House Connington, Lords of Griffin Roost, Sworn to Baratheon
Connington is knightly house from the Stormlands, sworn to Storm’s End. It was formerly a lordly house whose lands once extended many leagues west, north, and south of Griffin’s Roost. Their blazon shows two griffins combatant countercharged per pale on red and white. Their motto is unknown, though their traditional battle cry is A griffin! A griffin!
The Conningtons were a significantly wealthy house during the rule of House Targaryen. Lord Commander Alyn Connington was one of the best war leaders in the history of the Kingsguard. Later Lord Jon Connington was named Hand of the King by the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen. The previous Hand, Owen Merryweather, had been exiled for his failure to face Robert’s Rebellion, and Lord Connington was a noted warrior of proven loyalty, being one of Prince Rhaegar’s best friends. During the Battle of the Bells at Stoney Sept, Jon wounded Hoster Tully and killed Ser Denys Arryn, the Darling of the Vale, with an axe. After being defeated by the rebels at Stoney Sept, Jon was stripped of his lands and sent into exile in the Free Cities, where he supposedly drank himself to death. Aerys allowed the Connington lands to remain with Jon’s cousin, Ronald Connington, the castellan of Griffin’s Roost, but Ronald joined the rebellion after the Battle of the Trident. When Robert Baratheon was crowned king after the death of Aerys, he allowed Ronald to keep Griffin’s Roost, but the Conningtons lost their lordship and nine-tenths of their land was distributed among neighbors who were more fervent in their support of Robert. House Connington’s status thus fell from from being a full noble house to a knightly one. Through the initiative of Ronald, his son Ronnet was betrothed when he was sixteen to twelve-year-old Brienne of Tarth. Ronnet rejected her when he met her, however, as he did not find Brienne attractive. Ronnet now rules as the Knight of Griffin’s Roost.
↳ Griffin’s Roost; The castle rose from the shores of cape Wrath, on a lofty crag of dark red stone surrounded on three sides by the surging waters of Shipbreakers Bay. Its only approach was defended by a gatehouse, behind which lay the long bare ridge the Conningtons called the griffin’s throat.