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The narrow sea is the sea between the continent of Westeros to its west and the continent of Essos to its east. 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.

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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, Shipbreaker Bay, and the Bay of Pentos are all inlets of this sea.

Lords of the narrow sea sworn to Dragonstone include House Celtigar of Claw Isle, House Velaryon of Driftmark, House Sunglass of Sweetport Sound, and House Bar Emmon of Sharp Point.[3]

History

Overcoming the resistance of the local lords of the narrow sea, Dragonstone was raised as the westernmost outpost of the Valyrian Freehold.[4] The Targaryens controlled the skies above the narrow sea with their dragons, while the fleets of their Valyrian allies, the Velaryons and Celtigars, controlled the middle region of the sea.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Salladhor Saan styles himself Prince of the Narrow Sea.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Stannis Baratheon grants the title of Admiral of the Narrow Sea to Davos Seaworth.[7]

Quotes

Words are wind, and the wind that blows exiles across the narrow sea seldom blows them back.[8]
- Stannis Baratheon

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