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"A vulture grasping a baby in it's talons: House Blackmont"
Podrick Payne[src]

House Blackmont is a vassal house which holds fealty to House Martell of Dorne. Their seat is the eponymous castle of Blackmont.

House Blackmont's sigil is a flying vulture proper, with a baby in its talons, on a black field.

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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Blackmont's castle-seat (also named Blackmont) is located in the far west of Dorne, in the Red Mountains. It is further up the Torentine River from Starfall (seat of House Dayne), which is located closer to the river's mouth.

As a result, the Blackmonts have very little Rhoynar ancestry, as the Rhoynar primarily settled in the eastern river-valleys of Dorne. The noble Houses from the Red Mountains descend primarily from the same First Men/Andal ethnic mix as most of the rest of southern Westeros, and thus tend to be light-haired and light-skinned, compared with the coastal Houses that descend primarily from the Rhoynar (such as the Martells), who are much darker-skinned. The dark-skinned coastal Dornishmen descended mostly from the Rhoynar are known as "salty Dornishmen", while the light-skinned First Men/Andal descended Houses of the western mountains are known as "Stony Dornishmen".

The members of House Blackmont at the time of the novels are:

  • Lady Larra Blackmont, Lady of Blackmont.
    • Jynessa Blackmont, her daughter. Heir to Blackmont.
    • Perros Blackmont, her son. A squire.

Due to the equal primogeniture system of Dorne, Lady Larra rules House Blackmont in her own right, inherited from her parents. The other regions of the Seven Kingdoms predominantly follow male-preference primogeniture, in which daughters only inherit if they have no surviving brothers (who also left no progeny); thus while daughters do still sometimes succeed to rule noble Houses in other regions of Westeros it is uncommon.

Casting reports from Season 4 mention that actor Daniel Rabin has been cast as "Lord Blackmont", but a first name has not yet been confirmed. Meanwhile, actress Sarine Sofair was mentioned as appearing in the role of "Lhara", but it isn't clear if this meant Larra Blackmont or a different character. It is unclear if Rabin is meant to play Larra's son Perros, given that at the time of the novels, House Blackmont has no ruling "Lord", but a ruling Lady. The other possibility is that the roles were all condensed, and House Blackmont simply has a single, male Lord in the TV series.[2]

House Blackmont's Heraldry is different in the books, in which it is a black vulture grasping a baby in its talons, on a gold background. In the TV series, it is a grey and white vulture, grasping a baby in its talons, on a black field.

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