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PostSubject: Locations of the Crownlands   Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:28 pm

King’s Landing:
xxxThe capitol of the Seven Kingdoms. It was created over three hundred years ago when Aegon the Conqueror came ashore at the mouth of the Blackwater river with his sister-wives, Visenya and Rhaenys Targaryen, after the Targaryens left their fortress on Dragonstone a hundred years after the Doom of Valyria.
xxxOn top of the highest hill, Aegon built the Aegonfort and decided to build his capital around this fort. Later, his descendant, Maegor the Cruel, built the Red Keep that stands there today. Baelor the Blessed built the Great Sept on Visenya’s Hill, and the Dragonpit was built to house the Targaryen dragons on the same hill. Other notable locations are the Alchemist’s Guildhall, at the foot of Rhaenys’ Hill, and Flea Bottom, which is the slums area of the city that has the whorehouses and workshops and is infamous for ‘bowl o’ brown’ (a mystery stew that can include the meat of rats and murder victims, among other things).
King's Landing is the most populous city of Westeros, but rather unsightly and dirty compared to other cities. The poor build shanty towns outside the walls of the city and the stench of this area can be smelled from miles away.
xxxThe city is roughly square-shaped, sprawling across several miles and defended by tall walls. There are seven gates leading into the city: the Dragon Gate, the Lion Gate, the Mud Gate, the Old Gate, the Gate of the Gods, the King's Gate, and the Iron Gate. Within the walls, the city is dotted with manses, arbors, granaries, brick storehouses, timbered inns, merchant stalls, taverns, graveyards and brothels. There is a fish market. Hundreds of quays can be found in the harbor. Between buildings the roads are broad, lined with trees and branching alleys and streets. Just within the Mud Gate lie the three great trebuchets called the Three Whores, a defense of the city.
xxxThe city covers the north shore of the Blackwater and covers three tall hills, named after Aegon and his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Aegon's High Hill, surmounted by the Red Keep, the royal castle located in the south-eastern corner of the city, overlooks the bay directly, whilst Visenya's Hill to the west is crowned by the marble-walled Great Sept of Baelor and its seven crystal towers. The richest residents live on the other side of Rhaenys's Hill from Flea Bottom. According to semi-canon sources the richer areas of King's Landing lie near the Old Gate. Large tournaments are held outside the city, beside the Blackwater.

Streets, Squares, Alleys Include:
•  The Street of the Sisters, a road going straight from Visenya's Hill to Rhaenys' Hill, hence the name. The Alchemist's Guild is located here.
•  The Street of Steel, where most smiths have their forges. It begins on the west of Fishmonger's Square inside the River Gate and climbs up Visenya's hill. The higher up one goes, the more expensive the shops. At its top is the shop of Tobho Mott.
•  The Street of Flour, along which numerous bakeries may be found. Below the street lies a maze of twisting alleys and cross streets.
•  The Street of Silk, a street to the northwest of the Dragonpit lined with brothels of varying expense
•  Eel Alley, located on Visenya's Hill. An inn may be found here.
•  Pigrun Alley, enclosed by tall timber-and-stone buildings whose upper stories lean out so far over the streets that they nearly touch those of the buildings across from them.
•  Shadowblack Lane, a twisty lane that begins at the northern gate of the Red Keep and winds its way down to the foot of Aegon's High Hill.
•  Reeking Lane, a street full of apprentices.
•  Muddy Way, a street that begins at Fishmonger's Square.
•  Sowbelly Row
•  Pisswater Bend, a street which is located in the Flea Bottom area.The bloody flux often spreads through the stews on this street.
•  Street of Seeds
•  Coppersmith's Wynd
•  River Row, a street along the southern wall, east of Fishmonger's Square, home to sea captains, fishmongers and others with interest in harbor.
•  The Hook, A long, curved road connecting River Gate to Aegon's High Hill.
•  Cobbler's Square
•  Fishmonger's Square, market square inside the Mud Gate.
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PostSubject: Dragonstone   Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:05 pm

Dragonstone:

The island located at the entrance to Blackwater Bay and the castle thereon, which was shaped from stone to look like dragons. The island was created by the active volcano, Dragonmont. Outside its walls sits a small fishing village on the stormy coast. Beneath Dragonmont are rich deposits of dragonglass. There is much obsidian seen in the old tunnels beneath the mountain, found in chunks and boulders.

Dragonstone was the original seat of House Targaryen in Westeros, which they had colonized and fortified as the westernmost outpost of the now destroyed Valyrian Freehold a hundred years before Aegon the Conqueror. After the Targaryen conquest of the Seven Kingdoms, the island in the Crownlands served as the seat of their heir apparent, known as the Prince of Dragonstone. Through the dalliances of many Targaryen lords and princes over the years, many of the smallfolk of the island are descendants of that dynasty, and are known as dragonseeds.  After Robert Baratheon overthrew the Targaryens, he gave the island to his brother Stannis, creating House Baratheon of Dragonstone. The castle has a dark reputation.


   The Stone Drum is the central keep of Dragonstone, named as such because of the booming sound made by the powerful winds during storms. Cells in the dungeons beneath the citadel are warmer than they ought to be, but as dank as one might expect for an isle such as Dragonstone. It is said that there are shafts and secret stairs leading further below into the heart of the Dragonmont. The Stone Drum is connected to the dungeon tower by a high stone bridge that arches over emptiness.

   The Chamber of the Painted Table, located on the top floor of the Stone Drum, is a round room, with four tall windows, overlooking the north, south, east and west. It holds a large table, carved and painted in the form of a detailed map of Westeros. Here, Aegon the Conqueror planned for the invasion of Westeros. The Painted Table is more than fifty feet long: roughly twenty-five feet wide at its widest point and four feet at its thinnest. At the precise location of Dragonstone is a raised seat that allows the occupant to view the entire map.

   The Great Hall is carved in the shape of a huge dragon lying on its belly; its doors are set in the mouth and those entering pass through its mouth. The kitchens resemble a curled up dragon where the smoke and heat vented through its nostrils.

   Aegon's Garden is a garden near the arch of the Dragon's Tail. Within its confines grow tall trees on every side, as well as wild roses. Cranberries grow in a boggy spot. Aegon's Garden has a pleasant pine scent.

   Windwyrm is one of the towers of Dragonstone. It is shaped like a dragon and arches into the sky, screaming defiantly.
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PostSubject: Minor Locations of the Crownlands   Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:11 pm

Antlers: The seat of House Buckwell in the Crownlands. It is located southwest of Maidenpool, west of Rook's Rest, and northwest of Duskendale and Rosby.

Rosby: The seat of House Rosby, north of Blackwater Bay in the Crownlands. Rosby sits just northeast of King's Landing along the Rosby road, the shortest road between the capital and Duskendale. Lying around the small castle is a village made of daub-and-wattle huts.

Duskendale: A large port town off the coast of Blackwater Bay. It is located northeast of King's Landing and Rosby in the Crownlands. Formerly ruled by the Darklyns, it is now the seat of House Rykker. The town spreads out around the harbor and has cobbled streets. The gatehouse opens to a market square. The castle of House Rykker that overlooks the port is known as the Dun Fort, a squat square stone castle with big drum towers. The largest inn in Duskendale is the Seven Swords. South of the town is a rocky headland that shelters the harbor from the storms of the Narrow Sea and north of it rise chalk cliffs. A road runs beside the shore between the grey-green sea and low limestone hills. Fishing villages dot the road for miles.

Stokeworth: The seat of House Stokeworth in the Crownlands. It lies near King's Landing to the north.

Rook's Rest: The seat of House Staunton. It is located on the northern shore of Blackwater Bay, west of Crackclaw Point. It is northwest of Driftmark, northeast of Duskendale, and southeast of Maidenpool.

Crackclaw Point: A peninsula in the Crownlands jutting out into the narrow sea. To the north lies the Bay of Crabs, to the south Blackwater Bay. It is full of bogs and pine barrens. On Crackclaw Point is a ruined castle called the Whispers; it is overgrown with forest from its godswood, which contains soldier pines and a young weirwood. The beacon tower collapsed and now sits in the sea below the castle. There is a smuggler's cove nearby. The seat of Ser Clarence Crabb, a fabled knight from Crackclaw Point, the Whispers allegedly received its name from the whispering heads of the victims of Clarence. Whenever Clarence would kill a man he would cut off their head and bring it back to his castle to his wife. There, she would kiss the head and bring it back to life. The heads would then talk to each other, creating the whispering sound. The heads were from wizards, lords, pirates and one was a former King of Duskendale. The heads gave Clarence counsel. However, the "Whispers" for which the castle is named is actually the sound of the sea pouring into holes made in the cliff.
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