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House Westerling of the Crag
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Coat of arms Six white shells, on a sand-coloured field
(Or, six escallops argent)
Words Honor, Not Honors
Seat The Crag
Current Lord Gawen Westerling
Region The Westerlands
Title Lord of the Crag
Heir Rollam Westerling
Overlord House Lannister

House Westerling of the Crag is a noble house from the Crag in the northwestern westerlands. They are sworn to House Lannister, and are considered among their principal bannermen.[1] Their sigil is six white shells on a sand-colored field.[2][3]

According to semi-canon sources, their words are "Honor, not Honors".[4]


The Westerlings are an ancient line, and proud house, that are descended from the First Men of the Age of Heroes.[5] They once intermarried with the Kings of the Rock, and a Jeyne Westerling married King Maegor I of House Targaryen.[6] The Crag is located on the western coast and was once well-regarded.

Ser Harrold Westerling was asked to join the Kingsguard under Viserys I Targaryen and he rose to the position of Lord Commander.[7][8] Lord Roland Westerling also became one of the original members of the council of seven regents during the childhood of King Aegon III Targaryen.[9] Many decades later Ser Ormond Westerling participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow. Their arms were spotted by Dunk among the gathered heraldry.[10]

According to a semi-canon source,[11] the Westerlings supported Tywin Lannister when he suppressed the Reyne-Tarbeck rebellion.

During Robert's Rebellion, Ser Elys Westerling participated in the Sack of King's Landing.[12] The Westerlings' fortunes have faltered over the years, with lands and mines being sold until the Westerlings were reduced to little wealth and influence. They now scarcely have the funds to maintain their keep, which is more ruin than stronghold, and are regarded as having more pride than power.[2]

Lord Gawen Westerling offered his daughter Jeyne as a possible match for Willem or Martyn Lannister, but he was turned down by Ser Kevan Lannister, most likely because of her low standing, seeing as her maternal great-grandfather was a mere trader in saffron and pepper.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Gawen Westerling is captured at the Whispering Wood. He is held at Seagard during his imprisonment.

A Clash of Kings

Around the time of the Battle of the Fords, King Robb Stark and his forces in the westerlands march on the Crag.[13]

A Storm of Swords

Jeyne Westerling comforts Robb after he took an arrow wound storming the Crag. To save her from dishonor, Robb marries Jeyne afterwards. Rollam Westerling becomes Robb's squire and Ser Raynald Westerling joins his retinue. When House Westerling joins House Stark in the War of the Five Kings, they bring fifty men, of whom only twelve are knights.

Robb's marriage with Jeyne breaks his alliance with House Frey, as he had promised to marry a daughter of Lord Walder Frey. Jeyne remains at Riverrun when Robb goes to the Twins for the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully to Roslin Frey, but Robb is murdered in the Red Wedding. The wounded Raynald was last seen jumping into the Green Fork and is presumed dead.

Lord Gawen, his wife Sybell Spicer, and Jeyne are welcomed back into the king's peace after the Red Wedding.[14]

A Feast for Crows

Ser Jaime Lannister ends the siege of Riverrun, and Sybell and her surviving children are to return to Lord Gawen in the westerlands.[15]

House Westerling at the end of the third century

The known Westerlings during the timespan of the events described on A Song of Ice and Fire are:

With unspecified familiar relationship to the main branch there are also:

Sybell Spicer
Robb Stark


Historical Members

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 14, Catelyn II.
  3. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Westerlands
  4. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Rogue Prince.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire,The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Hedge Knight.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  13. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 45, Catelyn VI.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.

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