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large port town
The Crownlands and the location of Duskendale
The Crownlands and the location of Duskendale
Location Westeros, Crownlands, Blackwater Bay.
Government House Rykker , Feudal Lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
Notable places Dun Fort, Seven Swords

Duskendale is a large port town off the coast of Blackwater Bay. It is located northeast of King's Landing and Rosby in the Crownlands. Formerly ruled by the Darklyns, it is now the seat of House Rykker.



The town spreads out around the harbor and has cobbled streets. The gatehouse opens to a market square. The castle of House Rykker that overlooks the port is known as the Dun Fort, a squat square stone castle with big drum towers. The largest inn in Duskendale is the Seven Swords, across from which lives a skilled painter, the sister of the captain of the gatehouse.[1]

South of the town is a rocky headland that shelters the harbor from the storms of the narrow sea and north of it rise chalk cliffs. A road runs beside the shore between the grey-green sea and low limestone hills. Fishing villages dot the road for miles.[1]


At the time of Aegon I Targaryen's War of Conquest, Duskendale was held by the Darklyns, an ancient family descended from First Men kings. The town was easily conquered by Aegon and Orys Baratheon.[2]

In 129 AC, King Aegon II Targaryen's forces easily sacked the town, burned the harbor, and beheaded the Darklyn who was lord at the time. This marked the start of the greens' offensive in the Dance of the Dragons. Later in the civil war, Lady Meredyth Darklyn was convinced by Ser Harrold Darke to briefly let Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen stay with Duskendale.[3]

During the Defiance of Duskendale in 276 AC, King Aerys II was held captive within Duskendale by Lord Denys Darklyn. After Ser Barristan Selmy managed to rescue the king, House Darklyn was destroyed by King Aerys and Tywin Lannister, and Duskendale and its lands and incomes were give to House Rykker.[1] Even with the Darklyns gone, many of their kin remain in Duskendale, with names such as Darke, Darkwood, or Dargood.

There was a tourney in Duskendale around 294 AC. Ser Balman Byrch supposedly rode well in the tourney.[4]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

During the Battle of Duskendale, the town is marched upon by 3,000 northern infantry under the command of Robett Glover and Ser Helman Tallhart. They are met and defeated by Lord Randyll Tarly and Ser Gregor Clegane. Robett is eventually exchanged for Martyn Lannister and sails north from Duskendale.[5][6]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth visits the town in her search for Sansa Stark. She stays at the Seven Swords, visits the Dun Fort, and has her shield repainted from the arms of House Lothston to those she had once seen at Tarth. Brienne encounters a boy in the streets and a pious dwarf in the Seven Swords. North of the town she sees remnants from the recent battle.[1]

Chapters that take place at Duskendale

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne.
  2. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  3. The Princess and the Queen.
  4. Ser Balman claims it was six years ago in 300 AC. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn.
  6. A World of Ice and Fire.

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