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The Dreadfort is ill-omened, for it is said that the Boltons still keep torture chambers and a special room where they hang the flayed skins of their enemies, including several Kings of House Stark. Centuries ago, the Boltons rose up against King Harlon Stark, and the Dreadfort held out for two years under siege before the Boltons surrendered.
The Dreadfort is a strong fortress, with high walls and triangular merlons that look like sharp stone teeth. It has thick stone walls and massive towers. Its great hall is dim and smoky, with rows of torches grasped by skeletal human hands jutting from the walls. Long tables stand before a dais with a high table. The hall has a vaulted ceiling and wooden rafters turned black from smoke.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
During the War of the Five Kings the Boltons turn on their Stark allies and aid the Freys in slaughtering them at the Red Wedding. King Tommen Baratheon signs decrees which name Roose Bolton the new Warden of the North and which legitimize Ramsay Snow as Ramsay Bolton. With the bulk of the Bolton host trapped south of Moat Cailin, the Dreadfort is under the rule of Ramsay.
A Dance with Dragons
Theon Greyjoy is kept in a dungeon below the castle where he has been subjected to Ramsay's flaying. Arnolf Karstark writes to Stannis Baratheon that the Dreadfort is weakly garrisoned with fewer than fifty men, half of them servants. However, Jon Snow convinces Stannis to instead march from Castle Black to Deepwood Motte.
References and Notes
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Map of the North
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 53, Bran.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 12, Reek.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 16, Bran.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime.