Cape Wrath

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The stormlands and the location of the Cape Wrath
The stormlands and the location of the Cape Wrath
Cape Wrath
The stormlands and the location of Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is a large peninsula of the stormlands that juts out into the narrow sea, bordered to the north by Shipbreaker Bay, to the east by Estermont in the narrow sea, and to the south by the Sea of Dorne.[1][2]

Geography

Cape Wrath is dominated by the rainwood, which includes Mistwood in the south of the forest and Rain House at its eastern edge. South of the forest is a broad plain. The prosperous Weeping Town sits along the southern shore of Cape Wrath, as do numerous villages.[3][4] The western edge of the peninsula is mountainous and includes Stonehelm in the Red Watch, Crow's Nest, and Griffin's Roost.[5] Houses Brownhill and Seaworth have also held lands on Cape Wrath.[6][7] Although it is rainy, the peninsula is fertile enough.[8]

History

A ship in a storm at Cape Wrath, by Lino Driegh © Fantasy Flight Games

The woods of Cape Wrath were inhabited in antiquity by the children of the forest,[9] but the cape came to be controlled by the First Men.

A woods witch called the Green Queen rebelled against the Storm King Durwald I Durrandon, controlling the rainwood for a generation.[10] During the coming of the Andals to Westeros, the Andals would have conquered all of Cape Wrath from the First Men if not for their own disunity.[11]

With King Argilac Durrandon preoccupied with the Targaryens, pirates from the Stepstones raided the cape during Aegon's Conquest.[12] In 8 AC during the First Dornish War, a pirate king from the Stepstones transported Dornishmen across the Sea of Dorne to Cape Wrath. The raiders attacked six towns and villages and set fires in the rainwood.[13]

During her search for the missing Aerea Targaryen, Rhaena Targaryen and her dragon, Dreamfyre, were seen flying over Cape Wrath.[14]

Morion Martell, Prince of Dorne, vowed to burn a hundred towns and a hundred castles on Cape Wrath during the ill-fated Fourth Dornish War in 83 AC, although the peninsula does not have a third that number of such settlements. Caraxes, Vhagar, and Vermithor burned Morion's ships as they crossed the sea, and Dornish corpses washed ashore for months.[15]

Following the siege of Storm's End, Stannis Baratheon granted Davos Seaworth a small keep and choice lands on Cape Wrath,[16] including woods in which he can hunt red deer.[17]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon sends Dale Seaworth to sail Wraith along Cape Wrath, the Broken Arm, the coast of Dorne, and the Arbor, informing the populace of Stannis's claim to the Iron Throne.[17]

A Dance with Dragons

While a quarter of the Golden Company's available strength is taking Griffin's Roost, Ser Tristan Rivers sets off simultaneously for the seat of House Morrigen at Crow's Nest, and Laswell Peake for Rain House, the stronghold of House Wylde. Harry Strickland argues that if Rivers and Peake are successful the Golden Company will control a better part of Cape Wrath.[18] The castles fall quickly.[19][20]

References

  1. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Cape Wrath.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Map of the South
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Map of the South
  5. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  8. So Spake Martin: The Stormlands, August 05, 2000
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: The Coming of the First Men.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: Andals in the Stormlands.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  13. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  14. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  15. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  16. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  19. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Crow's Nest.
  20. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rain House.