History and Lore of Westeros - House Tyrell (Narrated by Margaery Tyrell)
→ House Tyrell trace our descent to Garth Greenhand, the legendary first King of the Reach who made the land bloom. But so too does every noble house around us. It seems dear ancestor Garth planted as many flowers as he plucked. A king should have more consideration for his line, don’t you think? For over a thousand years the Greenhand sons and grandsons ruled the Reach as House Gardener. The offshoots of his daughters grew into vast and powerful houses in their own right, except for House Tyrell. We chose instead to serve our Gardener cousins faithfully as stewards to manage their stronghold of Highgarden and the daily affairs of the Reach. Our words are GROWING STRONG, and under our stewardship the Reach did just that. As did we. Until a blundering king almost cost us everything. Aegon Targaryen had landed in Westeros. King Mern had allied us with the Rock to repel the upstart’s army. One can only marvel that King Mern did not reconsider when he saw the living dragons against him. Perhaps he should have sought counsel from his trusted stewards before he set out. Then again, perhaps he did. At the field of fire Aegon, and let us not forget his sisters, burnt the combined armies of the Reach and Rock. King Mern paid for his misjudgment with his life and that of his ancient family. In a day, the Reach had lost its king, its ruling house, and most of its army. Thankfully for everyone, my ancestor Harlen Tyrell had better sense. Until the maesters sorted out the entail among Mern’s cousins, Harlen the steward was acting Lord of Highgarden. To ensure peace and life in the Reach he would yield the castle to Aegon. The other castles and families would then follow, as they had since the dawn age. Aegon had a continent to conquer, and the fertile Reach was too valuable to raze. He accepted Harlen’s proposal, and welcomed our lands into his kingdom. To show his gratitude, Aegon entitled Harlen to Highgarden, the castle his family had served for a thousand years, and made House Tyrell his Wardens of the South, choosing us over older, greater families in the Reach. Our house thus owed everything to the Targaryens. So is it any wonder we stayed true to King Aerys even during his madness, and even after Robert Baratheon rebelled? Some may question my father for laying siege to the Baratheon’s home instead of marching to aid Prince Rhaegar before Robert could kill him and scatter the royal army. But let us not forgot that we had already dealt Robert his only defeat of the war at Ashford. If Lord Tywin Lannister had not vanquished the Mad King so suddenly our siege would have destroyed Robert’s home and his brothers, and won the war for Aerys. But when the Targaryens fell, House Tyrell again chose peace and prosperity over war and devastation, and bent the knee to King Robert Baratheon, First of His Name. We returned to Highgarden to manage the affairs of the Reach as we had for thousands of years, and will for a thousand more. Other great houses took lions and wolves for their sigils, and draw their power from the gold in their mountains or the cold of their winters. But mountains run dry, winter yields to spring, and the rose blooms once more.