House Marbrand

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House Marbrand of Ashemark
House Marbrand.svg
Burning Bright
Coat of arms A burning tree, orange on smoke
(Cendrée, a tree tenné in flame)
Seat Ashemark
Head Lord Damon Marbrand[1]
Region Westerlands
Title Lord of Ashemark[1]
Heir Ser Addam Marbrand[1]
Overlord House Lannister
Founded Andal Invasion[2]

House Marbrand of Ashemark is one of the main noble houses from the westerlands. Their seat of Ashemark is located in the hilly area near where the Tumblestone begins.

Their blazon is a burning tree, orange on smoke.[3][4] Their motto does not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources it is "Burning Bright".[5]


Marbrand Estates by Bjarne Hansen © Fantasy Flight Games

House Marbrand was formed by the union of First Men and Andal nobles during the coming of the Andals.[2]

Ser Lorent Marbrand was a member of the Kingsguard during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen.[6]

A participant in the tourney at Ashford Meadow fought under the Marbrand banner during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen.[7] Although it is non-canon information, in the comic book adaptation of The Hedge Knight the name of Ser Denys Marbrand is given on the roll of arms.

Jeyne Marbrand, the daughter of Lord Alyn Marbrand, wed Tytos Lannister at Casterly Rock in 235 AC.[8] According to a semi-canon source,[9] the Marbrands supported Lord Tytos's son, Ser Tywin Lannister, when the young knight suppressed the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion.

Addam Marbrand befriended Tywin's son Jaime while serving as a page at the Rock.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Among the gathered knights at the Hand's tourney is one with the arms of House Marbrand.[11]

After war breaks out, Tyrion Lannister spots the burning tree of the Marbrands in the host of his father, Lord Tywin Lannister.[3] Ser Addam Marbrand leads House Lannister's outriders.[12] During the battle on the Green Fork, Addam commands the right wing of Tywin's army, which includes some four thousand men.[13]

A Clash of Kings

During his campaign in the westerlands, Robb Stark, the new King in the North, leads the taking of Ashemark from the Marbrands.[14]

Addam is thrown back three times during the Battle of the Fords,[15] and he distinguishes himself in the Battle of the Blackwater. After the battle he is presented to King Joffrey I Baratheon.[16]

A Storm of Swords

Addam is made commander of the City Watch of King's Landing by Tywin.[17] He is among the nobles gathered to greet the Dornish party headed by Prince Oberyn Martell when they arrive at King's Landing.[18] Addam gives a pair of silver spurs to King Joffrey I as a wedding present,[12] but the king dies during his wedding feast.[19]

Ser Jaime Lannister asks his childhood friend Addam to test his ability to fight with his left hand, and Jaime is badly beaten.[10]

A Feast for Crows

After the murder of Tywin, Addam's gold cloaks unsuccessfully search King's Landing for Tyrion.[20] Jaime asks for and receives permission to take Addam with him as part of the force to resolve the siege of Riverrun.[21] Addam commands the outriders in Jaime's force[22] and searches for Ser Brynden Tully after the Blackfish escapes from Riverrun.[23]

House Marbrand at the end of the third century

The known Marbrands during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unknown relationship with the main branch, other Marbrands include:



Willem Frey, a page or squire.[24]

Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 56, Tyrion VII.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. The Princess and the Queen.
  7. The Hedge Knight.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 59, Catelyn IX.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
  15. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  16. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  17. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 4, Tyrion I.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  19. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  20. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  22. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  24. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  25. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny and Pain.
  26. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Lannister Lineage.