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Ashemark is a town and stronghold located in The Westerlands near the source of the Tumblestone. The town of Ashemark is an important economic area in the Tumblestone valley and the castle defends the road going south to Sarsfield, where it joins the Gold Road towards Lannisport. It is the seat of House Marbrand, whose sigil is a burning tree, orange on smoke and whose words are supposedly "Burning Bright."
The stronghold is located on the foothills of the mountains. The keep is compiled of several shades of sandstone with slate and wooden roofs. The village belows revolves around the hillside stream and the mines to the south of the keep. Lush farmlands and a beautiful river highlight the Westerlands terrain surrounding Ashemark.
The current version of Ashemark is a redo led by xkrillen43x approved in September 2013, but was redesigned to fit the new map in October. The build was completed in November with help from many builders.
Ashemark was featured in Episode 29 of WesterosCraft Walks.
Castamere was the subterranean seat of House Reyne for centuries. It was ultimately destroyed by the forces of Tywin Lannister during the Reyne-Tarbeck Rebellion. The song, "The Rains of Castamere," recounts the famous destruction of the Reynes and their seat. The mines of Castamere have never been reopened since their destruction. They remain a grim testament of the power of House Lannister and the merciless nature of the Lord of Casterly Rock.
- The Mines of Castamere, Castamere was once a mine used by the earliest members of House Reyne. Once the gold and silver dried up in parts of the mines, new tunnels were cut out of the rock and the old mines were converted into an underground castle for the Reynes. The three winding tunnels leading to their halls provided a reliable defense while the castle itself was beautifully decorated and fitted with all the comforts of the most luxurious seats in Westeros. The castle had several vast halls including an elegant ballroom. Connected to their halls was the gold and silver mines which stretched to the northern gate.
- Castle Entrance, The surface castle ably defended the halls of the Reynes before the arrival of Lord Tywin's army. After the defeat of Lord Roger Reyne and his army at Tarbeck Hall, the Lannister army converged on Castamere. Roger's brother Ser Reynard took charge of the defense of their people, and retreated into the mines. The surface keep was destroyed and the Lannisters cunningly diverted a stream that fed the pool outside the castle gates. The stream once diverted filled the surface castle and descended into the Reyne's halls. The flood that followed destroyed their stores and killed a great number of the Reynes. The rest must have died of starvation, asphyxiation, or in more vile ways.
This project took a month, it was the 12th project of tsarkaiser84. This is an album of what the castle looked like before it was destroyed.
Casterly Rock is the seat of House Lannister, from where they rule all of the Westerlands. The Rock, as it is known, is one of the biggest castles on Westeros, as most of it’s halls, corridors and rooms are located on the the rock it gets its name from. There’s also a keep on the top of the rock. It's located right next to Lannisport.
Originally built by now extinct House Casterly, the Rock was originally used for mining gold, with the Casterlys deciding to use the natural caves and excavated halls as their seat, fortifing all of the entrances and building the keep at the top.
At some point a man known as Lann, the Clever managed somehow (there are many theories) to trick the Casterlys out and gaining the Rock for himself, founding House Lannister. After rulling as Kings of the Rock, today house Lannister, now as one of the main lords in Westeros, still resides on the castle, still extracting gold from it’s mines.
- Golden Gallery (/warp goldengallery): an ornamented hall, with its walls decorated with the Lannister history.
- Hall of Heroes (/warp hallofheroes): a place where the Lannisters who died valiantly rest along with statues of themselves made of gold.
- Lannister Vault (/warp lannistergold): the vault where the Lannisters keep their gold.
- The Stone Garden (/warp stonegarden): the godswood of the castle, consisting of a small weirwood and just a few more vegetation beside it.
- The Lion’s Mouth: the biggest entrance into the rock, with it’s own port.
- Summer Keep: the fort on top of the rock, where the main family of the Lannisters stay during the summer.
Originally made in 2012, Casterly Rock was redone alongside with Lannisport in 2014.
House Clegane is a knightly house that holds fealty to House Lannister of Casterly Rock, and are among their primary bannermen.
The house was founded by the kennelmaster at Casterly Rock after he safed lord Tytos Lannister from a lioness. As a reward, the kennelmaster gained a towerhouse with land southeast of Lannisport. The sigil of house Clegane is three dogs on a yellow field, representing the three dogs that died defending lord Tytos. The kennelmaster´s son died in a hunting accident shortly after King Robert Baratheon was crowned, leaving his son Gregor Clegane as the lord of the Clegane lands.
- Clegane’s Keep, the keep itself, is located on a mountain ridge. It guards the passage through the valley towards Hetherspoon and Lannisport. Once a promising estate, it fell into a state of decay after a period of neglect.
- The farmlands, in the valley around the keep, is home to a small amount of villagers. During the reign of ser Gregor Clegane the inhabitants of the valley slowly began to leave the area. Most families that stayed behind are either too poor to move or have too much to lose.
- Abandoned mine, along the road to Hetherspoon. The mine was once used to mine silver, but has been abandoned during the reign of ser Gregor Clegane.
EStoop applied or Clegane's Keep in February 2015. The keep was build first, followed by the surrounding lands a few weeks later. The project was completed in May 2015. Most, if not all of the terraforming in and around the area has been done by carcinogenius.
The previous version of Cleganes Keep was build by LordThan.
The inspiration for the build were mostly Spanish, Italian, and French castles, as well as other builds in the Westerlands.
The castles of the rulers Vlad Dracul (Poenari castle) and Elizabeth Báthory (Čachtice Castle), both known for their cruelty, were used as inspiration for the build as well.
Cornfield is a castle located in The Westerlands near the border of The Reach. It is the seat of House Swyft.
The castle is situated on a cliff with its back against a mountain. The majority of the castle is made up of a mix of light stone, and topped with a brick roofs. The main village is split up into two sections, one section rests on the cliff near the castle while the other section sits at the base of the cliff. As you continue down the main road, you are surrounded by fields of grain and small farmhouses.
Silver Hill (GarWolfe)
Griffins Roost (Marken4)
House Crakehall of Crakehall is a noble house from The Westerlands. They are an ancient house and have long served their suzerain, the Lord of Casterly Rock. The Crakehalls rule over an immense forest of thick old trees and bountiful game. They are known for their robustness , and their words are "None So Fierce" and their arms depict a black and white brindled boar on brown.
- Crakehall, the seat of the Crakehall family sits like a monolith in the midst of their forest. The shorter keep was raised by the first Crakehalls long ago, with the second, taller tower built as the family gained prominence. Their kennels are among the finest in Westeros, worthy of a family of great huntsmen.
- Crakehall Lodge, a hunting lodge deep in the forest, the family will come to stay here during certain times of the year to have easier access to the best hunting grounds in the forest. It is currently unoccupied.
- Crakehall Forest, vast and old, game abounds in this forest including the boar the Crakehall sigil depicts. Look out for several hidden locations, including the tomb of Crake the Boar-Killer and a witch's house. This forest forms a crucial border with the Reach to the south.
Construction on Crakehall began on December 1st 2014 and ended on May 2nd 2015. The forest was a particular challenge and was a massive terraforming project with thousands of trees places. Earlier Crakehall projects were attempted but never completed.
Deep Den is a large castle in the eastern Westerlands and the seat of House Lydden. It is located in hilly and mountainous terrain east of Lannisport, with Hornvale to the north and Silverhill to the south where the Goldroad passes into the Westerlands. House Lydden's sigil is a white badger on per pale green and brown. They are house with a strong military tradition, and have often been rewarded for their service and loyalty to the Lannisters.
- Deep Den (Castle), the main keep of House Lydden is a sandstone fortress nestled into the mountains. The castle has square walls with several towers with red-tiled roofs. There is a lower and upper keep, since the castle has expanded over the centuries. In a nearby valley is an abandoned godswood with a stumpe of an ancient weirwood tree.
- Pond, there is a small pond at the base of the castle.
- Main Town, located south of the castle along the Goldroad. There are several small houses and fields spread in this fertile valley.
- Mine, further west along the road is a large mine controlled by House Lydden, one of many that contribute to the material wealth and resources of the Westerlands.
Deep Den was completed by KanylKay and davinator4O1 in October 2013. It replaced an older version on the old map from 2012 completed by LordThan. Deep Den may require some updates, but the version on the new map has stood the test of time.
Deep Den castle is inspired by other castles in the Westerlands, and also Italian and central European, including Orava Castle in Slovakia, Castello di Trostburg, and Predjama Castle.
Deep Den was featured in Episode 7 of WesterosCraft Walks by DutchGuard, who tours the village and castle.
Drox is the seat of House Drox, a noble in The Westerlands. House Drox was formed in around 6,000 before Aegon's Conquest, following the Andal invasion, in a marriage between a First Man and an Andal. Their lands are located on the coast of the Sunset Sea, south of Castamere and west of Tarbeck Hall, centred around a small bay.
- Drox Castle, the main stronghold of House Drox. It is located on a cliff overlooking the bay, and is composed of an old keep, outer bailey, guard tower and gatehouse.The keep is made up of the Lord's tower, Maester's tower and Knight's tower. The bailey features a well, a blacksmith, stables, kennels, a sept and grain storage. Part of the outer wall was damaged by Ironborn raiders, and the cleaner stone shows where they have been rebuilt.
- Drox Town, a small port town located in the bay. The harbour-front contains the town barracks, an inn with a hidden brothel beneath it and houses for wealthier professionals, and the rest of the village is composed of lower class housing. On the path leading from the town to the castle there is a small sept with a lichyard, a septon's house and archery butts, where the townsfolk are obliged to engage in weekly archery practice.
- Terraced Fields, constructed on the hill slopes around the town to allow for farming on the otherwise too steep slope. A wide assortment of fruit and vegetables are grown here.
- Coastal Watchtowers, located along the coast of the Drox lands to warn of incoming Ironborn attacks. The northernmost watchtower was held by a bastard son of Lord Drox, however was abandoned recently when he marched east with Lord Tywin Lannister's army to the Riverlands. The watchtower located between the northern watchtower and the castle is held by one of Lord Drox's knights. There is also a watchtower bell-tower located in the fishing hamlet south of the town, but has no permanent residents.
- Bridge Watchtower, a small tower built to guard the bridge crossing the river to Reyne lands. It has been abandoned since the fall of Castamere.
- Burned Hamlet, a small fishing hamlet burned by Ironborn raiders after the abandonment of the northernmost watchtower.
- Under Construction Hamlet, located at the very south of the Drox lands, this hamlet is being constructed by fishermen who wished to move further south, away from the Ironborn threat, including survivors of the attack on the northern hamlet. A sept is being constructed so that the villagers may pray for safety.
- Drox Fleet, the three ships that House Drox owns and uses to patrol the coast for Ironborn. It is composed of the flagship galley The Renown, sister-ship The Repulse and a captured longship, now named The Black Bolt.
- Weirwood Grove, in the heart of the forest north of the castle. The weirwood tree was kept alive for many years to honour the origins of House Drox in the First Men, but was chopped down recently by Faith of the Seven fanatics.
- Winery, located east of the town. This vineyard produces relatively cheap, low-quality wine but still provides good income for its owners, who live in the large house in the centre of it.
- Hamlets, various hamlets located around the Drox lands, including two farming hamlets, a fishing hamlet and a logging hamlet.
MDMeaux applied for Drox on March 24th, 2016 and the application was approved on March 29th, with construction starting the next day. After the cliffs were added by carcinogenius, the town was planned and then the castle was built. Various builders contributed to the construction of houses in the town, and after the town was completed the first terraced fields were built by hand. In May that year, the surrounding lands, such as fields and hamlets, were plotted out, and construction began in June. In early July, the terraced fields were redone to improve the realism and aesthetics. On July 18th, MDMeaux applied for Editor Lite, and his application was accepted shortly afterwards, allowing him to finish the forests and fields around the Drox lands. The project was completed on 26th July, 2016.
In August 2016, the project underwent post-approval, in which, amongst smaller changes, the entire coast of Drox was updated to form a more realistic and interesting series of small cliffs, rocks and sandy beaches.
Inspiration for the castle was taken from the Castello di Fenis in Italy, and the terraced fields were inspired by the Liguria vineyards in Italy. House Drox was imagined by MDMeaux to be a very protective, defensive house set on self preservation of their ancient roots, and this invented backstory manifested itself in the many defensive watchtowers and warships along the coast.
House Drox was featured in Episode 69 of WesterosCraft Walks. HardzzGaming explores the docks, surrounding fields and agricultural buildings, and finishes the video in the rookery of the keep.
House Clifton is assigned to Faircastle.
Bluecichlid posted on 5/3/2014:
"Thanks to TheDesertFox202 for leading and building Clifton on the Fairisle, do /warp clifton and check it out!
Thanks to all the Editors that helped with the project; Davinator, Galivis, Howy, Robxarghteim, Emoticone, thecoddfish, and all those others that I may have just forgotten.
Special thanks to Solid_Logic, LittleMew22, and CartoonLooney for each building 8+ houses, this project would never have been completed without you guys.
And finally all the other builders that helped make Faircastle possible; Mamorb, Vitorgas, Sac, Robxarghteim, Herramar, TheDesertFox202, AttackOnMars, Evilguacamoli, Syorre, tsarkaiser84, AtomicLama, ItsPabs, Erondites, Wailot, L3mur, Garwolfe, Emileld, Steineke, and Georni."
Golden Tooth, also called "The Tooth," is a fortified castle which defends an important mountain pass into The Westerlands from The Riverlands. The rugged mountain peaks create a natural choke point, making Golden Tooth "The Gate to the Westerlands." Golden Tooth is the seat of House Lefford which blazons its arms with a golden inverted pile on sky blue, a sun left in the sky. The area has extensive gold mines, which added to the wealth of the Westerlands and House Lannisters, their overlords. It is one of the most important houses sworn to House Lannister, and tends to display the Lannister banner to remind the Great House of the Lefford's loyalty.
- Fortified Gates, the outermost gate sits between two round towers and is adorned with a lion's head, three gates, the first two large painted oaken doors beneath a Lion's roaring head, the second a reinforced portcullis beneath a gallery of arrow slits, and third a further two oaken doors. These gates make crossing into the Westerlands difficult for any invading armies.
- Lefford Keep, the keep is integrated with the main gates. Entering the Westerlands, there are two wings, the left wing and the right wing. The left wing houses the Lord's Chambers in a thick adjoining tower, and further rooms for family and guests throughout the main keep.
- Town, beyond the gates is a town with three dozen or so houses, a smelting complex and a sept. The road forking to the right leads under a natural stone arch towards the Golden Tooth lands, and further after that Lannisport.
- Gold Mines and Quarry, adjacent and throughout the town are three gold mine entrances, barred to prevent trespassers after work shifts. A small bell tower sounds every morning and evening to begin and end these shifts respectively, and behind that lies a large stone quarry. The mines have made both the Lannisters and the Leffords wealthy, and the neighboring quarry has provided many a stone for the town houses and castle.
- Secret Mountain Pass, a narrow goat path through the mountains circumvents the Golden Tooth, allowing unbarred access to the Westerlands (/warp gtmp)
SMP applied for Golden Tooth in July 2013 and compiled most of the information and layout for the build. In November 2013, HowyJ took over leadership of the build, modified the plans, and saw the build to its completion. The terraforming of the area was one of the largest commitments for the build, and was managed mainly by davinator4O1. The project was completed in December 2013.
More than a year later, due to advances in server standards, HowyJ (now under the new alias Howy) applied for major overhaul of the build. The castle was expanded southwards and the village changed to a major mining town. carcinogenius managed the updating of davinator401's (now Dav4) original terraform, as well as the new fields and forests east of the Golden Tooth valley. A number of holdfasts and hamlets, which weren't a standard of development in the original build's time, were added among the new terrain. The new and improved version was completed in mid June 2015.
The inspiration for the build were Spanish and Italian castles, similar to those in other parts of the Westerlands.
Greenfield, originally known as the Bower, is the seat of House Greenfield in the westerlands. Its exact location has not been stated in the books.
The Bower was built in the Dawn Age as a vast timber castle made from weirwood.
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