|The title of this article is conjecture based on information revealed in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or related material and may be subject to change.
- "An elder brother objected, so an elder brother fell off a horse and at the kingsmoot no man objected."
- ―Euron Greyjoy
Following his father's death, Harlan was made a candidate at the Kingsmoot. However, his disgraced brother Harwyn Hoare returned from Essos to claim the Salt Throne, but Harlan objected to this claim. Under mysterious circumstances, Harlan died after falling from his horse. No man at the Kingsmoot objected to Harwyn's rule after that.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Harlan was the heir of King Qhorwyn the Cunning, since Qhorwyn's eldest son had died from greyscale. Harlan died suddenly shortly after Qhorwyn's death, alledgedly by falling from a horse. Some believed Harlan's younger brother Harwyn to be responsible, though others suspected that a Faceless Man had killed Harlan.