Prince's Pass

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Dorne and the location of the Prince's Pass
Dorne and the location of the Prince's Pass
Prince's Pass
Dorne and the location of the Prince's Pass

The Prince's Pass, historically called the Wide Way, is one of the principal overland routes from the Reach and the stormlands to Dorne. It is a gateway through the Red Mountains of Dorne.

Geography

Its Dornish side is guarded from the castle Skyreach, the seat of House Fowler, which holds the title Warden of the Prince's Pass.[1] The Prince's Pass descends from the mountains into the deep sands of Dorne.[2] Structures along the route include Skyreach, Kingsgrave, and the tower of joy. North of the Prince's Pass is Nightsong in the Dornish Marches. The Prince's Pass is not as steep nor as treacherous as the Boneway.[3]

History

The Prince's Pass was originally the Wide Way, the shortest and easiest route between the Reach and Dorne. It was guarded by the Lords of the Wide Way, the Kings of Stone and Sky from House Fowler, who carved Skyreach into its stony slopes.[3] Garth VII Gardener, King of the Reach, once repelled an army from the Wide Way led by King Ferris Fowler.[4] The Fowlers submitted to House Martell during Nymeria's War,[5] however, and the route became known as the Prince's Pass, as the Martells used the title of "prince" in the Rhoynish custom.

Alester Oakheart died in the Prince's Pass while blowing his warhorn, having been mortally wounded by Dornishmen.[6]

Dornish spearmen guarded the Prince's Pass during Aegon's Conquest, but Queen Rhaenys Targaryen instead flew above them atop Meraxes.[7] King Aegon I Targaryen and Lord Harlen Tyrell warred against the mountain lords of the Prince's Pass during the First Dornish War.[8]

Lord Lyonel Tyrell marched an army along the Prince's Pass during the conquest of Dorne by King Daeron I Targaryen.[9]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion Lannister requests that Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, send his armies to the Prince's Pass to keep the marcher lords in their castles as part of the political betrothal of Princess Myrcella Baratheon and Prince Trystane Martell.[10] Doran promises to move his banners into the high passes once Myrcella arrives safely at Sunspear.[11] Word eventually reaches Stannis Baratheon that the Dornish have fortified the mountain passes, poised to sweep down onto the Dornish Marches while he besieges Storm's End.[12]

The Winds of Winter

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Two Dornish hosts have massed in the Boneway and the Prince's Pass. The hosts sit encamped, waiting for Doran to loose them on the enemies of House Martell.[13]

References

  1. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Prince's Pass.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Kingdoms of the First Men.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: The Gardener Kings.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  10. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Dornish Marches.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
  13. The Winds of Winter, Arianne I

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