wendel manderly


“Many of their sons had clamored for the honor of riding with the Young Wolf, as they had taken to calling him. Torrhen Karstark and his brother Eddard were among his thirty, and Patrek Mallister, Smalljon Umber, Daryn Hornwood, Theon Greyjoy, no less than five of Walder Frey’s vast brood, along with older men like Ser Wendel Manderly and Robin Flint. One of his companions was even a woman: Dacey Mormont, Lady Maege’s eldest daughter and heir to Bear Island.”


I spy with my little eye… a badass fat merman.

#hey there wendel #sorry to see you go now #but can’t wait to meet your father #revenge is a dish best served… baked #baked as in you know… making your enemies eat their relatives #also i want that pin

housewildfire  asked:

If the Stark children were to be married to Stark banner men (like many Stark did before) who do you think they would marry (I hope you understand the question!) :)

Even in a world where the plot of ASOIAF never happens, I don’t think the Stark children ever would have all married northern bannermen. I mean, look at the Stark family tree – even in generations where boys were marrying daughters of bannermen, girls were being sent to the Vale and Stormlands. And Blackwood brides went north more than once, a Royce too. In this generation, particularly with Catelyn’s southern connections, Sansa almost certainly would have gone south (to the Riverlands or Vale if not further), and probably Bran too (especially with his dreams of knighthood). You can see some ideas along those lines here and here.

But let’s assume for some reason Ned Stark is in a super-isolationist mode, and prefers to neither import nor export brides. So let’s look at the eligible young people of the North, see who’s out there. I’m going to use how old they’d be in 300AC as a baseline because it’s easiest for math, although even Robb and Jon and Sansa would very probably marry after that date (yes, Robb and Jon would be 17, but boys usually marry later, and Sansa’s only 14 and girls normally marry after adulthood at 16, not immediately after menarche). Also since the plot doesn’t happen, anyone who died past the start of AGOT is still alive in this AU.

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And the Birds sing no more - AzraelGFG - Game of Thrones (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 70/70
Fandom: Game of Thrones (TV), A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Sandor Clegane/Sansa Stark, Sandor Clegane & Sansa Stark, Sandor Clegane & Arya Stark, Talisa Maegyr/Robb Stark, Robb Stark & Sansa Stark & Catelyn Stark, Alys Karstark/Jon Snow, Jon Snow & Arya Stark, Sandor Clegane & Jon Snow, Jon Snow & Arya Stark & Sansa Stark, Arya Stark/Gendry Waters, Shireen Baratheon & Bran Stark, Shireen Baratheon/Bran Stark, Shireen Baratheon & Sansa Stark, Sansa Stark&Alys Karstark, Arya Stark & Sansa Stark
Characters: Sansa Stark, Sandor Clegane, Robb Stark, Catelyn Tully Stark, Arya Stark, Brynden Tully, Edmure Tully, Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Roose Bolton, Lyanna Mormont, Jon Snow, Bran Stark, Tormund Giantsbane, Robett Glover, Wyman Manderly, Dacey Mormont, Maege Mormont, Jon “The Smalljon” Umber, Jon “The Greatjon” Umber, Black Walder Frey, Walder Frey, Lothar Frey, Wendel Frey, Sandor Frey, Roslin Frey, Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion, Anguy (Game of Thrones), Ramsay Bolton, Stannis Baratheon, Selyse Baratheon, Shireen Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy, Jeyne Poole, Ryman Frey, Meera Reed, Hodor (ASoIaF), Rickon Stark, Galbart Glover, Brienne of Tarth, The Elder Brother (ASoIaF), Septon Meribald, Fat Walda Frey, Arnolf Karstark, Mors “Crowfood” Umber, Hother “Whoresbane” Umber, Alys Karstark, Melisandre of Asshai, Wendel Manderly, Wylis Manderly, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Margaery Tyrell, Gendry Waters, Wynafryd Manderly, Wylla Manderly, Marlon Manderly, Jered Frey, Rhaegar Frey, Howland Reed, Yara Greyjoy, Barbrey Dustin, Justin Massey, Samwell Tarly, Edd Tollett, Axell Florent, Godry Farring, Asha Greyjoy, Cregan Karstark, Arthor Karstark, Hosteen Frey, Aenys Frey, Jorelle Mormont, Lyra Mormont, Myranda (Game of Thrones), Randyll Tarly, Dickon Tarly, Petyr Baelish, Harrold Hardyng, Yohn Royce, Lyn Corbray, Podrick Payne, Maester Wolkan, Lhara, Cotter Pyke, Brad Lannister
Additional Tags: Canon-Typical Violence, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Post-The Battle of the Blackwater, POV Sansa, POV Sandor, Other Additional Tags to Be Added, Other POVs, Loss of Virginity, Rape/Non-con Elements, Implied/Referenced Rape/Non-con, Fluff, Fluff and Smut, Angst, sansan, SanSan is happening, Elements Season 3-6, medium slow burn i guess, Ramsay is his own warning, no sansa/ramsay, Realistic, medieval traditions, Minor Character Death, Character Death, valar morghulis, Gendrya - Freeform, Wolf Puppies, R plus L equals J, jon x spoiler, bran x spoiler, podrick x spoiler, goblin humping
Series: Part 1 of Singing Birds

Sansa and Sandor escape Kings Landing in the chaos of Stannis Baratheons attack of the city. During their journey to Riverrun, back to Sansas mother and brother,they develope a deep friendship and Sandor finally gives in to stay as her shield.
The gods have decided that the fearsome Hound and the Little Bird are destined to be together, even though the reunion with her family doesnt turn out as Sansa imagined.
If you thought happiness would come without pain and suffering in Westeros you havent been paying attention.

On the surface, Wyman Manderly killing Rhaegar, Symond and Jared Frey the moment he is free of host obligations and baking them into pies to serve at Ramsay’s wedding is only a commentary on the violation of guest right that took place at the Red Wedding. At best, any additional connection comes from the  tongue-in-cheek nod to all the comments about Lord Manderly’s weight via the connection to the Rat Cook who is an enormous white rat that serves as inspiration for Lord Too-Fat-to-Sit-a-Horse of White Harbor.

But there’s more to the pies than just being a creative way of extracting revenge while mocking the Freys and the Boltons. We have to wonder why Lord Manderly chose such an unorthodox method that shows a sinister side not typically known of the Manderlys. Why didn’t he just kill the Freys and dump their body somewhere obscure, never to be found? Yes, it’s a direct link to the popular song about the gods’ punishment for those who break sacred guest right. But is that it?

Throughout the whole mummer’s farce, Lord Manderly is basing his revenge plans on things the Freys or the Boltons have done in a series of moves that speak of poetic justice, from skirting around guest right to promising betrothals as a way to lure the Freys to planning to bleed the Bolton supporters in the same way Roose Bolton bled the Northern forces. Now the Freys did make a mockery of Robb’s Young Wolf title by sewing Grey Wind’s head on his body, and made a mockery of the Tullys’ funeral rituals by throwing Catelyn’s body into the river, but while serving the pies and Manderly’s attitude afterwards is a sly mocking of the Freys and the Boltons, the connection stops at that.

Or so it seems. Our first meeting with Wyman Manderly in ADWD is helpfully rife with references to people whose stories pertain to cannibalism one way or another, people who Lord Manderly holds dear that were either made to eat human flesh or falsely accused of doing it by the Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. True to his form of inspired retribution, Manderly prepares a revengeful dish, served steaming.

1. Wylis Manderly:

Lord Manderly’s son and heir, the one whose safety is made possible by Davos’ arrival in White Harbor with how it gave Manderly the chance to prove his good faith to the Lannister, ensuring Wylis’s safe return by the time Davos learns of Manderly’s true loyalties.

In ASOS, Ser Wylis is taken captive by the Lannisters as a direct result of Roose Bolton’s betrayal. In a ploy to bleed the Northern houses loyal to the Starks, Roose Bolton puts Wylis and the knights of White Harbor in the rearguard of his forces when they are crossing the Trident by small boats, making it that Wylis and a host of Northerners are stranded when Gregor Clegane attacks, leading to Wylis’ capture.

Held at Harrenhal under the command of Clegane and his men, Wylis and the other hostages are served parts of Vargo Hoat’s body with Wylis eating the lion’s share of the “roast goat”

“One of the captives was always begging food,” Rafford admitted, “so Ser [Gregor] said to give him roast goat. The Qohorik didn’t have much meat on him, though. Ser took his hands and feet first, then his arms and legs.”  

“The fat bugger got most, m'lord,” Shitmouth offered, “but Ser, he said to see that all the captives had a taste. And Hoat too, his own self.” (Jaime III, AFFC)

It’s unknown if Wylis finds out that he has been served human flesh, Jaime wonders the same thing when he sees him. But as crazy and sadistic Gregor Clegane is, chances are Wylis is made aware of it at one point, if he was ever fooled in the first place.

2. Donella Hornwood:

Both Wylla and Wyman Manderly conveniently reminds us of the Lady Hornwood plot from ACoK, and of why Ramsay is widely despised and reviled across the North, even before his part in the sack of Winterfell is found out.

[Wylla Manderlly]: ”[Ramsay] won’t ever be my lord! He made Lady Hornwood marry him, then shut her in a dungeon and made her eat her fingers.“  

A murmur of assent swept the Merman’s Court. "The maid tells it true,” declared a stocky man in white and purple, whose cloak was fastened with a pair of crossed bronze keys. “Roose Bolton’s cold and cunning, aye, but a man can deal with Roose. We’ve all known worse. But this bastard son of his … they say he’s mad and cruel, a monster.” (Davos III, ADWD)

Wyman brings it up again in his conversation with Davos, the same one in which he betrays his intentions to kill the three Freys currently residing under his roof.

“The evil is in [Ramsay’s] blood,” said Robett Glover. “He is a bastard born of rape. A Snow, no matter what the boy king says.”

“Was ever snow so black?” asked Lord Wyman.“Ramsay took Lord Hornwood’s lands by forcibly wedding his widow, then locked her in a tower and forgot her. It is said she ate her own fingers in her extremity” (Davos IV, ADWD)

It’s a reminder of the dispute over Lord Hornwood’s lands that ended with Ramsay marrying and raping Lady Hornwood before starving her to the point of eating her fingers. Wyman points out that Roose Bolton has decreed that he gives up control of the Hornwood land and castles to Ramsay, lands that Manderly came in control of - after the North cracked down on Ramsay and he was thought to be dead in ACoK - because Donella Hornwood was Donella Manderly before marriage. She is Wyman Manderly’s cousin.

3. Robb Stark:

The first person on this list who didn’t actually eat human flesh but was slandered by his enemies as a vicious cannibal going back to ACoK.

Sansa had always thought Lancel Lannister comely and well spoken, but there was neither pity nor kindness in the look he gave her.

“Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell upon Ser Stafford Lannister with an army of wargs, not three days ride from Lannisport. Thousands of good men were butchered as they slept, without the chance to lift sword. After the slaughter, the northmen feasted on the flesh of the slain. (Sansa III, ACoK)

The same lie is perpetuated by the Freys in the Merman’s court and used to put the blame of the Red Wedding on Robb himself. Not only that but they try to sell the lie that Robb could turn into a wolf. They try to paint him as a savage violent animal who attacked and killed his own men.

One of the Freys stepped forward [..] “The Red Wedding was the Young Wolf’s work. He changed into a beast before our eyes and tore out the throat of my cousin Jinglebell, a harmless simpleton. He would have slain my lord father too, if Ser Wendel had not put himself in the way.” […]

The enormity of the lie made Davos gasp. “Is it your claim that Robb Stark killed Wendel Manderly?” he asked the Frey.

“And many more. Mine own son Tytos was amongst them, and my daughter’s husband. When Stark changed into a wolf, his northmen did the same. The mark of the beast was on them all. Wargs birth other wargs with a bite, it is well-known. It was all my brothers and I could do to put them down before they slew us all.” (Davos III, ADWD)

The Freys obviously use their desecration of Robb’s body by sewing Grey Wind’s head onto his body as a tongue-in-cheek echo to their lie about Robb’s warging which they promptly use to pin the crime of breaking guest right on him and his men and slander him as a beast who feasted on human flesh and not only tried to kill his host (who, in a broader definition of kinship, was made to be Robb’s kin by Edmure’s marriage to Roslin) but also killed his own loyal vassal, Wendel Manderly.

4. Rickon Stark:

The precious cargo Davos is sent to secure in exchange for Wyman’s fealty. Rickon and Osha are currently on Skagos, a place that Davos reflects on when Wyman states the terms for his allegiance.

For half a heartbeat Davos considered asking Wyman Manderly to send him back to the Wolf’s Den, to Ser Bartimus with his tales and Garth with his lethal ladies. In the Den even prisoners ate porridge in the morning. But there were other places in this world where men were known to break their fast on human flesh. (Davos IV, ADWD)

Although Bran and Rickon originally flee from Theon, their hiding in the crypts speaks of them waiting for help, for a Northern force to come to liberate Winterfell from the Ironborn. It’s Ramsay’s sacking Winterfell that forces them out to seek safety in another place, ultimately leading Osha to conceal Rickon on Skagos, an island with a sinister reputation for the widely believed notion that it has a cannibal population.

So, to review: Roose Bolton causes the capture of Mandely’s son who os fed human flesh in captivity. Ramsay forcibly marries Manderly’s cousin and starves her to the point of eating her own fingers, then sacks Winterfell causing Rickon to end up on cannibal island. And the Freys slander Robb’s name by putting forward a fable about how he ate both his enemies and his men.

In return, Wyman Manderly makes them all eat human flesh, feeds the Freys their own brothers, and eats from the pies himself, making Lancel’s words about the Northerners feasting on the flesh of the slain a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The North sure remembers.

Untitled Robbaery

(Haven’t posted much writing here lately so here’s a glimpse of a side project that grabbed my attention last summer)

Basic premise follows the SuperTullys. Cat and Edmure do right or fuck up in the best ways possible.


He shouldn’t be here.

Standing within a ruined castle, sweltering beneath the midday sun, all of this only deepened his unease.

The yard was overgrown and much of it filled with the crumbled stone of a collapsed keep. Although little save its broken foundations remained intact, the castle’s massive curtain walls still stood, marred only by the unchecked spread of moss and vines, which crept up the stone like tendrils.

There’d be no need for ladders or ropes to scale these walls. Several castles here in the Westerlands had fallen to him after such assaults. Yet Robb could not claim credit for the devastation wrought upon Tarbeck Hall.

The lions did this. House Tarbeck joined with the Reynes of Castamere in rising against Casterly Rock.

And Tywin Lannister destroyed them for it.

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Time Stood Still, Part 4: Defender of the Dispossessed

Series so far here

“Now Théoden son of Thengel, will you hearken to me?’ said Gandalf. “Do you ask for help?” He lifted his staff and pointed to a high window. There the darkness seemed to clear, and through the opening could be seen, high and far, a patch of shining sky. “Not all is dark. Take courage, Lord of the Mark; for better help you will not find. No counsel have I to give to those that despair. Yet counsel I could give, and words I could speak to you. Will you hear them? They are not for all ears. I bid you come out before your doors and look abroad. Too long have you sat in shadows and trusted to twisted tales and crooked promptings.”

So there are dreams that are spooky and sad and expose those parts of yourself and your past you would prefer not to think about, and there are dreams that are wistful and nostalgic and unearth those parts of yourself and your past you only wish you could marinate in forever…

…and then there are dreams that leave you with a roar on your lips and a fire in your heart, and you go through your day with a skip in your step, because amidst all the subconscious slurry, you stumbled upon your innermost core. You discovered who you are. It was just a dream, of course; Wyman Manderly never intended to execute you after all. But that doesn’t mean what you learned about yourself is invalid. This is the chapter where every facet of Davos Seaworth shines through: politician and father, lord and smuggler, the fingerless Hand. “He is here,” to borrow from Varys.

Davos’ external struggle in this chapter is inextricably wrapped up in that inner journey, and therein lies his victory: the more perfect union of his lord-self and smuggler-self, because the former’s argument in the Merman’s Court wouldn’t be possible without the latter. Davos III is the Arena of the Self, a crucible. Two Davoses enter, one Davos leaves. 

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HBO!Wendel Manderly is still alive

We never actually saw him die and Wyman needs a hostage son for that entire ADWD arc to make sense. He’s going to turn out to be a hostage, just watch.

Seriously the face stuffing, the stache, the being memorable despite not having any lines. Clive Mantle, Mark Coney, Michael McElhatton and now Oddie Braddel, where does HBO find all these amazing actors to play Stark bannermen?

Rescue the lost wolves || Klaus & Sansa

Klaus had been hunting far to the north oblivious to the problems south of the wall. He was no wildling or by any means a white walker. Klaus was what was known as a child of the forest. Though he was not one of the original children, but he was one of the royals. If that even mattered anymore after so many had disappeared unable to live in the cold and getting themselves killed. To be honest it had been well almost two decades since he had dealt with anyone. The last time he was south of the wall in fact he had gone down for the memorial of a friend Lord Rickard Stark who was one of the last allies of his father. 

There was a understanding between him and the Night’s Watch. They left him alone and occasionally he would leave messages of where wildling’s were as well as their movements and the rangers would deal with them from there. Though when the day came when a ranger arrived with a letter Klaus was shocked to say the very least. Klaus read the letter in full several times and though most of the names were unfamiliar to him. Though apparently Eddard Stark was killed one of their sons crippled and the two daughters were being held captive in King’s Landing far to the south that he had heard up but never been there. There were also descriptions of the girls that the Maester had wrote down along with personalities in case they were in hiding. There was a message written to the girls so they would know to trust him and a final message barely legible that Winterfell had been taken. 

Klaus gathered his supplies as he had not been south in so long and reports from the ranger that the cold had started hitting the Riverlands. Klaus pulled on his cloak, weapons, and other items he would need before heading out to castle Black as he did not want to waste time climbing or finding the old passages through the Wall. Several days past before making it to the gateway and he had to wait half a day before they even opened the gate. It seemed as though most of the Night’s Watch had gone north and left only a handful behind. Klaus made his way in and ate having a hot meal and a nights sleep. He borrowed a horse and made his south towards Winterfell. He came across the two young Stark boys and told him who he was and told the wildling girl with him some safe places north of the wall he had lived and hunted. Now knowing that Winterfell was not worth a stop he continued south. 

By passing some war put him out of his way and it was three weeks before he made it to Kings Landing, and he could not have arrived at a worse time. Not only were the Stark girls both missing, but the King was dead and a week earlier The oldest Stark and his mother and wife were killed at the Twins. Constantly he was failing south of the wall. Perhaps it had been too many years since he had been out in the open though he still looked like a young man while being so old. It took him weeks to learn that Arya had been gone since her father’s death and Sansa only after the King’s. Though if what he heard was true the king deserved a far worse fate. After another week he heard rumors that Sansa had left the city heading north. There were many town between. Though after going to the records and looking at a Genealogy book he had two leads for Riverrun and the Eyrie. 

Klaus was gone the next day heading to Riverrun and quickly he learned that there was no Sansa there and he had to hope that she would be at the Eyrie with her aunt. Finally he heard rumors once he crossed over into the Vale of Arryn that there was a young woman apparently the bastard daughter of Lord Baelish that had arrived from her sick merchant mother. Well he heard many rumors and some said she had long beautiful red hair and others said it was short and dark. Either way the timing was too close to ignore, and if he an outsider noticed it may not be long before anyone else did. 

Klaus rode as hard as he could to the Eyrie and the tower was impressive. He dismounted and walked the long stone bridge to the entrance. He was very glad he had looked over the genealogy book and remembered some of the secondary family names in the north for his purposes. Not to mention the war had many dead and there was a great deal of confusion as to who ruled where. He was brought before Lord Baelish and Lysa arryn Steward of the Eyrie or something it was distracting with her son on her lap. 

Klaus took off his hood and did a bow. Something he had not done in years. He took a breath and prayed that his ruse would not be thwarted least of all by Sansa. At least not until they met in private. “My Lord and Lady my name Is Lord Klaus Manderly. I come to you this day and apologize for not sending word in advance I wished to arrive first. I am the second son of Lord Wendel Manderly Though as of recently I became heir to the White Harbor after they were killed. I was not raised to rule. I was the Captain of the Guard. Now I find myself running a great deal more than I was prepared for and I am searching for a wife. as well as alliances. As winter comes an alliance between the White Harbor and the Eyrie could be beneficial. I have heard of the beauty of your daughter Alayne Snow. Though she may be a bastard she is your only child and though I pray to the old gods and the new that you have more children even if there is a limited promise of support I would be glad to have it in this troubling time and would desire to meet Alayne.” Klaus bowed again and it had been a long time since he had spoken that much. He glanced around trying to see if he saw her watching along the edges.