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asoiaf meme: 3/9 houses

House Reed of Greywater Watch is a noble house from Greywater Watch, and one of the principal families in the north. They rule the crannogmen, small men who live in swamps and marshes in the Neck. According to a semi-canon source, the Reeds descend from the First Men.The Reeds first swore their oaths of fealty to House Stark when the Starks were Kings in the North, thousands of years ago.

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“Hearth and heart and harvest we yield up to you, my lord. Our swords and spears and arrows are yours to command. Grant mercy to our weak, help to our helpless, and justice to all, and we shall never fail you.” “I swear it by earth and water,” said the boy in green. “I swear it by bronze and iron,” his sister said. “We swear it by ice and fire,” they finished together.

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Unlike the rest of Westeros, we keep no garrisons and raise no soldiers for petty spats with our neighbors. Our land protects its own. […] Many would-be conquerors died trying to find us. With war all around and our Stark lord beseiged on all sides, many more will doubtless soon try. They will look at us on a map and see a stranglehold for the North and they will forget that the sea itself once entered the Neck and not all of it returned. 

HISTORIES AND LORE: House Reed