Crackclaw Point is a peninsula in the crownlands jutting out into the narrow sea. To the north lies the Bay of Crabs, to the south Blackwater Bay. Maidenpool and Rook's Rest are west of the forested peninsula, while Dragonstone and Claw Isle are to the south and east, respectively.
The land is full of cavernous hills and bogs and pine barrens, thick with deciduous trees and evergreens like sentinels and soldier pines. Moss covers ancient ruined strongholds throughout the region. Settlement is denser along the coastal road near Maidenpool.
The majority of Crackclaw's population is descended from the First Men. Every valley has a lord and all of them distrust outsiders. Andals tried to conquer the peninsula, but they were defeated by their lack of knowledge of the area. The Darklyn kings of Duskendale tried to impose themselves on the houses of the Point, as did Maidenpool and the Celtigars of Claw Isle, but all were repelled. Eventually, the Andals learned that what they could not conquer with swords they could through marriage.
When not fighting would-be conquerors, internecine fighting between the houses was commonplace. Champions rising from local noble families, such as Ser Clarence Crabb, Crackbones, the Brothers Brune, and Ser Lucifer Hardy, imposed peace on Crackclaw but it never survived their lifetimes.
Having heard of the destruction of House Hoare in the burning of Harrenhal, the lords of Crackclaw quickly swore allegiance to Queen Visenya Targaryen during Aegon's Conquest. Because they surrendered peacefully, they were sworn directly to the Targaryens of King's Landing. The region has since been known as Targaryen loyalists.
During the Dance of the Dragons, the Crabbs and Brunes joined the blacks and assisted Walys Mooton, Lord of Maidenpool, in retaking Rook's Rest. The inhabitants of the peninsula say that following Lord Mooton's failed attempt to kill Sunfyre, the dragon sheltered amongst their dark and piney woods and caves for some time before traveling to Dragonstone. Some thought that Nettles and Sheepstealer sought refuge in Crackclaw Point or the Mountains of the Moon after disappearing from Maidenpool.
Many of Crackclaw Point's lords and champions fought beside Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone, in the Battle of the Trident. The Celtigars sometimes send men to collect taxes, but they have limited success.
A Clash of Kings
Transporting Princess Myrcella Baratheon, Seaswift and its escorts follow the coast from King's Landing to Crackclaw, avoiding Dragonstone. After reaching the peninsula, the ships sail for Braavos.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
They rode through pines and bogs, under dark skies and intermittent rain, past sinkholes and caves and the ruins of ancient strongholds whose stones were blanketed in moss. Every heap of stones had a story, and Nimble Dick told them all. To hear him tell it, the men of Crackclaw Point had watered their pine trees with blood.—thoughts of Brienne of Tarth
Chapters that take place in Crackclaw Point
- A Dance with Dragons, Map of the South
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons; - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- The Mystery Knight.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.