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House Stark of WinterfellHouse Stark of Winterfell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and the principal noble house of The North; many lesser houses are sworn to them. In days of old, they ruled as Kings of Winter. Since the Targaryen Conquest, they have been Wardens of the North. Their seat, Winterfell, is an ancient castle renowned for its strength. Their sigil is a grey direwolf racing across a field of white, and their words are "Winter Is Coming' - one of only a few house mottos that sounds to be a warning rather than a boast. Members of House Stark tend to be lean of build and long of face, with dark brown hair and grey eyes. Several of the main point of view characters of the series are members of this house.
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House TargaryenHouse Targaryen is a noble family of Valyrian descent that escaped the Doom. They lived for centuries on the island of Dragonstone until Aegon Targaryen and his sisters rode their dragons to the conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. House Targaryen ruled as the Kings of Westeros for nearly 300 years, until ousted in the War of the Usurper. Their seats were the capitol city of King's Landing and the island castle of Dragonstone. Members of this house have silvery blonde hair and light or violet eyes, and their house words are 'Fire and blood.'
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House Nymeros Martell of SunspearHouse Nymeros Martell of Sunspear is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and the ruling house of Dorne. 'Nymeros' indicates "of the line of Nymeria," but generally it is simply called House Martell. The Martells of old used a spear as their emblem, while Nymeria and the Rhoynar used the sun as theirs. These were combined when Nymeria wed King Mors Martell, making a sigil of a gold spear piercing a red sun on an orange field. Their words are, 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.' In appearance, they are classic salty Dornishmen, with dark eyes, dark hair in ringlets, and olive skin.
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House Tyrell of Highgarden
House Tyrell of Highgarden is one of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, overlords over the Reach. A large, wealthy house, its wealth is only surpassed among the Great Houses by House Lannister, and the Tyrells can field the greatest armies. Additionally, if they call the fleets of their bannermen, the Redwynes, the lords of the Shield Islands, and the coastal lords, they can command a navy that equals, perhaps surpasses the royal fleet.
Highgarden is an ancient seat of rule and the heart of chivalry in the Seven Kingdoms. The Tyrells style themselves 'Defenders of the Marches' and 'High Marshals of the Reach,' and traditionally, they have been Wardens of the South. Their sigil is a golden rose on a green field, and their words are "Growing Strong." Members of the family tend to have curly brown hair and brown or golden eyes.
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House Baratheon (of Storm's End)House Baratheon of Storm's End is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal house in the Stormlands. Its seat, Storm's End, is an ancient castle raised by the Storm Kings. The Baratheon sigil is a crowned black stag on a field of gold. Members of the family tend to be tall and powerfully built, with black hair and blue eyes, as well as strong, square jawlines. They are known for their mercurial tempers, and their words are 'Ours is the Fury.'
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House Lannister of Casterly Rock
House Lannister of Casterly Rock is one of the Great Houses of Seven Kingdoms, and the principal house of the Westerlands. Their seat is Casterly Rock, though another branch exists based in nearby Lannisport. Their sigil is a golden lion on a field of crimson. Their official motto is 'Hear me roar!' However their unofficial motto, equally well known, is 'A Lannister always pays his debts.'
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The Lannisters reigned as Kings of the Rock until they fell to the Targaryen Conquest, but were allowed to remain the paramount lords of the Westerlands. The House had fallen on hard times during the rule of Tytos Lannister but was restored to its former glory by Tywin. The Lannisters are the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms, due in large part to the many gold mines under their control, despite by no means being the largest kingdom and being rather mountainous.
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House Baratheon of DragonstoneHouse Baratheon of Dragonstone is a cadet branch of House Baratheon of Storm's End. Its seat is Dragonstone, an island that sits off the mainland to the northeast of King's Landing. Its founder and current head is King Stannis I, who seized the island at the end of Robert's Rebellion. Originally, Stannis used the sigil of the crowned stag of the Baratheons, but during the War of the Five Kings, he took for his personal banner a crowned stag enclosed within a red heart surrounded by a blaze of orange fire on a field of sun yellow. By the time of the Battle of Castle Black, he has apparently joined this with the traditional banner of House Baratheon, a black stag on "a sheet of beaten gold".
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House Tully of RiverrunHouse Tully of Riverrun is one of the Great Houses of Seven Kingdoms. The Tullys rule over the Riverlands from their seat at Riverrun. Its current head is Lord Edmure Tully. Their sigil is a silver trout leaping on a blue and red striped field, and their words are 'Family, Duty, Honor.' Members of the family tend to have auburn hair, high cheekbones, and bright blue eyes.
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House Baelish of the Fingers
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House Arryn of the EyrieHouse Arryn of the Eyrie is one of Great Houses of Westeros, and is the principal noble house in the Vale. Their main seat is the Eyrie, but they have many other holdings, including their winter castle at the Gates of the Moon. Both of these fortifications sit astride the Giant's Lance, the tallest mountain in the Vale, and the Eyrie is considered impregnable. Their sigil is a white moon-and-falcon on a sky-blue field, and their words are 'As High as Honor.' Their line dates back to the old Andal peoples that invaded Westeros. Usually marrying other Andal nobles, House Arryn, to this day, has the purest line of Andal nobility.
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House Greyjoy of PykeHouse Greyjoy of Pyke is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Iron Islands, a harsh and bleak collection of forbidding islands off the west coast of Westeros, from the castle and island of Pyke. Their sigil is a golden kraken on a black field, and their house motto is 'We Do Not Sow.' Members of the family tend to be attractive and well-built, with black hair.
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House Mormont of Bear Island is an old, proud, and honorable house, one of the principal families sworn to House Stark ofWinterfell. Their seat is at Bear Island, located in the Bay of Ice far to the north-west of Winterfell. Their blazon is a black bear over a green wood and their motto is "Here We Stand".
House Mormont is one of the few houses to have an ancestral weapon of Valyrian steel: a bastard sword called Longclaw. However, due to Bear Island's lack of valuable resources, the Mormonts are a rather poor house. Their hall is made of huge logs, surrounded by an earthen palisade. On the gate is a carving of a woman in a bearskin with a child in one arm suckling at her breast and a battleaxe in the other. Like the other women of Bear Island, the women of House Mormont learn how to defend themselves from ironmen and wildlings.
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House Bolton of the Dreadfort
House Bolton of the Dreadfort is an old line descended from the First Men and dating back to the Age of Heroes. Their sigil is a flayed man, red on pink. Their seat is the Dreadfort, and they are among the most powerful lords of the North. The Boltons are best known for their (forbidden) practice of flaying their enemies.
Their words are 'Our blades are sharp,' while a common saying among the Boltons is 'A flayed man holds no secrets.'
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House Baratheon of King's LandingHouse Baratheon of King's Landing is the royal line of House Baratheon of Storm's End, from which it comes. It was founded by Robert Baratheon after his successful rebellion against Aerys II Targaryen.