A Song of Ice and Fire: Blood and Stone
The Dannetts are not the most renowned of their liege lord’s banner houses, but their longstanding protection of several of the regions’ larger farming communities ensures them a fair amount of influence in local politics, and a decent income from their tenants. In the tumultuous years of the War of the Usurper, the Dannetts skirted the edge of loyalties and seized every opportunity to switch allegiance as the fickle winds of war shifted.
They initially remained loyal to Harren the Black against Aegon the Conqueror during his conquests. Choosing their moment well, the Dannetts surrendered when Harren’s forces wavered rather than face certain destruction; Aegon permitted them to keep their lands. During Robert’s Rebellion, House Dannett wisely followed the lead of the Usurper, knowing they could abandon this course and claim they were coerced into rebellion. The Rebellion proved too close to read, and House Dannett was compelled to commit their forces to Robert’s cause in full. The Dannetts suffered great losses, and the current head of the house is the sole survivor of seven brothers. Targaryen forces besieged and badly damaged the Dannetts’ keep early in the Rebellion.
At the Rebellion’s end, with Robert Baratheon crowned King, it seemed the Dannett’s steadfast support would win them a place in history and a hand on the helm of the future. But despite generous support from their liege lord, ill fortune has cursed House Dannett at every turn. Several years of poor harvests, resultant famine, illness, and evergrowing debt plunge the house into ever more dire straits. Desperation has seized Lord Alfric Dannett, who knows the only salvation for his struggling house is to keep up appearances long enough for the tides of ill fortune plaguing his family to subside.
Relationship to House Tallystan
Although separated by borders and sworn to different liege lords, House Tallystan and House Dannett have been long-standing rivals thanks to their close proximity. Both houses possess fertile ground ripe for farming, and this has been the source of many border disputes over the years. In addition, Lord Alfric holds a bitter resentment towards House Tallystan’s successes following the war, feeling that Robert favoured the lords of Hammerstone far too much while leaving the Dannetts to rot (which is only partially true; House Dannett was awarded with significant riches following the rebellion).
The tension between the two houses has never lead to open conflict, but the ill will between the two families is well known.