Brand was a young lord during the War of Extermination, having lost his father at 16 and coming into a seat of power. Just before his father has passed away he was visited by Ser Daerunt Danford. Brand had though Daerunt was coming to him asking for ships to support the invasion of Issaeos that Pedigran had planned, but after his father died Daerunt told him that his father, along with many of the other lords, were part of a cue to overthrow Pedigran and that when word spread to the king, he had Brand's father poisoned. Outraged by this, Brand agreed to aid Daerunt and the other lords in their campaign against Pedigran. After the war Brand settled into his role as Lord of the Blue Shell quite nicely. Eight years after coming into power Brand arranged for himself to marry Katherine Testoke, Alton's sister, in order to ensure a strong bond between both houses.