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8.2.3.8. The Osgreys of Standfast
  • Standfast stands near to a village known as Dosk, and a village known as Little Dosk (TSS: 80, 82, 112)
  • A stream known as the Chequy Water can be found between Standfast and Dosk. A wooden bridge crosses it. An hour's ride upstream from this bridge reaches the edge of Wat's Wood, a small forest which is part of the Osgrey domain (TSS: 82, 83, 85)
  • By 211, the Osgreys were an impoverished house (TSS: 82)
  • In the year 211, the head of House Osgrey was Ser Eustace (TSS: 82)
  • In 211, a disreputable hedge knight known as Ser Bennis of the Brown Shield served in Standfast alongside Ser Duncan the Tall (TSS: 82)
  • Standfast is little more than three days' ride from the sea (TSS: 82-83)
  • Standfast has its own well (TSS: 83)
  • Ser Eustace had had disputes with Lady Webber in the years leading up to 211 (TSS: 85)
  • Control of the Chequy Water was granted to House Webber following the Blackfyre Rebellion (TSS: 86)
  • In 211, Osgreys martial strength was two hedge knights, a young squire, and no more than ten able-bodied smallfolk (TSS: 88, 95)
  • Standfast is called a castle only by courtesy, as it's a towerhouse. It has a commanding view for leagues around from the rocky hill it stands upon, and there is only a single, crooked path that leads up to it which can only be taken single-file (TSS: 88-89)
  • A partial collapse centuries ago led to rebuilding of Standfast, so that the north and west faces are dressed in newer stone and also feature turrets added during the reconstruction. The south and east sides feature stone grotesques so weathered by the elements over the centuries as to be indistinguishable lumps of rock (TSS: 88)
  • A small daub-and-wattle stable, half-hidden by purple moss, can be found at the foot of Standfast (TSS: 89)
  • The sole entrance into Standfast is a door of oak and iron twenty feet off the ground. Stone steps lead part way up to it, and wooden steps which can be swung up in times of danger complete the gap (TSS: 89)
  • Standfast's size is deceptive. While it is only four stories tall above ground, underground there is a complex of deep vaults and cellars (TSS: 89)
  • The upper two stories of Standfast feature windows and balconies, while the lower two have only arrow slits (TSS: 89)
  • All three of Ser Eustace Osgrey's sons died at the end of the Blackfyre Rebellion in 196, on the Redgrass Field. Edwyn and Harrold were knights, while Addam was a squire (TSS: 90)
  • The bedchambers of Standfast's master are on the fourth story while his solar is on the story beneath it (TSS: 90)
  • The master's bedchamber in Standfast is decorated with trophies of victories, some from centuries in the past (TSS: 90)
  • The Osgreys had once been lords rather than mere knights, but that was centuries in the past (TSS: 90)
  • Ser Wilbert Osgrey was known as the Little Lion, despite being a tall man, because he was the youngest of five brothers. In his day, the Gardeners ruled the Reach and often warred with the Kings of the Rock (TSS: 90)
  • When King Gyles the Third took his lances east to war against the Storm King, the King of the Rock seized the opportunity to attack the Reach. The Osgreys were Marshalls of the Northmarch in those days, so Ser Wilbert met the Lannister king, who was either Lancel the Fourth or the Fifth. Allegedly the two fought for half a day, until Ser Wilbert was nearly cut in half by Brightroar but not before he drove his dagger through a chink in the king's armor and killed him. The westermen abandoned the expedition and return to the Kingdom of the Rock (TSS: 91)
  • The stream called the Chequy Water has carried that name for a thousand years or more (TSS: 91-92)
  • Ser Eustace had a daughter named Alysanne who died during the Great Spring Sickness (TSS: 92, 118)
  • There was at least one other branch of the Osgreys in the time of King Daeron II, the Osgreys of Leafy Lake, but they had died out by 211 (TSS: 92)
  • Lord Rowan of Goldengrove is liege lord to House Osgrey (TSS: 92)
  • Three small, nameless villages fall within Standfast's dominion, the largest of which had a one-room sept with crude charcoal drawings of the Seven on its walls. Twice a year a real septon would come around to forgive sins in the Mother's name and peform rituals such as marriage ceremonies (TSS: 93, 96, 98)
  • Standfast's undercellar is where it's well and a large stone washtub can be found. The washtub doubles as a bathtub (TSS: 97-98)
  • Only three of Osgrey's smallfolk returned alive from the Blackfyre Rebellion (TSS: 104)
  • For a thousand years prior to the Conquest, the Osgreys had been Marshalls of the Northmarch. A dozen lesser lords did them fealty, as did a hundred landed knights. They had four castles under their control, the greatest of which was Coldmoat, and watchtowers on the hills to warn of enemies. Coldmoat was raised by Lord Perwyn Osgrey, known as Perwyn the Proud (TSS: 104-105)
  • Coldmoat was taken from Lord Osmond Osgrey following his speaking out against King Maegor's supression of the Poor Fellows and the Warrior's Sons (TSS: 105)
  • Addam Osgrey served as a page and then as a squire at Coldmoat, and a certain fondness grew between him and Lord Wyman's daughter. When his father proposed a marriage between them, however, the Lord of Coldmoat refused him (TSS: 105, 130)
  • Standfast lies east of Coldmoat. The shortest route between them is the west path, which is little used by 211 (TSS: 110)
  • Addam Osgrey was killed by a knight wearing the arms of House Smallwood, who took off his arm with an axe (TSS: 110)
  • The Osgreys once owned all the land for leagues around Standfast, from Nunny in the east to Cobble Cover. Among their holdings were Coldmoat, the Horseshoe Hills, the caves at Derring Downs, the villages of Dosk, Little Dosk, and Brandybottom, and both sides of Leafy Lake (TSS: 112)
  • Osgrey maids once wed Florents, Swanns, and Tarbecks, and even Hightowers and Blackwoods. (TSS: 112)
  • Wat's Wood once extended to Coldmoat, and before the Conquest aurochs and giant elk could be hunted there by the Osgreys and the kings of the Reach. It slowly dwindled in size, but even around 150 it extended to both sides of the Chequy Water. However, the Webbers took down the trees on their side so as to make pasturage (TSS: 112-113)
  • Great, brown tree cats were rare in Wat's Wood by 211 (TSS: 113)
  • The Chequy Water marks the border between the Webber lands and the Osgrey lands (TSS: 113-114)
  • Standfast is some half a dozen hours ride from Coldmoat (TSS: 114)
  • The Webbers have twenty times the smallfolk under their rule than the Osgreys have under theirs (TSS: 127)
  • The Osgreys lost control of the Chequy Water after the Blackfyre Rebellion, for following Daemon Blackfyre. It was given to the Webbers (TSS: 128, 130)
  • Daemon Blackfyre promised Coldmoat to Ser Eustace Osgrey (TSS: 129, 136)
  • Ser Eustace's wife threw herself from Standfast when her husband returned with the bones of her sons only to give their daughter Alysanne over as a hostage in King's Landing (TSS: 129)
  • If Ser Eustace Osgrey died without an heir, Standfast and all its rights and properties would revert to the crown (TSS: 130-131)
  • Alysanne Osgrey was 7 when was sent to King's Landing as a hostage following Blackfyre's Rebellion, and was 20 when she died as a silent sister (TSS: 136)
  • Wat's Wood was set ablaze in 211, during a dispute between Lady Rohanne and Ser Eustace Greyjoy of Standfast. Neither side claimed responsibility (TSS: 139, 145)
  • The conflict between the Osgreys and the Webbers was resolved following a trial by combat between their respective champions, Ser Duncan the Tall and Ser Lucas Inchfield. Ser Duncan proved the victor, and afterwards Ser Eustace and Lady Rohanne reconciled and wed one another (TSS: 153-155)