The North is sparsely populated, but it is nearly as big as the other six kingdoms combined. Initially they had been considering the in China, but because the landscape base plates were shot in Northern Ireland, using Meteora resulted a better option. . Harrenhal was built by Harren the Black, after his conquest of the Riverlands, intending to make it the largest fortification ever built in Westeros. The salty Dornishmen were lithe and dark, with smooth olive skin and long black hair streaming in the wind.
Since then, the ruins of the castle have been occupied by a variety of houses, all of which eventually became extinct. It was conquered by Daeron I over a century after the Targaryen invasion, but rose against him leading to his death. The eldest child of Prince Doran, Arianne, is heir to House Martell, Sunspear and the rule of Dorne. But Targaryen loyalists led by Ser Willem Darry took the children away. The swampy nature of Sothoryos is briefly referenced by Victarion in A Dance with Dragons, and from Sothoryos is said to be used to build ships. The Crownlands form the entire coastline of Blackwater Bay, and include the original Targaryen homeland on the island of Dragonstone, at the Narrow Sea entrance to Blackwater Bay. A set of foldout maps was published on October 30, 2012 as The Lands of Ice and Fire.
A corsair's road runs along the continent's northern coast. Because of the city's lack of Unsullied, it relies on a mixed professional and slave army of approximately 4,000 with at least 1,000 mercenaries. Some believe the Children of the Forest took a hand in its construction; others that Brandon Stark, the builder of the Wall, advised Durran on its construction. The illegitimate children born in the Crownlands are given the surname Waters. The climate is cold overall, with hard winters and mild snows common regardless of season. Daenerys sees people of Yi Ti as bright-eyed men in monkey-tail hats in the markets of Vaes Dothrak.
The Free Cities were colonies built by the ancient Valyrian Freehold, and later declared independence after the Doom of Valyria. Sometime later, the Andals invaded Westeros and established the , writing, and steel. Dominated by an architecture of square brick towers, it is headed by a Prince who is chosen by the de facto rulers of the city, known as Magisters. Dragonstone was once the westernmost outpost of the ancient Freehold of. The television adaptation filmed the scenes of Pyke's port at Lordsport Harbour in , in Northern Ireland's. The climate is fairly mild.
According to legend, he kept the blades sharp because he believed that no ruler should ever sit comfortably. The Hightowers are known for their loyalty and stalwartness. The truth of the matter is unknown. On the seaward side, there is a 150-foot 46 m drop below the wall into the sea. The Wall was inspired by Martin's visit to , in the close to the border with. The city is often drawn into the ongoing conflicts over the Disputed Lands and the Stepstones. The third side fronts on a massive manmade ditch.
Shortly after the castle was completed, Aegon the Conqueror's dragon slew Harren, his sons, and his entire army by setting the castle alight. The hot spring also prevents the ground from freezing. I am a little unclear on the formal definition of 'continent' as opposed to 'big island. Several characters see Ibbenese whalers and at the ports of King's Landing, Braavos, Maidenpool, Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, and the Iron Islands. After a storm destroyed the royalist fleet, the Targaryen garrison tried to betray Viserys and his newborn sister, Daenerys, to Stannis the queen had died in childbirth. There are several open pools where heated water collects within the godswood.
There is a small port and town outside of the castle. Braavos has many moneylenders and the Iron Bank of Braavos lends money to foreign nations, especially The Crown, which has borrowed millions. Khalasars are broken into groups, called khas, which are each led by one of the khal's captains, called kos. They practice extreme pacifism, making music instead of war and refusing to eat meat, only fruit. It was used as a prison by the Freehold, a place where they sent their most despicable criminals. Oldtown remained aloof from the , but late in the war the Ironborn under King Euron Greyjoy launched a massive raid along the coast, conquering the Shield Islands and parts of the Arbor before trying to blockade the mouth of the Honeywine.
Martin compared the North to Scotland. However, hundreds of years ago, an event known as the Doom of Valyria, apparently involving a violent eruption of the Fourteen Flames, destroyed the Freehold and made Valyria an archipelago. The sea has worn away much of the rock on which Pyke originally stood, so the castle now consists mostly of a main keep on the main island and smaller towers perched on rocks. Only the North remained unconquered. The protection of the surrounding mountains gives the Vale itself a temperate climate, fertile meadows, and woods.