House Oakheart of the Riverlands motto is the same as their master house in the form of "Out roots go deep" of which means that they will always dig in and fight to the end wherever they may be which is something was proven when they lost a large part of their force attempting to hold the gate of Tree Hill while everyone else fled.
House Oakheart of the Riverlands stands in a position of being an Arch Duke in terms of where they are in controlling other houses, but in fact they stand as both a cadet house of House Oakheart, and a Riverlord within the powerstructure of the Riverlands. House Oakheart has many vassals based on their annexxation of House Goodbrooke, and these houses include the top tier houses like House Piper, and House
House Oakheart was founded by Lucas Oakheart after he fell in love with Padme Goodbrooke and married her forming a new house. Alongside Padme the two would work tirelessly to rebuild the area following the disasterous civil war between House Goodbrooke and its vassals. The main elements of the rebels remained a part of their power structure and for this reason Lucas and Padme were forced to remain constantly gaurded as they worked to improve the relationships. Despite a dramatically rebuilt land, and improved diplomacy the rebels begin to plot again, and Lucas was forced to deal with rebels in the country side attacking merchants and travellers trying to destabilize his rule.
Ironborn Invasion of the Riverlands
Main Article : Ironborn Invasion of the Riverlands
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The Ironborn had overstepped their place, and would pay.
Following the rise of Euron Greyjoy the Ironborn begin reaving the western lands again as Euron was attempting to sow chaos amongst the Lucernian allies and try to stop the flow of reinforcements into Bolten. Seeing the Riverlands as the great reserve yet untapped by the Kingdom of Lucerne Euron would send three large Reaving fleets to the Riverlands of which one was meant to feign an attack on Pinkmaiden, while the other two would divide into two fleets and with their large fleet they would reave the lands of House Justman, and House Lancer of whom were on the island of Rigen. On the island of Rigen the forces of House Lancer, and House Justman were the supreme powers of the island and both of them had spent generations not remembering the threat that the Ironborn poised to them, and thus their fleets remained anchored, and their military forces were lax in much of their preparation. In this state the Ironborn would move under the command of Stygg Tawney of whom led some two hundred ships against the port of Weldenvale, while his second in command Tom Tidewood would lead sixty ships against Castle Lancer, and the lands surrounding the castle. The plan was for Tom Tidewood to move south and attack the richer Lancer lands, while Stygg Tawney waited nearly three days before making his presence known, and then once he had he would delay any relief from the Justman's and thus allow Tom to escape with all the loot he could.
Stygg Tawney had brought some sixty of his ships as large Cogs, as they were planning to haul away a lot of goods, and materials from the island of Rigen. The mines of Lancer were one of the first places that Tom Tidewood would plan to hit, and Tom knew that the Lancer's had a relatively weakly defended hold fast near the mines that defended them, but he knew that he would be able to take it quite easily. Moving to land near Castle Lancer, he moved ashore with half his force, while the other half moved around the island to the site of the mines of Lancer where they would rush the small holdfast of Sturren Hold, and then from there take as much loot from the mines as they could. Tom Tidewood would quickly move ashore and lying before Sturren Hold the Ironborn would sack the town of Sturrenia of which they hung hundreds of bodies in the town square and looted everything they could get their hands on. Amongst the dead was the heir to House Stur in Wallen Stur of whom had attempted to bargain his son Gorold Stur back from the Ironborn who had taken him, but was instead murdered and hung before the Keep of which was one of the few places that didn't fall. Emly Stur (Emly Lancer) and her daughter Bethany Stur would be taken hostage alongside several other high nobles as the Ironborn sent these slaves back to the boats while they moved to attack Sturren Hold.
Following the sack of Sturrenia the Ironborn would assault Sturren Hold of which had also not been alerted to the danger and was taken completely unaware. Fighting at the Hold would be bloody, and the defenders were able to close the gate briefly before it was retaken again, and the Ironborn flooded inside killing every man inside the Hold including the heir to House Lancer in the form of Arnell Lancer, and following his murder his wife Leven would become enraged and killed two Ironborn before she was shot through with a crossbow bolt. With the hold taken the Ironborn would ransack everything of value including using hundreds of prisoners to push carts of minerals to the cogs offshore, and taking hundreds of slaves from around the Hold. At this point Castle Lancer came under assault, but by complete luck the guards on the main gatehouse were able to close the gate, and set off the alarm, and following this the battle devolved into a siege of which the Ironborn could no win, as they didn't have the required tools to take the castle. After two days of the seige it became clear that the Ironborn couldn't assault them, and thus realizing that the Ironborn were simply delaying them, Arwood Lancer would lead a force of some three hundred cavalry out of the castle and move around the rear of the Ironborn forces, and seeing this the Ironborn pulled back and were harassed for hours as they retreated back to the boats. Arwood would stop the chase as he regrouped with some three hundred men at arms from the region who had arrived outside of Sturrenia where they entered the town to find much of it burned to the ground, and hundreds dead. Arwood would find his sister's husband and child hung outside of the main keep, and from survivors he learned that his sister and her one daughter had been taken captive by the Ironborn and had escaped by the boats with the rest of them.
With the attack on the Lancer lands underway the second and smaller force led by the overall leader Stygg Tawney would move the fleet outside of Weldenvale in order to alert the Justman forces they were there. Having heard of the attack on the Lancers from ravens they had been preparing to assist the Lancers, but seeing the Ironborn fleet and watching several Longships moving into the rivers they would end that plan, and instead prepare to attack the Ironborn fleet. Armory Justman would lead the Weldenvale Fleet that was some forty ships strong so was weaker then the Ironborn, but the Ironborn were less capable of fighting fleet actions, and thus the Weldenvale fleet spent two days attempting to draw them into battle, but the Ironborn continued to flee, and then on the third day they received word of the extent of the reaving in the south, and the fact that the Ironborn there had been able to escape, thus realizing reinforcements were coming the Weldenvale fleet returned to port and went into defensive action. Believing the assault would happen the next day the entire garrison was under high alert, but two days passed and nothing happened, and it was only when they received a raven from Lorderon saying the Ironborn had slipped through the Lorderon Pass that they realized they had been tricked the entire time.
Raid on Pinkmaiden
As the three Ironborn fleets moved through the Lorderon Pass the first fleet moved furthern north of Rigen and against the Island of Maidenshore where the forces of House Piper, and formally House Goodbrooke but following its near demise it would be dominated by House Oakheart of the Riverlands.
See Also : House PiperHouse Piper is a large Brannish House located in the Riverlands where it dominates the town of Rocky Steppe and the region surrounding it. House Piper was once a riverlord, but its power was shattered in fighting with House Goodbrooke and they became a vassal of House Goodbrooke, and following House Oakheart of the Riverlands taking control they became a vassal of House Oakheart of the Riverlands. House Piper since the time they lost their riverlord status have been a very rebellious house with them starting one civil war in the province of Maidenshore, and most recently starting a banditry war in the same province.
House Piper has a sigil of which is shared uniform throughout their forces in the form of blazoning their shields and banners with a pink dancing maiden in a swirl of white silk, over blue. Their motto is "Brave, and Beautiful" of which stands due to their reputation of being strong fighters in their male side, and beautiful women on their female side.
House Piper formed itself in the Riverlands province of Maidenshore in the distant past, and would become one of the Riverlords for much of its history. This changed with the rise of House Goodbrooke in Pinkmaiden led to their fall. Fighting a war against them they eventually were defeated and before they could fight to the last man the conflict was ended by House Tully who made House Piper the vassal of House Goodbrooke.
See Also : House Lothston
See Also : House Whent