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A wrecker is a person who takes valuables from a shipwreck. Some wreckers deliberately cause shipwrecks.


Although they avoid piracy, Sistermen are known to be wreckers.[1] The Stepstones is historically a home for wreckers.[2][3]


A wildling woman pulled some scarlet silk from Asshai from a wrecked cog which had washed up on the Frozen Shore. Her granddaughter later used the silk to mend Mance Rayder's torn up cloak after he was attacked by a shadowcat.[4]

King Aerys II Targaryen accused his Hand of the King, Lord Tywin Lannister, of somehow arranging the shipwreck of Windproud, causing the death of Lord Steffon Baratheon.[5][6]

Lord Godric Borrell caused shipwrecks by turning off the Night Lamp, a lighthouse. Because the Three Sisters have long tolerated smugglers, Lord Stannis Baratheon, master of ships for King Robert I Baratheon, once sent a fleet to Sisterton and made Godric hang a dozen friends. Stannis threatened to hang Godric as well, should another ship sink because the Night Lamp had gone black.[1]

Known wreckers


The lords of the Three Sisters had a black repute, and none more so than Godric Borrell, Lord of Sweetsister, Shield of Sisterton, Master of Breakwater Castle, and Keeper of the Night Lamp… but even robber lords and wreckers were bound by the ancient laws of hospitality.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
  2. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  3. The Rogue Prince.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 7, Jon I.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.