My personal rewrite of the story
It's probably way too late, and probably not too many people are going to read this, but since finishing the game, and especially since hearing about Telltale shutting down, thus destroying any chance of a sequel, I've been thinking about the story of House Forrester. At first, I wrote an outline for what happened after the fall of Ironrath, but now, after learning more about the ASOIAF universe, and reading some criticisms about the game, I've decided to write a plot outline of how I would rewrite the game story, using elements from both the books and the TV show.
This first post is a prelude/setup, setting up some plot points and motivations while changing others. It's also a taste/offering, to see what people think. Depending on what feedback I get, if any, I'll write the rest up when I can.
House Whitehill originally worshipped the Old Gods, but when House Manderly established White Harbor, the Lord Whitehill of the time, hoping to ingratiate himself with them for sole control of the Ironwood trade (and possibly a marriage alliance), nominally converted to the Faith of the Seven.
At first, the Whitehills provided the Manderlys with more Ironwood and Ironwood products than House Forrester. But as time passed, not only did the Forresters produce better quality products, but the Whitehills had used up all of their Ironwood trees without planting more. To try to put an end to the feud and humble the Lords Forrester and Whitehill, the Lord Stark of the time placed their houses under Houses Glover and Bolton respectively. Some members of House Whitehill took their conversion to the Faith more seriously than others, and in time they converted for good.
Gregor Forrester and Elissa Branfield met and fell in love during a visit by the Branfields to White Harbor, hence why a noblewoman from the Crownlands married a Northern lord. During Robert’s Rebellion, Malcolm and Elissa had heard of Robert Baratheon’s forgiving nature towards his enemies, but after their brothers were killed at the Battles of Summerhall and their father executed by King Aerys II, they decided the North would be safer. The Branfield lands were granted by King Aerys to one Rickard Morgryn, who he thought would be more loyal to the crown.
House Glenmore was given their lands on the Rillwater Crossing by House Ryswell to defend again Ironborn reavers. They’ve attempted, and are continuing to attempt, to make use of their strategic position to gain wealth and power by any means necessary while avoiding the wrath of their liege lords.
Instead of being beyond the Wall, the North Grove is now in the Northern mountains between Winterfell (and Ironrath) and the Wall. Since the Whitehills consider the mountain clansmen savages and their lands worthless, they’ve never considered the possibility of the North Grove being there.
Instead of living beyond the Wall, Josera and Elsera Snow live in the North. To remove the taint of bastardy, Josera has changed his name to “Frost”, though many still refer to him as “Snow”. Josera serves in the Ironrath garrison, and as an envoy to the Northern mountain clans, while Elsera works as a woods witch, providing aid to those Maester Ortengryn can’t (or won’t).
Like Catelyn Stark, Elissa Branfield initially resented Josera and Elsera, but unlike Catelyn, Elissa grew to trust and even like them.
Asher’s storyline still takes place in Essos, but in Myr, Pentos and Braavos instead of Meereen.
Mira’s storyline takes place in White Harbor instead of King’s Landing.
Cotter is now an unacknowledged bastard son of Gerion Lannister. Sylvi is still Cotter’s brother, but is now a dragonseed, a bastard of Valyrian origin (either Velaryon or Celtigar). Fearing that her daughter might be mistaken for a Targaryen, Cotter’s mother abandoned her in the ruins of Oldstones. Cotter, disgusted, stayed with and raised his sister.
After murdering the lording who caught him sleeping with his wife, Finn, instead of being caught and sent to the Wall, is now on the run and looking to profit from the chaos caused by the war.
Sera is now Serra Manderly, daughter of Marlon Manderly, Lord Wyman’s cousin and captain of the guard.
Harys is now Harys Warrick, Master-At-Arms of Highpoint and father of Britt Warrick.
Lord Garibald Tarwick is now a Westerman lord who lost his family and lands during the Greyjoy Rebellion and given refuge at Rillwater Crossing. Garibald had once hoped to marry Lynesse Hightower until Jorah Mormont won her hand. He still considers himself the better choice, especially after meeting Lynesse once during his travels.
Andros is now Andros Whitehill, younger brother of Ludd and castellan of Highpoint.
Karl Whitehill, as the eldest son and heir to Highpoint, was pushed into becoming a warrior by his father, much like Rodrik Forrester. Karl was a reluctant warrior at first, and since he couldn’t blame his father, he blamed Rodrik, and later turned his anger on Gryff after his mother died in childbirth. In 297 AC, Karl contracted greyscale, to the shock and horror of his family. In agony from failed treatment upon failed treatment, Karl made his own choice and threw himself from the battlements of Highpoint. His death was officially labelled as madness caused by greyscale. In his grief, Ludd became convinced that the Forresters infected Karl, and blames them for his death.
Ebbert Whitehill was the peacemaker between his siblings, breaking up quarrels between Torrhen and Gwyn. When their mother died in childbirth, Ebbert found solace in books. Unlike his brothers, who verbally and physically tormented Gryff, Ebbert simply ignored him. Eventually, Ebbert announced his intention to become a maester, to the intense displeasure of his father. Ebbert finally convinced his father by telling him that the Citadel may have knowledge on Ironwood which could help them against the Forresters. Ludd consented, and Ebbert travelled to Oldtown. Since, then he has completed his chain. While he has no inclination to return to the North, he regularly writes to his family.
Torrhen Whitehill is the latest of many hostages sent to House Bolton to ensure their good behaviour. Unlike before, Torrhen was personally chosen by Roose Bolton when he noticed the boy’s cruelty. Under the Leech Lord’s tutelage, Torrhen has turned his cruelty into cunning and a drive to improve the fortunes of his family by any means necessary. There are even whispers that he caused the death of his eldest brother in order to inherit Highpoint.
Any thoughts? Feedback is greatly appreciated, as long as it's civil and/or constructive.