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PostSubject: Locations of the Stormlands   Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:25 am

Storm's End
The seat of House Baratheon along Shipbreaker Bay in the Stormlands. One of the strongest castles in the Seven Kingdoms, it was once the ancestral seat of the Storm Kings of House Durrandon extending back many thousands of years. The castle is said to be protected by spells woven into its very walls that prevent magic from affecting it or passing through it. It was also known as Durran's Defiance.

Features: Storm's End is surrounded by a massive outer curtain wall, one hundred feet high and forty feet thick on its thinnest side and nearly eighty feet thick on its seaward side. It is composed of a double course of stones with an inner core of sand and rubble. The wall is smooth and curving, the stones so well placed and so perfectly together that the wind can find no purchase. On the seaward side, there is a 150-foot drop below the wall into the sea.

The castle itself consists of one huge drum tower crowned with formidable battlements, so that from a distance enemies can see what appears to be a single huge, spiked fist thrusting towards the sky in defiance. The tower is so large that it comfortably contains the granary, barracks, armoury, feast hall and lord's chambers all at once. It is said that there are spells woven into the stonework. The seaward side of the castle stands upon a high white cliffs overlooking the sea, and there is a barred, watery passage through a cavern that leads beneath the castle.

History
The mighty fortress called Storm's End has stood for centuries, facing the terrible weather of Shipbreaker Bay with little wear to show for it. Legend claims that it was built by Durran, the first Storm King during the Dawn Age, who declared a war against the gods after they killed his family and guests, ruining his wedding to their daughter Elenei. It was said that he raised six each larger and more formidable until he raised Storm's End. Some believe this was because the Children of the Forest took a hand in its construction, using their magics in the raising the castle walls allowing it to resist the storms. Others believe that a young boy who grew up to be Bran the Builder advised Durran on its construction. The truth of the matter is unknown.

Storm's End has proven to be an exceptionally formidable fortress. In its long history it has never fallen to either siege or storm. The castle has endured several sieges and battles in recent history. The last Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, abandoned his impressive defenses to meet Orys Baratheon in open battle during Aegon I Targaryen's War of Conquest, and suffered accordingly. During the War of the Usurper, Storm's End was besieged for a year by the host of Mace Tyrell, who commanded the landward forces, whilst Paxter Redwyne's fleet of the Arbor kept the castle cut off by sea. Because House Baratheon was in rebellion to the Iron Throne, Jon Connington, the Hand of King Aerys II, was possibly titled Lord of Storm's End. However, Stannis Baratheon, commanding the defense, refused to yield and his men were reduced to eating rats. A smuggler named Davos Seaworth ran the blockade and resupplied the castle, allowing the garrison to outlast the siege.
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PostSubject: Summerhall   Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:30 am

Summerhall: A ruined castle in the Stormlands. Formerly a lightly fortified castle used by the Targaryens as a summer castle and royal residence, it was destroyed in a great fire in 259AC. While the heir apparent to the Iron Throne was known as the Prince of Dragonstone, a younger son could be titled the Prince of Summerhall.

Located in or near the foothills of the Red Mountains, the ruins of Summerhall are close to the Stormlands' border with the Reach, east of the Cockleswhent and southeast of the Blueburn. The Boneway runs south from Summerhall through the Dornish Marches to Yronwood in Dorne.

Summerhall was built in the Dornish Marches during the notably pro-Dornish reign of King Daeron II. It was a Targaryen summer castle and royal residence used frequently by Daeron in his youth. As he grew older, he left King's Landing less frequently and Summerhall passed to his youngest son, Prince Maekar. The prince maintained a household there after the Blackfyre Rebellion.This was possible since Daeron's heir, Baelor, had Dragonstone, and Aerys and Rhaegel seldom left the court.

A great fire broke out in the castle in 259AC, which was a serious blow to House Targaryen. The fire left the castle ruined and resulted in the deaths of King Aegon V Targaryen, his eldest son and heir, Prince Duncan the Small, and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall. It is sometimes blamed on one of the many Targaryen attempts to bring dragons back by hatching ancient dragon eggs. Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was born at Summerhall on the day of the tragedy. Maester Aemon thought Rhaegar's birth was associated with the Prince That Was Promised, but Rhaegar later thought the legend was associated with his own son, Aegon Targaryen, nephew of Daenerys.
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PostSubject: Minor Locations of the Stormlands   Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:35 am

Evenfall Hall/Island of Tarth: The seat of House Tarth in the Stormlands. The island it is on is separated from the main continent by the Straits of Tarth, and is situated northeast of Shipbreaker Bay. Tarth is considered a part of the Stormlands and is said to be very beautiful, "with its mountains and waterfalls, its high meadows and shadowed vales." It is called the "Sapphire Isle," for the striking blue seas in which it sits.

Estermont: A small and mountainous island in the narrow sea east of Cape Wrath in the Stormlands. Greenstone, the seat of House Estermont, is located on the island.

Bronzegate: The seat of House Buckler in the Stormlands. The castle is located on the kingsroad between the Wendwater and Storm's End. Felwood is to the west and Haystack Hall is to the northeast. Bronzegate is supported by several small towns.

Blackhaven: The seat of House Dondarrion in the southwestern Stormlands. Part of the Dornish Marches, it is located in the northern Red Mountains near the Dornish border, north of the Wyl and south of the Cockleswhent. The fortress guards against invasions from Dorne and from outlaws hiding in the mountains.
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