Adventures of Spearpoint, Book 3
Tallhart Family Tree -
(3.) 1. Dorvan Snow (Son of Leobald Tallhart)
Blacktyde Family Tree -
- “Unknown Spearpoint Lady”
(1.) 1. Domeric Bolton (Son of Roose Bolton) (Dead)
(2.) 1. Ramsay Snow (Son of Roose Bolton) (Now Bolton)
Torrhen’s Square (Held by House Tallhart)
*Torrhen’s Square is a castle, seat of House Tallhart and located southwest of Winterfell, near a large lake. Its stone walls are thirty feet high with square towers at each corner and a square keep. It is considered a strong keep, but not the strongest.
Dreadfort (Held by House Bolton)
The Dreadfort is a fortress, the seat of House Bolton. It is located on the banks of the Weeping Water, in the eastern half of the continent.
The Dreadfort is a strong fortress, with high walls and triangular merlons that look like sharp stone teeth. It’s located next to a volcanic vent, which heats the castle in a similar manner to the hot springs under Winterfell.
The Dreadfort is ill-omened, for it is said that the Boltons still keep torture chambers and a special room where they hang the flayed skins of their enemies, including several lords of House Stark before they were defeated by them and became their vassals. During the Boltons’ rebellion against the Starks, the Dreadfort held for four years under siege before the Boltons surrendered.
During the War of the Five Kings the Boltons turned on their Stark allies and aided the Freys in slaughtering them at the Red Wedding. The Boltons were then named Warden of The North by Tywin Lannister. With the bulk of the Bolton host trapped south of Moat Cailin, the Dreadfort is currently under the rule of Ramsay Bolton, the recently legitimized bastard son of Lord Roose Bolton. Theon Greyjoy was being held in a dungeon below the castle where he was subjected to Ramsay’s flaying.
Winterfell (Held by House Bolton) (Home of House Stark)
Winterfell is the ancestral castle and seat of power of House Stark and is considered to be the capital of the North. It is located in the center of the northern province of the Seven Kingdoms, on the Kingsroad that runs from King’s Landing to the Wall.
t was supposedly built by Brandon the Builder over eight thousand years ago, with the help of giants. For most of recorded history Winterfell was the seat of House Stark, the Kings in the North and later as Wardens of The North, after King Torrhen Stark bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror and his dragons. As the regional capital of the North, harvest festivities have been hosted in Winterfell for centuries.
During the War of the Five Kings, Winterfell, was captured in a surprise attack by the ironmen led by Theon Greyjoy. Theon ruled the castle for several weeks, but he lacked the manpower to hold it indefinitely against the Stark bannermen. The castle was sacked and burned by Ramsay Snow, after his force of Dreadfort men turned on his fellow northmen and double-crossing Theon, taking him prisoner. It was later partially restored by the Boltons in preparation for the wedding of the “Arya Stark”.
Winterfell is a huge castle complex spanning several acres, consisting of two massive walls and a village located just outside called the “winter town”. Winterfell itself has been built around an ancient godswood and over natural hot springs. The water is piped through walls and chambers to heat them, making Winterfell more comfortable than other castles during the harsh northern winter.
Inside the walls, the complex is composed of dozens of courtyards and small open spaces. Weapons training and practice take place in those yards. The inner ward is a second, much older open space in the castle where archery practice takes place. It is located next to the broken tower. Inside Winterfell stands the Inner Castle, which contains the Great Keep and the Great Hall.
Courtyard and Misc.
Winterfell throne by Marc Simonetti ©
The Godswood (TV Series)
Godswood, the ancient godswood that has stood untouched for 10,000 years, with three acres of old packed earth and close together trees creating a dense canopy, which the castle was raised around. At the center of the grove stands an ancient weirwood with a face carved into it, standing over a pool of black water. Across the godswood from the heart tree, beneath the windows of the Guest House, an underground hot spring feeds three small pools, with a moss covered wall looming above them. The godswood is enclosed by walls, and is accessed by a main iron gate, or smaller wooden ones. Glass Garden, the Glass Garden is a greenhouse heated by the hot springs, turning the Glass Garden into a place of moist warmth. It is used to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. Crypts, The underground crypts of Winterfell are where the bones of all of the Kings in the North and ruling lords of Winterfell are buried. It’s long and narrow, with pillars moving two by two along its length. Between pillars stand the sepulchers of the Starks of Winterfell, the likenesses of the dead seated on thrones, with iron swords set before them to keep the restless spirits from wandering, and snarling direwolves at their feet. The crypts are located deep under the earth, cavernous and bigger than the complex above ground. They are accessed by a twisting stone stair and a huge ironwood door that lies at a slant to the floor. The stair continues below to older levels where the most ancient Kings in the North are entombed. Bell Tower, there was a bridge connecting the Bell Tower to the rookery, but it was destroyed during the Sack of Winterfell. The bridge was covered and ran from the fourth floor of the tower to the second floor of the rookery. Maester’s Turret, the maester’s turret is located below the rookery. During the Sack of Winterfell, the Maester’s turret was destroyed. Library Tower, the Library Tower houses the library at Winterfell. A stonework staircase winds about its exterior. A fire was started there in order to distract the guards during an attempt on Bran Stark’s life. A steaming lake formed at the bottom of the tower after the Sack of Winterfell. Guards Hall, The Guards Hall is in line with the Bell Tower, and further back, the First Keep.
Winterfell is a huge castle complex spanning several acres, defended by two massive granite walls with a wide moat between them. The outer wall is 80 feet high, the inner is 100 feet high, with a wide moat between them. There are guard turrets on the outer wall and more than thirty watch turrets on the crenelated inner walls.
The main gatehouse is made of two huge crenelated bulwarks, flanking the arched gate and drawbridge that opens into the market square. There are three additional gates, the Hunter’s Gate directly on the opposite side of the castle and south/northern gates. There is a narrow tunnel inside of the inner wall stretching halfway around the castle, allowing travel from the south gate all the way to the northern gate without interruption.Hunter’s Gate, the Hunter’s Gate is a gate that is located close to the kennels and the kitchens. It opens directly onto the open fields and the Wolfswood, so people can come and go without having to cross through the winter town. It is favored by hunting parties. East Gate, is part of the main gatehouse, located on the eastern inner walls, it opens onto the King’s Gate located in the outer walls and leads to the Kingsroad.
The winter town, so called because it lies mostly deserted during summer years, is where smallfolk gather in winters. It’s located outside the walls of Winterfell. Its market square is filled with wooden stalls for merchants, its streets are muddy and lined with rows of houses made from log and undressed stone. Less than one in five were occupied during the summer, but they would fill up once winter arrived. The Kingsroad sits beyond the winter town, which would put it to the east of Winterfell. There is an inn in the winter town.
White Harbor (Held by House Manderly)
White Harbor is a large harbor city located south of Winterfell and the seat of House Manderly. It is the largest settlement north of the Neck, but the smallest among the five major cities of Westeros. White Harbor is the North’s primary trade port. Its location on the mouth of the White Knife provides opportunities for trade further north.
Due to its location White Harbor has more contact with the south and there are more knights and followers of the Faith of the Seven in White Harbor than anywhere else in the North. The city has access to very good fishing grounds and is also the home of many silversmiths.
The castle and later city of White Harbor were founded by King Jon Stark after he drove out raiders who were using the harbor as a base for raids inland. Many centuries later the city was given to the Manderlys, an exiled house from the Mander River in the Reach, for loyal service to the Kings in the North.
The city is located on the eastern shore of the White Knife. It is clean and well-ordered, with wide straight cobbled streets that made it easy to walk around. The houses were built of whitewashed stone, with steeply pitched roofs of dark grey slate.
Inside the walls
The city is protected by thick walls. The Seal Gate opens into the harbor.Fishfoot Yard, a cobbled square with a fountain at its center, is located just outside the Seal Gate. There is an alley leading to a brothel. Old Mint, located on the ‘Fishfoot Yard’, was long in disuse until recently when it was set as a refuge shelter from the war. Lazy Eel, a winesink renowned for offering the oldest whores and vilest wine in White Harbor, along with meat pies full of lard and gristle that were inedible on their best days and poisonous on their worst. Castle Stair is a street with steps. It is a broad white stone way that leads up from the Wolf’s Den by the water to the New Castle on its hill. Marble mermaids light the way, bowls of burning whale oil cradled in their arms. From the top you can see down to the harbours, both of them. The Sept of Snow is a large sept with a domed roof surmounted by tall statues of the Seven.
The New Castle is the seat of House Manderly. It is located on a hill inside the city wall, a broad white stone way of Castle Stair leads to its gates from the Wolf’s Den below. There is a secret passage connecting it to the Wolf’s Den.Merman’s Court is the great hall of the New Castle where Lord Manderly holds court and feasts. Its walls, floor and ceiling were made of wooden planks notched cunningly together and decorated with all the creatures of the sea.
Catelyn Stark hires the Storm Dancer to take her and Ser Rodrik Cassel to King’s Landing in White Harbor. Lady Catelyn returned to the North from the Vale with Ser Rodrik and her uncle, Brynden Tully, at White Harbor. She and her uncle left White Harbor with Ser Wylis Manderly his levies of nearly 1,500 men to meet Robb at Moat Cailin. Lord Wyman Manderly stayed behind to see to White Harbor’s defenses and to raise a navy.
Moat Cailin is ancient fortress on the northern edge of the great swamp known as the Neck, in the North. It is one of the North’s most important strongholds, even though much of it now stands in ruins. Its importance stems from the fact that it commands the causeway, which is the safe route for armies to travel through the swamps of the Neck. It is a very effective natural choke point which has protected the North from southern invasion for thousands of years. The only way for an invader to effective bypass Moat Cailin is to win the allegiance of the Reeds who know of other routes through the swamps. Those are not on any map, known only to the Crannogmen, such as narrow trails between the bogs and wet roads through the reeds that only boats can follow and given the Reeds’ strong ancestral ties to the Starks, this is unlikely to happen.
It’s claimed that Moat Cailin was raised roughly 10,000 years ago, by the the First Men. A great stronghold, with twenty towers and great basalt curtain wall as high as that of Winterfell’s. It used to be a key defense of the north, against which the Andal armies threw themselves time after time with no success. Today only great blocks of black basalt lay scattered about, half sunk in the ground, where the wall once stood. The wooden keep rotted away a thousand years past and three remaining towers out of a fabled twenty are green with moss.
According to myth, the Children attempted to use Moat Cailin to hold back the flood of invading First Men and, by working powerful magics from the ’Children’s Tower’, when that failed due to the humans’ superior numbers, attempted to shatter the Neck and completely separate the North from the South in the same manner they shattered the Arm of Dorne centuries earlier. However, the Children failed and only succeeded in flooding it, creating bogs and swamps. However, the cataclysm proved the strength of their power and may have proved instrumental in bringing the First Men to agree to the terms of the Pact that ended hostilities between the two races.
While in the present era most of Moat Cailin’s former towers have fallen into ruin and have not been permanently manned for centuries. However, even the three remaining towers are more than capable of defending the passage to the South, provided that they are fully manned. A key point is that Moat Cailin was only designed to resist attack from the south, and thus its northern flank is relatively exposed to attack by even a small force. This weakness was exploited by the Ironborn in the Battle of Moat Cailin during the War of the Five Kings.
The remaining three towers command the causeway from all sides and enemies must pass between them. Attackers would have to face constant fire from the other towers should they attempt to attack any one tower, wading through chest deep water and crossing a moat.
The three remaining towers of Moat Cailin are as follows:Children’s Tower is tall and slender. It has only half of the crenelations of its crown. Legend has it that the Children of the Forest called upon their gods here to send the hammer of the waters to smash the Neck. Gatehouse Tower is the only tower which still stands straight, even retaining some of the walls around it. Drunkard’s Tower is so named due to its great lean. It stands where the south and west walls once met.
On the march south, Robb Stark took the Gatehouse Tower as his seat, Greatjon Umber took the Children’s Tower for his and Rickard Karstark, the Drunkard’s Tower.
Deepwood Motte (Held by House Glover)
Deepwood Motte is the seat of House Glover. It lies north of Sea Dragon Point and deep within the Wolfswood. North of Deepwood Motte lie tidal flats. It is a wooden fortress on a hill.
Barrowtown (Held by House Dustin)
Barrowton is the seat of House Dustin. It lies north of the Saltspear, in the Barrowlands. According to the map key, it is a town. According to a semi-canon source, there may be a cadet branch of Starks in the town.
Grewater Watch (Held by House Reed)
Greywater Watch is the seat of House Reed.It is roughly located in the swamps of the Neck, southwest of Moat Cailin. It is built upon one of the strange floating islands of the swamps, making it impossible to find for ravens and thus there is no maester there, also there are no knights or master-at-arms here.
The Barrowlands is an extensive area between Winterfell and Moat Cailin in the North. It is a wide, hilly and plains region covered with the barrows of the First Men. It stretches from Stony Shore to the Bite. The town of Barrowton, seat of House Dustin, lies within the area north of the Saltspear.
The Neck is a region of Westeros covered in swamp and bog. It divides the south of the continent from the north. It is inhabited by the crannogmen.
There, one can find huge flowers, lizard-lions and many snakes. The trees are half-drowned, covered in fungus and beneath the water, quicksand that will drown anyone who attempts to walk the waters. The Neck is considered the key to any assault on the North.
The Neck was originally an independent kingdom ruled by the Marsh Kings, until Rickard Stark, the King In The North, defeated the last Marsh King and married his daughter, annexing the Neck to the domain of the Kings of Winter.
The Wolfswood is a large forest found in the North made up oak, evergreen and black brier. It is called the Wolfswood for the great many wolves one can hear howling in the night. It stretches across the northwest part of the North.
Even in the deepest parts of the Wolfswood, there are crofters, foresters and hunters.. Deepwood Motte, the wooden fastness of House Glover, sits on a hill within the forest near the Bay of Ice. Families sworn to Deepwood Motte include the Forresters, Woodses, Branches, and Boles, all of whom are skilled woodsmen.
Bear Island (Held by House Mormont)
Bear Island is a remote island in the North that is home to House Mormont. It lies within the Bay of Ice.
The hall of the Mormonts is built of huge logs and surrounded by an earthen palisade. Aside from a few crofters, the inhabitants of Bear Island live along the coasts and fish the seas. On the gate there is a carving of a woman in a bearskin with a babe suckling at her breast in one arm and a battleaxe in the other.
Before the ironmen conquered the island, it was ruled by House Woodfoot. Because of this the coat of arms of the house ruling the Ironborn at that time has a green tree in the 2nd quarter as a reference to their possession of Bear Island. The island became part of the North during the reign of Rodrik Stark, supposedly as a result of a wrestling match. Rodrik Stark then gave the island to House Mormont.
In days past, the ironmen or wildlings from the Frozen Shore would raid Bear Island and the men would be fishing out to sea. The women would defend the island while the men were away. This created a warrior culture even among the women.
The Rills (Held by House Ryswell)
The Rills is an area in the North west of the Barrowlands and east of the Stony Shore. House Ryswell is Lord of the Rills.
Several armies of the River Kings and later the Freys have attempted to conquer Greywater, but none of them could find it.
The Stony Shore is an area along the western edge of the North. It is sparsely populated with only a few fishing villages.
Theon Greyjoy and his ironmen were sent to harry the Stony Shore, attack the villages and sink any ships they encountered. Benfred Tallhart was ordered to drive them off. Theon ambushed Benfred and captured him.