A Song of Ice and Fire is the title of George R. R. Martin's epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire. One immediate difference from most other settings comes into play here: there are no wizards, no spell-casting. Magic is the stuff of fairy tales. At least, that is how it begins...
The last of the dragons died long ago, and now the land is upheaval from yet another rebellion. Yet word comes from across the sea in the whispers of sailors of dragons once again breathing fire and screaming death. Who knows the truth?
There are so many problems on Westeros that few turn their thoughts beyond the seas to the Free Cities; the smoking remains of ancient Valyria; Slaver Bay; the endless grass plains of the Dothraki; the Summer Islands; the mysterious lands of the far east, Quarth, Ashai, the Shadow Lands, and into the unknown.
The people are held under the boots of nobles, while various religions compete for their allegience. The maesters teach and labor for science and civilization, while bandits and worse tear the civilized countryside apart. Fortunes rise and fools fall, and honor and glory cannot protect you from the knife in your back.
As flames engulf the south, winter comes from the north in a Song of Ice and Fire.
The Books Edit
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
The History of A Song of Ice and Fire Edit
The Age of HeroesEdit
The Others Invasion - The first appearance of the Others, an unworldly threat that still inspires fear today, even in those who do not believe in them.
The Targaryen DynastyEdit
- The Conquest - The dawn of the dynasty. Aegon Targaryen brought three dragons out of the east to wage war upon Westeros, and in the end saw all but one of the seven kings bend knee to him.
- The Dornish Rebellion - Soon after Dorne was defeated, Aegon's son was killed by a cunning trap, buried under a hundred red scorpions while laying in bed. All his gains were lost almost overnight, and
- The Doom of Valyria - The ancient city and lands of Valyria were utterly destroyed in a cataclysmic event. What actually happened remains a mystery to present day.
- The Dance of the Dragons - A war for succession within the Tagaryen family. It remains a tragedy as it is retold in the present day.
- The Blackfyre Rebellion - A long and disastrous conflict sparked when Aegon IV legitamized his bastard sons, each of whom decided he was the lawful heir.
- War of the Ninepenny Kings - The last of the conflicts spawned by the Blackfyre Rebellion
- Robert's Rebellion - The end of the Dynasty. Robert Baratheon, with the aid of Jon Arryn of the Vale and Eddard Stark of the North, rebels against the last of the Targaryens, who is killed by none other than a member of his own Kingsguard.
The Baratheon ReignEdit
The Greyjoy's Rebellion - In rebellion against the Iron Throne, the ruler of the Iron Islands named his kingdom independent. His rebellion failed, and his youngest son was sent to be a ward of Eddard Stark, as insurance.
Religion in A Song of Ice and Fire Edit
The Faith Edit
The Faith was brought to Westeros by the Andals. It holds tremendous power in the South, where it is embedded into the laws and customs of the land. Knighthood here is based on the Faith and its religious moors. It maintains a small presence in the North, where the Old Gods still live in the minds of the people.
The number seven is quite prominent in the Faith. It holds that there are seven hells and seven gods. In the naming of a child, seven oils are used to anoint the infant. The Great Sept of Baelor has seven crystal towers. They hold the custom of a trial of seven, wherein seven champions each for the accuser and the accused, fight to the death. They hold seven constellations in the sky as sacred. As punishment, one of the faithful would serve as a begging brother for seven years. Even grace is taught to have seven aspects.
The Faith has a great many moral teachings. It frowns on gambling, preaches against bastardy, and curses as criminal things like incest and kinslaying.
The Seven GodsEdit
- The Maid
- The Mother
- The Crone
- The Father
- The Warrior
- The Smith
- The Stranger
The Hierarchy of the FaithEdit
- The High Septon
- Septons and Septas
- Elder Brothers
- Brown Brothers
- Novice Brothers
- Begging Brothers
- Poor Fellows (Stars)
- Warrior's Sons (Swords)
- The Silent Sisters
The Lord of Light Edit
"The night is dark, and full of terrors."- A common refrain among the Red Priests
The Red Priests, as they are called, worship R'hllor, the Lord of Light. They can be found everywhere in the Free Cities, and have a great temple on Lys. They preach that R'hllor is the Lord of Light, the Heart of Fire, the God of Flame and Shadow. They prophecize that an ancient hero, Azor Ahai, Warrior of Light and Son of Fire, will be reborn. They teach that he will wield Lightbringer, a flaming sword, to combat an evil darkness that will fall on the world.
Common rituals include lighting a bonfire at sundown, to beseech R'hllor to bring the dawn.
Red Priests have claimed to see falsehoods in the words of others, visions of the future through flames, and to revive the dead.
Thoros of Myr is the most visible and renowned representative of R'hllor in Westeros.
The Great Other Edit
The followers of R'hllor also believe in a Great Other, whose name may not be spoken. He is known as the Lord of Darkness, the Soul of Ice, the God of Night and Terror. They believe that only through the intervention of the Lord of Light, will the world be saved from this evil.
He of Many Faces Edit
The Geography of A Song of Ice and Fire Edit
The Great Eastern Continent Edit
The Great Eastern Continent lies east of Westeros, across the Narrow Sea.
The Red Lands are an expansive desert that cover a large portion of this gigantic landmass, through the middle of it, and coming clear to the southern coast in some areas.
The Dothraki Sea is not a sea at all, but a near endless praire of long grass, partially encompassing the Red Lands. It is the domain of the Dothraki Khals and their bloodriders.
Qarth is an odd city, located on the southeastern corner of the continent. It is home to several shadowy guilds. Its fashions are at odds with the cultural taboos of Westeros.
Slaver's Bay Edit
Slaver's Bay is snug along the southern coast of the Great Eastern Continent. It's name is appropriate, as the center of slavery within the known world, and where slaves are the root of commerce and wealth. Four walled city-states span this region, each rotting from within.
- Astapor - Where the Unsullied, eunuch troops known for their juggernaut-like prowess in battle, are trained and sold to the highest bidder.
- Old Ghis - Old Ghis used to be the center of an empire, before it was crushed by the ancient Valyrians.
The Free Cities Edit
The Free Cities are beholden to no king, no religion, no external order of any kind. Hundreds of religions flourish on the same streets as pleasure houses, and while slavery is illegal, it is also ignored by those that still practice it.
The Red Priests of Rh'llor, the Lord of Light, have temples in every Free City, in contrast to Westeros, where their presence is minimal.
Braavos A cantankerous port city full of whorehouses, dueling waterdancers, and swaggering sailors. The city of Braavos is built in a lagoon, and features crisscrossing canals the length and breadth of it. Braavos controls hundreds of small islands, and is considered the most powerful of all the free cities. Its ruler is called the Sealord.
- Bravosi Waterdancers - Swordsmen who use a shorter, thinner blade than the common longsword of Westeros. They use a style of fighting that depends on agility and focus, rather than brute strength.
- The House of Black and White - Braavos is also home to the temple of the Faceless God. From here the Faceless Men, feared and respected assassins operate without government infringement.
Lys - Lys is a group of islands known as a destination of pleasure. It is possibly the most populous of all the Free Cities. It is also home to alchemists who produce some of the most deadly poisons in the known world, including the Tears of Lys and 'the strangler.' Lysene natives usually have blue eyes, frequently have blond hair, and some are very tall.
Other Lands Edit
The Basilisk Isles
The Summer Isles
The Shadow Lands
Along the southern edge of Slaver's Bay lies the remains of a once great empire, reduced to a smoking, poisoned wasteland. Weapons made of Valyrian Steel are prized heirlooms in Westeros. Stronger and sharper than normal steel, the knowledge of their making has been lost to time.
The Jade Sea
The Redwyne Straits
The Summer Sea
The Narrow Sea
The Shivering Sea
The Sunset Sea