I am also currently working on a setting for a table-top RPG set in an alternate-history American West specifically a still existent Republic of Texas. Ned Kelly, set in Australia is an incredible true story that feels very much like a western. Can you recommend any good approaches to world building that can be applied to Westerns? The world already created in the game has left me a wonderfully blank canvas to work on and it is important to me that the game will feel like a western.
Thanks for your thoughts and for those great examples of non-cowboy Westerns. The exciting thing about creating a Western-style world is that you can take those flaws and expand them out to explain why the world is changing — flaw, solution, and then the new flaw within the solution. Robert, you make some interesting assertions, and I find the discussion enlightening. For me, westerns were, in the beginning, about cowboys and horses and bad guys. There is more there than hats and guns.
Individuals struggling against what they are, who they are and their place in the world. Perhaps it is too broad? But in that way, even Midnight Cowboy is a western, instead of the modern, is it possible to still say modern for a fifty year old film? Instead of the modern take on the New York modern world? We re-invent it, in all the guises we add, but it re-invents us, in the sensibilities our society accepts as our own? Just some thoughts. Thanks very much for the article very interesting.
Sincerely, Chris. Thanks for your thoughts, Chris; some great insights. Great piece on westerns. My pleasure, thanks for the kind words. How do people react when they can rely only on themselves? Do you settle things with a gun, or sweet reason, or a clever card game, or shoving someone out of an airlock?
This narrative structure is almost generic—obviously it applies to the American Western frontier, but it can also inform a science fiction story, even a romance or an historical novel. My story is set in the current time period. The hero is from Texas. He s cowboy to the core. Transports horses, worked in the oil patch, built a business likes it spend time in the outdoors. He had a little bit of the gold bug so he is a recreational prospector.
The story is that nothing has changed in the gold fields. People still go nuts with gold fever. People will do evil things. Not just for gold. The cowboy struggles to save the day.
Out the evil. I want to do the idea justice. The cowboy way is already working. I have always been a Louis La More fan. Though he was a formula writer, it was a good formula, told in various ways. This story lacks the long term conflict of The Comstock Lode but the conflict develops quickly and with intensity. Thanks for sharing, Samuel. I want the story to mainly revolve arounds drugs and drug money. I like and prefer anti-heroes more anyways.
I really also enjoy worldbuilding and I will make sure to put lot of effort into it. I also want it to be a neo-western. What you wrote I have heard elsewhere, not to hate. I really enjoy westerns. I like modern westerns. I like old westerns. I really enjoyed Red Dead Redemption 2 also. I thank you for what you wrote. I love western books but i have feel the real chance of that being part of the day. An I like to change up the tradition with an idea that would of made better use of the time.
But was for that one time use. I new a girl at 16 left Buffalo NY a team and wagon one horse was blind and two years later was in Idaho. I would come her hair when she was old and she read her diary and high lite points. Another lady she died at also spent hours with her on her ranch is the oldest house in Idaho that has always been lived in.
I have mining claims near a town of 36 that has the salon built in the sheriffs office and jail. Im lucky to have a back ground in ranching mining and have ran wild horses in from the desert and rode them a week later, House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) spent time on the res with men and woman that only spoke american.
Girl and boys men and women in that time were as tough as any gunfighter. My dad was ran over by a hay slip when driving a team he was 5 years old 16 you were grown man.
The woman and child maybe not as exiting but should be they were the ones that were lost in history and paid the biggest price. Hello Rob. Any ideas on how to begin? Thanks for your thoughts, Kenneth. You start with action, you grab the reader, and you begin building tension for when the antagonist re-enters the story. Potentially a little cliche, of course, but embracing the cooler cliches is, I think, one of the charms of Westerns.
Glad I found this article. However this just felt hollow to me for some reason after I got it completed. So I went back to the drawing board and have decided to set my story in the apocalyptic future. Your email address will not be published. Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.
You can also subscribe without commenting. Rule 1 — A cowboy is more than his Stetson When we think of the Western genre, the first thing we picture is its unique aesthetic.
Best, Rob. Hi Celia, A fantastic question, and certainly one which seems to arouse strong views. Hi Mary, Thanks for the kind words and for commenting. Hi Linda, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Hi Kit, Thanks for your thoughts, which were beautifully put. At this point, however, a break was made with all previous practice, and although the lyre and flute were sometimes employed by the Greek converts, as a general rule the use of instruments in worship was condemned. Chrysostom, refer to them only to denounce them.
Clement says, "Only one instrument do we use, viz. Our tongues are the strongs of the lyre, with a different tone, indeed, but with a more accordant piety. Ambrose expresses his scorn for those who would play the lyre and psaltery instead of singing hymns and psalms; and St. Augustine adjures believers not to turn their hearts to theatrical instruments. The religious guides of the early Christian felt that there would be an incongruity, and even profanity, in the use of the sensuous nerve-exciting effects of instrumental sound in their mystical, spiritual worship.
Their high religious and moral enthusiasm needed no aid from external strings; the pure vocal utterance as the more proper expression of House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) faith. Instrumental music is also of very ancient date, its invention being ascribed to Tubal, the sixth descendant from Cain. The instrumental music was not practiced by the primitive Christians, but was an aid to devotion of later times, is evident from church history. Fessenden's Encyclopedia of Art and Music, p.
FINNEY "The early Christians refused to have anything to do with House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) instrumental music which they might have inherited from the ancient world. The music was very simple in its character. There was some sort of alternate singing in the worship of Christians, as is described by Pliny.
The introduction of antiphonal singing at Antioch is ascribed by tradition to Ignatius The primitive church music was choral and congregational. FULLER "The history of the church during the first three centuries affords many instances of primitive Christians engaging in singing, but no mention, that I recollect is made of instruments.
If my memory does not deceive me it originated in the dark ages of popery, when almost every other superstition was introduced. At present, it is most used and where the least regard is paid to primitive simplicity. Such a command would be entirely out of harmony with the New Testament. Garrison, Christian Church. GIRADEAU "The church, although lapsing more and more into deflection from the truth and into a corrupting of apostolic practice, had not instrumental music for years that is, it was not in general use before this time ; The Calvinistic Reform Church ejected it from its service as an element of popery, even the church of England having come very nigh its extrusion from her worship.
It is heresy in the sphere of worship. Several reference works will help us see the progression of this practice among churches: "Pope Vitalian introduced an organ in the church in the seventh century to aid the singing but it was opposed and was removed. Savage instinct, and the religion of Greece also, had employed the rhythmic dance and all kinds of gesticulatory notions to express the inner feelings.
The early Chrisitians discouraged all outward signs of excitement, and from the very beginning, in the music they used, reproduced the spirit of their religion-an inward quietude.
All the music employed in their early services was vocal. In the early church the whole congregation joined in the singing, but instrumental music did not accompany the praise" W. Killen, The Ancient Church, pp. KNOX "a kist chest of whistles. But rivalry of heretics forced the orthodox church to pay greater attention to the requirements of art.
Chrysostom had to declaim against the secularization of church music. More lasting was the opposition to the introduction of instrumental music. LANG "All our sources deal amply with vocal music of the church, but they are chary with mention of any other manifestations of musical art.
The development of Western music was decisively influenced by the exclusion of musical instruments from the early Christian Church. Pope Leo I, who lived aboutexpressly related that "the Psalms of David arc piously sung everywhere in the Church. In this respect the Jewish tradition was not continued. In the earlier Jewish temple service many instruments mentioned in-the Bible had been used. But instrumental music had been thoroughly discredited in the meantime by the lascivious Greek and Roman virtuoso music of the later ages, and it appeared unfit for the divine service.
The aulos was held in especial abhorrence, whereas some indulgence was granted to the lyre and cithara, permitted by some saints at least for private worship, though not in church services. It is interesting to note that the later Jewish temple service has conformed to the early Christian practice and, contrary to Biblical tradition, has banned all instruments. Orthodox Jewish synagogues now object even to the use of the organ. The very spirituality of the new faith made ritual or liturgy superfluous and music almost unnecessary.
Singing there was no instrumental accompaniment was little more than a means of expressing in a practicable, social way, the common faith and experience. The music was purely vocal. There was no instrumental accompaniment of any kind. It fell under the ban of the Christian church, as did all other instruments, because of its pagan association" E. Lorenz, Church Music, pp. See pages for quotes. Several centuries later the introduction of the organ in sacred service gave the place to instruments as accompaniments for Christian song, and from that time to this they have been freely used with few exceptions.
The first organ is believed to have been used in the Church service in the 13 th century. Organs were however, in use before this in the theater. They were never regarded with favor in the Eastern Church, and were vehemently opposed in some of the Western churches. But students of ecclesiastical archaeology are generally agreed that instrumental music was not used in churches till a much later date; for Thomas Aquinas [Catholic Scholar in A.
Luther called the organ an ensign of Baal; Calvin said that instrumental music was not fitter to be adopted into the Christian Church than the incense and the candlestick; Knox called the organ a kist [chest] of whistles. The Church of England revived them, against a very strong protest, and the English dissenters would not touch them. NAUMAN "There can be no doubt that originally the music of the divine service was every where entirely of a vocal nature.
They replied in a dignified manner, declining to do so unless he could prove, "that the Church of Christ under the New Testament may consist or.
The instrument was a bass viol and caused considerable commotion. This occurred early in the nineteenth century. NICETA "It is time to turn to the New Testament to confirm what is said in the Old, and, particularly, to point out that the office of psalmody is not to be considered abolished merely because many other observances of the Old Law have fallen into disuse. Only the corporal institutions have been rejected, like circumcision, the Sabbath, sacrifices, discrimination of foods.
So, too, the trumpets, harps, cymbals, and timbrels. For the sound of these we now have a better substitute in the music from the mouths of men. The daily ablutions, the new-moon observances, the careful inspection of leprosy are completely past and gone, along with whatever else was necessary only for a time - as it were, for children.
PAHLEN "These chants - and the word chant and not music is used advisedly, for many centuries were to pass before instruments accompanied the sung melodies. The Fathers of the church, in accordance with the example of psalmodizing of our Savior and the ho ly Apostles, established that only vocal music be used in the churches and severely forbade instrumental music as being secular and hedonic, and in general as evoking pleasure without spiritual value" G.
Installation of the organ brought serious difficulties in many churches" Wm. Is there any authority for instrumental music in the worship of God under the present dispensation? Not the least, only the singing of psalms and hymns and spiritual songs was appointed by the apostles; not a syllable is said in the New Testament in favor of instrumental music nor was it ever introduced into the Church until after the eighth century, after the Catholics had corrupted the simplicity of the gospel by their carnal inventions.
It was not allowed in the Synagogues, the parish churches of the Jews, but was confined House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) the Temple service and was abolished with the rites of that dispensation.
For Jewish converts this was a continuance of synagogue customs, but since the Church grew mostly among non-Jews, the technical forms employed were more Greek than Hebrew. The use of instruments was long resisted, because of their association with pagan sensuality. The instruments of music were introduced into the Christians church in the ninth century. There were unknown alike to the early church and to all ancients.
He is appointed head of Robb's outriders and is a crucial member of the war council. His efforts win Robb several battles House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) A Clash of Kings. In A Feast for CrowsBrynden surrenders the Tully seat of Riverrun to spare further bloodshed, but he himself escapes capture. His whereabouts are unknown. He is called the Lord of the Crossing as the placement of his castle allows him to control who crosses the river, giving Walder Frey considerable strategic importance.
He is known for having over a hundred descendants from his eight wives. He emphasizes family loyalty and believes in taking care of relations, including those who disappoint him. Since crossing the Twins is a necessity for Robb, Walder is able to negotiate marriage contracts between his house and House Stark.
The wedding is a trap, with Robb, his key supporters and most of his army massacred during the feast, a direct violation of ancient guest right customs. He then swears loyalty to House Lannister and his second son Emmon Frey receives Riverrunthe seat of House Tully, as a reward, with advantageous marriages for other descendants.
The people of the Riverlands refuse to support his rule and a shadowy guerrilla war erupts that Walder Frey struggles to control. House Frey is so large and factional that many of the Freys hate each other, aspiring to become Lord of the Crossing. Its seat is at Highgarden where they reside as the Wardens of the South. Its coat of arms displays a golden rose on a green field, and its words are Growing Strong.
Bastards born in the Reach are generally given the surname "Flowers". When the former rulers of the Reach, House Gardener, were killed in battle against House Targaryenthe Targaryens raised the Tyrells from stewards of Highgarden to Lords of Highgarden. Because House Florent had a better claim to Highgarden, the Tyrells are often seen as "upjumped stewards" by the lords of the Reach and other Great Houses; however, the women of the Tyrell household are noted for being shrewd and clever leaders.
He has three sons— WillasGarlanand Loras —and one daughter, Margaery. He is described as a prematurely old and tedious man who lacks in political savvy and is thought to serve as the figurehead to his mother, Olenna. Mace then tries to fill the Small Council with his vassals, greedy for more power. He is a young, but highly skilled knight and jouster. He is beloved by the crowds, and many young girls are infatuated House Of Pleasure (4 Rules Of Pleasure) (Instrumental) him.
In A Storm of Swordshe questions Brienne and finally decides that she is not the killer. When his sister Margaery is married to Joffrey Baratheonhe joins the Kingsguard. He volunteers to lead the assault on Dragonstone in A Feast for Crows so Cersei Lannister will send military assistance to defend his native Highgarden from the Greyjoys. He successfully captures Dragonstone but is badly wounded and near death. By the end of A Dance with Dragonshe barely clings to life.
The character is a composite of the three Tyrell sons. The adaptation openly depicts Loras and Renly Baratheon as lovers, an interaction only obliquely addressed within the novels.
She is an intelligent, beautiful, and shrewd young woman, and despite being only sixteen, she is manipulative and adept at political intrigue.
She is also quite moral, and has some kindness in her heart. She is described as a wizened and cunning old woman with a wicked wit and a sharp tongue, and is known for openly stating her opinion. Randyll Tarly is the head of House Tarly, bannerman of House Tyrell, and considered to be one of the finest military commanders in Westeros.
He is also the father of Samwell Tarly. When word of the imprisonment of Margaery Tyrell reaches Randyll, he marches his army to King's Landing where Kevan Lannister makes him the new master of laws.
The Night's Watch is a sworn brotherhood of men who patrol the Wall. The individual "Brothers of the Watch" called "Crows" by the Wildlings   reject land and titles, practice celibacy, cut ties to their families, assume neutrality in politics, and never desert their assignments,   on pain of death. Mormont is considered a strong, resolute leader and commands respect. He keeps a raven capable of speaking simple phrases as a pet.
He leads the survivors to Craster's Keep, where he is killed in a mutiny. Decades before the events of A Game of Throneshe was sent to the Citadel in Oldtown on the orders of his grandfather Daeron II, who felt there were too many Targaryens, and became a Maester one of an order of scholars and healers. He was later offered the throne of the Seven Kingdoms after the death of his father Maekar, but ceded the rule to Aegon and joined the Night's Watch.
By the time of A Game of Throneshe is elderly and blind, but provides guidance to the men at Castle Blackand is greatly respected within the Night's Watch. Yoren is a recruiter of the Night's Watch. He then races to King's Landing to inform Eddard Stark.
During Lord Eddard's execution, he finds Arya Stark and shields her from seeing her father's death. In A Clash of Kings he disguises Arya as a boy recruit to smuggle her to Winterfellbut is killed by Lannister soldiers. In spite of his self-professed cowardice, Sam is highly intelligent, resourceful, and loyal. Sam's lack of martial abilities and his interest in scholarly pursuits convinces his father that he is an unworthy heir and he is forced to join the Night's Watch.
Slynt is known for his corruption, but Robert was persuaded not to remove him on the grounds the next commander might be worse. For this, Janos Slynt was made a lord and given Harrenhal. After Slynt repeatedly refuses Jon's orders, Jon publicly executes him. Thorne was originally a Targaryen loyalist who, after the fall of House Targaryen at the hands of Ned and Robertwas forced to join the Night's Watch.
He harbors deep resentment at House Stark for this fate. When Jon arrives at Castle Black, Thorne personally torments, humiliates, and provokes Jon whenever possible. He is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Night's Watch, dealing with issues of supplies, funding, logistics and communications. Fearing for the future safety of the Night's Watch, Bowen and several of his followers stab Jon. Eddison Tollett, also known as "Dolorous Edd" for his melancholy temperament, sarcastic wit and pessimistic dry humoris a squire from House Tollett and a steward of the Night's Watch.
He is one of Jon Snow 's closest friends at Castle Black. Edd survives the battle with the wights at the Fist of the First Men, and is among the survivors to make it back to Craster's Keep. He is one of the men brought along as muscle to assist Lord Commander Jon Snow in escorting Janos Slynt for his execution. Waymar Royce is a young Night's Watch ranger who leads two other rangers, the equally young Will and Gared, a man in his 50s, after a group of wildings in the prologue scene of the first novel, A Game of Thrones.
Although Will, the scout, reports that he discovered the wildings lying dead near a stream past a ridge, Royce refuses to return to Castle Black, despite Gared's concerns about the worsening weather and Will's intuition that sinister is occurring around them, because he wants to confirm that the wildings were not merely sleeping.
He is killed by a White Walker, and turned into a wight, after which he kills Will, making him the first character whose death is explicitly depicted in the series. He is played in the television adaptation by Rob Ostleregiving Ostlere the distinction of being the first actor to be killed off on the show. On this, Ostlere comments, "To be honest, when you do those smaller parts, you're just happy to see yourself up there because sometimes those things can get cut".
Wildlings, also called Free Folk, are people who live beyond the Wall. Many move into the abandoned castles to defend the Wall. Mance Rayder is a former member of the Night's Watch who later deserted. Since then, he has become known as "King-beyond-the-Wall". His vanguard is defeated by Jon Snow at the Wall. Ramsay Bolton later sends a letter to Jon claiming that he has captured Mance and is holding him prisoner.
In the show, Mance Rayder is not saved by Melisandre and his execution is genuine. Ygritte is a wildling spearwife renowned for her fierce and headstrong nature, and is considered by many wildlings to be beautiful due to her exceptionally red hairalthough Jon Snow considers her to be rather plain-looking. Ygritte first encounters Jon in A Clash of Kingswhen she and her band of three wildling scouts are surprise-attacked by a group of Night's Watch rangers led by the famed Qhorin Halfhand, among whom is a young recruit Jon Snow.
Most of her band is killed and she is personally captured by Jon, but Jon refuses the order to execute Ygritte because of her gender and later releases her in secret. Ygritte speaks up for Jon when other wildlings raises suspicion towards Jon,  and again when Mance Rayder doubts Jon's sincerity since he did not inform the wildlings of Lord Commander Mormont's ranging.
Ygritte voluntarily transfers to Tormund Giantsbane 's group in order to stay with Jon, and they begin a sexual relationship as the wildling raiders attached to Thenn leader Styr are sent to scale over the Wall on Mance's orders aiming to attack Castle Black from the rear. Ygritte continues to defend Jon, but when Jon defects at Queenscrown to return to the Night's Watch, she shoots Jon in the calf with an arrow on the run. Ygritte later participates in Styr's attack on Castle Black, and is fatally shot in the chest by an arrow in the ensuing battle, later dying in Jon's arms.
Craster is a wildling who lives north of the Wall in a fortified homestead called Craster's Keep. According to Ygritte, he was fathered by a member of the Night's Watch with a wilding from Whitetree.
When his daughters are old enough, he marries them and incestuously fathers new children. It is heavily implied that he sacrifices his sons to the Others.
Whilst searching for Benjen Stark and his missing party, Jeor Mormont's expedition party stays a night at Craster's Keep, under strict conditions not to get involved with his wives.
This leads to a mutiny, resulting in his and Mormont's deaths. Gilly is a wildling girl, daughter and wife of Craster. Craster is killed before he can sacrifice the child, and in the confusion Gilly flees south with Samwell.
Val is the sister of Mance Rayder's wife, Dalla. After the failed Wildling incursion, she is kept prisoner at the wall. She is described as an attractive woman. The mission is successful.
She does not appear in the show. The Lord of Bones also mocked as "Rattleshirt" is a wildling leader under Mance Rayder, known for his vileness and cowardice. In A Dance with Dragonshe is executed, believed to be Mance since Melisandre glamoured him to take the appearance of the condemned. Tormund, better known as "Tormund Giantsbane" or "Tormund Thunderfist", is a famous wildling raider.
Varamyr is an infamous Wildling skinchanger, nicknamed due to his controlling of five other animals three wolvesa shadowcat and a snow bear. Due to his skinchanging power, he maintains control over multiple Wildling villages via terror, and even aspired to be King-Beyond-the-Wall before joining Mance Rayder. After another skinchanger, Orell, is killed, he also assumes control of the eagle Orell leaves behind.
When Stannis attacks the Wildlings army, Melisandre uses her magic to burn Varamyr's eagle, causing him to lose control of his remaining animals.
When the Wildling army is routed, Varamyr flees north together with a small group, hiding his real identity from them. The group eventually deserts until only the spearwife named Thistle stays.
Varamyr is stabbed by a boy when he attempts to take a squirrel-skin cloak off the dead body of the boy's mother. While Thistle treats his wound, knowing that he is dying, he attempts to take over her body. However, her mind fights back hard against him, and subsequent hysteria inflicted on Thistle's body attracts wights to their position to kill them both.
Before Varamyr dies, his mind wargs into his wolf One Eye. The Royal Court at King's Landing is mostly composed of the King's Small Council and his Kingsguard, the seven knights sworn to protect the king and his family.
Varys, called the Spider, is a eunuch who serves as Master of Whisperers, the spymaster for the king of the Seven Kingdoms. He is described as bald and fat, and he usually affects a fawning, effeminate manner. He knows all of the secret passages in the royal castle and his spies are found everywhere. Pycelle is an elderly Maester, who for decades has served many kings as Grand Maester, the personal healer and scholar of the king.
Although he is intelligent and highly educated, his effectiveness as an officer of the court has been dulled by his age. He is secretly an agent of influence for House Lannister : he convinced King Aerys II Targaryen to open the gates for Tywin Lannister during Robert's rebellion, he allowed Jon Arryn to die to keep the true parentage of Cersei Lannister 's children secret, and would have killed King Robert Baratheon upon Cersei's command.
Upon learning this, Tyrion Lannister has Pycelle removed from office and imprisoned. In A Storm of Swordshe is restored to his position. When Cersei is arrested, Pycelle seizes control of the king's council and offers Kevan Lannister the regency. Together, they begin restoring order to the Seven Kingdoms. Pycelle is killed by Varys, who believes that he and Kevan's competent leadership threaten a Targaryen restoration.
Qyburn is a former Maester who lost his chain for unethical experiments. He is also rumored to dabble in necromancy. Queen Cersei Lannister allows him to experiment on the mortally wounded Gregor Cleganepresumably transforming Clegane into the monstrous Kingsguard knight, Ser Robert Strong. He is killed by Gregor Clegane as they attempt to flee the Red Keep.
He serves as the third-person narrator for four chapters in A Dance with Dragons. Although he is over sixty years old at the start of the series, he remains a remarkable fighter and is the most celebrated and respected living knight. He has been a member of the Kingsguard for most of his life and served three kings. He remained loyal to House Targaryen during Robert Baratheon 's rebellion, but he later accepted Robert's pardon and held his position as commander.
Upon Joffrey's succession, Ser Barriston is sent into retirement, which he refuses as a disgrace. He then reluctantly rules Meereen in her stead under the title the Queen's Hand until she returns. When asked about the manner in which he was notified of his character's death, McElhinney commented, "It proves you should probably not read the books.
After the plot is foiled, Arys is killed. When Joffrey tells Sansa of his plan to behead Robb Starkshe defies him by wishing to see his own head mounted there, for which Joffrey has Trant slap her. Along with the City Watch, he also murders King Robert's illegitimate children.
When the Lannisters send their guards to capture Arya Stark, Trant kills Syrio Forelher fencing instructor, who protects Arya despite only being armed with a wooden training sword,  [S 38] as a result Trant is one of the names on Arya Stark's "list".
He is said to be skilled with the lance, Morningstar, and bow and arrow. During the Battle of the Blackwater, he fights valiantly against the forces of Stannis Baratheon. After learning of the attempted murder of Princess MyrcellaBalon leaves to chase Darkstar, the man who made the attempt on Myrcella's life.
Ser Ilyn Payne is the King's Justice, the royal executioner. He is a skilled headsman, seldom requiring a second stroke to finish his charges. Ilyn executes Lord Stark after his downfall. He serves as Jaime's sparring partner in A Feast for Crows. The High Sparrow is a prominent member of the "sparrows", a religious movement formed during the War of the Five Kings and is a member of the Faith of the Seven.
When the Lannisters send their guards to capture Arya, Syrio is killed by Meryn Trant, but not before Syrio dispatches all of the Lannister soldiers with no more than a wooden teaching sword, shattering knee caps and stabbing out eyes, so that Arya can escape.
Thoros is a red priest of R'hllor from the city of Myr. He was unsuccessful and began to question his faith. When Robert Baratheon became king, Thoros became a frequent drinking companion of Robert's.
He is a formidable fighter known for using a flaming sword. When Dondarrion is killed, Thoros inadvertently resurrects him during the funeral service. By A Storm of Swordsthe two had founded a band of outlaws called the Brotherhood Without Banners to stop the raiders ravaging the Riverlands.
Thoros is continually able to resurrect Dondarrion whenever he is killed. When Lady Stoneheart takes leadership of the Brotherhood in A Feast for Crowshe does not dispute her, although he disapproves of her motives and methods.
Ser Duncan the Tall is a legendary knight and the subject of several popular songs and stories. He is one of the main characters of the Tales of Dunk and Egg novellas.
Ser Duncan was appointed to his Kingsguard, and eventually became its Lord Commander. He perished alongside his king in 'The Tragedy of Summerhall', a huge fire at the Targaryen summer home, in which it is suggested he selflessly fought to save as many of the King's family as possible. Meribald is a septon of the Riverlands.
Drogo is a powerful khal, or warlord, of the Dothraki people, a tribal nation of horse riders in the steppes beyond the Free Cities. He is an accomplished warrior and has never been defeated in battle.
However, during a battle, he receives an injury that eventually develops into sepsis. However, Drogo is left in a catatonic state, unable to move, speak or lead their horde to Westeros. Heartbroken, Daenerys smothers Drogo and uses his funeral pyre to awaken her dragons. Jaqen H'ghar is an alias used by a member of the Faceless Men, a society of assassins who follow a personification of death known as the Many-Faced God. During the journey, he was locked in a wagon cage along with two other criminals, called Rorge and Biter.
He later meets Arya Starkwho frees him and the two others when the group is attacked by Lannister forces commanded by Amory Lorch. In gratitude, he promises to kill for Arya any three people she names. After Arya extorts him by naming him as the third name, Jaqen reluctantly agrees to help her stage a prison riot in Harrenhal that overwhelms the Lannister garrison and frees the northern prisoners.
After that, Jaqen magically changes his face in front of Arya and offers to take her with him to Braavos. When she demurs, he gives her a Braavosi iron coin and instructs her to say " valar morghulis " to any Braavosi people should she need help finding him.
Later in A Feast for Crowsan alchemist with features identical to Jaqen's after the face change appears in Oldtown and bribes a Citadel novice named Pate to steal Archmaester Walgrave's keys which can gain access to any door in Citadel.
After Pate completes the trade, he dies of poison. Pate with a completely different personality later appears to greet Samwell Tarly when he meets Archmaester Marvyn. Illyrio Mopatis is a wealthy and powerful Magister in Pentos. He is overweight, although in his youth he was a strong mercenary. Hizdahr zo Loraq is a Ghiscari noble of the city of Meereen. With the Sons of the Harpy continuing to cause trouble in the streets, the Green Grace advises Daenerys to take a husband of Ghiscari blood to placate the Meereenese and recommends Hizdahr.
After keeping the peace, Hizdahr marries Daenerys as her second husband. Hizdahr tries to gain control of Meereen after the disappearance of Daenerys, but Grey Worm and his Unsullied refuse to obey him. Penny is a dwarf performer. Alongside her brother Oppo, she performed a jousting act, with them riding a dog, Crunch, and a pig, Pretty Pig.
However, sailors mistake Oppo for Tyrion Lannister and murder him, hoping to claim Cersei's offer of a lordship for her brother. Whilst grieving, Penny recognizes Tyrion whilst he and Jorah Morment visit Volantis, initially attacking him. To prevent her from breaking news of his presence, the two take her with them to Meereen, during which she bonds with Lannister.
Whilst there, Tyrion suspects that she may have contracted the disease from their former master. Yezzan zo Qaggaz is a slave-trader from the city of Yunkai, on the coast of Slaver's Bay, and one of the Wise Masters, the ruling elite of the city.
He bought Tyrion LannisterPenny, and Jorah Mormont from the slavers, and gives them to the charge of his henchman, Nurse. Yezzan was one of the few Yunkai lords who wished to honor the peace between Yunkai and Meereen. He later died of the pale mare that was spreading throughout the Yunkish siege lines, and several of his slaves used the opportunity to escape.
Tycho Nestoris is a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos. Jon Snow negotiates with him for the use of his ships for a voyage and a loan to purchase food for the winter while the Night's Watch provides him guides to reach Stannis, who has left Castle Black. The waif is assigned to teach Arya the tongue of Braavos and then how to detect lies. Direwolves are a canine species closely related to wolves but are much larger and stronger.
Fully grown direwolves are described as being as large as ponieswith longer legs and larger heads. Direwolves are thought extinct south of the Wall. However, at the start of the series, Robb Stark and Jon Snow discover six orphaned direwolf pupswhom each of the Stark children adopt. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from House Arryn. This article is about the characters of the novels. Wikimedia list article.
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