Donella Hornwood is the daughter of two members of House Manderly and thus a member of House Manderly. Donella Manderly would come to marry Halys Hornwood of whom she came to greatly respect for his kind personality but was forced to take control of the house as he wasn't the greatest of minds.
Donella Hornwood was born the first child of her father, and in her early life she became defined by her mutual hatred for her father. She and her father spent nearly her entire youth at eachother's throats and this led to a point when she was given away in marriage to her fathers friends son in House Hornwood. She would travel to the bordering lands of House Hornwood where she within a few years had given birth to a child and was the Matriarch of House Hornwood. In this position she came to love her husband, but was bogged down by the fact that he wasn't a leader of thoughts but a leader of men. So while she ran the lands of House Hornwood she watched silently as her children grew up without her knowing them the way their father knew them. Donella Hornwood would be present during the siege of Hornwood, and during this time she would be the main reason that her family didn`t intervene as she felt that they needed to wait till Domeric arrived. When Domeric was killed Donella took it extremely hard as she had been the force behind holding the vastly numerically superior forces of House Hornwood back, and thus allowing Domeric to be ambushed. She would be one of the Hornwood`s that swore and oath of revenge against several of the men present at the ambush of Domeric Bolten.
Donella Hornwood was born the first child of her father, and in her early life she became defined by her mutual hatred for her father. She and her father spent nearly her entire youth at eachother's throats and this led to a point when she was given away in marriage to her fathers friends son in House Hornwood. She would travel to the bordering lands of House Hornwood where she within a few years had given birth to a child and was the Matriarch of House Hornwood. In this position she came to love her husband, but was bogged down by the fact that he wasn't a leader of thoughts but a leader of men. So while she ran the lands of House Hornwood she watched silently as her children grew up without her knowing them the way their father knew them.
The Siege of Hornwood
Main Article : Siege of Hornwood
| The Siege of Hornwood|
There was a time father when we were good people. We don't have to keep hostages to stay in power. We don't have to murder children. We can do what is right. We can be strong, and just and not lose our souls. Let me start our redemption. Let me make the first shot.
Following the return of Ramsey Bolten to Karhold following his disastrous defeat the Battle of Green Creek he would become obsessed with finally ending his brother of whom he believed had commanded Jordin to betray him. This hate and feeling of betrayal would lead him summon Ondrew Locke to his living quarters where he would tell lies to Ondrew about Domeric's part in the death of Ondrew's nephew, and brother during the Battle of Green Creek. Using this lie he would be able to convince Ondrew Locke to lay siege to Hornwood the largest city of the east in order to eventually draw in Domeric Bolten where they would kill him. Following Ondrew returning to his lands and marshalling his forces he would put Hornwood under siege without warning, but its defenses were manned fully due to the fact that much of House Hornwood had already returned to Hornwood, and the scouts of the area had been skillful and had alerted the town in enough time. Now under siege they would call for assistance from the Dreadfort despite House Hornwood and its forces outnumbering the forces of House Locke quite heavily. Ramsey Bolten was by this point well dug into the area northwest of Hornwood and he alongside his cavalry force were well prepared to meet the incoming forces of Domeric Bolten of whom Ramsey knew would arrive well before the rest of his forces.
Domeric Bolten would survive the retreat of the Bolten army and he would return to Dreadfort to meet with his father about the outcome of the first conflict with lucerne. Following this they would hear about the destruction and capture of the Bolten army at Green Creek. Domeric would at this point believe that his cousin had defected to the Lucernians and would be forced to accept that amongst his family he was now alone. Following this Hornwood would come under assault by House Locke and Domeric would resieve a call for aid from House Hornwood of whom was very loyal to him, and he knew he couldn't leave them to their own. Despite his father attempting desperatly to make Domeric stay in Dreadfort Domeric would travel with his personal forces towards Hornwood.
With Roose Bolten accepting that his son was heading south to relieve Hornwood he would be contacted by raven by Rickard Karstarke of whom told him that Ramsey was alive and had briefly been in Karhold before leaving the city taking with him a sizeable military force. Immediatly realizing what might be happening Roose attempted to locate Ramsey believing that Ramsey would be the only one capable of pulling off something of this scope. When his spies couldn`t locate Ramsey he would send Regenard Estren southward with his fastest horses in an attempt to get to Hornwood before his son Domeric. Regenard Estren was not the only other person moving towards Hornwood as Daryn Hornwood pulled the forces of House Hornwood from the army east of Karhold attempting to break the siege and also moved eastward towards Hornwood.
Arrival of Domeric
The siege went on for nearly a month before the forces of Domeric Bolten`s vangaurd arrived on the outskirts of town, but Domeric`s party would be betrayed when their white flag was ignored and they were ambushed by a cavalry force led by Ramsey Bolten. Due to his speed he had arrived well ahead of the rest of his forces and would only be assuming that he was going to be meeting with the leaders of House Locke. As he met with them he was ambushed by Ramsey Bolten who had set this entire attack up so that he could kill his brother Domeric. A fight did break out as Domeric was able to kill several of the ambushers before he was knocked on the head, and even then he still had a chance as Regenard Estren was nearbye watching from a hill and his cavalry forces could have moved against the betrayal but instead he remained on the hill and did not help Domeric for fear of his own death. Regenard`s cowardess would be witnessed by many from Hornwood including Halys and Larance Hornwood of whom swore to kill him alongside Ramsey for what would happen next. Now captured by his sadistic brother Domeric attempted to reason with his brother but Ramsey wouldn't hear it and would hang Domeric from a tree alongside the rest of his vangaurd.
After the death of Domeric Bolten the city of Hornwood watched the siege end as the goals of the siege were achieved, and thus Hornwood was relieved. Ramsey would return north, and House Locke and their vassals retreated as well leaving the hanged body of Domeric to be retrieved by Halys Hornwood of whom was beyond enraged about the betrayal of the prince.