Narrow sea

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The narrow sea can be rough in autumn, and autumn storms are common - by Marc Fishman ©

The narrow sea is the sea between the continent of Westeros and the eastern continent of Essos. The sea is relatively narrow and easy to cross, but large enough to make large-scale invasions and military incursions between the Seven Kingdoms and the Free Cities difficult.

The narrow sea can be rough in autumn, and autumn storms are common. In winter, the storms are worse but less frequent.[1] It is suggested that a journey from the Shield Islands to the far side of the narrow sea is so hazardous in autumn that two-thirds of a fleet might be lost in the attempt.[2] Thus trading galleys are sometimes better off crossing in the safety of the Stepstones.

Geography

The narrow sea connects the Shivering Sea in the north, the Sea of Dorne in the west, the Sea of Myrth in the east and the Summer Sea in the south, which it is separated from by the island chain known as the Stepstones. The Bay of Crabs, Blackwater Bay and Shipbreaker Bay are all inlets of this sea.


Quotes

Words are wind, and the wind that blows exiles across the narrow sea seldom blows them back. [3]
- King Stannis Baratheon

References and Notes

  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver, 440.
  3. The Winds of Winter, Theon's sample chapter, made available on GRRM's website as of Dec 28th, 2011
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