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"I found it surprisingly beautiful. In a brutal, horribly uncomfortable sort of way."
Tyrion Lannister to Janos Slynt[src]

Castle Black, near the center of the Wall

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The location of Castle Black on the continent of Westeros.

Castle Black is the primary headquarters and redoubt of the Night's Watch. It is located roughly halfway along the length of the Wall on its southern side, at the northern end of the Kingsroad. It is a dark and chilling home to its garrison.[1]

Castle Black is one of only three manned castles left on the Wall along with Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and The Shadow Tower. There are nineteen castles along the Wall, but as their numbers fell over the centuries the Night's Watch had to abandon sixteen of them. Castle Black is located between the unmanned castles of Queensgate and Oakensheild.

Castle Black has a sept, but no Godswood. Those who are followers of the Old Gods of the Forest must travel a mile north of the Wall and into the Haunted Forest to take their vows before a heart tree.

Notable residentsEdit

  • Lord Commander {Jeor Mormont}, commander of the Night's Watch. Murdered by Rast during the mutiny at Craster's Keep.
    • Jon Snow, called "Lord Snow", personal steward of Lord Commander Mormont. Lord Commander. Killed in the Mutiny at Castle Black and resurrected by Melisandre. Vacated from his position after hanging his killers; named Eddison Tollett as his de facto successor.
  • Maester {Aemon}, once known as Aemon Targaryen, former heir to the Iron Throne and resident maester of Castle Black. Died of old age.
  • Benjen Stark, First Ranger of the Night's Watch. Missing in action and presumed dead by the Watch. Actually alive North of the Wall.
  • {Bowen Marsh}, First Steward of the Night's Watch. Hanged by Jon Snow for treason.
  • Ser {Alliser Thorne}, former master-at-arms of Castle Black. Sent to King's Landing to gather recruits. Made Acting Lord Commander upon his return. Newly named First Ranger due to Benjen Stark's disappearance. Hanged by Jon Snow for treason.
  • {Othell Yarwyck}, First Builder of the Night's Watch. Hanged by Jon Snow for treason.
    • {Cotter}, a builder and a wildling. Deserted the Watch with Gared Tuttle. Feeded and poisoned by Gared using Nightshade to end his suffering or has his heart taken out while still beating by Gared to help with Elsera's blood magic
    • Lord {Janos Slynt}, former Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing and Lord of Harrenhal, occupying a senior position in an unofficial manner. Executed by Lord Commander Jon Snow for insubordination.
  • {Yoren}, a recruiter for the Watch, rarely at Castle Black. Killed by Ser Amory Lorch in the Riverlands.
  • {Olly}, a child who survived a wildling raid on his village; sent by Styr to warn the Night's Watch about their arrival, after which he stays at Castle Black with the Night's Watch. Hanged by Jon Snow for treason.
  • Denner Frostfinger, a high-ranking member who oversees the training of select batches of new recruits.



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