House Tully of Riverrun is the traditional ruling house of the Riverlands. Its principle stronghold is Riverrun. Its sigil is a leaping trout, silver, on a field of blue and mud red. Its words are "Family, Duty, Honor".
House Tully is the principal house in the riverlands; many lesser houses are sworn to them. Their seat is at Riverrun. Their device is a silver trout leaping on a blue and red striped field, and their words are "Family, Duty, Honor."
House Tully rose to prominence during the Targaryen conquest. When Aegon the Conqueror attacked, Edmyn Tully was the first to rebel against King Harren of the Isles and support the invading Targaryen army. Afterwards, Aegon made House Tully lords paramount of the Trident.
Lord of Riverrun and Lord paramount of the Trident, Hoster Tully is an old, sick man. As a younger man he was tall and broad, and grew portly in age, but now is shrunken by his illness. He traveled the Riverlands extensively and was fond of gazing at his rivers.
Years ago, Hoster forced his daughter Lysa to terminate her illegitimate pregnancy. He used her pregnancy as proof that she was fertile when arranging her marriage to the heirless widower Jon Arryn, in exchange for House Tully's support in the rebellion. On his deathbed, Hoster made delirious references to "tansy" and expressed regret, a puzzle Catelyn came to piece together though she was unable to repair the rift between father and sister. He died of his illness before regaining lucidity and was given a funeral on the river according to family custom.
Catelyn Tully Stark (a POV character) is Hoster's eldest child and once his heir until the birth of her brother. She is the wife of Eddard Stark of Winterfell and mother of their five children, Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Catelyn is seen as honorable and upright by acquaintances, holding duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior. She has a deep love for family and a strong faith in the Seven. However, she regards Jon Snow as an outsider to her family, and has never forgiven Eddard for bringing him into her household. She has a strong and stately beauty, with auburn hair, blue eyes, and long fingers.
After Bran was attacked by an assassin, Catelyn traveled to King's Landing to inform Eddard. There, Petyr Baelish told her that the dagger used in the attack belonged to Tyrion Lannister. Attempting to return home unseen in order to prepare for possible war, she encountered and arrested Tyrion, taking him to the Vale of Arryn for trial, where he escaped execution. This arrest was a casus belli of the war that followed.
Catelyn met her son Robb and aided him in leading his rebellion against King Joffrey. She traveled to Bitterbridge in an attempt to broker an alliance with surviving Baratheon brothers Stannis and Renly, but was unsuccessful. She witnessed Renly's murder and took Brienne of Tarth into her service as an armswoman. The two returned to Riverrun, and Catelyn attempted to persuade her brother Edmure out of his shortsighted plans to attack Tywin Lannister's men at Stone Mill, again to no avail. Upon hearing of her younger sons' murder at the hand of Theon Greyjoy, she freed prized Stark war hostage Jaime Lannister in a covert attempt to exchange him for her daughters, captives at King's Landing.
Robb placed Catelyn under house arrest at Riverrun, but allowed her to attend Edmure's wedding at the Twins. Despite her wariness throughout the ceremony, she, Robb, and many of Robb's men were murdered by members of House Frey, an act of treachery that earned it the name "The Red Wedding". Three days later she was resurrected by Beric Dondarrion, who gave his life for hers. Her face remains mutilated, her throat is still slit, leaving her limited ability to speak, and she is able to go without sleep. She became consumed with the desire for vengeance over her family's betrayal and murder. She took the name "Lady Stoneheart" and assumed command of Dondarrion's outlaw band the Brotherhood Without Banners. She led the Brotherhood to mercilessly pursuing and executing everyone she perceived to be a traitor.
Lysa was secretly in love with her father's ward Petyr Baelish, who had deflowered and impregnated her when they were young. Hoster Tully was enraged when he learned of it and sent Baelish back to his own desolate home. He had Lysa's child aborted, though he later used its existence as proof of Lysa's fertility when wedding her to Jon Arryn, a man older than Hoster himself. As the Lady Regent of the Vale, Lysa maintained a strict neutrality in the War of the Five Kings, failing to call her banners and send aid to her sister's son, Robb Stark, and her father, Hoster Tully, though her posture rankled many of her vassals; she also was unresponsive to the threat posed by the increasingly active and hostile tribes of mountain men. It was her decision to try Tyrion Lannister, and allow him a trial by combat via a chosen champion that allowed Tyrion to escape Catelyn Stark's custody. Near the conclusion of the War of the Five Kings, Petyr Baelish was dispatched to woo and wed Lady Lysa as a means to assuring the compliance of the Vale with the regime of King Joffrey, and return it to the king's peace. Lysa ecstatically accepted his courtship and married him, but he murdered her shortly thereafter by defenestration to keep her from revealing all his secrets to her niece Sansa, but not before Lysa divulged in a drunken hysterical episode that she had murdered Jon Arryn at Baelish's behest and instruction. After her murder, Baelish used the minstrel Marillion as a scapegoat.
Hoster's third child, only son, and heir, Edmure is a dutiful but rash young man, known more for his large heart than his sound head. He wishes to earn the respect of his father and protect his smallfolk. He is stocky and tall, with shaggy auburn hair and a fiery beard.
Rescued by Stark forces following the battle of the Whispering Wood, Edmure swore fealty to his nephew Robb upon his coronation and took part in his battle plans. He defended the Red Fork of the Trident against Tywin Lannister's forces, winning a battle at the Stone Mill, but in so doing he unwittingly ruined Robb's plan to draw Tywin out into a battle of Robb's own choosing. As amends Edmure agreed to marry Roslin Frey, a match needed to repair a shaky alliance with the tactically critical House Frey. His father's death shortly thereafter made him the Lord of Riverrun. His wedding became the site of a slaughter perpetrated by Bolton and Frey men in league with the Lannisters. This betrayal became known as the Red Wedding. Despite the bloodshed, he was still able to impregnate his wife during the wedding. Edmure was captured and imprisoned by the Freys, while many other guests were killed, and the crown took Riverrun away from the Tullys. Jaime Lannister spared him from execution and threatened the life of his unborn child unless he surrendered Riverrun to the crown. Edmure yielded, and is presently a prisoner en route to Casterly Rock, where his family is to undergo a life of service to House Lannister.
Ser Brynden Tully, also known as Ser Brynden the Blackfish, is a member of House Tully and younger brother by five years to Lord Hoster. He earned the name Blackfish when he refused to marry a woman chosen for him. His personal coat of arms consists of the traditional Tully colors, but with a black fish.
Ser Brynden earned acclaim during the War of the Ninepenny Kings. He quarreled with his brother, Hoster. During one of their arguments, Hoster called him the 'black goat' of the family. He pointed out that their sigil was a fish, so he took the name 'Blackfish,' and changed the Tully emblem to a black trout jumping. He accompanied Lysa Tully to the Vale of Arryn when she married Lord Jon Arryn. He was named Knight of the Gate by Lord Jon.
He later defended Riverrun against forces loyal to King Tommen and House Lannister; when Edmure Tully surrendered Riverrun to Jaime Lannister, Brynden slipped out and escape.
Houses sworn to RiverrunEdit
- House Blackwood of Raventree Hall
- House Blanetree
- House Bracken of the Stone Hedge
- House Charlton
- House Cox of Saltpans
- House Darry of Darry
- House Deddings
- House Erenford
- House Frey of the Twins
- House Goodbrook
- House Grell
- House Haigh
- House Hawick of Saltpans
- House Keath
- House Lolliston
- House Lychester
- House Mallister
- House Mooton of Maidenpool
- House Paege
- House Piper of Pinkmaiden
- House Roote of Lord Harroway's Town
- House Ryger of Willow Wood
- House Shawney
- House Smallwood of Acorn Hall
- House Terrick
- House Vance of Atranta
- House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest
- House Vypren
- House Wayn
- House Whent of Harrenhal
- House Wode
Extinct Houses of the RiverlandsEdit
- House Fisher
- House Harroway of Harrenhal
- House Justman
- House Lothston of Harrenhal
- House Mudd of Oldstones
- House Qoherys of Harrenhal
- House Teague
- House Towers of Harrenhal
Tully characters in the booksEdit
- Brynden Tully, called the Blackfish
- Catelyn Tully, married into House Stark
- Edmure Tully
- Hoster Tully
- Lysa Tully, married into House Arryn
Historical Tully charactersEdit
|Houses from the Riverlands|
|Overlords:||Baelish of Harrenhal|
|Noble houses:|| Blackwood | Bracken | Butterwell | Charlton | Deddings | Frey | Frey of Riverrun | Goodbrook |
Grell | Hawick | Lychester | Mallister | Mooton | Piper | Roote | Ryger | Shawney | Smallwood
Vance (Atranta) | Vance (Wayfarer's Rest) | Vypren | Wayn
|Knightly Houses:||Blanetree | Erenford | Haigh | Nayland | Paege|
|Extinct houses:||Darry | Fisher | Harroway | Justman | Lothston | Mudd | Qoherys | Strong |
Teague | Towers | Whent