Ice is the ancestral Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark.
- See also: Images of Ice
Ice is a greatsword, as wide across as a man's hand and taller than an adolescent Robb Stark. Its Valyrian steel blade has a dark and smokey appearance.
The name "Ice" is a legacy from the Age of Heroes, and predates the current sword. About four hundred years before Robert Baratheon's reign, the Valyrian steel greatsword was spell-forged in Valyria and acquired by the Starks, who named it after that legacy. It became the sword of the Lord of Winterfell. Eddard Stark used the sword to personally execute condemned prisoners.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Eddard Stark uses Ice to execute Gared, a deserter from the Night's Watch. After Eddard is arrested for treason, the royal executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne, is given the sword and uses it to execute Eddard himself at the Great Sept of Baelor.
A Storm of Swords
Ilyn carries the blade until Lord Tywin Lannister takes it from him and has Tobho Mott re-forge Ice into two longswords, Widow's Wail, and the longsword later called Oathkeeper.
The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.
- Bran Stark
What has Ser Ilyn done with my father's sword?
- Sansa Stark
to Tyrion Lannister
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.