Ser Barristan Selmy the Bold

Lord Commander of the Kingsguard


Barristan the Bold is one of the finest knights of the realm and the leader of the Kingsguard. He fought on the side of the Targaryens during Robert’s Rebellion until he was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Trident. He accepted Robert Baratheon’s pardon and has served him loyally since.

Ser Barristan Selmy is the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and is oft considered one of the greatest living knights in all the Seven Kingdoms and certainly as great as most of those knights who came before. Although an aging man, his honor, strength, martial skill, and every other knightly virtue stand unimpeachable.

Selmy is an older man, with long white hair and lined features. Despite his advanced age, he is still strong and fast and every bit the skilled knight he was in his youth. Like all members of the Kingsguard, he dresses in pure white, from his clothing to his armor and shield.

Unlike many knights who have greatness attributed to them, Selmy lives up to all the tales and legends and has long proven himself to be all that he represents—a constant man of great discipline and martial prowess, and a man who epitomizes honor and every virtue one expects to find in a knight.


A legend in his own time, Selmy was a young knight when King Jaehaerys asked him to walk away from his old life and join the Kingsguard. Although it meant giving up his ancestral keep and lands, as well as leaving his wife-to-be, Selmy did it because he felt it was his duty to serve his king and the realm. During the War of the Usurper, he defended Aerys to the best of his ability, until seriously wounded at the Battle of the Trident.

After his defeat and the death of King Aerys, Selmy accepted Robert’s pardon and eventually became Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Selmy owed his loyalty to the kingdom, not to a specific king, and so he has served Robert as well as he has any of his predecessors.

Ser Barristan Selmy the Bold

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