The Days and Nights of House Corinthyen
History of House
The History of the House of Corinthyen
Compiled by Maester Geoffreon, fourth Maester of house Corinthyen in the year ( )
note: This history is compiled from archives across Westeros, and though original authorship for the documents containing the information utilized in this history will be cited, it is unclear on many sources who the author(s) was (were) and therefore these sources will be taken as conjecture or heresay, and must be read as such.
“It became clear to him as he looked upon the slumbering face of his mistress, that he must be the one to bring the ruin to this house, and in so doing would liberate his people.”
– Maester Griffon, first Maester of house Corinthyen
Though Dorne remained sovereign and separate from the seven Kingdoms of Westeros, travel and trade between the regions provided news enough for the passing of events to never be too far ahead of the news of those happenings, and so with the death of King Vicerys, civil unrest was rampant not only in the Seven Kingdoms, but also in Dorne.
Some though it would be best to take advantage of the turmoil in the Seven Kingdoms and take down their ancient foes from within while they were engaged amongst themselves, while others thought it best to leave them to their wars and struggles, for “they were sure to kill themselves off with no help from us… or at the very least weaken themselves irreparably.” (Windermere, 2)
The disagreement over how to deal (or in fact whether to engage at all) with the Seven Kingdoms led to an outbreak within Dorne itself. Families warred within themselves over the issue of Rhaenyra or Prince Aegon. “The Kingmaker was seen by some in Dorne (as in the Seven Kingdoms themselves) as a blessing, but by others as a blight. Though separate from the politics of the Seven Kingdoms, Dorne would certainly affected by the outcome of their ascension/monarchical issues,” (Windermere, 3) and the tension within Dorne was palpable. One man would take full advantage of that fact.
That man was Aelius Corinthyen and this is his legacy.
Maester Griffon, the first to hold that position with House Corinthyen, spoke in his journal of Aelius’ “awakening” and subsequent treachery – a book which I found wrapped in velvet in a wooden box beneath a loose stone beside the hearth of my own chamber one cold night as I struck a fire. This journal and the stories within have led me along the path to create this history. It was not what the journal said that spurred my interest, but what it was obviously omitting from the records…what Maester Griffon left out was far more intriguing than what he wrote. And the placement of the journal under the hearthstone rather than in the archive…..
“Aelius awoke from one of his frequent nightmares, again drenched in sticky sweat, his bedclothes torn into rags, seemingly from his own flailing, and summoned me to his chamber with the bell-pull.
“Though this was by no means an infrequent occurrence, his eyes on this night were blank as an overcast sky at midnight reflected in a calm pond, and as I stared into his vacant lenses, grinding the sleep-inducing herbs as I had done so many times, a chill came over me as he spoke, which was something I’d not encountered until this time.
“’Halpern must be stopped,’ he said simply, with a tone of finality and determination that left no room for question of intent.
“’Your brother?’ I asked calmly, not wanting to jar him awake from his half-sleep. ‘What do you mean, Aelius? Stopped from what?’
“But just then he stood like an arrow loosed from a bow and ran for the door with speed he didn’t possess, the strips of dark silk trailing behind him like the tale of a comet, and by the time I reached the hall myself he was nowhere to be seen.” (Griffon, 4)
From what I can discern, Aelius left his home that night and went to see one Kiveria Sanddream, a reclusive prophet who lived in the desert. How he came to find her, or whether he was even searching for her intentionally is a matter of debate (which I will not engage in here), but she informed him that he must indeed stop his brother who had recently married Lorena Reuterhelm, as he intended on usurping their house and extinguishing their line.
From Aelius Corinthyen’s journal (according to Griffon, though the journal he cites has never been recovered):
"She told me that at that very moment, Lorena was chained in their bedchamber and my brother was on his way to murder her father.
“Indiscernible text…post haste where I found my brother laughing gleefully over the body of the dead patriarch. I knew my brother to be ambitious, but I would never have suspected him to be capable of such treachery.
“’Soon we will have the throne as well, my brother,’ he said to me…and at that moment I saw in my mind an enormous hall filled with riches and loyal subjects hanging on my every word, waiting to carry out my will….”
The prospect of Royalty had never before held any interest for Aelius, content with his comfortable (some would say already opulent) lifestyle, but at that moment, everything changed.
Aelius helped Halpern stage a siege on the house using Halpern’s hired mercenaries so they could cover up the murder of the Reuterhelms, then “fought off the assault,” with their own men before taking the story to the crown.
The crown was so taken with their tale and the bravery of the young brothers (especially Halpern, who had lost his beloved bride in the skirmish) that they awarded them the lands and titles of the slain Reuterhelms in honor and appreciation of their efforts, and thus began the House of Corinthyen.