Robar II Royce
Robar II Royce as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
|Robar Royce, Second of That Name
|Artys Arryn as King of Mountain and Vale
|At Giant's Lance
Robar II Royce was a Bronze King from House Royce. Robar became High King of the Vale, the Fingers, and the Mountains of the Moon and nearly held back the coming of the Andals, but he was ultimately slain in the Battle of the Seven Stars.
Robar was a fearsome warrior and a cunning, charming leader.
Robar, the grandson of Yorwyck VI Royce, inherited the crown of the Bronze King less than a fortnight before his sixteenth nameday. Robar united the houses and clans of the First Men that still held out against the Andals, most prominently the Belmores, Coldwaters, Hunters, Redforts, and Upcliffs. Robar brought many together with marriages, grants of land or gold, and, according to legend, he cheated in an archery contest against Lord Hunter. Robar was proclaimed High King of the Vale, the Fingers, and the Mountains of the Moon.
King Robar warred upon one enemy at a time, as the Andal houses had fallen to petty rivalries and infighting. According to legend, Robar slew Qyle Corbray, King of the Fingers, after striking Lady Forlorn from Qyle's hand. Gulltown was retaken when Robar's sister infiltrated the city and convinced the surviving Shetts to rise against the Graftons. Robar defeated the Hammer of the Hills at Ironoaks.
The Andals responded by uniting under Ser Artys Arryn, the Falcon Knight. According to singers, Robar's army threw back six Andal charges in the Battle of Seven Stars, but the seventh one broke through. Nevertheless, Robar ordered a counterattack and led the charge himself, with his champions at his side, slaying Torgold Tollett with Lady Forlorn. Then he spied the Falcon Knight's armor across the field and spurred toward him. Robar managed to slay Artys, but then five hundred knights charged down the slopes of the Giant's Lance to take Robar's host in the rear. Leading the attack was Artys, as the man slain by Robar had been a decoy. It is unknown who slew Robar in the ensuing rout, with Artys, Lord Ruthermont, Ser Luceon Templeton, or Ser Jaime Corbray, who reclaimed Lady Forlorn, often being suggested. With Robar dead, Artys I claimed the title of King of Mountain and Vale.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.