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"Kevan Lannister: The boy does look a lot like his father.
Tywin Lannister: That's what concerns me."
―Kevan and Tywin Lannister, discussing the Blackgards.

Lord Eddin Blackgard (Wastelandic: FAXSEN Fax-Sen) is a major character in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons. Eddin is the youngest son of Lord Trevyr Blackgard and his wife Lady Laenah Blackgard. He is married to Elen Blackgard.

After his father's death, Eddin has been named the Lord of Ebonheart, Voice of Blackgard, Shield of the East, Warden of the Borderlands, Lord Defender of the Stormlands, Lord Paramount of the Borders and Chieftain of the Bordermen.

According to Trevyr, Eddin was named after Trevyr's long-time friend and bannerman, Eddin Mercer. For this reason, Lord Mercer often jokingly refers to Eddin as "Eddin the Younger", and himself as "Eddin the Elder".

Biography

Background

Eddin was born as the fourthborn son of Lord Trevyr Blackgard. His mother, Laenah, died giving birth to Eddin. Nonetheless, Eddin was deeply loved by his father, even prompting Trevyr to murder several rival lords so he could support Eddin and the rest of his family. He became a bright and handsome young man, and of all of Trevyr Blackgard's children, Eddin is said to be most like him in terms of intelligence, personality and cunning.

As a child, Eddin grew up in the city of Blackgard, unlike his other brothers, who grew up in King's Landing when Trevyr still served under Kings Aegon V and Aerys II as Hand of the King. During his adolescence, Eddin met Elen Tarth, Selwyn Tarth's niece. Trevyr, who was firmly against arranged marriages (something fairly uncommon in the Seven Kingdoms), allowed Eddin to marry whenever, and with whomever he wanted. Eddin and Elen fell in love and eventually announced their betrothal, effectively connecting housesBlackgard and Tarth as allies through matrimony later on.

During the events of the War of the Five Kings, Eddin, initially, did not partake in the war. He absolutely did not want anything to do with his family's affairs and, ultimately, didn't play the game of thrones. However, Eddin idly watched as the war tore his house apart and so, indirectly, he played a minor role in the war. After Dyron Blackgard's death, Eddin started to play more major roles in the events of the war. Ironically, he became one of Blackgard's most pivotal puppet-masters and almost singlehandedly aided his father in fending of the rival houses and preparing himself into, inadvertently, taking on the role as the Lord Paramount of the Borders.

Season 1

Eddin Blackgard is a young, but ambitious young man from House Blackgard. He resides in King's Landing as an apprentice, trying to learn more from Westerosi politics and lordship.

Season 2

Following Eddard Stark's execution at the Great Sept of Baelor, Eddin feels that he is no longer safe in King's Landing. After making the proper arrangements and informing his father about what happened in King's Landing, he leaves the capital and heads to Blackgard.

Season 5

Eddin's older brother, Dyron Blackgard, is assassinated by unknown assailants. Lucan is refused the Ebony Throne and Eddin, ironically, becomes the new heir to House Blackgard, even though he initially refused to partake in any Blackgard affairs.

Season 6

After the death of his father, Trevyr, Eddin has become the new Lord of Ebonheart. Following Lucan Blackgard's death at the hands of Roman Mercer who was commanded to murder him by Cersei Lannister shortly before the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, Eddin responded by furiously stopping to support the Lannisters and the Iron Throne. To avenge his older brother's death and those of so many innocents in King's Landing, Eddin follows his father's footsteps and has joined House Targaryen in overthrowing the current ruling monarchy of the Seven Kingdoms and plant Daenerys Targaryen as the new Queen of the Andals. A week later, Lord Rickard Harrigon arrives in Blackgard. He managed to persuade Eddin to bring his army and join their forces, and told him that Mercyl, Lucan's son, was safe and being raised at Hornworth. Together with the Harrigons, he joins House Tyrell, House Baerley, Ellaria Sand, the Reach, and Dorne, the Borderlands have now entered in open rebellion against the Crown.

Season 7

Eddin departs for Dragonstone alongside Brant Tymber and Rud Volmark aboard the flagship of the Borderlands Navy, the Spirit of Keizaal, to swear fealty to Daenerys Targaryen and advise her during her conquest of Westeros. He appoints his wife as acting Lady of Ebonheart while he was away. Before he leaves for Dragonstone, his nephew Steffon Blackgard tries to convince him that leading House Blackgard into war was a big mistake and that they should spend more time healing from the conflict with House Greyjoy. The conversation turns into a heated argument between the two, during which Steffon insults Trevyr's faith in House Targaryen, going so far as to call Eddin a "fool", and that, because Trevyr believed in the Targaryens, he was a "bigger fool", which prompts Eddin to slap Steffon across face and warn him to "never question [his] decisions ever again."

Shortly after Eddin left, Steffon had started to gather allies from all corners of the Borderlands in an effort to depose him. While Eddin was away advising Daenerys, Steffon had carefully herded the bordermen into a frenzy of panic and had successfully managed to turn most against Eddin, claiming it was because of ineptness from Eddin's side that Lucan had died.

Steffon, along with Ser Brant, Carron Heartley, Codin Bruckstone and Theos Tymber had conspired to depose Eddin, forming the Liidum. Brant - who accompanied Eddin to Dragonstone but secretly remained in contact with Steffon through letters - proposed exile to keep bloodshed to a minimum. Steffon argued against it, stating that Eddin is far too proud and stubborn to be exiled. He believed that the only way to stop Eddin was to kill him. Carron, Codin and Theos all agreed, while Brant reluctantly complied to Steffon's suggestions.

Shortly before the assassination would be carried out, Steffon had proclaimed that, after Eddin perished, he would take over his position and crown himself king. This proposal was condoned almost unanimously, mainly because of the fact that Steffon had promised to ascertain a more conservative stance regarding leadership, which was exactly what the conspirators wanted.

Upon learning that the deceased members of House Blackgard could possibly be reanimated as servants of the Night King, Eddin immediately begins the journey back to Ebonheart. He sends a raven back to Ebonheart from onboard the Spirit of Keizaal informing his family of the reason why he was returning. However, no one else within Ebonheart ever learned of this, as Steffon ordered Archmaester Lorgan to destroy all letters coming to and from Eddin before even opening their contents.

On the day of Eddin's return to Ebonheart, he noticed things seemed off when Steffon, Asten Wylde and Archsepton Harrion were not present to meet him when he arrived at the Bay of Asterion. As Eddin and his procession returned to Ebonheart, the usually bustling city was eerily calm and quiet - most of the smallfolk remained indoors. As they continued on, several Blackgard soldiers began attacking them, screaming "TRAITOR!" at him. Soon, the entire party was under siege by their own soldiers. The smallfolk eventually joined the chaos by starting to riot, plunging the city into chaos. Though Eddin was able to fight off a few of the traitorous soldiers, his primary goal was to protect his wife and other members of the procession. They were able to make it to Ebonheart, only to find even more of their men attacking them. Elen branched off to see if their sons were okay, only find herself cornered by two of the Blackgard Sentinels. Though she tried to fight them off, she was no match for them and was killed. Eddin and Brant made their way to the Hall of Lords, only to find it completely empty except for Steffon sitting on the Ebony Throne. Eddin is able to deduce that Steffon was behind the mutiny and furiously advances on him, but before he gets far, Brant stabs him through the back. As Eddin lay on the ground, Steffon calmly explained that he had been turning the Borderlands against him ever since he left for Dragonstone. Steffon further claimed to feel sorry for betraying his uncle, but stated that it was the right thing to do, before picking up Blackest Heart (which Eddin had drawn) and finishing Eddin off by stabbing him through the chest. Meanwhile, he ordered the rioting to stop, declaring Eddin dead and the Kingdom of the Borderlands founded.

Appearances

Season Three appearances
Valar Dohaeris Dark Wings, Dark Words Walk of Punishment And Now His Watch is Ended Kissed by Fire
The Climb The Bear and the Maiden Fair Second Sons The Rains of Castamere Mhysa
Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children
Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome The Dance of Dragons Mother’s Mercy

Personality

Eddin is the strongest of the Blackgard family, though he originally wanted nothing to do with the house's affairs, but he was quickly pulled in after the failed assassination attempt on his father and a successful one on his eldest brother.

Once ensconced in Blackgard's affairs, Eddin quickly established a reputation for ruthlessness to a far greater degree than his father. This behaviour was caused by his stay in the capital, where he experienced the ruthlessness and treacherous acts performed by several high lords of Westeros. He preferred to wipe out all of his enemies in one fell swoop.

Reign

Lord of Ebonheart
Trevyr Blackgard 303 AL - 304 AL Steffon Blackgard

Quotes

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"Just lie here, father. I'll take care of you now. I'm with you now. I'm with you."
―Eddin to a dying Trevyr.
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"That's my family, Elen, not me."
―Eddin, about his family's reputation
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"Eddin: You have to answer for Dyron, Marlen. You fingered Dyr for the Greyjoys.
Marlen: Edd, you got it all wrong.
Eddin: Ah, that little farce you played with my sister. You think that would fool a Blackgard?
Marlen: Edd, I'm innocent. I swear on my unborn child!
Eddin: Don't lie to me. I received a half-finished letter from Dunharrow. Seems that after the infiltrator Grandon finished killing the Mercers, he was supposed to meet with you. What we don't know was who wrote the letter.
Marlen: Please don't do this to me, Edd. Please don't.
Eddin: We know everything. About one of our bannermen secretly funding the Greyjoys. Sending them ships, soldiers, weaponry. And both Dyron and Grayson Mercer were caught in the crossfire, weren't they? You know I don't like secrets. Yet there is still one secret left unsolved. Admit what you did.
[Marlen starts sobbing]
Eddin: Get him some ale. Don't be afraid, Marlen. Come on, you think I'd make my sister a widow? I'm your son's godfather. Go ahead. Drink. Drink. No, you're out of our affairs, that's your punishment. You're finished. I'm putting you on a ship to Pentos. Brant?
[Brant hands Eddin some gold coins]
Eddin: I want you to stay there, you understand?
[Marlen nods]
Eddin: Only don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry. Now, who approached you with this proposal to betray us? Bergen or Skinner?
Marlen: It was Bergen.
Eddin: Good. There's a carriage outside that will take you to the harbour. I'll tell your wife where you'll be going.
Marlen: Listen, Edd...
Eddin: Go on. Get out of my sight."
―Eddin Blackgard, confronting Marlen Rosby
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"I don't feel I have to wipe everybody out, Asten. Just my enemies."
―Eddin
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Lucan Blackgard: "I'm your older brother, Edd, and I was stepped over!"
Eddin: "That's the way Father wanted it."
Lucan Blackgard: "It ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!"
— Lucan and Eddin
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Eddin: "In my home."
Brant Tymber: "Eddin, when I heard I almost died..."
Eddin: " [yells] IN MY HOME! IN MY BEDROOM! Where my wife sleeps... and my children play with their toys."
— Eddin and Brant, discussing the incident regarding the two unknown assassins who fired arrows through Eddin's bedroom window earlier
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"Elyse: [shrieking at Eddin] You killed my husband! You waited until our father died so nobody could stop you and you killed him! You killed him! You blamed him for Dyr, you always did, everybody did. But you never thought about me. You never gave a damn about me. What am I going to do now?
Elen: [taking Elyse in her arms] Elyse...
Elyse: Why do you think he kept Marlen at the castle? All the time he knew he was going to kill him. And then he stood godfather to our baby. You think you know your husband? You know how many men he had killed?! That's your husband!
[Eddin takes Elyse into her arms, but she goes wild again and tries to attack him]
Eddin: Take her upstairs. Fetch the maester.
[Eddin's men grab Elyse and pull her out of the office]
Eddin: [to Elen] She's hysterical.
Elen: Is it true?
Eddin: Don't ask me about my business, Elen.
Elen: Is it true?
Eddin: Don't ask me about my business...
Elen: No...
Eddin: [slams the desk] ENOUGH!"
―Eddin, Elyse, and Elen
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"He was my brother. He may have been a fool but he was still my brother. I want retribution. I want revenge. No one will get away with this easy. I want the names of every person involved in this massacre. And I want their heads."
―Eddin, furious over the death of his brother
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"Eddin: You know what this means?
Sofina: War. Most definitely war.
Eddin: They killed him. They killed my brother! Why? What did he do?! He was innocent!
Brant: The idiot Cersei Lannister now believes that she has enforced her rule on us. She expects we now bent the knee to her.
Eddin: She can try to "enforce her rule" on us. Our family has stood on these grounds for generations, not even Aegon's dragons could force us to submit.
Sofina: It's time to decide. The Dragon Queen returns to Westeros, the Reach, Dorne, and the Iron Islands at her back. She can give us the revenge we seek.
Eddin: My father always spoke highly of her. He said that she was the last chance to save the Seven Kingdoms from itself. Let's hope he's right. Very well, I've made my decision.
Sofina: Finally...
Eddin: Ser Brant, send a raven to Lord Varys. Tell him that the Queen can expect to see a fleet of twenty battleships at her side. I will not cower behind my walls like I did when the Greyjoys came knocking at our door. No one kills a Blackgard and gets away with it. Sent word to all the Borderlords. As of today, we have declared war on the Crown. May Barran protect us."
―Eddin and his counselors in the aftermath of the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor
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"Steffon: Uncle, you're making a big mistake by doing this!
Eddin: Well, Steffon, you are entitled to your opinion, but my decision is final.
Steffon: For goodness' sake, Uncle, look around you! Our people are still licking their wounds from what happened with the Greyjoys! They're all exhausted! And our finances have been reduced to almost nothing!
Eddin: I am well aware of how much this has cost us, thank you.
Steffon: Are you, Uncle? Because if that truly were the case, you'd see that we are in
no condition to fight another goddamn war! I want justice for Uncle Lucan as much as the rest of us, but we need to regroup. We need to rebuild our armies and restore our finances. We need to wait until we are ready!
Eddin: Do you think I
want to do this, Steffon? Because I don't. But I don't just want to avenge my brother. If she gets her way, that murderous cunt Cersei Lannister would have the whole of the Borderlands burned down to nothing if it meant she would be queen of the ashes. And I'm not about to let that happen. Westeros has one great hope left, and that is Daenerys Targaryen.
Steffon: Do you remember what happened the last time a Targaryen sat on the Iron Throne? Half the country burned!
Eddin: Daenerys is not her father. Slaver's Bay has been liberated because of her.
Steffon: Uncle, you know very well that Westerosi politics and Essosi politics are two
very different things. And how do you that Daenerys isn't like her father? You've never even met the girl! Grandfather never even met her! If you're so willing to put blind faith in someone you've never even met, then you're just a fool!
Eddin: My father sacrificed things you could never
imagine so that girl could save Westeros from itself!
Steffon: THEN HE WAS AN EVEN BIGGER FOOL!
Eddin: [slaps Steffon across the face.] Don't you
ever insult my father like that ever again. I am aware that not all of my decisions have been - or will be - popular. But last time I checked, I was lord of this House, not you, nephew. I am aware that our people have lost much in the last war - much more so that you give me credit for - and marching off into another one so soon seems like too much of a gamble. But if we do not act now to bring down Cersei, we stand to lose even more. You don't have to like it, but Daenerys Targaryen is our future, and she needs the Borderlands behind her if she is to succeed. Now, I have quite a journey ahead of me, so I must leave."
―Eddin argues with his nephew, Steffon.

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Lord: King Althurin I Heir: Prince Emeric Blackgard
House-Blackgard-Main-Shield
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 · Aurola 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 · Hathor · Gidden · Ammett · Hugar · "The Gravedigger" · Carron Heartley · Harrin Smithe · Nathaleya (infiltrator)