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House Tarly of Horn Hill

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General Information

Horn Hill is a strong castle, surrounded by rich lands. The house is old in honor and has a storied greatsword of Valyrian steel named Heartsbane, passed from father to son for nearly five hundred years. Their motto is, “First in Battle.” The lord of the house is a fierce and fearless soldier: Randyll Tarly’s skill has many times won him the lead of Lord Tyrell’s van.

Lord Randyll is wed to Lady Melessa of House Florent and has several children by her, including two sons, Samwell and Dickon. Samwell was the only son for many years until Dickon was born.

Information about House Tarly that reveals spoilers from the books.