House Celtigar

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House Celtigar of Claw Isle
House Celtigar 2.svg
Coat of arms Red crabs strewn on white
(Argent, semé of crabs gules)
Seat Claw Isle
Head Lord Ardrian Celtigar[1]
Region Blackwater Bay, the crownlands
Title Lord of Claw Isle[1]
Overlord House Baratheon of King's Landing
Ancestral weapon Valyrian steel axe[2]
Founded Prior to the Aegon's Conquest[3]

House Celtigar of Claw Isle rules Claw Isle, an island in the narrow sea off the coast of Crackclaw Point. The Celtigars are historically sworn to Dragonstone within the crownlands.

Their arms depict red crabs strewn on white.[4][5] Their words do not appear in the books.


House Celtigar is an ancient and proud house, with the blood of old Valyria in its veins.[3] Lord Crispian Celtigar served as master of coin to King Aegon I Targaryen. The Celtigars claim dominion over Crackclaw Point, but the inhabitants do not acknowledge their claim. When they surrendered peacefully to Queen Visenya Targaryen during the Aegon's Conquest, the people of Crackclaw were officially freed from pledging fealty to anyone but the Iron Throne. The Celtigars occasionally send men there to collect taxes. If Lord Celtigar sends enough collectors, a few come back to him.[6]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Bartimos Celtigar sat on the black council as master of coin to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.[7]

The Celtigars' castle is rumored to hold fabulous treasures that bear witness to their wealth. Among Lord Ardrian Celtigar's property there are Myrish carpets, Volantene glass, gold and silver plate, jeweled cups, magnificent hawks, a trained sea eagle, an axe of Valyrian steel, chests of rubies, a horn said to summon krakens from under the sea, and many fine wines.[2]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Lord Ardrian Celtigar answers Stannis Baratheon's summons when he crowns himself king and calls his banners. Stannis comments to Ser Davos Seaworth his disgust about having to sup with his lords, among them Ardrian, who keeps asking which stormlords will join him. Lord Celtigar's contribution to Stannis's fleet is the ornate ship Red Claw. Lord Ardrian is made prisoner at the Battle of the Blackwater, and bends the knee to King Joffrey I Baratheon. He remains at King's Landing afterwards.[8][9]

A Storm of Swords

Ser Axell Florent suggests that Stannis sack Claw Isle as a reprisal for Celtigar's surrender, but Davos convinces him otherwise, and is named Hand of the King by Stannis for his honest counsel.[2] Lord Celtigar declares at Tyrion Lannister's trial for the death of King Joffrey that he once heard Tyrion threatening the king.[10]

House Celtigar at the end of the third century

The known Celtigars during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Historical Members

Game of Thrones


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  4. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 61, Tyrion XIV.
  5. Citadel. Heraldry: In the area of the King's Landing
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  11. Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  14. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  15. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  16. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny and Pain.
  17. The Princess and the Queen.
  18. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  19. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.