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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/>  
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'''Valyrian steel''' was invented in [[Valyria]], and was used to make [[armament|weapons]] and various other items of unparalleled quality.  [[Magic]] and spells play a role in its forging, which makes the steel special and gives it magical characteristics.{{ref|AGoT|2}}<ref name=Producing/><ref name=Process/>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Valyrian steel, possibly forged with [[dragon]]s,{{ref|AGOT|72}} was manufactured in the [[Valyrian Freehold]] of old. Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel, and feature distinctive rippled patterns similar to real-world [[wikipedia:Damascus steel|Damascus steel]], the mark of steel that has been folded back on itself many thousands of times.{{ref|ASoS|32}} Most Valyrian steel blades in [[Westeros]] are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history. 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]].
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Valyrian steel, possibly forged with [[dragon]]s,{{ref|AGOT|72}} was manufactured in the [[Valyrian Freehold]] of old. Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel. The blades feature distinctive rippled patterns (similar to real-world [[w:Damascus steel|Damascus steel]]), the mark of steel that has been folded back on itself many thousands of times.{{ref|ASoS|32}} There may be thousands of Valyrian steel blades remaining in the world, but in Westeros there are only 227 such weapons according to [[Archmaester]] [[Thurgood]]'s ''[[Inventories]]'', some of which have since been lost or have disappeared from recorded history.{{ref|twoiaf| Ancient History: Valyria's Children}}  Most Valyrian steel blades in [[Westeros]] are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history, and even impoverished lesser houses are unwilling to give them up.{{ref|ASOS|32}}
  
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.
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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]].<ref name="valyria">[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/On_Valyrian_Steel_and_Twist_Endings On Valyrian Steel and Twist Endings], March 16, 2008</ref> Only the greatest weaponsmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel, making those remaining weapons highly treasured and extremely rare.{{ref|ASOS|32}} The blacksmiths of [[Qohor]] claim to know the magics for reforging Valyrian steel without losing its strength or unsurpassed ability to hold an edge.{{ref|agot|27}}{{ref|twoiaf| Ancient History: Valyria's Children}}
  
Suits of armor can also be fashioned of Valyrian steel. Such armor is worth a kingdoms fortune and is exceptionally rare, no armor of valyrian steel has been seen for 400 years since the Doom and no one in Westeros possesses such armor. <ref> Batlicon Reading [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuqHngBpOZ1p0jqkD7xRTCHExMFwBa8qE7VCLsKXzxU/mobilebasic?pli=1 notes ] </ref>
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Suits of armor can also be fashioned of Valyrian steel, and would have been worth a kingdom even before the Doom. No one in Westeros possesses such armor.<ref name="balticon">[https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuqHngBpOZ1p0jqkD7xRTCHExMFwBa8qE7VCLsKXzxU/mobilebasic?pli=1 Balticon Reading of TWOW Aeron I] </ref>
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
===''A Game of Thrones''===
Lord [[Eddard Stark]] uses [[Ice]] to execute [[Gared]], a deserter from the [[Night's Watch]].  
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Lord [[Eddard Stark]] uses [[Ice]] to execute [[Gared]], a deserter from the [[Night's Watch]].{{ref|agot|1}}
  
 
A [[catspaw]] tries to assassinate [[Bran Stark]] with a [[Valyrian steel dagger]], but he is instead slain by [[Summer]]. Bran's mother, [[Catelyn Stark]], show the dagger to [[Petyr Baelish]], who claims to have lost the dagger in the [[tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day]].{{ref|AGOT|18}}
 
A [[catspaw]] tries to assassinate [[Bran Stark]] with a [[Valyrian steel dagger]], but he is instead slain by [[Summer]]. Bran's mother, [[Catelyn Stark]], show the dagger to [[Petyr Baelish]], who claims to have lost the dagger in the [[tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day]].{{ref|AGOT|18}}
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In gratitude for having been saved from [[Othor|a wight]], Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]] gives [[Longclaw]] to [[Jon Snow]].{{ref|AGOT|60}}
  
 
Ser [[Ilyn Payne]] uses Ice to execute Ned Stark in [[King's Landing]].{{ref|AGOT|65}}
 
Ser [[Ilyn Payne]] uses Ice to execute Ned Stark in [[King's Landing]].{{ref|AGOT|65}}
 
In gratitude for having been saved from [[Othor|a wight]], Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]] gives [[Longclaw]] to [[Jon Snow]].{{ref|AGOT|60}}
 
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
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When looking in the [[Night's Watch]]'s archives, [[Samwell Tarly]] reads about dragonsteel, which he and [[Jon Snow]] think might have been Valyrian steel.{{ref|affc|5}}{{ref|adwd|7}}
 
When looking in the [[Night's Watch]]'s archives, [[Samwell Tarly]] reads about dragonsteel, which he and [[Jon Snow]] think might have been Valyrian steel.{{ref|affc|5}}{{ref|adwd|7}}
  
==='''A Dance with Dragons'''===
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===''A Dance with Dragons''===
During the [[Siege of Astapor]], the sellsword [[Caggo]] fights with a Valyrian steel [[Arakh]]. {{Ref|aDwD|60}}
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During the [[Siege of Astapor]], the sellsword [[Caggo]] fights with a Valyrian steel [[arakh]].{{Ref|aDwD|60}}
  
==='''The Winds of Winter'''===
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===''The Winds of Winter''===
[[Euron Greyjoy]] is seen by his captive brother [[aeron Greyjoy|Aeron]] in a suit of black scale armor like nothing Aeron had ever seen before. Dark as smoke, but Euron wore it as easily as if it was the thinnest silk. The scales were edged in red gold, and gleamed and shimmered when they moved. Patterns could be seen within the metal, whorls and glyphs and arcane symbols folded into the steel. The revelation dawns on the shocked Aeron that the armor is forged of valyrian steel and that Euron has indeed been to the ruins of Valyria. <ref> Batlicon Reading [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VuqHngBpOZ1p0jqkD7xRTCHExMFwBa8qE7VCLsKXzxU/mobilebasic?pli=1 notes ] </ref>
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[[Euron Greyjoy]] is seen by his captive brother [[Aeron Greyjoy|Aeron]] in a suit of black scale armor like nothing Aeron had ever seen before. The scales are dark as smoke, edged in red gold, and gleam and shimmer when they move. Patterns can be seen within the metal, whorls and glyphs and arcane symbols folded into the steel. Euron wears it as easily as if it was the thinnest silk. The revelation dawns on the shocked Aeron that the armor is forged of Valyrian steel, and that Euron has indeed been to the ruins of Valyria.<ref name="balticon" />
  
 
==List of known Valyrian steel blades==
 
==List of known Valyrian steel blades==
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==Other objects==
 
==Other objects==
*A small number of [[maesters]], including Maester [[Luwin]] and Archmaester [[Marwyn]], have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.{{Ref|ACOK|28}}{{Ref|AFFC|Appendix}}
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*A small number of [[maesters]], including Maester [[Luwin]] and Archmaester [[Marwyn]], have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.{{Ref|ACOK|28}}{{Ref|AFFC|Appendix}} The maesters who gain Valyrian steel links do not have to forge the metal themselves.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/Maester_Chains_and_Valyrian_Steel_Links Maester Chains and Valyrian Steel Links], June 20, 2001</ref>
*[[Dragonbinder]] - a [[dragon horn]] banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.
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*[[Dragonbinder]] - a [[dragon horn]] banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.{{ref|affc|19}}
*The [[crown]] worn by [[Aegon I Targaryen]] (and a few other kings), embedded with rubies.
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*The [[crown]] worn by [[Aegon I Targaryen]] and some of his successors in the Targaryen dynasty, a circlet of Valyrian steel studded with rubies.{{ref|twoiaf| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} It was last worn by King [[Daeron I Targaryen]], and lost after his death in  [[Dorne]].{{ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
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*A suit of black scale armor worn by Euron Greyjoy.<ref name="balticon" />
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}}} – thoughts of [[Tyrion Lannister]]
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{{Quote|Nothing holds an edge like Valyrian steel.{{ref|agot|18}}|[[Petyr Baelish]]}}
 
 
  
{{quote|A man who bears Valyrian steel should use it for more than scratching his arse.{{ref|ADWD|3}}}} - [[Godry Farring]] to [[Jon Snow]]
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{{Quote|I heard of a man who had a razor made of Valyrian steel. He cut his head off trying to shave.{{ref|agot|60}}|[[Toad]]}}
  
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{{Quote|Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.{{Ref|aSoS|32}}|thoughts of [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
  
{{Quote|Valyrian steel is a fantasy metal.  Which means it has magical characteristics, and magic plays a role in its forging.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Process_of_Making_Valyrian_Steel The Process of Making Valyrian Steel], November 06, 2002</ref>}} – [[George R. R. Martin]]
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{{quote|A man who bears Valyrian steel should use it for more than scratching his arse.{{ref|ADWD|3}}|[[Godry Farring]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}  
  
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{{Quote|Valyrian steel is a fantasy metal.  Which means it has magical characteristics, and magic plays a role in its forging.<ref name="Process">[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Process_of_Making_Valyrian_Steel The Process of Making Valyrian Steel], November 06, 2002</ref>|[[George R. R. Martin]]}}
  
{{Quote|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.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/On_Valyrian_Steel_and_Twist_Endings On Valyrian Steel and Twist Endings], March 16, 2008</ref>}} – [[George R. R. Martin]]
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{{Quote|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.<ref name="valyria"/>|[[George R. R. Martin]]}}
  
 
==References and Sources==
 
==References and Sources==

Revision as of 04:24, 14 June 2016

Valyrian steel was invented in Valyria, and was used to make weapons and various other items of unparalleled quality. Magic and spells play a role in its forging, which makes the steel special and gives it magical characteristics.[1][2][3]

History

Valyrian steel, possibly forged with dragons,[4] was manufactured in the Valyrian Freehold of old. Valyrian steel blades are lighter, stronger, and sharper than even the best castle-forged steel. The blades feature distinctive rippled patterns (similar to real-world Damascus steel), the mark of steel that has been folded back on itself many thousands of times.[5] There may be thousands of Valyrian steel blades remaining in the world, but in Westeros there are only 227 such weapons according to Archmaester Thurgood's Inventories, some of which have since been lost or have disappeared from recorded history.[6] Most Valyrian steel blades in Westeros are treasured heirlooms of noble houses, each with its own name and storied history, and even impoverished lesser houses are unwilling to give them up.[5]

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.[7] Only the greatest weaponsmiths can reforge swords from existing Valyrian steel, making those remaining weapons highly treasured and extremely rare.[5] The blacksmiths of Qohor claim to know the magics for reforging Valyrian steel without losing its strength or unsurpassed ability to hold an edge.[8][6]

Suits of armor can also be fashioned of Valyrian steel, and would have been worth a kingdom even before the Doom. No one in Westeros possesses such armor.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Eddard Stark uses Ice to execute Gared, a deserter from the Night's Watch.[10]

A catspaw tries to assassinate Bran Stark with a Valyrian steel dagger, but he is instead slain by Summer. Bran's mother, Catelyn Stark, show the dagger to Petyr Baelish, who claims to have lost the dagger in the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day.[11]

In gratitude for having been saved from a wight, Lord Commander Jeor Mormont gives Longclaw to Jon Snow.[12]

Ser Ilyn Payne uses Ice to execute Ned Stark in King's Landing.[13]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Tywin Lannister has Tobho Mott, a blacksmith trained in Qohor, reforge Ice into two new Valyrian blades.[5] The first, Widow's Wail, is given to King Joffrey I Baratheon as a wedding gift by his grandfather, Tywin. Joffrey chooses its name from the shouted suggestion of an unnamed guest.[14] Following Joffrey's death at his wedding feast, ownership of Widow's Wail presumably passes to his younger brother, King Tommen I.

Tywin gives the second blade to his son, Ser Jaime Lannister. Jaime then gives it to Brienne of Tarth for use in her quest to locate Sansa Stark, and he asks her to name it Oathkeeper.[15]

A Feast for Crows

When looking in the Night's Watch's archives, Samwell Tarly reads about dragonsteel, which he and Jon Snow think might have been Valyrian steel.[16][17]

A Dance with Dragons

During the Siege of Astapor, the sellsword Caggo fights with a Valyrian steel arakh.[18]

The Winds of Winter

Euron Greyjoy is seen by his captive brother Aeron in a suit of black scale armor like nothing Aeron had ever seen before. The scales are dark as smoke, edged in red gold, and gleam and shimmer when they move. Patterns can be seen within the metal, whorls and glyphs and arcane symbols folded into the steel. Euron wears it as easily as if it was the thinnest silk. The revelation dawns on the shocked Aeron that the armor is forged of Valyrian steel, and that Euron has indeed been to the ruins of Valyria.[9]

List of known Valyrian steel blades

Blades known to still exist:

Blades with known fates:

Blades with unknown fates:

Other objects

  • A small number of maesters, including Maester Luwin and Archmaester Marwyn, have Valyrian steel links in their collars, representing their study of magic and occultism. Marwyn also has a ring, a rod and a mask of Valyrian steel.[25][26] The maesters who gain Valyrian steel links do not have to forge the metal themselves.[27]
  • Dragonbinder - a dragon horn banded with red gold and Valyrian steel.[19]
  • The crown worn by Aegon I Targaryen and some of his successors in the Targaryen dynasty, a circlet of Valyrian steel studded with rubies.[28] It was last worn by King Daeron I Targaryen, and lost after his death in Dorne.[29]
  • A suit of black scale armor worn by Euron Greyjoy.[9]

Quotes

Nothing holds an edge like Valyrian steel.[11]

I heard of a man who had a razor made of Valyrian steel. He cut his head off trying to shave.[12]

Toad

Valyrian steel blades were scarce and costly, yet thousands remained in the world, perhaps two hundred in the Seven Kingdoms alone.[5]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

A man who bears Valyrian steel should use it for more than scratching his arse.[30]

Valyrian steel is a fantasy metal. Which means it has magical characteristics, and magic plays a role in its forging.[3]

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.[7]

References and Sources

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
  2. So Spake Martin: Producing Valyrian Steel, March 11, 2001
  3. 3.0 3.1 So Spake Martin: The Process of Making Valyrian Steel, November 06, 2002
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Valyria's Children.
  7. 7.0 7.1 So Spake Martin: On Valyrian Steel and Twist Endings, March 16, 2008
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Balticon Reading of TWOW Aeron I
  10. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  14. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  15. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  16. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
  17. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 60, The Spurned Suitor.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  20. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  22. The World of Ice & Fire.
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  24. The World of Ice & Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  25. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
  26. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  27. So Spake Martin: Maester Chains and Valyrian Steel Links, June 20, 2001
  28. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  29. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.