House Hightower of Hightower is a noble house of the Reach, that can trace their family back to the Dawn of Days, when the First Men had arrived in Westeros. The house it self has incredible power and wealth, having intergral role in the foundtion of the Citadel, and being strong supporters of the Faith. Lord Randyll Tarly once claimed that Hightowers are equaly rich as House Lannister, and can rise three times the number of swords than their Tyrell bannermen. However, the Hightowers rarely part takes wars in the realm. Their stronghold, Hightower is located in city of Oldtown. Their symbol is a white tower crowned with flames on smoke grey and their words are "We Light the Way".
House Hightower is one of the oldest houses in the Seven Kingdoms. They trace their ancestry from the days of the First Men and records claim that they have been settled in the area around the mouth of the Honeywine since time immemorial, ruling as petty kings in the days of the First Men. They founded the city that eventually became known as Oldtown and allied and intermarried with the invading Andals rather than resisting them, converting to the Faith of the Seven as they did so. They later permitted the building of the Starry Sept in Oldtown, which became the centre of the Faith in Westeros for a thousand years until the building of the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing. They also built the High Tower and helped to found the Citadel.
The Hightowers were strong and loyal bannermen to House Gardner, and after House Gardner's destruction on the Field of Fire, they smoothly transferred their allegiance to House Tyrell. Currently the family has strong family ties with other Houses in the Reach, lord Leyton second daughter Alerieing married their liege lord Mace Tyrell. In the War of the Five Kings, house Hightower were supporters along with the rest of House Tyrell's bannermen of Renly Baratheon claim to the Iron Throne over his brother Stannis. But after his death, many of the their fellow bannermen allied with House Lannister, giving their support in the Battle of the Blackwater. Dispite this, house Hightower continues to be cautious in their support. And during the aftermath of the War of the Five Kings, House Greyjoy has done several raides against the Reach, having conquered the Shield Islands, parts of Arbor, and have been threating Oldtown. Lord Leyton however remains unswayed the attacks, and remains at Hightower with his eldest daughter Malora Hightower, consulting books of spells.
The Hightowers occupy an interesting rank, as they are a considerably older house than many of the ruling houses of Westeros, certainly far more so than the Tyrells, and the other noble houses in the vicinity of Oldtown have held their allegiances to Oldtown rather than Highgarden for thousands of years. However, House Hightower is a close ally of House Tyrell and has married into the house several times, and all the houses sworn to Oldtown hold their allegiance to Highgarden first and foremost.
Houses sworn to OldtownEdit
- House Beesbury of Honeyholt
- House Bulwer of Blackcrown
- House Costayne of the Three Towers
- House Cuy of Sunflower Hall
- House Mullendore of Uplands
Hightower characters in the booksEdit
- Alerie Hightower, married into House Tyrell
- Alysanne Hightower, married into House Ambrose
- Baelor Hightower, called Baelor Brightsmile
- Denyse Hightower, married into House Redwyne
- Gunthor Hightower
- Garth Hightower, called Greysteel
- Humfrey Hightower
- Leyla Hightower, married to Ser Jon Cupps
- Lynesse Hightower, married into House Mormont
- Leyton Hightower, Lord of Hightower, called the Old Man of Oldtown
- Malora Hightower, called the Mad Maid
- Rhea Hightower