- "I am Trevyr Blackgard, son of Trovar, son of Tragen. This is my home, and these are my people. No Blackgard has ever bowed to a Keller. Not since the days of Asterion the Black. Not since the days of Dirron the Butcher, and not even now. I am the Lord of Ebonheart, and you will leave these lands or die on these lands."
- ―Trevyr, to the Kellers shortly after the Liberation of Blackgard
Lord Trevyr Blackgard (Wastelandic: Strunvahlok) was the Lord of Ebonheart, Master of Blackgard, Lord Defender of the Stormlands, Lord Paramount of the Borders, and Chieftain of the Bordermen. He also served as Hand of the King for almost 30 years. Trevyr also headed the Order of the Dragon as its Grandmaster.
Intelligent, calculating, wise and caring, Trevyr was a powerful and idolized figure in the Borderlands. He gained immense influence in the Seven Kingdoms when he was chosen to serve as Hand of the King to Aegon V Targaryen. During the Stormcrown Interregnum, Trevyr briefly served as Regent and Protector of the Realm for Aerys II Targaryen, until the latter ascended to the Iron Throne and subsequently dismissed him from his service.
Trevyr's father Trovar was a stubborn, vulnerable lord who allowed his enemies to become overmighty, culminating in the Fourth Border Wars. The young Trevyr personally led an army to crush House Keller and put the rival house to the sword, freeing his people from a devastating genocide that nearly wiped out the Bordermen population. His actions were later commemorated in the song "Rainbow Rising". Moreover, Trevyr raised a memorial statue in memory of the war's victims.
Despite siding with the Baratheons in the infamous War of the Usurper, Trevyr, in secret, was a Targaryen loyalist. He has told no one of his allegiance except for Eddin Blackgard, his thirdborn son, Asten Wylde, his castellan, and Eddin Mercer, his bannerman and most trusted friend.
Trevyr was born in Sunhold, the summer palace of House Blackgard in Dorne to Aurola Blackgard and Trovar Blackgard. Moments before his birth, House Keller attacked Sunhold. The battle was almost lost until Aurola went into labour. Shortly after Trevyr was born, the Blackgards were able to defeat the Kellers and managed to hold the palace from them. Because of this, Trevyr's birth was seen as an omen of fortune, as shortly after his birth, the Blackgards remarkably held Sunhold on their own from the Kellers, even though it became evident that they were losing.
Trevyr was born during the Fourth Border Wars. Trevyr lost his two oldest brothers, Oberon and Dagon when he was six years old. When he became ten, House Blackgard's rivals, House Keller killed Trevyr's father, Lord Trovar Blackgard. Trevyr's last brother Trevas swore revenge against the Kellers. However, After he tried to attack Tylan Keller he was killed himself. After the Kellers succeeded in killing Trevyr's mother Aurola too, everyone thought that it would be the definite end of House Blackgard. The Kellers ruled over Blackgard for nine years, mistreating the only living Blackgards, Trevyr and his sister Sofina. Trevyr spend the following nine years as Tylan Keller's ward, after he was released from the Pit for "good behavior" although he was, in fact, no better than a political hostage. It is also believed that Trevyr was tortured by the Kellers in his youth, as he hinted multiple times that "[the Kellers] scarred me for life, both mentally and physically, I'm afraid..." Trevyr, during the rule of House Keller, worked under Lord Velon in exchange for protection. Velon also offered Trevyr to live a more luxurious lifestyle with less work if he were to give him his sister for "different services", which Trevyr declined. Trevyr and Sofina lived in great poverty and were horribly abused on multiple occasions. However, the Blackgards once held an alliance with House Wylde of the Rain House. Trevyr was able to find help from the Wyldes. Trevyr, along with his childhood friends, Asten Wylde and Eddin Mercer and a couple of other companions infiltrated House Keller's stronghold: Kell. There, Trevyr killed Lord Keller and destroyed Kell. In the years that followed, House Blackgard was rebuilt to its former glory and saved from extinction. Trevyr was since known as "the Rainbow", for bringing back light and colour to a bleak Borderlands.
Trevyr was married to Lady Laenah of House Dayne. Though they barely knew one another when they wed, they formed a strong and loving marriage. At the night of their marriage, it was custom to hold a bedding ceremony, but Trevyr forbade it, jokingly saying that it wouldn't do if he broke someone's nose at his own wedding. They have four legitimate children: Dyron, Lucan, Eddin and Elyse. Trevyr also had an "illegitimate bastard son", Ardrew Ashes, reportedly by Reyanna Tyrell, the aunt of Margaery and Loras Tyrell (this caused a minor controversy at the time, as Reyanna was quite a bit younger than Trevyr at the time, though in truth, Ardrew was really the son of Reyanna and Ser Jaran Dragen, a knight of House Dragen who stayed in King's Landing during the last few years of Aegon's reign as king and acted as a military advisor to Aegon due to his adept knowledge in military strategy.)
Even though a bastard, Laenah was surprisingly lenient about her husband siring a bastard and she became the adoptive mother of Ardrew. Nevertheless, Trevyr was close to all his children and was well-loved and respected by all of them. He seemed to have a soft spot for his youngest son, Eddin. With Laenah, Trevyr fathered nine children, but only four survived to adulthood.
According to Joffrey Baratheon in a conversation with Cersei Lannister, Trevyr saved Robert Baratheon's life during Robert's Rebellion. During the Battle of the Trident, after Robert killed Prince Rhaegar, Rhaegar's uncle, Ser Maegon Targaryen of the Kingsguard, advanced on Robert and attempted to execute him to avenge Rhaegar's death, only for Trevyr to kill him before he could. Trevyr apparently never told his children anything about his part in the rebellion.
Trevyr was also King Aegon V Targaryen's Hand of the King and member of his Small Council. After Aegon's death at the Tragedy at Summerhall, the Seven Kingdoms were brought into a state of emergency where Trevyr served as Regent and Protector of the Realm for Aegon's heir, Aerys II Targaryen. When the Interregnum ended, Trevyr continued to serve as Hand of the King to Aerys. However, he was stripped of his status after Aerys grew distrustful of him. After which, Tywin Lannister succeeded him.
Trevyr knew King Aegon and his son, Duncan Targaryen very well. Trevyr also claims to have known the legendary knight Duncan the Tall as well. Trevyr has held an extremely good relationship with Maester Aemon, who he considered to be his mentor and a father figure, as Trevyr's real father died when he was little. He was also very close friends with Ser Jasper Mormont, a member of Aegon V's Kingsguard, whom Trevyr had met during his stay in the capital.
Trevyr is present during his daughter's marriage to Ser Marlen Rosby. During these special occasions Trevyr allows anyone, lord or smallfolk, to ask him for counsel or aid. Several feudal and clan-based bordermen are granted an audience by Lord Trevyr.
Trevyr's thirdborn, Eddin, returns from his journey to King's Landing just before the wedding ends. Trevyr quickly notices him and claims that Eddin has changed quite a bit after his two year stay in the capital. The wedding eventually ends with Elyse and Marlen's consummation.
After House Karstark deserts him, Robb Stark sends a representative of his to Blackgard to try and broker an alliance with House Blackgard in order to avoid having to deal with the notoriously prickly Walder Frey. Though both his son Dyron and his sister Sofina think having Robb Stark as their ally would be beneficial to them, Trevyr disagrees, believing it to be too much of a risk despite the fact that he was sympathetic to Robb's cause. He sends Robb good luck in his conquests.
One of Trevyr's scouts brings him news of the Red Wedding. Trevyr is disgusted by this, souring House Blackgard's relationship with the Crown. He regrets not allying with Robb Stark, believing that if he had that he could have prevented the Red Wedding from ever taking place. The Red Wedding also strengthens Trevyr's belief that having Daenerys Targaryen on the Iron Throne was the only thing that could be done to save the realm from the power-hungry tyrants currently ruling it.
A representative of the Crown travels to Blackgard to ask the Blackgards to join King Joffrey Baratheon's (or rather Tywin Lannister's) army. He brings a letter from Cersei Lannister who tells them to guard the borders in the name of the king. Trevyr is reluctant to do this because of the Red Wedding, but since he doesn't want to risk open rebellion against the Iron Throne, he agrees to do so. He is also invited to be a "guest of honor" at the royal wedding of King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, but ultimately declines. Before he can send his reply regarding the defense of the borders back to King's Landing, Joffrey dies at his wedding feast after having been poisoned.
Davos Seaworth, Hand of the King to Stannis Baratheon offers Trevyr a place at Stannis' small council, in return for House Blackgard allegiance to the king in the Narrow Sea. Trevyr refuses Davos' offer as he fears that if Stannis loses the war his house will fall. Disappointed, Davos leaves Blackgard and returns to Dragonstone.
After Tyrion Lannister was imprisoned and accused for murdering Joffrey Baratheon, Varys made a proposal to Lord Trevyr who, like Varys, holds fealty to Queen Daenerys Targaryen. Varys and Tyrion were able to board a ship from King's Landing to Blackgard, and from there, Trevyr advised them to take one of his ships to Pentos, claiming that they wouldn't make it far if they used a regular King's Landing ship, and that he'd "dispose" of the ship they stole.
Not long after he helped Varys and Tyrion, Trevyr is visited by several retainers from King's Landing, who question him about the missing ship, which was believed to be heading towards the Borderlands. Trevyr feigns ignorance, but reassures them that criminals were not welcome in the Borderlands, and that he'd "keep an eye out."
Stannis Baratheon tries to persuade Trevyr into his cause once more by sending him a raven. Again, Trevyr refuses and hopes that he and Stannis will never have to cross paths.
Trevyr travels to Smithestone to visit his old friend Jothos Harrigon. While there he encounters Garth Dragen, a noble lord from the North. He learns that House Harrigon have agreed to support Garth in his conflict with House Bolton, and, as part of that alliance, Jothos' daughter Larinna will marry Garth's firstborn son and heir, Lucius Dragen. Though both Trevyr and his son, Dyron, express concern about this to Jothos, they wish Garth good luck in his conquests.
During their return to Blackgard, Trevyr is attacked by an assassin. Dyron notices him and slashes him through the stomach before Trevyr could be harmed. Trevyr searches the attacker and notices the typical borderman features by simply looking at his face. Trevyr also spots a golden ring, highly unusual for a common murderer. Trevyr comes to the conclusion that the assassin was from noble blood and could be send by a vassal of House Blackgard. After the bizarre event, Trevyr sends several of his most loyal men to his vassals with the intention to investigate them.
Trevyr goes to Dunharrow to attend Grayson Mercer's funeral after Grayson was poisoned at his nameday banquet by the same poison that killed King Joffrey at his his wedding feast. At the funeral, Trevyr reconnects with his longtime friend Eddin Mercer, Grayson's father and the Lord of Dunharrow who he has known since they were children, for the first time in a long while. Eddin believes that his firstborn son Roman, the Lord Commander of the Blackwatch, is behind the death of his brother, and asks Trevyr to foster Roman's bastard son Gerrad Storm at Blackgard in order to protect him from being killed as well. Eddin also introduces the possibility of Cersei Lannister backing whomever was plotting against House Blackgard to Trevyr, and advises him to stay on his guard.
During a conversation with Eddin, Trevyr reveals his true allegiance to House Targaryen and how he hopes that restoring Daenerys Targaryen to the Iron Throne will save Westeros from itself. Trevyr explains to him that he never told anyone of his allegiance except for Asten Wylde and Eddin Mercer, his two closest friends.
Trevyr becomes extremely ill. The maester investigates Trevyr and declares that he suffers from a severe case of fever. Trevyr becomes restricted to a wheelchair and is slowly losing his sight. Everyone fears that Trevyr is dying and even the maester claims that Trevyr doesn't have long to live. Trevyr makes Dyron acting Lord of Ebonheart. Trevyr does feel somewhat conflicted about this, although he has full trust in Dyron's decisions and honourable intentions, he still fears his temperament and is afraid that he will decide things too rashly.
After Dyron Blackgard's death, Trevyr demands a meeting with his vassals to discover who among them is a traitor.
- "Aal Barran faal Nonvaal Gein aak zii do Strunvahlok wah faal Unahzaal Golt, ful tol rok aal siiv drem voth ok meyr. (May Barran the Exalted One guide the spirit of Trevyr to the Eternal Grounds, so that he may find peace with his ancestors."
- ―Vumir's rites
Trevyr is clinging to whatever life is left in him. He is bedridden for months, unable to walk, see, and speak. Trevyr's family and bannermen come together in his bedchamber to witness Trevyr's final moments alive. As Eddin grabs Trevyr's hand, Trevyr begins to smile and cry, while slowly closing his eyes and then passing away by breathing his last breath of air. The Silent Sisters then take his body and carry it to the embalming chamber where the Hahnuiel will mummify and embalm him for his final journey to the Eternal Grounds.
The seventh season presents two parallel storylines. One involves Eddin Blackgard in the present after the events of the sixth season; the other is a series of flashbacks following his father, Trevyr from 213 AL until the beginning of Robert's Rebellion.
Trevyr's story begins in 213 AL, at Sunhold, where Aurola Blackgard is seen giving birth during the Battle of Sunhold. After countless of hours in labour, Aurola finally succeeds in giving birth to the baby Trevyr, even when the battle is still violently taking place.
Jumping further a few years and Trevyr has already reached childhood. He has become a playful young boy, with a rambunctious attitude. He grows jealous of his brother, Trevas, about him succeeding their father, Lord Trovar Blackgard, one day after he shows Trevyr the Borderlands. Trovar explains that Trevas will one day rule over the Borderlands, and warns him not to go to the lands further west. Though Trevyr, initially believes that being lord is about getting to do whatever he wishes, Trovar teaches him about the responsibilities of lordship. Suddenly, Trovar is alerted by the castellan of raiders near Blackgard. Trovar goes to deal with the situation and tells the castellan to take Trevyr home, much to the boy's disappointment.
After Trevyr returns home, he meets his sister Sofina and he convinces her to travel with him to the lands west. Unknown to them those lands are in fact highly toxic and inhabited by the raiders. Shortly after reaching the Ashlands, they are chased and almost attacked by a group of raiders. Having been found by Trevas, Trovar saves the two siblings. Trovar orders Trevas to take Sofina home, and then proceeds to lecture Trevyr on the danger he put himself and his sister in and he forgives and forgets. Afterward, Trevyr asks if they will always be together. Trovar responds by telling Trevyr about the Blackgards of the past, who look down from the stars. Trovar tells Trevyr if he ever feels alone, the Great Blackgards will always be there to guide him, and so will he.
The next day, Trovar and his family attend Trevas' inauguration ritual to prepare him in becoming the future Lord of Ebonheart. However, the ceremony is cut short when they are attacked by Keller forces. During the skirmish, Trevyr loses contact with his father and the rest of the party. After the short, but violent battle is over. Trevyr finds himself alone and separated. He suddenly finds, to his shock, his father laying dead on the ground. As he approaches him, he tries to wake him up, telling him they need to go home. He screams out for help several times, but after realizing that his father is dead, he begins to sob and places himself under his father's arm. The rest of the party eventually find Trevyr and Aurola screams out of shock in the sight of her husband's corpse. Trevas drags his brother away from his father, forcing him to look away, all the while Trevyr keeps screaming out to his father.
A few days later, Trevyr, his mother, and the rest of the Blackgard household carry Trovar's sarcophagus to the Blackgard Ancestral Tomb. They are later approached by several horsemen. They claim to send their condolences to Lady Aurola and they throw a bloodied bag in front of them. As Aurola unfolds the bag, she finds to her shock the corpse of her son Trevas.
A week later, House Blackgard still mourns for the loss of Lord Trovar and Lord Trevas. Trevyr ends up in a deep shock and hasn't spoken since his father died. While Aurola is contemplating on how they should handle the Keller situation, the city is attacked by House Keller. Auster Keller, Trovar's sworn enemy, proclaims Blackgard as property of House Keller. When Aurola protests, Tylan Keller, Lord Auster's son, shoots Aurola with a crossbow and kills her. Auster then orders Trevyr and Sofina to be locked away in the Pit, to await further judgment.
Years later, Sofina and Trevyr were released from the Pit and have been "awarded" with the status of ward, in exchange for their good behaviour. Trevyr is now nineteen, and because of his experiences as a child, he has lost his playful and rambunctious attitude and has taken on the role of an assertive, careful, and wise young man.
Trevyr, however, was not allowed to live inside the castle of Ebonheart, and instead was given a modest shack just outside of the palace. Trevyr worked for Lord Velon, a merchant lord, who collaborated with the Kellers to avoid becoming victimized in the ongoing Ulaanag. Trevyr was put into hard labor and he barely got by financially. Unbeknownst to him, Lord Velon was a blackhander and local crime lord who was able to extort many Blackgard citizens to work for him in exchange for protection from the Ulaanag.
Trevyr, believing that it is time for House Blackgard to retake control over the Borderlands, begins plotting against Tylan and his father, Auster. According to Sofina, their father, Trovar, once held a shaky alliance with the Wyldes of Rain House. Sofina admits that, now House Blackgard has lost control over its own territories, the Wyldes may no longer support them. However, Trevyr managed to gain help from his childhood friend, Asten Wylde, who persuaded Lord Wylde to aid the Blackgards in their plan to reconquer the Borderlands.
After gaining all the necessary allies, Trevyr quickly built a reputation for himself as a person the citizens of Blackgard could trust. Trevyr, alongside his two childhood friends, Asten Wylde and Eddin Mercer, begin founding the Sons of Asterion, a rebel alliance bent on overthrowing House Keller and driving them to extinction.
After the Sons of Asterion managed to destroy House Keller's food supply for the coming winter, Trevyr sends word to his allies, informing them that when the great pyre atop the Tower of Ancients is lit, they must invade the city. After sending word, Trevyr and his men plan to kill Tylan Keller. Sofina offers to send herself to Tylan's bedchambers to seduce him. Trevyr initially refuses, claiming he does not want to see his sister violated for his own ends. Sofina dismisses her brother's concerns and goes anyway.
After Sofina successfully managed to get Tylan drunk and asleep, she opens Tylan's bedchambers, allowing Trevyr and the rest of the Sons of Asterion to kill Tylan in his sleep. The Sons wrap ropes around Tylan, preventing him from getting up. Trevyr then puts a pillow on his face and stabs it multiple times, killing Tylan in the process.
Afterwards, Trevyr lights the great pyre, signalling his allies to commence their attack. The Wyldes, Mercers, and all remaining allies storm the city, defeating the Keller guards and liberating Blackgard.
After retaking Blackgard and freeing his people from the Ulaanag, Trevyr felt that they still had to punish House Keller for their heinous crimes. Eddin proposes besieging Kell, House Keller's stronghold. Trevyr, although initially agreeing with Eddin's plans, tells him that in liberating the Borderlands from Keller control, they have sustained major losses in their army. Furthermore, Kell is one of the most well-defended locations in the Seven Kingdoms, situated in a nigh-impregnable, tactical position. Trevyr states that in order to attack Kell, they need many more allies. Trevyr proposes brokering an alliance with House Baratheon, House Keller's former overlords. Myke Tymber, a vassal of House Blackgard, is sent to Storm's End to bring Trevyr's offer of an alliance to Lord Lyonel Baratheon. Trevyr later states that, before his father's death, he was set to marry Arya Arryn of the Vale, and that even though Trovar is long dead, the proposal technically still stands. Trevyr then sends a raven to the Lord of the Eyrie, informing him that he is still interested in continuing the arranged marriage.
Later, Asten Wylde informs Trevyr that the Daynes of Starfall contacted him about setting up a potential alliance with House Blackgard. According to Asten, House Dayne has one of the most well-trained knights in Westeros, and that their assistance could prove vital in the war. However, to set up this alliance, Trevyr must marry one of Lord Alfrid Dayne's daughters. Which daughter it would be, he did not say. To achieve this, Trevyr has to annul the already arranged marriage with Arya Arryn, and this could mean that Trevyr would lose an alliance of a fellow Great House, in favor of a Dornish vassal. After carefully considering the proposal, Trevyr begrudgingly accepts.
Trevyr, Eddin Mercer, Steffon Croft, and Gyles Redgrave head for Starfall to meet with Lord Dayne and Trevyr's betrothed. Upon arrival, Alfrid Dayne introduces Trevyr to his eldest daughter, Laenah Dayne. Trevyr is almost immediately enthralled by Laenah's beauty and grace. While Laenah in turn shows initial signs of infatuation, she still is noticeably uncomfortable in becoming involved in a pre-arranged marriage, openly and defiantly telling Trevyr that she only marries for Trevyr's own ends, rather than love. Laenah's father dismisses her, letting Trevyr and Laenah know that he wishes the wedding to take place within seven days, much to the shock of the two.
When returning to Blackgard, Steffon Croft jokingly tells Trevyr that he half-expected to see a overweight, hairy beast, and says that he is pleasantly surprised about Laenah's beauty. Trevyr, although agreeing with Steffon, tells him that he noticed that Laenah does not truly love Trevyr, and vice versa, and says that the only reason this marriage continues is for him to ultimately end the Keller bloodline, confirming Laenah's suggestions.
Seven days later, Alfrid and Laenah Dayne arrive in Blackgard for the marriage. Much to Alfrid's surprise, the two are married in true Bordermen fashion. Instead of being wed by a Septon in Ebonheart, the marriage ceremony takes place outside in the field. Laenah is being crowned with roses while Trevyr's forehead is marked with the letter , which is Wastelandic slang for "commitment" or "binding". Afterwards, a Hahnuiel priest recites all the necessary prayers and incense is burned, formally cementing the marriage.
The attendees are preparing to initiate the bedding ceremony until Trevyr dismisses them, jokingly declaring that it wouldn't do if he broke someone's nose at his own wedding. Later, Laenah and Trevyr walk up to Trovar and Aurola's former bedchambers. Trevyr takes a moment to observe the room, while saying that he finds it strange to be standing in his parents' chambers, nine years after their deaths. Aware that they must consummate the marriage, Trevyr tells Laenah that she has no obligation to couple with him, admitting that they are complete strangers to one another. Surprisingly, Laenah admits to having feelings Trevyr - as does Trevyr himself - and the two begin to undress. Laenah is shocked to find a collection of whipping scars on Trevyr's body, saying that she underestimated the cruelty of the Kellers. Trevyr admits that it has been long since he has felt anything else but fear and paranoia, claiming that it feels good to spent time with someone who is genuinely kind. Laenah admits the same, and they have sex.
In the present, Vumir's Dreamwalkers were able to successfully perform a Dreamwalk, and were successful in briefly entering the Eternal Grounds. During which, they reportedly were able to make contact with the spirit of Trevyr, although his spirit refused to communicate back with them. According to the Hahnuiel, Trevyr's spirit was angered by his grandson Steffon's actions, and vilified him as a traitor.
|Season Three appearances|
|Valar Dohaeris||Dark Wings, Dark Words||Walk of Punishment||And Now His Watch is Ended||Kissed by Fire|
|The Climb||The Bear and the Maiden Fair||Second Sons||The Rains of Castamere||Mhysa|
|Season Four appearances|
|Two Swords||The Lion and the Rose||Breaker of Chains||Oathkeeper||First of His Name|
|The Laws of Gods and Men||Mockingbird||The Mountain and the Viper||The Watchers on the Wall||The Children|
|Season Five appearances|
|The Wars to Come||The House of Black and White||High Sparrow||Sons of the Harpy||Kill the Boy|
|Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken||The Gift||Hardhome||The Dance of Dragons||Mother’s Mercy|
|Season Six appearances|
|The Red Woman||Home||Oathbreaker||Book of the Stranger||The Door *|
|Blood of My Blood||The Broken Man||No One||Battle of the Bastards||The Winds of Winter|
* Appears as a corpse
- "The blood of Pahbormah runs deep in Strunvahlok's veins."
- ―Chieftain Nokrok
Feared and respected by his enemies and allies, loved by his friends and family, Trevyr has upheld House Blackgard's tradition of respectable leaders and cunning lords. Trevyr was an old, but remarkably strong individual. Although he could no longer fight because of his advanced age, he was still strong-willed, stern, wise, loyal and honourable. He survived multiple diseases which would have killed any other Bordermen elder.
In his younger years, Trevyr already possessed what people claim: "an elder's wisdom and a Maester's patience". He was calm and calculating, wise and kind. He had the foresight of a master chess player, able to predict the ramifications and possible opportunities from seemingly random events years in advance and was known to use reason to solve problems and only use violence as the last possible resort.
As a child, Trevyr had a rambunctious attitude mixed with a playful, adventurous, carefree but impatient personality. However, following the disastrous events of the Fourth Border Wars, he lost his youthful and naive audacity and became a cautious, assertive, wise, and calculating individual.
Trevyr was also noted as a talented musician. He could play the harp and the lute. Trevyr viewed himself more as a scholar than a warrior.
Trevyr was tall, even for a Blackgard. He had soft, but deep black eyes which reflected his inner wisdom. In his youth, Trevyr possessed black hair which would turn dark blonde or sometimes pale blond in sunlight. As he aged, Trevyr's hair grew white with lined features. His face became gaunt and his voice, which used to be strong and powerful, grew hoarse and smoky. In Bordermen tradition, when a loved one has died, a Borderman would choose to not shave his facial hair since the day their loved one passed, and this tradition Trevyr carried on into adulthood, which resulted in him possessing a long white beard extending all the way to his chest. As a young man, Trevyr was neither as handsome nor as strong as his older brother Trevas was, according to Laenah Blackgard; however, she also states that he has a "heart of gold beneath that stern face". He is noted as having a grandfatherly presence when around family members.
Trevyr's imposing height gave him an intimidating presence in the face of both enemies and allies. He mostly wore traditional Blackgard black clothing with white enameling and a dark-grey cloak covering his right shoulder and arm.
Trevyr owned a night-black plate armor accompanied by a black cape covering the upper-right side of his body. The cape was held together with a golden clasp depicting the two swords of House Blackgard. His plate armor was decorated with small light-grey Wastelandic runes that were only visible once Trevyr stood in light. Underneath his armor he wore an ebony ringmail. Trevyr's black helmet could be opened and closed. Once closed, it covered Trevyr's entire face with only small openings available for the eyes, but the shadow that the helmet would cast hid them. The helmet had wing-like decorations on the sides which depicted wings.
Trevyr occasionally wielded Blackest Heart into battle, which he carried on his back.
|Lord of Ebonheart
232 AL - 303 AL
|Hand of the King
233 AL - 261 AL
Spoken by Trevyr
- "I was whipped, beaten, kicked, cut, burned, hung by my neck, drowned, and was meant to believe that no one would save me. The Kellers tried to break my spirit. They failed, because there was one thing that kept me going, one thing that led me to endure the hours upon hours of unending agony: Revenge. "
- ―Trevyr, on his imprisonment by House Keller
- "Trevyr: "I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don't know. If I'd just... I could have got more".
Asten Wylde: "Trevyr, there are eleven hundred people who are alive because of you. Look at them."
Trevyr: "If I'd made more money... I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I'd just..."
Asten Wylde: "There will be generations because of what you did."
Trevyr: "I didn't do enough!"
Asten Wylde: "You did so much."
[Trevyr looks at his horse]
Trevyr: "This horse. Lord Velon would have bought this horse. Why did I keep the horse? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people."
[removing the ring from his finger]
Trevyr: "This ring. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person. A person, Asten. For this."
Trevyr: I could have gotten one more person... and I didn't! And I... I didn't!"
- ―Trevyr, breaking down after witnessing the mass graves of millions of Bordermen
- "Tylan Keller: I thought I told the lot of you to stay inside the castle. What the fuck are you doing here?
Trevyr: I'm a Blackgard. I can go where I please.
Tylan Keller: Why you little, arrogant cunt...I ought to put you in your place right now.
Trevyr: How much is your father paying you to beat helpless civilians?
Tylan Keller: [to his men] Take a hold of him. Stand him up. Stand him up straight.
[punches Trevyr and breaks his jaw]"
- ―Trevyr and Tylan Keller
- "We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you've come to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of tea, even though my wife was godmother to your only child. But let's be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt."
- ―Trevyr, doubting his friendship with Davos
- "You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you, or my boy to me? I forgo the vengeance of my son. But I have selfish reasons. My youngest son was forced to interfere in our war because of this Lannister business. All right, now I have to make arrangements to guarantee his safety and prevent that he will end up as my eldest son. But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him... if he should be stabbed in the belly by one of my Sentinels, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. But, that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of my grandchildren, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today."
- ―Trevyr, to his vassals
- "Trevyr: I like to drink wine more than I used to...
Trevyr: Anyway, I'm drinking more.
Eddin: It's good for you.
Trevyr: Ah, I don't know... "
- ―Trevyr and Eddin
- "[in Wastelandic] Do me this favor. I won't forget it. Ask your friends in the city about me. They'll tell you I know how to return a favor. "
- ―A young Trevyr, trying to convince a noble lord to support him.
- "Trevyr: I hope you don't mind the way I keep going over this Lannister business.
Eddin: No, not at all.
Trevyr: It's an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless. Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men."
- ―Trevyr and Eddin
- "Steel wins battles. Gold wins wars"
- "Eddin, your father loves you very much. Very much. "
- ―Trevyr, holding a newborn Eddin Blackgard, shortly after Laenah's death.
- "Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honour matters. Their silence is your answer."
- ―Trevyr, about war heroism.
- "Trevyr: For seventy years I have sat on that godforsaken throne. My entire arse has turned black because of it. I think it's high time for a replacement, don't you think?
Eddin: The Ebony Throne has stood here for centuries, father -
Trevyr: I'm not talking about the Throne, my boy. "
- ―Trevyr to Eddin Blackgard
- "Child Trevyr: (In Wastelandic) Father? We will always be together, right?
Trovar: (In Wastelandic) Trevyr, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great Blackgards of the past look down on us from those stars.
Child Trevyr: (In Wastelandic) Really?
Trovar: Yes. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those Blackgards will always be there to guide you. And so will I. "
- ―Trevyr with his father, Trovar, a few days before he is killed in battle
- "Out of the night that covers me
Black as the Pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever Gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul."
- ―A narration of the poem "Invictus" by Trevyr done after his funeral, during the procession where his sarcophagus is taken to the Blackgard Ancestral Tomb.
Spoken to/about Trevyr
- "Young man, I hear you and your friends are stealing goods. But you don't even send a dress to my house. No respect! You know I've got three daughters. This city belongs to the Kellers, and I am their faithful supporter. You and your friends should show them some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. I hear you and your friends cleared 600 Gold Dragons each. Give me 200 Dragons each, for your own protection. And I'll forget the insult. You young cunts have to learn to respect a man like me! Otherwise the Kellers will come to your house. And your family will be ruined. Of course, if I'm wrong about how much you stole, I'll take a little less. And by less, I only mean - a hundred Dragons less. Now don't refuse me. Understand, hefhah? Understand, hefhah?... Tell your friends I don't want a lot. Just enough to wet my beak. Don't be afraid to tell them!"
- ―A Borderman collaborator, threatening Trevyr
- "Edgarth Bergen: Your father, he's a good man. An honorable man. But he's old, very old. He's dying, Edd. Who'll lead House Blackgard when the time comes?
Edgarth Bergen: C'mon, Edd. Let's think realistic here. Your brother's temper is almost uncontrollable, he'll lead your house into damnation.
Eddin: Lucan then, I suppose.
Edgarth Bergen: Lucan's a fool. A weak fool, and unable to lead.
Edgarth Bergen: Perhaps. You're a smart young man. However, you're a thirdborn, so I wouldn't count on it."
- ―Lord Bergen and Eddin, discussing Lord Trevyr's health.
- "My father taught me many things here - he taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
- ―Eddin Blackgard, talking about his father's office.
- "Tyrion: You can do many things, Varys. But smuggling a kingslayer out of the Black Cells...Now that's remarkable.
Varys: I have...certain 'friends' in high places. Some who, like me, still hold fealty to the one true queen. If this individual ever said no to the dangerous proposal I made which goes in contrast with his loyalty to the king, you would not be breathing.
Tyrion: It seems that it is best for your "friend" to remain anonymous.
Varys: Indeed, Lord Tyrion. Indeed."
- ―Varys, referring to Trevyr
- "Jorah: You still have powerful men in Westeros who are loyal to you.
Daenerys: You speak of Trevyr Blackgard.
Jorah: Aye, you may not want to believe it but he's already prepared for your return. We have frequent contact.
Daenerys: Trevyr helped the Usurper murder my family and you want me to trust him?!
Jorah: When your house comes into war, who do you follow: The winning lord, or the losing king?"
- ―Jorah Mormont and Daenerys Targaryen, discussing Trevyr Blackgard
- "His name was Trevyr Blackgard. Some knew him as Trevyr the Great. Others knew him as Strunvahlok. Still others knew him as the Prowler. But I...I knew him simply as my friend. No, not just my friend. My brother. Trevyr Blackgard was, without a doubt, the greatest man I have ever known. When I first met him, the Borderlands had been torn apart by war. Both of us were two lost children whose families had been taken from us by the Kellers. He always described me as the younger brother he never had. From then on, he always called me 'Little Brother'. It was on the day we liberated the Black City that, as the sun rose and we stood tall, I saw him standing there, the last of the Blackgards, raising the first Blackgard banner that had flown in the city in nearly a decade. His armor was rent, his face was bloody, but he was alive. I think it was then that the Kellers learned that the line of Asterion the Black would not be so easily broken. And I looked at him and thought, 'There is one I could follow. There is one....I could call Lord.' And I watched him rebuild House Blackgard single-handedly. I watched him become Hand of the King for Aegon the Unlikely. I watched him become the man that so many, himself included, never thought he would be, but I knew he would be. This man who brought down one of the strongest families in the realm all for the sake of his family. No one was braver, more honorable, or more loyal. I can ask no more qualities in a man worthy to lead. And no one was more worthy of respect and friendship than him. As they say in the Night's Watch, 'we will never see his like again'. No other words can sum up the sorrow we all feel at losing such a good man. As he returns to the earth to sleep alongside his family, his wife, and his son Dyron, I can only say this: Good bye, my friend....and thank you."
- ―Eddin Mercer's eulogy to Trevyr at Trevyr's funeral.
- "You fucking traitor..."
- ―Maegon Targaryen, after he is stabbed by Trevyr during Robert's Rebellion.
- "I met him once, Trevyr Blackgard. Everyone at the Arbor has heard the stories about him. My idiot of a father wanted to marry me to this dreadful Prince Daeron. Daeron would never become King. But Trevyr, his people viewed him as a king more than the common people viewed the Targaryens back then. A shame he had to wed the Dayne girl. I could show him the things I showed your grandfather if only he had come to my father for help, instead."
- ―Olenna Tyrell to Margaery Tyrell
Behind the scenes
- On the Season 5 Blu-ray, Trevyr narrates Histories & Lore video "House Blackgard (Histories & Lore)"
- During the San Diego Comic-Con at the Game of Thrones panel in 2015, it was revealed that the original casting choice for Trevyr was Sir Christopher Lee, because both Trevyr and Lee shared the same height, and almost the same age. Unfortunately, Christopher Lee was quite ill and it would be impossible for him to travel to Croatia where the Blackgard set was located and then travel to Northern Ireland where most of the Borderlands set was. At the last minute, George R.R. Martin suggested hiring Jeremy Irons for the role of Trevyr as Martin claimed that Irons' voice was the closest on how he imagined Trevyr's voice to sound like.
- There are significant changes between Trevyr and actor Jeremy Irons. In the books and in the show, Trevyr is almost ninety years old, where as Irons is only 67. In order to achieve the effect of a much older and more sickly looking Irons, the costume designer of seasons 1 through 5, Michele Clapton, applied wrinkling and ageing effects to Irons' face, effectively making it look as if he had aged thirty years.
- Trevyr is based on a combination of fictional and historical people, mainly: Vito Corleone, Alexander the Great, Calogero Don Calò Vizzini, Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Nelson Mandela and Oskar Schindler.
- Trevyr shares many similarities with the aforementioned Vito Corleone: Both witnessed the deaths of their family; both had to build/rebuild a powerful family, Trevyr coincidentally shares quotes spoken by Vito Corleone, and both have three sons and one daughter; who is repeatedly abused by her husband.
- Trevyr, like many Bordermen, is immune to greyscale.
- Trevyr's first language that he learnt, which simultaneously became his mother tongue, was Wastelandic. The Common Tongue he later adopted as a second language. As a result, Trevyr grew up bilingual, like most in House Blackgard.
- Unlike most of his kind, Trevyr actually once traveled to Essos, to Pentos to be exact, to shore up a trade alliance with the Magisters of Pentos. Trevyr made the trip a second time during a meeting with fellow Order of the Dragon member, Illyrio Mopatis.
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