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House Codd is a minor house from The Iron Islands. Although its location is not mentioned, the house was placed on Blacktyde. They are not well regarded among the other houses because they are descended from thralls and saltwives and many consider their women wanton and their men thieves, who practice incest. Their sigil is a silver codfish on black and their words are "Though All Men Do Despise Us."
- Codd Keep, a grim and dirty keep on the side of the hill.
- The Lamentation, the main longship for House Codd.
- Village, with a few hovels.
House Codd was, appropriately, built by thecoddfish in Fall 2013.
Although thecoddfish created a backstory for House Codd, who inhabit a ruined castle from a much more powerful and extinct house similar to Castamere or Tarbeck Hall in the Westerlands, the actual build is much simpler.
The small towerhouse on Corpse Lake houses a minor branch of the Goodbrothers, just east of the family's main castle at Hammerhorn. The Goodbrothers' sigil is gules, a warhorn sable banded or (though this may differ from branch to branch). The Corpse Lake Goodbrothers are antisocial, territorial hermits that rarely descend from ther tower to any nearby villages. Popular eerie myths surround the branch, revolving around missing children playing on the causeway.
- Corpse Lake provides little and recieves little in return: the small, weedy crops growing in their sole village in the woods provide barely enough to feed the residents, so traders find little purpose there.
- The causeway spanning from the lake edge to the small island in the middle is slippery and mossy; many a traveller have met an untimely demise visiting the tower.
- The towerhouse is made from black basalt mined from Goodbrother quarries to the west. Unlike many Iron Islands residents, Corpse Lake is able to afford as much wood as it needs thanks to the nearby boggy woods. The poison from the stagnant lake is slowly killing off the trees, however.
- A small farming village sits on the lakeshore. The male residents are mostly either too old, too young or too sick to properly work the rocky farms, creating cause for concern as to food supplies come wintertime. The Goodbrothers are baffled to find that an increased workload and harsher taxes are not improving the situation.
- The damp conditions allow for a diverse and varied amount of vegetation in the area. On the small chance a learnéd botanist visited the area, he would find a rare moss growing on the sides of the tall trees, and some mushrooms only otherwise found in the Neck. The Goodbrothers are oblivious to this, but they have however managed to find a way to turn the mushrooms into all manner of relatively tasty cuisine.
- Lack of trading influence means the towerhouse is slowly falling into disrepair, and, more literally, into the lake. It has been patched up numerous times over the decades, but as power dwindles, time is getting the better of the Goodbrothers. Rumours that Lord Gorold Goodbrother of Hammerhorn intends to send a team of skilled masons to aid his cousins are unfortunately unfounded.
Corpse Lake was constructed by builder OllieDisc in October 2013, and was finished relatively quickly due to the small nature of the build. The lake and surrounding woods were terraformed in and the biome was changed to Swampland to create the murky green waters and greyish, dead grass. A palette change took place after the build's approval, turning the more common plain grey Cobblestone and Stone Bricks mix into the darker Netherbrick and Bedrock tones the tower currently sports. The village plots were opened to the public using the average Iron Islands house style initiated by SMP in April-June 2013.
The inspiration for the towerhouse came from two sources: Castle Stalker in Scotland, popularised from its appearance as The Castle of Aaaaaarrrrggghhhh in Monty Python and The Holy Grail, and official concept art by Fantasy Flight Games.
Crow Spike Keep
Crow Spike Keep is the seat of cadet branch of House Goodbrother of Hammerhorn. Their keep and lands are on the far northeast point of Great Wyk.
- A stone tower on a rocky hill.
- A small fishing village on a sandy shore.
- The Sparrowhawk is anchored in the bay, one of the fastest ships in the Iron Fleet.
The application for Crow Spike Keep was submitted the 1st of October and was approved the 5th of October, the same day as the Pyke server build. Work on Crow Spike Keep started the same day.
After the completion of Crow Spike Keep, a World Edit error ocurred that affected many Iron Island builds, and Crow Spike Keep was wiped out, but rebuilt short after.
The main inspiration for Crow Spike Keep was various Scottish castles.
House Goodbrother of Downdelving is a cadet branch of the Goodbrothers on western shores of Great Wyk. Very little is known about this branch of the large Goodbrother family.
- Downdelving Tower, a small square keep made of stone sits above the small village.
- Village, seven small hovels a crowded near a beach where their fishing boats are pulled ashore
- Mine, on the road to Sealskin Point is a small tin mine. Perhaps the name Downdelving is related to their modest mining background, which is a major source of income for House Goodbrother in general.
Downdelving was constructed by Phozar in December 2013. Bluecichlid submitted a very similar application earlier, but Phozar's planned was approved and completed.
The small square tower was inspired by various images of tower houses.
Drumm is an expansive castle in the Iron Islands and the seat of House Drumm, Lords of Old Wyk. The Keep is located on a rocky cliff and watches over the town's small harbor. House Drumm has a long and glorious history and passionately worships the Drowned God. The sigil of Hosue Drumm is a bone-white hand on a red field. Notably, House Drumm owns the Valyrian steel sword, Red Rain.
- Castle Drumm, a large castle with multiple gates and a thick, iconic Drum Tower overlooking the sea.
- Cliff Side Cave, located near the harbor, priests of the Drowned God are known to preform their rituals within the cave.
- Collapsed Mine, a mine filled with water. House Drumm once quarried their stone from this mine located southeast of the castle.
House Drumm was originally lead by randomperson1668, and then later taken over by Hal9007. Unexpectedly, House Drumm was orphaned for six whole months until kesin13 resumed the build and saw it through to completion.
House Drumm was briefly featured in The "Old Wyk" episode of WesterosWalks.
Goodbrothers of Orkmont
House Goodbrother of Orkmont is a noble house from the The Iron Islands. Their seat is located on Orkmont. The castle of House Tawney and keep of House Netley are located nearby.
- Keep, sits on the top of the cliff. It is a square, stone tower with flat roof, on which small training yard was built.
- Village, consists of nine small, stone houses. A wooden winch is located on the cliff and a few fishing boats are laying on the beach.
- Iron Wing, a longship of House Goodbrother, considered on of the fastest in the Iron Fleet.
Project's leader was CHAOSiron13. The keep and village were built in the beginning of 2014.
Inspiration for the keep were multiple Norman castles and keeps in England and Scotland.
House Harlaw of Grey Garden is a cadet branch of the main House Harlaw that rules the island of Harlaw from their seat at the Ten Towers. Ser Harras Harlaw is the current lord, and the heir of Rodrik Harlaw. His personal banner is the Harlaw scythe quartered with the peacock of his mother's House Serrett of Silverhill. He also bears a Valyrian steel sword called Nightfall. Grey Garden is on the southeastern shore of the island.
- Grey Garden Tower, a small weathered tower overlooks a cliff above Ironmen's Bay. A few small out-buildings surround the base of the tower.
- Hovels, surrounding the tower are a few small sod-roofed hovels. A large dead tree stands on the edge of the cliff, encircled by a small stone wall. Four small fishing boats are beached on the shore.
- Longship, just beyond the shore is a modest longship.
House Harlaw of Grey Garden was built by NoahRys in November 2013, alongside many builds on the Iron Islands. NoahRYS thanks Davinator, Nemeko, Aslanio, Tact, and Jack for assisting in the build.
The small weathered tower was inspired by similar towers in Ireland and Scotland, such as Aughnanure Castle in Galway, Ireland and Smailholm Tower in Scotland.
House Goodbrother of Hammerhorn is a noble house from The Iron Islands. They are one of the most powerful houses from Great Wyk , the largest of the islands. Their keep of Hammerhorn is inland, in the Hardstone Hills and their wealth comes from mining and quarrying not from the sea. Hammerhorn is the main seat of House Goodbrother, which has cadet branches throughout Great Wyk, among them are those who hold the towers of Downdelving, Crow Spike Keep, and Corpse Lake. They are one of the few castles on the Iron Islands that has a maester.
- The Hammerhorn Castle, is a large, bulky castle with spiked iron battlements with iron gates. According to the books, "The hall was dank and drafty, full of shadows. One of Gorold’s daughters offered the priest a horn of ale. Another poked at a sullen fire that was giving off more smoke than heat."
- The Hardstone Hills, form the backbone of Great Wyk. Hammerhorn is one of the few inland holdings on the Iron Islands and has a prominent place in the hills, which are rich in minerals. The castle is also less accessible by land route, as described in the books: "The way was rough, up hills and woods and stony defiles, along a narrow track that oft seemed to disappear beneath the horse’s hooves."
- Quarry, The castle itself was build from stones that were quarried from the cliff that looms behind it, and the entrances to caves and mines can be seen beneath its walls. A large crane assist in moving around the large blocks of stone.
- Mines and Foundry, near the quarry is an extensive mining operation. The raw materials are refined and made into weapons and armor. Presumably, Hammerhorn provides much of the iron that gives the islands their name and the raiders their weapons and armor.
Hammerhorn was built by birdman7 and NoahRYS in September 2013. In order to build the castle situated among the hills and cliffs, the region was terraformed extensively, raising its elevation and making it a harsh and jagged landscape. The valley was slightly lowered to make the castle occupy a strategic locations.
The castle is described in the books, especially its square design and iron battlements and gates. The quarry and mines were also mentioned in the books, but the builders made sure that they used technology available within the time frame of our universe. The town and buildings were modeled off others on Great Wyk in the Iron Islands style.
Hammerhorn was featured in Episode 13 of WesterosCraft Walks. DutchGuard explored the quarry and keep, and oddly in fitting with the theme of thirteen was interrupted by a thunderstorm and saw a mysterious glowing cheese.
Harlaw Hall was formally the keep of the main branch of the Harlaws but Lord Theomore Harlaw, "after losing three infant sons to the flooded cellars, damp stones, and nitre of his ancestral seat of Harlaw Hall, he resolved to build a new castle" (A Feast for Crows) which became Ten Towers. Lord Theomore had six wives at the time and fathered many of the cadet branches of the Harlaws, such as the one that currently occupies this ancient seat of power on the island of Harlaw. Because Ten Towers is a newer keep, it is much more comfortable and well-constructed. Harlaw Hall is much damper and dirtier.
The keep is currently presided over by Sigfryd Harlaw (known as Silverhair for his age), who is the great uncle of Rodrik Harlaw. His personal sigil is per bend black and silver, two scythes counterchanged.
- Old Harlaw Keep, this ancient seat of the Harlaws is one of the largest and oldest keeps on the island, but is known for its dampness and generally discomfort. The main keep is the oldest part of the castle and was constructed six generations ago. It includes the barracks, prison cells, a granary, stables, kennels, and the Grand Hall, from which the keep receives its name.
- Harlaw Yard, outside the old square keep is an outer yard with several buildings. Surrounding this yard is a stone and timber wall and gate.
- Village, near the shore are a handful of sod-roofed hovels and tile-roofed warehouse near the docks.
- Longships, a modest longship is anchored in Ironmen's Bay.
House Harlaw of Harlaw Hall was built by Zanzan28 in December 2013. ZanZan28 decided that since this hall was likely built by older generations of Harlaws, that there should be some visible similarities in building style between Harlaw Hall and Ten Towers This is reflected mainly in the walls that have towers built into them.
Harlaw Hall was inspired by other builds of House Harlaw and their cadet branches as well as this image of a tightly-constructed stone castle with square walls, a hallmark trait of Iron Islands architecture.
Harridan Hill is the seat of Boremund Harlaw “The Blue”, situated near the center of the island of Harlaw. Though the Harlaws of Harridan Hill have their own castle, in times of war, Boremund follows the command of his cousin Rodrik Harlaw, who is lord of Ten Towers. Boremund has three sons and his sigil is a silver scythe on a pale blue field.
- Harridan Hill, is a large hill located near the center of the island from which the castle gets its name. The castle is built into its summit.
- Keep, a small keep, not much larger than the average towerhouse has rooms for Boremund and his three sons. The castle is damp and drafty. There is a tiny hall, kitchens, a pantry, and an armory. Like many houses on the Iron Islands, there is no maester and the books or other technology of the 'greenlanders'. The keep is defensible from many angles and has multiple arrow slits.
- Village, a few small houses are north of the keep surrounding an open fire pit.
- Mines, there were once two mines near Harridan Hill, but one is completely exhausted and was flooded while the other is quickly running out of metal.
House Harlaw of Harridan Hill was built by NickShaiB in November 2013. NickShaiB thanks Ubeka, Nightwinga, Erty and Adlern for helping with the houses.
House Harlaw was inspired by many castles used throughout the Iron Islands as inspiration. Since the castle is one of the few landlocked castles without any longships, more emphasis was placed on the mines and village.
House Humble is a house from The Iron Islands, situated on the island Blacktyde. It is considered a lesser house because it is descended from thralls and salt wives. Their sigil and words are not known.
Humble contains one tower house with a little hamlet with six houses. Most of the habitants are fishermen. Two houses also have a little garden and there is a well in the centre of the hamlet. There are a few fishing boats and some fishing material at the beach. The only road away from Humble leads to Blacktyde. The towerhouse consists of one big square tower, a smaller round tower, and a staircase tower. The big square tower contains the dining room, guard barracks, three bedrooms, and storage rooms; while the round tower contains the kitchen and some more guard barracks. There is also a little basement.
The construction of Humble, Steineke96's first project, started with the road being terraformed by MrTXI and the beach by FlemishGuard. Then Steineke96 planned all the plots for the houses and the tower house. During the contruction of the towerhouse (done by Steineke96), Repsar, Syorre, Joseluisvlogs and Ze_Ramen_Guy built all the houses. After the completion of the houses and the tower houses, Steineke96 did some finishing touches and House Humble was completed five days later.
House Wynch of Ironholt is a noble house on Pyke, where only two other settlements are present: Pyke and Lordsport. Ironholt is on the western side of the island. There arms are a bloody white moon on purple. Lord Waldon Wynch is the current lord of Ironholt.
- A small fishing and mining village located north of the keep.
- An iron mine located south of the keep.
- The Red Tide,Lord Ironholt's ship is anchored in the small port.
Construction of Ironholt begain on October 8, 2013. It began with davinator4O1 terraforming the keep area and beginning construction on the keep. Shortly after, the village was opened to the public.
Ironholt had to be re-built after the October of 2013 edition of it was destroyed by a world edit error. This new version, a carbon copy of the first one, was rebuilt by dell1862 under davinator4O1's supervision.
House Ironmaker is a noble house located on the Great Wyk. The current lord, Lord Erik Ironmaker, also known as Erik the Just and Erik Anvil-Breaker, has seen eighty-eight names days and was a feared reaver in his day. Lord Ironmaker puts himself forward during the Kingsmoot with gifts of silver, bronze, and steel and was later named the Lord Steward of the Iron Islands and the Castellan of Pyke.
- Stone Keep, A strong stone keep topped with slate but is not as large as would be expected due to Lord Ironmaker focusing most of his wealth into his ships.
- The Lord Dagon, Lord Ironmakers flag ship, feared by all and was selected to be one of the rearguard ships for the Iron Fleet.
- Blacksmith Complex, A complex consisting of a single mine and three furnaces, one of which is powered by a waterwheel driven by a diverted stream.
Construction on Ironmaker began on October 20 and finished up on November 13. The blacksmith complex was built first, follow by the two longships, the village, and finally the keep. The inspiration for the keep was the Scottish Ballone castle and was built with the simplistic Iron Island style. The keep was the end location of the Great World Edit Iron Island Incident 2.0 where a large swath Great Wyk was turned into crafting tables.
House Kenning is a vassal of House Harlaw, and swears fealty to them. Their lands can be found on the island of Harlaw. Their sigil is the Storm God's cloudy hand, pale grey, yellow lightning flashing from the fingertips, on black. The Kennings were once bitter foes of House Harlaw, but became their vassals when they were defeated. Herrock Kenning, an ironborn warrior from the island of Harlaw, founded House Kenning of Kayce of the Westerlands.
- Pony Farm, House Kenning manages one of the only pony farms on the Iron Islands, which are a more practical pack animal on the stony islands than larger horses from the continent.
- Dock, below the cliff is dock that can be access by a stair cut into the stone
- Iron Vengeane, one of the two longships anchored beyond the dock.
House Kenning was built in December 2014 by dell1862. The build was of the fastest completed projects on the Iron Islands.
The cliff with switchback stairs was the main inspiration for the layout of House Kenning and its lands.
House Farwynd of Lonely Light is a noble house from The Iron Islands.
It has several branches spread across the western part of Great Wyk, some of the more distant with their seat on small islands up to nine days away by sea. The Farwynds are considered strange by the other ironborn. Holding lands on the westernmost shores of Great Wyk, many of their holdings are on the scattered rocks in the seas beyond, some so small only a single household can reside there.
The most distant of these is Lonely Light, eight days to the northwest from Great Wyk. They are solitary people that heavily rely on fishing and whale hunting for their sustenance. Fish and blubber are used for food and whale leather is boiled to be used for clothing and armor. The Farwynds have developed methods of extracting train oil from the blubber. Filtered and purified train oil among dried driftwood is used as fuel for the fires in the homes and the great beacon of the lighthouse of Lonely Light.
It's claimed that there are skinchangers among the Farwynds, able to change into sea lions, walruses, and spotted whales.
- The Beacontower: It is the seat of the Farwynds of Lonely Light. Lord Gylbert, his wife Asha, their two younger sons Ygon and Yohn and two saltwives reside here. Gyles, Lord Farwynd's oldest son, lives in the largest house south-east of the family's seat.
- The Ironmine: Located east of the Beacontower, it is maintained by Daron and Savon Heavypyck. Strong rainfalls have flooded the lower section of tunnels, which Savon dug searching for veins of tin ore.
- Forlorn Hope: The galley commanded by Lord Farwynd, anchored west of the island.
- A hunted whale: There is a dead whale that is gutted for its blubber and skin at the shore to the north-east of Lonely Light.
- Several caverns: Around the isle, they can be found in the steep chalk cliffs.
After the application was approved on the 8th of October 2013, minor terraforming was conducted. A tidal sandbar and the caverns were added to the existing island. The terrainset of the Mountains of the Moon was used at a low percentage together with the Iron Islands terrainset to depict an especially salty chalk cliff. Vegetation on the island was limited to tall grass and shrubs to make it look as barren as possible.
Building the lighthouse was quickly finished on the weekend of the 12th and the individual houses were plotted and opened to the builders during the week.
The last build to be completed was the anchoring galley.
The following people contributed: TheCoddfish, LadyElanor, Adlern and NickShaiB
House Myre of Harlaw is a noble house from the island of Harlaw on The Iron Islands. It's seat is on the southern shore of Harlaw. They were once rivals with the Harlaws, until they were beaten into submission and swore fealty to House Harlaw. Their sigil is ten black nooses on white, with a border of red. Their words have not yet appeared.
Contains one of the only pony farms on the Iron Islands. Has a unique path to the kitchens under the lords dias.
The castle was built on the hillside below Harridan Hill. There are 3 raised levels within the walls, one containing the barracks, one the feast hall, and the third the main keep and the stables. There are no dungeons in this castle. The barracks tower includes an armory and blacksmith. The feast hall has a passage way below the dias to kitchen.
Nagga's Hill is a landmark location of The Iron Islands where Kingsmoots and religious activities take place...
- Nagga's Ribs is a series of ribs jutting out of a hill, found on Old Wyk of the Iron Islands.
- There is a beach wrapping around the extent of the hill, going as far as House Drumm.
davinator4O1 started this project by beginning the terraforming. He began by melting the sides of the hill in and expanding the beach out. Later, after the beach and cliffs were largely completed, he proceeded to raise the height of the hill about 10 blocks from its original height. After the general shape of the hill was completed, he painted the final product. Construction of Nagga's ribs began after the terraforming was complete. 44 unique ribs of varying sizes and shapes were constructed over the course of 2-3 days and the project was completed in 7 days. Since this project involved nothing more than terraforming and building ribs, there was no external help, save terraforming assistance from NickShaiB.
The progress of Nagga's Ribs, among several other projects, was stimied when the primary terraformer of Nagga's Ribs, davinator4O1, forgot to double check his selection points. Consequently, approximately 1 billion blocks of the Iron Island mix, known as 1:6, was rendered into the world. This massive chunk of blocks caused irreversible damage to Ironholt and Crow Spike as well as halting progress on several other builds. After the world-edit accident was cleaned up by the technical admin, illblew, progress could proceed.
House Netley is a minor house on The Iron Islands. Although its location is not mentioned, the house was placed on Orkmont . For this reason, the house is considered poor and insignificant.
- Netley Tower, a small tower house sits above a modest group of turf houses and docks. This tower was built from the wealth of a successful raid by House Netley, our fictitious backstory.
- Dagon's Feast, a longship anchored in deeper water.
House Netley was built in Adlern in Fall 2013.
House Netley's keep was inspired by Blarney Castle in Ireland.
House Orkwood of Orkmont is a noble house located on The Iron Islands. Not much is known about them but it is speculated that their castle may have been the ancestral seat of the former kings of the Iron Islands, House Hoare.
- Castle complex built along the elevation of the mountain, rather than changing the the land to fit the build.
- Old merman statue in the center of the market square.
- Small portion of the Orkwood fleet is currently in port.
- North of the castle is a small lumber camp.
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