Gates of the Moon

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Gates of the Moon
Castle
Gates large.jpg
Artwork by Paolo Puggioni ©
Location Vale, Westeros
Government Nestor Royce , Feudal Lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
The Vale and the location of the Gates of the Moon
The Vale and the location of the Gates of the Moon
The Gates of the Moon
The Vale and the location of the Gates of the Moon

The Gates of the Moon is a castle at the base of the Giant's Lance. It is the seat of Nestor Royce, High Steward of the Vale and Keeper of the Gates of the Moon.[1]

History

The Gates of the Moon was originally built by House Arryn when they were still Kings of Mountain and Vale, before Aegon's Conquest. It is used by House Arryn as their seat during winter, and when summer comes they return to the Eyrie.[2]

Layout

The Gates of the Moon is a stout castle with a moat, a gatehouse, a yard, and square towers. It is larger than the Eyrie.[3] At night torches flicker at its ramparts and the moon is reflected in its moat. Beyond its postern gate is a dense forest of pine and spruce, as well as the steep, carved steps along the Giant's Lance.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

En route to the Eyrie, Catelyn Tully and her companions visit the Gates of the Moon and are welcomed by Lord Nestor Royce.[1]

A Storm of Swords

Lady Lysa Arryn rarely allows visitors to ascend past the Gates of the Moon. The castle is maintained by Myranda Royce, the daughter of Nestor.[3]

A Feast for Crows

Sansa Stark recalls that the wedding party of Lord Petyr Baelish and Lysa stopped at the Gates of the Moon before ascending to the Eyrie. Petyr awards the Gates of the Moon to Nestor, forming House Royce of the Gates of the Moon.[2]

Quotes

The Arryns raised the Gates, in the days when they still wore the Falcon Crown and ruled the Vale as kings. The Eyrie was their summer seat, but when the snows began to fall the court would make its descent. Some would say the Gates were as royal as the Eyrie.[2]

– Nestor Royce

References and Notes