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1 Garlan Tyrell on Sun May 18, 2014 4:54 am

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Name:
Ser Garlan Tyrell

Nickname:
Garlan the Gangly (by Olenna before Willas)
Garlan the Gallant (thanks to Willas)
The Two-Rose Knight

Age:
23

Gender:
Male

Species:
Human

Allegiance to House:
House Tyrell of Highgarden
House Tyrell of Brightwater Keep (later)

Role to House:
Knight of Highgarden (Ser)
Lord of Brightwater Keep (later)

Family Relations:
House Tyrell of Highgarden is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, overlords over the Reach from their ancient seat in Highgarden. Having styled themselves 'Defenders of the Marches' and 'High Marshals of the Reach', and traditionally Wardens of the South, they’re a large, wealthy house, its fortunes is only surpassed among the Great Houses by House Lannister. Their family can field the greatest armies in the Seven Kingdoms calling forth thousands of bannermen to fight united beneath the golden rose on a green field banner. Additionally, if they call the fleets of their bannermen the Redwynes, the lords of the Shield Islands, and the coastal lords, they can command a navy that equals if not surpasses the royal fleet all beneath those ancient words: Growing Strong. Ser Garlan Tyrell is the second son of the current lord of Highgarden and his wife Lady Alerie Hightower and with such status comes a series of familial relations to bear in mind…

Garlan’s relation with his lady mother has been strained since he parted as an adolescent for the later stages of his knighthood training under the supervision of Lord Randyll Tarly. She took offense when her husband declared Tarly would be a better mentor for their second son than the knight he served before as a page, a brother of lady Alerie Hightower. Then when Garlan returned home a true knight in title and ideology, his mother found her boy having become more Tarly than Hightower in his political views. Garlan however loves his mother dearly yet accepts the disdain his father’s decision caused with a sense of courtesy and the empty formalities exchanged before the court…

Towards his father Garlan only shows a sense of duty and obedience as their relationship ever was considered strictly a matter of blood. As a second son there are few uses according to Mace Tyrell for Garlan other than the honors to be gained on the battlefield and so the ‘other’ Tyrell son became a knight as was expected off him. Whenever father and son meet, conversation tends to drift towards tactical debates and strategic discussions rather than more intimate and familial subjects…

While technically not family, Ser Garlan Tyrell perhaps has the most ‘familial’ bond with the man who fostered him, the brave and heroic Lord Randyll Tyrell of Horn Hill. True it’s not a loving relationship but Garlan and Randyll have endured the dreads of battle side by side as mentor and student and came together in common interests, the principal being the benefit of the Reach. Apart they’re formidable commanders but together on the battlefield one will find the Reach a vicious phenomenon riding towards certain victory for they share one mind and one heart in the face of peril…

The most loving relationship Garlan has with a relative is found in the bond between the two brothers first to be born of the amorous relations of Lord Mace Tyrell and Lady Alerie Hightower. His older brother Willas became his confidant ever since the jousting incident, a friend to call upon when doubt clouded his judgment or worries troubled his thoughts. They’re young men with high ambitions joined together by their love for the Reach; one serves as the wits of this powerful family, the other as the able sword and shield to support his brother and future lord in his visions for their realm…

With his younger brother Ser Loras Tyrell, Garlan only shares a series of common interests found within their awarded titles. Loras and Garlan are knights after all, united by their sense of honor and valor, their years of training and their talents awarded by the Warrior. Their reasons for fighting might differ and Garlan might not approve of his brother’s preferences in life, in the end they remain brothers born second and third in a noble House that denies them an inheritance more substantial than their name…

While Garlan and Willas are considered close friends, there are some in Highgarden whispering a similar friendship exists between the other Tyrell knight and his lady sister Margaery Tyrell. As her big brother, Garlan considers himself her guardian and champion, the one responsible for her safety as in this aspect he finds his younger brother sourly lacking. Being the most patient of the Tyrell knights he often wished their grandmother had entrusted him with Loras’ duty yet certain preferences denied him that station. When Loras’ affairs demanded the family’s influence to keep silent, Garlan took a step back from his sister to let the Knight of Flowers serve as her guardian to allow their grandmother’s plan to unfold. Today Margaery and Garlan are brother and sister, one looking out for the other with the best interests in heart for their family and the Reach...

His true love and affections are all reserved for the sole woman in his life, the future mother of his children and the lady whose favors he’ll forever carry into battle. While the marriage like most in the Seven Kingdoms was an arranged affair, true love blossomed between Lady Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall and Ser Garlan Tyrell. Behind closed doors there’s passion, romance and genuine love between two young nobles while their relationship in public is one of more subtle affections. Garlan respects his beloved too dearly to blemish her name with amorous displays before the greedy eyes of court, to fuel the eager gossipers with whispers that already stain his family’s reputation. Garlan however loves his bride dearly and seeks to one day set aside his sword to grow old with her, to watch their children stepping into adulthood and for the cycle to come full circle again…

And last but without a doubt the most important relationship anyone has in their house, comes the Queen of Thorns, their grandmother and Lady Olenna Redwyne. While she often picked on him as a child for being plump, something that could have greatly damaged his reputation if not for his older brother’s intervention, The Queen of Thorns ever approved of her son’s children. While Willas and Margaery remain her favorites, Olenna always enjoys the company of her second grandson who carefully listens to her instructions. Much like herself, Garlan has the best interests of the Reach in mind and knows that the dawn of the rose will soon be upon them, marking a new era for House Tyrell of Highgarden. Together with her favorites, Olenna has tasked Garlan to see his sister becoming Queen of the Seven Kingdoms by any means necessary…

Personality:
Once upon a time one brother helped out the another with something as simple as a nickname to spare him the humiliation of public mockery and somehow the name stuck. Garlan the Gallant, by that name all in the Reach today know the second born son of Lord Mace Tyrell and Lady Alerie Hightower for the lad lived up to his ‘reputation’. Ever since his older brother Willas spared him the ridicule of being a plump boy in his youth, Garlan decided to spare his brother from becoming a liar and became truly the gallant knight of Highgarden. He became the charming and courteous gentleman that Willas suggested he was; brave and high-spirited, courageous and honorable he’s a selflessly resolute young knight that remains true the sacred oath he pledged. With the Faith of the Seven as his witness, Garlan swore to ever remain brave, just, to defend the young and innocent and to protect all women…

While Garlan aspires to be a true knight, it’s highly unlike that the bards will sing about his heroics for ages to come as the ‘other’ Tyrell knight lacks his younger brother’s ambition. Garlan can match his younger brother’s skill in battle blow to blow; the knight of flowers being the better lance while the gallant knight possesses the better sword, Garlan however lacks his brother’s need for gaining glory. He seldom partakes in tournaments for the lesson Lord Randyll Tarly, a lesson he picked up from a Stark of Winterfell, taught him: “Don't fight in tournaments because when you fight a man for real, you don't want him to know what you can do.” All he desires is to grow old comfortably, to continue the Tyrell name with his fresh young bride, the lady Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall…

While chivalry makes up the most prominent part of his personality, one often forgets that Ser Garlan was born a Tyrell and with said name comes a particular personality trait that few others in the Seven Kingdoms feature: political savvy. While it’s generally an attribute found in the female branch of the family tree, Garlan like his older brother is a man of intellectual pursuits seeking to expand his understanding in the affairs of the world. Garlan has ever studied Westerosi history for a great lord once told him: “to anticipate the future, one must first understand the past”. Warfare and stratagem are also favored topics in his studies yet those are subjects more befitting a man in his station. Like his older brother Garlan shares a fascination for breeding animals as they show more loyalty than men today…

Physical Description:
While Ser Garlan Tyrell stands taller and more broadly build than Ser Loras Tyrell, the similarities between these brothers is disturbingly alike; both feature the Tyrell long, flowing brown hair and golden-hazel eyes yet Garlan prefers to keep his locks pulled back and tied down in a cropped ponytail. When all three Tyrell brothers stand shoulder to shoulder however, the distinction become noticeable between the Highgarden knights as Garlan stands not only half a foot taller but easily a foot wider as well than both his brothers. The handsome appearance of his younger brother is not entirely lacking in Mace’s second born for Garlan displays the physique of a man rigorously trained as a swordsman with broad strong shoulders and a torso like an anvil. Where Loras is adored for his slender frame and flirtatious smile, Garlan is favored by those more fond of the Warrior look with his iron jaw and full beard…

His younger brother Loras Tyrell is a tournament knight known for his dazzling good looks, and ostentatious showmanship whereas Garlan is a military commander already blooded and tested on the field of battle and such a life leaves its marks. The unblemished Tyrell skin has suffered some damages over the years, in particular those years when Garlan squired for Lord Randyll Tarly. Along his upper arms and torso one finds a series of thin old scars that could only have come from the razor sharp edge of a Valyrian steel sword like Heartsbane of House Tarly. Every cut however was a reminder of a harsh lesson he was taught though as a Tyrell they might be seen as a blemish on perfection. Garlan however doesn’t mind these grim reminders etched in his skin, nor does his fresh bride who makes sure her knight is always properly dressed. In that sense Garlan differs little from his brothers, ever going dressed in the finest garments money can buy to pay tribute to their family’s station…

In times of war, the fineries and brocade tunics are hung in the closet and replaced with delicately embroidered gambesons and the finest armor that money can buy. With House Tyrell being the second wealthiest family in Westeros, they can afford the expense of heavy full plate armor tailored to his precise measurements ad fitted with the proper adornments that make it a true piece of arm. Where Willas prefers somber robes, his younger brother Loras opting for grandeur and splendor, the armor of Garlan the Gallant is magnificent in the subtlest of details, in the fine craftsmanship that went into this steel marvel. His raiment for battle is functional rather than aesthetically pleasing as it takes an up-close inspection to discover its splendid details. It’s design for the perils of war, not for the splendor of tournaments as it that the two knightly brothers of House Tyrell greatly differ…

Powers and Abilities:
All in the Reach have witness the greatness of the Tyrell knights, the youngest son of Highgarden a formidable tournament knight with a talent for the lance, the second son being an exceptional swordsman. In any battle between these brothers however, the safe wager for victory would be made on the older brother who possesses the patience to outlast his more rash sibling. Patience is his greatest feature on the field of battle along with the extensive training he underwent under the tutelage of the finest commander in the Reach, Lord Randyll Tarly of Horn Hill. Garlan is a fierce warrior with a preference for the mighty longsword wielded with two hands. To better prepare himself for actual battle rather than the tournaments his brothers so favor, Ser Garlan the Gallant prefers to train against three or four swordsmen in the gardens of Highgarden at once. With the added reach of the longsword, he’s a formidable warrior indeed that discarded the weight of a shield for the gained strength of wielding a sword with both hands. Some say he too like the Mountain that Rides possesses the might to cut a man clean in half though Garlan remains a knight that fights with honor rather than fiendish brutality. If opportunity presents itself, he’ll take a defeated knight hostage rather than end his life for there’s no valor in cutting down a beaten man…

While he possesses the knightly talents of his brothers, there’s one talent that sets him apart from his more famous brother Ser Loras Tyrell: Lord Randyll Tarly of Horn Hill. When Garlan completed his years of training as a page to his mother’s brother Lord Garth Hightower and entered adolescence, his Lord father decided to have his second son fostered at Horn Hill. Lord Randyll Tarly led the Reach’s vanguard to the sole Targaryen victory during Robert’s Rebellion, as able a commander as there ever was in the Seven Kingdoms. Randyll Tarly trained Garlan rigorously, not just in the art of battle but in the art of war as well. Strategy the lord taught him is the true strength of a commander on the field of battle, for with proper tactics the number of swords and knights matters little. Days were spend staring at the maps of Westeros, plotting battles and waging wars of wits making of Garlan a true commander for the Reach. Lord Randyll Tarly was a ruthless teacher who accepted no defeats or errors lest they served a purpose; to call a retreat when retreating meant living to fight another day was permitted but to retire from the battlefield out of fear or injury was a blemish on the soul beyond forgiving. One strategic plot was developed by Garlan that earned the Huntsman approval, a stratagem he named the “Ghost” that would determine the course of history…

While many would argue it an ability in the first place, it’s truly breathtaking to witness Ser Garlan the Gallant interact with the people of the Reach whether they are base- or highborn. Having ever been a sociable fellow and lacking the hot tempered nature of his younger brother, Garlan needs not the charm and charisma of the Knight of Flowers to gain the favor of folks. His gentle nature and fatherly concern have ever granted him the image of a family man making a trusted commander in times of was as well as a great lord in times of peace. He’s a man that cares little for the affairs of court, nor does he ambition any part in the game of thrones despite his father’s insistence and this earned him the confidence of those seeking only peace. With his natural leadership skills folks are willing to follow him into battle not for the promise of glory but for the certainty that he’ll do all within his power to restore peace in the Reach and return their sons home alive. Every lad under his command he knows by name and birthplace, familiar with their spouses and children so that his proper respects can be paid should their loved ones fall in battle. It’s a burden and yet Garlan the Gallant will not refute his responsibility towards the men who laid their lives down for the benefit of the Reach…

Strengths:
While fame is reserved for his younger brother, Garlan is perfectly content in his position as the second son of House Tyrell. Let the Knight of Flowers have their tournaments to gain a million favors, winning the hearts of the people and the respect of his opponents. Garlan will concerns himself solely with the command of his father’s armies, taking charge of the Tyrell vanguard beside his mentor Lord Randyll Tarly. His strength lies not in the splendor of the jousts or the grand melee, but in his ability to command vast armies to certain victory. Long and hard he trained under the tutelage of Lord Tarly, learning to read the land and use his surroundings to his benefit. In single combat he’ll prove as great a challenge as his younger brother but in the heart of battle he’ll truly excel. When chaos strikes his ranks and folks are dying that’s when his unyielding valor will prove his greatest ally allowing him to stand his ground despite the odds. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to continue despite fear…

His selfless valor and sincere chivalry have earned him the nickname ‘The Gallant’ despite it having been given for different reasons and to this day Garlan does justice to that name. He might not feature his younger brother’s dazzling good looks yet women all around the Reach have stood in line to award him their favors to carry in battle. His appeal to the fairer gender came forth from his attentive nature, his generosity with kind words and compliments and a general kind disposition that eventually earned him the sole favored that matter: the affections of his wife. Garlan was a family man even before he was wed to the lady Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall and married life truly suits the Gallant knight of Highgarden. Not only does his marriage secure him a powerful ally in House Fossoway, it also provides him the opportunity to continue the family name should his older brother fail to produce an heir. His entire life is dedicated to securing Willas place in the Reach, guaranteeing his brother ever has a trustworthy commander to lead his armies in battle. One brother to rule, one brother to fight, one brother to guard and a sister to be queen, that’s the grand design of Lady Olenna…

Weaknesses:
While Ser Garlan Tyrell possesses all the qualities to become one of the great knights in Westerosi history, there’s one very critical trait he’s sourly lacking: an interest in gaining glory. His older brother was destined for greatness through the sheer order of his birth and his younger brother lives for the cheers of the crowd, yet Garlan cares little for the exploits of war. A tournament in his eyes is the mockery of the ancient knighthood code and to pursue conquest is a folly reserved for those seeking to play at the Game of Thrones. Garlan Tyrell only draws his sword to defend his family, his realm and the interests of the Reach. He’ll call forth the banners in service of the lord of Highgarden as that’s his duty as the second son of this noble and powerful family. Family and honor demands him to fall in line when his father commands it or his brother when Lord Mace Tyrell’s time has come to an end…

While he lacks the motivations to claim the high honors within his grasp, Garlan’s greatest weakness will forever remain his undying love for the Reach and all its people. His heart belongs in that southern realm where the seasons are kind and the harvests bountiful, where folks live wholesome lives in peace. His family means everything to him but his responsibility as a Tyrell first lies in the protection of the Reach and all its people, not in the expanding of their importance within the ever-shifting power balance of the Seven Kingdoms. With a sister ambitioning for the Iron Throne and a brother with certain ‘preferences’, Garlan already struggled to bear all these secrets. Honor dictates him to speak honest and act with dignity yet his family demands the opposite; to remain silent and to deceive in a manner unfit for a true knight. This leaves him emotionally torn, constantly struggling with holding fast to where his loyalties must lie: family or realm. Thusfar his conscious is soothed by his grandmother Lady Olenna who reminds him all tasks asked off him are in the interest of the Reach…

Weapons of Choice:
Like every knight in Westeros, Ser Garlan Tyrell serves his House and realm in times of peace and war, sworn to protect the weak and defend women regardless of their birth. These are the fundaments of the knighthood code and to uphold them Garlan considers it his solemn duty to bear arms at all times. The Tyrell knight for that reason carries not one but two swords on his person at all times, two wondrous devices that will add to his legend as Ser Garlan the Gallant…

Where his younger brother is a true legend with a lance in hand, the same can be said as Ser Garlan rides into battle with the bastard sword Chillrend in hand. To hack into enemy ranks from horseback the second son of Highgarden had a unique sword tailored to his hand, slightly longer and heavier than the one-handed sword, Chillrend is a magnificent ‘bastard’ sword with a thirty inch long blade out of a pure silvered metal. The long slim but sturdy blade is thick in the cross section with hollow ground edge bevels. The cross-guard is broadened compared to the common sword and fitted with fine worked decorative elements in blackened steel. The grip has a core of ironwood that is sandwiched in four parts around the solid tang wrapped with thin ebony black cord. Delicately tanned calf leather dyed black was applied wet and secured with an over binding of cord while the hie glue cures. The pommel is a simple rosebud design from the same silvered metal as the blade…

Should Garlan the Gallant find his horse buckling under him, the fight will be continued with the two-handed greatsword Dawnbreaker. From horseback its enormous reach would prove more nuisance than advantage but with both feet on the ground Dawnbreaker is a true testament to his warrior prowess. The silvered steel blade reaches an impressive thirty-eight inches, yet despite its length remains light and balanced making Dawnbreaker a quick and noble weapon. The forward pivot point close to the point allows this mighty sword to both slash and stab, permitting the weight of the steel to penetrate even the toughest suits of armor with the ease of Valyrian steel. The hint and grip were made identical to those of Chillrend, with soft ebony leather wrappings and thin black cord. The difference between Chillrend and Dawnbreaker is found in the pommel as Dawnbreaker was fitted with magnificent silvered steel pommel shaped like a blossoming rose, each of its petals fitted with a deathly sharpened edge…

Armor of Choice:
While Garlan cares little for the glory and renown of the Tournament grounds, his father insisted on having his suit of armor tailored befitting his station as the second son of House Tyrell. For that reason Garlan said with the finest blacksmiths of the Reach and came to the agreement on a design that would feature both the prominence of his family as well his own humble attitude as a knight of Highgarden. This resulted in a piece of art with subtle details and superb defenses fit for the Gallant knight…

A suit of Greenwich armor was tailored per Garlan’s request, who preferred thickness and protection over the aesthetics of its design. Fortified steel plate-work makes the foundation of this armor, with a solid cuirass fashioned out of two pieces carefully hinged together with invisible seams. Considered white armor worn without a surcoat it’s decorated with many flutings that not only played a role in deflecting the points and blades of assailants but strengthened the structural strength of a plate. Every visible seam at these plates are fitted with strengthened studded trimmings that link the various pieces near seamlessly together and what little areas are exposed are protected by the finest mesh mail a knight could buy. The true marvel is found in the details that went into this suit of armor for it took three of Westeros’ finest goldsmiths to complete the adornments on this steel plate work. Every piece is trimmed with golden borders riveted onto the steel wherein one finds nature inspired patterns set in yellow gold. Across those plate surfaces a thin layer of ‘printed’ silver is set with every inch of it featuring splendid miniatures and scrollwork in polished silver or yellow gold. The symmetry is truly breathtaking for each detail found on the left half returns to the right while the center of the cuirass is marked by the heroic image of Garth Greenhand Gardener, the first legendary king of the Reach…

The same craftsmanship of his armor was applied in the creation of Garlan’s armet, a helmet that marks his presence as the second son of House Tyrell on the battlefield. Unlike his brother who prefers the close helmet, Garlan opted for the more complex design of the armet to complete his suit of armor. As the armet fully encloses the head to follow the contours of the neck and throat, consisting of four pieces: the skull, the two large hinged cheek-pieces which locked at the front over the chin, and a visor which had a double pivot, one either side of the skull. Through a series of spring pins the helmet can be complete locked on his head guaranteeing the armet is not lost in the heat of battle by accident. Similar adornments as those on the cuirass return on the Garlan’s helmet in polished silvers and leaf of gold. The natural scrollwork is the most prominent detail yet for those who look more closely they’ll find the golden rose of Highgarden watching Garlan’s back…

Knightly Steeds:
All in the Seven Kingdoms know that a knight must be in the possession of at least one horse, preferably two: a fierce warhorse and a milder horse for daily riding. To that rule one can be certain a knight of Highgarden will be no exception, especially not one of such importance as Ser Garlan Tyrell, who’s destined to become the commander of his father’s vanguard…

Garlan’s riding horse is a thoroughbred courser given to him as a wedding present by his lady Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall. This stallion is what today is known as a Frederiksborg horse, a handsome breed of horses of vividly-marked flaxen chestnuts known for being agile and elegant animals with a gentle trot. His lady bride gave him this fine horse, a gift of great value considering her betrothed was solely the second son of Highgarden yet demanded in return the privilege of naming this fine steed. Garth she dubbed this precious beast, named after the founding father of all noble houses in the Reach that predate the War of Conquest. Garth is a fine horse indeed, a courses of superb breeding as his older brother Willas confirmed for it possesses a showy trot with a long stride fit for both riding and parading. Much like the Chargers of the Andals, Garth is a beautiful animal fast, strong and most suited for long days’ riding. For a stallion Garth displays a timid nature without the usual temper found in such fine mounts…

When Garlan Tyrell was knighted before the Faith of the Seven by both his father Mace Tyrell and his mentor Randyll Tarly, his older brother made grand gesture in awarding his brother the finest destrier stallion from his personal stables. Eclipse this mighty beast is called for the horse possesses a complexion darker than a moonless night. It’s a majestic animal with an unpredictable temper though it harnesses a strength beyond imagining. It’s a fierce even violent stallion, prone to kicking and biting its caretakers who often refer to Eclipse as the Nightmare of Highgarden yet it blindly obeys the voice of its true master. Willas had bred this mighty beast before his own accident but now that he’s crippled, he deemed only one rider worthy of the reins of Eclipse, his brother Garlan ‘the Gallant’. At the withers Eclipse stands an impressive 17 hands with a posture that defines it as a “Baroque Horse”. With powerful, sloping shoulders its compact muscular bodies with strong sloping hindquarters and low-set tail, Eclipse is ranked one of the finest warhorses in the Seven Kingdoms...

Background History:
In the year 277 after the Conquest the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros were awarded many noble children but in the Reach all celebrated the arrival of Lord Mace Tyrell and Lady Alerie Hightower’s second son. Garlan they called their newest child and with that name came a series of expectations and responsibilities befitting his station. In his role of second son all expected of Garlan to enter knighthood and serve his older brother Willas like he would his father when the day come Lord Mace Tyrell is no more. At first though those ambitions of the family seemed in vain as the young Garlan had a preference for sweets instead of swords, making him a plump lad in poor condition to serve in the role his father had intended. His lady mother however kept her protective wing safely above Garlan’s head sending her boy in the custody of her brother Ser Garth Hightower. In Oldtown Garlan served as a page to his uncle who worked tediously at getting the lad into shape befitting a future knight. They trained in the quad for hours and soon every sweet cake he ever ate, was shed in the form of blood, sweat and tears under Hightower’s watchful eye. The boy possessed a gift of the sword, a natural talent for wielding a blade and yet all in Highgarden still remembered the plump lad that ran around the castle with jelly stains on his robes and crumbs in his hair. His grandmother already started spreading a most unflattering nickname about her second grandchild at court yet her efforts were thwarted by Mace’s firstborn and heir to Highgarden the young Willas Tyrell…

When Garlan returned to Highgarden to celebrate his brother’s appointment as squire to Ser Arys Oakheart, the Tyrell brothers conspired to best the Queen of Thorns in a game of wits. Willas having overheard a potential betrothal between Garlan and Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall arranged a secret meeting with Garlan before his arrival in Highgarden. What precisely was said that day, only Mace’s two firstborn sons know the details off yet what unfolded would forever define the future renown of the ‘other’ Tyrell knight. Upon the day of festivities in his brother’s honors, a storm arrived above the lavish gardens of the Reach with rains pouring without end. Even the braziers outside could not keep their flames ablaze in the showers of this summer storm and yet waiting by the gatehouse stood the young Garlan in his finest tunic awaiting the arrival of their esteemed guests. Every lord that arrived was greeted with a compliment regarding their latest exploits, ever lady received a curtsy bow and a flattering kiss on their hand in thanks for their visit. Many in the Reach were charmed by the young page facing the cold of those rains but what truly earned him his fame arrived in a yellow painted carriage bearing the blushing red apple of House Fossoway of Cider Hall. The Lord and Lady were greeted like all others but when Garlan first laid eyes on the young maiden Leonette Fossoway he truly understood the weight of his brother’s plan. In a courteous act Garlan removed his cape, a magnificent and expensive garment of emerald dyed agora wool embroidered with a pair of golden roses and wrapped it around the shoulders of the lady Leonette Fossoway to shelter her from the rain. The fabric was ruined by the storm yet all nobles of the Reach that day witnessed the gallantry of Garlan, making him henceforth known as Garlan the Gallant rather than the Queen of Thorns’ Garlan the Gangly…

Life became easier for the young Garlan after that day of celebration for all in the Reach now addressed him as Garlan the Gallant. For the remaining years before he reached adolescence, Garlan remained under the tutelage of Ser Garth Hightower. Here in Oldtown he was taught the basics of knighthood, the practices of the sword, lance and various arms along with the skill of riding horses. At his eleventh nameday Garlan was requested to go home again to Highgarden where his father had arranged the final preparations necessary to complete his second son’s training. Even at eleven Garlan stood taller than his older brother and to award that feat his father had a sword forged for him. Chillrend the blade was named and with it came the request for Garlan to continue his knightly preparations under the watchful eye of Lord Randyll Tarly of Horn Hill. This request was an unexpected one for why would his father’s most important bannerman agree to teach the second son rather than the heir of Highgarden. Still Garlan traveled to Horn Hill and faced six gruesome years of rigorous exercises against the commander of the Reach vanguard. Tarly was an able mentor, iron willed and unyielding in the stern principles he indoctrinated Garlan with and yet somehow the two grew close to one another. With his firstborn a bitter disappointment Lord Randyll came to view Garlan as a son for the lad showed promise in the art of war. When the teenager reached the threshold of adulthood he could block and parry the blows of Heartsbane and find an advantage at each opportunity. At the maps and charts of Westeros he proved a formidable leader taking charge of bold strategic maneuvers that were approved by the Reach finest commander. And so when he came off age, Garlan Tyrell received his knighthood, not just from his lord father Mace Tyrell but from Lord Randyll Tarly as well. With his appointment also came the reward of marriage to the Lady Leonette Fossoway of Cider Hall and the privilege to command the Tyrell armies should war even find its way across their borders…


For the next three years Ser Garlan the Gallant lived happily in the castle winged of Highgarden assigned to him by his father, serving as the commander of his armies. For three years he took common men and noble boys and elevated them to fierce defenders of the Reach doing his duty while his younger brother pranced around as the Knight of Flowers from one tournament to the next. Garlan however cared little for such glories, being content with the loving affections of his lady wife Leonette Fossoway and the duty he serves to his House. That peaceful existence came at an abrupt end when King Robert Baratheon, first of his name met his untimely end by a boar’s tusk. The death of the Usurper marked the beginning of the War of Five Kings with each corner of the Seven Kingdoms declaring for a king of their own. King Robert’s two brothers, Stannis and Renly both has ambitions for the Iron Throne and with Loras’ favor even belonging to the youngest brother of the late king Tyrell sided with Renly in his claim on the Iron Throne. Despite his protests founded on his knowledge of his brother’s relation to Renly, his father wedded his sister to this king and henceforth struck an alliance with the golden stag of the Stormlands in the disputed Iron Throne. Garlan stood on the sideline to his family’s ambitions and watched his younger brother take that rainbow cloak…

When Renly was slain by an animated shadow – or so Ser Loras Tyrell would have him believe – it was Garlan that convinced his father to agree upon the alliance offered by Littlefinger. Loras was too grief stricken to see reason, his dear sister still desired to call herself Queen, yet through their actions Garlan realized they were to be branded traitors if they’d not accept the pardon Petyr Baelish offered. Along with his mentor Lord Randyll Tarly, Garlan succeeded in convincing most of the Reach lords to abandon Renly’s cause and align their banners to the Lannister claim on the Iron Throne, yet his wife’s family refuses to follow. With pain in his heart Garlan calls forth the Tyrell banners and marched to King’s Landing just in time to end the siege of the false King Stannis Baratheon. At the Battle of Blackwater bay in the conclusive chapters of that siege when Stannis’ men are on the verge of victory, it’s Garlan’s ingenious strategy that earns them victory. Disguised in the armor of the fallen Renly Baratheon with his brother clad in his rainbow cloak, they lead the vanguard of the Reach onto the burning fields of Blackwater bay and break the siege. In the heat of battle Garlan slays Ser Guyard Morrigen, one of Stannis’ highest ranked commanders along with several dozen of his bannermen. His brother. All will come to remember Garlan’s efforts on that battle as the appearance of Renly’s Ghost returned from the death to punish Stannis’ kinslaying. Many of the Reach lords that took up arms for Stannis defect to Garlan’s side and mark that day as the great victory of the Tyrell-Lannister alliance…

For his contributions to the Tyrell-Lannister victory at Blackwater Bay Ser Garlan Tyrell was raised to Lord of Brightwater Keep, the former seat of the attainted House Florent that sided with Stannis Baratheon. King Joffery Baratheon also awards Garlan the privilege of a single request, to which Garlan requests his dear sister be considered as Joffery’s bride. Joffery accepts and with it their Houses are forever bound by marriage. In making his young sister Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, he spared the lady Sansa Stark the pains of marriage to the boy king rumored to be a sadistic spoiled brat. To further strengthen his family’s cause, he attempts to broker a marriage between Sansa Stark and his older brother Willas Tyrell yet finds the Lannisters thwarting his plan. Instead he’s forced to witness the arranged marriage between Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark, though he finds comfort in the knowledge the ‘Imp’ is a far greater man that folks give him credit. Unaware of the events his grandmother set in motion with Petyr Baelish, Willas also witness another travesty of a wedding in which his sister’s second husband was poisoned. Honor dictated he lend a hand in saving the boy but his efforts were all in vain. King’s Landing was a festering sickness that poisoned anyone and everyone in it and Garlan could not endure such a vile place. Tired of the politics, fed up with the corruption all around him, Lord Garlan Tyrell brings half of the Tyrell strength back to the Reach to press his claim on Brightwater Keep, which is held by Ser Colin Florent. The siege would a brief one for few remained to defend the Florent’s claim on Brightwater Keep. Still amidst his preparations news arrives of the Ironborn’s conquest of the Shield Islands and Garlan begins the gathering of men to reclaim the islands on behalf of his father…

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