He is a man of average height, with light brown hair and golden-brown eyes. He was once considered relatively attractive in a boyish sort of way, but is now considered very serious looking, despite still being seen as somewhat handsome.
Born in 477 AC, Olyvar Tyrell was the second eldest son of Lord Baelor Tyrell, born minutes after his twin brother, Troy. With an astounding intellect, Olyvar desired to study at the Citadel and become a maester, thus removing him from the line of succession and solidifying Troy as heir. His father was hesitant at first, though eventually resigned to support Olyvar's decision.
Besides his twin, Troy, he also had a younger brother named Benjen, as well as three sisters; Maude, Meredyth, and Mellara. In spite of his removal from the line of succession, there is little indication that Olyvar had a strained relationship with his parents or siblings, though he was usually left to his own devices.
At the Citadel, Olyvar completed a multitude of chain links in various subjects, including- smithing, astronomy, ravenry, economics, linguistics, philosophy, and history. Out of everything he studied, however, Olyvar was particularly adept in the fields of mathematics, healing, and the high mysteries; earning himself several yellow gold and silver links, as well as two of Valyrian steel. Much of his work at the Citadel focused on interpretating texts from Old Valyria, as well as a select a few readings from Yi-Ti.
Olyvar was eventually assigned to Highgarden, which he viewed as an academic insult meant to repress his further studies. Nonetheless, Olyvar retained numerous contacts at the Citadel and continued scholarly work in Highgarden.
Olyvar's most noteworthy achievement was completed while residing at Highgarden. It was the somewhat controversial book he authored, "The Public Law", in which he laid out a theoretical contract between the social classes within the Westerosi kingdoms. He states in the text that the Noble class, or the ruling class more specifically, is in place as a service to its people and therefore subject to the people's will. On the other end, he also says the people owe fealty and devotion to their lieges, for they offer them safety and protection that they would not otherwise be afforded. The text received backlash from devout followers of the Faith of the Seven; who claimed the theory contradicted the divine right a King or Queen possess.
Though House Tyrell were Baratheon loyalists during the War of the Ascent of the Lion, Olyvar was officially neutral during the course of the war in accordance with his station as a maester. However, he was emotionally devastated to see the sack of Highgarden and the destruction of his family. The fall of Highgarden and the Tyrell dynasty were defining events in Olyvar's life; he continued to hold a strong personal grudge against Lord Gylen Hightower and House Hightower more generally.
Second Era Edit
True to his vows, Olyvar swore his service to Robert Manderly as the new Lord of Highgarden. He was relieved that his two of his sisters survived the war, grateful that they returned home, even if Mellara Tyrell was a ward and Meredyth Tyrell came home through marriage to a man who had helped dismantle his family's house. He tried to help his sisters as best as he could while staying within his vows as a maester to the castle.
Third Era Edit
Olyvar supplied Meredyth with the poison she used on Robert Manderly at the urging and with the assistance of Queen Danae Targaryen. Suspecting foul play in the death of his friend, Gylen Hightower sent his son Gerold to bring Mellara Tyrell to the Hightower as a ward.
Fourth Era Edit
Fifth Era Edit
After the war's conclusion, King Damon Lannister and Queen Danae Targaryen stayed in Highgarden on their way back to King's Landing. Danae was given a gift of poisoned wine at their arrival feast (unbeknownst to Danae, Olyvar actually served her a particularly high amount of nutmeg to induce the symptoms of having been poisoned) and fell ill. Olyvar's subsequent intervention 'saved' Danae, and a grateful Damon agreed to grant the maester a boon. Olyvar's only request, and one granted by the King, was to be freed of his vows and chain and granted all the titles and holdings of his father, thus making Olyvar the Lord of Highgarden and head of House Tyrell. He later married Melessa Merryweather, sealing his alliance with House Merryweather, who remain Tyrell loyalists.
Sixth Era Edit
Olyvar Tyrell began to oversee the reconstruction of Highgarden at the beginning of the Sixth Era. After five years of cautious restoration under Robert Manderly, Meredyth and Olyver Tyrell, the town had slowly recovered some of its vital districts and reemerged as an important trading hub along the Mander River. In order to accelerate the rejuvenation of the Tyrell holdings, Olyvar instituted a radical set of reforms in Highgarden, motivated jointly by a desire to consolidate Tyrell control and to institute the political principles Olyvar formulated at the Citadel. These reforms entailed the expropriation of estates from Olyvar's landowners, open homesteading for refugees of the flooding of the Spring Without Sun.
Melessa Merryweather became pregnant with Olyvar's first child, despite the couple's cold and largely asexual relationship, at the start of the Sixth Era. She later gave birth to a girl named Elyana Tyrell.
Following the birth of their daughter, Olyvar and Melessa continued their attempts to produce a male heir for House Tyrell. Unfortunately, the couple experienced two miscarriages and a stillbirth instead.
The blight continued to ravage the Reach with no sign of ending. Olyvar conceded there was a clear problem, though he insisted to his people and counsel the issue was scientific and not a curse as many had come to believe.
Highgarden, with the supervision of Lord Olyvar, prepared to accept the Most Devout as they pass through on a mission to relieve the Reach from its blight. Septon Aethelmure led a portion of the relief effort to stay at Highgarden, using the intersection of the Rose and Ocean Roads to distribute aid more easily to the rest of the kingdom. The other half of the Most Devout continued south to Oldtown.
Olyvar received a notice of a council being held at the Hightower by Lady Paramount Ashara Lannister and King Damon, in order to discuss topics of import like the roads and the blight. The council meeting grew tense between Lady Ashara and Lord Olyvar in particular, their distaste for one another became quite apparent by the end of the night. During the meeting, Olyvar surprised the Lannisters by revealing to the other lords of the Reach that the king planned on reforming the laws of the Seven Kingdoms. This caused a great stir amongst the assembled and led to Lady Ashara calling an end to the council. Following the council, Olyvar was stopped in a corridor of the tower by Garth Bulwer, who spouted rather rebellious ideas and delivered a chest of formerly seized Tyrell heirlooms to him.
Finding Garth Bulwer to be a danger not only to the Reach but his House's continued existence, Olyvar turned to Ashara Lannister for assistance. The two agreed to work together in reuniting the fractured Reach, however Olyvar was reluctant in doing so when Lady Ashara insisted it be on her terms.
"If he hadn't relinquished his titles, he would have been a formidable Lord." - Gylen Hightower
"He always placed more value on a sharp mind than a sharp sword. He left for the Citadel when I was still a little girl, though I remember all the arguments around the decision well. Funny how his lordship found him afterall." - Meredyth Tyrell
"I first met Olyvar Tyrell after I put down his pitiful brother. He was the most unpleasant, vile piece of horse shit I've ever had to deal with. If that was any other man, Tyrell or not, I would have quartered him, beheaded him, and fed his mangled remains to the fires. But no, this was Maester Olyvar, not Olyvar Tyrell, or so I believed. So I spared him. Yes, can you believe it? Gylen Hightower spared a Tyrell, one that abused his titles and his lord." - Gylen Hightower
"I will not supplicate to the Lion and risk being her next meal. The strong do what they can; the weak what they must. Order cannot be imposed from the top, else those below risk predation by their masters. No - House Tyrell cannot act out of a position of weakness. Stability must emerge from a balance of the powers." - Olyvar Tyrell
"Highgarden is one breath away from anarchy. It requires the rule of a firm hand - not cruel, but firm. And that is a condition of governance which supervenes on justice." - Olyvar Tyrell
"L-Lord Tyrell’s men offered me t-this job. They brought me and a bunch of the others from t-town into the castle. Offered us f-food, and sh-shelter. And you Tyrells started the rations for the rest of t-town. From what we hear, not m-many lords and ladies help their p-people like you lot. S-so the way I s-see it, the least I can do is to stick around.” - Beric, a servant at Highgarden