Editor's Note: The following are compiled excerpts from Grand Maester Bartholomew's Houses of Remneros, an incomplete manuscript at time of writing.
This editor is not an expert in heraldry; if any readers are more familiar with it and would like to correct the terminology herein, correspondence would be appreciated.
Houses of the Crownlands
House Ozpin of the Iron Throne
The Ozpins were the last of the Valyrian dragonlords, sequestering themselves on Dragonstone before the Fall of Valyria.
The Ozpins typically have silver-gray hair and fair skin. Their eyes are a unique shade of brownish-green, which has been compared to jade; individuals with little Ozpin blood frequently have the Ozpin hair but rarely the eyes.
The Ozpin coat of arms is a three-headed red dragon on a green field, and the dragon serves as their sigil. Their colors are green and silver; their words are Fire and Blood.
House Ozpin of Dragonstone
Dragonstone has long been the nominal and ceremonial seat of House Ozpin, though rarely held by the man on the Iron Throne. It was handed from one king's favorite sibling or uncle to the next; however, after the War of the Nine Petty Kings, Dragonstone was agreed to be given to Myelou Ozpin and her descendants as a heritable title rather than a viceroyal one.
The Ozpin-of-Dragonstone coat of arms has a gray dragon rather than the red of the Ozpins of King's Landing; the same dragon remains their sigil. Their colors are gray and green; their words remain Fire and Blood.
House Adale of Duskendale
House Adale was among the many petty kings eventually conquered by the Storm Kings. Their history is full of times where they submitted to this, that, or some other king in exchange for mercy or some gift.
The seat of House Adale is Dun Fort, in Duskendale; it is a trading center overshadowed by King's Landing, but the fish markets are said to be larger than any other in Remneros.
The Adales tend to have auburn hair and pale skin.
The Adale coat of arms is a bow and a hammer sable crossed over a tan cross saltire on a dark brown field; their sigil is the crossed bow-and-hammer. Their colors are brown and black; their words are
House Oobleck of Darry
House Rook of the Rest
The seat of House Rook is Rook Rest, along the northern coast of Blackwater Bay.
The Rook coat of arms is a black rook on a white fess over a checkered black-and-gray field; their sigil is a rook in flight. Their colors are black and white; their words are
House Sustrai of Driftmark
House Sustrai is descended from Valyrian stewards of the Ozpins before the Conquest. After that, they were given lordly titles and the island of Driftmark; they have since grown rich by marrying many prominent traders from many lands.
(Dyre Den, Maidenpool)
Houses of Dorne
House Arc of Sunspear
House Grey of Ghaston Grey
House Grey of Grey Gallows
House Yronwood of Yronwood
(Blackmont, Godsgrace, Ghost Hill, Starfall)
Houses of the Isles
House Lie of Pyke
The newest of the Great Houses, the first Lie was Lie Karasu, mistress and slayer of the last king of the Iron Isles. She remains the Princess of Salt; the title will pass to her son, Lie Kaze. Some translate the house name as Ardent or Hunter; the latter is incorrect on multiple levels.
Lie Karasu and her children have the dark eyes and almond-shaped eyes typical of ironmen. Their skin is typical of the so-called salt ironmen.
The House has a Valyrian dagger, a plain (though curved) blade with a dragonbone hilt; this was used to kill Xiong Chao. It is named Arashi o Tsukutta Hana, typically translated as "The Storm's Flower". No one is sure where Karasu obtained such a rare weapon; I have asked Kaze, and he states that his mother has told him a dozen times, no two alike.
The Lie coat of arms is a pink flower within a gray cloud on a blue and green field quartered en equerre; their sigil is a flower. Their colors are pink and green, and theur words are Climbing Ever Higher.
House Blacktyde of Blacktyde
The Blacktyde (or Heichao) family is the most powerful house on the island of the same name.
The Blacktyde coat of arms is a vair field, green and black (their house colors). Their sigil is a wave, and thier words are Crush and Drown.
House Goodsister of Wyk
The Goodsisters (or Jiemeis) claim descent from the legendary Grey King's elder sister, unlike most other houses, which claim descent from the Grey King himself. It has remained a powerful house, though almost always loyal to the nominal ruler of the Isles and with little ambition.
Branches of House Goodsister are found all over Great Wyk and the Isles, and even hold Shatterstone, the greatest holdfast on Old Wyk (considered the holiest Iron Isle). Their primary seat, however, is Hammerhorn, in the Hardstone Hills; they get some wealth from trade, but mostly prosper through trade.
Members of House Goodsister are more apt to have long, thick hair than most ironmen; they often braid it. They have the dark skin of the so-called mud ironmen.
The Goodsister coat of arms is a dark warhorn banded in gold, on a bloodred field; their sigil is a warhorn. Their colors are red and gold, and their words are The Strength of the Isles.
House Harlaw of Harlaw
Harlaw is the second-largest and by far most populous of the Iron Islands; while the house of the same name is not found elsewhere, it is among the most powerful in the Isles, and since the Isles as a whole are held by widely-disliked House Lie, some say it is currently the most powerful.
Harlaw contains some mines, mostly iron but one with rubies, but most of its wealth comes from craftsmensmiths and smelters
House Hui-Huanle of Iron Holt
Lie Karasu once said that all great houses come from nothing and end as nothing; House Hui-Huanle was one of the greatest houses, once seen as the successor to the Hui-Zhutie family as a line of great and mighty kings. The Hui-Huanles survived; after King Shuang Haren's death in the Conquest, nearly every king of the Iron Isles has been a Hui-Huanle.
After the rise of the Xiongs, House Hui-Huanle were left with Iron Holt. They have become a more prominent house of late, due to Iron Holt's status as the main port of the Iron Isles (rivalled only by Pebbleton of Great Wyk)
The Hui-Huanle coat of arms is a golden kraken on a sable field; their sigil is a kraken. Their colors are black and gold, and their words are We Do Not Sow.
House Orcwood of Orcmont
The Orcwoods (Muorc) of Orcmont were the first of modern Houses to live on Orcmont, and are more powerful than their main rival, House Tawny (or Chese); a branch of Goodsister is another major competitor.
The Orcwoods of Orcmont have long controlled much of the Iron Island's supply of timber, and run a large fraction of its shipbuilding.
The Orcwood coat of arms is green pines semy on a yellow field; their sigil is a pine. Their colors are green and gold, and their words are A Tide of Ships and Steel.
House Saltcliffe of Saltcliffe
The Saltcliffes (or Yuanya) are the greater of the houses on Saltcliffe (the other being Underly or Chiten);
House Xiong of Newden
Lie Karasu once said that all great houses come from nothing and end as nothing; House Xiong (sometimes called Hui-Xiong) is a well-documented example, with Lady Lie playing a pivotal role in their decline. The first Xiongs were mere captains, who happened to play a pivotal role in one of many Iron Age ironman conquests of Bear Island and hence were given control of it. As time went on, they gained influence and power, even sending branches of their family to Pyke and elsewhere in the ironman lands, which served them well once Bear Island was retaken by the North. Eventually, House Hui-Huanle fell; House Xiong
Houses of Mystral
House Xiaolong of Casterly Rock
House Xiaolong traces its ancestry to the Iron Islands and the lands beyond the Sunset Sea, but you wouldn't know this by looking at them. The Xiaolongs
The Xiaolongs own fragments of a suit of orange and red Valyrian steel plate, including the gauntlets and faulds. According to legend, Shandian Xiong took the Valyrian blades from all the lords he slew and had them melted down to create a suit of armor called Ember, which is presumably the source of the Valyrian armor.
The Xiaolann coat of arms was a black ship on an undy field, orange above and blue below; their words were I Burn, referencing the fate of any who dared become their enemy. Under the rule of Touvlo Ospin [sic], the Second of his Name, such implied violence was discouraged; their sigil and arms are derived from the personal sigil of then-Lady-Paramount Ju Xiaolong the Pyromancer (a flaming heart), the arms being gold on a brown field, and took the words All Good Things Must End. Their colors remain black and orange.
House Branwen of Stone Hedge
House Clement of Clement Hall
An older house.
House Coastyne of the First Tower
The Coastynes were lords of Three Towers since before the ironmen came; they surrendered in exchange for keeping their position. During the War of the Nine Petty Kings, Three Towers was ravaged (in particular the nominal towers) due to Coastyne's support of the Iron Throne; all of the trueborn Coastynes were killed. Shizi Xiaolong offered a Coastyne bastard, Witney Flowers, to pay to rebuild Three Towers, to help bolster trade in the port, if she agreed to share the nearby lands with two other houses, the Easters and the Goldroses. Witney agreed and was legitimized as Witney Coastyne; she came to regret not haggling, as tensions between the three families rose.
The Coastyne coat of arms is two silver chalices on a black field; one of said chalices forms their sigil. Their colors are silver and blue, and their words are
House Daichi of Faircastle
An ironman house, House Daichi became bannermen to the Xiaolongs after the Conquest.
Their words are Iron Will and Golden Honor.
House Easter of the Third Tower
House Easter was formed by Tyroshi merchants (some say pirates) who were a great boon to the Xiaolongs in a war with the Reach, long ago; three of them were given noble titles, but only the Easters remain today. The Easter lands were in the Gardenlands; rather than be ruled by the Belladonnas, Lord Xifeng-di Easter petitioned Casterly Rock for land in Mystral. Shizi Xiaolong agreed to grant him land near Three Towers; he came to regret not asking for perhaps some small island off the Arbor, as tensions rose between Easter, Coastyne, and Goldrose.
The Easter coat of arms is a red tower flamboyant on a gold field; their sigil is a stylized flaming tower. Their colors are red and gold, and their words are Lighting the Fires.
House Goldrose of the Second Tower
Rubem Goldrose was a Xiaolong bastard who became a knight and was raised to lord after a war with the Storm Kings. He was given lands in what is now the Principality of the Gardenlands; rather than be ruled by the Belladonnas, Lady Karran Goldrose chose to petition Casterly Rock for Westland. Shizi Xiaolong agreed to grant her land near Three Towers; she quite enjoyed the chance to compete against others, but sometimes lamented that the Coastyne's city had not been called Two Towers.
The Goldrose coat of arms is a gold rose on a quartered black and blue field; the rose is their sigil. Their colors are gold and blue, and their words are
House Grimm of Greyshield
Editor's Note: No, seriously, look it up.
Greatest house in the Shield Islands etc.
House Rain of Castamere
House Rain is an old, proud house, once a rival to the Casterlies. They submitted to the Xiong kings and
The Rain coat of arms is a blue lion rampant on a silver field; their sigil is said lion. Their colors are blue and silver; their words are Our Claws are Long and Sharp.
House Xiaolann of Lannstree
The Xiaolanns of Lannstree were initially a junior branch of the Xiaolanns of Casterly Rock, descended from Shandian's eldest daughter and second child, Mu Xiong. She was given the task of ruling Lannstree, a small town near Casterly Rock where Lann the Scoundrel was supposedly hanged. The task was passed to her firstborn, and his, and his, and so on, until they were declared the Lords Mayor of the Noble City of Lannstree, which some call the Tenth Free City...when far from Casterly Rock and the Iron Throne.
The Xiaolanns own a dark orange Valyrian steel short sword, with a thick, single-edged blade designed for piercing armor. Some say it was forged from the helm of Ember, the Xiaolann Valyrian plate.
The Xiaolanns of Lannstree use a modified version of the old Xiaolann arms, with a gold ship on a blue undy field, light over dark; their sigil is a ship. Their colors are dark blue and gold. They retain the old words of House Xiaolann, I Burn.
Houses of the North
House Schnee of Winterfell
The Schnees claim to be the oldest of the Great Houses of Remneros, tracing their ancestry back to the Winter Kings, said to be more snow than flesh. They are known to have ruled the north for thousands of years, likely dating all the way back to the Long Night.
The Schnees owned a pale blue Valyrian steel rapier named Blizzard; unfortunately, it was lost when Gewitter Schnee sailed to the Smoking Sea and vanished.
The legends say that the Winter Kings had flesh like pure snow, hair like pure clouds, and eyes like pure ice. If true, the Schnees clearly have their blood in them; their skin is among the palest skin in the known world, their hair is pale blonde if not white, and their eyes are a shade of blue clearly distinct from most (termed "ice-blue" by the Schnees and other Northmen). Some maesters have noted that, while most men with blue eyes have darker-eyed children with dark-eyed partners, the ice-blue eyes of the Schnees are almost always inherited.
The Schnee coat of arms is a white snowflake on a gray field; their sigil is the same snowflake. Their colors are white and gray, and their words are We Rule the Winter.
House Schnee of Karhold
Karal Schnee was a non-inheriting Schnee some centuries before the Conquest, who performed some deed deserving of great honor. Some say he slew a dragon, Other, or false knight; others say he merely put down a rebellious eastern bannerman. Whatever the case, he was granted land in the east, and raised a holdfast on it; this holdfast was called Karal's Hold, which eventually became corrupted to Karhold.
The Karhold Schnees have proved themselves loyal to their cousins in Winterfell, time and time again.
The Karhold Schnees have the same eyes as their Winterfell kin, though they tend to have sandy hair rather than white, and their skin is not so pale.
Some Schnees of Karhold use the Schnee arms and words; others use a gray wolf on a white field and We Are the Hunters. Their sigil is a wolf.
House Atlas of Atlas's Square
Said to have been an ancient branch of House Schnee, a combination of wedding one of Atlas Schnee's younger children into the house combined with his glorious victories (which included saving the castle from a force of ironmen) lead to both house and castle being renamed in honor of that great King in the North.
House Flint of Flint's Finger
House Isenberg of Iron Mountain
House Port of Bear Island
House Thrush of Deepwater Motte
House Umber of Last Hearth
House Winchester of the Dreadfort
The Winchesters are a relatively new noble house. The first Winchester was a stablehand who saved the life of the young heir of the Winterfell about half a century after the Conquest. As a reward (and due to possessing size and strength useful in a warrior), he was given a knighthood, a tower on the Weeping Water and a nearby village, and a chest of silver flakes minted in Flint's Finger. Due to the valor of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the House was ennobled three generations later, and their lands increased.
The Winchesters became known as fearsome warriors, and ambitious; minor lords sworn to them have mostly been driven out and replaced with branches of the Winchester tree. Their small tower on the river grew larger and wider, with a mighty fortress rising around it; the village grew into a castle town. The Winchesters are now among the most trusted of the Schnee bannerman, if not the most influential or powerful. Aside from their success, the Winchesters elicit fear from many; rumors circulate of all sorts of barbaric practices practiced by their warriors, from the typical plunder-and-rape on a larger scale to bone-breaking and other forms of crude torture.
The Winchester coat of arms is a horse rearing with a chest under its forelegs, on a chausse silver in the middle and blue on the edges; their sigil is a chest. Their colors are red and silver, and their words are Bravery, Faith, and Valor.
(Greywater Watch, Ramsgate, White Harbor)
Houses of the Reach
House Belladonna of Highgarden
House Blackbar of Bandallon
House Clay of Sunhouse
House Osgrey of Standfast
(Brightwater Keep, Honeyholt, Horn Hill, Uplands)
Houses of the Riverlands
House Nikos of Riverrun
House Scarletina of Fairmarket
(Mudgrave, Raventree Hall, Seagard, the Twins, Wendish Town, Whitewalls)
Houses of the Vale
House Valkyrie of the Eyrie
House Alistair of Wickerden
House Sky of Sisterton
House Slange of Snakewoods
(Bloody Gate, Coldwater Burn, Gulltown, Heart's Home, Ironoaks, Redfort, Saltpans)
Houses of Vacuo
House Torchwick of Storm's End
House Black of Blackhaven
House Bronzewing of Bronzegate
House Caeron of Nightsong
House Caffen of Fawnton
House Fall of Falwood
House Malachite of Greenstone
House Swann of Stonedance
House Swann of Stonehelm
(Ashford, Griffin's Roost, Tarth)
The first Torchwick was Fortia Torchwick, made Lady-Regnant of the Stormlands after the Conquest.
Editor's Note: It is uncertain if the following list from Bartholomew's notes was intended to be published in this or some other volume, or indeed if it was intended to be published and was not an outline for some other work.
The Monarchs of the Iron Throne
The first Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Touvlo Ozpin the First of his Name, called the Conqueror. He ruled from the Conquest until the thirty-first year afterward.
The second Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Dromos Ozpin the First of his Name. He ruled from the thirty-first year after the Conquest until the thirty-seventh.
The third Monarch of the Iron Throne was Queen-Regnant Astrapi Ozpin the First of her Name, called the Brief. She ruled during the thirty-seventh year after the Conquest.
The fourth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Osto Ozpin the First of his Name, called the Sun's Knave. He ruled from the thirty-seventh year after the Conquest until the forty-second. His wife was Queen-Consort and Ser Xifos Ozpin of King's Landing, called the Knight-Queen. During his reign
The fifth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Sarka Ozpin the First of his Name, called the Cruel. He ruled from the forty-second year after the Conquest until the forty-seventh. His wife was Queen-Consort Rigma Torchwick the Kind. Conquered the Iron Isles. Towards the end of his reign, a deep and dark winter called the Beast's Winter began.
The sixth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Geni Ozpin the First of his Name, called the Wise, the Old, King Fourwinters, or the Half-Century King. He ruled from the forty-seventh year after the Conquest until the ninety-ninth.
The seventh Monarch of the Iron Throne was Queen-Regnant Sidiroucha Ozpin the First of her Name, called the Centennial Queen. She ruled from the ninety-ninth year after the Conquest until the one hundred and fifth. During her reign, Baleraen the Black Dread died of old age.
The eighth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Queen-Regnant Lemfos Ozpin the First of her Name, called the Blessed. She ruled from the one hundred and fifth year after the Conquest until the one hundred and thirtieth.
The ninth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Touvlo Ozpin the Second of his Name, called the Usurper. He ruled from the one hundred and thirieth year after the Conquest until the one hundred and thirty-second. The ascent of Touvlo II was contested by his sister (and Lemfos's designated heir) Louloudi Ozpin, who he claimed was a bastard by Sidiroucha's brother Mydi Ozpin. This lead to a war known as the Dance of the Dragons, which claimed both of their lives.
The tenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Kenos Ozpin the First of his Name, called the Foxling. He ruled from the one hundred and thirty-second year after the Conquest until the one hundred and fifty-fourth. Foghar, last of the Conquerer's three dragons; died during Kenos Ozpin's reign; towards the end of his reign, deformities and illness were noted in dragon hatchlings on Dragonstone.
The eleventh Monarch of the Iron Throne was Geni Ozpin the Second of his Name, called the Clever. He ruled from the one hundred and fifty-fourth year after the Conquest to the one hundred and fifty-ninth. His wife was Queen-Consort Nikol Arc, the Princess of Dorne. During his reign, the sons of the Prince Olivio Arc of Dorne died, some under suspicious circumstances, such that when the Prince Olivio himself died, Dorne was inherited by his wife. During his reign, the old dragons began to sicken and die.
The twelfth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Touvlo Ozpin the Third of his Name, called the Miser or the Stoic. He ruled from the one hundred and fifty-ninth year after the Conquest to the one hundred and eighty-third. His wife was Bianka Schnee of Winterfell. Touvlo III's policies towards Dorne, his mother's realm, lead to that realm seceding; however, most remember him for including lead and other base metals in the Royal Mint's coins, creating the infamous pewter dragons among other such devalued coins.
The thirteenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Queen-Regnant Sidiroucha Ozpin the Second of her Name, called the Dragonslayer. She ruled from the one hundred and eighty-third year after the Conquest to the one hundred and ninety-first. Her husband was King-Consort Atychos Ozpin of Dragonstone. During her rule, the last dragons died.
The fourteenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Touvlo Ozpin the Fourth of his Name, called. He ruled from the one hundred and ninety-first year after the Conquest until the two hundred and third.
The fifteenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Sarka Ozpin the Second of his Name. He ruled from the two hundred and third year after the Conquest until the two hundred and twenty-third.
The sixteenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was King-Regnant Osto Ozpin the Second of his Name, called the Great. He ruled from the two hundred and twenty-third year after the Conquest until the two hundred and fifty-sixth. His wife was Queen-Consort Joan Arc of Dorne.
The seventeenth Monarch of the Iron Throne was Queen-Regnant Aima Ozpin the First of her Name, called the Terrible. She ruled from the two hundred and fifty-eighth year after the Conquest until the two hundred and sixty-fifth. Her husband was King-Consort Vrachos Ozpin.
The eighteenth and current Monarch of the Iron Throne is King-Regnant Aeros Ozpin the Second of his Name, called the Crown of Flames. His rule began in the two hundred and sixty-fifth year after the Conquest.
GreatWyrmGold's Note: I've had this sitting in my Documents folder for a while without working on it. I decided to just post it. If I ever feel like coming back to this fanfic, I'll expand it. And maybe divide it into multiple documents or remove the minor houses or something...