GOT – NOW MY WATCH BEGINS

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Now that we have all recovered from the final season of Game of Thrones, it is time for us to nurture your enthusiasm with this competition!!
So let’s begin our little field trip and go through some of the castles and fortresses of the Seven Kingdoms in a way that Khaleesi herself would be proud of us. Actually, consider this the first part of the trip with more to come on our next newsletter.
These are only some of the castles you may consider fo the competition:

1.  CASTERLY ROCK
The capital of the Westerlands and the ancestral stronghold of House Lannister, Casterly Rock is located on the western coast of Westeros. It is located on a rocky promontory overlooking the harbor of Lannisport, one of the major ports of the Seven Kingdoms, and the Sunset Sea. It is notoriously difficult to capture unless you’re friends with Tyrion Lannister, who knows all the secrets of the Rock’s vulnerable sewers.
Casterly Rock is carved out of a great stone hill colossal rock beside the Sunset Sea

2.  CASTLE BLACK
Castle Black is the primary headquarters and redoubt of the Night’s Watch the seat of their Lord Commander. It is located roughly halfway along the length of the Wall on its southern side, at the northern end of the Kingsroad.
Castle Black is not a true castle, as it has no walls to defend it to the west, east, or south. Only the Wall stands to the north.
It is one of only three manned castles left on the Wall along with Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and The Shadow Tower. There are nineteen castles along the Wall, but as their numbers fell over the centuries the Night’s Watch had to abandon sixteen of them. Castle Black is located between the unmanned castles of Queensgate and Oakenshield.

3.  DRAGONSTONE
A castle that stands upon the eponymous island located in Blackwater Bay off the eastern coast of Westeros, it is the ancestral seat of House Targaryen.
There are dragons carved all over the facade because the Targaryens didn’t think a castle named Dragonstone on an island called Dragonstone was a subtle enough representation of their nature. There’s a huge store of dragonglass underneath the castle.

4. HARRENHAL
Harrenhal is a huge castle, the largest one in all of Westeros and also the most goth castle, though it is also the most ill-omened. It is located on the northern shore of the Gods Eye lake at the heart of the Riverlands, south of the River Trident and northwest of King’s Landing.
According to legend, Harrenhal is cursed, which seems plausible since most of the houses who’ve held it have been wiped out. Also, Balerion the dragon burned Harrenhal down during Aegon’s Conquest. It technically belongs to Petyr Baelish, but let’s be real: You don’t own Harrenhal. Harrenhal owns you.
The castle has five towers of dizzying size, with equally monstrous curtain walls. The walls are incredibly thick and its rooms are built on a scale that would be more comfortable for giants than humans.

5. HIGHGARDEN
Highgarden is the capital of the Reach and the seat of House Tyrell. It’s surrounded by groves and flowers and trees, which you might expect given that it has the word garden in its name.
It lies on the Mander and is where the Ocean Road meets the Roseroad, making it an important crossroads.
Highgarden is surrounded by three rings of white stone whose walls increase in height. Between the outer and middle walls is a famous briar labyrinth which serves to entertain as well as slow invaders.

6. HORN HILL
Located in the Reach in southwest Westeros, Horn Hill is the seat of House Tarly. It is located southeast of Highgarden. It’s surrounded by a forest that is supposedly full of wildlife ready to be hunted, or at least that’s what people think, given that the Tarly sigil is a guy shooting an arrow.

7. MOAT CAILIN
Moat Cailin is a ruined castle in the North that technically falls under the purview of House Stark but only as long as they’re in control of the North. It is supposedly more than 10,000 years old, but nobody believes in architectural preservation in Westeros so they just use it for strategic defense against invaders from the South.
Moat Cailin, which is sometimes simply called The Moat, is back in the hands of the Starks after being occupied briefly by the Boltons and the Greyjoys.
It was once a great stronghold, with twenty towers, a wooden keep, and a great basalt curtain wall as high as that of Winterfell’s. Today only great blocks of black basalt lay scattered about, half sunk in the ground where the wall once stood, and the keep rotted away.

8. PYKE
Pyke is the stronghold of House Greyjoy and is located on an island of the same name in the Iron Islands, off the western coast of Westeros. It consists of several towers connected by rope bridges. The throne at Pyke is called the Salt Throne, because everything having to do with the Greyjoys somehow relates to the sea.
Ancient Pyke was originally built on a cliff jutting out into the sea, but over time the cliff has eroded, leaving the castle’s keeps and towers standing on three barren islands and a dozen small stacks of rock, surrounded by water. The keep, its towers, and walls are made of the same grey-black stone of which the rest of the island is composed. In the thousands of years, the castle has stood, it has become covered with green lichen.

You can explore everything about the Game of Thrones history, houses and map from season 1 to season 8 with the help of HBO Viewers guide.

Now, to put your wisdom to the test:
How well do you know the strongholds of Westeros?
A little quiz to your GOT knowledge.

And don’t forget, Winter comes in July!

See you all next week!!
Daniela