House Yronwood of Yronwood is the most powerful house in Dorne after the Martells. Yronwood Castle is the last fortress defending theBoneway; this is reflected in their title Warden of the Stone Way. The Yronwoods were kings in Dorne before the arrival of the Rhoynar; the head of the house continues to hold the title The Bloodroyal.
Their motto is We Guard the Way. Their blazon is a black portcullis grill over sand. The Yronwoods often have blond hair and blue eyes.
House Yronwood is an ancient family who once ruled half of Dorne as the Kings of Yronwood, with domains significantly greater than House Martell of Sunspear, a fact the Yronwoods let no one forget. House Yronwood established itself in the high valleys and green foothills below the peaks and seized control of the Stone Way, the second of the two great passes into Dorne. Well protected and comparably fertile, their lands were also well timbered and possessed of valuable deposits of iron, tin, and silver, making them the richest and most powerful of the Dornish kings.
The ancient Yronwood kings oft fought with the Stormlands, as seen when King Olyvar Yronwood invaded King Erich VII Durrandon's domain When the Rhoynar came to Dorne with Nymeria, they did not join House Yronwood but instead these newcomers joined House Martell, increasing the size of their host tenfold. Nymeria married and named herself and her husband, Mors Martell, Prince and Princess of Dorne, asserting their dominion over all of Dorne. Such supremacy was easier to declare than to achieve.
Years of war followed. House Yronwood was their greatest foe. For nine years Mors Martel and his bannermen struggled against Yorick Yronwood and his bannermen, in battles too numerous to mention. When Mors Martell died at Yorick's sword, Nymeria took control of the armies. It took another two years of fighting but eventually, Yorick Yronwood bent the knee and the Yronwoods became the most powerful bannerman of House Martell. Though their relationship is uneasy at best. The Yronwoods also have a rivalry with House Fowler, who had supported the Martells in the war.
The Yronwoods joined Bittersteel against the Targaryens and Martells in three of the five Blackfyre Rebellions, even though one of the original goals of the rebels was to remove the Dornish influence at court.
- Quentyn Yronwood (57), Lord of Yronwood, The Bloodroyal
- Alyria Fowler (Deceased)
- Gevon Yronwood (25)
- Perros Yronwood (Deceased)
- Gwyn Yronwood (21)
- Ryon Yronwood (Decesed)
- Yorick Yronwood (15)
- Maester Cole
- Gift: Vitality
- Negative trait: Weak (Fairly old man served the Yronwoods for most of his life)
- Marcus Sand, Master-at-Arms
- Gift: Strength