When Torrhen Stark had to play his role under Targaryen rule after bending his knee.
Arcus Frozenwater had all the strings in hand. His life was in service of the Sercret Order. The North’s interest was above all. This was an entire new game. Lord Arcus was a tactician, a strategist of sorts. He was a mastermind at playing chess, always thinking 3-steps ahead. He was loyal to the North and as for most Northern men he believed in the Old Gods. He thought fighting for honour is a brave thing, but not always a noble thing. To achieve a certain goal, there always more paths to follow. The best path is the path of the lowest Northern casualties. There might be not always honour in that, yet a greater good must be served. A pawn is a pawn if played right, you can even slay a Queen with a pawn. When all players are on a board, you calculate the path of most success. This was the way of Arcus a legendary man known as the Foundering Father, whom rooted the path of the Secret Order.
At the beginning when Torrhen Stark co-founded the Secret Order of the North, he gave control to Arcus. But his control was limited to “the Table of Nine”. There were eight other powerfull figures at the table, they all had their vote. But only the Chairman had veto-rights. The Table of Nine existed out of nine Northern Noble Houses
- House Frozenwater
- House Forrester
- House Karstark
- House Umber
- House Ryswell
- House Reed
- House Manderly
- House Tallhart
- House Snowflake (vassals of Frozenwater)
Their influence was deep throughout Westeros. Every seat at the table had their own roles and responsibilities. The seats were not meant to be held by the heads of the families. They were all elected on the necessary skillset. Affiliation of the House was enough, because to get a seat at the table you need an extraordinary skillset.
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