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The Hightower or High Tower is the seat of House Hightower, one of the most powerful families of the Reach. The castle and lighthouse is located in the port of Oldtown atop Battle Island, where the Honeywine widens into Whispering Sound.
According to a semi-canon source, the Hightower stands in the center of Oldtown, the city having grown around it. It is a massive stepped tower with a beacon on top to guide ships into port. It is the tallest structure in the Seven Kingdoms, even higher than the seven-hundred-foot Wall. The people of Oldtown can tell the time of day by the tower's shadow, and some claim that the Wall can be seen from its top.
During the War of Conquest, Lord Banfred Hightower heeded the High Septon, who prophesied that the Hightower would burn with the rest of Oldtown if the city resisted the Targaryens. When Aegon the Conqueror arrived at Oldtown on dragonback, Lord Hightower opened his gates. Aegon spared the city, and the High Septon anointed him and acknowledged Aegon's right to rule the Seven Kingdoms.
A Feast for Crows
While sailing on the Cinnamon Wind to Oldtown, Gilly is impressed with the size of Three Towers, but Samwell Tarly tells her to wait until she sees the Hightower. When they reach Oldtown, the morning fog is so thick that the Hightower's beacon is the only part of the city visible.
|“||The distant beacon of the Hightower floated in the damp of night like a hazy orange moon.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: The Arryns and the Hightower, (May 9, 1999)
- ↑ A World of Ice and Fire, "Hightower" entry.
- ↑ Citadel
- ↑ The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 45, Samwell.