year and a succession dispute broke out in the Vale with three claimants: her fourth cousin and chosen heir, Ser Joffrey Arryn, a closer cousin, Ser Arnold Arryn, and Isembard Arryn, the wealthy head of House Arryn of Gulltown. In the spring of 135 AC, Lord Rowan sent a thousand men to Gulltown under Corwyn's command to restore the King's Peace and settle the matter of succession.
Ser Corwyn ruled that Lady Jeyne's last testament must be upheld and that Ser Joffrey was the rightful heir. He imprisoned Isembard Arryn and his sons, and executed Ser Eldric Arryn, Ser Arnold's son, but Ser Arnold himself evaded him, fleeing to Runestone. When he arrived to winkle him out of his sanctuary, Lord Gunthor Royce rode out to confront him. Ser Corwyn drew Lady Forlorn and a crossbowman on Runestone's battlements loosed a quarrel and pierced him through the breast, killing him.
Ser Corwyn's death was considered an act of treason, for striking down a regent was akin to attacking the king himself. His nephew Lord Quenton and several other great houses in the Vale rallied to support Ser Joffrey, as war in the Vale renewed.
- Fire & Blood states that Leowyn went ashore at Duskendale and Corwyn at Maidenpool early on in "Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf", but later reports that Leowyn departed Maidenpool, while Corwyn departed Duskendale. However, The Rise of the Dragon states in "The Regency of Aegon III" only that Leowyn landed at Duskendale and Corwyn at Maidenpool.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- See the Corwyn Corbray calculation.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.