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Motto: "With Force We Forge"

Coat of Arms:Silver Ram on a Black and Red Per Chevron Inverted Field

Realm: Westerlands

Liege: Lord Tywin Lannister



House History



House Stahlhardt rose from the dirt and has been forged into a fierce and wealthy family. In 150 AC when Alixender Stahlhardt is born to his parents Edrikk and Thea Stahlhardt. His father started as a miner for Casterly Rock and became a blacksmith forging weapons and armor for the troops. His mother was a serving girl in the dining hall of the Casterly Rock. When Alixender was six years old he began learning from his father about general blacksmithing techniques and what Alixender’s life would be like. A life of labor and service to the Lannister’s; to make and provide the best weapons and armor possible. Edrikk told Alixender loyal service, true dedication, and hard work is what makes a man.

When Alixender was 11 he was sent to work in the mines, something most youths who wished to be blacksmiths did. While most sons who had fathers as accomplished blacksmith’s already would skip this part, Edrikk felt it was vital for his son to learn what a day’s worth of solid work felt like at a young age. Alixender continued to work in the mines for 6 years and when he was 17 he began an apprenticeship to become a proper blacksmith. Again while many men would choose to quit the mines, Alixender did not. He continued to work the mines while apprenticing. After five years of continued laboring in the mines and apprenticing under an artisan blacksmith Alixender was promoted to become a foreman of his section of the mine. And not long after when he was 27 he gained the title of blacksmith and began to work in forges.


This went on for some time, Alixender leading his team in the mines and working in the forges making weapons and armor. When Alixender was 33 he earned his next big promotion, head foreman of the mines, an accomplished title to have. Alixender continued to work and save up his coin and soon was even married to a girl he had become smitten with who worked at a local tavern. Alixender’s life then slowed down for a little while he worked and began to raise his own family. And when he was 41 he was promoted again, this time in the forges, to head artisan blacksmith.

Then the year of 195 AC came and Westeros was consumed in the grip of the first Blackfyre Rebellion. The war ravaged the lands for an entire year until the rebels were defeated at The Battle of the Redgrass Field and driven across the Narrow Sea. Peace and prosperity spread through the Kingdoms. During this time the Seven Kingdoms repaired from the war and grew stronger through expansion and new friendships. The Westerlands was no exception to this and in 198 AC the tallest of the Billowing Mountains was found to be rich with ore and needing. It was located north of Golden Tooth on the northern fork of the Tumblestone, which leads down to Riverrun in the heart of the Riverlands. Since Alixender had proved himself through the loyalty, dedication, and hard work instilled him by his father he was awarded the land and became a landed, lesser noble. He was allowed to create a coat of arms for his house and chose a silver ram on a black and red per chevron inverted field. This represented the dedication (black) and sacrifice (red) the Stahlhardts put into their loyalty, leadership, and labor (the ram).

Within the next two years Alixender worked tirelessly to build the perfect infrastructure for his young house. He acquired a team of highly dedicated and loyal laborers to help build the mines and forges that would drive his wealth. Alixender led miners into the mountains and dug huge caverns to begin extracting the ore and minerals. He also built a small hold directly outside the entrance so he and his crew could live safely. There he set up his forges to begin to crafting his own style of weapons and armor. In addition a road was dug out to help caravans moving the products and the river set up so they could send goods down current to Riverrun. Alixender continued to save and in 200 AC raised himself to Lordship. He took inspiration from other great houses of the Westerlands and built a small castle into the mountain that connected to the mines he and his servants worked.

Upon Lordship he began to send great numbers of weapons and armor throughout the Westerlands and the Riverlands. He sent trade deals and began negotiations to attain other buyers in the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. As well he was allowed to choose words for his house. Alixender gave his house the motto “With Force We Forge”. This illustrated how his force and determination allowed him to forge ahead and become a Lord; how the backbone of his house were his mines, forges, and weapons as well as armor his house supplied. Alixender continued to grow his house for multiple years, that is, until a scandal threatened to collapse everything he worked so hard to achieve.

Scandal

Before ascending to the mantle of Lord, Alixender Stahlhardt married Frayr Barret, a tavern girl from The Golden Pick--a favorite of the Casterly Rock miners. The night of his promotion to head foreman, Alixender was said to have knocked back a few pints and lifted her high above his head, yelling “I will marry this woman, and she will bear me more sons than a Lannister steward can keep up with,” to an onlooking crowd.

Unfortunately, Alixender and Frayr had only one child, a son named Theabold, though he was not Alixender’s only child. He fathered a bastard, Terryn Hill, with Frayr’s sister, Margaret Barret. Terryn and Theabold were of an age, and their heritage made them almost indistinguishable--aside from a scarred birthmark on Theabold’s left cheek. Terryn and Theabold were raised as equals due to Alixender’s still relatively low status at the time, and they were inseparable. They learned the basics of smithing at a young age with their father, learned their letters from Frayr, and ran wanton through the upper portions of The Rock’s mines--despite their father’s warnings. After establishing the Ironfall Mines 9 years later, Alixender seized the opportunity to foster his children with House Blanetree of Blanetree, a minor house seated between the Billowing Mountains and Riverrun.

Theabold and Terryn served as cupbearers for Lord and Lady Blanetree before Alixender assumed his title, though soon after Terryn was sent to the stables while Theabold became a squire for Lord Blanetree’s heir, Ser Erron Blanetree. The two grew older and apart; Terryn harboring a foul jealousy of Theabold and his new privileged life. Though the smallfolk claimed that Theabold was ever gracious to his bastard brother, Terryn still wondered--why can’t the two boys who were raised as equals share in their father’s good fortune?

In 205 AC The Blanetree family keep was set ablaze, and the smallfolk scattered as the night sky burned with an orange glow. While most of the servants managed to escape the flames, Lord and Lady Blanetree and their daughter were trapped inside. Theabold and Ser rushed into the inferno without a second thought, and many looked on as the fire raged. Erron emerged with his sister, her face covered in soot and her arm badly burned. The crowd held their breath as they waited for Theabold to emerge. Terryn, with a moment of hesitation, bolted from the stables, shouting his brother’s name. He leapt through the crumbling doorway, and disappeared. Again, the crowd fidgeted, children wailed, and throats were choked by the smoke as they waited. Minutes squeezed by, and after a hundred heartbeats Theabold emerged with Lady Blanetree, a dark burn festering across his left cheek and his hair singed. Terryn Hill and Lord Blanetree never emerged. Their corpses were found when the fire waned as piles of ash and bone, and Theabold returned to his family in mourning.

The events of that night are still debated among the Blanetrees because of the curious circumstances of Theabold’s return. Some believe he was, in reality, Terryn in Theabold’s clothing. His burnt birthmark and singed hair were too much a coincidence for Ser Erron Blanetree, who spent a great deal of time with his squire Theabold. When Theabold inherited his father’s legacy in 209 AC Ser Erron called him out as the “Imposter Lord” and began to marshal forces against him.

In response, Theabold took a small force and his daughter Alexia to Blanetree, and demanded a trial by combat. Ser Erron sent his castellan as a Champion, but Theabold stood for himself.The battle was quick and clean, and in the end Theabold stood proud over the castellan’s corpse. Theabold and Erron held council after the trial and agreed that Alexia would marry Erron’s son, Eddard, upon reaching a suitable age.

Though the rumors of Theabold’s return did not die with Alexia and Eddard’s marriage, no further official accusations have been made. Theabold fathered several bastards, leaning further weight to the story, but nothing has been proven.

Favor


In 289 the Stahlhardt family was thrust into war as the Greyjoy Rebellion broke out across the Iron Isles and Westerlands. Lord Richter marched out under Lord Tywin’s banners with his heir, Richter II, and his infantry. As a lower Lord, Richter and his infantry were among the forces near the front line. Lord Richter helped breach the walls of the South Tower at Pyke and made his name known by slaying Lord Balon Greyjoy’s second son, Maron Greyjoy. Lord Richter and his forces rose inside of the army and Lord Richter and Richter II were placed in a troop among the Lannister family. Though the force was an off branch of the Lannisters, the Stahlhardts knew the worth of their company. They were among Liege Lord Tywin’s first cousin once removed: late Lady Joanna’s second brother’s children. During the last battle late Lady Joanna’s second brother was killed by Iron islanders trying to flee the devastation. Lord Richter and his heir took after the rebels in revenge for their Liege Lord’s family.

It was night, but the islanders had foolishly fled onto solid ground, allowing Lord Stahlhardt to gain the time he lost from tracking in the darkness with the help of traveling by horse. Lord Richter and his heir came across the band of rebels early that morning. The Lord’s original plan to ride ahead and ambush the men was quickly dashed as the rebels had hijacked a merchant’s caravan during the night, along with the merchant’s child daughter. The child was tied to the back hatch of the caravan with thick rope. She was covered in mud and blood and her curls clumped in knots, but anyone could tell her hair was silvery white. Lord Richter sent his heir back to camp to report and return with some of their infantry, then Richter tried to bargain with the rebels for the child. The rebels agreed, but while one had been untying the girl, another had been encircling the Lord. Lord Richter was captured, but the little white haired girl escaped. Believing no good deed goes unpunished, the band of four men plus Richter settled camp when the sun set. When one of the men killed another for his share and Richter used the distraction to slip out of his ties. One went on watch and then there with just the three of them. Richter was beginning to like his odds of escaping, but then in the corner of his eye he saw the fire reflect off of something in the woods. Almost immediately the attacker had their weapon in one of the rebel’s jugular and Richter lunged at the opportunity, killing the other who had reacted too slow. When Richter turned, it was the little white haired girl with her weapon: a blood slicked stiletto.

Lord Richter adopts the child, Runa, after learning her parents had been the merchants the rebels killed. They had only spared her because they believed they could sell her as a Targaryen, of which, Runa thoroughly dismissed.

When Richter II arrived with backup, Richter and Runa had already loaded the rebels into the caravan and were on their way back to camp. The Lannister’s highly appreciated the Stahlhardt’s participation in the war and rewarded Lord Stahlhardt with a lady-in-waiting position of the Princess Myrcella for his first daughter, Alixendria.

Recent History


Robert’s Rebellion


House Stahlhardt was stretched among its many allies during Robert’s Rebellion. Kristoph Stahlhardt was the regent Lord of Summitstone Keep and he waited patiently for Tywin to call his banners. His nephews, however, did not. Leon II was knighted in the Stormlands where he'd been fostered during his youth, and he fought to his death at the Battle of the Trident under Robert Baratheon’s banners. Richter fought as a squire for House Blanetree under Lord Tully’s banners, and his efforts at the Battle of the Bells earned him a knighthood.

When Tywin finally called his banners, Kristoph marshaled as large a force as he could and marched with the Lannister host to King’s Landing. He and a force of Stahlhardt soldiers participated in the sack of the city and returned home with spoils of war--rubies, gold, and other gems. Unfortunately none of this would make up for the death of his nephew, the family's heir.

Leon II’s son, Leon III, would have been the Stahlhardt heir, but he died seven hours after his birth. Leon’s wife, Selenia, was devastated at the loss of her husband and refused to eat during her pregnancy, resulting in a sickly mother and child. Selenia and Leon III were buried under the Stranger’s sept in the Heptard Sept of Anselm. Richter became the heir and Lord of Summitstone Keep, taking his father's place stoically.

Kristoph died of cave cough, a common illness from working in the mines, four years later. Richter did not send his son, Richter II, to foster for a neighboring lord, citing the recent deaths in the family.

The Greyjoy Rebellion


In 289 the Stahlhardt family was thrust into war as the Greyjoy Rebellion broke out across the Iron Isles and Westerlands. Lord Richter marched out under Lord Tywin’s banners with his heir, Richter II, and his infantry. As a lower Lord, Richter and his infantry were among the forces near the front line. Lord Richter helped breach the walls of the South Tower at Pyke and made his name known by slaying Lord Balon Greyjoy’s second son, Maron Greyjoy. Lord Richter and his forces rose inside of the army and Lord Richter and Richter II were placed in a troop among the Lannister family. Though the force was an off branch of the Lannisters, the Stahlhardts knew the worth of their company. They were among Liege Lord Tywin’s first cousin once removed: late Lady Joanna’s second brother’s children. During the last battle late Lady Joanna’s second brother was killed by Iron islanders trying to flee the devastation. Lord Richter and his heir took after the rebels in revenge for their Liege Lord’s family.

Lord Richter and his heir came across the band of rebels early that morning. Lord Richter sent his heir back to camp to report and return with some of their infantry, then Richter tried to bargain with the rebels for their child hostage. The rebels agreed, but while one had been untying the girl, Lord Richter was captured. The child and Lord Richter escape and kill the rebels. Lord Richter adopts the child, Runa, after learning her parents had been killed by the rebels. The Lannister’s highly appreciated the Stahlhardt’s participation in the war and rewarded Lord Stahlhardt with a lady-in-waiting position of the Princess Myrcella for his first daughter, Alixendria.

In 292, three years after the Greyjoy Rebellion, Richter I sent Liam to serve under House Antirran banners in an attempt to bolster relations and possibly spark trade negotiation for a year. Within months of Liam's return home from the Reach, he was kidnapped by sell-swords hired by House Drox in an attempt to weaken House Stahlhardt's strength within the Westerlands. The sell-swords were ordered to take Liam to Essos to eliminate the second-born son without leaving a blood trail back to House Drox. It would be a little more than a year before Liam would be returned home, thanks in large part to intervention by House Freitas.

Now

House Stahlhardt flourishes in the peace that followed the bloody end of the Greyjoy Rebellion. Its strong ties to the Lannisters and the Stormlands has led to an increase in the demand for forged Criarian steel, and the mines grow deeper with each passing day. Richter II is being groomed to take his father’s place. Richter I plans to marry the newly returned Liam to gain strengthen the House and seize a strong alliance if possible. Runa is one of the elite guerrilla archers in Richter’s Draugur battalion. The house also has a master-of-the-hunt and kennelmaster Merek Staedmon and first scout Quinn Flowers who venture into the Isenwood often. The head foreman of the Ironfall Mines is Duron Hill, a bastard that worked the mines of Golden Tooth prior to working for House Stahlhardt. Brayden Stahlhardt, the cousin of Lord Richter Stahlhardt and son of the late Kristoph Stahlhardt, is currently the houses head blacksmith and artisan in the Summitstone Forge. The family also has a renown head chef Hugh Terrick in the Summitstone Keep.

The house has even grown powerful enough to warrant a Maester of the Citadel out of Oldtown, Maester Benedict. He has been with the house since 262 AC when Leon I and Kristoph Stahlhardt advised their father Anselm to ask the Citadel to send them a Maester to help with book keeping and to lend their knowledge and wisdom to the house. Maester Benedict was chosen and sent to Summitstone Keep at the age of 26, after completing a rather impressive number of links on his chain. Now almost 35 years later Maester Benedict is still with House Stahlhardt and continues to help guide the house with the knowledge he learned at the Citadel.

The Sept is currently run by Septa Katarina, formerly Katarina Stahlhardt, sister of Lord Richter Stahlhardt. The Heptard Sept of Anselm had two previous Septon/Septa. Septon Cromwell was appointed in 245 when the construction of the Sept was finished and he was just as passionate about the faith as Anselm himself. Sadly, he passed away in 262 at the age of 59 and was replaced by Septa Godivia. Septa Godivia was working in King’s Landing’s Great Sept of Baelor at the time and wanted to visit the Heptard Sept of Anselm. Word had traveled about the lavish Sept built by Anselm Stahlhardt and the endeavors and fortunes his family had been through before and since. She ran the Sept until 280 when Katarina Stahlhardt became Septa Katarina and took over. However, Septa Godivia stayed and they began to take on more junior Septons & Septas.

Geography and Features


Geography

Summitstone Keep, the seat of House Stahlhardt, is nestled among the clouds on the tallest mountain of the mountainous region called the Billowing Mountains, a region found east of The Crag and west of Riverrun. It is surrounded by a thinly wooded, but strong forest, known as the Isenwood, from which the workers of the Ironfall Mines harvest thick trees for shaft infrastructure and barge building. The mines are the source of the materials needed to craft House Stahlhardt's famous Criarian Steel. Just northwest of Summitstone Keep can the Heptard Sept of Anselm, one of the more distinguishable septs in the Westerlands, be found.

The Tumblestone forks at the base of the , and at its tallest peak sits the keep. The Criarian Road crosses the northern fork of the Tumblestone near Summitstone Keep and connects to the River Road which runs south to Casterly Rock and intersects with the Gold Road. Summitstone traders and soldiers use this road constantly to trade with Lannisport or support the Stahlhardt’s liege lords, the Lannisters.

Forces (Engineers and Soldiers)

One of Alixender’s greatest legacies as a Lord was his passion for collecting skilled engineers and architects. Alixender had been a foreman in a mine for fifteen years before he landed his promotion to Lord, and he knew the horrors of a mining collapse. He refused to have everything he accomplished collapse with it, so he found the best engineers he could to map and create a structurally sound mine. He recruited engineers who had worked on the Casterly Rock and Castamere mines, and five generations later, House Stahlhardt produces and trains some of the best engineers in the Seven Kingdoms.

House Stahlhardt firmly believes in quality over quantity. They are fiercely loyal to those proven loyal to them, and thus, their few soldiers would rather die than desert their lord. The house controls: a Garrison of veteran soldiers, an Infantry of veteran soldiers, 200 veteran Engineers, and an elite group of Guerrilla Archers, all thoroughly trained. Though House Stahlhardt is young, spanning only six generations, they have always had a strong Master of Arms to make sure they never sent green boys to war. They also realized, if the house was going to dress their soldiers in the best armor, it’s monetarily beneficial to have those men survive. Stahlhardt Lords have slowly built their Garrison and Infantry, gaining men from the multiple wars the house has fought.

The most recent addition to House Stahlhardt’s military forces are their Guerrilla Archers. House Stahlhardt had veteran archers since Lord Leon I, but it wasn’t until after the Greyjoy Rebellion that the newly Lorded Richter began the training of his archers in guerrilla warfare. Now eight years later, Lord Richter houses the Draugur, some of the most elite guerrilla archers in the world. Among them his adopted daughter, Runa. Lord Richtard has tried to keep the Draugur as secret as possible, not wanting enemies to know their trump card. Of course, Stahlhardt’s liege lord, Tywin Lannister, is aware of the Draugur to some extent. He agreed with Richter to keep them away from prying eyes, though Tywin keeps track nonetheless.

The Draugur are comprised of both men and women almost evenly. As guerrilla warfare is based upon surprise and traveling unseen, the Draugur find women unsuspecting and overlooked, and thus have used that to their advantage. They also find females' smaller stature easier to hide and easier to squeeze through smaller spaces.

Game Notes:

Resources


Category
Starting
Realm
Player
Subotal
Infrastructure
Scandal
Favor
Total
Defense
+30
-5
+5
30
+3
+0
+0
33
Influence
+27
+10
+4
41
+0
-3
+5
43
Lands
+25
-5
+0
20
+0
-5
+2
17
Law
+28
-5
+0
23
+0
+0
+2
25
Population
+25
-5
+0
20
+0
+0
+0
20
Power
+26
+0
+6
32
+4
-6
+6
36
Wealth
+26
+20
+5
51
+0
+0
+0
51

First founding: Blackfyre Rebellion
Historical Events
  1. Infrastructure
  2. Scandal
  3. Favor

Holdings


  • Defense: Small Castle
  • Influence: First Born Son, First Born Daughter, and Second Born Son.
  • Lands: Mountainous Domain with a Light Woods, River, and Road Running Through it.
  • Law: -2 to all house fortune rolls
  • Population: +0 to all house fortune rolls
  • Power: Veteran Garrison, Elite Guerilla/Archers, Veteran Engineers, Veteran Infantry
  • Wealth: Mine, Maester, Artisan, Sept


Household


  1. Lord - Richter Stahlhardt
  2. Lady - Galena Stahlhardt [of the Westerlands]
  3. Heir - Richter Stahlhardt II
  4. Lady in Waiting (First Born Daughter) - Alixendria Stahlhardt
  5. 2nd Born Son - Liam Stahlhardt
  6. Ward/Adopted Daughter - Runa
  7. Maester (our steward) - Maester Benedict
  8. Septa - Septa Katarina & Septa Godivia
  9. Master-of-Arms (our Castellan) - Darion Fenn
  10. Master-of-the-Hunt (our Kennelmaster) - Merek Staedmon [of the Stormlands]
  11. First Scout - Quinn Flowers [bastard from the reach]
  12. Foreman of the Mines - Duron Hill [bastard from the Golden Tooth]
  13. Head Blacksmith (our Artisan) - Brayden Stahlhardt
  14. Head Cook - Hugh Terrick [of the Riverlands]




Family Tree


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