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"Your secret is safe with us, my lady."
―Ser Vance to Sansa Stark[src]

Ser Vance Corbray is a knight of House Corbray, a noble house sworn to House Arryn of the Eyrie.


Season 4

Ser Vance, along with Lord Yohn Royce and Lady Anya Waynwood, sits on a tribunal to investigate the death of Lysa Arryn. Like the other judges, Ser Vance assumes foul play on Littlefinger's part. During the tribunal, Ser Vance is made aware that Littlefinger's niece, "Alayne", is actually Sansa, but he agrees to keep her secret and accepts her testimony that Lysa committed suicide.[1]


Game of Thrones: Season 4 appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, there is no character named Ser Vance Corbray. There are two known Corbray knights, brothers to Lord Lyonel Corbray, Ser Lyn and Ser Lucas. Ser Lyn is a noted warrior, and is also known to be a homosexual. Vance is most likely based off Lyn, as he was the Corbray present at the meeting between Petyr Baelish and the Vale lords.

Lord Yohn Royce and the other present Vale lords do not inquire about Lysa's death, but demand that Littlefinger leaves the Vale and lets them look after Lysa's son. During the conversation, Lyn Corbray comments "All this talk makes me ill. Littlefinger will talk you out of your smallclothes if you listen long enough. The only way to settle his sort is with steel". He draws his sword. The lords are shocked and embarrassed at that improper behavior, and apologize to Littlefinger. That puts them in a defensive position, which Littlefinger takes full advantage of, to make them grant him one year of wardship over Robert Arryn.

After the lords leave, Littlefinger reveals to Sansa that Lyn Corbray is on his payroll, as she suspected. He pretends to be Littlefinger's implacable enemy, thus fooling the Vale lords.

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