House Lannister of Lannisport
House Lannister of Lannisport has emerged from a recent storm of wealth and mystery and murder. Lord Jasen Lannister led the House to new investments and new trade opportunities after nearly a decade in Essos before his father died, working tirelessly to establish Lannisport, and to some extent even the Sunset Sea, as even more of a destination for trade. He was largely successful, in everything except for his timing: his father died days before he returned home.
Lord Jasen honored the arranged marriage match his father had favored, despite the belief Lord Jasen could have done better. Lady Kyra of House Kyndall came from an ancient house, with good lands in the southern stretches of the Westerlands. Typically, closer to Lords from the Reach in terms of focus (growing and harvest), Lady Kyra spent much of her time growing up in the Reach and in Oldtown.
The wisdom of the match proved apparent over the years; Lady Kyra had all the knowledge and connect of the Westerlands and the Reach that Lord Jasen lacked given his extensive time abroad in Essos. Better more she was a good wife, and a loyal friend, and theirs became the lucky political arrangement that, given time, became real love. Their first child, Lady Celena, was welcomed soon after.
Their lives were largely happy things. Lord Jasen had made waves by openly discussing some changes to Lannisport; changing some of the port and treasury rules so their officials served for less time and could only serve so many years. Increased punishments for market manipulations, including kickbacks. It was just the start, and less than a fortnight later, the Lannisport City Watch were brought to a scene on the Golden Lion Street just as the sun arose over the city on morning: the carriage of Lord Jasen. The two were found stabbed, combined, nearly a hundred times.
Though their daughter, Lady Celena, was reported by house staff as having been with her parents at the time the young child was never seen again. She was either murdered, as well, or sold into slavery somewhere down the line, most suspect. It’s the best those in Lannisport and the Westerlands will have to do; the mystery behind the murder has never been solved, despite the City Watch executing “guilty men” they rounded up from one of the few not-so-great corners of the city.
Lady Jolene Lannister, a widow in her early 40s, a cousin and Lord Jasen’s closest blood relation, became head of the House in the aftermath. Lady Jolene, or Lady Jo as she’s more commonly known, is affable, sharp-minded, and sharp-tongued, well-liked by most stakeholders in Lannisport and other Western nobility. She has two children, the eldest Lord Symon, a scholarly young man with a touch of warrior in him, and Lady Lorelei.
Although Lady Jo and Lord Symon had little issue moving into the immense castle/manse seat of the family in Lannisport, Lady Lorelei found herself needing to change rooms. She couldn’t sleep in the room that was shortly before Lady Celena’s without thinking without stop about what horrible fate became Lady Celena. Lady Lorelei would change rooms and settle in, in time becoming a major force in the courting circuit for nobility in the Westerlands. Lord Symon would marry Lady Alysanne of House Tarbeck, do respectably in local tourneys, and settle down with his new wife in Lannisport.
Name: Lady Lorelei Lannister
House/Affiliation: Lannister of Lannisport
Lady Lorelei grew up closer to the high end of low born than she did the low end of high born. Lord Gordi had famous fallings-out with his own Lord father, sometimes encouraged by his cousins, sometimes not. Though there were fewer branches of their family tree than before given the passage of time, tragedy, and some bad luck here and there were still a few direct cousins left and Lord Jasen, like his Lord father before him, ensured even outliers like Lord Gordi would taken care of.
He married Lord Jolene Sarsfield, the second daughter of the Lord of Sarsfield, a beautiful woman and singer of great renown among the Septs in the area. Their years were happy and productive, providing a son and a daughter. Lord Gordi and Lady Jo debated returning to Lannisport—a decision made easier when the news of the Lannisport murders came. The two were quicky back to Lannisport with her two children, only for Lord Gordi to find himself named the new head of the House.
His Lordship was brief, his life taken by illness shortly thereafter. Lady Jo would lead the House until Lord Symon was ready, and Lady Lorelei would find herself far from the hills of Sarsfield and into the streets of Lannisport. Despite the loss of her father and the problems that came with the move and transition in status, Lorelei would eventually settle in beautifully. As fond of books as her father but as outgoing as her mother, though gentler and warmer in approach and tone than the famous Lady Jo, the combination turned out to be one of great benefit to Lady Lorelei.
She would visit for seasons with nearly every noble house in the Westerlands. If you’re noble, and anywhere near her age, you probably know Lady Lorelei. She makes friends easily, and enjoys the mechanisms and levers that make the Lannisport economy work to such an extent it’s now common to find her in a counting house or treasury or bank long into the night. Lady Jo asked Lady Lorelei to wait until her brother was married and established before she pursued herself match. The request was bitter for Lady Lorelei, but there were perks…she could spent years getting heavily involved in Lannisport and it’s lines of credit, it’s docks, it’s port authorities, it’s merchants, wealthy and less so.
One night years ago a woman appeared to Lady Lorelei on her bedroom balcony. Hooded and cloaked, it wasn’t until the figure revealed their face, their features, and their name before Lady Lorelei calmed herself. And even then it wasn’t a true calm, but a misdirection to wild fascination instead of building terror: the figure was Celena Lannister. The woman answered every question Lorelei had, and promised to keep in touch, should the family ever need anything. It was, Celena said, the least she could do for her old House in her new life.
Although Lady Jo’s request for Lady Lorelei to wait to wed was truly more about Lady Jo’s selfish dependence on her daughter and fear of being alone than Lord Symon (who more than once admitted having no idea why Lady Jo requested of his sister what she requested), even Lorelei can’t pretend she hasn’t come to appreciate the time. Recently Lady Jo passed, and with it the expectation that Lady Lorelei wait. Her brother, Lord Symon, has given an enthusiastic okay for his sister to wed, even allowing her to pick her own match. Several onlookers and others noble call this foolish; Lady Lorelei is bright, productive, knows how to make money, and more than anything…she’s one of the beauties of the entire Realm. Lord Symon not using all of that to leverage the best match he can for his House, they say, is foolish and expected of an up-jumped Lord like Symon.
In going through her Lady mother’s things, Lady Lorelei finds a puzzle box that once belonged to her father. Though it was opened by her mother and empty, Lady Lorelei found herself fascinated with it, toying with it for a few minutes before she discovered an unopened false-bottom compartment. The papers inside were folded neatly, some beginning to yellow with age, some more recent. Lorelei isn’t exactly sure what she read, other than one page is from a ledger in the Bank of Lannisport, some of the rest written by her father, some of it written by Lord Jasen.
None of it good, all of it alarming. In the guise of going to find a match, Lady Lorelei began preparations to attend the Summer Hall tournament to meet Lady Celena and reveal what she’d found, and to ask for help—something tells Lorelei she holds danger in her hands, with blades behind every gilded gate in Lannisport just waiting for the perfect moment to strike down another Lannister to keep their secrets secret for a while longer still.