The Royces are descended from the First Men who once populated the Vale, although no doubt they have since been heavily intermarried with the Andals who conquered the Vale millenia ago. The armor which Lord Royce wears is said to be ancient, made of bronze plates covered in the runes of the First Men which supposedly have the virtue of defending the wearer from harm. Their motto is, “We Remember.”
Bronze Yohn Royce, a renowned warrior who won the melee for Joffrey’s nameday tournament, rules the house. He has three grown sons; his heir Ser Andar, Ser Robar, and Ser Waymar. Ser Waymar is a new ranger of the Night’s Watch, his father and perhaps one or both of his siblings accompanying him to Winterfell and the Wall on his journey to take the black.
Ser Waymar Royce was killed while ranging beyond the Wall by the Others. Lord Royce and his two eldest sons took part at the tourney to honor the new Hand of the king and did very well. After Renly crowned himself, Ser Robar joined Renly’s Rainbow Guard, becoming Robar the Red. He was killed by Ser Loras Tyrell in the aftermath fo Renly’s murder. Bronze Yohn and his only remaining son, Ser Andar, are now in the Vale.
Lord Yohn is one of the lords of the Vale who wishes to join with King Robb Stark, and has been very outspoken on the matter.