Karyl Vance

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Karyl Vance
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Title(s) Ser[1]
Lord of Wayfarer's Rest[2]
Allegiance House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest
Culture(s) Rivermen
Born At Wayfarer's Rest[3]
Issue Liane Vance
Rhialta Vance
Emphyria Vance
Father Lord Vance
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (appendix)

Ser Karyl Vance is a knight of House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest. He has three daughters, Liane, Rhialta, and Emphyria.[4]


Ser Karyl would be handsome except for his winestain birthmark which discolors one side of his face and half his neck.[5] He has sad eyes[1] and a melancholy look.[5]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Karyl is sent to King's Landing with Ser Marq Piper and Ser Raymun Darry to receive King Robert I Baratheon's permission to hunt down the Lannister men who had been raiding the riverlands. Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of the King, agrees and sends a party to arrest Ser Gregor Clegane.[1]

Karyl becomes Lord of Wayfarer's Rest after the death of his father in the battle in the hills below the Golden Tooth. Karyl and Marq raid the westermen across the Red Fork of the Trident.[6] The new Lord Karyl is in the list of nobles King Joffrey I Baratheon declares must do him homage or be named traitors to the realm.[7] Karyl and Marq instead bring the young Lord Lyman Darry to Riverrun, where Robb Stark is declared King in the North by northmen and rivermen.[8]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Karyl departs Riverrun to defend his lands with permission from his liege lord, Ser Edmure Tully.[9] Karyl commands the defense of fords upstream from Riverrun in the battle of the Fords.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Karyl is among the seven nobles who launch the funeral boat of Lord Hoster Tully at Riverrun.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Karyl bent the knee after the Red Wedding. He is one of the reluctant river lords who join with House Lannister in the siege of Riverrun, and he participates in Ser Jaime Lannister's war council.[5] Once Riverrun surrenders, Karyl advises Jaime to resolve the siege of Raventree.[12]


Lord Vance