"My great-aunt has proceeded to bury her head in the sand, waiting to claim what she believes is rightfully hers. Let her do as she pleases, I am House Blackgard"
―King Althurin I
House Blackgard of Volantis is a cadet branch of House Blackgard of Ebonheart, founded shortly after the Black Day by Lady Sofina Blackgard. It is the imperial House of the Wastelandic Empire, the only imperial house of Westerosi origin, and the current rulers of the Free Cities.

The House was founded as House Blackgard of Sunhold by Sofina Blackgard, after the death of Eddin Blackgard. Their seat was the fortress of Sunhold, which was formerly the summer palace and resort of House Blackgard. As of 305 AC, following the conquest of Volantis, the house has relocated their principal stronghold to this city.

The official words of the house are None Shall Pass, which they share with their overlords. The house was funded and supported by House Baerley, the Great House of Dorne. To showcase this former alliance, their sigil are three golden suns on a black bend with two crossed silver swords on white.

In the Wastelandic Empire, the house is alternatively known as the House of Norokin by the natives of the Free Cities. When they were first founded, the house went with the name House Blackgard of Sunhold.

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