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The riverlands and the location of Saltpans
The riverlands and the location of Saltpans
The riverlands and the location of Saltpans

Saltpans is a town in the riverlands that sits on the Bay of Crabs. It is the seat of House Cox, although semi-canon sources indicate that House Hawick is also from the town.[1] Saltpans has never been an important trading port but ships do call there from time to time.[2] A small castle dominates the town, overlooking the harbor.[3]


The river kings of old refused charters which would have allowed towns like Fairmarket, Lord Harroway's Town, and Saltpans to expand and potentially become cities.[4]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Arya Stark arrives at Saltpans six days after abandoning the dying Hound, Sandor Clegane. Arya sees that most of the shops and inns and alehouses around the harbor have been plundered or burned, though some still look inhabited. After trading her horse for silver, she manages to procure passage on a Braavosi ship, using the coin given to her by Jaqen H'ghar.[5]

A Feast for Crows

It is believed that Sandor Clegane led the Saltpans massacre when it was in fact Rorge, wearing the Hound's distinctive helm, who committed the atrocities. The rest of the raiders were members of the Brave Companions.

Queen Cersei tells her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, that the nearby town of Saltpans had been savagely raided by a band of outlaws, and some of the survivors claimed a roaring brute in a hound's head helm was amongst the raiders. Supposedly he killed a dozen men and raped a girl of twelve.[6]

On the Quiet Isle the Elder Brother informs Brienne of Tarth and her companions that the raiders burned everything at Saltpans, save the castle of Ser Quincy Cox. It fell to the Elder Brother to treat some of the survivors. The fisherfolk brought them across the bay to him after the flames had gone out and they deemed it safe to land. The Elder Brother tells Brienne that the raiders wanted a galley or a cog to carry them across the narrow sea. When none was at hand they took their rage and desperation out upon the townsfolk.[2]


Saltpans was the work of some fell beast in human skin.[7]
– Lady Mariya Darry


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