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6.2.1. The Eyrie
  • The High Hall of the Eyrie is where the household takes meals. It is long and austere, built in blue-veined white marble and has many slender pillars. Fifty silver sconces line the walls (I: 261, 345. IV: 151)
  • The Eyrie can be seen as a mark of silver on the Giant's Lance even from the western end of the valley (I: 303)
  • The climb up the Giant's Lance to the Eyrie takes half a day (I: 304, 313)
  • The Eyrie has seven white towers (I: 304)
  • The climb up the Giant's Lance to the Eyrie takes half a day (I: 304, 313)
  • Ravens can be sent to the Eyrie and the Gates of the Moon (I: 305)
  • The Gates of the Moon are a stout castle with watered moat, drawbridge, portcullis, and gate house. The High Steward of the Vale has it as Keeper of the Gates of the Moon (I: 307)
  • The narrow path up to the Eyrie, which mules can manage but horses cannot, is guarded by three waycastles: Stone, Snow, and Sky. Past Sky, one must go on foot to the Eyrie, as mules cannot manage the narrow steps of the stone ladder that leads to the Eyrie (I: 308, 313) (I: 308)
  • The Eyrie clings to the mountain above Sky, and its cellars hold six great winches with long iron chains to draw supplies and occasionally guests up from down below. Some have great wicker baskets and others large wooden buckets taller than a maiden and big enough to hold three men. Oxen are used to raise and lower them (I: 308. IV: 612-613, 614-615)
  • Ascents at night without a full moon are seen as inviting danger (I: 309)
  • One must enter the Gates of the Moon and its upper bailey before being able to take a postern gate to access the narrow path up the mountain (I: 310)
  • The steps up the Giant's Lance starts directly behind the Gates of the Moon, amidst a forest of pine and spruce (I: 310)
  • At first the steps are roofed by the canopy of trees, but the wood grows sparser the further up the mountain one goes (I: 311)
  • The trail grows steeper and more worn, the path littered in places by pebbles and broken stones. From time to time the steps double back on themselves. At the steepest parts near Sky, they zigzag back and forth, a crooked series of stone steps (I: 311. IV: 617)
  • Stone has massive ironbound gate. Iron spikes are set along the top of its walls, and two wide round towers overtop the keep (I: 311)
  • Snow is a single fortified tower and timber keep with a stable hidden behind a low wall of unmortared rock, but it rests in such a way as to command the entire stair between it and Stone (I: 311)
  • Sky is little more than a high, crescent-shaped wall of unmortared stone raised against the side of the mountain. Inside the walls are a series of ramps and a great tumble of boulders and stones of all size ready to throw down or even cause a minor avalanche. There is a cavern containing a long natural hall, stables, and supplies. Handholds carved into the rock lead to the Eyrie, while earthen ramps give access to the walls (I: 313. IV: 615)
  • The barracks and stables of Sky are carved directly into the mountain (I: 313. IV: 615)
  • The Eyrie is six hundred feet above Sky (I: 313. IV: 615)
  • The last part of the climb to the Eyrie is within the mountain itself, something of a cross between a chimney and a stone a ladder. It leads to an undercellar (I: 313. IV: 612)
  • The Eyrie is small by the standards of the other great houses, its seven towers bunched tightly together. It has no stables, kennels, or smithies, but its granary is as large as that of Winterfell and the towers can house 500 men. The granary can sustain a small household for a year or more (I: 313. IV: 330)
  • The Eyrie is made all of pale stone (I: 313)
  • The Eyrie is considered impregnable (I: 315)
  • Prisoners over the centuries have been executed by being thrown from the Eyrie (I: 344)
  • The prison cells of the Eyrie are open to the air, six hundred feet above Sky (I: 344)
  • The sky cells slope, so that a man might roll when he is asleep. The sky cells have driven men mad because of this (I: 344)
  • The throne of the Arryns is a seat of carven weirwood in the High Hall. A smaller throne for the Lady of the Eyrie sits beside it (I: 345)
  • The High Hall has a blue silk carpet leading to the throne of the Arryns. The floors and walls are all of milk-white marble veined with blue. Daylight can enter down through narrow arched windows along the eastern wall, and there are some fifty high iron sconces where torches may be lit (I: 350. III: 908)
  • In the High Hall, the Moon Door is of weirwood carved with a crescent moon is between two pillars. It opens out into the sky (I: 352)
  • The apartments of the Lady of the Eyrie open over a small garden planted with blue flowers and ringed on all sides by white towers. The builders had intended it as a godswood, but the soil brought up could not support a weirwood so grass was planted and scattered statuary around low, flowering shrubs(I: 362)
  • In the center of the garden is a pale and weathered marble statue of a weeping woman, no doubt a representation of Alyssa Arryn (I: 365)
  • The Eyrie is no bigger than Maegor's Holdfast (III: 900)
  • The Gates of the Moon are much larger than the Eyrie (III: 907)
  • The lord's audience chambers are cozy and warm, and have a view of Alyssa's Tears (III: 908)
  • The door into the High Hall is barred with a long, thick spear (III: 908)
  • Behind the dais on which the throne sits is a huge banner displaying the Arryn arms (III: 908)
  • There is an entrance into the High Hall behind the dais, for the lord of the castle (III: 912)
  • The Eyrie's cells, open to the sky as they are, allows sounds made by prisoners to be heard from within the castle (IV: 145)
  • The Moon Tower (IV: 150)
  • The Lower Hall is the common dining area (IV: 154)
  • The Eyrie's solar has a fireplace (IV: 154)
  • The Eyrie grows too cold to be lived in during winter, and can become inaccessible thanks to snows and ice storms (IV: 328, 608)
  • One of the towers is called the Maiden's Tower. It is the easternmost of the seven slender towers, so all the Vale can be seen spread out beyond its windows and balconies without obstruction (IV: 328)
  • The Gates of the Moon typically has a garrison of fewer than three hundred men (IV: 328)
  • The Morning Hall is where the Lord of the Eyrie might typically break his fast (IV: 330)
  • The Eyrie does not keep chickens or pigs on hand. All fresh foodstuffs, eggs, bacon, and other such things must be brought up from the Vale below (IV: 330)
  • After arriving at the Eyrie, guests might be greeted in the Crescent Chamber (IV: 336)
  • From the Crescent Chamber to the solar, one travels a steep flight of marble steps bypassing undercrofts and dungeons, and passes under three murderholes. There is a portcullis at the top of the steps (IV: 338)
  • The door into the lord's chambers is solid oak and four inches thick. There are curtains of plush velvet, covering windows with small diamond-shaped panes of glass (IV: 605, 606)
  • The oxen that turn the winches are slaughtered and butchered when the Eyrie is abandoned for winter, their meat left for the falcons. Any meat that remains which is not spoiled is roasted in the spring, and it's said that bountiful meat after a long winter foretold a bountiful summer (IV: 613)
  • The waycastle of Sky is above the tree line (IV: 617)
  • The path down from Sky passes under a wind-carved arch, followed by a narrowing of the path and a plunge downwards for a hundred feet where the steps have been worn smooth over the centuries by the iron-shod hooves of mules, leaving shallow depressions where water and ice can gather. At the end is a rocky spire where the path levels off, but that is followed by a narrow, high stone saddle where the path narrows to just a yard wide over its eight yard length (IV: 620-621)
  • A snowstorm can deposit five feet of snow near Stone overnight (IV: 622)
  • Below Stone the way is broader and less steep, winding among tall pines and grey-green sentinel trees (IV: 622)