Vale of Arryn
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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.
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.
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.
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.
House Arryn of the Eyrie.
House Arryn of Gulltown.
House Baelish of the Fingers.
House Belmore of Strongsong.
House Borrell of Sweetsister.
House Coldwater of Coldwater Burn.
House Corbray of Heart's Home.
House Elesham of The Paps.
House Grafton of Gulltown.
House Hersy of Newkeep.
House Hunter of Longbow Hall.
House Longthorpe of Longsister.
House Lynderly of Snakewood.
House Melcolm of Old Anchor.
House Pryor of Pebble.
House Redfort of Redfort.
House Royce of Runestone.
House Royce of the Gates of the Moon.
House Shett of Gull Tower.
House Sunderland of the Three Sisters.
House Templeton of Ninestars.
House Tollett of Grey Glen.
House Torrent of Littlesister.
House Waynwood of Ironoaks.
House Waxley of Wickenden.
|“||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.||”|
|“||The lords of the Vale are numerous. As with any large group, their views vary.||”|
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