Maidenpool

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Maidenpool
Town, castle
Location Westeros, riverlands
Government House Mooton , feudal lord.
Religion Faith of the Seven
Named for Jonquil's Pool[1]
Notable places Jonquil's Tower, Jonquil's Pool, Stinking Goose, Fool's Gate
The riverlands and the location of Maidenpool
The riverlands and the location of Maidenpool
Maidenpool
The riverlands and the location of Maidenpool

Maidenpool is a town in the eastern riverlands situated along the southern shore of the Bay of Crabs.[2] It is the seat of House Mooton. The castle at Maidenpool sits on a hill, and the town is walled.[1] East of Maidenpool are hills and soldier pines.[3]

There are two roads leading to King's Landing from Maidenpool, one a faster road which goes through Duskendale and the other which travels along the coast.[1]

Layout

Maidenpool has a busy harbor and pink stone walls.[4] The town is famed for its sweetwater bathhouse, Jonquil's Pool.[5] Maidenpool has a tavern called the Stinking Goose and numerous inns, including one near the Fool's Gate.[6] Its castle contains Jonquil's Tower.[7]

Fisherfolk northwest of Maidenpool fish the waters in leather coracles, while others collect clams.[6]

History

Older History

The town takes its name from the pool where the legendary Florian the Fool first spied Jonquil bathing with her sisters. Maidenpool failed to conquer Crackclaw Point.[3]

One of the Storm Kings, Monfryd the Mighty, defeated petty kings from House Mooton to add Maidenpool to his realm.[8]

The Fall of Maidenpool and the death of Florian the Brave during the Andal invasion are still recalled through song.[9] King Benedict I Justman added the town to his realm during his reign.[9] Torrence Teague was crowned King of the Trident at Maidenpool.[9]

The Storm King Arlan III Durrandon conquered the riverlands, including Maidenpool, from House Teague. Three centuries later, Harwyn Hardhand conquered the region for House Hoare.[9]

Targaryen Era

During Aegon's Conquest, Aegon I Targaryen and his half-brother, Orys Baratheon, defeated the Darklyns of Duskendale and the Mootons of Maidenpool in Aegon's first test. Lord Jon Mooton then supported Aegon against House Hoare.[10] Trade began to shift from Duskendale and Maidenpool to King's Landing as the new capital of the Seven Kingdoms grew under the rule of House Targaryen.[11]

Because of their anger at the incestual marriage between Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaena Targaryen in 41 AC, the septons of Maidenpool refused to bless a feast hosted by Lord Mooton for the couple.[12] Maidenpool's trade began to recover as merchants avoided the taxes and fees imposed on King's Landing by Lord Edwell Celtigar, the master of coin for King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[13] The king eventually replaced the harbormaster of Maidenpool.[14] Jaehaerys and his sister-wife, Queen Alysanne Targaryen, were to spend a fortnight in Maidenpool during a royal progress in 51 AC. Holy women attempted to assassinate Alysanne within Jonquil's Pool, however.[5]

The town hosted the tourney for King Viserys I's accession ca. 104 AC.[15]

The Dance and Regency

House Mooton supported the blacks at the start of the Dance of the Dragons. One hundred knights from Maidenpool under the command of Lord Walys Mooton participated in the retaking of Rook's Rest from the greens, but Walys was killed by Sunfyre afterward.[16]

Maidenpool was used as a base by the dragonriders Prince Daemon Targaryen and Nettles. Lord Manfryd Mooton, Walys's brother, did not want to obey Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen's order to kill Nettles. Maester Norren, who was keeper of the Chronicles of Maidenpool, informed the dragonriders of the command. When Nettles departed on Sheepstealer, the scream of Caraxes shattered the windows of Jonquil's Tower. After Daemon and Nettles left Maidenpool, Manfryd changed his allegiance from Rhaenyra to King Aegon II Targaryen.[7] Maidenpool welcome the host of Ser Corwyn Corbray when it arrived from the Vale of Arryn.[17]

Lord Manfryd served in the regency of Aegon III. Trade to Maidenpool was hampered due to the Daughters' War. The town suffered from Winter Fever in 133 AC,[18] but prospered during the Lysene Spring. Levies from Maidenpool joined the host of Ser Robert Rowan in support of Ser Joffrey Arryn.[19]

Recent History

House Mooton hosted a tourney at Maidenpool in 207 AC.[20] Ser Barristan Selmy was the victor in the mêlée at Maidenpool during the reign of King Aerys II Targaryen.[21]

Ser Arlan of Pennytree once beat his squire, Duncan the Tall, for eating a widow's pie, but the true culprit had been an inn boy.[20]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Maidenpool is sacked three times during the War of the Five Kings, once by "lions", once by "wolves", and finally by outlaws.[4] When Ser Jaime Lannister, Ser Cleos Frey, and Brienne of Tarth pass through on their way south, the town walls are deserted, the gates are smashed, and half the homes and shops are burned or plundered. Jonquil's Pool is filled with corpses. After they depart Maidenpool, Cleos is killed on the Duskendale road by outlaw bowmen, and the Brave Companions then capture Brienne and Jaime.[1]

After the battle at Duskendale, Lord Randyll Tarly marches on Maidenpool, takes its castle, and locks Lord William Mooton in a tower cell.[22]

Spotted Pate of Maidenpool is slain by Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg during the battle beneath the Wall.[23]

A Feast for Crows

Timeon, Pyg, and Shagwell, formerly of the Brave Companions, travel to Maidenpool but are unable to approach a ship.[3]

Brienne of Tarth visits Maidenpool during her search for Sansa Stark. She learns that Lord Tarly began rebuilding Maidenpool while hunting down the outlaws that haunted the areas around the town. The sept has a new slate roof, a stone inn is under construction to replace a wooden inn, and new homes are being built. Cleared lots contain vegetable plots, tents for merchants, and pavilion for Randyll's knights. Brienne spots a galley, a galleas, and a two-masted cog in the harbor, along with numerous fishing boats.[4]

After killing Timeon's outlaws at the Whispers, Brienne and her companions return to Maidenpool,. Ships in the harbor include Titan's Daughter, Gulltown Girl, and Seastrider. Brienne and Podrick Payne seek shelter for a night in Lady of Myr.[6] Septon Meribald's circuit around the riverlands from Maidenpool back to Maidenpool usually takes half a year.[6]

Jaime tasks Ser Ronnet Connington with escorting Ser Wylis Manderly from Harrenhal to Maidenpool.[24] After resolving the siege of Riverrun, Jaime tasks Rafford with bringing Ser Desmond Grell and Ser Robin Ryger to Maidenpool, where they can continue on to the Wall.[25] Lord Tarly departs Maidenpool for King's Landing after hearing that Queen Margaery Tyrell has been arrested by the Faith.[26]

A Dance with Dragons

Harrion Karstark remains a prisoner at Maidenpool,[27] but Wylis sails home to White Harbor.[28]

Lord Tarly reports that he hanged a killer and gelded a raper, both criminals from the Mountain's men, while he was Maidenpool.[29]

Chapters that take place at Maidenpool

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  2. A Clash of Kings, Map of the South
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 25, Brienne V.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Durrandon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  12. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  13. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  14. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  15. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragons - A Question of Succession.
  16. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  17. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  18. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  19. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The Hedge Knight.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 64, Jon VIII.
  24. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 44, Jaime VII.
  26. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  27. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  28. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos IV.
  29. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.