Gates of the Moon
|Gates of the Moon|
Artwork by Paolo Puggioni ©
|Government||House Royce of the Gates of the Moon , Feudal lord.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
|Named for||Mountains of the Moon|
|Notable places||East Tower, Falcon Tower|
The Gates of the Moon is a stout castle with a moat, a gatehouse, a yard, and square towers. It is larger than the Eyrie. At night torches flicker at its ramparts and the moon is reflected in its moat. Beyond its postern gate is a dense forest of pine and spruce, as well as the steep, carved steps along the Giant's Lance. Named towers include the East Tower and the Falcon Tower. When viewed from the Eyrie above, the towers and keeps of the Gates of the Moon appear the size of children's toys.
The Gates of the Moon was the first seat of House Arryn in the Vale. After the Battle of the Seven Stars, Artys I Arryn, the first King of Mountain and Vale, began construction of the large castle where his host had encamped below the Giant's Lance the night before his victory. The two eldest sons of Artys who followed him on the throne expanded the castle.
While formidable, the Gates of the Moon was considered by some to not be suitable for kings, and the fourth Arryn monarch, Roland I, found it lacking in comparison to grand Casterly Rock and the Hightower. Roland considered dismantling his seat and starting anew, but he instead decided to build the Eyrie high on the Giant's Lance after wild clansmen descended from the Mountains of the Moon.
The Gates of the Moon has since been used by House Arryn as their seat during winter, but when summer comes they return to the Eyrie. The Keepers of the Gates of the Moon have since held the castle for the Arryn kings and, after Aegon's Conquest, for the Arryn Wardens of the East.
King Jaehaerys I Targaryen visited the Gates of the Moon during a royal progress in 52 AC. Queen Alysanne Targaryen held a women's court at the castle. After hearing that Princess Daella Targaryen was pregnant, Alysanne flew to the Gates of the Moon and then to the Eyrie in 82 AC.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Lady Jeyne Arryn gathered soldiers to the Gates of the Moon on behalf of the blacks. Jeyne, the Maiden of the Vale, resided at the Gates of the Moon during winter. After twice failing to depose Jeyne, Ser Arnold Arryn was imprisoned for years in the sky cells of the Eyrie and the dungeons of the Gates of the Moon.
A Game of Thrones
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Sansa Stark recalls that the wedding party of Lord Petyr Baelish and Lysa stopped at the Gates of the Moon before ascending to the Eyrie. Claiming it was the desire of the late Lady Lysa, Petyr grants the castle and the title of Keeper of the Gates of the Moon to Nestor in perpetuity, thus forming House Royce of the Gates of the Moon.
The Lords Declarant gather six thousand men about the Gates of the Moon, while Lord Nestor has a garrison of three hundred to oppose them. Petyr is able able to negotiate a truce with the Lords Declarant, however.
With the onset of winter, Lord Robert Arryn's court descends from the Eyrie to the Gates of the Moon. Within, Petyr introduces "Alayne Stone" to three knights, Byron, Morgarth, and Shadrich, and later tells her of his plan to marry her to Ser Harrold Hardyng, Robert's heir.
The Winds of Winter
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—thoughts of Sansa Stark
The Arryns raised the Gates, in the days when they still wore the Falcon Crown and ruled the Vale as kings. The Eyrie was their summer seat, but when the snows began to fall the court would make its descent. Some would say the Gates were as royal as the Eyrie.
Nestor: Whilst Lord Jon ruled the realm as Hand, it fell to me to rule the Vale for him. I did all that he required of me and asked nothing for myself. But by the gods, I earned this!
Petyr: You did, and Lord Robert sleeps more easily knowing that you are always there, a staunch friend at the foot of his mountain. So ... a toast, my lord. To House Royce, Keepers of the Gates of the Moon ... now and forever.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- The Winds of Winter, Alayne I
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: The Eyrie.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
- Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.