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The '''Age of Heroes''' was an era during the history of [[Westeros]] which takes its name from the great men and women who lived in the years of peace that followed the forging of the [[Pact]] between the [[First Men]] and the [[children of the forest]]. Many noble houses trace their family histories to the Age of Heroes and many stories, [[songs]], and legends are told about it.<ref>[[A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying]], Campaign guide</ref> It is an era that is shrouded in mystery, with more myth than fact known about it.  
 
The '''Age of Heroes''' was an era during the history of [[Westeros]] which takes its name from the great men and women who lived in the years of peace that followed the forging of the [[Pact]] between the [[First Men]] and the [[children of the forest]]. Many noble houses trace their family histories to the Age of Heroes and many stories, [[songs]], and legends are told about it.<ref>[[A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying]], Campaign guide</ref> It is an era that is shrouded in mystery, with more myth than fact known about it.  
  
==Overview==
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==History==
 
The Age of Heroes began with the signing of the [[Pact]] on the [[Isle of Faces]].  The Pact ended the [[war of the First Men and the children of the forest]]{{Ref|aGoT|66}} and lasted for nearly four thousand years.   
 
The Age of Heroes began with the signing of the [[Pact]] on the [[Isle of Faces]].  The Pact ended the [[war of the First Men and the children of the forest]]{{Ref|aGoT|66}} and lasted for nearly four thousand years.   
  
 
During that time, a hundred kingdoms rose and fell.  This was a rugged time where many ancient traditions and legacies forged by the First Men were established, with influence from the children. Many of these customs live on among the lords of [[the North]], who still bear the blood of the First Men in their veins. The laws of hospitality, the obligation of a judge to also be the executioner, and the renowned [[Wall]] are all accredited to these ancestors of the northmen; the [[barrowlands|barrows]] of the First Men can still be found throughout the North. This was the time when many legendary kings and heroes walked the earth, such as:  
 
During that time, a hundred kingdoms rose and fell.  This was a rugged time where many ancient traditions and legacies forged by the First Men were established, with influence from the children. Many of these customs live on among the lords of [[the North]], who still bear the blood of the First Men in their veins. The laws of hospitality, the obligation of a judge to also be the executioner, and the renowned [[Wall]] are all accredited to these ancestors of the northmen; the [[barrowlands|barrows]] of the First Men can still be found throughout the North. This was the time when many legendary kings and heroes walked the earth, such as:  
*[[Bran the Builder]]{{Ref|aGoT|27}} - who built the [[Wall]] and [[Winterfell]].  He is also accredited for other famous constructions, including [[Storm's End]].  
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*[[Bran the Builder]]{{Ref|aGoT|27}} - who built the [[Wall]] and [[Winterfell]].  He is also accredited for other famous constructions, including [[Storm's End]]. He is said to have founded [[House Stark]], the [[Kings of Winter]].
*[[Lann the Clever]]{{Ref|aGoT|27}} - who supposedly swindled [[Casterly Rock]] from the [[House Casterly|Casterlys]] using nothing but his wits.  
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*[[Lann the Clever]]{{Ref|aGoT|27}} - who supposedly swindled [[Casterly Rock]] from the [[House Casterly|Casterlys]] using nothing but his wits. [[House Lannister]] traces their descent from Lann.
 
*[[Garth Greenhand]]{{ref|asos|6}} - who founded [[House Gardener]] of [[the Reach]], and from him sprung numerous other lines and families.  
 
*[[Garth Greenhand]]{{ref|asos|6}} - who founded [[House Gardener]] of [[the Reach]], and from him sprung numerous other lines and families.  
 
*[[Durran]]{{Ref|acok|31}} - first of the [[Storm King]]s, who raised [[Storm's End]] to check the wrath of the gods for wedding their daughter [[Elenei]]
 
*[[Durran]]{{Ref|acok|31}} - first of the [[Storm King]]s, who raised [[Storm's End]] to check the wrath of the gods for wedding their daughter [[Elenei]]
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*[[Symeon Star-Eyes]] - a legendary [[knight]] who was blind.  
 
*[[Symeon Star-Eyes]] - a legendary [[knight]] who was blind.  
  
While much was achieved during this ancient era, it was at a cost - in the midst of the Age of Heroes fell the longest and blackest of winters - the [[the Long Night]] which heralded the arrival of the [[Others]].  
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Other royal houses from the era include the [[House Blackwood|Blackwoods]],{{ref|ADWD|48}} [[House Bracken|Brackens]],{{ref|ADWD|48}} and [[House Darklyn|Darklyns]].{{ref|AFFC|9}} During the Age of Heroes the [[House Bolton|Boltons]] are said to have flayed Starks and worn their skins as cloaks.{{ref|ASOS|62}} A dozen armies smashed themselves to bits upon the [[Bloody Gate]].{{ref|AGOT|34}} The [[Ravenry]] of the [[Citadel]] is believed to have been the stronghold of a pirate lord.{{ref|AFFC|45}}
  
During this time it was also recorded by the [[Night's Watch]] that the children of the forest gave the defenders of the Wall a hundred [[obsidian]] daggers every year.{{Ref|aFfC|5}}
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While much was achieved during this ancient era, it was at a cost - in the midst of the Age of Heroes fell the longest and blackest of winters - the [[the Long Night]] which heralded the arrival of the [[Others]]. During this time it was also recorded by the [[Night's Watch]] that the children of the forest gave the defenders of the Wall a hundred [[obsidian]] daggers every year.{{Ref|aFfC|5}}
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==

Revision as of 15:55, 24 February 2014

The Age of Heroes was an era during the history of Westeros which takes its name from the great men and women who lived in the years of peace that followed the forging of the Pact between the First Men and the children of the forest. Many noble houses trace their family histories to the Age of Heroes and many stories, songs, and legends are told about it.[1] It is an era that is shrouded in mystery, with more myth than fact known about it.

History

The Age of Heroes began with the signing of the Pact on the Isle of Faces. The Pact ended the war of the First Men and the children of the forest[2] and lasted for nearly four thousand years.

During that time, a hundred kingdoms rose and fell. This was a rugged time where many ancient traditions and legacies forged by the First Men were established, with influence from the children. Many of these customs live on among the lords of the North, who still bear the blood of the First Men in their veins. The laws of hospitality, the obligation of a judge to also be the executioner, and the renowned Wall are all accredited to these ancestors of the northmen; the barrows of the First Men can still be found throughout the North. This was the time when many legendary kings and heroes walked the earth, such as:

Other royal houses from the era include the Blackwoods,[6] Brackens,[6] and Darklyns.[7] During the Age of Heroes the Boltons are said to have flayed Starks and worn their skins as cloaks.[8] A dozen armies smashed themselves to bits upon the Bloody Gate.[9] The Ravenry of the Citadel is believed to have been the stronghold of a pirate lord.[10]

While much was achieved during this ancient era, it was at a cost - in the midst of the Age of Heroes fell the longest and blackest of winters - the the Long Night which heralded the arrival of the Others. During this time it was also recorded by the Night's Watch that the children of the forest gave the defenders of the Wall a hundred obsidian daggers every year.[11]

Quotes

The oldest histories we have were written after the Andals came to Westeros. The First Men only left us runes on rocks, so everything we know about the Age of Heroes and the Dawn Age and the Long Night comes from accounts set down by septons thousands of years later. There are archmaesters at the Citadel who question all of it. Those old histories are full of kings who reigned for a hundred years, and knights riding around a thousand years before there were knights.[11]

- Samwell Tarly, to Jon Snow

See Also

References and Notes