House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest

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House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest
House Vance (Wayfarer's Rest).svg
Coat of arms Quartered, a black dragon on a white field and two golden eyes in a golden ring on a black field
(Quarterly, first and fourth, argent, a dragon sable, second and third, sable, a pair of eyes within an annulet or)
Seat Wayfarer's Rest
Head Lord Karyl Vance[1]
Region riverlands
Title Lord of Wayfarer's Rest[2]
Heir Liane Vance[2]
Overlord House Tully (AGOT)
House Baelish (ADWD)
Founder Armistead Vance[3]
Founded Andal Invasion[3]

House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest is one of the two great branches of House Vance in the riverlands, the other being House Vance of Atranta.

Neither their arms or their motto appear in the books. According to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms as quartered, a black dragon on white, two golden eyes in a golden ring on black.[4] They supported the blacks during the Dance of the Dragons,[5] but it is not known whether the black dragon on their sigil is supposed to indicate this choice, as the arms were created before George R. R. Martin decided they supported the blacks.[6]

House Vance rules over wider domains and can field a much larger army than their overlord of House Tully.[7] House Smallwood is sworn to Wayfarer's Rest.[8]


Armistead Vance was the mightiest of the Andal conquerors who defeated King Tristifer IV Mudd.[9]

In the century after the downfall of House Justman, the Vances were among the petty kings which disputed the riverlands. Lord Vance of Wayfarer's Rest was slain in the war between the Teagues and the Storm King Arlan III Durrandon. Lord Robert Vance was a would-be river king during the rule of the Storm Kings; it is unknown which branch he was from.[10]

The Vances joined the rebellion of river lords against Harren the Black during Aegon's Conquest.[11] The Vances supported Prince Aegon Targaryen against King Maegor I Targaryen, but Lord Ronnel Vance was slain in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye.[12] Lord Vance of Wayfarer's Rest attended the Golden Wedding and observed King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[13]

Queen Rhaena Targaryen and her dragon, Dreamfyre, briefly stayed with the Vances of Wayfarer's Rest.[14] Vances were among the handmaidens of Queen Alysanne Targaryen at Dragonstone when she was pregnant with Aemon Targaryen.[15]

House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest supported the blacks of Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons, while House Vance of Atranta declared for the greens of Aegon II Targaryen.[5] Lord Tristan Vance was slain by Ser Adrian Tarbeck during the Battle of the Red Fork.[16] Black Trombo was a Myrish sellsword captain in the service of Lord Vance.[17] Young Lord Hugo Vance supported Ser Addam Velaryon in the Second Battle of Tumbleton,[18] and he then joined the host of Lord Elmo Tully.[19]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

When the Lannisters start massing men at the Golden Tooth, Ser Edmure Tully commands Lord Clement Piper and Lord Vance of Wayfarer's Rest to guard the pass.[20] Ser Karyl Vance is with his father at the pass below the Golden Tooth when Ser Gregor Clegane and the Mountain's men started ravaging holdfasts in the riverlands. Karyl is sent with Ser Marq Piper and Ser Raymun Darry to report to the Iron Throne.[21]

Lord Vance is slain when the Lannisters attack from the Golden Tooth.[22] Karyl, the new Lord of Wayfarer's Rest, and Marq raid the Lannister army in the riverlands.[23] Karyl is among the river lords at Riverrun when Robb Stark is crowned King in the North.[24]

A Clash of Kings

Robb allows the rivermen to return to their homes, so Karyl leaves Riverrun to defend Wayfarer's Rest.[25]

At the Battle of the Fords, Lord Karyl is commanded with the defense of the fords north of Riverrun.[26]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Vance is among the seven nobles who launch the funeral boat of Lord Hoster Tully.[27] Ser Lymond Vikary is held captive at Wayfarer's Rest.[1]

An unnamed Vance is killed at the Red Wedding by Black Walder Frey.[28] King Tommen I Baratheon later signs the pardon of Lord Vance.[29] It is unknown if it is for Karyl or Lord Norbert of Atranta, but afterwards both have been welcomed to the King's Peace.[30]

A Feast for Crows

Both branches of House Vance are present at the siege of Riverrun,[30] and their lords take part in the war councils.[31] After finishing the siege, Lord Karyl recommends to Ser Jaime Lannister he go to the siege of Raventree, since Lord Tytos Blackwood will never surrender to Lord Jonos Bracken.[32]

House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest at the end of the third century

The known Vances of Wayfarer's Rest during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Lord Vance

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:

Historical Members

Sworn Houses

House Smallwood House Smallwood of Acorn Hall.[8]

Behind the Scenes

House Vance is a reference by George R. R. Martin to the author Jack Vance, who was one of Martin's favorite authors. The dragons in their sigil refer to Vance's The Dragon Masters and the eyes to his The Eyes of the Overworld. Wayfarer's Rest refers to Vance's Liane the Wayfarer.[34]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Riverlands
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  6. The branches of House Vance - November 27, 2018
  7. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, House Tully.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  14. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  17. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  19. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  20. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  21. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  23. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  25. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 7, Catelyn I.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  27. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  28. 28.0 28.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  29. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  30. 30.0 30.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  31. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 38, Jaime VI.
  32. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  34. So Spake Martin: Vance, King, and Anime and Manga, April 20, 2008