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The North
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Preceded By The Rise of Lucerne
Followed By Pitch Black
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The North is a short story that chronicles the quest of Jon Snow into the lands of Frostfang under the command of his father. The North details much of the lands north of Harrenhall, and also explores the end of Sigmar through the further understanding of what happened to him at the end of his life as well as some of the darker elements of Europe that have been buried by the Numenorians in their earlier attempts to protect the continent. The second part of the North deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Hardholme and the Wildling attempt to survive in the now White Walker dominated plains of Frostfang.

The North details the events of the First White Walker-United Clans War showing the POV side of the White Walkers through Duncan Craster, and Gunrik Icefoot who are both reluctantly forced to watch as the White Walkers are released from their prisons.

The North begins chronologically during the Valley of Lucerne as Jon Snow first mentions how following the War with Gondor he is commanded to head northward to deal with a problem. The North can be read or not read, but it gives a great deal of backstory as to why Jon Snow feels so deeply troubled during the story, and why during Westros he forgoes his chance at being true born, and takes men northward.

The North has five POV characters in the form of Jon Snow, Ygritte Styr, Mance Rayder, Duncan Craster, and Gunrik Icefoot of which Jon Snow is a Lucernian sent to the Frostfangs at the request of Viscount Maege Mormont and becomes embroiled in the fighting in the Frostfangs, while Ygritte is a blood member of Clan Styr and deals with the growing war in the Frostfangs, while Mance Rayder is a former Nightwatch who left and joined the Wildlings where he would lead an attempt to unify the Wildlings politically under one banner, its Duncan Craster that is the sole surviving son of Craster and has lived his whole life in the depths of Craster's Keep until the arrival of Jon Snow leads to him being sent out of the tower by the Orovar Yenfi Laol, and finally Gunrik Icefoot is a member of the Icefoot Clan and attempts to stop the force of Cottor Highmore from opening the Golden Cavern Tower and when this fails attempts to save his people from annihilation.

The North begins with Jon Snow being ordered to move northward to the lands of Stor under great secrecy and with only a few Lucernians able to go with them. After arriving there they deal with many consequences of the situation in the Frostfangs including discovering the existence of a centuries long guard against a hidden race in the Frostfangs. 

POV Characters

POV Characters Chapters
Jon Snow 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26
Ygritte Styr 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27, 31, 34
Mance Rayder 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 32, 35
Duncan Craster 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29, 33, 36
Gunrik Icefoot 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30

Plot Summary

Chapter 1

Jon Snow

Chapter Details

Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he is sitting with his brother Brann, and Robb when his father Eddard comes into the room. Eddard Starke would go to find his son following him reading the letter, and he found him spending time with his two other sons Brann, and Robb and seeing this warmed his heart considering how far the family had come from the bitterness they had about Jon only a few short years previous. He would send Brann away, but Robb accompanied him and Jon into the hall where Brandon, and Benjen Starke waited alongside many other nobles of House Starke to plan the journey of Jon Snow and his force to Bear Island. During the meeting it was made clear that the little information they had been given left them completely in the dark and thus it would be up to Jon to handle the information and decide how best to handle it once he arrived there. Eddard Starke gave Jon command of the forces he had used during the Gondor War and let him know that he could take whatever other men he needed but he had to travel with a small force. Jon would gather a few extra men that he had come to know, and then after saying goodbye to his family he would travel eastward to Bear Island and find out what the issue was. Arriving at Bear Island it was Jon and his party that would stay within the holdfast of Bearhold where they prepared to meet with Maege Mormont, who at the time was out hunting leaving her daughter Dacey Mormont in command of the city. Jon had met Dacey previously during the Gondor-Lucerne War and thus the two were able to get along quickly but there was silence on her part as she refused to speak of the mission her mother had requested help in. Waking in the morning to a knock on his door he follows Alysane Mormont and two Mormont guards to the Great Hall where upon arriving he finds Samwell waiting for him, and together with Alysane they both enter the hall. Inside they find Dacey, and Maege sitting at the table joined by several other Bear Island nobles. Maege doesn't speak as they sit down, she just continues eating the meal in front of her and this leaves Dacey to introduce Jon Snow to the other nobles who are shown as Halmen Woodfoot, and Derek Bearmant. Following this introduction its Dacey that begins reading the letter sent to Maege by her brother Joer Mormont. The letter details his need for assistance at the Southern Frostfang Wall where he stands as the Lord Commander of the Nights Watch. Unaware of what any of this means its Maege that finally begins speaking and tells Jon a story about the dangers the wall protects the world from, and how her family has always sent a member of its rank to the wall to help the Nights Watch. Samwell is skeptical of the dangers beyond the wall, but Maege brushes this aside and tells the group assembled that Jon will be leading a force to assist her brother in whatever he needs and realizing that his father gave him the power to ignore this request he asks for several hours to think on things. Maege smashes the table and storms from the room leaving Dacey to smooth things over with Jon telling him that she will get him the time he needs, but for all the Mormont vassals they needed to be ready by the end of the day to leave. Jon leaves the hall with Samwell and goes to meet with his force who remains at the boat. Meeting with the force he tells them what he was told and most begin laughing but the laughter is stopped by Tobias of whom tells the group that Maege Mormont is not one for jokes. Tobias argues that if Maege is asking for this then they should not ignore the request, and his words turn several of the others leading to Jon also agreeing despite the resistance of Samwell. Jon and Tobias return to the great hall where they find servants and soldiers moving goods to a ship and finding Dacey they see that the group is leaving quicker than even it was said in the great hall. Jon agrees to go and Dacey thanks him, telling one of her knights to begin loading his boat with supplies for the journey northward.

Chapter 2

Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she is walking through the gates of Styrten following a dozen men when she is stopped by a shout and turning she sees it is her younger brother Darrik Styr of whom runs into her arms causing laughter from the men around her, and smacking him for being childish she leaves with saying she loves him as he had demanded. Traveling into the mountains she thinks on how she is traveling to a camp that she and her sister run where they capture Mountain Bulls that the Styr use as mounts and beasts of burden, and while she realizes that she is good at this she longs to gain vengeance against the killer of her brother a man named Hranald Magmar.

  • Darrik Styr
  • Grewa Styr
  • Rogor
  • Hrorald Urtyr

  • Styrten

  • Clan Styr

  • Chapter 3

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he wakes up and finds his arm is bleeding quite badly and his leg is caught under a large amount of snow, and coming to believe he will die he thinks on his childhood and how he got to this point in his life. Waking up Mance finds himself lying on a bed in a tent with a women fussing over his wound, and alarmed at first he tries to get up but she pushes him back down and tells him he has nothing to fear, and calming down the two talk for a time with mance learning her name is Dalla and she and her family live in a small village south of the town of Skilving and are sworn to Clan Nightrunner. Spending several days with Dalla he comes to have feelings for her but the arrival of Vigodr Nightrunner a high ranking member of Clan Nightrunner leads to a return to normalcy when Vigodr tells him that the Nights Watch is looking for him, and Vigodr seeing how close mance is with Dalla tells him that he can join them if he wants, but despite being tempted Mance says he must return as he swore oaths. Spending the last night with the family of dalla he is woken in the night by Dalla and without a word the two sleep together realizing this is probably there last night together and after this they fall asleep together. Waking up in the morning Mance finds Dalla waiting at the tent entrance and she has his cloak with her and has repaired the damage but he notices the red that she had used to repair it and thinks it may be an issue but seeing the look of happiness in her eyes he takes it with him, and goes with Vigodr who is to take him back to Shadow Tower where during the ride back Vigodr tells him that his relationship with Dalla means that he will always have a place with the Nightrunner Clan. Arriving back at Shadow Tower it is

    Chapter 4

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 5

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 6

    Jon Snow

    Chapter Details

    Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter Jon Snow watches as their boat leaves the Bear Island harbor and pushes off to sea as they begin the trip by sea to their eventual stop at Storhold. The trip to Storhold was completely uneventful but during this trip the group would mingle during stops with the other boat which was filled with the men of House Mormont. During these stops they learned more about the dangers of the Frostfang mountains and what was once a simple task to complete became much riskier with each passing day. Arriving at Storhold the group would be given permission to travel to the Nights Watch by the Commander of the port, and then as they prepared to make their way to the Wall they were stopped by two men clothed in the armor of House Highmore, and one in the colors of House Martell or whom without saying a word passed a note to Jon Snow that said to meet them east of the town in the town of Stor. Forced due to the Highmores being vassals of House Lovie they would move to the town of Stor which was the capital of the Kingdom of Stor, and thus was heavily populated by the Storr. Jon would follow the notes command and traveled east to Stor where two days from the town they were greeted at their camp by the two men of House Lovie. The men introduced themselves as Harven Moore, Hedrin Tolhmave II., Cotter Highmore, and Domeric Highmore of whom had been sent to Storhold to assist Jon Snow in the mission. This group also had several men at arms with them with the Highmores bringing five men, the Moore's two, and the Tolhmaves bringing three. Cotter Highmore told Jon that the force from House Lovie had been sent by Carlisle Cullen with the purpose of gaining access to a Magical item known as the Shard of Erdillin. Realizing that his purpose there was quite different to the goals of the Lovie force he wanted to travel separately but it was Cotter that let him know that they would be joining him with or without his acceptance of them. Traveling through the lands of the Storr went without issue but upon arriving at border with the Nights Watch they were stopped at Long Lake where they were blocked on the road by a group of soldiers clothed in Black Robes. Led by Waylar Dalt the Nights Watch asked for the purpose of their business and giving the letter they had been sent by Joer Mormont calmed the Nights Watch who were obviously quite concerned about the arrival of more than five hundred foreign heavily armed troops at their border. Now escorted by the Nights Watch they entered what the Nights Watch called the Gift. The gift they said was land given to the Nights Watch by the King of ancient Stor so that they could provide for their mission protecting the Storr against the dangers of the North. As they entered Castle Black they were met by the Nights Watch Commander in the form of Joer Mormont of whom assigned several of his stewards to make a place for the Lucernian force to stay. While this was happening Joer had Samwell, and Jon accompany him to the Lord Commanders tower where he would discuss with them why he had called for assistance. Entering the tower, they go up many levels until they reach a floor with a large table and several men sitting down and realize this must be the meeting hall of sorts. Sitting them down Joer is pulled away by a Maester and leaves Jon and Samwell at the table with the three Nights watch who were already at the table. These men introduce themselves as Bowen Barsh, and Denys Bucknet of which Bowen explains he was a noble of Storr but as the third son he chose the honor of the Nights Watch to inheriting nothing from his family, while Denys Bucknet explains he was the fourth son of his noble family in Lombard to the east and joined for similar reasons. Jeor returns and tells Jon that he asked for help as the wall was coming under increasing threat from the Wildlings who live in the valley of Frostfang. Explaining that usually this would be a matter for the Kingdom of Storr or Kingdom of Lombard who have supported them he reveals that both are caught up in larger issues and that he needed immediate assistance. Joer details that the Lucernian force would help them to augment the defenses of the wall while the Storr and Lombard governments finished their issues. Jon though would take an elite force with Joer and travel with a small Night's Watch force accompanied as well by several knights from Storr to meet with a man named Craster. Joer would be traveling to Stor to push for more assistance from the Kingdom of Stor thus leaving Jon Snow to delay any issues in the Frostfang.

    Chapter 7

    Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she arrives at Magmantar where she plans to instigate a fight with her nemesis Hranald Magmar, and arriving at the gates she is met by a group of Magmar men of whom tell her she is not welcome and to leave almost causing a fight between them and the men with Ygritte but this is difused by the arrival of Krilla Magmar of whom is the wife of Hranald and of whom shows herself as a formidable warrior when stands up to Ygritte. Realizing that Hranald is not at Magmantar she prepares to leave with her men, but is stopped by Krilla who demands a fight to the death in order to attempt to stop Ygritte from eventually killing her beloved Hranald, and despite not wanting to fight her she relents after Krilla embarreses her verbally. The two engage in a brutal fight where both almost win several times but eventually Krilla tires and misses a swing and is decaptiated by Ygritte causing an uproar among the magmar men but they are forced to allow Ygritte to leave due to the stakes of the duel.

    Chapter 8

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 9

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 10

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 11

    Jon Snow

    Chapter Details

    Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter it was Jon Snow and his commanders that would rest for a few days while the Nights Watch prepared their force to accompany the Lucernians, as well as awaited the arrival of the knights of Storr and whatever forces they sent. After several days the Storr Knights arrive in the form of two knights named Orland Glovelyn, and Anthor Stanlire of whom bring three hundred and fifty men with them. The arrival of Orland and Anthor changes the Nights Watch demeanor as they become subservient to the Storr Knights and despite knowing that they are going into a dangerous area its Orland that refuses to cross the wall instead sending Anthor who is shown as the lower tier knight. Anthor takes thirty of the Storr men who join Jon’s force, and a group of two hundred Nights Watchmen led by First Ranger Dorin Orkwood. When the force traveled north through the tunnel below Castle Black, they headed towards the lands of Craster which from the power Jeor described this man having he assumed was a tiny little kingdom. When they arrived, Jon discovers that the keep is a large town that had the look of an expansive slums, and a large wooden hold fast situated in the center on a large hill. The plan is to meet with Craster so that they can gain his support in keeping the Wildlings from attacking the wall, although the Nights Watch accompanying them seem to feel this is a fool’s errand. For the part of the House Lovie contingent, they plan to use this time to find information on the location of the Shard of Erdillin. Entering Craster’s Keep they are met by groups of armed women who appear in rough armor and weapons, and these women Dorin warns are not to be spoken to by any of the men, and all agree to this except for Anthor who laughs at being constrained around savages. Most of the men are told to remain outside leaving only Jon Snow, Samwell, Dorin, and Anthor to enter the hall. Entering the hall of Craster’s keep they find the first man inside the holdfast and as Dorin shakes his hand they see this man as Craster. As the group sits down its Dorin that speaks first asking Craster what he knows of missing rangers who were said to have passed through his lands. Hearing this for the first time Jon just listens as Craster refuses to answer any questions before he receives his gifts. To get him to speak Dorin gives Craster his own sword, and when this isn’t enough Dorin gives him his shield which does the trick and Craster begins to speak. Craster tells them that a group of rangers did pass through his lands, but they left without incident. Craster does tell them that the rangers were planning on heading to the Fist of the First Men, and skeptical on why they would go there its Craster that reveals he had told the rangers that he heard a magical vault was located at the site. Craster ends the conversation, telling them they can stay in the lower grounds which are the houses outside the holdfast, and this nearly leads to violence when Anthor laughs at the request. Calming Craster down its Dorin that leads the group out of the hall and back into the homes outside the hall. Preparing the force to leave its Craster that comes outside and demands Jon come back inside speaking to him for the first time. Jon goes back in alone and entering the hold fast again its Craster that tells him he knows him to be a Starke which surprises Jon. Giving no further information he tells Jon that he is welcome to stay in the holdfast with some of his men, but the remainder of the force must leave immediately. Leaving the hall again he tells Dorin, Anthor, and Samwell about this and Dorin tells him to accept this but to keep an eye out for danger, and to learn what he can. Samwell gathers the rest of Jon’s men who now enter the holdfast, while Jon is introduced to several women for the first time by Craster who calls them his wives before leaving them to direct him while he grabs a younger girl and leads her towards the tower beside the hall. The women would introduce themselves as Dyah, and Ferny and the two would show Jon and his men to one of the houses where they will stay. Arriving at the house they find several younger girls preparing the house and one of the girls bumps into Sam causing her to flee the house and Samwell to follow her. Jon and his group would stay in the keep for several days with each day Craster inviting him into his hall for a quick conversation, and then after asking him a few questions its Craster that sends him away. During their time there Jon's friend Sam would fall in love with the girl he had run after and introducing her to Jon she is called Gilly and unlike many of the other girls she is not plain but in fact quite beautiful. From the girl they learn more about what is happening in the area including the truth of why there are no boys in the holdfast. Gilly reveals that Craster is her father and all the girls at the holdfast are his daughters with him having lived for many normal lifetimes breeding with his own children. Hidden beneath the heavy furs it’s only Ginny revealing her stomach that Jon realizes she is pregnant. Samwell begs Jon to leave the holdfast and to take her with them, but Jon is unwilling to violate the agreement he has made with Craster despite the horror that he is committing on the people of the town. The next morning, he is awoken by the girl he had met the day before. Sam had told her Jon’s father is a king, and she pleads with Jon to take her and her unborn child to the king. She fears for the child’s life, and Jon learns that if it’s a boy, Craster will give it to the gods. When Jon asks what gods, Gilly elaborates 'the cold gods, the white shadows', and Jon knows that he needs to finally push Craster for answers. Jon tells her he can’t help her, and she runs off. Jon later confronts Sam, who tells him he thought they could help the girl when they returned from the north, but Jon tells him he was a fool. Following these confrontations its Jon that is summoned before Craster and before Craster can speak Jon demands to know why he is being given these conversations and what the white shadows are. Craster for the first time shows emotion and reveals some of the truth of things. Revealing that he has made a deal with a creature lying trapped beneath his tower, and the deal requires him to give the creature all the boys born of his line. In return for this the creature gives him complete resistance to age, and safety from what is coming. Jon begins to move towards the tower preparing to kill this creature but is stopped by Craster who shows Magi abilities. Craster tells Jon that if he wants to stop all this he needs to travel to the Tower of Frostfang, and it’s there he will find answers.

    • Orland Glovelyn
    • Anthor Stanlire
    • Dorin Orkwood
    • Craster
    • Dyah
    • Ferny
    • Gilly

  • Craster's Keep
  • Tower of Frostfang

  • Chapter 12

    Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she

    Chapter 13

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 14

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 15

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 16

    Jon Snow

    Chapter Details

    Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he leaves Crasters Keep and heads north towards the First of the First Men where they plan to meet with the larger Nights Watch force and let them know what Craster told him. Craster assigns a young man from what they assume is the lower town named Duncan to guide them to the Tower of Frostfang, and the young man barely talks but is able to guide them through the harsh landscape moving north. The group is taken by Duncan to the site of another ruined tower that Duncan calls the Tower of Nakyo Mian and this tower is just like the tower at Craster’s Keep in that it doesn’t appear to be made by any builder anyone in the group has ever seen before. As they explore the tower its Duncan that disappears behind a door that he locks behind him, but he leaves behind a map which the group takes and uses to leave the labyrinth that is the Tower of Nakyo Mian. The group continues traveling north eventually reaching the outskirts of the First of the First Men where they are surrounded by dozens of Wildlings who bring them towards the town overlooking the ruined tower.

    • Ornamir Brokentower IV.

  • Tower of Nakyo Mian
  • Fist of the First Men
  • Vault of Celunil

  • Broken Tower Tribe

  • Chapter 17

    Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she

    Chapter 18

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 19

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 20

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 21

    Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 22

    Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter as Ygritte walks in the mountain foothills an unnatural snow storm separates her from her hunting party and driven forward by whispering in her head she comes on a cave entrance which she has never seen before despite having traveled the area for months. Entering the cave she finds a door and continuing to follow the whispers she goes inside and when the door locks behind her she enters a room and then it shakes and she is taken upwards horrified, but after several minutes it stops and the door opens revealing a women on the other side standing there staring out giant windows, but when she takes a step inside the women turns revealing herself to be Vera Stonesnake.

    Chapter 23

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 24

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 25

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 26

    Jon Snow is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 27

    Ygritte is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter she

    Chapter 28

    Mance Rayder is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 29

    Duncan Craster is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

    Chapter 30

    Gunrik Underfoot is the POV Character of this chapter and during this chapter he

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