Whispers

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The crownlands and the approximate location of the Whispers
The crownlands and the approximate location of the Whispers
Whispers
The crownlands and the approximate location of the Whispers[1]

The Whispers is a ruined castle of House Crabb on Crackclaw Point in the northeastern crownlands.

Layout

The downtrodden castle sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the narrow sea. The castle, which is triangular with square towers at its corners, was built with unmortared stone. It is now overgrown with forest from its godswood, which contains soldier pines and a young weirwood. Poisonous red ivy grows over the fallen curtain wall. The beacon tower collapsed when Dick Crabb was a boy and now sits in the sea fifty feet below.[2] There is a large smuggler's cove nearby.[3] The Whispers is named for the sound of the sea pouring into holes made in the cliff and echoing in caverns below the castle.[2]

History

According to legend, the ancient castle received its name from the whispering heads of the victims of Ser Clarence Crabb, a fabled knight from Crackclaw Point. Whenever Clarence would kill a man—including lords, wizards, knights, pirates, and a king of Duskendale—he would cut off their head and bring it back to his castle to his wife, a woods witch. There, she would kiss the head and bring it back to life. The heads would then talk to each other and give Clarence counsel, creating the whispering sound.[3]

The castle has been a ruin for a thousand years.[3][N 1]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Dick Crabb suggests the smuggler's cove at the Whispers to Shagwell, Pyg, and Timeon, former members of the Brave Companions.[3] They prepare an ambush at the Whispers for Brienne of Tarth, Podrick Payne, and Dick, killing the latter. All three Brave Companions are slain by Brienne, who buries Nimble Dick beneath the young weirwood. Afterward, Ser Hyle Hunt joins Brienne and Podrick at the Whispers.[2]

Quotes

Being they was just heads, they couldn't talk real loud, but they never shut up neither. When you're a head, talking's all you got to pass the day. So Crabb's keep got named the Whispers.[3]
- Dick Crabb to Brienne Tarth

Chapters that take place at the Whispers

Notes

  1. Dick Crabb claims the Whispers have "been a ruin for a thousand years" (A Feast for Crows, Brienne III). It is unknown if this is an exact figure or if George R. R. Martin is being figurative.

References

  1. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Brienne's route on the Journeys map.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.


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