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Acorn Hall

Acorn Hall

House Smallwood

Acorn Hall is the seat of House Smallwood, a noble house in The Riverlands sworn to House Vance of Wayfarer's Rest, and to House Tully, their overlords. Their sigil is six brown acorns on a yellow field. Their keep and lands are situated south of High Heart and north of Stoney Sept. The castle sits on a river called the Acorn (hence the name), which is part of the headwaters of the Blackwater. It is situated in a clearing in a large, dense forrest.

There is very little export from the Smallwood lands, as there are no natural resources but wood and little arable land. The Smallwoods have a small trade in wood, meat and furs. Apart from the lack of trade goods, and pigs are abundant in the area though, which are, together with wild game, the primary source of food.

Features

  • Acorn Hall, the main castle of House Smallwood. The inner keep of Acorn Hall is made completely out of wood, which is a very abundant resource in the area. This inner keep is surrounded by stone curtain walls, which also enclose the large outer bailey.
  • Swynford, the largest settlement in the lands belonging to Acorn Hall, though it is no more than a small village. The village is situated at a ford of another small stream that too feeds the Blackwater. The most prominent building in the village is a large inn, that is built on top of a huge pig barn.
  • The Spiderwood, a large forest in the western riverlands that covers almost the entire Smallwood lands. The huge forest stretches from the Red Fork to the God's Eye. The forest contains many ancient oak trees, which are the main building material of both the castle and the houses in the area. There are several clearings in the forest, which offer a location to a few villages and the keeps of landed knights.

Construction

Construction started on the 5th of February, 2015, by herm1456. The project was completed almost half a year later, on the 30th of July, 2015. The forest in the area had to be largely redone, which is one of the reasons why the project took so long. The current Acorn Hall replaced an earlier version that was transferred to the South Part 1. The previous one was constructed by MrTXI in December 2012, which was inspired by Edoras from Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," as well as an early version of Harvest Hall, one of the builds in the Stormlands.

Inspiration

Inspiration for the layout of the castle was Pembroke Castle. Several features of the castle, such as the wooden keep and the stone curtain walls were canon information.

Note: Sallydance and High Heart are within the lands of House Smallwood.

Atranta

Atranta

House Vance of Atranta

Belgrave

Belgrave

House Belgrave

Crone's Mill and Yore are assigned to the lands of House Belgrave. Please also note the existence of the Stoney Sept ruined septry build on these lands.

Bigglestone

Bigglestone

House Bigglestone

Blanetree

Blanetree

House Blanetree

House Blanetree is a noble house in The Riverlands. Their arms are maple leaves, brown and green, on a field of yellow. The only member mentioned in the books is Zhoe Blanetree, a wife to Ser Tytos Frey. The coastal keep is located on the shore of the Cape of Eagles in the northern Riverlands, southwest of the Twins. Since little information is given about this family, the location is not canon, but could be supported by the marriage between the Blanetrees and the Freys.

Features

  • The Keep is situated on a small hill on the coast. The lowest level of the keep includes a square courtyard with a well, stables, and storage. The open courtyard also has clotheslines strung from upper storey windows. Each level of the keep has different purposes, including barracks, the armory, and the lord's chamber. The small compact design of the keep fits the minor position of House Blanetree in the Riverlands. One of the towers is a designated latrine, with toilets on each level of the keep.
  • The Dock is situated at the base of the hill at sea level with a small path leading to the keep. A single house, presumably for a customs officer or dock manager is located near the dock.

Construction

Blanetree was approved in April 2013 and completed quickly by Marken4.

Inspiration

Since the build is quite small and unimportant, Marken doesn't site a specific real-life example, but does mention that it was inspired by Stokeworth and Darry, two other builds completed around the same time.

Bourney

Bourney

House Bourney

Middleton is assigned to House Bourney.

Butterwell

Butterwell

House Butterwell

The God's Eye Town and a variety of other landmarks which Arya comes across on her route north with Yoren are included within the remaining lands of House Butterwell. The former seat of House Butterwell, Whitewalls is now within the lands around Harrenhal and so is not included with this project.

Castle Darry

Castle Darry

House Darry

No forums records exist for this build. It is estimated to have been built sometime between 2013-2014.

Wazgamer assigned the sept at Sludgy Pond and the villages of Fieldstone and Mousedown Mill to the lands of House Darry in 2018.

Chambers

Chambers

House Chambers

Old Willow, Bowshot Bridge, and the site of Butcher's Ball are assigned to the lands of House Chambers.

Corne

Corne

House Corne

Tumbler's Falls is located within the lands of House Corne.

Crossroads Inn

Crossroads Inn

House Heddle

The Crossroads Inn or Inn at the Crossroads is an important structure that has existed hundreds of years at a major crossroads north of the Trident in the Riverlands. To the east, the River Road crosses the Trident using a ferry by Lord Harroway's Town. To the west, the Mountain Road forks, one trail traveling through the mountains towards the Vale and the Gates of the Moon and the other along the Bay of Crabs towards Saltpans and Wickenden. To the north, the kingsroad stretches alongside the Green Fork towards Moat Cailin and the North. To the south, the kingsroad crosses the Ruby Ford near Darry.

The current inn has existed since the reign of Jaehaerys I, who had the crossroads built during the construction of the kingsroad. He and Queen Alysanne stayed there. It has been known as the Two Crowns, in their honor and the Bellringer Inn, after one of the inn keeps built the bell tower. The inn eventually passed into the hands of a knight who had been crippled, Long Jon Heddle, who had taken up ironworking in his old age. He forged a new sign to hang in the yard, a three-headed black dragon. After this device was affixed, the inn became known as the Clanking Dragon, for the noise the sign would make in the wind. During the Blackfyre Rebellion, Daemon Blackfyre took the black dragon as his emblem. Lord Darry, who was a famous Targaryen supporter, saw the sign, cut it down and hacked it to pieces. The sign was never replaced and people eventually forgot about the dragons and began calling it the River Inn, where one could take a ferry across to Lord Harroway's Town and Whitewalls. However, the river moved and soon that name faded. Masha Heddle's grandfather was the innkeeper at the time the river moved.

Construction

The current version of the Crossroads replaces earlier versions, some completed and others only tested. The construction began in the era of change, when logs were no longer a valued part of a building, and king’s landing was only weeks from its beginnings. A weak and weary leftie labored for hours on his plot attempting to fill the dark abyss in his walls where he’d removed the logs from his test. After much experimentation through the slums of KL, he emerged with a pattern he deemed fit for such a prestigious building.

Through the application process, canon was slapped this way and that, in three or four different interpretations. Heated debates were followed by days of silence, but on his last string, leftie managed to bargain for everything he wanted, and was approved to start building. The building was easy. A copied layout, some stone mix and daub patterns, and some fancy decorations and gardens. Then, the forest making machine broke. Leftie had plotted some dozens of trees. Every day he asked each editor and mod who came online to copy one tree from tree test and place it on a green pillar of wool. He was still forced to build many by hand, trying to complete at least seven trees per day. Just as he finished, months later, the forest tools were fixed and trees spouted up everywhere, and leftie was very annoyed.

After long the whole thing had been finished up and checked over. Like sending a child off to start its own life, Nemeko made a timid note on the application that the build was complete. Now six months later, leftie finally got his lazy, feces ridden self up to writing the wiki. Congrats leftie.

Note: The villages of Nutten, Riverbend, and the Palisade Village (aka Steepstream) are assigned to the lands of House Heddle.

Deddings

Deddings

House Deddings

The Stone Mill river crossing is assigned to the lands of House Deddings.

Erenford

Erenford

House Erenford

House Erenford is a noble house of The Riverlands. It is a vassal of House Frey. Currently there is very little canon detail on the location of the said house, but on the server it is placed next to the castle of House Haigh, which is also sworn to the Freys, both being on the Green Fork.

Among the few canonical information there are on House Erenford, there is the one shared in A Game of Thrones, Chapter XXVIII (Catelyn V) - that its member Joyeuse marries Lord Walder Frey on his ninetieth birthday, most likely in the year 298 AC.

Features

  • Castle Erenford, sitting on a slope above the Erenford river in the north-west.
  • Erenford Mine/Quarry, a small copper/iron mining operation alongside a large quarrying area that is distributed across a lot of the Freylands.
  • The Ruins, small ruins of a castle in the far east.
  • Pastures/feilds, The fields and pastures sit along side the river in the west of the lands being the most fertile part and close to the natural border of the river.
  • Erenford Village, The Village is quite large and was once quite small, but had grown in recent years with the long summers in recent history. The new houses made of wood in the upper section of the village close to the castle, the sept to the mother and farther at it's centre. with the stone houses being the oldest part.

Construction

House Erenford was built by Majic between September 8, 2017 and June 21, 2018. It took 9 months. A significant amount of time went into planning of the lands, and the forest took a lot of time to create, as to blend from the lands of House Grey across to the Green Fork.

Inspiration

Dunstanburgh castle - the castle Palette - Lolliston/Grey for the Frey lands style.

WesterosCraft Walks

Erenford was featured in Episode 90 of the WesterosCraft Walks, released on April 13, 2019.

Fairmarket

Fairmarket

House Hoare Formerly

Description

Fairmarket is a town along the Blue Fork in the Riverlands, north of Raventree Hall and east of Oldstones. Its bridge is one of few over the river, which led to the town's prosperity.

The River Kings of old refused charters which would have allowed the town to expand and potentially become a city, along with Lord Harroway's Town and Saltpans.

Fairmarket was the site of a battle between the forces of Arrec Durrandon and Harwyn Hoare, which decided the fate of the Riverlands. After the battle, the victorious Harwyn made his seat in a tower house at the town. The town has had various rulers throughout its history. The last known rulers were from House Hoare, which died out during Aegon's conquest. Pate of Fairmarket unsuccessfully claimed to be a river king during the reign of House Durrandon.

Features

Fairmarket
Fairmarket is located on the banks of the Blue Fork in the Riverlands. It is one of the few places where travellers can cross the Blue Fork, and as a result the town grew rich and prosperous by taxing those that wanted to cross, and as a result of trade. The town is well protected by a moat and walls.

On a hill in the town stands a towerhouse. Lower on the hill stands the main sept of Fairmarket, surrounded by a lichyard.

Septry at Fairmarket
On the northern banks of the Blue Fork stands the Septry at Fairmarket. The septry was founded by septons after the battle at Fairmarket to tend for the wounded after the battle. In the decades that followed, the septry grew to become the complex it is today.

Fairfields (farmland)
The area around Fairmarket is commonly known as Fairfields. It features large fields with various crops, pastures and farms.

Mudbury (/warp fmhf1)
Mudbury is located east of Fairmarket, on the banks of the Blue Fork. It is known for its production of bricks, tiles and other ceramics. A small castle towers over the village.

Oldforge
Oldforge is a ruined castle south of Fairmarket, near Lorgen’s Wood. After the castle was sacked in one of the many wars between the houses Blackwood and Bracken, it fell into despair and became the overgrown ruin it is today. Folk from the nearby village claim the ruin is haunted, and often warn travellers not to camp within the castle walls.

Buckwood Hall (/warp fmhf3)
Buckwood Hall is a holdfast in the Buckwood. It is primarily used as a hunting lodge.

Ramsford
Ramsford is a village on the northern bank of the Blue Fork. It is surrounded by wetlands. The lord of Ramsford rules from a towerhouse on a motte.

Toadstone (/warp fmhf4)
Toadstone is a small castle on the border of Wayn and Fairmarket.

Other locations
There are many other locations in and around Fairmarket to explore, such as ruins, farms, forests and more.

Construction

Building began on the 18th of September 2015 with the plotting of the town. While the town was open in small sections for builders to build in, work was started on the surrounding fields and southern sprawl.

During the building phase there were many variations of Fairmarket, until a final decision was made regarding the town’s layout early in 2017. The town was finished on the 20th of November 2017, after which work on the surrounding lands and sprawl became the new primary focus.

The style of the town changed slightly throughout the years of construction, mainly removing elements that made the houses seem clunky.

Inspiration

Fairmarket is based on various towns and cities in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The layout of the town is mostly based on the city of Nijmegen, while the riverside is based primarily on Frankfurt. The style of the townhouses is based on late medieval Dutch houses.

For the surrounding lands, most inspiration has been derived from traditional northern European medieval houses in rural areas, as well as the Witcher series. Farmsteads are based on late medieval Dutch walled farms.

Goodbrook

Goodbrook

House Goodbrook

No forum records have been found for Goodbrook. It may have been built by MrTXI or mamorb of the nearby Sallydance and Merrydown Dell projects.

Goode

Goode

House Goode

Note: Canon does not specify the location of this house, the Riverlands is a speculative location.

Wazgamer assigned Bechester (/warp bechester) to the lands of House Goode in 2018.

Bechester is currently being redone as part of the Goode project. The old Bechester was completed by HowyJ on May 24, 2014. The wiki entry for it is below:

Bechester is a small town the Riverlands. It is unknown which noble house it belongs to. The only prominent feature of the town is a motherhouse that was destroyed by the dragon Vhagar during the "Dance of the Dragons." Bechester is located between two rivers west of King's Landing, where the borders of the Reach, the Crownlands, and the Riverlands intersect.

Features

  • Town, a collection of around twenty houses near the Blackwater and smaller streams nearby. There is a town hall in the center of the houses near to the motherhouse.
  • Motherhouse, the most famous structure of Bechester is a mother house that was burnt during the "Dance of the Dragons." A motherhouse is a structure belonging to the Faith of the Seven run by septas, similar to a cloister or nunnery. This religious site has been rebuilt and is one of many important religious sites in the Riverlands.
  • Forest, dense forest lies between two majors rivers to the southeast of Bechester until you reach House Rollingford near King's Landing . It criss-crossed by smaller streams and is largely uninhabited.
  • Bridge, southwest of Bechester is a large stone bridge that crosses the river into the Reach.

Construction

Bechester was completed in May 2014 by Howy as one of the first builds in the South Part II map update. The motherhouse was one of the first of its kind constructed, but has been imitated in other builds in the Reach and Riverlands.

Inspiration

Bechester uses a similar style as other towns in the Riverlands. Since there is no noble family or castle, the town is very simple and unfortified. The motherhouse was based of other structures that have a similar role in other religions, such as cloisters, nunneries, or monasteries.

Video

Bechester was featured in Episode 2 of WesterosCraft. The walk begins in Bechester, crosses the bridge into the Reach, and ends in the castle called The Ring of House Roxton.

Grell

Grell

House Grell

Grey

Grey

House Grey

House Grey is a knightly house of The Riverlands, currently there is very little detail on the location of said House, but in server it is placed near the border with The Vale. There is only one piece of canon that can be found. During the Dance of the Dragons, Ser Garibald Grey sided with the Blacks, and led a group of Rivermen in the Battle by the Lakeshore.

Features

  • Grey Keep, sitting on half way up on the mountain side, looking over the valley below.
  • Grey Mine, a small iron mining operation, complete with smelters.
  • The Ruins, an abandoned village with collapsed mine.
  • Pastures, the people rely mostly on the sheep for a living.

Construction

House Grey was built by Pottman from May 1, 2016 to Nov 11, 2016.

Inspiration

No particular inspiration was taken for this build.

Video

House Grey was featured in Episode 62 of WesterosCraft Walks and was the first video hosted by HardzzGaming (Kobe) in the reboot of the series. The video explores the abandoned village and mine, before exploring the main village and keep.

Hag's Mire

Hag's Mire

House Nayland

Haigh

Haigh

House Haigh

Harrenhal

Harrenhal

House Hoare Formerly

Harrenhal is a great castle constructed before the War of Conquest, located in The Riverlands, on the north shore of the Gods Eye lake. It is the largest castle in the Seven Kingdoms. Since the War of Conquest, and the attack of Aegon and his Dragons, it has become a dark and ruinous place. The castle has changed hands multiple times since its destruction, and has brought many houses to extinction, including Qoherys, Towers, Harroway, Strong, and Lothston. Throughout the War of the Five Kings, the castle will change hands many more times, first being yielded to Twyin Lannister by Lady Shella of House Whent. Technically, the current ruling house in WesterosCraft's timeline is House Slynt, a newly-made noble house by Janos Slynt of the City Watch, who was awarded the castle by Cersei at the end of "A Game of Thrones," but is deposed by Tyrion Lannister early in "A Clash of Kings," before ever occupying the castle himself.

Features

Towers

  • Tower of Dread, the first tower built in Harrenhal. It serves as a general purpose building. This tower contains a jumping puzzle.
  • Widow's Tower, inspired by the Central Spire of Westminster Palace, London. This tower contains the prisoners cells in its vaults. The Tower is mostly ruined and serves no other purpose. It is connected to the Bear Pit via underground tunnel from the cells.
  • Wailing Tower, was based off of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh.
  • Tower of Ghosts, this tower is based off of the King Leopold Monument in Brussels. This tower is the most ruinous and is rumored to be the most haunted. There is a jumping puzzle in this tower.
  • The Kingspyre Tower received it's namesake from it's original owner, Harren the Black, after being burned alive by Aegon and his dragon Balerion. This tower is inspired by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This tower remains the most intact and functional to the present day despite the severe burn damage to it's top.

Other Structures

  • The Hall of one Hundred Hearths only truly contains 35 hearths. The entire scale of Harrenhal was determined by the scale of this Hall, which had to accommodate 35 hearths. The roof has been partially clawed away by the Dragon attack in the War of Conquest. The facade of the Hall was inspired by the Milan Duomo Cathedral.
  • The Bear Pit can be used as an excellent PvP arena. It remains in good condition due to it's popularity throughout the ages.
  • The Godswood contains one of Marken4's finest weirwoods. It is also the largest godswood on the server.
  • The Hunters Hall is located to the left when you first enter Harrenhal. It is mostly ruined, but is still used to host guests when the Hall of a Hundred Hearths is in use.
  • The Bath House is located just beyond the Widows Tower and is suffering from natural decay due to the hot springs below rotting the wood structure.
  • The Flowstone Yard is the only completely open expanse in Harrenhal. From here one can see all five towers looming overhead.
  • The Labyrinth is the maze of ruins you encounter all throughout the castle. these were created primarily to fill the open expanses between the walls and towers. It has also proved to be an excellent PvP area.

Sub Project

Harrentown is considered a sub project of Harrenhal.

Construction

  • The build lasted for over three weeks and included at least 50 builders.
  • The towers were originally built using a grey materials palette. This is why when viewing the timelapse video of Harrenhal, the builders are using cobblestone and stonebrick. They were later changed to black when we made a collective decision that the castle should be dark. The walls and gatehouses were designed by LueeFour.
  • As with every "ruined" castle on the WesterosCraft server, the castle was built first as it would have looked intact and later ruined appropriately. The process of ruining was especially interesting for Harrenhal because we had to think of how a Dragon would have attacked the castle. For this reason you see lots of long streaks and cuts through the towers and walls.
  • Each tower was planned and led by DutchGuard under extreme pressure from the filming crew. The base layout was made and builders were instructed to build up to a certain height. Once that height was reached, a new layout would be created for the next build. The most complicated tower to do in this way was the Kingspyre. DutchGuard took a month long break after this build.
  • CuhThomas led many builders in completing the interiors of towers.
  • In order the achieve the "steam" effect in the godswood pool, fire is placed just one level below the water.
  • Salos85 is worth mentioning for his heroic effort to complete the corridors within the outer walls of the castle.

Note that both Harrentown and the ruins of Whitewalls are included with the Harrenhal project.

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