Telltale Games has finally shown how their take on Game of Thrones will look like by debuting their trailer earlier today, and fans were excited to get their first in-game glimpse of the action (aside of what we predicted was a legitimate screenshot leak earlier this week).The trailer placed a heavy emphasis on cast from the television show, who will lend their voices to the Telltale production through its six-episode arc.
Luckily, the developers also spread out a bunch of information about House Forrester, whom the plot focuses around in the upcoming Game of Thrones title, and we’ve helped compiled that information for you here.
House Forrester is already known to serve the House Glover in the North, and bend their knees to House Stark by proxy. The family rule from Ironwrath, a strong fort situated within the wolfswood and the main producer producer of ironwood, one of the sturdiest woods of Westeros. With the news of today, we now know that their history lies tangled with Southron blood and The War of Five Kings, and that members of the family are not only spread out around Westeros, but reach into Essos as well.
Without further ado, here’s House Forrester and the main cast of characters in service to them:
Lord Gregor Forrester
Lord Gregor Forrester is lord of a strong Northern House and a bannerman of House Glover, who are in turn loyal to the great house of the north – the Starks. As a youth, he famously arm-wrestled Galbert Glover for the privilege of becoming the man’s squire; Glover later joked that he’d gladly lose the match all over again. After his father died at the Trident, Gregor ascended to the lordship, and married Elissa Branfield at the behest of Robert Baratheon.
Lady Elissa Forrester
Elissa Forrester was born to House Branfield, a minor Southron House that was destroyed when the Targaryen dynasty fell. In the aftermath of the defeat, Lady Elissa was married to Lord Gregor. She at first saw herself as a prisoner at Ironrath, but Gregor was kind to his young wife and she quickly grew to love him. Once their children were born, Lady Elissa embraced her role as the Forrester matriarch and silently swore she’d never see her family destroyed again.
Rodrik is the eldest son of Lord Forrester; he was trained from a young age to take on the burden of leadership. He’s a man built for the position, a formidable presence both on and off the battlefield—but when Robb Stark called his banners to war, Rodrik was asked by his father to stay and protect their home, Ironrath. Rodrik refused, riding out into battle with his father and leading the Forrester army into battle with such force that he is now feared among the Lannister soldiers.
Asher had always been a rebellious youth – brawling in taverns, sleeping with whores, and finding ways to raise his father’s ire. But his life took a dark turn when, at age seventeen, he fell in love with Gwyn Whitehill, the eldest daughter of his father’s bitter rival. Bloodshed ensued and Lord Forrester faced a grim choice: go to war, or exile Asher across the Narrow Sea. He chose the latter. Asher remains in Essos to this day, living as a sellsword, trying not to think about the life he left behind.
As a boy, Duncan showed such talent for managing his family’s farm that everyone assumed he’d one day take over. But Duncan was fated to run more than fields and a pigpen. In time he struck up an unlikely friendship with Gregor Forrester, the heir to House Forrester. The two grew close and when Gregor became lord he named Duncan his Castellan. Many eyebrows were raised, but Duncan proved himself worthy and has served the House well in the many years since.
Gared was raised on stories of heroism about the likes of Arthur Dayne and Symeon Star-Eyes. Though the son of a pig farmer, he has always aspired to one day become a warrior himself. With the help of his uncle Duncan, who had risen from lowborn origins to become Castellan of Ironrath, Gared found work in Lord Forrester’s stables, rising through the ranks to eventually be named his squire. Gared has served Lord Forrester throughout the long months in King Robb’s army, and is ready to be a warrior in his own right
Royland Degore joined Lord Forrester’s army after his family was wiped out by Ironborn during Balon Greyjoy’s rebellion. Degore had a natural grasp of military tactics and strategy and came to play a crucial role in the siege of Pyke that ended the war. In the months that followed, King Robert awarded Royland a knighthood and Lord Forrester asked him to serve as Ironrath’s Master-at-Arms. Ser Royland still holds the position and is known for his military expertise… as well as his legendary temper.
Mira had always been fond of Ironrath, but Lady Forrester — wanting her eldest daughter to learn the ways of a Southron court — arranged for Mira to serve as a handmaiden to Margaery Tyrell. To Mira’s great surprise, she enjoyed attending on Margaery at Highgarden, and followed her to King’s Landing with enthusiasm. Life in the capital has not been easy for Mira, as her straightforward Northern ways are often at odds with the subtleties of court life – but she also has more guile than she realizes.
Hailing from House Forrester, third-born son Ethan Forrester is drawn to pursuits of the mind, particularly music and books. Ethan and his twin sister Talia both shared a great love for the towering trees of Ironrath. He was young when his house joined the War of the Five Kings, and the end of the war placed him into a role which he was unprepared for.
During her fourth pregnancy, Lady Forrester dreamed she would birth a daughter with a voice like the summer rain. But as fate would have it, she gave birth to a boy. The infant, Ethan, wailed for hours – until Lady Forrester entered a second labor, this time birthing a girl. She named the girl Talia, after her own mother – and from then on Ethan hardly ever cried. Her dream came true, for there’s no sound at Ironrath more lovely than that of Talia singing as her brother plays the lute.
Ryon is the fourth-born son of House Forrester and admires his older siblings. He’s been spared from hardship as his childhood has been pleasant and he’s had little to no responsibilities to worry about. Spending hours chasing his siblings Ethan and Talia through the grove, Ryon is just a kid. But war cares not for your age.
As a young man, Malcolm was the black sheep of the Branfield family. He liked to roam the countryside in the style of a hedge knight, refusing his father’s offers of marriage and lands. Malcolm fought bravely alongside his brothers when House Branfield fell; yet he and his sister were the only two survivors. Malcolm now lives with Lady Elissa’s new family at Ironrath, though he still tends to disappear for weeks at a stretch. Malcolm has fathered no children, thus he is the last of the Branfield line.
Originating from a minor house in the Vale, Maester Ortengryn studied at the Citadel in the hope of being assigned to the Eyrie. But by the time he’d earned enough links on his chain to graduate from acolyte, Jon Arryn had been murdered and the South was in turmoil. The Citadel ultimately assigned Maester Ortengryn to Ironrath, where he soon came to respect the Forrester family’s honor and integrity. He now serves the Forresters with pride and has become a trusted advisor to the Lord.
House Forrester was only mentioned once off-handedly in the Game of Thrones books, whilst House Branfield and the lowborn characters are completely new to the lore altogether. Their histories are intertwined with existing lore like the Battle of the Trident and The War of Five Kings, so it’ll be interesting to see if the game might actually impact something that gets a nod in the television show later on next year. As previously stated, events triggered by one family member may inadvertently affect another family member across all of Westeros, which implies some large-scale conflict and espionage is going to be a afoot.
The parallels between House Forrester and House Stark are noticeable, as both come from the North and have 4 sons (we’re counting Jon Snow here) and 2 daughters. They both feature a strong mother desperate to keep their family from harm (we know how well that went in the HBO show), a strong eldest son who was primed for leadership and proves himself on the battlefield, an eldest northern daughter who doesn’t blend in with the intrigue of King’s Landing, and a fourth-born son too young to understand what is going on. While the similarities are a little eyebrow-raising, we’ll leave it to the premiere episode for Telltale to prove they can craft an original story within the Game of Thrones universe.
Given that Telltale already revealed a portion of the game would take place in Essos, we’d stake good money that Asher will be one of the five playable characters. Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrellare all confirmed characters in the game, so it’s likely Mira will be the playable character in Kings Landing who may have to find herself talking her way out of situations in the familiar timed-response Telltale style. There will be 5 playable characters total, but Telltale have kept their indentities secret – whoever they are, they’re on this list, and we look forward to the story unfolding.
The premiere episode of Game of Thrones, “Iron From Ice”, is set to launch during the holiday season this year.
What do you think of the explosion of details, Ranters? Do you have any theories about House Forrester?
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