Brotherhood of Winged Knights
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|Brotherhood of Winged Knights
Guard for the Lord of the Eyrie
|Vale of Arryn
|300 AC, the Gates of the Moon
The Winds of Winter
The idea for the order is first suggested by Alayne Stone, after she notices that young Lord Robert Arryn is always comforted when she reads him tales of his legendary ancestor, Ser Artys Arryn, the Winged Knight. This gives her the idea that perhaps he would be comforted if he were surrounded by his own bodyguard of Winged Knights, as the young Lord of the Eyrie does not feel safe. Lord Petyr Baelish, regent for Robert, likes the idea and immediately set plans in motion to form the order.
The Brotherhood of Winged Knights are to contain eight members. While Alayne originally suggests seven—like the Kingsguard—Robert feels he should have more guards than King Tommen I Baratheon, so the number of members is increased. The members of the Brotherhood will serve Robert for the next three years.
The winners of a tourney at the Gates of the Moon will become the first members of the new knightly order. Sixty-four knights from across the Vale of Arryn compete for the eight positions. As Lady Lysa Arryn had kept the men of the Vale out of the War of the Five Kings, many of the young and unblooded knights are eager to prove their martial prowess, causing the tournament to draw many participants. Each competitor receives a cloak of cloth-of-silver and a lapis brooch in the shape of a pair of falcon's wings, and the eight victors are to receive warhelms decorated with falcon's wings.
Lord Robert's mother had filled him full of fears, but he always took courage from the tales she read him of Ser Artys Arryn, the Winged Knight of legend, founder of his line. Why not surround him with Winged Knights? She had thought one night, after Sweetrobin had finally drifted off to sleep. His own Kingsguard, to keep him safe and make him brave.—Alayne Stone's thoughts