Vale of Arryn

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A hidden pass in the Vale. © FFG

The Vale of Arryn or the Vale is one of the constituent regions of Westeros and was formerly a sovereign nation known as the Kingdom of Mountain and Vale before the War of Conquest. The Vale is ruled by House Arryn from the castle known as the Eyrie. Notable houses of this region include Hunter, Corbray, Redfort, and Royce. Bastards born in the Vale are given the surname Stone.

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Geography

The Vale is located on the eastern shore of Westeros, a tranquil land of rich black soil, wide slow-moving rivers, and hundreds of small lakes that shine like mirrors in the sun, protected on all sides by its largely impassable mountain range. The Vale tends to be slightly isolated from the rest of Westeros. The Vale's harsh winters make travel only possible through the mountains during warmer years, and rebellious mountain clans make travel even more dangerous. The Vale can be reached through the High Road, which connects the Vale and the Riverlands, and is protected by the Bloody Gate.

The borders of the Vale are held to be the Bite to the north, the Bay of Crabs to the south, the Mountains of the Moon to the west and the Narrow Sea to the east.


The Vale consists of various regions: the Vale of Arryn itself; the Mountains of the Moon; the Fingers; the islands of the Three Sisters, The Paps, and Pebble; and the peninsula around Gulltown.

Notable locations

See also: Category:Places in the Vale

People and Economy

See also: Mountain clans

The people of the Vale, popularly called "valemen," are known as honorable, reliable warriors steeped in honor and the worship of the Faith of the Seven. Some of the valemen living in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon have rejected the authority of the Eyrie and live by their own rules. These Mountain clans such as the Black Ears and Burned Men raid unwary travelers.

Wheat, corn, and barley is grown in the Vale. Not even in Highgarden do the pumpkins grow any larger nor is the fruit any sweeter. House Waxley is known for producing scented candles. The candles can be scented with nutmeg and other costly spices.

History

The Vale is where the Andals initially landed. As such, the Arryns are one of the oldest lines of Andal nobility in the Seven Kingdoms. They ruled as Kings of Mountain and Vale for approximately six thousand years, until they bent the knee to Aegon the Conqueror.

Robert's Rebellion began in the Vale, when Jon Arryn refused to surrender his wards Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark to the Mad King. Defeating his royalist bannermen at Gulltown, Lord Arryn went on to help Robert secure the Iron Throne, and was named his Hand. In Lord Arryn's absence, Nestor Royce governed as High Steward of the Vale. After his death, Jon's widow Lysa refused to lend the Vale's strength to any side of the War of the Five Kings. With her marriage to Petyr Baelish and subsequent murder by him, Baelish rules as Lord Protector of the Vale, to the consternation of the Lords Declarant.

Houses

House Arryn House Arryn of the Eyrie.
House Unknown House Arryn of Gulltown.
House OldBaelish House Baelish of the Fingers.
House BelmoreHouse Belmore of Strongsong.
House BorellHouse Borrell of Sweetsister.
House ColdwaterHouse Coldwater of Coldwater Burn.
House CorbrayHouse Corbray of Heart's Home.
House Donniger House Donniger.
House Egen House Egen.
House Elesham House Elesham of The Paps.
House Grafton House Grafton of Gulltown.
House Hardyng House Hardyng.
House Hersy House Hersy of Newkeep.
House Hunter House Hunter of Longbow Hall.
House Unknown House Longthorpe of Longsister.
House Lynderly House Lynderly of Snakewood.
House Melcolm House Melcolm of Old Anchor.
House Moore House Moore.
House Pryor House Pryor of Pebble.
House Redfort House Redfort of Redfort.
House Royce House Royce of Runestone.
House Royce gates moon House Royce of the Gates of the Moon.
House Ruthermont House Ruthermont.
House Shett House Shett of Gull Tower.
House Sunderland House Sunderland of the Three Sisters.
House Templeton House Templeton of Ninestars.
House Tollett House Tollett of Grey Glen.
House Unknown House Torrent of Littlesister.
House Upcliff House Upcliff.
House Waynwood House Waynwood of Ironoaks.
House Wydman House Wydman.
House Waxley House Waxley of Wickenden.


Quotes

It stretched before them to the misty east, a tranquil land of rich black soil, wide slow-moving rivers, and hundreds of small lakes that shown like mirrors in the sun, protected on all sides by its sheltering peaks.[1]


The lords of the Vale are numerous. As with any large group, their views vary.[2]
- GRRM

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn.
  2. Clans of the North and the Valelords, February 24, 2000 So Spake Martin


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