The Crownlands is one of the nine constituent regions of the continent of Westeros. It was never a sovereign nation, instead being contested between the Dorzecze, Krainy Burzy and other regions until Aegon the Conqueror seized control of the area during his invasion and made it his primary foothold on the continent. Since then, the Crownlands have been ruled directly by the crown on the Żelazny Tron. Bastards in the Crownlands are given the surname Waters.
Geography and Climate
The Crownlands are south of Dolina Arrynów, southeast of the Dorzecze, and north of Reach and the Krainy Burzy. The Wąskie Morze lies to the east. With the exception of Crackclaw Point, the land is largely flat. Lying in the middle portion of Westeros, the Crownlands possess a temperate climate.
- Królewska Przystań, capital and greatest city of the realm.
- The Królewski Las, the royal hunting forest.
- Duskendale, the region's secondary port. Seat of House Rykker.
- Rosby, a small town, seat of House Rosby.
- Czarna Zatoka, into which the Czarny Nurt flows.
- Szczypcowy Przylądek, a rugged peninsula full of insular folk.
- Massey's Hook, another peninsula that with Crackclaw Point forms the inlet of Blackwater Bay. Separated from Driftmark by the Gullet.
The metropolis of Królewska Przystań is the driving force of the region, with the largest population and harbor in the realm. Trade and taxes flow into the capital from every corner of the realm acknowledging the Żelazny Tron, and many foreign vessels ply their wares as well. Virtually every craft and trade are practiced here, from metalsmithing and shipbuilding to alchemy. Elsewhere, fishing and farming are the norm, with a smattering of the common professions.
In the Era Herosów, the petty kings of Ród Darklynów ruled much of the future Crownlands, from Duskendale to Crackclaw Point. Although neighboring realms forced them to swear fealty and their lands changed hands many times over the years, the Darklyns remained one of the more influential houses of the region. Two centuries before the Wars of Conquest, the Targaryens of Valyria settled Smocza Skała as the westernmost colony of the Freehold, becoming another power in the region. It was at the mouth of the Blackwater that Aegon I and his sisters landed with their initial army, later founding Królewska Przystań.
Since the Conquest, the Crownlands houses have historically been a strong source of support for Ród Targaryenów, with Crackclaw Point being particularly fierce supporters. The Conqueror's original Mała Rada included several Crownlanders, including Crispian Celtigar, Daemon Velaryon, and Tristan Massey. Nobles from the region such as Qarlton Chelsted, a Hayford lord, and several Targaryens have served as Namiestnik Króla, and even smallfolk of the region are near enough to catch the royal eye for such service, such as Rossart and presumably Septons Barth and Murmison. Nobles and smallfolk alike also provide much of the manpower for the Straż Miejska Królewskiej Przystani. The Gwardia Królewska has also included many Crownlanders, including Duncan the Tall, Donnel of Duskendale, at least six Crackclaw Pointers, and seven Darklyn Rycerzs. The Bunt w Duskendale, a rising by the Darklyns, was a sign that even the normally loyal Crownlands were losing respect for the smoklords. Later, the outlaws of the Bractwo z Królewskiego Lasu robbed nobles in the forest before being suppressed by the Gwardia Królewska. After overthrowing Targaryen rule Robert Baratheon kept a Crownlands presence among the White Cloaks by naming Boros Blount to the order. Lingering Targaryen sympathies, meanwhile, were the reason that King Robert named his brother Stannis the new Lord of Smocza Skała.
Wojna Pięciu Królów
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The Crownlands continue to be sworn to whomever holds the Żelazny Tron, and the lords of the region are often seen at court. There is lingering anti-Lannister sentiment from the Zdobycie Królewskiej Przystani, with Ród Stokeworthów being among those listed by Littlefinger as possible supporters in a hypothetical coup after Robert I's death. On the outbreak of war, the lords of the Narrow Sea gather their fleets to support Stannis Baratheon, while the mainland lords support Ród Baratheonów z Królewskiej Przystani, backed by the Lannisters. The mainland lords' food supplies are the only thing that prevents Królewska Przystań from starving during the Tyrell embargo. The split of the Crownlands effectively ends after Lannister-Tyrell victory in the Bitwa nad Czarnym Nurtem. Since this battle, major engagements in the Crownlands have been an Żelazny Tron victory at Duskendale over a Północern infantry force, and over Stannis's remnants at Smocza Skała. After Joffrey I's death, Queen Regent Cersei appoints Gyles Rosby and Aurane Waters, two Crownlanders, to her Mała Rada, although Rosby dies of natural causes and Aurane flees the city after the queen's arrest.
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