Inn at the crossroads
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The inn at the crossroads or crossroads inn is an inn that lies at the crossroads between the kingsroad running north-south, the river road west to the Riverlands, and the high road east to the Vale of Arryn. It is sometimes called the Old Inn and was formerly named the Two Crowns, the Bellringer Inn and the Clanking Dragon. The inn sits to the north of the Trident. It lies in the lands that used to belong to House Darry. It is three stories tall with turrets and chimneys made of white stone. Its south wing is built upon pilings that rise over a bed of weeds. On the north side there is a stable with a thatch roof and a bell tower. The building is surrounded by a low wall of broken white stones. It is run by Masha Heddle.
An inn has existed at this spot for hundreds of years. The current inn has existed since the reign of Jaehaerys I, who had the crossroads built during the construction of the kingsroad. He and Queen Aelinor stayed there. It has been known as the Two Crowns, in their honor and the Bellringer Inn, after one of the innkeeps built the bell tower. It eventually passed into the hands of a knight who had been crippled, Long Jon Heddle, who had taken up ironworking in his old age. He forged a new sign to hang in the yard, a three-headed black dragon. After this device was affixed, the inn became known as the Clanking Dragon, for the noise the sign would make in the wind.
During the Blackfyre Rebellion, Daemon Blackfyre took the black dragon as his emblem. Lord Darry, who was a famous Targaryen supporter, saw the sign, cut it down and hacked it to pieces. The sign was never replaced and people eventually forgot about the dragons and began calling it the River Inn, where one could take a ferry across to Lord Harroway's Town and Whitewalls. However, the river moved and soon that name faded. Masha Heddle's grandfather was the innkeeper at the time the river moved.
A Game of Thrones
Catelyn Tully and Ser Rodrik Cassel stay at the inn at the crossroads. There they encounter Tyrion Lannister, who they arrest and take with them when they leave. Masha Heddle begs for the nobles to take their fights elsewhere but is refused. Later, Lord Tywin Lannister takes his revenge on the inn, placing Masha in a gibbet to die and takes the inn as his quarters while he is encamped there. Tyrion meets his father there after leaving the Eyrie.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark happened upon three of Gregor Clegane's men at the crossroads inn. After a brief dialogue, Sandor and Arya kill Polliver, the Tickler and their squire, but Sandor is sorely wounded in the mêlée.
A Feast for Crows
Masha Heddle's nephew reopens the inn as a brothel following his aunt's death, but he too is killed at the hands of a noble and eventually the inn is left vacant. Recently, two of Masha's nieces have reopened the inn for business and it has been serving as a refuge for orphan children. Brienne, Podrick, Septon Meribald and Ser Hyle Hunt find Gendry working there as a smith. They also encounter and slay Rorge and Biter, reclaiming the Hound's helm from them.
Chapters that take place at the Crossroads Inn
- A Game of Thrones: 28. Catelyn V
- A Game of Thrones: 69. Tyrion IX
- A Storm of Swords: 74. Arya XIII
- A Feast for Crows: 37. Brienne VII