by Mike S. Miller
|Government||House Osgrey , Landed Knight.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
Standfast is the stronghold of House Osgrey in the Reach. It is called a castle by courtesy, but more closely resembles a towerhouse. Three villages fall within its dominion. Its exact location has not yet been published, but it is located in the north of the Reach. The Osgreys were once marshals of the Northmarch. Standfast is sworn to Goldengrove.
Standfast stands upon a hill and can be seen for leagues around. A partial collapse of the north and west faces of the building required rebuilding, leaving a pale grey stone above and old black stone below. Turrets had been added during the rebuild, and two ancient grotesques whose shape had been lost long ago stood on the other two corners. Its pinewood roof is flat, though warped and leaky from time.
Standfast's size is deceptive. While it is only four stories tall above ground, underground there is a complex of deep vaults and cellars cut into the hill that it sits upon. The upper two have windows and balconies, the lower two, only arrow slits. It has its own well.
Prior to the Aegon's Conquest, the Osgreys controlled four castles, the greatest of them Coldmoat, and watchtowers on hills. The house's fortunes declined after the Field of Fire, however, and the Osgreys were eventually reduced to landed knights controlling only Standfast and its vicinity.