House Blackwood
House Blackwood of Raventree Hall
House Blackwood
"Ravens Do Not Mourn"
Head of House: Derfel Bulwer
Title Lord of Blackwood Vale and Raventree Hall
Predecessor: Tytos Bulwer
Heir: Riderch Bulwer
Colors: Red and Black (and sometimes silver)
Seat: Raventree Hall
Region: The Riverlands

Overview

House Blackwood of Raventree Hall is an old house from Raventree Hall in the Riverlands, descended of the First Men and sworn to House Tully. They rule from Raventree Hall, a castle with has high, ancient stone walls with moss climbing up them. There are two huge, square towers flanking the gate and a square tower at each angle in the wall. It is also defended by a deep moat lined with stone. Inside the walls there is a muddy outer ward, a cavernous timber keep and a godswood. Lord Blackwood's solar is large and airy, with great beams of dark oak. Wool tapestries adorn its walls, while latticework doors with panes of diamond-shaped yellow glass overlook the godswood.

Raventree's godswood contains a dead, ancient weirwood of colossal size. Every evening at dusk hundreds of ravens come and roost all night on the dead weirwood as they have for thousands of years. It is claimed to have been poisoned by the Brackens. At one point, Raventree marked the eastern border of the ironborn dominion under House Hoare.


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Current Members

Family Members

These characters bear the House's name, either by birth or by marriage.

Ainsley Riderch

Household

These characters are a part of the House but do not bear the House's name. These include wards/hostages, sworn swords, house maesters, and other servants.

Blood Relations

These characters are tied to the House by blood but not by name. These include ladies who were born to the House but have married into another and any children they might have, as well as bastards who are not a part of the household.


Political Relations

House Blackwood has an old and bitter feud against their neighbors, the Brackens, coming from the Age of Heroes when both houses ruled as kings. According to the Blackwoods, the Brackens were petty lords and horse breeders who hired swords to usurp the Blackwood kings. The Blackwoods believe this occurred five hundred years before the arrival of the Andals, but the True History states it was one thousand years before the Andals.The feud has continued throughout the years, aided by House Bracken's conversion to the Faith of the Seven after the Andal invasion. In contrast, the Blackwoods kept the religion of the old gods, being one of the few houses south of the Neck to do so. The Blackwoods accuse the Brackens of having poisoned the weirwood of Raventree Hall. The Teats, Battle Valley, and the village of Blackbuckle are part of the disputed land. There have been numerous peaces between the Blackwoods and Brackens, many sealed by marriage, but the feud always restarts.

In general, the Blackwoods don't bear any specific house-based grudges beyond their lingering feud with the Brackens with the lingering exception of a long-standing dislike of all things Ironborn and Iron Islands. It's been a long while, but the Blackwoods still remember the rule of Harwyn Hardhand of House Hoare and Harren the Black. The Blackwoods aided Aegon the Conqueror and rebelled against Harren and were rewarded for their service. To this day though, tensions remain and and skirmishes with Ironborn Raiders have been known to happen.


History

They once ruled the Riverlands as kings during the Age of Heroes. They blazon their arms with a flock of ravens on scarlet surrounding a dead weirwood upon a black escutcheon in the Riverlands. House Blackwood aided Aegon the Conquerer during his War of Conquest and rebelled against King Harren the Black of Harrenhal.

To this day, the Blackwoods kept the religion of the old gods, being one of the few houses south of the Neck to do so.

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