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Long Night that lasted a generation
Raising the dead to fight the living

The Long Night is the name given to a period in history where a terrible darkness fell across Westeros and the east. It occurred approximately eight thousand years before Podbój Aegona, in the midst of a great winter that lasted for years. The Long Night lasted a generation and laid waste to much of the world through famine and terror.[1]

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According to legends in the midst of this darkness a race of apparent demons, called the Inni emerged from the uttermost north, the polar regions of the Lands of Always Winter. Wielding razor-thin swords of ice and raising the dead to fight the living. The Dzieci Lasu and their allies, the Pierwsi Ludzie, fought valiantly against them, but were driven southwards by their advance.[1] The Inni were eventually checked when it was discovered that weapons made of smokglass could kill them. A great hero, who in the eastern tradition is known as Azor Ahai, led the war against the Inni wielding his sword of fire, Lightbringer, driving the Inni back. In the Westerosi tradition he may be known as the last hero.

Steps were taken to ensure that the people would never be caught offguard by an invasion from Północ again. The Mur was raised supposedly by Brandon Stark, known as Bran the Builder, an imposing structure of solid ice and Magia, stretching one hundred leagues from the Gorge in the east to the Morze Dreszczy in the west, cutting off the Lands of Always Winter from the remainder of Westeros. The Nocna Straż was established at this time to stand watch on the Mur and protect the people from the threat that lay to the north.

A later prophecy claimed that the Inni would return and Azor Ahai, the Prince that was Promised, would be reborn to lead the fight.[2]

References and Notes

  1. 1,0 1,1 Gra o Tron, Rozdział 24, Bran IV.
  2. Gra o Tron RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
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