The Westerlands
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The Westerlands is a region in the west of the continent of Westeros. Before Aegon's Conquest, it was known as the Kingdom of the Rock. People from the Westerlands are known as Westermen.

The Westerlands lie near the upper central-western portion of the Seven Kingdoms, just below the Neck. It is west of the Trident, north of the Reach, and spreads from Lannisport on its southern edge to Ironman’s Bay in the north. The Goldroad and the Red Fork make for useful southern and eastern boundary lines.

The land in this area is mostly mountainous and hilly, with rich valleys and farms providing food to the rest of the Westerlands, mostly nuts, berries, turnips, and similar crops as well as sheep, cattle, deer, and goats. The fisherfolk add to the Westerlands’ self-reliance by providing bountiful catches. Gold mines dot the landscape of the Westerlands.

In addition to the mines at Golden Tooth and Casterly Rock, there are also working mines at Castamere, Nunn’s Deep, and the Pendric Hills. Many of the people who’ve made their living working the lands of the region have been slowly moving into the cities that spring up around these mines. While there’s no shortage of smallfolk to farm and fish, the work and fortunes available in the cities may eventually draw so many people it will negatively affect the Westerlands as a whole. The small towns sometimes dry up when the gold does, which means that there are fewer castles and forts in the Westerlands compared to the other regions of the Seven Kingdoms.

Locations of Importance

  • Casterly Rock: Atop the rock overlooking the harbor of Lannisport and the Sunset Sea sits Casterly Rock. It is so named because it originally belonged to the Casterlys, who lost their holdings to Lann the Clever, according to legend. The second part of the name is drawn from the fact that the castle is literally carved out of the rock itself. It’s the castle from which House Lannister rules over the Westerlands. The outside of the stronghold is impressive and intimidating. In fact, the Rock has never fallen to an invading army. The castle’s natural defenses are further improved by walls and other fortifications, including watchtowers. Inside Casterly Rock are the living quarters of the Lannisters, as well as the halls and meeting rooms that they use for all official purposes. The Golden Gallery, the Lion’s Mouth, and the Hall of Heroes are all contained inside its walls. They’re impressive chambers and corridors where a boy could easily entertain himself for hours, which is exactly what Tyrion and Jaime Lannister did as youngsters. Below the stronghold are gold mines that continue to produce ore, as well as caverns that the sea roars into and out of. The bowels of Casterly Rock are riddled with an unknown (and probably unknowable) number of tunnels and chambers created when the gold mines were first being dug. They lead throughout the rock under the castle, and almost all of them lead to dead ends or open into caverns that echo with the sounds of the sea below. There may be passages that lead out of the mountain, but if there are, no one knows them. The area immediately to the southwest of Casterly Rock is Lannisport, the largest city of the Westerlands. North and west of Casterly Rock is the city of Kayce. Up the river, road sits Golden Tooth, midway between Casterly Rock and Riverrun. Some distance south of the Goldroad lies Silverhill, and traveling south on the sea road, one encounters Crakehall along the coast. And within three day’s ride is a village named Oxcross.
  • The Golden Tooth: The Golden Tooth is a small keep sitting just east of the heart of the Westerlands, along the river road. It’s built above rich gold mines that supply a large percentage of the wealth to the region. From its vantage point above these mines, the Golden Tooth’s watchtowers overlook the river road and the rocky terrain around it. Its commanding view of the area makes it difficult for armies to approach secretly. The fact that the Golden Tooth is situated near the river road also makes it a valuable and hotly contested piece of land. A stronghold that controls access to the river road is a worthwhile asset to any lord and serves to protect the Westerlands from any force that might invade from the east. If an enemy were to take it, that lord could control the access to the river road and attack armies as they made their way past. The current occupants work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen.
  • Lannisport: Lannisport sits along the coast of the Sunset Sea where the river road, Goldroad, and the sea road meet, just to the west and in full view of Casterly Rock. This port city is one of the major ports of the Seven Kingdoms and the largest city in the Westerlands by a wide margin. Compared to other cities in Westeros it’s smaller than King’s Landing and Oldtown but larger than Gulltown and White Harbor. So many visitors and traders make their way here and intermingle with the local farmers, herders, and fisherfolk, it makes the city a wild mix of the familiar and the foreign that people usually only expect from a place the size of King’s Landing. The wealth in the city means there are a number of skilled workers including excellent jewelers, goldsmiths, and blacksmiths.

People of the Westerlands

Great Ruling House of the Westerlands

House Lannister

Major Houses of the Westerlands

House BraxHouse CrakehallHouse FarmanHouse KenningHouse LeffordHouse LyddenHouse MarbrandHouse PresterHouse SerrettHouse Westerling

Minor Houses of the Westerlands

House AlgoodHouse BanefortHouse BelgraveHouse BettleyHouse DoggettHouse DroxHouse EstrenHouse FalwellHouse FerrenHouse GarnerHouse HamellHouse HawthorneHouse JastHouse MorelandHouse MyattHouse ParrenHouse PayneHouse PlummHouse ReyneHouse StackspearHouse SwyftHouse TarbeckHouse TurnberryHouse Yarwick

Landed Houses of the Westerlands

House BroomHouse GreenfieldHouse HetherspoonHouse LorchHouse PeckledonHouse RuttigerHouse SarsfieldHouse VikaryHouse Yew

The Westerlands are the richest most bountiful of all of the regions, even more so than the Crownlands and the Reach. This is mostly imparted to the numerous gold mines found throughout the land. Because of this level of wealth, even the smallfolk live rather comfortably unless they've done something to be a societal pariah.

There is a saying that the gold of the region has gotten into the very blood of the people that live there because most everyone from the Westerlands has hues of golden hair. The nobles are some of the most pampered people in the realms so they tend to be slight and delicate in their build. While the smallfolk that tend the mines and fields are a hearty thick sort.

Because mining has been so important to the history of the Westerlands, many cities and towns have grown up around mines only to then be deserted when they stop producing ore. This has left the mountains and valleys dotted with ghost towns as nobles and their smallfolk move on to new mines and new cities. That pattern continues, but the Golden Tooth, Casterly Rock, and other major mines still produce ore enough to keep the Lannisters and their nobles wealthy and busy.

The Westerlands are ruled from Casterly Rock by House Lannister. Notable bannermen have included Banefort, Brax, Broom, Crakehall, Farman, Lefford, Lydden, Marbrand, Payne, Prester, Reyne, Serrett, Swyft, Tarbeck, and Westerling. Noble bastards born and raised in the Westerlands are given the surname Hill.

House Lannister

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Hear Me Roar!
Standing: Great House Lands: The Westerlands Seat: Casterly Rock Political Allegiance: The Greens sigil_the-greens.png

Ever since Lann the Clever took Casterly Rock from the Casterlys, the Lannisters have ruled over the Westerlands, first as kings, and then after the Targaryen conquest, as lords in service to their new king. The Their sigil is a roaring lion, gold on crimson.

House Members

Haydn Lannister Jason Lannister Johanna Lannister Laerra Lannister Laisa Lannister Lorn Lannister Tyland Lannister

Blood Relations

Amron Arana Lydden Lynesse Hightower Lyonel Hightower Martyn Hightower

Joanne Lannister (b. 114) Betrothed to Oswell Fossoway. Eldest child, daughter of Tyland & Lexise Velaryon
Lucia Lannister (b. 116) Betrothed to Edgarren Roxton. 2nd child, daughter of Tyland & Lexise Velaryon
Tyshara Lannister (b. 118) Betrothed to Erik Peckledon. 3rd child, daughter of Tyland & Lexise Velaryon
Elspeth Lannister (b. 120) Betrothed to Joran Drox. 4th child, daughter of Tyland & Lexise Velaryon
Loreon Lannister (b. 123) Betrothed to Jeane Lefford. 5th child, son of Tyland & Lexise Velaryon. 7th child of Tyland.
Joy Hill (b. 120) Half-sister to Loreon. 5th child of Tyland Lannister with Lannisport Portmaster's daughter, Hope
Jenna Hill (b. 122) Half-sister to Loreon. 6th child of Tyland Lannister with Lannisport Portmaster's daughter, Hope
Shella (Lannister) Connington (b. 92) Married to Alfros Connington. Jason & Tyland's lil sis.
Allise (Lannister) Lydden (95-122) Was married to Cyril Lydden. Died in Childbed. Lil sis of Jason.
Tyrianne (Lannister) Blackwood (b. 98) Lil Sis of Jason. Married Samwell Blackwood.
Rickard Lannister (b. 100) Lil Bro of Jason. Married Sandria Ferren.
Sandria (Ferren) Lannister (b. 102) Married to Rickard Lannister
Dennis Lannister (b. 122) 1st Child, son of Rickard & Sandria
Landyll Lannister (b. 123) 2nd Child, son of Rickard & Sandria
Hector Hill (b. 104) "The Silver Lion". Bastard half-brother of Jason. Married to Lessa Drox.
Lessa (Drox) Lannister (b. 107) Newly Married to Hector Hill

House Algood

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is a golden wreath on blue, a gold border.

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House Banefort

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Standing: Minor Seat: Banefort

House Banefort commands their holdings from their castle, Banefort. Their sigil is a hooded man, black on grey, within a fiery tressure.

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Lorent Marbrand

Qarlon Banefort (b. 105)

House Belgrave

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Standing: Minor Seat: Belgrave Tower

Their lands are very near the southern border of the Westerlands and neighbor the Reach. (Their lands in the future become Clegane lands and Tower.) Their sigil is a black bell on yellow.

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Gyles Belgrave

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House Bettley

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is three blue beetles on gold.

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Osbert Bettley (b. 123)

House Brax

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Standing: Major Seat: Hornvale

Their sigil is a purple unicorn on silver.

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Jason Lannister Tyland Lannister

House Broom

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Standing: Landed

Brooms are an ancient line, dating back to the days of the First Men. They are sworn to House Lannister. Their sigil is a silver helm crested with a sprig of broom on black and green checks.

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House Crakehall

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None so Fierce

Standing: Major Seat: Crakehall Political Allegiance: The Greens sigil_the-greens.png

The Crakehall’s hold rises near the sea, west of the sea road. Their sigil is a black and white brindled boar on brown.

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House Doggett

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is per bend a white unicorn on green, a black raven on white.

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House Drox

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is three black crossbows, on gold, a black border.

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House Estren

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Standing: Minor Seat: Wyndhall

Their sigil is a green saltire between four red double-headed eagles on white.

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House Falwell

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is a fool in red and gold motley juggling five suns on black.

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House Farman

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Standing: Major Seat: Faircastle

THouse Farman is one of House Lannister’s bannermen and commands the Fair Isle from their keep Faircastle. heir sigil is three silver ships on blue, a border of crimson and gold.

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Johanna Lannister

House Ferren

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is per saltire, red and gold checks, a silver and black ferret on green.

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House Garner

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is three grey owls upon white plates on green.

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House Greenfield

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Standing: Landed Seat: Greenfield

Their sigil is a double tressure white on green.

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House Hamell

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is an erminois maunch on pink, an erminois border.

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House Hawthorne

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is a ring of black thorns and a ring of pink flowers, interlocked, on green.

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House Hetherspoon

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Standing: Landed

Their sigil is an oak spoon within a white cartouche on orange and black lozengy.

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House Jast

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is an inverted pall between three lion’s heads, yellow on black.

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House Kenning

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Standing: Major Lands: Kayce Seat: Kayce Castle

House Kenning rules the town of Kayce, neighbors to the holdings of House Prester. Their sigil is four sunbursts countercharged on quartered orange and black.

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House Lefford

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Standing: Major Seat: Golden Tooth Political Allegiance: The Greens sigil_the-greens.png

House Lefford’s seat is the Golden Tooth, one of the richest gold mines in the Westerlands, and it’s well positioned to block traffic between the Westerlands and the Riverlands. Their sigil is a golden inverted pile on sky blue, a yellow sun in the first.

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House Lorch

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I Soar, I Roar
Standing: Landed

Their sigil is a black manticore on white, beneath a crimson chief with three gold coins.

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House Lydden

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Standing: Major Seat: Deep Den

Their sigil is a white badger on per pale green and brown.

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Arana Lydden Cyril Lydden

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House Marbrand

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Burning Bright

Standing: Major Seat: Ashemark

One of the Marband features is copper-hair. Their sigil is a burning tree, orange on smoke.

House Members

Lorent Marbrand

Blood Relations

Reylon Marbrand (b. 85) married to Wella Buckwell
Wella (Buckwell) Marbrand (b. 88) Married to Reylon Marbrand. Sister of Gunthor Buckwell

House Moreland

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is per pale barry - russet and green.

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House Myatt

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is a spotted tree cat, yellow and black, on mud brown.

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House Parren

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is per saltire - burgundy and white stripes, a black lion’s head on gold.

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House Payne

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is a checkered purple and white, within each square a gold coin.

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House Peckledon

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Unflinching
Standing: Landed

Their sigil is ten mullets, 4-3-2-1, purple on yellow.

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House Plumm

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Come Try Me
Standing: Minor

Their sigil is three purple roundels on gold.

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House Prester

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Tireless

Standing: Major Seat: Feastfires

House Prester rules their lands from their castle called Feastfires, perched on the end of a peninsula west of Casterly Rock. Their sigil is a red ox on ermine.

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House Reyne

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Standing: Minor Seat: Castamere Political Allegiance: The Greens sigil_the-greens.png

Their sigil is a red lion rampant reguardant with a forked tail, armed and langued gold, on silver.

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Alek Reyne (b. 117)

House Ruttiger

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Standing: Landed

Their sigil is an orange bend engrailed on black.

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House Sarsfield

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True to the Mark

Standing: Landed Seat: Sarsfield

Their sigil is a green arrow on white bend on green.

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House Serrett

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I Have no Rival

Standing: Major Seat: Silverhill

House Serrett is a major house with holdings south of the goldroad near one of the river Mander’s tributaries. Their sigil is a peacock in his pride on cream.

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Cyril Lydden

House Stackspear

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is crossed black spears on checkered silver and gold.

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House Swyft

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Awake! Awake!

Standing: Minor Seat: Cornfield Political Allegiance: The Greens sigil_the-greens.png

House Swyft is an important house in the westerlands with strong ties to House Lannister. Their sigil is a blue bantam rooster on yellow.

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Gawayne Swyft (b. 117) Betrothed to Belanna Goodbrook

House Tarbeck

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Standing: Minor Seat: Tarbeck Hall

Their sigil is a seven-pointed star, countercharged, on gyronny silver and blue.

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House Turnberry

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is nine strawberries on a white saltire, on green and red vairy in point.

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House Vikary

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Standing: Landed

Their sigil is quarterly - A red boar’s head on white, beneath a gold bend sinister, a silver lion rampant regardant with a forked tail, armed and langued gold, on red.

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House Westerling

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Honor, Not Honors

Standing: Major Seat: The Crag

The Crag, the ancestral seat of House Westerling, sits along the western coast and is well regarded. As their gold mines are quite the prize and source of great status. The Lady of the Westerlands, Johanna Lannister came from this house. Their sigil is six white seashells on sand.

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Amron Haydn Lannister Johanna Lannister Laerra Lannister Laisa Lannister Lorn Lannister

House Yarwick

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Standing: Minor

Their sigil is two bronze halberds crossed between four red diamonds, on white.

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House Yew

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Standing: Landed

Their sigil is a golden longbow on white between two crimson flanches.

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Smallfolk of the Westerlands

Allen of Oxcross (b. 117) To be a singer @ The Crag.

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