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'''Valyrian steel''' is a magical alloy invented in [[Valyria]] and used to make [[armament|weapons]] of unparalleled quality.  It is the spells and magic that make the steel special.<ref name=Producing/>  
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'''Valyrian steel''' was invented in [[Valyria]] and was used to make [[armament|weapons]] and various other items of unparalleled quality.  Being spell-forged steel, it is the spells and magic that make the steel special.{{ref|AGoT|2}}<ref name=Producing/>  
  
 
==About==
 
==About==
Valyrian steel was manufactured in the Freehold of Valyria with [[dragon]]fire before the freehold fell.{{Ref|HboGoT|s04e01}} It is much lighter and stronger than regular steel. It cannot be made any more, no one knows the secrets to its forging since Valyria vanished.  
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Valyrian steel was manufactured in the Freehold of Valyria with [[dragon]]fire before the freehold fell.{{Ref|HboGoT|s04e01}} Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel, and feature distinctive rippled patterns similar to [[wikipedia:Damascus steel|Damascus steel]]. Most Valyrian steel blades in [[Westeros]] are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history. Valyrian steel keeps its edge forever.{{Ref|HboGoT|s04e01}} Valyrian steel was always costly, but it became considerably more so when there was no more Valyria, the secret of its making lost with the [[Doom of Valyria|Doom]].
  
Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel, and feature distinctive rippled patterns similar to [[wikipedia:Damascus steel|Damascus steel]]. Most Valyrian steel blades in [[Westeros]] are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history.  Valyrian steel keeps its edge forever.{{Ref|HboGoT|s04e01}}
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Only the greatest weaponsmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel, making those remaining weapons highly treasured and extremely rare. The blacksmiths of [[Qohor]] claim to know how to reforge Valyrian steel, and [[Tobho Mott]] did reforge [[Ice]] at the request of the Lannisters, in [[King's Landing]].
 
 
Only the greatest weaponsmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel, but the secret of creating such an alloy was apparently  [[Doom of Valyria|lost with Valyria]], making those remaining weapons highly treasured and extremely rare. The blacksmiths of [[Qohor]] claim to know how to reforge Valyrian steel, and [[Tobho Mott]] did reforge [[Ice]] at the request of the Lannisters, in [[King's Landing]].
 
  
 
==List of known Valyrian steel blades==
 
==List of known Valyrian steel blades==
  
 
'''Blades known to still exist:'''
 
'''Blades known to still exist:'''
 
*'''[[Widow's Wail]]'''; One of two Valyrian blades reforged by [[Tobho Mott]] from [[Ice]]. The blade was made for King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] as a wedding gift by his grandfather, Lord [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin]]. Where it was given its name from the shouted suggestion of an unnamed guest. Following Joffrey's death, ownership of Widow's Wail has presumably passed to his younger brother, King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]].
 
 
*'''[[Oathkeeper]]'''; One of two Valyrian blades reforged by Tobho Mott from [[Ice]]. The blade was made for Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], but he has given it to [[Brienne of Tarth]] for use in her quest to locate [[Sansa Stark]]. The blade was given its name, Oathkeeper, at that time.
 
  
 
*'''[[Heartsbane]]''', the ancestral two handed greatsword of [[House Tarly]], currently in the possession of Lord [[Randyll Tarly]].
 
*'''[[Heartsbane]]''', the ancestral two handed greatsword of [[House Tarly]], currently in the possession of Lord [[Randyll Tarly]].
 
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*'''[[Lady Forlorn]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Corbray]], it is currently in the possession of Ser [[Lyn Corbray]].
 
*'''[[Longclaw]]''', the ancestral Valyrian steel bastard sword of [[House Mormont]]. Currently in the possession of [[Jon Snow]].
 
*'''[[Longclaw]]''', the ancestral Valyrian steel bastard sword of [[House Mormont]]. Currently in the possession of [[Jon Snow]].
 
*'''[[Lady Forlorn]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Corbray]], it is currently in the possession of Ser [[Lyn Corbray]].
 
 
*'''[[Red Rain]]''', the sword of [[House Drumm]] stolen in a raid.{{ref|affc|19}} Given the name and coloring, possibly the ancestral sword of [[House Reyne]]
 
 
 
*'''[[Nightfall]]''', the ancestral blade of [[House Harlaw]] and currently wielded by Ser [[Harras Harlaw]].
 
*'''[[Nightfall]]''', the ancestral blade of [[House Harlaw]] and currently wielded by Ser [[Harras Harlaw]].
 
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*'''[[Oathkeeper]]''', one of two Valyrian blades reforged by Tobho Mott from [[Ice]]. The blade was made for Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], but he has given it to [[Brienne of Tarth]] for use in her quest to locate [[Sansa Stark]]. The blade was given its name, Oathkeeper, at that time.
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*'''[[Red Rain]]''', the sword of [[House Drumm]], which was stolen by them in a raid.{{ref|affc|19}} Given the name and coloring, possibly the ancestral sword of [[House Reyne]]
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*'''[[Widow's Wail]]''', one of two Valyrian blades reforged by [[Tobho Mott]] from [[Ice]]. The blade was made for King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] as a wedding gift by his grandfather, Lord [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin]]. Where it was given its name from the shouted suggestion of an unnamed guest. Following Joffrey's death, ownership of Widow's Wail has presumably passed to his younger brother, King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]].
 
*The dagger with dragonbone hilt wielded by [[Bran Stark|Bran Stark's]] failed assassin, and currently in the possession of [[Petyr Baelish]].
 
*The dagger with dragonbone hilt wielded by [[Bran Stark|Bran Stark's]] failed assassin, and currently in the possession of [[Petyr Baelish]].
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*A Valyrian steel axe reputedly possessed by [[House Celtigar]]{{Ref|aSoS|36}}.
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*Valyrian steel [[Arakh]] owned by [[Caggo]]{{Ref|aDwD|25}}.
  
*A Valyrian steel axe reputedly possessed by [[House Celtigar]] {{Ref|aSoS|36}}.
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'''Blades with known fate:'''
  
*Valyrian steel [[Arakh]] owned by [[Caggo]] {{Ref|aDwD|25}}.
 
 
'''Blades with known fate:'''
 
 
*'''[[Ice]]''', the ancestral two handed greatsword of [[House Stark]]. Following [[Eddard Stark]]'s execution in King's Landing, it was melted down and reforged into two longswords(those being '''[[Widow's Wail]]''' and '''[[Oathkeeper]]''').
 
*'''[[Ice]]''', the ancestral two handed greatsword of [[House Stark]]. Following [[Eddard Stark]]'s execution in King's Landing, it was melted down and reforged into two longswords(those being '''[[Widow's Wail]]''' and '''[[Oathkeeper]]''').
  
 
'''Blades with unknown fate:'''
 
'''Blades with unknown fate:'''
*'''[[Blackfyre]]''', the sword of [[Aegon I Targaryen]]. Carried by all [[Targaryen]] kings till [[Aegon IV]] who gave it to his bastard [[Daemon Blackfyre]] who rose in rebellion against the Targaryens, taking the sword's name for his house. Its whereabouts are currently unknown.  
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*'''[[Blackfyre]]''', the sword of [[Aegon I Targaryen]]. Carried by all [[Targaryen]] kings untill [[Aegon IV]], who gave it to his bastard [[Daemon Blackfyre]], who rose in rebellion against the Targaryens, taking the sword's name for his house. Its whereabouts are currently unknown.  
 
*'''[[Brightroar]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Lannister]], lost when King [[Tommen II Lannister]] of the Rock sailed to Valyria and never returned.
 
*'''[[Brightroar]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Lannister]], lost when King [[Tommen II Lannister]] of the Rock sailed to Valyria and never returned.
 
*'''[[Dark Sister]]''', the sword wielded by [[Visenya Targaryen]]. The last known owner was [[Bloodraven]].
 
*'''[[Dark Sister]]''', the sword wielded by [[Visenya Targaryen]]. The last known owner was [[Bloodraven]].
*'''[[Vigilance]]''', ancestral sword of [[House Hightower]]. {{ref|tpatq}}
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*'''[[Orphan-Maker]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Roxton]].{{ref|tpatq}}
*'''[[Orphan-Maker]]''', ancestral sword of [[House Roxton]]. {{ref|tpatq}}
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*'''[[Vigilance]]''', the ancestral sword of [[House Hightower]].{{ref|tpatq}}
  
 
==Other objects==
 
==Other objects==
*A very small number of [[Maester]]s have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism.  Among them are Maester [[Luwin]] and Archmaester [[Marwyn]]. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.{{Ref|ACOK|28}}{{Ref|AFFC|Appendix}}
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*[[Dragonbinder]] - a [[Dragon Horn]] banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.
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*A very small number of [[Maester]]s have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism.  Among them are Maester [[Luwin]] and Archmaester [[Marwyn]]. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.{{Ref|ACOK|28}}{{Ref|AFFC|Appendix}}
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*[[Dragonbinder]], a [[Dragon Horn]] banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.
  
 
==Dragonsteel==
 
==Dragonsteel==

Revision as of 14:34, 24 June 2014

Valyrian steel was invented in Valyria and was used to make weapons and various other items of unparalleled quality. Being spell-forged steel, it is the spells and magic that make the steel special.[1][2]

About

Valyrian steel was manufactured in the Freehold of Valyria with dragonfire before the freehold fell.[3] Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel, and feature distinctive rippled patterns similar to Damascus steel. Most Valyrian steel blades in Westeros are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history. Valyrian steel keeps its edge forever.[3] Valyrian steel was always costly, but it became considerably more so when there was no more Valyria, the secret of its making lost with the Doom.

Only the greatest weaponsmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel, making those remaining weapons highly treasured and extremely rare. The blacksmiths of Qohor claim to know how to reforge Valyrian steel, and Tobho Mott did reforge Ice at the request of the Lannisters, in King's Landing.

List of known Valyrian steel blades

Blades known to still exist:

Blades with known fate:

Blades with unknown fate:

Other objects

  • A very small number of Maesters have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism. Among them are Maester Luwin and Archmaester Marwyn. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.[8][9]
  • Dragonbinder, a Dragon Horn banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.

Dragonsteel

When looking in the archives of the Night's Watch for a way to combat the Others Sam reads about "Dragonsteel". He and Jon Snow think with this Valyrian Steel may be meant.[10][11]

Quotes

Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.[12]

A Storm of Swords


Valyrian steel is a fantasy metal. Which means it has magical characteristics, and magic plays a role in its forging. [13]

GRRM


Valyrian steel was always costly, but it became considerably more so when there was no more Valyria, and the secret of its making were lost. [14]

GRRM

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