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[OFFICIAL]: Roleplayer's Guidebook.

on Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:38 pm


T E R M I N O L O G Y





  • House: refers to a noble family. Typically, there is a castle (AKA seat) per settlement (village/town/city) which means there is a noble family that rules that settlement, from said castle, decorated with their house sigil and banners. For example, House Staedmon occupies the castle of Broad Arch in the Stormlands. Broad Arch, although the name of the castle, is synonymously the name of the village it sits in. Therefore, House Staedmon rules over those villagers, and those villagers makeup the men within House Staedmon's army men. There is also an economy that comes with this. Hypothetically, Broad Arch's villagers could be made up of many Blacksmiths. Therefore their exports would be predominantly weapons and armour. This equates to the amount of money Broad Arch turns over, and therefore how much money House Staedmon has to play with.

  • Great House: refers to a noble family which rules over other noble houses. Thus having their own collective of houses and therefore army, known as "Bannermen". For example, House Baratheon is a Great House - because they occupy Storm's End, the capital of the Stormlands. Therefore, all the houses in the Stormlands (and in some cases others outside of it) are sworn to House Baratheon - meaning their armies, goods and gold can be controlled by House Baratheon.

    In some instances, Houses outside of a Great House's lands can swear their allegiance to them. For example, House Clegane of Clegane's Keep could in fact drop their allegiance to Great House Lannister and swear themselves to House Baratheon, despite being located in the Westerlands and not the Stormlands. This wouldn't result in any war (or maybe it would) between the Great House Lannister and House Clegane... but there would be some bitterness.

  • Titles: refers to the extensions after a noble person's name. For example, John Staedmon of House Staedmon, Lord of Broad Arch. There are other such titles, for example Lord Paramount of the Stormlands refers to a nobleman who represents the Stormlands on behalf of the King. Some titles can be very self-explanatory... others can be selfish notions of self-importance.

  • Ser: refers to someone who has been Knighted. Anyone, whether noble or commonfolk, can be anointed Knighthood. Usually, Knights are given some sort of command - whether in an army, or in a group of guardsmen. Knighthood can only be granted by a noble house, a great house or the King.

  • Kingslayer: is a title given to anyone who slays a King unjustly. Jaime Lannister earned the title "Kingslayer" for stabbing Aerys Targaryen in the back.

  • Lord / Lady: are titles reserved for those who have rightful ownership of a land and castle.

  • Castellan: is someone who is left in charge of lands and castles during their Lord's absence.

  • Consort: is a title given to a husband who takes his lady's name. For example, if Cadan Forrester married Nymeria Martell and took the Martell name, he would be the "Prince Consort" of Dorne. Meaning that power and ruling would still remain with Princess Nymeria.

  • Warden / Lord Paramount: Wardens and Lord Paramounts are titles given to each region of Westeros. Instated by Aegon the Conqueror, these titles clearly inform the realm of whom governs what region on behalf of the King.

  • Prince: is a title given to any Lord who inhabits and rules either Dragonstone or Summerhall. The only other example of Prince, would be in the Principality of Dorne.





C U L T U R E





  • Betrothed: means your marriage has been arranged with a specific person.

  • Marriage: is carried out in a wedding ceremony, which must be consummated. If it isn't, the marriage is annulled. Marriage can also benefit male nobles - for example, if the Lady of the Vale marries the Lord of Winterfell, he then inherits her lands and titles, thus he becomes the Lord of the Vale.  

  • Bastard: is a term to describe a son or daughter of two people who aren't married. Bastards take a surname specific to their region (ex: being born in the North, the bastard adopts the surname "Snow") and they can not inherit any lands, castles or titles unless legitimised by the King.

  • Heir: means the next in line to a particular position, usually to the title of Lord. In Westeros this typically means the legitimate son of the current occupier. In Dorne however, gender isn’t an issue. If the occupier has no heir, it falls to the next eldest family member - by blood or law, Male or female.

  • Regency: is for when a King or Lord is too young to rule or ascend to their rightful position. In this instance, Regency falls to the next eldest male family member. In the case of a King, it falls to the Queen Mother, or an elected individual from the Small Council.

  • Oath: is a promise given from one person to another. In Westerosi culture, especially amongst Knights and Nobles, oaths are a taken very seriously.

  • Sworn-to / Swear Fealty: Very similar to an Oath, but in more of a loyalty and war sense. This is the foundation of what it means to be a vassal. For example, House Umber (vassal House) is sworn-to House Stark (Great House). However, should House Umber rebel and destroy House Stark, then by Right of Conquest they inherit their lands, titles and sworn vassals. The consequences and aftermath of such an act... that is uncertain.





W E A P O N S / M A T E R I A L S





  • Wildfire:

  • Valyrian Steel:

  • Dragonglass:

  • Ironwood:




C R E A T U R E S





  • Dragons:

  • Direwolves:

  • The White Walkers:

  • Greyscale / The Stonemen:




S O C I E T Y





  • Right of Conquest:

  • Kingsguard:

  • The Small Council:

  • Trial by Combat:

  • The Court:

  • Stewards & Squires:

  • Prince(ss) of Dorne:

  • Maesters:

  • The Night's Watch:

  • The Gold Cloaks:




R E L I G I O N S





  • The Old Gods:

  • Faith of the Seven:

  • Rh'lorr:

  • The Many Faced God:

  • The Drowned God:




A B I L I T I E S





  • Dragonspeak: House Targaryen (and only House Targaryen), due to the "Blood of Old Valyria" are able to train, speak-to and form relationships with Dragons.

  • Baratheon Genetics: For unknown reasons, Baratheon's since Orys Baratheon (bastard son of Aegon "The Conqueror" Targaryen) have always had blue eyes and black hair. This fact recently proved the born-of-incest-bastardness of Tommen, Jeoffrey and Myrcella Baratheon (actually Lannister). Therefore, all Baratheon characters are limited to blue eyes and black hair.

  • Incest: Unlike the real world, incest in Game of Thrones doesn't produce deformities. Whilst it was thought that House Targaryen were the only ones gifted with this advantage, Jaime and Cersei Lannister successfully had incest children.

  • Warging: is the ability to take control and "possess" another living entity. Small animals proved easy, larger animals more difficult, and other humans incredibly hard. In some very rare instances, Warging allowed the user to travel back and forth through time - however they were unable to be seen, or physically affect its happenings.

  • Faceless Men: were from across the Narrow Sea, in western Essos. A very small and secretive cult of holy assassins. Faceless Men worshipped the "Many Faced God", also known as the "God of Death". After they had killed their victims, they were able to flay their face and wear it as their own. However, magically by doing so their entire body and voice would shape-shift into that person - portraying and mimicking them flawlessly.

  • Alchemy: was reserved for members of the Alchemist Guild at King's Landing. Members of the Alchemist's Guild would research and create different poisons and substances that would benefit the King any of his war efforts. Most famously, the Alchemist's Guild created Wildfire.

  • Necromancy: was reserved for members of the Alchemist's Guild at King's Landing. It was incredibly rare and frowned upon, especially by the Faith of the Seven. There hadn't been a single case of Necromancy for hundreds of years.



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