|Lord of Stokeworth
|In 130 AC, King's Landing
Dance of the Dragons
During the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, Lord Stokeworth swore to defend the succession rights of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. In 129 AC, during the Dance of the Dragons in which Rhaenyra's brother Aegon II Targaryen challenged her rule by claiming Viserys's throne for himself, Lord Stokeworth was arrested by Aegon II's supporters. When given the choice between swearing his allegiance to Aegon II or being killed by the King's Justice, Lord Stokeworth pledged his support to Aegon II.
When Ser Criston Cole marched from King's Landing to attack Duskendale and ultimately Rook's Rest, he passed by Rosby and Stokeworth to command both Lord Stokeworth and Lord Rosby to prove their loyalty by joining his attack. When King's Landing fell to Queen Rhaenyra during 130 AC, Lord Stokeworth attempted to switch his allegiance again. However, Queen Rhaenyra refused him, saying that faithless friends were worse than foes. She ordered his "lying tongue" removed, after which he was executed.
Lord Stokeworth left behind at least two children, including a six-year-old daughter and a younger son. Prince Daemon Targaryen suggested marrying Stokeworth's daughter to Ulf White, to grant Ulf the Stokeworth lands. Lord Corlys Velaryon, the Hand of the Queen, argued instead that Stokeworth's younger son should receive the inheritance. According to Lord Corlys, Rhaenyra's case was special, as King Viserys had named her as his heir, but Lord Stokeworth had never done so. Disinheriting the younger son in favor of the older daughter would call into question the rights of multiple other lords, who had elder sisters whose claims might suddenly be seen as superior. According to Grand Maester Munkun, Rhaenyra was unwilling to lose the support of such lords, and named Stokeworth's son as the new Lord of Stokeworth.
Later in 130 AC, riots in King's Landing led Queen Rhaenyra to abandon the city and flee to Dragonstone. On the way, young Lord Stokeworth's castellan granted her hospitality, but only for one night.