A History of Ice & Fire

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Before we dive into this I wanted to establish which continent is which. Westeros is where the majority of our characters are and where the main story takes place. To the east is Essos, where Daenerys is.

Chapter 1: The Dawn of the First Men

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The recorded history of Westeros stretches back over 12,000 years in Martin's world, and long before humans inhabited the content it was home to a race of creatures known as the Children of the Forest. These non-human creatures were small, had brownish skin, and eyes much like cat eyes. They also possessed strong magic.

The Children of the Forest worshiped the old gods and were the beings that carved the faces into the weirwood trees throughout the continent. These are the same gods that the Starks and other northerners worship, unlike the new gods (the Seven) that southerns prayed to.

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The First Men were the first humans to travel from Essos to Westeros. 12,000 years ago there was a land bridge connecting the two continents called the Arm of Dorne. When they began to settle the land and chop down the forests, particularly the sacred weirwood trees this didn't go so well with the Children of the Forest and a war inevitably broke out.

Even though the Children of the Forest had magic the First Men were more technologically advanced. The Children of the Forest used magic to shatter the Arm of Dorne, creating the now chain of islands known as the Stepstones.

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After 2,000 years of fighting the Children of the Forest and the First Men end up calling a truce and making a pact. The Children of the Forest would inhabit the deep woods and the First Men promised not to chop down any more weirwood trees, in return they could inhabit the rest of Westeros in peace.

The Pact began 4,000 years of friendship and peace between the two peoples. This is known as the Age of Heroes. During this time the First Men took took up the same gods as the Children of the Forest.

Chapter 2: The Long Night

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After the 4,000 years or so of peace the world fell into a long period of darkness and winter known as the Long Night. During this time evil creatures known as the Others, or White Walkers, came down from the Land of Always Winter in the extreme north of the continent of Westeros.

The Children of the Forest and the First Men teamed up to fight the Others and eventually pushed them all the way back to the north. This is when the First Men and Children of the Forest decided to construct The Wall and form the Night's Watch.

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The Wall is solid ice, stretching 300 miles long and over 700 feet high. It has a total of 19 castles along it's path. The Children of the Forest even helped infuse the wall with magic in order to keep everything out. It is regarded as one of the nine wonders made by man.

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The Night's Watch was originally a very prestiegous order and it was something that many chose to do freely, but after centuries of no further attacks from the Others and only battling wildlings the importance of this order faded, leaving it a shadow of it's former self. Creatures like the Others eventually became little more than myth and the Wall home for little more than a few petty criminals by the start of the books and show.

After the Long Night the remaining Children of the Forest slowly grew distant from the lands of men, retreating further into the depths of the forests and north of the Wall.

Chapter 3: The Andal Invasion

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The Andals were a people that came from Essos, landing in an area known as the Fingers and attacked the First Men who lived in the Vale. They chopped down the sacred weirwoods, slaughtered any Children of the Forest they came across and pushed their way through the southern part of Westeros while boasting the glory of their gods, the Seven.

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Eventually six of the seven kingdoms of the First Men were conquered by the Andals. Only the Kings of Winter successfully resisted the Andals, holding off their invasion in an area of Westeros known as the Neck.

This caused the continent to be split between north and south. The north was occupied by First Men, both existing northerners and others who didn't want to give up their old gods and succumb to Andal rule. The south's kingdoms adopted the Andal's religion and were ruled under them.

Chapter 4: The War of Conquest

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About 6,000 years after the Andal invasion Aegon Targaryen laid siege to Westeros in the War of Conquest. Aegon's host only had about 1,600 men but he had something that no one else had, dragons.

Westeros was still divided into seven kingdoms and there wasn't much unity between them. Aegon along with his two sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya worked their way through Westeros conquering 6 of the 7 kingdoms (not including Dorne).

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Once the kingdoms were conquered Aegon established a new city of King's Landing and began building the castle the Red Keep. He had the swords of his enemies melted down to create the iron throne. Aegon also appointed certain houses as wardens of their respective lands. The Starks became wardens of the north, the Lannisters of the west, the Arryns the east, and the Tyrells the south.

This image of the iron throne GRRM has said to be the closest to what he imagined it to be in his own mind.

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Chapter 1: Valyria

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I think before we go into the history of the Targaryens themselves it is important to give a brief rundown of Valyria itself. Valyria was located on a peninsula in South Essos.

Across the neck of the peninsula was a ring of volcanoes known as the Fourteen Fires. It is there that the Valyrians discovered dragons. They capitalized on the discovery by using magic to tame them and ride them in battle. It didn't take long before the Valyrians expanded their influence over Essos through the help of their new-found weapons of war.

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The Valyrian Freehold was annihilated in a single night of fire and storm, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions destroying the empire. The peninsula was destroyed and fragmented into smaller islands and created the Smoking Sea between them. It is now said to be haunted and few people if any survive traveling to the ruins of Valyria.

Valyrians were masters of magic and craftsmanship. Weapons made from Valyrian steel were crafted with magic to create unparalleled quality. The secret to forging such metal was lost and thus weapons forged with Valyrian steel are highly treasured and extremely rare.

Chapter 2: The Targaryens Escape Doom

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The Targaryen house was one of the 40 ancient noble houses who ruled the Valyrian Freehold. Twelve years before the Doom of Valyria Aenar Targaryen's daughter, Daenys, had a vision of a cataclysm that would destroy their home. Aenar was so disturbed by his daughter's vision that he moved his family and their 5 dragons to an island called Dragonstone off the east coast of Westeros. Not only were the Targaryens one of the few families to survive but they were the only dragon riders at all to survive.

There was much pressure on the Targaryens to ally with Volantis, who conquered the rest of the Valyrian colonies that survived the doom, but they for the most part remained in Dragonstone.

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Castle Dragonstone actually sits on the face of a volcano. The castle itself was built using advanced Valyrian techniques which are now lost causing it to look unique compared to all other castles of Westeros. The castle is shaped to look like dragons and has thousands of gargoyles adorning it as well.

Chapter 3: Aegon the Conqueror

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A hundred years after the Doom, Aegon Targaryen turned his eyes toward the west, deciding he wanted to unite the seven kingdoms under his rule. He and his sister-wives Rhaenys and Visenya took their dragons and a small force to Blackwater Rush and began the War of Conquest.

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Aegon and his sister-wives took their dragons and armies to conquer the seven kingdoms of Westeros. A number of major battles happen during this conquest but I have decided to go into more detail about specific ones in volumes about the other houses. All in all Aegon conquers 6 of the 7 kingdoms and becomes king.


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Aegon becomes known as Aegon the Conqueror and founds a new capital city, King's Landing. He has the Red Keep built at King's Landing and uses Dragonstone as the seat of the heir apparent to the Iron Throne. This is also when he gathers the swords of his enemies and has them melted down using the fire from his dragon Balerion the Black Dread.

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Fun fact: the 3-heads of the dragon on House Targaryen's sigil represents Aegon and his two wives Rhaenys and Visenya. (Enjoy this cool wallpaper :D!)

Chapter 4: The Mad King

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Fast forward almost 300 years and you find yourself at the reign of the infamous Aerys II, The Mad King. This is the king that ruled just before the War of the Usurper / Robert's Rebellion. As I'm sure you've noticed the Targaryens were inbred in order to "keep the bloodlines pure." This of course resulted in a number of Targaryens being a bit bonkers. The Mad King was no exception. He took joy in torturing people, particularly burning them alive, amongst other things.

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Aerys II had 3 children through his sister-wife Rhaella, Rhaegar, Viserys, and Daenerys though at this point Daenerys wasn't born yet. Despite Aerys being crazy Rhaegar was, for the most part, beloved by the people.

Even though he was already married and had two children of his own, Rhaegar met Lyanna Stark at a tournament and ended up becoming enamored with her and kidnapped her shortly thereafter. (It can be argued that they ran off together depending on how you look at the circumstances.) This event sparked Robert's Rebellion.

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Robert Baratheon was betrothed to Lyanna Stark and thus Rhaegar running off with his beloved (book readers don't worry I'm saving more of the details for other house backgrounds!) sparked him to lead a rebellion against the Targaryens. Also did I mention his dad was batshit?

Robert defeated Rhaegar in the Battle of the Trident, which caused the then pregnant Queen Rhaella and young prince Viserys to flee to Dragonstone where Daenerys was born. Rhaella dies in childbrith but the children flee further to the Free Cities. Unfortunately Rhaella died while giving birth to the princess.

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While holed up in the Red Keep Jaime Lannister, one of Aerys's kingsguard takes it upon himself to kill Aerys II while he is ranting for the city to be burned to the ground. Rhaegar's wife and two children who hadn't fled King's Landing were also slaughtered and Robert Baratheon becomes the new King.

Part one, Westeros- http://imgur.com/gallery/njTUt

Part two, House Targaryen- http://imgur.com/gallery/KIXTE/

Part three, House Stark- http://imgur.com/gallery/39Yzc

HOUSE STARK

Chapter 1: The Kings in the North

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The Stark family line can be traced all the way back to Brandon Stark, also known as Bran the Builder, who is said to have built both Winterfell and the Wall. Like Bran, the Starks descended from the First Men and worship the old gods. The close connection with the wall means that the Starks have a long history and friendship with the Nights Watch, many in their household serving themselves. The Starks have helped repel several major wildling invasions over the centuries.

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Castle Winterfell itself is over 8,000 years old. It is a huge complex spanning several acres. It was built over a natural hot spring and the hot water is piped through the walls to heat them making Winterfell more comfortable than other castles during the harsh northern winters.

Chapter 2: Bael the Bard

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The Starks even have wildling blood in their ancestry. Brandon the Daughterless called a wildling King-Beyond-the-Wall known as Bael the Bard a coward. Bael decided to take revenge for the insult and scaled the Wall and strolled into Winterfell under the disguise of a bard.

His singing left Brandon so impressed that he asked Bael what he wanted as reward for the performance. Bael replied by asking for "the most beautiful rose blooming in Winterfell's gardens." Brandon accepted his offer thinking little of it only to find out the next morning his daughter had disappeared, a blue winter rose left in her bed instead.


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Lord Brandon sent the Night's Watch out to look for her beyond the wall but they never found either of them. One day 9 months later the daughter reappeared in her room holding an infant son. Since this daughter was his only child and the Stark line was dwindling Brandon had no choice but to name Bael's bastard the new Lord Stark.

Thirty years later Bael would encounter his son once more in battle. Bael couldn't kill his own son so he allowed himself to be killed instead. When his son brought back Bael's head and showed it to his mother she was so sad that she committed suicide.


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The last King in the North was named Torrhen Stark, who submitted to Aegon Targaryen during the War of Conquest. He became known as the King Who Knelt after his encounter. Torrhen was marching to meet Aegon on the battlefield with 30,000 men, however upon seeing Aegon's 45,000 man army and his dragons Torrhen knew he couldn't win. Rather than wasting the lives of so many men he surrendered his crown and swore fealty.

Aegon named the Starks Wardens of the North. The spot where Torrhen bent the knee to Aegon now holds an inn called the Inn of the Kneeling Man.

Chapter 4: The She-Wolf

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Jump forward and we find one of the main triggers to Robert's Rebellion, Lyanna Stark. Lyanna had one younger brother, Benjen, and two older brothers, Eddard and Brandon. Brandon was the eldest and heir to Winterfell. Unlike their quieter brother Ned, both Brandon and Lyanna were described as being "wolf-blooded" (headstrong, willful, courageous, and hot-tempered). Lyanna was also said to be very beautiful.

Lyanna's father, Rickard, promised her hand in marriage to Robert Baratheon, which she wasn't too happy about. She wasn't convinced that he would be a faithful husband, which was proven true given how his marriage with Cersei went.

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Lyanna attended a tourney hosted at Harrenhal when she first encountered prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Rhaegar was an excellent musician and performed a song so beautiful that it brought her to tears. Rhaegar, who was already married to Elia Martell of Dorne, went on to win the tournament.

As custom goes, the victor of a tournament may select any woman present to name the Queen of Love and Beauty, giving her a crown of flowers and dedicating his victory to her. Generally a knight will choose a woman he loves or intends to court so you could imagine everyone's surprise when he crowned not Elia but Lyanna instead.

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Some time after the tournament Lyanna was kidnapped by Rhaegar. It's debatable if she was kidnapped or went willingly. Regardless, her eldest brother Brandon Stark got the news of his sister's disappearance and headed straight to King's Landing. He demanded Rhaegar "to come out and die" but Rhaegar wasn't there. King Aerys had Brandon and his companions arrested for plotting to murder the prince and charged them with treason.

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Lord Rickard Stark along with the fathers of Brandon's other companions were summoned to answer to the charges against their sons. When they arrived Aerys decided to kill all of them. Lord Rickard Stark demanded trial by combat. Aerys complied but named "fire" as house Targaryen's champion.

Rickard was slowly roasted while Brandon had to watch. Aerys had Brandon attached to a strangulation device and placed a sword just out of reach, taunting him by saying if he could reach the sword he could save his father. The more Brandon reached for the sword the tighter it got and he ended up strangling himself while his father was roasted alive inside his armor.

Chapter 5: Robert's Rebellion

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Aerys then demanded the heads of Robert and Eddard, wanting to squash any revolt before it started. Ned was a ward of Jon Arryn at the time as was Robert. Arryn responded to the request by raising his banners in revolt. The trio led the rebellion while Rhaegar was in the Tower of Joy on the edge of Dorne with Lyanna but eventually joined the war effort. Robert ended up killing Rhaegar at the Trident.

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Robert had been severely wounded by Rhaegar so it was Eddard's task to pursue Aerys' armies to King's Landing. When he arrived the Lannister force had already sacked the city. Eddard learns that the castle had been conquered by treachery and that Rhaegar's wife and children had been slaughtered. He is further angered when he went to claim the crown for Robert.

When he entered the throne room he found King Aerys' dead body on the throne steps and Jaime Lannister seated in the Iron Throne. He felt that the way in which the conquest of King's Landing had been conducted dishonored Robert's cause.

Bonus: Thought this wallpaper was neat of the Lannister Lion and Stark Direwolf fighting!

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Eddard is disappointed when he shares these events with Robert upon his arrival. Robert didn't share his moral outrage at the actions and ignores Eddard's council that Jaime should have to join the Night's Watch for breaking his oath as a knight of the Kingsguard.

Eddard soon left King's Landing and lifted the siege at Storm's End. Afterwards he traveled to Dorne to liberate Lyanna who had been apparently held captive at the Tower of Joy.

Chapter 6: The Aftermath

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Eddard makes it to the Tower of Joy finding it guarded by Kingsguard. He and his small group of companions fight until only Eddard and Howland Reed remain. Unfortunately when Eddard arrives he finds Lyanna already dying. Before her death she made Eddard promise her something that he never shared with anyone afterwards.


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Eddard returned to Winterfell bringing with him his bastard son, Jon Snow, and continued to serve as Lord of Winterfell up to the start of the books and show.

(I know there are tons of fan theories about Jon Snow's parentage but please be mindful of people who wish to remain in the dark!)

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Before we dive into this I wanted to establish which continent is which. Westeros is where the majority of our characters are and where the main story takes place. To the east is Essos, where Daenerys is.

Chapter 1: The Dawn of the First Men

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The recorded history of Westeros stretches back over 12,000 years in Martin's world, and long before humans inhabited the content it was home to a race of creatures known as the Children of the Forest. These non-human creatures were small, had brownish skin, and eyes much like cat eyes. They also possessed strong magic.

The Children of the Forest worshiped the old gods and were the beings that carved the faces into the weirwood trees throughout the continent. These are the same gods that the Starks and other northerners worship, unlike the new gods (the Seven) that southerns prayed to.

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The First Men were the first humans to travel from Essos to Westeros. 12,000 years ago there was a land bridge connecting the two continents called the Arm of Dorne. When they began to settle the land and chop down the forests, particularly the sacred weirwood trees this didn't go so well with the Children of the Forest and a war inevitably broke out.

Even though the Children of the Forest had magic the First Men were more technologically advanced. The Children of the Forest used magic to shatter the Arm of Dorne, creating the now chain of islands known as the Stepstones.

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After 2,000 years of fighting the Children of the Forest and the First Men end up calling a truce and making a pact. The Children of the Forest would inhabit the deep woods and the First Men promised not to chop down any more weirwood trees, in return they could inhabit the rest of Westeros in peace.

The Pact began 4,000 years of friendship and peace between the two peoples. This is known as the Age of Heroes. During this time the First Men took took up the same gods as the Children of the Forest.

Chapter 2: The Long Night

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After the 4,000 years or so of peace the world fell into a long period of darkness and winter known as the Long Night. During this time evil creatures known as the Others, or White Walkers, came down from the Land of Always Winter in the extreme north of the continent of Westeros.

The Children of the Forest and the First Men teamed up to fight the Others and eventually pushed them all the way back to the north. This is when the First Men and Children of the Forest decided to construct The Wall and form the Night's Watch.

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The Wall is solid ice, stretching 300 miles long and over 700 feet high. It has a total of 19 castles along it's path. The Children of the Forest even helped infuse the wall with magic in order to keep everything out. It is regarded as one of the nine wonders made by man.

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The Night's Watch was originally a very prestiegous order and it was something that many chose to do freely, but after centuries of no further attacks from the Others and only battling wildlings the importance of this order faded, leaving it a shadow of it's former self. Creatures like the Others eventually became little more than myth and the Wall home for little more than a few petty criminals by the start of the books and show.

After the Long Night the remaining Children of the Forest slowly grew distant from the lands of men, retreating further into the depths of the forests and north of the Wall.

Chapter 3: The Andal Invasion

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The Andals were a people that came from Essos, landing in an area known as the Fingers and attacked the First Men who lived in the Vale. They chopped down the sacred weirwoods, slaughtered any Children of the Forest they came across and pushed their way through the southern part of Westeros while boasting the glory of their gods, the Seven.

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Eventually six of the seven kingdoms of the First Men were conquered by the Andals. Only the Kings of Winter successfully resisted the Andals, holding off their invasion in an area of Westeros known as the Neck.

This caused the continent to be split between north and south. The north was occupied by First Men, both existing northerners and others who didn't want to give up their old gods and succumb to Andal rule. The south's kingdoms adopted the Andal's religion and were ruled under them.

Chapter 4: The War of Conquest

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About 6,000 years after the Andal invasion Aegon Targaryen laid siege to Westeros in the War of Conquest. Aegon's host only had about 1,600 men but he had something that no one else had, dragons.

Westeros was still divided into seven kingdoms and there wasn't much unity between them. Aegon along with his two sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya worked their way through Westeros conquering 6 of the 7 kingdoms (not including Dorne).

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Once the kingdoms were conquered Aegon established a new city of King's Landing and began building the castle the Red Keep. He had the swords of his enemies melted down to create the iron throne. Aegon also appointed certain houses as wardens of their respective lands. The Starks became wardens of the north, the Lannisters of the west, the Arryns the east, and the Tyrells the south.

This image of the iron throne GRRM has said to be the closest to what he imagined it to be in his own mind.





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Throne is so boss compared to the one on the tv show.

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Nice! They have done the Stark one! I read the history + Targaryen last night but didn't see the Stark yet.

I read the books but it's nice having it all compacted into one place. A lot of the details are spread throughout the books.

UGCTT_EnderTL - Nice! They have done the Stark one! I read the history + Targaryen last night but didn't see the Stark yet.

I read the books but it's nice having it all compacted into one place. A lot of the details are spread throughout the books.

Yup, stark one is up there ^

I'm hoping dude does House Martell next