Instead of simple crenellations, the Valyrian Freehold decorated the ancient walls of Dragonstone with a thousand different gargoyles and grotesques. Dragonstone's designs include basilisks, cockatrices, demons, griffins, hellhounds, manticores, minotaurs, and wyverns, among other creatures. The middle and inner walls have guardian gargoyles. A waist-high stone gargoyle is also found outside the castle before an inn at the island's port.
During the fierce storm which raged amid the birth of Daenerys Targaryen, gargoyles were ripped from the walls of Dragonstone to crash upon the royal fleet below. Maester Cressen has become fond of the monstrous decorations at Dragonstone.
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While moving from the gargoyles of the First Keep toward the broken tower within Winterfell, Bran Stark discovers Queen Cersei Lannister and her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, within the First Keep. The knight pushes Bran out the window, crippling the boy. After recovering from his coma, Bran has a dream involving climbing a tower and seeing red-eyed gargoyles which may once have been lions. Rickon Stark later uses the far-eye of Maester Luwin to look at the gargoyles atop the First Keep from the maester's turret.
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A Storm of Swords
A Dance with Dragons
—thoughts of Cressen
The nightfire burned against the gathering dark, a great bright beast whose shifting orange light threw shadows twenty feet tall across the yard. All along the walls of Dragonstone the army of gargoyles and grotesques seemed to stir and shift.—thoughts of Davos Seaworth
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 8, Bran II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 4, Bran I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 41, The Turncloak.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- The Sworn Sword.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 9, Tyrion I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 17, Bran III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 66, Bran VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 47, Arya IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 37, The Prince of Winterfell.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 63, Davos VI.