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"I wonder what Lord Asterion would think of us. How far we reached, how powerful we have become, how many enemies and allies we've made..."
―Trevyr Blackgard, reminiscing House Blackgard's past[src]

House Blackgard of Ebonheart is a Great House of Westeros and the ruling royal house of the Borderlands. Their lands are the Borderlands, a long stretch of land that originally belonged to the Stormlands. Ebonheart is their seat, it resides in the eponymous port city of Blackgard, far to the east of Westeros. They guard the borders that separate the Stormlands from the Reach and the Crownlands and oversee all travellers looking to leave, or enter the Stormlands. One of their cadet branches, House Greygard, guards the border of Dorne. Prior to their secession from the Seven Kingdoms, they held the titles: 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. They currently hold the titles Black King of Ebonheart, Lord of Ebonheart, and King of the Bordermen. The Blackgards also have a summer palace in Dorne known as Sunhold, a palace where the elderly members of House Blackgard go to spent their last days in solitude. Amongst themselves, House Blackgard is colloquially known as "The Family".

House Blackgard's sigil are two crossed black swords on a white field, with Wastelandic inscriptions reading: NIDEENTAAhN (None Shall Pass). House Blackgard's official motto is: "None Shall Pass".

The ancestral Blackgard stronghold is the eponymous city of Blackgard, but after the Fourth Border Wars, they have also taken possession of old Keller territories in the Stormlands for over five years, until those lands were given to a cadet branch of the Blackgards, House Droft.

After the Massacre at Ebonheart, Lord Eddin Blackgard was killed and his place was claimed by Steffon Blackgard, who proclaimed himself the Black King of Ebonheart and was henceforth known as King Althurin I.

History

Background

House Blackgard is one of the Great Houses[1] of Westeros. They control the Borderlands, a large stretch of land located between the Stormlands, the Crownlands, the Reach and Dorne. They rule over the Borderlands from the castle of Ebonheart in the eponymous city of Blackgard and the head of the house is the Lord of Ebonheart.[2]

Blackgardbynight

The Black City

House Blackgard was founded thousands of years ago by the warlord Asterion the Black.[3] Asterion was a distant cousin of King Durran Godsgrief and House Blackgard initially started as a cadet branch of the Durrandons. Durran gave Asterion dominion over the Borderlands, a large stretch of land that was previously torn apart by the Children of the Forest during their wars with the First Men. Asterion, along with his five hundred Men of the Black[4] ventured deep within the Borderlands and found an abandoned tower, which was previously used as an outpost by the Children. Asterion settled there along with his first wife, Lenya and two of their eldest children, Saloman[5] and Orroman.[6] Asterion's men dubbed the tower "Black's Guard", as it was used as some sort of watchtower for the Kingdom of the Stormlands. Over time, Asterion rebuilt the ruined tower and started expanding it. When Asterion's men explored the area outside of the castle, they discovered deep caverns which contained a large amount of ebony. From those ebony ores the Ebony Throne[7] was built. After Asterion's death, his family were beginning to name themselves "Blackgards". The many settlers of Asterion's Men of the Black built shacks and houses of their own and so came the start of a small community. The community soon expanded to a town and that town was also officially named Blackgard, in Asterion's honor.[8] Eventually, a grand castle was built at the town's highest hill. The castle was completely made out of ebony and was therefore aptly named "Ebonheart", the heart of the Borderlands, built from ebony.  

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Andaren Blackgard's men look over the corpses of Aegon's army

During the War of Conquest, House Blackgard remained largely neutral throughout the war. As a result, Aegon the Conqueror led his men into the Stormlands but in order to do so, they had to pass the large wasteland that is the borders. Aegon and his two sisters rode their three dragons into the Stormlands, unharmed, while the majority of his men died of thirst and/or hunger. This event is known as The Great Pass.[9]

After Argilac Durrandon was killed by Orys Baratheon, the people of the Stormlands were left without anyone to lead them. The choice of who was to rule the Stormlands fell heavy on Aegon's thoughts. The Blackgards did have a stronger claim on Storm's End than the Baratheons, as the Blackgards are descendants from the Durrandons through the male line, where as Orys Baratheon is not blood related to the Durrandons whatsoever. In the end, Aegon gave his half-brother, Orys, dominion over the Stormlands instead. This decision would later lead to a full-scale civil war.

Andyron Blackgard, the firstborn son of Lord Andaren Blackgard, was furious at how Aegon blatantly decided to give the Stormlands to Orys Baratheon, instead of his father who would've been crowned the new Storm King were it not for the Targaryens. The Blackgards have always been faithful to the Durrandons and they were even blood-related. Despite Andaren's pleas to peacefully surrender to the Targaryen rule, Andyron - being a nationalist himself - declared war on the Crown when he refused to recognize House Baratheon as their rightful liege lords.

The Third Border Wars lasted for years. Although Aegon unleashed the power of his dragons, he was unable to force the bordermen to bend the knee. He could not destroy Blackgard and force the Blackgards to submit, as he did with Harrenhal, since the city was a major trade point and destroying it could lead to the crown - and all other houses - to fall to bankruptcy. When Aegon passed away, and Aenys I claimed the throne, he refused to continue the war his father fought. He parleyed with Andyron and allowed him to form the constituent region of the Borderlands, to rule independently from the Stormlands. Since then, the Blackgards have been faithful servants of House Targaryen.

During the now infamous Fourth Border Wars, House Blackgard was driven to near extinction when House Keller, a powerful rival house, took Blackgard and imprisoned the two only surviving Blackgards at that time; Trevyr Blackgard and Sofina Blackgard. Late in the war, however, House Blackgard saw victory after Trevyr successfully destroyed House Keller's stronghold of Kell[10] and rebuilt House Blackgard almost completely from the start, making his House even stronger than they were before.

During Robert's Rebellion, the Blackgards again remained neutral during the war's earliest stages. However, Aerys II foolishly "foresaw" that the Blackgards would attempt to join the rebels and therefore attempted to solidify his presence in the Borderlands. He ordered his army to occupy two vital points in the region; the town of Fyrestone and the Black Gate; the entryway into the Borderlands. Whilst Fyrestone successfully avoided Aerys' army, the Black Gate did not. After this, Trevyr felt that he had little choice and offered his allegiance to Robert Baratheon. Initially, House Blackgard only financially supported the rebels, but soon after Aerys ordered the destruction of Stanlire, House Cherrane's stronghold, and subsequently drove them into exile, the Blackgards joined Robert and Ned Stark's army from thereon.

Season 1

While the Small Council is discussing about how to fund the forthcoming tournament celebrating Eddard Stark's appointment as Hand of the King, Grand Maester Pycelle proposes borrowing some money from the Blackgards. Varys, the Master of Whisperers, says that this would not be possible, as Lord Trevyr was using his treasury to fund the wedding of his daughter.

Trevyrsword

Trevyr Blackgard, the Lord Paramount of the Borders

House Blackgard's banner is seen during the Tourney of the Hand, next to House Baratheon.

Season 2

After the Execution of Eddard Stark, Eddin writes a letter to his father, Trevyr, about the events that recently transpired in King's Landing. He leaves King's Landing to return to Blackgard.

Season 3

The Blackgards are holding a feast to celebrate Elyse Blackgard and Marlen Rosby's marriage. Several lords seek an audience with Trevyr Blackgard asking him to help them with their troubles. After the lords leave Davos Seaworth enters Lord Trevyr's office. Davos implores Trevyr to join King Stannis. Trevyr denies Davos' request, stating that his house would fall if Stannis' conquest fails. After Davos leaves to bring the bad news to Stannis, the feast ends with the traditional bedding ceremony.

After he executes Rickard Karstark, Robb Stark sends a representative of his to try and broker an alliance with House Blackgard after the Karstarks abandon him and he loses a good portion of his standing forces. Both Dyron and Sofina think that an alliance with the North might be beneficial to them, but Trevyr disagrees, saying that if Robb were to fail, the Crown would certainly destroy House Blackgard. He refused the alliance, but send Robb the best of luck in his conquests. However, when Trevyr hears about the Red Wedding, he immediately regrets not allying with Robb, believing that the Red Wedding could have been prevented if he had been Robb's ally.

Season 4

A representative of the Crown travels to Blackgard to ask the Blackgards to join King Joffrey Baratheon's (or rather Tywin Lannister's) army. He brings a letter from Cersei Lannister who tells them to guard the borders in the name of the king. Trevyr is extremely reluctant to do this because he still holds feelings of resentment towards the Lannisters because of the Red Wedding, but he claims that he has no choice in the matter, since Joffrey was king and he couldn't risk going to war against the Lannisters' (and the Crown's) nearly unlimited resources. Trevyr is also invited to the royal wedding of King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell as a "guest of honor", but he declines. Before House Blackgard can send a reply to King's Landing regading the defense of the borders, Joffrey dies at his wedding feast.

After Dyron visits his sister Elyse at Rosby, he immediately notices that Elyse is bruised. Immediately knowing that it was Marlen's doing, Elyse begs Dyron not to hurt him. After Dyron has calmed down he promises Elyse not to hurt Marlen, jokingly stating that he does not want to make his sister a widow. Dyron then leaves, promising Elyse that he will not hurt Marlen. However, Dyron tracks Marlen down and begins to beat him senselessly until he is knocked out cold. Dyron threatens Marlen by saying that he will kill him if he touches his sister again, before he leaves.

Season 5

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"I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them. They talk when they should listen. Anyway, "King" Stannis, my no to you is final. I want to wish you all the best on your new wars and I'm sure you'll do very well and good luck to you. Especially since your interests don't conflict with mine. Thank you. "
―Trevyr's letter to Stannis Baratheon
Stannis

Stannis wants Blackgard

Stannis, unsatisfied with Trevyr's response, decides to write a letter to Trevyr himself to bring House Blackgard into his cause. Again, Trevyr refuses, wishing Stannis all the best with his wars and hoping that they will never have to cross paths.

House Blackgard hears the news of a certain northern lord who has married a daughter of Lord Jorthos of House Harrigon.[11] Trevyr has known Jorthos for many years and decides to go with Dyron to Gornworth. Dyron feels some concerns about Larinna's new husband, as he has a "strange look in his eyes". Trevyr thinks nothing of it and congratulates Jorthos, Rickard and Larinna.

Dyron Blackgard is assassinated by unknown assailants. Because of his status as a weakling, Lucan Blackgard is refused the Ebony Throne by Lord Trevyr. With Dyron dead and Lucan disinherited, the title of Lord of Ebonheart will be passed down to Eddin Blackgard, to everyone's surprise, even though Eddin strictly claims that he wanted no part in House Blackgard's affairs.

Season 6

Trevyr Blackgard has passed away peacefully from old age. His youngest son and heir apparent, Eddin Blackgard becomes the new Lord of Ebonheart. After discovering that House Bergen were the secret conspirators, he has declared the attainting of Edgarth Bergen. Meanwhile, Edgarth has fled to the Iron Islands, where he will discuss House Greyjoy and House Bergen's next move with Balon Greyjoy. Simultaneously, Marlen Rosby has been exiled to Pentos when it was revealed that Marlen collaborated with the Bergens by luring Dyron Blackgard to his castle for an assassination.

House Spyre, a powerful and wealthy vassal of the Greyjoys, were secretly funded by House Bergen as well. They were given a whole new load of ships, weaponry, soldiers, and gold. Because of this, Ryden Spyre has built a massive new fleet with the intention to attack Blackgard and Storm's End. While Victarion Greyjoy attacks the capital of the Stormlands, House Spyre, accompanied by the remnants of House Bergen, attacks Blackgard. As Balon promised, Edgarth will become the new Lord of Ebonheart if the siege becomes successful.

The Assault of Blackgard takes place, resulting in massive damages to the city of Blackgard and great losses in the Blackgard army. When Lord Hendrick Grayburn arrived at Blackgard to support the Blackgards in their fight, Eddin Blackgard, in return, gave Hendrick a large amount of soldiers, weaponry, and provisions to aid him in his quest to retake Brightbank.

Following the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, which resulted in the death of not only Blackgard allies, but also Lucan Blackgard, Lord Eddin's older brother, House Blackgard has now entered in open rebellion against the Iron Throne and has now publicly confirmed to serve House Targaryen.

After House Harrigon became the new Lord Paramount of the Stormlands following the extinction of House Baratheon, Lord Rickard Harrigon traveled to Blackgard to meet with Lord Eddin. They agreed to join forces for one more war against the Iron Throne.

Relationships

Members

Honorary members

House Blackgard is the only Great House in Westeros which has a "honorary member" system. This means that an individual, who wasn't born in the House, can become a "member" if they have served the House well or if they have befriended some members of the family. Although these people are not related to the Blackgards, they are considered members of the House's family. An honorary members is given the same rights and privileges as someone who is born a Blackgard, and they hold considerable influence over the Borderlands. Foster children are also considered honorary members. Some honorary members in House Blackgard's history are:

Ancestors

Household and retainers

Cadet branches

House Blackgard is a very old and wealthy family, dating back to the time of the Age of Heroes. As a result it has produced numerous cadet branches and distant cousins of the main line, who have prospered as members of the minor nobility in the Borderlands for many years.

House Greygard - a major cadet branch of House Blackgard, formally organized as a distinct House. They directly rule the town of Darkmirror for the main branch, while the main branch rules the prosperous and thriving city of Blackgard.

House Droft - another major cadet branch of both House Blackgard, and their ancient allies, House Harrigon. The Drofts are a representation of Blackgard and Hornworth century-long relationship as allies.

House Blackburn - a cadet branch of both House Blackgard and House Grayburn of Brightbank, from the North. Formed by Armond Blackburn, the son of Sanah Blackgard and Fredrick Grayburn, following the War of Succession. House Blackburn is more associated with House Grayburn than with House Blackgard, as they are located in the North, but they are formally recognized as a cadet branch of both Houses.

House Whitegard - an extinct cadet branch of House Blackgard. Although the youngest of the three cadet branches, the Whitegards were very powerful and many other houses were afraid of them. The Whitegards went extinct when they were defeated in the infamous War of the Swords.

House Blackgard of Sunhold - the newest founded cadet branch, formed by Lady Sofina Blackgard after the Black Day. Current rival claimants of the Ebony Throne.

Allies

Enemies

Sworn to House Blackgard

Vassal Houses

Prominent allies

The Borderlords

Military strength

Blackgard soldier

A Blackgard guardsman

House Blackgard can raise approximately 90,000 men in a relatively short period of time. As an extremely rich house, the Blackgards' forces are among the best-equipped in the Seven Kingdoms.

Due to their position as Lord Defenders,[13] the Blackgards also command a large fleet, mainly from the Baratheons. The Blackgards showcased the immense strength of their army during the Greyjoy Rebellion, where they completely obliterated the Greyjoy fleet within mere hours.

The average Blackgard soldier wears a full silver plated armor with a winged helmet, with small gaps that leave space open for the eyes. Blackgard soldiers are trained immensely, and only talk when spoken to.

The Blackgards once held more than 90,000 men. However, after the Assault of Blackgard, the Blackgards lost large portions of their army and their numbers deteriorated to 25,000 men. As a reward for his support in the battle, Lord Eddin Blackgard gave Lord Hendrick Grayburn 5,000 soldiers to aid him in his quest to reclaim a war-torn Brightbank. Because of this, House Blackgard's forces then stood at 20,000 men strong.

After the destruction of the Great Sept of Baelor, Eddin immobilized the armies of the Borderlands in order to wage war against House Lannister. Going to war as well, was House Harrigon, who immobilized a large number of forces themselves. With the combined forces of 20,000 Blackgard soldiers and 80,000 Harrigon soldiers, the Blackgards and Harrigons stood at approximately 100,000 men strong. After Eddin hired 150,000 sellswords from the Golden Company, the combined forces of House Blackgard, House Harrigon and the Golden Company then stood at an astonishing 263,000 men strong.

After Steffon Blackgard killed Eddin, proclaimed himself the Black King of Ebonheart, and subsequently had all alliances severed, it is unclear what House Blackgard's current military position is.

Image gallery

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tragen tree
Tragen Blackgard
Deceased
 
Anya tree
Anya Blackgard
née Stark House-Stark-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Tregar tree
Tregar Blackgard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trovar tree
Trovar Blackgard
Deceased
 
Laina tree
Laina Blackgard
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laenah tree
Laenah Blackgard
née Dayne House-Dayne-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Trevyr tree
Trevyr Blackgard
Deceased
 
Argon tree
Trevas Blackgard
Deceased
 
Sofina tree
Sofina Blackgard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elen tree
Elen Blackgard
née Tarth House-Tarth-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Eddin tree
Eddin Blackgard
Deceased
 
Talya tree
Talya Blackgard
née Smyte Smyte mini shield
 
Dyron tree
Dyron Blackgard
Deceased
 
Lucan tree
Lucan Blackgard
Deceased
 
Harrigon
Jenelyn Blackgard
née Harrigon House harrigonnewsigi
Deceased
 
Elyse tree
Elyse Blackgard
 
Marlen tree
Marlen Rosby
Deceased
 
Blackgard
Unnamed children
Stillborn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blackgard
Eddard Blackgard
Deceased
 
Blackgard
Edwyn Blackgard
Deceased
 
 
 
Aeron tree
Aeron Blackgard
 
Meryanne tree
Meryanne Heartley House-Heartley-Main-Shield
 
Steffon tree
King Althurin I
formerly Steffon Blackgard
 
Lyessa tree
Lyessa Blackgard
née Garrigon House-Garrigon-Banner
 
Anera tree
Anera Blackgard
 
Blackgard
Mercyl Blackgard
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emeric tree
Prince Emeric Blackgard
 
Blackgard
Mertha Blackgard

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Blackgard was established thousands of years prior to the books' opening by a warlord called Asterion the Black, who ventured deep into the Borderlands and settled in the fortress of Blackgard. According to myth, Asterion had approximately nine wives and over a hundred children. Most of Asterion's children left Blackgard to establish noble houses of their own. Others stayed in Blackgard and branched out to found the many cadet branches the house currently has. The main branch of House Blackgard, led by the Lord of Ebonheart, continued to rule Blackgard and the Borderlands in the name of their kings, the Durrandons of Storm's End.

After the War of Conquest, the Blackgards were left without a liege lord. Their kings, the Durrandons, were wiped out and replaced by the Baratheons, a distant cadet branch of House Targaryen. Instead of destroying the Blackgards, King Aegon instead decided to elevate the Blackgards from their position by making them a Great House, rulers of the independent region of the Borderlands. The Blackgards have been Lords Paramount of the Borders ever since.

During Robert's Rebellion, the Blackgards chose to remain neutral. However, both Robert Baratheon and Aerys II wanted to bring the Blackgards into the war. When the current lord, Trevyr Blackgard, declared that House Blackgard made their decision not to interfere in the war, Targaryen loyalists attacked Stanlire, House Cherrane's stronghold and killed most of the house's members. After the incident, Trevyr had no choice but to participate in the war, much to his dismay.

House Blackgard consists of a "main" branch led by Lord Trevyr and a junior branch, led by cousins, that controls the town of Darkmirror. The Blackgards are a relatively large family, though nowhere near as numerous as the Freys of the Crossing.

Trivia

See also

References

  1. Great House
  2. Lord of Ebonheart
  3. Asterion
  4. Men of the Black
  5. Saloman Blackgard
  6. Orroman Blackgard
  7. Ebony Throne
  8. Blackgard
  9. Third Border Wars
  10. Siege of Kell
  11. Lucius and Larinna Dragen
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 Following House Blackgard's secession from the Seven Kingdoms, Steffon subsequently had all prior alliances severed.
  13. Lord Defender


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House Blackgard
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 · Laina Blackgard · Tragen Blackgard · Dyron Blackgard · Lucan Blackgard · Anya Blackgard · Trevyr Blackgard · Jenelyn Blackgard · Elen Blackgard · Edwyn Blackgard · Eddard Blackgard · Eddin 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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