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She had her face fucked up because of Arianne Martell's amateur intrigues, which overlapped with poor planning, general stupidity, and another guy's backstabbing. Ten years old. Before the maiming, she was quite decent and non-evil. Who knows how she'll turn out now with half of her face cut off.
Also prophesied to die before Cersei. In the show she had a crush on Oberyn's surviving nephew, but was killed by Elia in revenge for Oberyn's death, but alive in the books though missing an ear.
Also, the readership all got on George's balls for maiming this girl, mostly because it was a sign that he had run out of ideas and was basically just milking diabolus ex machina or that's what he wants us to think. Produces no less than three claimants to the succession, each one very different from the other.
Technically a cadet branch of House Targaryen as their founder Orys was allegedly a Targaryen bastard, who took the original Storm Kings House Durrandon deer sigil after killing the last one and fucking his only child Argella and then odd years later, King Egg's daughter married their grandfather, they're pretty much the House of Plantagenet.
Robert Baratheon, The Usurper: Fat, old, former badass who led the rebellion, and now the king who married Cersei Lannister. Then he fucked a bunch of other women and had lots of illegitimate kids. He was killed while mixing boar hunting and drinking, but whether this death was planned or not is uncertain. On the surface, a king with a thing for easy laughs and partying; right underneath the surface, he's irresponsible and leaves the actual ruling of a nation to his staff, deeper under the surface he's pretty much a sad, lonely old bro who would rather not have been king.
Comparable to Edward IV , in that both were powerfully built military geniuses who overthrew the existing monarchy and later succumbed to an unhealthy lifestyle. Stannis The Mannis Baratheon: Robert's younger brother, all-around badass who swings between Lawful Stupid moreso in the show than the books and getting shit done. Believes so strongly in the rule of law that he feels compelled to take the Iron Throne for himself despite wanting nothing to do with it. Is advised by a priestess of the God of light, Melisandre, and a lowborn smuggler named Davos Seaworth raised to knighthood and nobility.
His character is ruined in the show into an incompetent pawn of Melisandre and gets killed off just because one of the showrunners didn't like him. Shireen Baratheon: Stannis's kid daughter. Sweet, charming, and intelligent little lady who was left with a deformity on her face from a disease called greyscale. Teaches Davos how to read, and is probably the most innocent person in the series alongside Tommen, Myrcella and a few others.
Being the grim and dark universe A Song of Ice and Fire is, however, this means that she's likely going to end up becoming fuel for a vicious fire god. In the show she does, but in the books she is safe and sound since Stannis isn't stupid enough to bring him with her while campaigning. His wife, on the other hand, being such an idiotic fanatical pyromaniac Took Loras Tyrell a. Knight of Flowers, Pretty Boy, etc.
Decided he was better suited to be king, though the bizarre and outdated laws of the land stated Stannis was next in line though Joffrey and then Tommen were first since they were officially Bobby B's legitimate kids.
Was hugely popular since he had Robert's charisma, which led to him getting the most support, but he lacked Stannis's conviction and devotion to the duty of actually doing the work of a king, or even Robert's ability to wage war.
Killed by Melisandre with some "help" by Stannis The Mannis for trying to steal his crown, though in the books Stannis may not have been completely aware of the role he played in Renly's death. Being the obligatory central nation they spend a lot of the series being fought over like a cake in between fat kids. Edmure Tully: Basically the SoIaF universe's eternal butt monkey because he happens to be a decent fucking person. A useless ponce with a dense streak a mile wide and a bad habit of bragging about things he shouldn't be proud of.
It took hanging in a stockade for a few months to make him experience some growth. When Jaime was brought in to unfuck the situation and end the siege at Tully's house in Riverrun, Jaime's "negotiation" pressured him into convincing his house to surrender, but he made sure that Brynden got out first.
Currently spending his days at the Lannister house as a hostage to make sure that the Tullys don't try to ruin the situation again. Tries to make a case for himself as king in the final episode, only to get shut down by Sansa. Brynden Tully the Blackfish: He didn't catch the memo that he was part of the joke faction, and proceeds to spend the entire series fucking Lannister shit up and generally being a boss.
Thought to be the black sheep in a family of fish. Thus "Blackfish", geddit? Ended up holed up in Riverrun, and got the fuck out right before the end of the siege, so that the Lannisters couldn't dick him over as a prisoner or so he can keep dicking them over before he became a prisoner. Also widely accepted by the fans to be a closeted homosexual. And it happens offscreen. Goes through lords about as quickly as you would expect a castle equipped with a door that opens into empty air.
They were being entertainingly screwed over by Littlefinger until his death. Jon Arryn: Only appears posthumously and is the catalyst for the whole plot. The true mastermind behind Robert's Rebellion, was killed by Littlefinger via Lysa when he figured out that Robert's kids are bastards of Cersei and Jaime. His death was blamed on the Lannisters to destabilize Westeros. Lysa Arryn: Loli bride turned Lady of the Vale after the Lannisters forcibly retired her husband from life, at least officially.
In reality Littlefinger convinced her to poison her husband and blame the Lannisters which pretty much started this whole clusterfuck to begin with. A closeted, crazy woman who spends the entire series in her castle "the Eyrie" being useless, breastfeeding her own son at age 10, and refusing to help her sister and nephew in the war she and Littlefinger pretty much started , which may have guaranteed their eventual horrific murders by their enemies until Littlefinger kicks her out the moon door post-taunting, of course , putting her out of our collective misery.
Long live the Lord Protector. Robert Arryn: Littlefuck, Lysa's equally mentally unstable son, who still sucks on his mom's tit, and enjoys seeing people "fly" out the moon door to their deaths. He actually seems to be a bit smarter than you would first think and is a really, really good judge of character, except with Sansa. Secretly being poisoned by Littlefinger and Sansa, so she can take over the Vale and North.
Named Robin in the show because the showrunners were afraid that having two characters with the same name would be too confusing. While not actual Vikings in any sense of the word, there is little other way to describe them. They live on some islands and almost their entire culture is based around raiding and the ocean.
Their religion holds it shameful for a man to pay for personal possessions, and states they have to get things either by trade or The Iron Price; seizing something from the body or belongings of someone he defeated in conquest rather than paying or trading for it. Also only possessions acquired via The Iron Price command respect among the Ironborn.
Balon Greyjoy: Asshole dad, crappy ruler and general shithead who rebelled against Robert Baratheon and failed miserably. All of his sons were killed, except for Theon, who was taken as a hostage to ensure his good behavior. Despite being in a position to join either the Lannisters or the Starks during the War of Five Kings and thereby get whatever he wanted from either independence and the North, or independence and Casterly Rock, respectively , he does the absolute stupidest thing possible and declares himself independent without support from anyone, attacking the North and the rest of Westeros, thereby virtually guaranteeing that he'll be on the receiving end of another one-sided battle.
Never got that far, though, since he was pushed off a bridge during a storm by an assassin. Victarion Greyjoy: Admiral of the Iron Fleet. Gets shit done while wearing Lokhir Fellheart's armor during boarding actions.
Does it for vengeance, the lulz and as a ticket to Ironborn heaven which they believe men can reach if they die in battle or by drowning. Worships both R'hllor and the Drowned God. For all his badassery, is far too stupid to realize that his black Red Priest sidekick's constant rambling about his "great destiny" is inevitably going to end in his burning to death on a sacrificial pyre.
Said Red Priest impressed Victarion by surviving being marooned at sea for 3 weeks and turning Victarion's infected arm into a super-strong volcano arm. Once a fun-loving party animal, he nearly drowned during the Greyjoy Rebellion, and became a dour and devout priest of the Ironborn Cthulhu religion.
Confirmed to have been raped by Euron when they were kids. Planned to overthrow Euron, who bribed and manipulated his way into becoming king of the Ironborn.
Was captured by Euron and tortured to try and make him renounce his faith, including feeding him spoiled food and burning him. Later Euron tied Aeron, naked, to the prow of Euron's ship alongside Euron's tortured, pregnant former lover because she showed Aeron kindness by once giving him proper food.
He tried to console her by saying their suffering will end in underwater Valhalla, showing Euron failed to make him deny his faith. Had the personality of a stereotypical high school jock, being an excellent archer and womanizer and proud of it. He was given to Ned Stark by his father after Balon failed to successfully rebel against Robert Baratheon. Swore an oath to Robb, but then ditched him out of a desperate need to please his father.
Ends up castrated and acts as the personal slave of Ramsay Bolton after Ramsay puts him through horrific torture to turn him into Reek. Rescued by his sister, but the psychological trauma meant it took awhile before he could stop calling himself Reek and start getting back to normal mentally physically he's now missing a few parts that don't heal or grow back.
Dead in the show, thanks to charging the Night King by himself while protecting Bran. Asha Greyjoy: Theon's older sister and a commander of some renown which is quite a feat - almost every man on the Iron Islands except her father either tried to get in her pants, or told her to stop playing around and go do some actual women's work , before she kicked enough ass that they respected her. Rescues Theon after he escapes Ramsay but then loses him to Stannis.
Every member of his crew is a mute, because Euron ripped all their tongues out. Many of them are also the illegitimate sons of women he's raped around the world during his raids. Uses an eyepatch to conceal a pitch-black eye, his personal "obviously a villain" mark.
Raped his brother Victarion's wife, then claimed she wanted it so Victarion had to kill her. Raped his younger brother Aeron. Also showed back up in the Iron Islands the day after Balon died, despite having been raping and pillaging in Essos before that, which is suspicious as fuck.
Now the new Iron King. Plans to conquer Westeros, and has some unknown plan to deal with Daenerys.
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Revealed in the books to be the sickest fuck in an entire setting of sick fucks and that's saying something , including being an anti-religious fellow with a god complex which is more coherent than it sounds, amounting basically to "fuck the gods I do what I want". One of his hobbies is torturing priests and assorted clergymen to try and make them give up their faiths.
He also cut out the tongue of the latest woman he impregnated and strapped her naked to the front of his ship to die alongside his priest brother for showing said brother one act of kindness. Jaime kills him in the second-to-last episode of the show.
House Tyrell "Growing Strong" Lords of Highgarden and backstabbers par-excellence and owners of a lot of fertile land. Unlike the current lot of Lannisters they understand the value of good PR, balancing ruthlessness with being somewhat amicable, political savvy and not being stuck-up on honor. They are House of Tudor with the serial numbers filed off. They've all been wiped out in the show.
Massively fat and overweight, while being stupid, overreaching and constantly mocked by everyone else, he's otherwise known as a friendly man, a good Lord when it comes to management and a good father; unfortunately this isn't enough to save a man in the Game of Thrones.
Gets killed with the rest of the noble houses when Cersei blows up the Great Sept of Baelor. Olenna Tyrell: The brains behind House Tyrell's schemes. Known as the Queen of Thorns for being an outspoken, prickly and venomous old lady.
Schemed with Littlefinger to have Joffrey killed, but she carried it out with compressed powder "gems" that poisoned his wine. Now she keeps her family in line and is hailed as a more progressive version of Tywin. Became a fan favorite for constantly dropping awesome one-liners and telling the Sand Snakes to shut up. Later killed off in the show , but not before revealing to Jaime that she was the one who killed Joffrey. Willas Tyrell: Mace Tyrell's eldest son and heir, crippled at a very young age when jousting against Oberyn Martell.
Probably one of the most pleasant and sensible characters in the series, which might explain why he's yet to make an appearance. Very fond of breeding animals, especially horses. Garlan Tyrell The Gallant: Second-born son. Badass extraordinaire, considered one of the best swords in Westeros, and one of the few people kind to Tyrion. Trains for real combat often against multiple opponents by himself unlike Loras, who's a tourney fighter.
And he is the only person other than Tywin to put Joffrey in his place, at his own wedding. Considered to be an example of the perfect knight, despite his youth.
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Is secretly Renly's gay lover and conspired to take the throne with him and his sister. Last seen badly injured in the books attempting to take Stannis' castle. In the show he ends up tortured by the members of the Faith for being gay because the showrunners retconned them to hate gay people , later joins their ranks of questionable willingness then dies when Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor.
Margaery Tyrell: The would-be Queen of Westeros, she has married, in order, Renly Baratheon gay , Joffrey Baratheon evil , and Tommen Baratheon 8 years old and has been crowned as queen three times.
While she is nice, she is capable of manipulation. In the show she marries and uses sex to control Tommen. Was arrested by the resident Chamber Militant The Sparrow and asked for a trial by faith in the books. In the show this also happens but she tries to be pious in an attempt to save herself, but ended up getting killed when Cersei blew up the Sept of Baelor. Their sigil is a flayed man and their castle is called The Dreadfort , which shows how stupid the Starks were for allying with them.
Roose Bolton, The 'Leech Lord: A sociopathic health nut who's called the Leech Lord because he gets leeched regularly, believing they get rid of bad blood.
Second-most powerful Lord in the North with ambitions to depose the Starks. Since the Starks are unable to think like crafty people and are blinded by honor this doesn't prove too difficult.
He gets his wish when he stabs Robb Stark in the back, at his uncle's wedding no less, and has anyone associated with Robb killed. He then makes over Winterfell in his bloody image, and is currently trolling Stannis. Believes in the abolished practice of " Droit du seigneur " a tradition that allowed a lord to have sex with subordinate women, whether they wanted to or not and killed a man for trying to hide his wife from Roose.
Believed that he and his son could be as evil as they wanted as long as no one found out. Killed by Ramsey in the show, which Ramsey tried to cover with a lie despite the witnesses to his actions. Will fuck up anyone who points out his illegitimate heritage though now he's legally recognized as a Bolton.
Loves to torture and kill people openly for the lulz , such as Theon Greyjoy, who he crippled, knocked his teeth out and castrated too. He then sent the severed appendage to the foreshortened Theon's dad in a cutesy box with a letter mockingly detailing his evilness. Also has a pack of hunting dogs he names after women he hunts, rapes and kills. Married a fake Arya Stark and regularly mistreats her, including forced bestiality. Not a fun guy to be around. Only reason he's gotten away with it for so long as pointed out by his father is because no one is strong enough to stand up to him yet, but when they are he's going to be killed.
In the show he killed his father with a knife, fed his stepmother and newborn half-brother to his dogs, then married Sansa Stark and deflowered her via rape.
He got his wish: The consequences of Ramsay's actions catch up with him when Jon Snow shows up with an army capable of threatening him, and after surprise reinforcements from Littlefinger and his own fucked-up teamkilling, the Starks crush the Bolton army, forcing Ramsay to flee back to Winterfell. Despite this, the gate is smashed down, he is disarmed, beaten rather brutally and detained to await trial. Before the trial Sansa sets his dogs on him, which he had deliberately starved so they would eat Jon.
Apparently they found him quite tasty. House Martell "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" Desert dwelling survivalists who pride themselves on having never been conquered by the Targaryen dynasty though they later married in.
Moorish Spaniards, kinda. Their story arc was completely FUBAR in the show, as Elia and Oberyn's daughters kill Oberyn's brother and nephew for taking too long to avenge him before being captured and killed themselves by Euron and Cersei.
Doran Martell: Lord of Sunspear and of royal descent. Still mad at the the Lannisters about that whole "murdered-my-sister-and-infant-niece thing".
Playing the longest of long games with Varys while trying to keep the rest of his psychotic family members in check. Wheelchair bound due to his gout. Killed off in the show by Ellaria as part of her plan to avenge Oberyn.
Arianne Martell: One of GRRM's characters who seems to exists solely to fuck everything up at the worst conceivable moment. Still hot as Dornish girls come. Exists only in the books, where she is currently helping her dad get ready to topple the Lannisters after fucking everything up with her own stupid plan to crown Myrcella, which is what got the poor girl maimed.
His girlfriend is a spectacularly beautiful bastard named Ellaria Sand and he has many illegitimate children, mostly daughters, collectively called "The Sand Snakes".
Crippled the Tyrell heir in a fight, causing a rift between the two houses; despite this, he's actually best mates with the aforementioned heir, due to Willas Tyrell being straight up the nicest and most balanced man in the series and Oberyn being a somewhat decent person.
Known for poisoning his weapons, as well as his battle-cry.
Died from a mutual kill, with Gregor Clegane crushing his skull in rather graphically, avenging his sister Elia who Gregor had raped and murdered. Though it's probably a win for Oberyn, since he got Clegane with a horribly painful and slow-acting venom which stretched his death over days or even weeks, during which time he was ruthlessly experimented upon by a mad scientist.
Quentyn Martell: Didn't realize what series he was in, poor bastard. A member of House Martell, sent to marry Daenerys to secure an alliance between the families, since the original marriage plan to hook Arianne up with Viserys won't work with Viserys dead.
Leaves Westeros and goes all the way to the city of Meereen to marry her, but he's too late, as she marries the Meereenese noble Hizdahr, and like Jorah he's not her type Dany likes her bad boys. Tries to tame two of her dragons to impress her; the attempt goes wrong, he gets horribly burnt and gradually dies in agony from his wounds.
The Sand Snakes: Oberyn's children. All daughters he had with various women throughout his travels all consensual encounters, mind you. Mixed race and all hot with various skills including combat training and mastery of poisons. Working with Doran and Ellaria in the books.
Ruined in the show where they don't accomplish anything, have bad dialogue the "you need the bad pussy" line comes to mind , aren't great fighters and get killed by Euron's men, except for one who gets captured and poisoned by Cersei so an imprisoned Ellaria is forced to watch her die and decompose. Night's Watch The Night's Watch are an apolitical force in charge of manning The Wall, a giant ice wall that separates the relative tranquility of the south from the Lovecraftian fucked-up-itude of the true north.
They are chronically undermanned and undersupplied since nobody believes their stories of a barbarian army or the impending zombie apocalypse. Basically everybody else thinks they're in a game of Diplomacy and the Night's Watch are the only ones who realize they're actually in Warhammer Fantasy Battle , though it's been so long since the last snow elf invasion that even they had forgotten about the undead hordes and focused too much on barbarians.
Sees Jon Snow as something of a second son since his own son Jorah was exiled for enslaving and refused to take the black for his crimes. Leads a ranging north of the Wall to investigate reports that the Others have returned. Ends up killed during a mutiny of survivors after the Others wiped out most of his force. Unable to accept Jon Snow letting the Wildlings live on the other side of the wall in an alliance against the zombie hordes, he staged a coup against Jon.
It failed because Jon was brought back to life. He is now dead, having been executed for his treason by Jon Snow. One of the few people in the series to die of old age, at Samwell Tarly, The Slayer: Fat bookworm who was forced to take the black after his father Randyl threatened to murder him for being unmanly. Jon Snow's best friend among the Night's Watch, and knows everything because he "read it in a book".
Despite being a self-professed coward, Sam became the first person in thousands of years to slay an Other with an obsidian dagger. Since then, he has started improving his combat skills and balls in more ways than one for the latter, finding his spine and losing his virginity.
He abandons the Night's Watch to help fight the dead and tell Jon who he really is, and winds up becoming the new Grand Maester by the end of the show. Responds to situations by making sarcastic jokes about them, and known for being a grim motherfucker in a setting of grim motherfuckers. In the show he became the new Lord Commander while Jon was dead, but gave the title back to Jon when he was brought back to life, and then Jon handed it right back because he needed to go sort out Ramsay Bolton.
Dies in Season 8 at the Battle of Winterfell. Wildlings Groups of nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes who live north of the Wall. Mostly First Men by blood, they have been heading toward the Wall for the past decade with the reputed reemergence of the Others. Nomadic, aggressive, and very much believing in "might makes right", they do not get along with anyone south of The Wall since they view them as "Kneeling weaklings". He united the Wildlings and lead them south to escape the Others.
Also a trained bard, but that was not enough to save him from death. Tormund Giantsbane: Claims to have a ten-inch penis, and invites his enemies to use their mouths if they want to clean it. Those characters with mechanics attached are defined since they are considered major players, individuals who should live and last throughout the player characters stories leading up to the disastrous war.
The rest is left for you, the Narrator, to define as needed for your own stories. In some cases, scant information is provided, giving you more room to define these figures, while others have greater information, owing to their greater presence in the stories to come. In addition, each chapter that covers a region includes a complete list of all the known houses sworn to the lords of the realm.
The amount of information associated with each banner varies based on how they are presented in the novels. Some houses, specifically the great and major houses, have extensive information, whereas the minor and landed houses may and do have little. The less we know about a house, the more room you, the Narrator, have to develop these obscure families for your own games.
In addition, players can also select these houses as their own, adding their own details to this rich setting. For houses with little to no information, the text defaults them to minor houses, positioned somewhere between major and landed. Future novels may contradict these entries, but this designation should serve for creating chronicles and stories in this world. FINaL thouGhtS Exploring any game setting based on medianovels, films, comics, and video gamescan be daunting, especially if you try to cleave to every truth found in the source material.
The closer you stay to the original works, the more constricting it can be on your games. Chapter Fourteen: Exploring Westeros provides extensive tips and guidance for handling these problems, but it bears mentioning here. By picking up this book, you make the world of Westeros your own. You are only as confined to the novels and short stories as you want to be. You can run an authentic game that follows the steps of the characters in the novels, or you can diverge from those events to tell your own stories.
Whatever you decide, the game, the world, and the experience are yours to do with as you like. Have fun, and please, kill a Lannister. Youll feel better, promise. Your players will be witness toor better still, the makers ofgreat events to shape the future of the Seven Kingdoms, and may, if they are ruthless, courageous, and cunning enough, become part of future legends. Spanning over a dozen millennia, the history of Westeros is at times confused, uncertain, or entirely unknown, but the following entries detail knowledge commonly held by maesters, septons, and other chroniclers of history.
All dates are in relation to the Landing of Aegon the Conqueror. A broad range to be sure, but the trouble stems from incomplete records from this time, conflicting stories involving various characters of myth, and the often magical nature of those stories stemming from that era.
In fact, many tales suggest kings and heroes lived for centuries, and other tales attribute astonishing deeds to figures before they were born. Regardless of the inconsistencies as to exactly when this era occurred on Westeros, it was a period of great magic, bold heroes, and fantastic exploits.
For all the myth and splendor of this era, however, it was also one marked by bloodshed and war. Legend holds that the children of the forest were a diminutive people, a society that dwelt in caves, crannogs, and hidden tree villages. They were dark and beautiful, no taller than children, even The Dawn Age As with many things regarding the history of Westeros, controversy exists regarding the true age of the land.
Maesters claim the world is Oh, my sweet summer child, Old Nan said quietly, what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north.
Fear is for the long night, when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods. They worshiped the gods of the natural world, the spirits of the streams, and trees, and rocks, and wind. Unlike the men who would follow, the children did not use metal or weave cloth; instead, they crafted their implements from stone and clothing from leaves and bark.
They were a people with a deep and powerful connection to the land. The oldest tales gift the children with many supernatural powers, including the ability to fly like birds and swim like fish. They could cast their minds into beasts, wearing animals like second skins, and visions and portents of things to come haunted their dreams.
Such was their influence on the land that many of their works remain in the present day, though more so in the North than in the plundered south.
White weirwoods bear faces carved in their bark, faces, it is said, that allow the old gods to peer into the world of men and watch over their followers. More than just their works, however, the methods and beliefs of the children still inform many of the customs upheld in the North and those scattered throughout the rest of the Seven Kingdoms.
In particular, the crannogmen of the Neck are close in stature and in beliefs to the children of old, while the Sacred Order of the Green Men still upholds the ancient pacts forged when the First Men and children of the forest set aside their grudges to embrace a lasting peace. While the children of the forest are believed to be no more, some swear these lost folk live on, far from the lands of men, lurking in the quiet places, the unspoiled wilderness beyond the Wall or in the depths of the trackless wolfswood in the North.
Although the destruction was widespread, it was too late, for the First Men had come to stay.
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Its believed the wars raged for nearly two thousand years, and though the children fought fiercely, they could not stand against the larger, stronger men, who wielded bronze against the obsidian blades and arrowheads used by the children.
When the earth was sodden with the blood of the slain and the dead surely outnumbered the living, the chieftains and heroes of the First Men joined the greenseers and wood dancers of the children on a wooded island in the center of the Gods Eye, a great lake in the center of Westeros.
There, it was decided the First Men would receive the coastal lands, the meadows, the bogs, and the mountains, while the children would be free to live in their forests unmolested for all time. The First Men pledged to never again cut down the weirwoods and to leave the children of the forest in peace.
To ensure the gods would look upon the truce, the children carved faces in every weirwood tree.
The Age of Heroes For nearly four thousand years, the Pact endured, and in that time, the children of the forest and the First Men grew closer. In time, the First Men set aside many of their cultural beliefs to embrace the ways and customs of the children of the forest. With the exception of the Drowned God of the Iron Isles, the gods of the children came to be those of the First Men, and a deep reverence for nature blossomed in the peace that followed.
The children continued to live as they always had lived while in the realms of the First Men, great cities sprang up, and mighty kingdoms rose and fell.
Its possible the children of the forest anticipated the arrival of these barbarian hordes, what with their prophetic dreams. But if they did, it seems it did them little good in stemming the flood, for when the First Men came, they brought with them violence, war, and death.
The First Men entered the lands of Westeros some twelve thousand years ago by the Arm of Dorne, a land bridge that would be shattered in the coming struggle. Mounted on horseback and bearing weapons of bronze and shields of boiled leather, they swept through the lands, felling trees and clearing the land for their farms and villages, as well as raising temples to their queer gods and violent ways.
At first, the children of the forest hid themselves in the deep woods, afraid of the horses, nearly as much as the First Men were afraid of the faces in the trees. The First Men were a warrior culture, a people unaccustomed to the ancient power of this land, and so, as they raised their holdfasts and cleared the forests for farmlands, they cut down the faces in the forest and despoiled the perfect wilderness.
It was enough to rouse the children from their fear and impel them to war. While many stories, songs, and legends circulate about this era, maesters point to this era as the beginning of the Seven Kingdoms. Garth Greenhand founded House Gardener of the Reach, and from him sprung numerous other lines and families.
Durran, first of the Storm Kings, raised Storms End to check the wrath of the gods for wedding their daughter, and legends hold that the Grey King of the Iron Islands wed a mermaid and became king of the western isles and all the sea beyond.
While much was achieved during this ancient era, it was at a cost. The sun set and did not rise again for a generation, and the ice spread down from the north, carrying with it monstrous beings from the far-flung north to prey on the First Men and the children of the forest alike.
Amongst these horrors were mammoths, giants, direwolves, and more, but nothing compared to the demonic Others, a mysterious people who sought to purge Westeros of the human infestation, and so the Others were merciless in their slaughter.
Uniting the First Men and the children of the forest, the people of Westeros threw back the Others, pushing them back into the frozen reaches of the Far North. According to legend, he took for his bride a strange woman, pale and believed to be undead. After the unholy union, he declared himself king and she his queen, and he ruled the Night Fort as his own castle. During the dark years of his reign, horrific atrocities were committed, of which tales are still told in the North. It wasnt until Joramunwho blew the Horn of Winter and roused the giants in the earthand the King of the North joined forces that the Nights King and his dreadful queen were cast down and destroyed.
Whether by divine missive, fleeing some other threat, or perhaps out of a hunger for conquest, the Andals came and conquered. Bearing the seven-pointed star of their new gods, they drove out the First Men, destroyed the weirwoods, and slaughtered the children of the forest wherever they were found.
One by one, the seven kingdoms fell until only the Kingdom of the North remained, due to the strength of Moat Cailin and the doughtiness of its warriors. Even though the North remained secure, the victories in the south spelled the end of the Pact.
Those children of the forest who remained there were viciously stamped out, driven out, or quit Westeros altogether. The Wall, although ensorcelled with ancient magic and taller than any structure ever built, needed men to guard it, to walk its length, and to shield the lands to the south. Thus, the Order of the Nights Watch was formed. These men foreswore their kin, their hopes of children, and their allegiances to the kings that ruled the lands and vowed to protect the Wall and all people by safeguarding it and remaining vigilant against the horrors that would tumble out of the night.
In these early days, the Nights Watch was a valiant institution, a body of noble warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice to be protectors of all. The Andal Invasion After the War for the Dawn, the First Men and the children of the forest lived in relative peace, but in these years, the children of the forest began their slow withdrawal from the lands of men, retreating deeper into their forests or beyond the Wall.
The peace would not last: nearly two thousand years after the victory over the Others, a new invader came to Westeros shores. Landing on what would one day become the Vale of Arryn, the Andals swept across the Seven Kingdoms, much as the First Men did thousands of years before. Armed with battle-trained steeds, wielding weapons of steel, and bolstered by their religious fervor, the Andal invaders proved too much for the First Men to stand against, and thus, theylike the children of the forest before themfell to the invaders.
These new men came from the eastern continent, a place called the Hills of Andalos. There, they received a visitation from seven holy beings who were believed to be aspects of a single, supreme deity.
The Kingdom of the North clung to the beliefs in the old gods, while the Kingdom of the Iron Islands, although defeated, still followed the Old Way and worshipped the Drowned God. Finally, to the far south, a loose confederacy of principalities arose in Dorne and remained staunchly independent from the squabbles of the Seven Kingdoms, consumed by their own petty wars for dominance.
Once a race of humble shepherds, the Valyrians rose to greatness by taming the dragons of the volcanic region known as the Fourteen Fires, and in the end, they established a mighty empire.Thus "Blackfish", geddit?
Thanks, George. The Martells still rule from Sunspear on the eastern coast. She is now Lady Commander of the Kingsguard as of the final episode. See Table 2—1: Their decisions are supposedly objective.
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