The Bloody Gate - by Alyn Spiller. © Fantasy Flight Games (FFG)
|Location||Westeros, Vale of Arryn|
|Founded||Age of Heroes|
There are two long parapets built into the stone of the mountains. The pass, narrow where it meets the gate, is watched over by twin watchtowers, which are joined by a covered bridge of grey stone that arches above the road. The Bloody Gate is located southwest of the Eyrie and northwest of the Redfort.
Originally a rough-hewn unmortared wall built in the fashion of the ringforts of the First Men, the Bloody Gate was constructed anew during the rule of Osric V Arryn, King of Mountain and Vale. During the Age of Heroes, a dozen armies smashed themselves to bits upon the Gate.
During the War of Conquest, Visenya Targaryen was charged with subduing the Vale of Arryn for her brother, Aegon I Targaryen. Sharra Arryn, Queen Regent of the Vale, who ruled in her son's name, the boy-king Ronnel Arryn, amassed the Vale's army at the Bloody Gate. Visenya, however, simply bypassed the gate and flew on her dragon Vhagar straight up to the courtyard of the Eyrie to obtain the surrender of House Arryn.
A Game of Thrones
When Catelyn Tully brings Tyrion Lannister to the Vale of Arryn, Ser Brynden Tully meets her at the Gate after a sortie led by Ser Donnel Waynwood saves her party from the Vale mountain clans. Brynden resigns his title of Knight of the Gate to return to Riverrun.