Lysa refused to align herself with any of the claimants during the War of the Five Kings, but eventually pretends to a possible alliance with House Lannister after Lord Petyr Baelish agrees to marry her. A region of pastures and hills, it is inhabited by the Lhazareen, a peaceful people with bronze skin, flat faces, and almond eyes. The hulls of Braavosi ships are painted purple and their merchant ships sail to many distant lands and bring their trade and wealth back home.  Entering Astapor at the beginning of A Storm of Swords, Daenerys experiences it as an ancient and dilapidated city that has long passed its glory days. A true believer, I had faith Later Baelish kills Lysa after she attempts to murder her niece, Sansa Stark. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  The scenes at the village of the Lamb Men that is sacked by the Dothraki were filmed in Malta, at the farming town of Manikata.  Keeping with Westerosi customs to give bastards a surname showing their origins, illegitimate children born in the Westerlands are given the surname Hill.. First mentioned in A Game of Thrones, the city of Qarth has not yet appeared on any maps in the books.  Its banks are the homeland of the Rhoynar, who worship the river as "Mother Rhoyne". Please make me not afraid to fall To attract support, Aegon plans to conquer Storm's End and raise the banner of House Targaryen above the battlements. "[S 8] He conceded, however, that readers may be able to piece together a world map by the end of the series. Unique among the Free Cities, Braavos was not a Valyrian colony, but a secret refuge from Valyrian expansion. However, the HBO Viewer's Guide world map and the opening titles of the TV series' second season show Qarth located at a strait between the Summer Sea and the Jade Sea in the south-east of Essos. The castle is the location of Robb Stark's great victory over House Lannister and the site of his crowning. The last Storm King, Argilac the Arrogant, abandoned his impressive defenses to meet the Targaryen commander, Orys Baratheon, in open battle during Aegon Targaryen's War of Conquest, and lost. The current ruler of the city is Lord Leyton Hightower. The area is known in the books as Slaver's Bay. The Eyrie is made of pale stone and primarily decorated with the blue and white colors of House Arryn. Slender towers rise throughout the city, fountains adorn every square, and thousands of colored birds, blooming trees and flowers fill the city. One by one, kingdoms of the First Men south of the Neck fell to the Andals, and only the North remained unconquered. You get into tundra and ice fields and it becomes more of an arctic environment. Weiss added "To find a full-on, immaculately preserved medieval walled city that actually looks uncannily like King's Landing where the bulk of our show is set, that was in and of itself such an amazing find". Nobility and rich merchants pay the courtesans large amounts of money to appear alongside them at events, and bravos are known to kill each other in their names. The Dosh Khaleen hold the city as their seat.  It is situated on the Blackwater river on the spot where Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros to begin his conquest. [S 13][S 14], The first inhabitants of the continent were the Children of the Forest, a nature-worshipping Stone Age anthropoid species who carved the faces of their gods in weirwood trees. The castle is bordered on two sides by the Tumblestone River and the Red Fork.  Daenerys heard that dragons themselves originated from the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai and the islands of the Jade Sea, and they possibly still live there. This led to Orys Baratheon marrying Argilac's daughter and becoming Lord of Storm's End. [S 5] Although the characters understand the natural aspects of their world, they do not know or understand its magical elements. (Paraphrased from The World of Ice and Fire). Ivy Beyond the Wall. [S 43], The Red Keep interior are filmed at Belfast's studio The Paint Hall.  It is home to the Night's Watch, a brotherhood sworn to protect the realms of men from the threats beyond the Wall. They are showered with gifts from goldsmiths and craftsmen beg for their custom. A century before the Doom, the Targaryen family moved to Dragonstone. Dorne is the southernmost and least populated land of Westeros. , The novels repeatedly describe Yi Ti as a city full of wonders, lying in the far east. You read the descriptions in the book and you come to Dubrovnik and that's what the actual city is.  Braavos is home to the 'Iron Bank', one of the wealthiest banks in the known world. Valyria is a peninsula in South-Central Essos, west of Slaver's Bay. George R. R. Martin said "The Dothraki were actually fashioned as an amalgam of a number of steppe and plains cultures ... Mongols and Huns, certainly, but also Alans, Sioux, Cheyenne, and various other Amerindian tribes ... seasoned with a dash of pure fantasy. The Tyrells were stewards to House Gardener, the Kings of the Reach before Aegon's conquest. The city's Starry Sept was the seat of the Faith of the Seven until the construction of the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing. They had two children, a daughter, Rhaenys, and a son, Aegon. The north coast of the mainland is separated from the polar cap by the Shivering Sea. The Dornish Marches are located within this region, and were common battlegrounds between the Stormlands and Dorne until Aegon joined the Seven Kingdoms. [S 28] Centrally located between the Westerlands, the Crownlands, the Vale, and the North[S 29] and lacking the natural defenses of other regions,[S 30] they have seen frequent warfare. . 2015-14. Across the Narrow sea on the western side of Essos lie the nine Free Cities, independent city-states that are mostly on islands or along the coast. Since then, the ruins of the castle have been occupied by a variety of houses, all of which eventually became extinct. Between the truth and expectations There is a small port and town outside of the castle. The climate is harsh and bitter, especially in the far north in the Lands of Always Winter. Before Aegon's conquest they were ruled by the Storm Kings, and afterwards by House Baratheon, bastard relatives to the Targaryens. After the last Gardener King was killed on the Field of Fire, the Tyrells surrendered Highgarden to Aegon and were rewarded with both the castle and the position of overlords of the Reach. Plot. Some time later, Bronze Age human settlers, known as the First Men, migrated from Essos via a land bridge at the southeastern end of the continent and gradually spread to the entire continent.  The city is dominated by its red brick architecture, and Arstan Whitebeard explains to Daenerys that the saying "Brick and blood built Astapor, ... and brick and blood her people" refers to the slaves who make the bricks. Lords of the ruling House Martell still style themselves "Prince" and "Princess" in the Rhoynish fashion.