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This Manual of Style is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving our wiki a consistent look and feel. It is intended as a handy reference for editors. Feel free to suggest or discuss guidelines, over at the forum or on the discussion tab.

General rules

  • Use the Preview button.
  • Follow the format of existing pages as much as possible.
  • Please use our sandbox to test code.
  • Add a descriptive summary when editing a page.
  • A "minor edit" is a fix to a typo or small change that does not affect the page. No summary required.


  • Sign your name at the end of your post by adding 4 tildes (~~~~)
  • Indent your post with a colon (:) when replying to a previous post.


Canon is a term used to denote officially accepted material within fictional work. When there are numerous sources for fictional content, it becomes unclear what is considered as having officially occurred or to be officially correct, and what is not. The below canon policy is how this wiki clarifies sourced information from other media in relation to George R. R. Martin's own writings for A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Canon is broken down into three levels: M, T, and D. Together, these three levels form the overall A Song of Ice and Fire continuity. Each ascending level overrides the lower ones; for example, in the television series Mago is killed, but he still lives in the novels. Therefore, he is considered officially alive in the overall story.

  • M-Canon or Martin-Canon is content created by series author George R. R. Martin. This includes all novels, shorts, and published writings within the series; unpublished personal writings; fan and media correspondence, and the like. Anything written by Martin is officially correct within the series. The only way that M-Canon can be outdated or retconned is if Martin writes new content that overrides the later.
  • T-Canon or Television Canon is content that is seen or created for the HBO television series Game of Thrones. Content seen in the series that is not directly contradictory to M-Canon content is considered officially correct within the series. However, any changes or alterations within the series are overridden by M-Canon (for example character ages, or unwritten deaths seen in the show).
  • D-Canon or Derived Canon is content that is seen within officially licensed products based on the series, such as games, comics, or companion books. D-Canon is considered officially true within the series unless it is directly contradictory or overridden by T- or M-Canon. Examples include more in-depth background on minor characters seen in the roleplaying games, or artwork in companion books showcasing characters that follows any written details about them.

Article layout

An article should begin with an introductory lead section, that provide an overview of the topic, followed by the rest of the article divided into sections, each with a section heading. If there are at least four section headings in the article, a navigable table of contents is generated automatically and displayed between the lead and the first heading.


  • Articles that cover events taking place before the novels should be written in past tense. However, events taking place in the book series should utilize present tense - even if the event is outdated by new books in the series.

External links

  • Do not use external links in the body of an article. Articles can include an external links section at the end as further reading, the following sites should be linked: Official sites (that majorly relate to the topic), articles about the subject of article on other encyclopedias or vast resources that contain neutral and accurate information that has not been mentioned in the article.

Sources and Copying

Information for the content of pages comes from a lot of different sources. If the source of your contributions is something other than the books, please state your sources.
Copying from wikipedia is okay; the content of wikipedia is free but there are some rules. They are stated in Copying from Wikipedia. In short you have to refer to the original article. This is a must!

  • A good way to do this is using the template {{EnWP|<article from wikipedia>}}


  • Uploaded images must be related to A Song of Ice and Fire and it's derivative works, the one exception being if you want to upload an image for your userpage, of yourself or for a userbox.
  • Always tag the images you're uploading with copyright information, for this you can use copyright tags template.
  • It's prefer that any primary image used (be it a photo or an artistic depiction) is one that does not deviate too much from how the character is described, and a good artistic depiction over a photo when one is available. [1]

Categories & Templates

  • User:Linda, forum post.