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The Stepstones by Juan Carlos Barquet. © Fantasy Flight Games.

The Stepstones are a chain of islands between the southern narrow sea and the northwestern Summer Sea. The islands are located east of Dorne in Westeros and west of the Disputed Lands in Essos. Just to the north is Tyrosh.[1] The Stepstones are home to pirate dens,[2] often Lyseni and Myrmen.[3] The islands are also often affected by storms.[3]

Two of the islands have been named, Bloodstone and Grey Gallows.[4]


According to legend, the Stepstones are a remnant of a land-bridge, known as the Arm of Dorne, which once linked Westeros and Essos. More than ten thousand years ago the First Men used that land-bridge to cross into what is now known as Dorne to begin their invasion of Westeros. The greenseers of the children of the forest are said to have used magic to shatter the land-bridge into an archipelago named the Stepstones, located between the Broken Arm and the Disputed Lands.

Myr and Lys of the Free Cities have constantly engaged in wars over possession of the Stepstones. Several times in its history, the Seven Kingdoms has also fought for control of them,[5] including one conflict in the early second century when Prince Daemon Targaryen and his dragon Caraxes led an army against the Triarchy of Lys, Myr, and Tyrosh, and later their ally Dorne.[6] Daemon briefly called himself the King of the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea.[7] During the War of the Ninepenny Kings a battle was fought here ending the Blackfyre Pretenders' threat.

When he was fifteen, Balon Greyjoy spent a summer reaving in the Stepstones with Dagmer Cleftjaw, killing his first man and taking his first two salt wives in the islands.[8]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Fighting has broken out in the Stepstones.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

Some of the Golden Company lands on the Stepstones.[10][11]

The Iron Fleet, headed to Slaver's Bay, stops for game, grain, and fresh water. They capture the merchant cog Noble Lady as well.[12]

The Winds of Winter

According to Valena Toland, a new pirate king has set up on Torturer's Deep, styling himself the Lord of the Waters, with three-decked warships. Some readers believe it is possible that this is Aurane Waters. The name would be a play on both his bastard surname, and the traditional Velaryon title, "Lord of the Tides."[13][14]

References and Notes

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