Driftmark

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The Crownlands and the location of Driftmark
The Crownlands and the location of Driftmark
Driftmark
The Crownlands and the location of Driftmark
For the castle, see Driftmark (castle).

Driftmark is an island west of Dragonstone in Blackwater Bay. The seat of House Velaryon in the Crownlands, it has a long point.[1] The Gullet separates Driftmark from Massey's Hook to the south.[2]

Settlements on the island have included the castles of Driftmark and High Tide and the towns Hull and Spicetown.[3][4]

History

The ancestral castle of the Velaryons on the island was also named Driftmark. It was damp and cramped, however, which led Lord Corlys Velaryon to construct a new castle to house the Driftwood Throne, High Tide.

When King Viserys I Targaryen brought his court to Driftmark for the funeral of of Ser Laenor Velaryon in 120AC, the number of dragons gathered on the island led Septon Eustace to call it the New Valyria.[5]

The dragon Sheepstealer was known for grabbing sheep from flocks in Blackwater Bay from Driftmark to as far as the Wendwater.[3]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Corlys, the Sea Snake, launched black ships from Hull and Spicetown to block access to Blackwater Bay. High Tide and Spicetown were burnt in the Battle in the Gullet, the latter so severely it was not rebuilt.[3] It is unknown if the Velaryons remained at High Tide or returned to the castle of Driftmark.

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