- "As little more than a boy, Ser Criston Cole replaced the legendary Ser Ryam Redwyne on the Kingsguard and soon rose to Lord Commander."
- ―Petyr Baelish
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire, Ser Ryam Redwyne served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard during the reigns of Kings Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Viserys I Targaryen. He also served as Hand of the King for a year during Jaehaerys's reign. He was was considered the greatest knight of his day, being skilled with both sword and lance. He was admired by Ser Duncan the Tall, who recalled him defeating terrible foes.
He dueled Ser Clement Crabb in 98 AC at a tourney to celebrate King Jaehaerys's fiftieth nameday. They broke thirty lances against each other before the king declared them co-champions, which is often called the finest display of jousting in the history of Westeros.
He was named Hand of the King following the death of the previous Hand, Septon Barth, in 99 AC. He is considered to be one of the worst Hands in the history of the Seven Kingdoms and was replaced by the king's son and heir, Prince Baelon, after less than a year. Ryam died in 105 AC and was replaced as Lord Commander by Ser Criston Cole.
Jon Snow would pretend to be Ser Ryam when he and Robb Stark would play together as children, with Robb pretending to be King Daeron I Targaryen. Bran Stark dreams of becoming a knight of the Kingsguard like Ryam, and Sansa Stark hopes to be saved by Ryam, Florian and Prince Aemon the Dragonknight during a nightmare following the Riot of King's Landing.
Ser Davos Seaworth is reminded by Maester Pylos that Ryam served poorly as Hand despite his high birth and knighthood, and Petyr Baelish sings Ryam's praises to convince Ser Loras Tyrell to join the Kingsguard. Jaime Lannister considers himself unworthy to hold a position once held by Ryam.
|Lord:||Lord Paxter Redwyne||Heir:|
|Seat:||The Arbor||Lands:||The Reach|
|Title(s):||Lord of the Arbor|
|Current members:||Bethany Redwyne · Viola Redwyne|
|Deceased members:||Olenna Redwyne|