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Behind the scenes
- "[A] crafty and calculating politician, twin to Lord Jason Lannister."
In the books
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In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there's no mention of Ser Tyland Lannister. He does appear in The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince novellas and is mentioned as well in The World of Ice and Fire. Tyland was the younger twin brother of Lord Jason Lannister, the Lord of Casterly Rock, and the Master of Ships for King Viserys I. As such, Tyland is apparently not a direct ancestor of Tywin Lannister and his children: they seem to descend from his brother Jason. In their youth, both brothers unsuccessfully vied for Rhaenyra's hand in marriage.
After the death of King Viserys, Ser Tyland supported crowning Aegon II, citing that many of the lords that had sworn to defend Rhaenyra's claim were long dead after twenty four years and that he himself hadn't sworn any oaths - being a child at the time.
After the murder of Lyman Beesbury, Master of Coin, Ser Tyland was named the new Master of Coin and quickly moved to secure the royal treasury for the greens and divided it into four parts - one entrusted to the Iron Bank of Braavos for safekeeping, the second sent to Casterly Rock, the third to Oldtown and the remaining fourth kept by the greens for bribes, gifts and hiring sellswords.
Unlike the other members of the Green Small Council that Rhaenyra captured when King's Landing fell to her, Tyland wasn't executed - instead he was handed over to the torturers, to try to get him to reveal where all the gold from the old royal treasury was hidden. He was blinded and mutilated but survived. His mind still intact, he actually lived to play a role during later events in the Dance, being sent to the Free Cities to hire sellswords for Aegon II. After Rhaenyra's death, Tyland advocated that the Greens kill her remaining son Aegon as well to deny the Blacks their remaining figurehead. His proposal never came to anything, but former Black lords never forgave him for even suggesting it. After the war ended and Rhaenyra's son Aegon III became king, Tyland was made Hand of the King and defied expectations of being weak. He didn't have the Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower executed (partly out of sympathy for her losses, partly for fear killing her would incite supporters of her family to restart the war), Tyland still forbade Alicent from ever attending court for fear she would either attempt to assassinate Aegon or at the very least, curse and insult him in front of his entire court and after a nasty incident where Alicent told her grandaughter Jaehaera, Aegon's wife to kill him in his sleep, causing Jaehaera to start screaming in uncontrollable terror of her grandmother (likely due to the trauma of seeing her brother Jaehaerys murdered in front of her during the Dance), Tyland forbade Alicent from ever seeing her granddaughter again,
He eventually died of Winter Fever, having served as Hand of the King for two years.
|Seat:||Casterly Rock||Lands:||The Westerlands|
|Titles:||Lord Paramount of the Westerlands · Lord of Casterly Rock · Warden of the West · King of the Rock (pre-War of Conquest)|
|Ancestors:||Lann the Clever · Gerold Lannister · Tommen II Lannister · Loren Lannister|
|Current members:||Tyland Lannister|