Why Did The Lords Of Vale Claim Jon Snow As The King In The North?

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Despite Lysa Arryn’s successful attempts to keep the Vale out of the War of the Five Kings, most of the Vale lords wanted to enter on the side of the Starks. House Royce, the most powerful house other than the Arryns, is kin to the Starks, and Ned made a ton of friends/allies in the Vale when he fostered with Jon Arryn. If the Vale lords had had their druthers, they’d’ve been fighting on Robb’s side the whole time.

That doesn’t mean that they’d’ve acknowledged Robb as their king, but it does mean that they’re a natural ally now for Jon and Sansa, especially with Sansa being Robert Arryn’s cousin.

The Vale lords and knights are also very strict in terms of honor and chivalry, probably more so than any other region except maybe the Reach. They take warfare and conduct seriously and many of them feel like they missed out or acted dishonorably by sitting out the war. So now they have time to make amends for it, especially with Jon telling them about this greater enemy they now have the chance to help defeat.

It also probably doesn’t help that their current paramount lord is a sickly boy who can’t even fire an arrow and Jon is a grown man. Robert won’t be able to act on his own behalf for a while yet, and while Baelish is his caretaker/regent, the Lords Declarant are the stewards of the Vale overall. It’s a clash between their place as the Vale’s political leaders vs. Baelish’s guardianship of the lord. By declaring for Jon, the Vale lords have allied the Vale with the Starks as a sort of “political realignment,” acting on the Vale and on Robert Arryn’s behalf, more or less.

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