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House Darklyn
Kingsguard

"I swore first to King Jaehaerys, my prince. And then to His Grace, King Viserys, when he succeeded him."
―Steffon Darklyn[src]

Ser Steffon Darklyn is a knight of House Darklyn and Lord Commander[4] of Rhaenyra Targaryen's Queensguard. He previously served in Viserys I Targaryen's Kingsguard.

Biography[]

Background[]

Steffon is a son of Lord Gunthor Darklyn of Duskendale.[5] He was sworn in to the Kingsguard of Jaehaerys I, and has continued to serve the Old King's successor Viserys I.[1]

House of the Dragon: Season 1[]

Steffon informs Viserys of Rhaenyra's return from Dragonstone. He later escorts Rhaenyra to Viserys's chambers in Maegor's Holdfast.[2]

20 years later, Steffon announces Rhaenyra's return to the Red Keep. He is later present when Vaemond Velaryon petitions the Crown to name him heir to Driftmark.[6]

Steffon and Lorent Marbrand are assigned to Rhaenyra at Dragonstone when King Viserys dies. He oversees a sparring match between Princes Jacaerys and Lucerys Velaryon: when Jace angrily berates Luke for his poor form in the bout, Steffon gently suggests Jace might go easier on his younger brother so Luke can learn what Jace is trying to teach. They both swear allegiance to Rhaenyra as queen when Daemon threatens to have Caraxes burn them as turncloaks if they choose otherwise, though Steffon truly believes that Rhaenyra is the rightful heir.[1] They later attend the funeral of Rhaenyra's stillborn daughter Visenya and move to protect Rhaenyra when Erryk Cargyll arrives. He is in attendance at the first session of the Black Council where he raises questions about the loyalty of Houses Stark and Baratheon to Rhaenyra. Steffon, Lorent, and Erryk accompany Daemon during a parley with Otto Hightower.[3]

House of the Dragon: Season 2[]

Steffon is present at the Black Council when Rhaenyra returns from the Stormlands.[7]

Steffon is present at a session of the Black Council when word of Prince Jaehaerys's murder and the subsequent propaganda campaign of the Greens to vilify Rhaenyra for ordering the killing reaches Dragonstone. Steffon also brings Mysaria from her cell to Rhaenyra's chambers and remains on guard duty as Rhaenyra interrogates Mysaria about her role in helping Daemon orchestrate the assassination.[8]

Steffon, along with Lorent Marbrand, attends the funeral of his Sworn Brothers Erryk and Arryk Cargyll following their deaths during Arryk's attempt on Rhaenyra's life.[9]

Steffon accompanies Rhaenyra to King's Landing, disguised as a septon, as part of Rhaenyra's plan to speak with Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Steffon remains outside the Grand Sept as Rhaenyra, disguised as a septa slips into the sept to speak with Alicent. He hides a dagger up the sleeve of his septon's robe, sits on the sept's stairs and reads from a holy book as part of his disguise as he nervously waits for Rhaenyra to return.[9]

Steffon returns to Dragonstone with Rhaenyra. At a session of the Black Council, he is informed by Lord Corlys Velaryon of the sack of Duskendale and his father's execution at Criston Cole's hands for refusing to bend the knee to King Aegon II, much to his horror.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Steffon Darklyn's character description for Season 1 reads as follows:

"Member of the Kingsguard."[10]

His character description for Season 2 reads as follows:

"A knight on the black council and commander of Rhaenyra’s Queensguard."[4]

In the books[]

In Fire & Blood, Steffon is the uncle of Gunthor Darklyn, not his son. Ser Harrold Darke, a cousin of the Darklyns, once served as his squire.

Ser Steffon was a member of the Kingsguard during the reign of King Viserys I. In 129 AC, following Viserys's death and the coronation of Aegon II, he (not Erryk Cargyll) stole the crown and delivered it to Rhaenyra. It is not mentioned that Steffon was a member of Jaehaerys I's Kingsguard.

Appearances[]

Forthcoming[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Steffon Darklyn. HBO. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 2: "The Rogue Prince" (2022).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 10: "The Black Queen" (2022).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S2 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved June 5, 2024.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 4: "The Red Dragon and the Gold" (2024).
  6. House of the Dragon: Season 1, Episode 8: "The Lord of the Tides" (2022).
  7. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 1: "A Son for a Son" (2024).
  8. House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 2: "Rhaenyra the Cruel" (2024).
  9. 9.0 9.1 House of the Dragon: Season 2, Episode 3: "The Burning Mill" (2024).
  10. Unknown author (Unknown date). House of the Dragon S1 | Character Descriptions. Warner Bros. Discovery. Retrieved April 25, 2023.
  11. House of the Dragon Season 2 | Episode 5 Preview | Max

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