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Ser Ardrew Ashes is a recurring character in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. He is a knight from the Borderlands and the "bastard son" of Lord Trevyr Blackgard. He serves as master-at-arms at Smithestone.

Biography

Secret Origin

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"If Harkon finds out, he'll kill me and the boy. You need to take care of him, Trevyr! You must, and you will!"
Reyanna Tyrell, to Trevyr Blackgard
Ardrew was raised as the acknowledged bastard son of Lord Trevyr Blackgard. Trevyr never told anyone, including Ardrew, who the mother is - an unusual position for a bastard, as they normally know who their mother is but not their father. When Trevyr was Hand of the King to Aegon V, he encountered Reyanna Tyrell, a noblewoman living in King's Landing and Ser Jaran Dragen, military adviser to King Aegon who stayed in the capital to learn about lordship, both during the last few years of Aegon's reign. Eventually, Jaran developed an infatuation with Reyanna and she in turn reciprocated his affections. Jaran managed to impregnate Reyanna but wary of his father's wrath, if he finds out about the parentage, immediately left King's Landing and a pregnant Reyanna and joined the Night's Watch. On the day of Ardrew's birth, Reyanna pleaded to Trevyr, who became a good friend to her, to take Ardrew and foster him at Blackgard and convince everyone that Ardrew was actually the bastard son of Trevyr and Reyanna, fearing Harkon's wrath to the boy and to her. Trevyr agreed and took the infant Ardrew with him and presented him to his family as his bastard son, despite the minor backlash he faced because of it due to the fact that Trevyr was quite a bit older than Reyanna was at the time.

Background

Ardrew Ashes is the natural-born son of Ser Jaran Dragen and Reyanna Tyrell. However, most - if not all - believe him to be the bastard son of Lord Trevyr Blackgard and Reyanna, a former lover of Lord Trevyr, instead. Trevyr, instead of ignoring the bastard son, chose to raise him at his castle. Also, unlike many noble houses that raise bastards, Lady Laenah Blackgard grew to love and care for Ardrew like her own children. Ardrew grew up knowing that his father was disappointed with his very existence, but always wanted to prove himself in his fathers eyes, unknowing that Trevyr in truth wanted very little to do with the bastard of a rival house. Ardrew was sent to the Crownlands to squire for an unknown knight.

Even when he was finally knighted his father had no respect for him. A few weeks later, Ser Lannord Storm, a bastard from House Harrigon arrived at Blackgard on his father's behalf. Lord Trevyr had proposed sending Ardrew to Smithestone where his services could be put to use, and was also a way to get rid of Ardrew. On that day, Ardrew cut all ties with his father and his family. He found a new family with the Harrigon's, being treated fairly alongside the true-born.

Soon Ardrew became Smithestone's new master-at-arms when he proved more skilled in command than Lannord or any other knight living there. He was even wed to Lord Jothos' bastard daughter Dayra Storm, who worked as a blacksmith. He became the father of twin sons, Grant and Garlan, who were raised with the name Darkashes to set them apart from bastardry.

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Lord: King Althurin I Heir: Prince Emeric Blackgard
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Seat: Ebonheart, Blackgard Lands: The Borderlands
Title(s): Black King of Ebonheart · Lord of Ebonheart · King of the Bordermen
Pre-secession: Voice of Blackgard · Shield of the East · Lord Defender of the Stormlands · Warden of the Borderlands · Lord Paramount of the Borders · Chieftain of the Bordermen
Ancestors:Asterion the Black · Lenya Blackgard · Orroman Blackgard · Saloman Blackgard · Darreth Blackgard · Myrion Blackgard · Dallon Blackgard · Dirron Blackgard · Stevron Blackgard · Torvan Blackgard · Kennard Blackgard · Arwynd Blackgard · Andaren Blackgard · Andyron Blackgard · Gerion Blackgard · Harald Stark · Grenn · Sanah Blackgard · Rickard Blackgard · Meralith Blackgard · Morden Blackgard · Maron Blackgard · Marinah Blackgard · Arthur Blackgard · Vickon Blackgard
Current members:Talya Blackgard · Elyse Blackgard · Ardrew Ashes · Anera Blackgard · Sofina Blackgard · Tregar Blackgard · Mertha Blackgard · Mercyl Blackgard · Aeron Blackgard
Deceased members:Laenah Blackgard · Trovar Blackgard · Trevas Blackgard · Laina Blackgard · Tragen Blackgard · Dyron Blackgard · Lucan Blackgard · Anya Blackgard · Trevyr Blackgard · Jenelyn Blackgard · Elen Blackgard · Edwyn Blackgard · Eddard Blackgard · Eddin Blackgard · Oberon Blackgard · Dagon Blackgard
Household:{Dalton Ashes} · Archmaester Lorgan · Brant Tymber · Orran Luxford · {Asten Wylde} · Eyan Whent · Cayman Croft · Theos Tymber · Codin Bruckstone · Markas Warth · {Arton Lannister} · Gerrad Storm · {Helenys} · {Harrion} · Vumir · Gidden · Ammett · Hugar · "The Gravedigger" · Carron Heartley · Harrin Smithe · Nathaleya (infiltrator)

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