Casterly Rock

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Casterly Rock
Fortress, Regional Capitol
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Casterly Rock by Feliche©.
Location the Westerlands, Westeros.
Government House Lannister , Feudal Lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
Founded Before the Age of Heroes.
Named for House Casterly
The Westerlands and the location of Casterly Rock
The Westerlands and the location of Casterly Rock
Casterly Rock

Casterly Rock, nicknamed the Rock, is a fortress and the seat of House Lannister. The capital of the Westerlands, it overlooks the harbor of Lannisport and the Sunset Sea. Nearby strongholds include Kayce and Feastfires to the west, Sarsfield to the north, and Cornfield and Clegane's Keep to the south.

Description

See also: Images of Casterly Rock

Casterly Rock is a fortress that is actually a colossal rock beside the Sunset Sea. Some say that the Rock looks like a lion in repose when the sun sets. The base of the Rock has great sea-carved caverns. Hundreds of mineshafts penetrate the lower parts of the Rock, where many veins of red and yellow gold gleam untouched in the stone (even after millennia of mining). The Rock itself has been measured at three times the height of the Wall or the Hightower of Oldtown (so around 2,100 feet tall). The Rock is almost two leagues long from west to east, and riddled throughout with tunnels, dungeons, storerooms, barracks, halls, stables, stairways, courtyards, balconies, and gardens. The Rock even has a godswood with queer, twisted weirwood with tangled roots. The Rock also has a port inside it, complete with docks, wharves, and shipyards; the sea has carved great caves into its western face, natural gates deep and wide enough for cogs to enter. The Lion's Mouth is the huge natural cavern that forms the main entrance to the Rock. It arches 200 feet high from floor to ceiling. Over the centuries it has been widened and improved upon. Now, twenty horsemen can ride abreast up its broad steps. [1]

Layout

The fortress is carved out of a great stone hill and its natural defenses are further enhanced with walls and other structures. It is tunneled through with halls and chambers, with a huge keep at its peak. Gold-producing mines are possibly still productive in the hill.[2]

Three key rooms within the Rock are the Golden Gallery (with its gilded ornaments and walls), the Lion's Mouth, and the Hall of Heroes, where the Lannisters and their close kin who have died valiantly are interred. From below the Rock thunder can be heard, where the sea comes in.[3] In the bowels of the Rock are rooms where caged lions were once kept[4], and cells for the worst prisoners.[5] There is a place called the Stone Garden within the castle;[6] it contains a weirwood a tenth the size of Raventree Hall's.[7]

The household of Casterly Rock includes Maester Creylen, Vylarr, Ser Benedict Broom, and Whitesmile Wat.[8]

History

Legend says that Casterly Rock is named for the family that ruled it in the Age of Heroes, the Casterlys, who no longer exist. The Lannisters trace their rule over it back to Lann the Clever, who tricked the Casterlys out of their castle and claimed it for his own.[9] Some claim that Lann still haunts the castle.[10] After Harrenhal, the Rock is most likely the second-largest castle in the realm.[11] It has never fallen.

The young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen was once courted during a feast at Casterly Rock by the twins Jason Lannister and Tyland Lannister.[12] During the Dance of the Dragons, Casterly Rock was left in disarray after the death of Lord Jason and the Battle by the Lakeshore.[13]

Aeron Greyjoy was captured after the Battle of Fair Isle, taken to Lannisport in chains, and spent the rest of the Greyjoy Rebellion imprisoned in Casterly Rock.[14]

When Tyrion Lannister became a man at sixteen, he was forbidden from taking a tour of the Free Cities as his uncles Gerion and Tygett had done. Instead Lord Tywin Lannister gave Tyrion charge of all the cisterns and drains at Casterly Rock.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After hearing of the capture of his son Tyrion Lannister by Lady Catelyn Tully, Lord Tywin Lannister raises two hosts at Casterly Rock, beginning a conflict which develops into the War of the Five Kings.

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion Lannister demands his birthright of the lordship of Casterly Rock from his father, Tywin, and is harshly rejected.

Tyrion asks his new wife Sansa Stark if she wants to visit the Rock, wanting to show her where he and Jaime Lannister grew up, but also desiring to keep her away from the abuses of his nephew Joffrey Baratheon. She remains impassive and Tyrion withdraws this offer.

Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, is killed in King's Landing by his son Tyrion.[15]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Damion Lannister, a distant cousin of the main branch, is named castellan by Queen Cersei Lannister,[16] the new Lady of Casterly Rock.[17]

The Hall of Heroes
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Quotes

The Lannisters were an old family, tracing their descent back to Lann the Clever, a trickster from the Age of Heroes who was no doubt as legendary as Bran the Builder, though far more beloved of singers and taletellers. In the songs, Lann was the fellow who winkled the Casterlys out of Casterly Rock with no weapon but his wits, and stole gold from the sun to brighten his curly hair.[9]

- thoughts of Eddard Stark


They say there is naught but stone at the heart of Casterly Rock.[18]
Catelyn Stark to Robb Stark


Tyrion: What do I want, you ask? I’ll tell you what I want. I want what is mine by rights. I want Casterly Rock ... I want you to stand up before the realm and proclaim that I am your son and your lawful heir.

Tywin: Casterly Rock. Never .. neither gods nor men shall ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse.[19]

- Tyrion Lannister and Tywin Lannister

References and Notes

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