House Celtigar

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House Celtigar of Claw Isle
Coat of arms Red crabs strewn on white
(Argent, semé of crabs gules)
Seat Claw Isle
Current Lord Ardrian Celtigar
Region Blackwater Bay, the Crownlands
Title Lord of Claw Isle
Overlord House Baratheon of King's Landing

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.[1][2] 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] Crispian Celtigar served as master of coin to Aegon I Targaryen. The Celtigars claim dominion over Crackclaw Point, but the inhabitants do not acknowledge their claim. When they surrendered peacefully to Visenya Targaryen during the War of 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.[4]

During the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Bartimos Celtigar sat on the black council to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.[5]

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.[6]

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 Baratheon. He remains at King's Landing afterwards.

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. Lord Celtigar declares at Tyrion Lannister's trial for the death of Joffrey that he once heard Tyrion threatening Joffrey.

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:

  • Lord Ardrian Celtigar, called "the Red Crab", Lord of Claw Isle. An old and sour man.

Historical Members

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References and Notes

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