|Major port city|
|Location||Vale of Arryn, Westeros|
|Government||House Grafton , Feudal society.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
Gulltown is the major port city of the Vale of Arryn. It is located in a fine natural harbor at the northern tip of the Bay of Crabs, southeast of the Eyrie and south of nearby Runestone. It is the largest city in the Vale, but is much smaller than Oldtown and King's Landing.
Gulltown is ruled by House Grafton and also contains a cadet branch of the Vale's rulers, House Arryn of Gulltown. According to semi-canon sources, there are branches of House Shett in or near the city.
Gulltown is an important port and portal to the Vale, its sheltered harbor offering anchorage to ships traveling from King's Landing to Braavos or the north. Its strategic location means it never lacks for trade in many of the exotic goods making their way from across the narrow sea, keeping the Vale supplied even when the passes of the Mountains of the Moon are closed in winter. Gulltown has fine seamstresses.
First Men and Andals
Prior to the Andal invasion, Gulltown was a wealthy harbor town of the First Men ruled by House Shett. Because he was threatened by by King Yorwyck VI Royce of Runestone, King Osgood III Shett allied with the Andal knight Gerold Grafton. Osgood was killed in battle, however, and House Grafton replaced House Shett as the kings of Gulltown. Although a First Men rebellion had to be bloodily suppressed, Gulltown grew into the Vale's only city.
The sister of King Robar II Royce later convinced the Shetts to rebel against the Graftons, allowing Robar's men to storm the city. Like most of the Vale, however, Gulltown submitted to Artys I Arryn, King of Mountain and Vale, after the Battle of Seven Stars. The Arryns and Graftons developed Gulltown into one of the greatest cities of Westeros.
Gulltown's harbor was the site of a naval battle between the Targaryen and Arryn fleets during Aegon's Conquest, a draw which delayed the submission of the Vale to King Aegon I Targaryen, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Jacaerys Velaryon gained the Vale for Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and the blacks. The Maiden of the Vale, Jeyne Arryn, assembled forces at Gulltown and the Gates of the Moon. Jacaerys sent Joffrey Velaryon and Rhaena Targaryen to Gulltown for their safekeeping, although Joffrey was told he was to defend the Vale from King Aegon II Targaryen. After the fall of King's Landing, Joffrey sailed with a fleet from Gulltown to the capital. Lady Jeyne died in Gulltown in 134 AC.
During Robert's Rebellion, Marq Grafton gathered the royalist men of the Vale to prevent Robert Baratheon from sailing to Storm's End. Eventually, the rebels led by Lord Jon Arryn overcame the royalists, and Marq was slain by Robert beneath the city walls in the taking of Gulltown. Lyn Corbray fought beside Marq at Gulltown and later fought under Jon Arryn at the Battle of the Trident.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
Ser Davos Seaworth is sent by Stannis Baratheon with a chest of letters to spread word of King Joffrey I Baratheon's illegitimacy. His route is to sail to Gulltown and other harbors along the narrow sea.
A Feast for Crows
References and Notes
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
- So Spake Martin: Cities in Westeros
- A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- Alayne I (The Winds of Winter)
- The Princess and the Queen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.