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House Bolten
House Bolten
Roose Bolten
Power Level Royal House
Kingdom of Loyalty Kingdom of Bolten
House Banner
Coat of Arms Carnation, a flayed man affronté sanguine
Words "A flayed man holds no secrets"
Vital statistics
Founder Ronnel Bolten
Current Leader Ramsey Bolten
Current Heir John Bolten
Date of Founding Placeholder
Headquarters Dreadfort
Level of Control
Level of Control The Royal House of the Kingdom of Bolten so they control the entire Kingdom of Bolten.
Loyal Houses House Hornwood
Demographics
Race Human
Ethnicity Gothic Germanic

House Bolten is an extremely powerful Gothic House located in the capital of the Kingdom of Bolten city of Dreadfort. House Bolten has run the Kingdom of Bolten since its founding, and this control comes from the fact that they basically take the heir of their opposing houses hostage as leverage over that house, and control the most powerful military in the region.

House Bolten is one of the most powerful Gothic Houses in the entire continent of Europe, and they have used this as a symbol of their power. They are not truly Gothic Nationalist but they have over the centuries used this as an excuse for gaining people and houses into their fold. Despite this laizes-Fairre approach they are extremely homogeneous in that they do not intermingle with non-Gothics as a simple rule of their household.

House Bolten has its sigil and words of which their words are "Our blades are sharp," while a common saying among the Boltons is "A flayed man holds no secrets."House Bolten has gained a reputation throughout its history as an extremely violent household that used "flaying" of its victoms as an almost obsessive hobby. Alongside this they have had a habit of annihilating the houses in the region that have come to disapoint or reject their authority.

House Bolten has a system like many other houses in that their is no discussion amongst the actual house of whom will be the heir, but instead a challenge is called out and anyone wanting to take control following the death of the current Lord may challenge for the position. The winner after this challenge becomes the new Lord, and is able to choose his heir at will without any regard to the position of others in his house. This has made for HOuse Bolten to become very bloodthirsty amongst their membership as they all know that if the chance rises even if their the current heir they could be challenged in the position and if this happens their is no taboo against kin killing if it is during a challenge.

House Bolten is an ancient Gothic House that grew powerful during the years following the end of the Numeron Empire, as the Gothic expanded into the regions of Westros. Before they grew though they were living in the vulnerable area of Andal agression which meant that they were born amongst great danger and threat. The family was constantly damaged by the agression of the increasingly angry and violent tribes of the Andals of whom were being pushed farther and farther south by the menipulations of the Chaos Gods. During this time the Goths would push out the Atlantians from the region, and take control and this is how House Bolten would take control of the region they came to call Dreadfort. This wasn't simple as during this time the Goths were constantly battling amongst themselves for power, and for dominence of the region but at the time the members of House Bolten were able to grow and control the area better then their competitor. Following this they have eventually taken control over much of the western region of Westros under the banner of the Kingdom of Bolten, and would only be stopped by the existence of the Kingdom of Lorderon to the north, and the kingdom of Tale to their east. House Bolten has led the Kingdom of Bolten into three wars over the period of Roose Bolten's reign, and these conflicts have come to a head during the end of book two where the Kingdom of Bolten led by House Bolten has basically declared war on the Kingdom of Lucerne, and in book three is going to be involved in a fight to the death over Koenisburg. With the taking of Westbrige the region of Bolten became more interested in its own growth and in particular they really wanted to get the Lucernian army involved in pitch battles which they had the numbers to survive. In order to do this they begin threatening several allies of Lucerne in western Westros in the form of Koenisburg, and the town of Jeutenburg. While these threats rancheted up the Kingdom of Lucerne did exactly what the Boltens hoped they would do when they brought huge forces to bear on the defences of the Westros river crossing of Levin. The Lucernians also made it known that any action taken against their allies in Koenisburg, or Jeutenburg would be deemed a decleration of war against Lucerne itself. This promice to defend meant a lot to the two towns, and most believed that with that the conflict would be ended before any blood was spilled. This idea changed quickly when the Kingdom of Bolten sacked Jeutenburg in a massive siege that took place in the guise of a peace mission.

History

Early History

Main Article : Empire of Numeron Before they grew though they were living in the vulnerable area of Andal agression which meant that they were born amongst great danger and threat. The family was constantly damaged by the agression of the increasingly angry and violent tribes of the Andals of whom were being pushed farther and farther south by the menipulations of the Chaos Gods.

Bolten member

Rise in Westros

Main Article : Westros

With the Downfall of the Numeron passing by the next influencial moment for the region was the Great Migration of Germanic tribes fleeing the coming of Chaos. Due to this migration the once completely Atlantian people of the region were slowly outnumbered by Goths who swelled the regions numbers.

In these coming Gothic families was the family that would come to be known as House Bolten, and at the time it was led by the first great member of the House in Jornin Bolten.

Growth of Dreadfort

Jornin Bolten saw that with the departing Atlantians the Goths were going to have a home of their own, and in this way he begin marshaling his personal thralls in his estate to build farms in the surrounding regions, and he offered goth families the chance to farm these lands the only cost being they swore loyalty to House Bolten. For poor goth families this offer was beyond great, and the region around his estate swelled with the coming families. With the farm land all taken he began inviting them to start businesses, and industry in the estate that he now renamed Dreadfort. In his 45 year life he would turn his small estate of only 120 people into a town of 1200 and a surounding farmland loyal to him of hundreds more.

Kingdom of Bolten

For all the succeses that John Bolten would have taking control of the region it wasn't simple as during this time the Goths were constantly battling amongst themselves for power, and for dominence of the region but at the time the members of House Bolten were able to grow and control the area better then their competitor. Following this they have eventually taken control over much of the western region of Westros under the banner of the Kingdom of Bolten, and would only be stopped by the existence of the Kingdom of Lorderon to the north, and the kingdom of Tale to their east.

The Harp

War of the Harp

Main Article : The war of the Harp

While travelling between Dreadfort, and Karhold Roose Bolten and his gaurds were stopped by a single man who stood in the road blocking their path. The gaurds threatened him with death, and he moved, but the disrespect was too much for Roose Bolten who bolted off his horse and ran at the man. As he was about to kill the man the mysterious man told him that if they went to Pontus then they would gain perhaps the most powerful object in the entire region called the "Harp". The Harp was a legendary item of unimagineable power which could if used by someone with enough Dragon's blood be used to litterly call dragons to its sound.

Unfortunatly for House Bolten, and the Kingdom of Bolten they were not the only ones offered this deal as the mysterious man was a servent of Malekor, and was attempting to cause the destruction of Westros through the destruction of Pontus, which would weaken the entire region. Following his meeting with House Targaryan he used other servents to offer the same deal to the leadership of Harrenhall, Iron Islands, Kingdom of Bolten, and the Easterlings. With all these parties now obsessed with the hope of getting the "Harp" from Pontus the armies of these nations headed towards Pontus.

Dreadfort Meeting

Rodrik Cassel
I wanted him to stop. I spoke to him with all the love I had in me for my brother, and yet all it did was make him believe I wanted him dead. What was there left for me when he refused reason.
Domeric Bolten

Domeric Bolten would travel to Hornwood so that he could attend a tournament they were holding there, and also so that he could see Halys Hornwood and his family of whom he knew very well and loved as his own family. Arriving there Halys would tell him that he had sent some of his men to follow Ramsey Bolten around, and from this had discovered that Ramsey had a small keep north of the Dreadfort and would use it to capture, chase, and then rape and kill women. Learning this as well as the plans that Ramsey was beggining to form alongside the power he was gaining Domeric would return to the Dreadfort with Halys, and several of the Hornwood vassals. Domeric and his party would meet Rodrik Cassel a little west of Hornwood where he was awaiting more boats for transport for himself and his vassals, and from Rodrik they learned that followed Domeric leaving the Dreadfort Ramsey had called a meeting of the Kingdom of Bolten, and Rodrik was already running late.

When we met Rodrik Cassel on the road it was a chance meeting. We weren't moving at a very high speed, and had we not of we would have taken the land route instead of the boat with him, and we would have missed the meeting.
Domeric Bolten

Taking a ride with the Cassel force Domeric and the Hornwood forces would reach the Dreadfort days before they would if they had been marching, and would arrive just hours before the meetings were to begin. Domeric would have a long talk with Josh Cole of whom warns Domeric that the Karstark's and the Urnet's are solidly behind Ramsey and that he and his forces will not follow Domeric into a conflict they cannot win. Hearing of the Karstark's joining with Ramsey Domeric meets with Halys Hornwood but finds he has come with a sickness and can barely move forcing Daryn Hornwood to join the meeting as the head of House Hornwood. Arriving at the meeting Ramsey, and Mallador Locke would taunt Daryn over the sickness of his father and would carefully make it known that they were the reason behind the sickness. The arrival of Trevor Hayford would stall the argument and they all entered the Dreadfort Keep where the meeting took place.

Domeric Bolten Cover
Ramsey was chaos, while Domeric was order. It will forever be the great shame of this land that we allowed chaos to grow. We all stood and watched as Domeric resisted, and was struck down. We all sat and we all watched as Chaos was allow to do that. We should be ashamed.
Daryn Hornwood

Entering the meeting the assembled noblemen would hear a speach from Roose Bolten which to the shock of many inside the room was praising towards Ramsey, and slightly insulting towards Domeric. This speach did much to turn many of those who might have followed Domeric, and turned them towards listening to Ramsey instead. Following this Rickard Karstark spoke of growing attacks by Dragonoph fanatics sent by the Kingdom of Lucerne against the western border of the Karstark lands, and Domeric would stand during this and tell the assembled that these attacks were not happening. Ramsey would attack Domerics honor and call him a liar who was secretly in the pay for the Lucernians which noone believed but turned the attention away from the lie about the Lucernian attacks on the Karstarks. Daryn Hornwood did his best to speak on the side of Domeric but was shouted down by the Locke's and Urnets of whom laughed at Daryn and rediculed his lands, and his weakened father. As things broke down and it became clear that Ramsey was going to have the war he wanted, Domeric would look across at Josh Cole and saw him smiling sadly at him, and as the meeting ended Domeric went after Josh Cole and spoke with him alongside Daryn Hornwood. Josh Cole told Domeric once again that the Cole's were not willing to die for some wasted war that the insane Ramsey Bolten wanted, and that Josh Cole was not going to do it, and Domeric realizing this could mean turning to the Lucernians, or staying neutral attempted to persaude him, but despite respecting Domeric there was no agreement from Josh.

I could litteraly feel the moment when hope died. He stood and he told everyone there a giant lie, and they all believed him. I knew the truth, and I knew what would happen if we did this. I knew their numbers. I knew their quality. I knew a lot about the Kingdom of Lucerne, and I knew that we were not a match for them. Not now.
Domeric Bolten

Domeric in that moment knew things were darkening in Bolten, and warned Daryn to take his father and their vassals and return to Hornwood and prepare the army because he would need them when the time came. Doing this Domeric was left alone and went to see his father of whom would be in his throne room with Rickard Karstark. Speaking with the two of them Domeric got the sence that neither agreed with Ramsey, but couldn't get them to tell him why they had sided with him, but Roose did tell Domeric that he needed to follow Ramsey this time, or else. When he resisted this Roose would command it as his king, and knowing the honor bound Domeric would follow this he left the room with the horrifying thought of having to follow Ramsey and his madness.

First Bolten-Lucerne War

Main Article : First Bolten-Lucerne War

Domeric Bolten1
"The Kingdom of Bolten was the first time we were ever met agressively by an oponent, and at first we were shocked at their actions. I determined quickly that they had to be stopped at any cost, and this led to our promise to defend our two major allies in the region, and a massive influx of our troops into the region."
-William Lovie III.

With the taking of Westbrige the region of Bolten became more interested in its own growth and in particular they really wanted to get the Lucernian army involved in pitch battles which they had the numbers to survive. In order to do this they begin threatening several allies of Lucerne in western Westros in the form of Koenisburg, and the town of Jeutenburg. While these threats rancheted up the Kingdom of Lucerne did exactly what the Boltens hoped they would do when they brought huge forces to bear on the defences of the Westros river crossing of Levin. The Lucernians also made it known that any action taken against their allies in Koenisburg, or Jeutenburg would be deemed a decleration of war against Lucerne itself. This promice to defend meant a lot to the two towns, and most believed that with that the conflict would be ended before any blood was spilled. This idea changed quickly when the Kingdom of Bolten sacked Jeutenburg in a massive siege that took place in the guise of a peace mission.


Massacre at Green Creek

Main Article : Battle of Green Creek

Reek
"The fool camped for an entire day on the words of a man he hated. He deserved what came on him that night."
-Jordin Bolten

What Ramsey did not anticipate was the fact that the moment that Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Britt Lancave and Hedrik Clegane returned to Koenisburg they sent a raven to Jamie Lannister telling him to move against the Boltens. Ramsey had not realized that Jordin Bolten had joined his army but discovered his presence and begin to plot to kill Jordin. Before he could do this Ramsey was fed falce information by Jordin Bolten about a scouting party from Grandlen nearbye which caused Ramsey to camp for an entire day and gave Jamie Lannister enough time to catch Ramsey's force on the bed of the River Creek. Jamie Lannister and his three thousand cavalry would smash into the camp of Ramsey Bolten and in less then twenty minutes nearly the entire force was massacred. It was as everything was falling apart that Ramsey Bolten would switch clothes with his servent Reek of whom he would smash the face of beyond any recegnition so that he could not be found to be not him. When Jamie entered the tent of Ramsey attempting to kill Ramsey or take him prisoner he found nothing but the supposed Reek standing over the destroyed body of "Ramsey Bolten". In that moment Jamie went to kill Reek but was stopped by Jordin Bolten who said to let Reek go as he was nothing but a slave they had captured from the Greyjoy's years past. Trusting Jordin Jamie would let "Reek" go and thus Ramsey Bolten escape the battle and made his way back to the Dreadfort.

The Siege of Hornwood

Main Article : Siege of Hornwood

Death of Roose Bolten

Roose Bolten Wide
It was the final move for Ramsey. He had always wanted to be alone in this family, and he would finally have his wish.
Roose Bolten

Following his succesful trip to the Iron Islands and then Mordor Ramsey would return to the port of Dreadfort with the knowledge that he had won the power of two massive armies, and the survival of his rule might now be possible. Deciding that his father was no longer worthy of living he would brag nearly the last few days of the trip that he was going to murder his father, and since most of "Ramsey's Bastards" were loyal to Roose they would send a raven ahead of the ship which told Roose that Ramsey planned to kill him, and asking Roose what they should do. Realizing that he could easily stop the assasination he would instead send no word back, and ordered House Marsh and their vassals to not resist his landing. 

Sandor Dregane Large2
Everyone in this entire kingdom knew exactly the person that Ramsey was. So while some may be just hateful towards Roose it is a clear distinction. Roose while twisted in the mind wants a genuinly peaceful realm. Ramsey while twisted in the mind cares nothing for the kingdom and just wants to see things burn for no reason more then watching everything die.
Daryn Hornwood

At this point with Ramsey entering the port, and along with his men making their way towards the Dreadfort it was Roose that begin to plot the final moments of what he knew to be his life. Roose firstly met with his kingsgard and one by one moved them away from him so that they would not die trying to protect him when Ramsey arrived. Three of the five kingsgard he placted this way by sending them southward to Castle Horgut where they would defend the castle alongside the commanders there. The other two in the form of Sandor Dregane, and Urren Sliten he would send to find Misha Bolten in order to get her out of the city. Wondering where they would go after that Roose told them that they were to go to Hayford and surrender themselves to the Lucernians, and from their swear oaths to Lucerne as protectors of Misha. It was around this point that Ramsey was within a few hours of the city, and thus Roose visited several nobles in the city, and commanded them to leave as well sending many on specific routes that would lead them to be captured by the Lucernian forces. In his final hours waiting for Roose to get to the city he would do these things before he finally sat alone in his throne room having dismissed all of his gaurds and sent away everyone loyal to him.

The Act

ROOSE Bolten lARGE
What he did in his final moments cannot make good what he had done before he came to his moral understanding but...but atleast he attempted to make his life somewhat less of a travesty.
Daryn Hornwood

Ramsey entered the city to no celebration, and besides the opening of gates, and the stomping of his men beside him the entire city was filled with the sounds of nothing but fear and silence. Ramsey would enter the keep where he found all the gates, and doors ungarded and was in this moment discusted by what he believed was the complete failure in his father. Entering the throne room of his father he would confront him, and make it very clear from the first moment he entered that Roose was going to die. Roose begged him to make him understand why Domeric had to die, and that infuriated Ramsey who couldn't take that Domeric was till being mentioned while in his own mind he had just went on a trip that would save Bolten. Warning his father to stop speaking of Domeric unless he wished to die sooner, his father would move closer grap him by the shoulders and say that his time was over and now he was ready to see his true son again. Upon hearing that Ramsey would murder him, and so filled with rage was he that he obliterated much of his body leaving nothing but tattered remains. Ramsey from this point would crown himself and parade throughout the Dreadfort with his Bastards controlling the resistence that might have been created in the city. As this was going on Sandor Dregane, and Urren Sliten would be forced to hide as they had yet to find Misha Bolten, and because of this they were nearly caught by brigands now swarming to join Ramsey's court. Ramsey at this point attempted to find the Roose loyalists in the city, but discovered that the day he was arriving his father had sent away hundreds of nobles, while sending away his own kingsgard. Naming five of his bastards to the kingsgard he would return to the throne room, and begin ruling over the kingdom he had now stolen from his brother, and then his father.

Noteable Members

Leadership

House Bolten has a system like many other houses in that their is no discussion amongst the actual house of whom will be the heir, but instead a challenge is called out and anyone wanting to take control following the death of the current Lord may challenge for the position. The winner after this challenge becomes the new Lord, and is able to choose his heir at will without any regard to the position of others in his house. This has made for HOuse Bolten to become very bloodthirsty amongst their membership as they all know that if the chance rises even if their the current heir they could be challenged in the position and if this happens their is no taboo against kin killing if it is during a challenge.

Family Members

  • † Tylen Bolten. Died of Old Age
    • † Myrielle Bolten. Died of Old Age
      • † Kyle Bolten. Killed by a poor farmer while raiding
        • † Larra Bolten. Died of sickness
          • † Kyle Bolten II. Died in a duel with Dickon Bolten
          • † Dickon Bolten. Died in a duel with Kyle Bolten II.
          • Roose Bolten. Murdered by Ramsey Bolten
            • † Barbrey Bolten (Barbrey Ryswell). Died of fever, but rumored dead by Ramsey Bolten
            • Krelly Marsdove
          • † Betha Bolten. Died during the birth of Cerwynn Bolten.
      • † Myrielle Bolten II. Died of sickness
      • † Hansen Bolten. Died of sickness

Honor Gaurd

Name Title Role Location
Katarina Bend Third Brigade Command Leadership of the Third Brigade Kingdom of Bolten
Jan Snow Second Brigade Command Leadership of the Second Brigade Kingdom of Bolten





Vassal Houses

House Hornwood

See Also : House Hornwood

House Hornwood
House Hornwood is a powerful Gothic House located within the Kingdom of Bolten, and dominating the town of Hornwood. House Hornwood founded and has expanded the large town of Hornwood since their earliest days and their greatest power exists because of Hornwood's existence.

Their words are "Righteous in Wrath", and this has to do with their ancient blood fued with the members of House Locke. Their sigil is a bull moose, brown on a field of dark orange, and they use this same color scheme throughout their house.

For many years they would rule as the Lords of the lands around the city of Hornwood alongside their powerful vassal in House Stout. During this time they became known for their cruelty and they were rather similar to House Bolten, but they were popular enough that their people loved them, and together the two would resist the more powerful House Starke. When House Bolten took control of the lands of House Starke and forced them into exile it would be House Stout and House Hornwood that would be brought low as well after House Bolten sacked Hornwood. During the sacking of Hornwood one of their vassals in House Locke would be responsible for betraying the walls of Hornwood and this led to the deaths of several members of the family during the fall of Hornwood, and the current blood fued betweent he two houses. Following the sack they lost control of their powerful vassal though they remained still very close, and this forced them to change their behavior. They would change their symbol and their words, and they would spend a long time cultivating love from their people.

House Ryswell

See Also : House Ryswell

House Ryswell

House Ryswell is a large Gothic House located in the northern part of Bolten, and dominating the lands around the Stony Shore. House Ryswell has been a loyal vassal of House Bolten for generations but most recently after Bethany Rysell was murdered by her husband Ramsey Bolten House Ryswell has soured on House Bolten.

House Ryswell uses a color sheme of blazoning their shields and banners with a black horse's head, eyes and mane red, on bronze within a black engrailed border. They have no words that they value, and if they do it is not known.

House Ryswell would be utterly shocked when Bethany Ryswell of whom they had married to Ramsey Bolten was murdered and Ramsey all but admitted to the act. Beliving they would get some kind of apology or have Ramsey arrested they were shocked when Rodrik Ryswell was insulted for coming, and his daughter insulted for her death before he left. The once strong relationship between House Ryswell and House Bolten was damaged somewhat beyond repair following this, and Rodrik Ryswell would begin work at that point to have his son Rickard Ryswell, and niece Dynia Ryswell returned from their hostage position in the Dreadfort. Whatever loyalty remained after this was gone when after a huge minsunderstanding House Bolten executed dozens of children and nobles including Telly Ryswell Rodrik`s wife, and his brother Mark Ryswell. These events were blamed on other things while some deaths were simply ignored, but the entire kingdom understood what had happened and the hatred that burned inside Rodrik Ryswell towards the Bolten`s after this was only proved greater by his desire to see his son, and niece survive their hostage role in Dreadfort. Following the defeat of the Boltens all along the battlefront by the Lucernians it would be Rodrik Ryswell of whom would come to understand the stakes and would hand over lordship of House Ryswell to his son Roger before taking a small force by boat to the Dreadfort where he would make them believe he was there to assist in the defence of the city.

House Cerwyn

See Also : House Cerwyn

House Cerwyn
House Cerwyn
is a large Gothic House located in the town of Cerwyn north of Dreadfort, and inside of the Kingdom of Bolten. House Cerwyn is the vassal of House Bolten, and stands as the gaurdian of the coastlines all the way north to the lands of House Rywell giving them a lot of land and wealth.

They use the same color and patterns on their shields and banners in the form of using a blazon of a black battle-axe on silver. Their words are "Honed, and Ready." and this has to do with the fact that they suffer from a large amount of Iron Islander attacks they are forced to defend.

Cerwyn was founded by members of House Cerwyn who were sent north from Karhold by the ancient House Starke members, and in the land they would find teeming forests, and rich mountains that allowed them to found Cerwyn with relative ease. As their wealth increased so too did their power and this led to several castles being built and constructed around the area, which defended the city from the south, while in the north the expansion of the port and the fleet allowed Cerwyn to escape the constant raiding of the Ironborn. Cerwyn would begin to suffer from small Ironborn attacks following the rise of the conflict with Lucerne, as the Ironborn became increasingly active along the coastlines of Bolten sensing the weakeness present in the Kingdom of Bolten. Its defences were weakened when Medger Cerwyn was commanded to lead the army of House Cerwyn southward to the town of Hayford where they were to stop the advance of Jamie Lannister before he was able to reach the platuea of Dreadfort.

House Marsh

See Also : House Marsh

House Manderly

See Also : House Manderly

House Manderly

House Manderly is a very large and powerful House in the Kingdom of Bolten that dominates the province of White Knife and the major city of White Harbor. House Manderly lost their independance during the years preceding the War with Lucerne after Domeric Bolten engaged them in conflict and would defeat their navy through superior strategy and then won a great battle at White Harbor.

Their blazon is a white merman with dark green hair, beard and tail, carrying a black trident, over a blue-green field. Their motto has not yet appeared in the books.

House Manderly lost their independance during the years preceding the War with Lucerne after Domeric Bolten engaged them in conflict and would defeat their navy through superior strategy and then won a great battle at White Harbor. Following their defeat the Lord of House Manderly in the form of Wymen Manderly would gain great respect for Domeric Bolten and would consent under his word of protection to send his second son, and cousin to the Dreadfort as hostages to ensure House Manderly's loyalty. When the forces of Bolten would invade the Divine Lands House Manderly would send a large force to assist under the command of Wylis Manderly, but by the time they had succeded in arriving Ramsey had already retreated the main army and thus he retreats alongside Domeric half in order to follow someone he respects but also because he fears the life of Domeric is in jeoperdy and wishes to protect the prince. Wylis is ordered by Domeric to head westward in order to stall the Cole's from what everyone know's is their eventual betrayal to the Lucernians, and Wylis relunctantly heads there despite wishing to remain near Domeric to protect the prince. When both the death of Domeric Bolten, and the Dreadfort Court Massacre happen the loyalty of House Manderly is unknown, but after their army leaves the Cole lands they arrive in the Dreadfort following the retreat of House Marsh. Wishing to pledge their loyalty and saying that he believes the story told of Lucernian assasins Wylin Manderly's father who has taken command of the army is allowed to enter the Dreadfort with many of his knights.

House Cassel

Main Article : House Cassel

House Cassel
House Cassel
is a large Gothic House dominating the town of Deepwood Motte south of Dreadfort, and inside of the Kingdom of Bolten. House Cassel is the vassal of House Bolten, and they control the lands along the coastline all the way south towards the lands of House Hornwood.

House Cassel uses a shared pattern throughout, and they blazon their arms with ten white wolf heads, 4-3-2-1, on grey with a black border.

House Cassal was originally from the lands east of Bolten in the form of the lands of House Dustin, but this changed after a member of House Cassal rebelled and they were exiled for this treason. Finding themselves in Bolten they founded the small village of Deepwood Motte, and begin their new lives. They would grow quickly in Bolten following the knighting of the Lord of the house, and due to this they found themselves and their small fishing village growing into a proper town. Following raids against the area from the Ironborn the Bolten would give them gold to finance a small navy in order to assist in the defence of the area, and from this the beggining of the true Deepwoode Motte would begin. Despite its growth and wealth they continued to contruct their walls with hard wood which they would bathe in cloths to make it fire retardent, but they never moved towards stone despite the obvious advantages.

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