asoiaf locations

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The great castle of Highgarden, the ancient seat of the Tyrell lords and the Gardener kings before them, sits atop a verdant hill overlooking the broad and tranquil waters of the Mander. Seen from afar, the castle “looks so much a part of the land one could think that it had grown there, rather than being built.” Many consider Highgarden to be the most beautiful castle in all the Seven Kingdoms, a claim that only the men of the Vale see fit to dispute. (They prefer their own Eyrie).Highgarden is said to have been built by Garth the Gardener atop a hill overlooking the Mander. Highgarden was the center of the Reach proper, and the Kings of the Reach from House Gardener grew to acquire what has become the Reach.

asoiaf/got meme  → 1/6 places: highgarden (the reach)

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It was a dark, primal place, three acres of old forest untouched for ten thousand years as the gloomy castle rose around it. It smelled of moist earth and decay. No redwoods grew here. This was a wood of stubborn sentinel trees armored in grey-green needles, of mighty oaks, of ironwoods as old as the realm itself. Here thick black trunks crowded close together while twisted branches wove a dense canopy overhead and misshappen roots wrestled beneath the soil. This was a place of deep silence and brooding shadows, and the gods who lived here had no names.

@rowofstars requested: asoiaf + favourite location

Asshai by the Shadow

The buildings of Asshai are made out of a black stone that can feel greasy to the touch. The stone seems to drink in light, dimming torches and hearth fires alike, causing the city to have a dark and gloomy appearance. All foodstuff and freshwater is brought in by ship, as animals brought into the city soon die, and the waters of the Ash, river which runs through the city, glisten black beneath the noonday sun and glimmer with green phosphoresence by night. The only fish that dwell in its water are blind and deformed, with only fools and shadowbinders daring to eat of their flesh. There are no children in Asshai, and all who dwell there wear masks or veils, and often walk alone or ride in palanquins of ebony and iron, hidden behind dark curtains.

Asshai is a popular trading destination for ships, part of the traders’ circle in the Jade Sea. It exports goods such as amber and dragonglass. Gold and gems are also common exports, though some say the gold of the Shadow Lands is as unhealthy as the fruits that grow there.

The Asshai'i are well versed in witchcraft and wizardry, and have a language of their own, used in their spells. It is rumored that spellsingers, aeromancers, and warlocks practice their arts openly in Asshai. Asshai is welcome to all sorts of practitioners of the “higher mysteries”, as well as torturers and poisoners, and even worshippers of the Black Goat and the Lion of Night. Nothing is forbidden in the city, however depraved. 

The shadowbinders of Asshai are considered to be the most sinister of all sorcerers of the city, and are the only ones who dare to go upriver, towards the Shadow Lands however even they fear Stygai the City of the Night upriver from Asshai. Ghost grass grows throughout the Shadow Lands and it is said that demons and dragons are among the creatures dwelling in cliff caves. 

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Sunspear’s history is a curious one. Having been little more than the squat, ugly keep called the Sandship in early days under the Martells, beautiful towers bearing all the hallmarks of Rhoynish fashion would eventually spring up around it. It became known as Sunspear when the sun of the Rhoyne was wedded to the spear of the Martells. In time, the Tower of the Sun and the Spear Tower were both constructed—the great golden dome of the one, and the slender, high spire of the other becoming the first things that visitors beheld by land or by sea. ♦ requested by dalekofchaos

Naath

Naath, known as the Isle of Butterflies, is an island in the Summer Sea off the northwestern coast of Sothoryos.

The Naathi have dark skin and golden eyes and are called the Peaceful People, due to their belief in extreme pacifism. They make music rather than war and kill nothing, not even animals, eating only fruit and never flesh. The Naathi believe in one god, the Lord of Harmony, who has existed and will exist for all time. He is the source of creation. Naathi revere butterflies as messengers of the Lord of Harmony, charged with protection of the island and its people.
Before the Doom of Valyria, the Naathi were involved in long-distance trade networks stretching from Essos to Westeros. Given that the island’s environment is well-suited for insect life, Naath used to be a major exporter of silk from silkworm caterpillars. The Naathi also exported fine handicrafts and delicate spiced wine, and their shimmering silks could be found in markets throughout the Seven Kingdoms and the Free Cities. However after the doom slaver raids became so frequent that the Naathi abandoned their coasts to take refuge in the hills and forests of the interior. As a result the export trade has largely collapsed in the past four hundred years, and Naathi silks are less and less frequently seen in the world’s major cities. Many slavers have tried to colonise Naath but have succumbed to butterfly fever a disease native to the island. It is believed to be transmitted by the local butterflies, particularly a large black-and-white variety with wings as big as a man’s hand. Even though the Naathi themselves are immune to this sickness, all outsiders who remain too long on Naath fall prey to it. Fever is the first sign of the disease, followed by painful spasms that make the victims seem to be dancing wildly and uncontrollably. In the last stage, those afflicted sweat blood, and their flesh sloughs from their bones. The Ghiscari seize the islands in the times of the Old Empire thrice, and the Valyrians erected a fort of fused dragonstone whose walls survive to the present, a company of Volantene adventurers once built a trade town with timber palisades and slave pens, corsairs of the Basilisk Isles have landed on Naath countless times. All of these invaders fell to the plague. Likewise, when Nymeria’s Rhoynar landed on the island, they too fell to the disease, even though they had been welcome with open arms by the Naathi. However, corsairs long ago learned that the chances of dying of butterfly fever are low as long as they do not remain on the islands for more than a few hours, and lower still if they land at night, as the butterflies that carry it are day creatures. Thus, slavers often attack Naath during the dark of night, forcing the Naathi inland.

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ASOIAF Locations → Yi Ti

“The novels repeatedly describe Yi Ti as a city full of wonders, lying in the far east. As of A Dance with Dragons, Yi Ti has not appeared on any maps in the books, but Martin specified that "Yi Ti is to the south east of Qarth, generally, across the Jade Sea.” The city is first mentioned in A Game of Thones, talking of rumors that “basilisks infested the jungles of Yi Ti”. The god of the people of Yi Ti is called the Lion of Night. Daenerys sees people of Yi Ti as bright-eyed men in monkey-tail hats in the markets of Vaes Dothrak.“

ASOIAF locations: the Water Gardens

The Water Gardens is a palace with gardens and waterworks that serves as a private retreat to House Martell. The Gardens are located on a beach next to the Summer Sea, three leagues to the west of Sunspear on a coastal road. The Water Gardens are pleasant in autumn: hot days, cool nights, the salt breeze blowing in from the sea, and fountains and pools to admire and play in. Children from all stations and areas of Dorne are sent to the Water Gardens to foster, where they play together at the beach, pools and fountains, and in the water. The Water Gardens were raised by Maron Martell, Prince of Dorne, as a gift for his new bride, Princess Daenerys Targaryen, to mark the union of Dorne with the rest of the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys began the tradition of hosting children at the Water Gardens, initially the kin of lords but eventually also smallfolk.

anyone who doesnt like arya’s braavos storyline is boring tbh. i, for one, love that arya sails away from westeros which is a pile of garbage and gets free passage across the sea to essos for a change of pace. she meets some chill sailors for starters who are mostly terrified that shes an assassin but they give her free shots. then they sail up to the titan and its magnificent and mythic. braavos is this stunning would be italian city. the vibe is the best of any location in asoiaf. its foggy and mysterious and dangerous. theres markets and ports and temples and statues and canals. its fucking venice!!! except better. arya goes to the house of black and white and gets a job after trying to eat a worm out of skulls eyesocket. she never stops. she’s accepted into murder/spy school which is creepy and great. theres religious and magical elements and arya learns so much. languages, poisons, history, acting, lying ect. she gets multiple other jobs where she can hang in bars and brothels and meet people from all over the world: pirates, pickpockets, mummers, courtesans, fortune tellers. they teach her languages and curses and secrets and songs. she tries new foods and sees new things. arya is blinded but instead of taking that lying down she gets cat vision. she flips off guys who try shit with her. she fights in alleys and spies on people. she cuts a bitch or two. 

but most importantly: arya befriends a seal and shakes his flipper like that alone…..literally nothing else in asoiaf can compare

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Pyke is neither the largest nor the grandest castle on the Iron Islands, but it may well be the oldest, and it is from there that the lords of House Greyjoy rule the ironborn. It has long been their contention that the isle of Pyke takes its name from the castle; the smallfolk of the islands insist the opposite is true. Pyke is so ancient that no one can say with certainty when it was built, nor name the lord who built it. Like the Seastone Chair, its origins are lost in mystery. ♦ requested by dalekofchaos

Leng

Leng is a large island in the Jade Sea, off the southern coast of Essos covered with forests and jungles. It is ruled by god-empresses who have grown rich from the island’s spices and gemstones. The Lengii are the tallest known race reaching seven  to eight feet tall, they also have large eyes golden in color which some believe gives them superior sight.

Leng was an isolated island for most of its history, as the Lengii did not welcome outsiders. Those who attempted to harvest the island’s resources met a foul end, and it thus was avoided by mariners. Merchants from the Golden Empire of Yi Ti periodically managed to open Leng to trade. However on at least four occasions the Old Ones who lived below the island’s subterranean ruins instructed the God-Empress of Leng to kill the foreign merchants. 

Eventually Jar Har, the sixth sea-green emperor of Yi Ti managed to conquer Leng. He sealed the entrances to the underground cities, where the Old Ones were said to live, after which there were no longer massacres. The YiTish colonized most of the island, with the Lengii confined to the southern third. After 400 years of YiTish rule the Lengii rose up and overthrew their colonisers and power returned to the God-Empresses, Khiara the Great, who established a tradition whereby the empress takes two husbands, one each of Lengii and YiTish descent, with one commanding the island’s armies and the other its fleet. The custom was followed by her daughters and their daughters in turn.

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ASOIAF meme: 1/7 locations ♦ Casterly Rock

Casterly Rock, the ancient seat of House Lannister, is no ordinary castle. Although crowned with towers and turrets and watchtowers, with stone walls and oaken gates and iron portcullises guarding its every means of egress, this ancient fortress is in truth a colossal rock beside the Sunset Sea, a rock that some say looks like a lion in repose when the sun sets and the shadows fall.

The Lords of Casterly Rock have gathered many treasures over the centuries, and the sights of the Rock are justly famed throughout the Seven Kingdoms, even in lands beyond the narrow sea.

The Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands are an extensive archipelago in the eastern Shivering Sea off the northern coast of Essos. There are several tales about the Shivering Sea, including queer lights shimmering in the sky, where the demon mother of the ice giants dances eternally through the night, seeking to lure men northward to their dooms. The waters of the Shivering Sea teem with hundreds of varieties of fish, crabs, lobsters, seals, narwhals, walruses, and sea lions

According to Ibbenese chartmakers, the thousand islands are actually fewer than three hundred, not a thousand like their name suggests. The fish in the waters of the Thousand Islands are described as oddly misshapen, with a bitter and unpleasant taste.

These isles are sea-girt scatter of bleak and windswept rocks. Some believe they are the remnants of a drowned kingdom whose buildings were submerged by the rising sea thousands of years ago. Few mariners land on the islands, due to their inhabitants.T he folk that dwell on the Thousand Islands are reportedly xenophobes, inimical to strangers. They are hairless and have green-tinged skin. Females file their teeth into sharp points and males slice the foreskins of their members. They speak an unknown tongue and are said to sacrifice sailors to squamous, fish-headed gods. Likenesses of these gods are visible along the shores when the tide is low, lending credence to the the theory of a civilization submerged by the rising of the sea level. Despite being islanders, the inhabitants of the Thousand Islands fear the sea so much they refuse to set foot in the water, even when threatened by death