House Crabb

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House Crabb
Seat The Whispers (former)
Head Unknown
Region Crownlands
Overlord House Baratheon of King's Landing

House Crabb is a noble house from the crownlands sworn to King's Landing. Its lands are found on Crackclaw Point. A former seat of the house is the Whispers,[1] which now lies in ruins. Neither their arms nor words have appeared in the text.


Archmaester Gyldayn considers the Crabbs of Crackclaw to be half-wild.[2]


Ser Clarence Crabb was a legendary hero from Crackclaw Point. His ruined seat, the Whispers, is allegedly named for the severed heads he collected and brought back to his wife, who raised them from the dead. These heads of pirates, lords, wizards, and knights were used as counselors, and would whisper among themselves.[1] According to Dick Crabb, the Whispers has been a ruin for "a thousand years".[1][N 1]

Ser Clement Crabb and Ser Ryam Redwyne, both of the Kingsguard, broke thirty lances against each other at the tourney in King's Landing in 98 AC which celebrated King Jaehaerys I Targaryen's fiftieth year of rule; the king eventually declared them co-champions.[3] Ser Rupert and Ser Clarence the Short were other Crabbs who served in the Kingsguard at some point.[4]

During the Dance of the Dragons, House Crabb declared for Rhaenyra Targaryen. Crabb forces joined Lord Walys Mooton to liberate Rook's Rest from the control of Aegon II Targaryen's greens.[2] Tales of Sunfyre taking refuge in Crackclaw Point were told in the halls of the Crabbs and Brunes.[5] Ser Rennifer Crabb marched from Maidenpool to King's Landing with Lord Manfryd Mooton, Lord Leowyn Corbray, and Lord Brune after Aegon's death.[6]

Crabbs were with Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone, at the Battle of the Trident during Robert's Rebellion.[4]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth searches for Dick Crabb after she is told he had helped a fool in motley escape from Maidenpool. Dick speaks with Brienne at the Stinking Goose in Maidenpool, offering to take her to the fool for a price. Dick is killed by the fool Shagwell at the Whispers.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Red Jack Crabb supports Jon Snow at Castle Black.[7]

House Crabb at the end of the third century

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

Historical Members


  1. It is unknown if this means one thousand years ago (seven hundred years before Aegon's Conquest) or if George R. R. Martin is being figurative.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  3. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.