The Kingswood Brotherhood
The Kingswood Brotherhood was an infamous outlaw company that inhabited the forest outside King’s Landing during the last years of Aerys II’s reign. The brotherhood was led by Simon Toyne, whose relatives had attempted the assassination of Aegon IV. Other notable members included the Smiling Knight, a deranged but deadly swordsman, Wenda the White Fawn, a female outlaw who branded her prisoners with a fawn, Oswyn Longneck, the Thrice Hanged, and Big Belly Ben. The Brotherhood’s exploits included kidnapping many nobles and evading several attempts to capture them.
The Brotherhood was ultimately destroyed by a force led by members of the Kingsguard. Barristan Selmy killed Simon Toyne during the rescue of a captive noble and Arthur Dayne slew the Smiling Knight in single combat. At least one Kingswood bandit, Ulmer, was allowed to join the Night’s Watch. Jaime Lannister earned his knighthood for bravery against the Brotherhood and recounted holding his own against the Smiling Knight as a high point in his life.