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'''Wyverns''' are kin to [[dragon]]s, although they do not breathe fire.<ref>http://grrm.livejournal.com/327410.html?thread=17927666#t17927666</ref>
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[[File:Wyvern by Kevin Catalan.jpg|right|thumb|350px|A wyvern, as envisioned by Kevin Catalan ©]]
  
[[Wyvern Point]] in northern [[Sothoryos]] is named after the creature, which hunts above its swamps and jungles.<ref>"Wyvern Point" entry in ''[[A World of Ice and Fire]]''</ref> Septon [[Barth]] wrote about them in ''[[Dragons, Wyrms, and Wyverns: Their Unnatural History]]''.{{ref|ADWD|14}} The sigil of [[House Vyrwel]] of [[Darkdell]] depicts a wyvern. The castle of [[Dragonstone]] includes wyverns among its stone gargoyles.{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}}{{ref|ACOK|54}}
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'''Wyverns''' are species of animal that lives in [[Sothoryos]], kin to [[dragon]]s, although they do not breathe [[dragonflame|fire]].<ref>[[Not a Blog]]: [http://grrm.livejournal.com/327410.html?thread=17927666#t17927666 Dany and the Dragons (July 9, 2013)]</ref>{{Ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}} Wyverns have great leathery wings, "cruel" beaks, and an insatiable hunger. They are more ferocious than dragons, if smaller in size. Wyverns are called "the tyrants of the southern skies", and are one of the reasons why Sothoryos is thinly populated.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}} Septon [[Barth]] wrote about wyverns in ''[[Dragons, Wyrms, and Wyverns: Their Unnatural History]]'',{{Ref|ADWD|14}} and speculated that [[Valyria]]n [[bloodmages]] may have created [[dragons]] using wyvern stock.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}}  
  
==References and Notes==
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==Varieties==
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Varieties of wyverns include brindled wyverns, swamp wyverns, brownbellies, and shadow-wings. Brindled wyverns have green-and-white scales, and grow up to thirty feet long. Swamp wyverns may grow larger than that, but they are mostly inactive and rarely fly far from their lairs. Brownbellies, though not much bigger than [[monkey]]s, hunt in packs of a hundred or more, and so are far more dangerous than larger breeds. The shadow-wing wyvern is nocturnal, with black scales and wings that make it invisible in the dark, and therefore is the most feared.{{Ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos}}
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==In culture==
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[[Wyvern Point]] in northern [[Sothoryos]] is named after the creature, which hunts above its swamps and jungles.{{ref|awoiaf| Wyvern Point}} In [[Westeros]], the sigil of [[House Vyrwel]] of [[Darkdell]] depicts a wyvern.<ref>The Citadel. Heraldry: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/Heraldry/Houses/7/ Houses in the Reach]</ref> The castle of [[Dragonstone]] includes wyverns among its stone gargoyles.{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}}{{Ref|ASOS|54}}
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==History==
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In {{Date|56}} a report came to the [[small council]] of King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]] from one of Lord [[Rego Draz]]'s agents, which claimed that a dragon was being displayed in the fighting pits of [[Astapor]] on [[Slaver's Bay]]. It was at the same time when King Jaehaerys was looking for dragon [[Balerion]], on which [[Aerea Targaryen]] escaped [[Dragonstone]] two years prior. However, Septon [[Barth]] dismissed these claimes, declaring that it was without a doubt a wywern mistaken for a [[dragon]] by people who had never seen one. {{Ref|FAB|Jaehaerys and Alysanne- Their Triumphs and Tragadies}}
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Latest revision as of 02:53, 3 July 2019

A wyvern, as envisioned by Kevin Catalan ©

Wyverns are species of animal that lives in Sothoryos, kin to dragons, although they do not breathe fire.[1][2] Wyverns have great leathery wings, "cruel" beaks, and an insatiable hunger. They are more ferocious than dragons, if smaller in size. Wyverns are called "the tyrants of the southern skies", and are one of the reasons why Sothoryos is thinly populated.[2] Septon Barth wrote about wyverns in Dragons, Wyrms, and Wyverns: Their Unnatural History,[3] and speculated that Valyrian bloodmages may have created dragons using wyvern stock.[2]

Varieties

Varieties of wyverns include brindled wyverns, swamp wyverns, brownbellies, and shadow-wings. Brindled wyverns have green-and-white scales, and grow up to thirty feet long. Swamp wyverns may grow larger than that, but they are mostly inactive and rarely fly far from their lairs. Brownbellies, though not much bigger than monkeys, hunt in packs of a hundred or more, and so are far more dangerous than larger breeds. The shadow-wing wyvern is nocturnal, with black scales and wings that make it invisible in the dark, and therefore is the most feared.[2]

In culture

Wyvern Point in northern Sothoryos is named after the creature, which hunts above its swamps and jungles.[4] In Westeros, the sigil of House Vyrwel of Darkdell depicts a wyvern.[5] The castle of Dragonstone includes wyverns among its stone gargoyles.[6][7]

History

In 56 AC a report came to the small council of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen from one of Lord Rego Draz's agents, which claimed that a dragon was being displayed in the fighting pits of Astapor on Slaver's Bay. It was at the same time when King Jaehaerys was looking for dragon Balerion, on which Aerea Targaryen escaped Dragonstone two years prior. However, Septon Barth dismissed these claimes, declaring that it was without a doubt a wywern mistaken for a dragon by people who had never seen one. [8]

References

  1. Not a Blog: Dany and the Dragons (July 9, 2013)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Sothoryos.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
  4. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Wyvern Point.
  5. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
  6. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  8. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne- Their Triumphs and Tragadies.