House EisengoldEisengold Arms 2.png

Motto: Tough as Iron, Bright as Gold
Coat of Arms: Golden Sea Lion (Half Lion, Half Seal) over Cerulean Waves on Slate Grey
Realm: Westerlands
Liege: Jorrel Eisengold

House History


First FoundingThe long history of House Eisengold finds its roots in the Age of Heroes. Legend states that Eurys Eisen, the founding father of the house, was the son of a Salt King of the Iron Islands (accounts vary as to which island he came from, but most indicate either Saltcliffe or Pyke) who dreamt one night of a pride of lions who sat upon a rock surrounded by waves. Taking the dream to be a vision from the Islands’ Drowned God, Eurys set sail in search of the lions of the rock.
While traveling down the coast of what is today the Westerlands, Eurys’ crew spied a colony of sea lions lounging on a rocky outcropping. The Ironmen made landing and went a-reaving inland. Among the spoils of their pillaging was a Eulia, a young maiden supposedly of House Casterly. Eurys took her as a salt-wife, but over time a great love grew between them. His father became quite wroth when Eurys declared that he wished to wed a green lander as his rock bride, banishing him from the islands.

Eurys with his bride Eulia and their loyal crew settled in the Westerlands, and built their home overlooking the rock of the sea lions, which is where Lyonhall stands to this day.

Andal ConquestHouse Eisengold maintained their independence during the Andal invasion and the following years, a feat which has been largely attributed to both the Andals and the Kings of the Rock being distracted fighting each other. It was not until the reign of King Tommen I that the Sunfall Coast was brought under Lannister rule.
Aegon’s Conquest and the Mad Lord of LyonhallHouse Eisengold loyally served House Lannister until the coming of Aegon the Conquerer. When King Loren bent the knee to the Dragon, a schism occurred in House Eisengold about which course of action to take: follow their liege-lord and accept Targaryen rule, or stand with those still defiant of the invaders? Lord Geron of Lyonhall, called “The Mad Lord of Lyonhall,” was driven to insanity at the thought of dragons driving the King of the Rock to bend the knee. Ordering those of his house who advocated for bending the knee locked within their chambers, and those not of his house who would surrender to the invading force put to the sword, Lord Geron marshaled Nemisport garrison and marched upon the lands bordering House Eisengold’s. A number of small mining towns and some valley farmlands were claimed, the inhabitants conscripted into the force, all in the name of raising a new force to march against the Targaryens.
Geron was accompanied by his eldest son, Gerold. Gerold rode with his father not to aid in his cause, but to protect his father and keep him from bringing a fell fate upon himself. It was Gerold who, while Geron slept, ordered grateful members of the Nemisport garrison to return to their home and their duties. Gerold was ultimately unable to save his father however: when Gerold ordered his remaining guards to take his father captive and return to their home, Geron cursed him as a traitor to the house before collapsing dead, his heart having failed him. Some rumors persist that Gerold ordered his guards to murder his father, but little evidence has been found to verify these accusations.

Greyjoy’s RebellionHouse Eisengold spent many years recovering from the hit their reputation suffered from the rule of the Mad Lord Geron. They have loyally served House Lannister and the Iron throne in providing iron and gold from their mines, and facilitating trade along the western coast of Westeros despite their proximity to the Iron Islands. During Balon Greyjoy’s recent rebellion, however, House Eisengold was able to display their bravery and loyalty to their lieges by contributing ships and a force trained to fight at sea to the force King Robert sent to quell the rebellion. The sailors of the Sunfall Coast distinguished themselves during engagements with Balon’s fleet, for which House Eisengold gained favor with King Robert.

House Current Status

House Eisengold is, for all outwards appearances, prospering. Through King Robert's praise, they have regained much of the face that was lost during the reign of the Mad Lord of Lyonhall, and the abundant mining and trading industries, coupled with their constant vigil against reaving Ironborn, bring wealth and respect to the House. Though it is impossible to keep reavers out of their lands entirely, the holdings of House Eisengold are well protected. The Dauntless Fleet keeps the waters of the Sunfall Coast safe, while the garrison defends Nemisport and Lyonhall from raiders and outlaws.

The current lord of the house, Jorrel Eisengold, succeeded his father and was married to Ayara Eisengold, formerly of House Sarwyck, until her death in 288 AC. Jorrel and his wife were both kind and generous rulers, striving for prosperity in both the house and the lives of the citizens of Nemisport, a disposition Jorrel still maintains in the absence of his wife. Before her death, Ayara bore Jorrel one son, Bradyn Eisengold, who is currently the sole heir of House Eisengold. However, unbeknownst to outsiders to the House, Bradyn has recently fallen ill will the wasting Leos sickness, known to affect men of the Eisengold lineage, putting the future of House Eisengold into question and greatly worrying Jorrel and the houses retainers. In an effort to keep this matter quiet, Jorrel has acquired Tugg as an acting body double for the sick Bradyn, leaving those outside the house none the wiser to the Eisengold's peril.

Jorrel and his advisors recently made a trip to King's Landing. Having recently gained favor with King Robert, Jorrel plans to speak with the King and is hoping to make arrangements to settle matters of succession in the event of Bradyn's death. Jorrel seeks Robert's backing in the legitimization of Iotos Hill, bastard son of Lilden Eisengold. Jorrel has also entertained the idea of securing a political advantageous marriage for Bradyn, substituting Tugg in his place in the event of Bradyn's untimely demise. Jorrel also harbors hopes to find a cure for his ailing son, amongst the hustle and bustle of the capitol. Jorrel has decided to travel to King's Landing by sea, allowing him the capacity to bring a small armed force of 30 individuals and 10 retainers and servants in addition to the crew of the The Pride of the Sea, including Tugg, acting as Bradyn's body double, Feyana Deirei, Nkosazana Hill and Zyre Oakwood. Meanwhile, Bradyn remains in Lyonhall with Maester Tian Rui, attending him and providing medical attention to the ailing heir.

After arriving in King's Landing in the King's absence, Jorrel proceeded to socialize with other nobility at the Red Keep, accompanied by Tugg, posing as Bradyn. Most of the other nobles seemed to have little interest in Jorrel's presence, with the exception of one Westerlander who made a point of slandering Tugg. Later, Jorrel, successfully researched a wealth of useful information at the Sarsfield Library pertaining to Bradyn's illness.

After receiving a an appointment to meet with King Robert, in 5 weeks, Jorrel and his retainers set about trying to arrange a sooner meeting time. Jorrel sent Nkosa and Zyre and the Mordrake to help deal with the increasing bandit problem in the Crownlands , hoping to further garner Robert's favor. Jorrel also sent Feyana out in hopes of making arrangements with Petyr Baelish to meet with Robert sooner. Meanwhile, Jorrel and Tugg continued to set about making connections with the nobility of Westeros. Jorrel made fast friends with Grenn Westford, who suggested formalizing the friendship between their two houses.

The Mordrake and Nkosa and Zyre's group are both highly successful in their respective endeavors. However, while the Mordrake's exploits earn a fair amount of renown, Lord Peckledon takes the credit for Nkosa and Zyre's fieldwork. Feyana is given as assignment by an agent of Littlefinger and passes along the information to Jorrel – House Eisengold is to investigate and deal with King's Landing's growing Hisser problem.
Finding descriptions of similar pestilence in Free Cities lore, Jorrel sends Nkosa, Zyre and Tugg to the docks to investigate the source of the bugs, where Zyre is bitten. Meanwhile, Jorrel pays the Westfords a visit and formalizes their friendship before heading to The Burning Pillar and The Crescent Cauldron to investigate the Hissers himself. At The Crescent Cauldron, he finds Elric Magnus and Laerra Waynwood working on a cure for the fever caused by the Hisser's bites.

Jorrel, Nkosa and Zyre meet with Petyr at one of his brothels, The Gilded Gadre. After exchanging information, Petyr informs Jorrel that he suspects Dornish involvement and asks House Eisengold to detain Dornish ships from entering or leaving the city. Unsure of the best course of action, Jorrel asks for time to consider. Before leaving, Petyr asks Jorrel the name of the servant who developed the poison to kill hissers. Jorrel informs him that it was Peoter, and the next morning, Feyana hears that he has been beaten to death. Meanwhile, Tugg talked with other Westerlands houses to discover suspicious behaviors at the docks, including a drop off in ships arriving from the Free Cities.

On his way back to The Gilded Gadre to meet with Petyr again, Jorrel is intercepted by Ser Merlon Crakehall who was sent by Petyr to recruit House Eisengold to help in escorting the members of House Sekhmet suspected of various crimes against the crown to the Red Keep. Jorrel is uneasy about the situation but agrees and follows Merlon and his guards to the White Dunes, accompanied by a few of his own guards, as well as Zyre and Nkosa. At the White Dunes, the accused are taken into custody. Tugg has been enjoying his forays into politics but gets more than he bargains with when he meets Varys, "the spider" and Master of Whisperers. He asks Tugg to speak to Kearan Sekhmet and put in a word that if he were to sacrifice the witch-woman, who is not a member of House Sekhmet, then an agreement could be easily reached to clear the house's name. Various also compliments Feyana and offers a her a position as a little bird, which Feyana says she will consider. At the Red Keep, Tugg visits Kearen Sekhmet unannounced and informs him that if he were to allow Laerra to take the blame for the civil unrest caused by the insect infestation, the crown would be pleased to absolve House Sekhmet of any guilt that may stain their reputation.

After House Sekhmet's trial, Kevan Lannister speaks to Jorrel and the other members of House Eisengold. He explains that House Eisengold has proven to be an impeccable servant to the crown, and that Tywin Lannister, wishes to reward the house. He grants Jorrel the formal title "Lion of the Sea" and charges him with policing the waterways between Lannisport and King's Landing. The position requires regular travel but the job pertains mostly to accounting and management from the ports of his choice, with his administrative desk residing at King's Landing. Kevin also offers to make Tugg, as Bradyn, a squire to Jaime Lannister, to which Jorrel accepts, reasoning that this will allow Tugg to happily live the life of a noble, while allowing Bradyn to rest and recuperate in safety back home. Jorrel appoint Feyana and Nkosa – along with her orphan charges – to stay in King's Landing with Tugg. Kevin offers to knight Zyre and appoint him in charge of rebuilding the dilapidated Crag and the construction of a port, to which Jorrel agrees.

After a few weeks of becoming acquainted with his new station, Jorrel finds the position to be much to his satisfaction. His increased sphere of influence allows him to help larger number of people. Tugg and Nkosa quickly warm to living in the capital on a permanent basis, starstruck by the nobles they enjoy rubbing shoulders with. Zyre travels to the Crag and is a bit daunted by the sheer amount of work that will need to be done, but resolves to do it to the best of his ability. Feana quickly learns that the life of one of Varys's "little birds" is perilous, with the messengers winding up dead or going missing with alarming regularity. She has little choice but to stay in order to remain near Tugg, but sees her future as one filled with complex intrigues and plenty of life-threatening danger, wondering how long it will be that Tugg can continue his ruse as an impostor.

House Epilogue

After being appointed Lion of the Sea, Jorrel put into an arranged marriage with Sanira Estren of House Estren in 299 AC. The two got along well enough, but Jorrel never connected with Sanira on a deep level, as he pined for his deceased Ayara and could never stop loving her. While Tugg lived life as Bradyn in the public eye, the real Bradyn recovered with the help of his father and the care of Tian Rui. Eventually overcoming the Leos sickness, as his father did before him, Bradyn and Jorrel decided it would be best for him to remain in Nemisport, assuming the invented identity of Jakor Eisengold, Jorrels supposed bastard son. Legitimizing Bradyn as Jakor, Jorrel continued to groom him to become lord of the house, which he did, following Jorrel’s death in 322 AC. Tung lived a relatively uneventful life as Bradyn, watching history from the sidelines. His deception acting as Bradyn was never discovered. Feyana managed to outlive her expectations as a "little bird", through the job brought her constant fear and stress. Nkosa's life was a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, until she eventually ended up back where she started. Zyre died within a year of his appointment to the Crag, leaving much undone in his wake.

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House & Lands Generation (Chapter 6: Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Game Rulebook, pg 96-123)


Step Two: Starting Resources

Category
Starting
Realm Mod
Player
Subotal
Scandal
Madness
Infrastructure
Favor
Final Total
Defense
23
-5
+5
23
+0
+0
+0
+0
23
Influence
20
+10
+0
30
-2
-2
+0
+3
29
Lands
28
-5
+6
29
-2
+4
+0
+2
33
Law
23
-5
+0
18
+0
-1
+0
+1
18
Population
21
-5
+6
22
+0
-4
+1
+0
19
Power
21
+0
+6+1
28
-5
-2
+4
+2
27
Wealth
33
+20
+0
53
+0
-1
+0
+0
52

Step Three: House History

First founding: Ancient (Age of Heroes)
Historical Events
  1. Scandal (-2 Influence, -2 Lands, -5 Power)
  2. Madness (-2 Influence, +4 Lands, -1 Law, -4 Population, -2 Power, -1 Wealth)
  3. Infrastructure (+1 Population, +4 Power)
  4. Favor (+3 Influence, +2 Lands, +1 Law, +2 Power)

Step Four: Holdings

Defense:
Influence:
Lands:
Law:
Population:
Power:
Wealth:

Step Six: The Household

PCs
  1. Jorrel Eisengold, Lord of House Eisengold
  2. Tugg, Bradyn's Body Double
  3. Feyana Deirei, Servant
  4. Nkosazana Hill, Guardian Knight
  5. Zyre Oakwood, Scout/Ranger

NPCs
  1. Bradyn Eisengold - Heir to the throne
  2. Tian Rui - Maester
  3. Lanner Chandyll - Artisan/Builder
  4. Fulgrim Quake - Shipmaster
  5. The Eisen Guard - Garrison and Sailors
  6. The Dauntless Fleet - Veteran Warship Fleet
  7. Ayara Eisengold - Jorrel Eisengold's deceased wife and Bradyn's mother
  8. Benu - Zyre Oakwood's Falcon
  9. Iotos Hill - bastard son of Lilgen Eisengold
  10. Sabarro and Eshedor - visiting sons of Lilden from Lys
  11. Qarzha Hill - bastard daughter of Lilden Eisengold