|POV Role||The North|
|Appears In||Lucerne Series|
|Allegiance|| Family Loyalties
|Children|| Base Born
With Jon Snow
Ygritte Styr is a fifth generation Titan born the daughter of Oralder Styr and the fourth generation Valkyrie Titan Vera Stonesnake although she believes as does her father that her mother died during childbirth. Ygritte has several half siblings through her father Chief Oralder with those surviving being Gorrad, Darrik, and Grewa of which
Ygritte was born in the Wildling town of Styrten where as the child of Chief Oralder Styr she was a prominent birth in the town, although her mother would perish during the birth leaving her to be raised by one of her fathers other lovers. Growing up in Styrten she was very close with her eldest brother Harrik Styr who was a very influential warrior in the town and led one of the warbands of Clan Styr and his influence would be the most influential over her early childhood. Ygritte's brother Harrik would be killed in an honor duel with Hranald Magmar, and watching this she was horrified and tried to kill Hranald but was stopped by her father but despite this she would swear an oath of vengeance against Hranald, and following this she became obsessed with avenging her brother. Her dreams of vengeance would come to an end when she was sent away by her father in order to begin working at the task of capturing the Mountain Bulls on the slopes of the western Frostfang Mountains. Alongside her sister Grewa she grew quite skilled at the task, and this led her to rising in respect among the ranks of Clan Styr, and to this point she became the target of many men who came to want to make her their wife, but each time she became disappointed by their failed attempts at capturing her and she resisted them. She would become involved in something much larger then herself when her father moved Clan Styr into the growing alliance of Wildlings and she went southward to meet with the Night's Watch that was going to come to Hardholme to meet with them. On this march her clan mates were killed by members of the Magmar Clan who wanted to derail the peace process and targeted the Styr for their involvment. Ygritte would be protected by her friend Rattleshirt of whom was a Magmar but atleast an honorable member, and would join with them as they moved southward to intercept the Night's Watch. She would be captured by Jon Snow of whom would spark something within herself that she had never felt before for any of the multitude of men that had tried to make her theirs. Ygritte would protect Jon Snow and Domeric Highmore after they were captured by the forces of the Magmar, and following this she would lead them back towards Hardholme where she would protect them alongside her clan. As they got closer the camp came under attack from the vanguard of the White Walker army and many were killed but she escaped with Rattleshirt, Jon, and Domeric and returned to Hardholme where she would meet with her clan briefly and have an intense but brief affair with Jon. The White Walker army would attack and despite bravery by the defenders including Jon, and Ygritte burning hundreds the defenses failed and the city was overrun forcing them to abandon the city and flee. Ygritte followed Jon to the wall where she told him she would leave with him, but the moment she reached the wall and probably well before she knew she couldn't leave and thus the two lovers would say goodbye and promise to see each other again before going their separate ways. Fleeing the rampaging White Walkers it was Ygritte who returned to Styrten where her father held the town against the encroachment of the White Walkers, and alongside her father she helped to hold the town against several assaults from the White Walkers. Her assistance would end when she came to hear whispers in her mind and overcome by a desire to find the source she traveled north on a hunting mission into the mountains and it was while here that she was led to the Tower of Frostfang and a meeting with Vera Stonesnake.
Ygritte was born in the Wildling town of Styrten where as the child of Chief Oralder Styr she was a prominent birth in the town, although her mother would perish during the birth leaving her to be raised by one of her fathers other lovers. Growing up in Styrten she was very close with her eldest brother Harrik Styr who was a very influential warrior in the town and led one of the warbands of Clan Styr and his influence would be the most influential over her early childhood.
Death of Harrik
Ygritte's brother Harrik would be killed in an honor duel with Hranald Magmar, and watching this she was horrified and tried to kill Hranald but was stopped by her father but despite this she would swear an oath of vengeance against Hranald, and following this she became obsessed with avenging her brother.
Her dreams of vengeance would come to an end when she was sent away by her father in order to begin working at the task of capturing the Mountain Bulls on the slopes of the western Frostfang Mountains. Alongside her sister Grewa she grew quite skilled at the task, and this led her to rising in respect among the ranks of Clan Styr, and to this point she became the target of many men who came to want to make her their wife, but each time she became disappointed by their failed attempts at capturing her and she resisted them.
Main Article : The North
| The North |
It was so cold in its climate, and yet it was the first place I ever felt truly warm.
In this task he performed very well alongside his best friends Tucker Jurny, and Samwell Tarly who both were noble born with Tucker a noble born boy of House Jurny, while Samwell was a rejected member but still a member of House Tarly. Due to the importance and skill he had shown during the brief War with Gondor he was noticed by the leadership of Lucerne of whom sent a letter to Eddard Starke which detailed a mission that they needed the Starke's to do, and they wanted him to send Jon Snow as he was the last in the line of succession. Eddard Starke rejected this asurtion that Jon Snow was somehow not important to his family, but the letter was clearly not asking for permission, and thus Jon Snow at the young age of seventeen was going to be heading north to Arnor. The letter itself was sent by Catherine Lovie and she kept this completely a secret from her brother Bill Lovie as by this point it was only two years away from the Journey and thus the kingdom was smack dab in the middle of Bill Lovie's madness. The letter detailed that south of the Arnor central town of Galheim was a cold land sheltered between mountains called Frostfang, and it was in this sheltered land that he would travel and make connections with. The land was important long term in order for the Kingdom of Lucerne to assist the Kingdom of Arnor, and it would also allow them to stop any expansion from Galheim into the lands south of Frostfang.
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 it killed him to have to send him on what would most likely be his dying mission. 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 mission sent forth by Catherine Lovie. During the meeting it was made clear that the little information they had been given left them nearly completely in the dark but they obviously couldn't get more without risking making Bill Lovie aware of the fact that Catherine Lovie was no longer in his corner. 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 relatively small force. Jon would gather together a few extra men that he had come to know, and then after saying goodbye to his family he would travel northward to the Riverlands to take a boat to Storhold which was the port closest to Frostfang.
The RoadThe trip to Storhold was completely uneventful but their arrival their was greeted 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. The town of Stor was the capital of the Kingdom of Stor, and thus was heavily populated by the Storr. Jon would follow the notes command and travelled 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 make Jon Snow more aware of the mission they were sent north to accomplish. This group also had several men at arms with them with the Highmores bringing five men, the Moore's two, and the Tolhmaves brining three. Cotter Highmore told them that northward of them was the land of Frostfang which they knew but they didn't know that the land held a massive wall which was controlled by a group called the Thenn, and for centuries the Thenn had placed a toll on those wanting to travel south, and north but they had never chosen a side. He explained that things were changing and the Thenn were engaged in a massive civil conflict pitting the forces of Styr Thenn of whom wanted to side silently with Arnor but continue making the road neutral against the forces of Magmar Thenn who wanted to side with The Empire and allow them free reign into Westros. Jon Snow and the rest of his force wanted to know how they had come by this information and Cotter Highmore said that it had come from players inside the goverment of the Thenn who wanted to end the conflict that was destroying Thenn from the inside.
Travelling through the lands of the Storr was uneventfull until they arrived at the Long Lake where they were blocked on the road by a group of soldiers clothed in Black Robes. The soldiers said that they were men of the Nights Watch and that they were being lied to about what was happening on the other side of the Wall. When asked what was actually happening the men were evasive but said that they would only allow the Lucernians to enter if they wore the cloth of the Nights Watch and promised that whatever happened inside they would not bring the Thenn southward. Being surrounded by these dangerous men made him quickly agree to their proposal and thus the entire part would don the robes, and markings of the Nights Watch while still maintaining their own house colors. Now escorted by the Nights Watcht 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 told them more about the inner workings of the Night's watch but continued to be evasive about what the great danger north of the wall actually was. During this explanation Jeor briefly left leaving Jon, Tucker, and Samwell alone with nights watchmen in the form of 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 was going to accompany him north with a small Night's Watch force accompanied as well by several knights from Storr as he understood that the mission Jon was on had a greater consequence then anything in the entire world. At this kind of statement Jon once again attempted to force Jeor to explain himself but all he said was that their were dangers in the cold of the north that noone should ever have to be afraid of.The group would rest for a few days while the Nights Watch prepared there force to accompany the Lucernians, as well as awaited the arrival of the knights of Storr and whatever forces they sent. During this time Jon Snow came to understand that Jeor Mormont was once a great noble of the Kingdom of Lucerne born of Bear Island but had traveled north as punishment for the failure of his son. When the force traveled north through 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 he discovered that it was nothing more then a wooden hovel controlled by an old man named Craster. The plan is to stay at Craster's Keep for a day until it is more calm weather so that they can travel to the town of Hardhome where they would meet with the Thenn leadership. Jeor Mormont commands his men to leave Craster’s wives alone, and then enters the wildling’s hall with his senior men. It is rumored that Craster’s mother lay with a ranger, and that is why the wildling is courteous to the Night's Watch. Craster claims he has not seen any of the rangers that Jeor had send north in three years, but he remembers Waymar Royce and his party. When the Old Bear mentions the wights that attacked him at Castle Black, Craster feigns ignorance, but one of his wives recognizes the truth in the tale by the look of horror on her face. Craster tells Mormont that he is technically sworn to Clann Thenn but this is only for convenience and in actuality is a free man, and hence has not heeded Mance Rayder’s call, although all the other wildling settlements have. To learn more, Mormont gives Craster a new axe and some good wine in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Mance’s host. Craster recognizes Jon as a Stark, and learns he is Eddard Stark’s bastard. During their time there Jon's friend Sam would fall in love with a young Thenn girl of whom begin to unravel some of the mystery of the land for them when she told them that the Thenn were the most powerful of the clanns in the Frostfang with only the magmar and the Styr hoping to challenge them for power in the Frostfangs. The girl also begin talking about the rumors of a growing threat from monsters she called the White Walkers but when Sam pressed her on this she refused to tell him more about these supposed White Walkers but she told him that they should leave Frostfang as soon as possible as this land was lost to men.
The First Signs
Their peaceful rest in Craster's Keep would come to an end as they begin to discover that this Craster took his daughters as his wives and interbred with them a thought that proved disgusting for the Lucernians. Jon goes in search of Sam so that the fat boy can draw a map, and during this search he finds Ghost has taken a rabbit from one of Craster’s wives. Jon apologizes to the girl, whom he notices is pregnant, but the girl runs off when Lark the Sisterman warns her that Ghost might eat her. Jon finds Sam and tells him to attend the Old Bear. The next morning he is awoken by the girl who holding a knife to Jon's throat tells him that her name is Gilly and that she needs his help. Gilly tells Jon that 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 Craster lied about not being aware of the Others and wights. Craster has been giving them sheep now since the Others come more often. Jon tells her he can’t help her and she runs off. When Gilly begins to cry Jon escapes the knife at his throat and leaving her alone he goes to find Sam but did not give any promises to Gilly outside of saying how sorry he is for what she has gone through.
Jon finds and 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. As they depart, Jon mentions to Mormont that Craster has no sons, but Mormont was aware that Craster offers them to the Others as a type of prayer. The rangers have known this for a long time, but the Watch has found Craster to be helpful over the years, and Mormont would not harm the wildling. Mormont reveals that Mance Rayder is gathering the wildlings in the Frostfangs, and that he plans to meet with mance and assassinate him so that he will be unable to unite the Clans for an assault on the Wall. The next day the Rangers would leave Craster's Keep and head north to their final stop before they would make the last march to the forces of Clann Thenn at Hardholme. When Jon and Sam once again push Mormont to tell them about the White Walkers they are once again told that this is beyond something they should know about yet, but he promises to tell them more once they arrive at the Fist of the First Men. Cotter, and Domeric Highmore while this were going on would discover a small map which detailed numerous x's in the mountains of which were called demon prisons, and the two would silently take the map and continue on their way with the rest.
Lord Commander Mormont's men, and the Lucernians arrive at the Fist of the First Men, an ancient ringfort of the First Men during the Dawn Age, an old place that is strong with magic. It is also extremely defensible due to its position, Mormont decides they will camp there to await for Qhorin Halfhand and his men from the Shadow Tower and later he decides to wait at the Fist for the wildlings to emerge, as the only path they can take is down the Milkwater and past the Fist. Jon and the rest rides in but Ghost will not enter the fortified area of the Fist, despite Jon’s efforts. That night however, Ghost awakens Jon and beckons him to follow. The direwolf leads him to what appears a grave under the shadow of the Fist, but as Jon digs, he realizes that there is something buried there. Inside, he finds several daggers and arrowheads made of dragonglass, and an ancient warhorn. The cache appeared to be buried relatively recently, and it was wrapped in the cloak of a sworn brother of the Night's Watch.
Jon hears the call of a warhorn, one blast to signify brothers returning. Qhorin Halfhand has arrived, with 100 men from the Shadow Tower. Qhorin recognizes Jon, and tells him that he knew many Starkes in his own way. When Jon attempts to find out how he could know of Starkes he is told that he once visited Bolten on a trading mission and met the leader of House Karstark. The men from the Shadow Tower were delayed because they met Alfyn Crowkiller and his men who had been scouting along the Wall but had been attacked by the men of Magmar. They killed the wildling leader, but lost four men in the process. Later, Jon overhears dissent in the ranks as Chett and Lark the Sisterman speak of not going into the Frostfangs, no matter what the Old Bear orders. Jon had given the warhorn he had found to Sam, because it was cracked and he could get no sound from it, but Sam liked ancient items. Jon walks in and overhears Qhorin telling Mormont about a captive claiming that Magmar's forces had wargs and mammoths in his army. He also explains that the captive claims the wildlings plan to breach the Wall, not climb it or burrow beneath it. Qhorin tells them that Magmar is seeking something in the high, cold places of the Frostfangs, some power or artifact. Qhorin advises the Old Bear to send scouts into the mountains, and Mormont agrees. Jarmen Buckwell will take four men to climb the Giant's Stair, Thoren Smallwood will lead a party to probe the Milkwater, while Qhorin himself will lead a third party into the Skirling Pass. Qhorin immediately chooses Jon Snow as one of his five men, stating that The old gods are still strong beyond the Wall. The gods of the First Men…and the Starks.
As Qhorin Halfhand’s party moves through the Skirling Pass, they note watchers high up in the pass. Qhorin sends Callith Maller, Domeric and Jon to dispatch the watchers, and they were warned not to let them sound a horn. Callith teaches Jon how to climb a sheer cliff face, and they eventually reach the top above the wildlings. There were three, and after killing two, the third turns out to be a woman. She yields to them, and Jon takes her captive, despite Callith's warning that she should be killed. When she learns that Jon is a bastard son of a Stark lord, she tells him the wildling story of Bael the Bard. Supposedly, before he joined the free folk, he was a raider, or, according to Stonesnake, a murderer and robber.Domeric and Jon both remain for a time with Ygritte talking to her trying to get her to explain what she knows of what is going on, and she refuses stating she will only tell if they allow her to escape. Domeric is called away by Qhorin of whom needs him to join them as they cross the sheer cliff, and he places Jon in charge of watching the wildling until they return. Jon Snow stands guard as the others leave, and Ygritte during this time begins to seduce him, of which he attempts to keep her from doing, but he is unwilling to harm her due to his upbringing, and so she is able to get out of her clothes somewhat showing herself naked to him. Attempting to seduce him into having sex with her, he finally is able to resist her, and ties her up again and puts her top back on before holding her down with his body. As he does this she continues to flirt with him, and this continues in her hope she could escape. When Qhorin and the others arrive, Ygritte recognizes the Halfhand and confirms that the wildlings would kill him if he yielded. When Qhorin commands her dead Jon says that he will do it, and the other men leave to continue on the path while Jon says he will catch up. Ygritte tells Jon that Mance Rayder would accept him if he ran off with her. Jon, about to behead her, finally stops himself and tells her to run off.
Jon tells Qhorin Halfhand what Ygritte had said to him about Mance Rayder accepting him if he ran off. Qhorin confirms this. Qhorin knew Mance when he was a black brother, and the ranger tells Jon that Mance loved songs and wildling women, and that he was a wildling captured as a child by the Watch. He was the best ranger they had, but he returned to his roots, some say to gain a crown. Qhorin suspects that Jon let Ygritte go, and Jon confirms that he did, however Qhorin understands that the girl was not a threat, and if he had wanted her dead he would have had Ebben do it, or have done it himself. Qhorin tells Jon that he now knows him better than he did before, and that it was important for a commander to know his men. They were traveling at night and resting during the day, and during this time Jon Snow grows closer to Domeric Highmore of whom he finds a brave young man worthy of the respect he has earned. That morning, Jon dreams of six direwolves, of which he realizes are the Starke Direwolves. Seeing through the eyes of Ghost, he finds himself in a forest and senses a voice calling his name from a nearby weirwood, one that resembled his brother except it had three eyes. His brother explains to him how to open his eyes, and the tree reaches down and touches him, and he finds himself back in the mountains. He is atop a cliff, and oversees thousands of men training for combat, and he also sees mammoths with giants riding them. Suddenly, an eagle soars out of the sky coming straight for him.
Jon awakens shouting Ghost’s name. The others hear his shout, and he tells them what he sees. Qhorin calls it a wolf dream, and Ebben calls Jon a skinchanger. Qhorin, however, does not balk at the thought of wargs and giants during a time when the dead walk and the trees have eyes again. They set out at just before dusk, and spot an eagle watching them, well out of bowshot. Soon after, they find Ghost wounded and dress the direwolf's wounds. Qhorin tells them they must head back to the Fist, for they have been seen by the eagle which they fear is a skinchanger as well. They begin the journey back through the Skirling Pass without lighting any fires despite the cold. But their lead on the enemy was shortening, and when they came upon the place where the wildlings were killed, Dalbridge remains behind with all their arrows, sacrificing himself to give the others an advantage.
The weather in the Skirling Pass has gotten worse. Qhorin sends Ebben back with the last garron to reach the Lord Commander with all haste, while the rest try to head off pursuit. Watched by the eagle, Qhorin then sends Callith back as well, to take the high passes to reach the Fist of the First Men. Qhorin commands Callith to tell Mormont all that Jon saw: that he faces giants and wargs and worse, and that the trees have eyes again. As Night rises Domeric Highmore and Jon Snow talk of how neither thought it would end this way, and as they walk Domeric tells him the beauty that is Lucerne Hold and everything that he needed to see before he died. That night, the Halfhand asks Jon if his sword is sharp, and makes the young man recite his oath with him. Qhorin then commands Jon to yield when they are overtaken, and not to balk no matter what the wildlings ask him to do to prove himself. Jon is appalled at the suggestion, but Qhorin tells him to go among the Wildlings and learn what they plan, watch what they do, but to remember who he is and to return to Mormont when he has learned what the wildlings are searching for. Qhorin promises to tell the Lord Commander that Jon never broke his oath when he sees him again.
They are overtaken soon after by Rattleshirt Thenn and a large force of wildlings, Ygritte amongst them. They have Ebben’s head, and Rattleshirt orders them killed. Jon yields, as Qhorin ordered him to, and the Halfhand says in contempt, "I was warned bastard blood is craven." Rattleshirt commands Jon to kill Qhorin to prove himself. Jon slays the big ranger only after Ghost gives him an opening by biting the man’s calf. The wildlings accept him despite Rattleshirt’s misgivings, and Ygritte tells him that the eagle was once the man he killed up in the passes when they captured her. Jon and Domeric are kept together for a time but as they travel they are seperated after Trin Hornfoot believes they are plotting an escape when actually they were just talking. When talk grows again about killing Jon and Domeric before they arrive Ygritte stands up for Jon and says that they are vouched for by her and that none will harm him or his companion. Not wanting a fight due to knowing her father Trin Hornfoot backs down and moves his Hornfoot towards Hardholme and the growing darkness.
Arriving at the edge of Hardholme Jon, and Domeric are gaurded closely by Ygritte who clearly begins showing an interest in the young Jon Snow and protects him while they camped during a particularly bad snow squal. Jon awoke to the sounds of screaming as a wildling stood bleeding on the ground with Ygritte stabbing him with a spear before grabbing Jon Snow and forcing him to his feet. Running alongside Ygritte he saw Domeric being dragged in a similar way by Rattleshirt as the two pairs ran through a massacre of the wildlings and towards what Jon assumed was the city of Hardholme. As they ran the cries started to die down as they reached far enough away. Walking further they finally spotted the vast city of Hardholme situated on the peaks of what Ygritte called the Fist of the First Men. When Jon told her that was where Mormont had also gone she told him that was because they were working together. Telling Jon that the Wildlings that had hunted and killed the Nights Watch and forced Jon to kill Qhorin Halfhand were not Thenn but Magmar men who wanted to destabilize the talks between the Nights Watch and the Thenn. Jon would finally discover much of the truth as she told him that the White Walkers were the real threat not the fake civil war in Hardholme as the Thenn were those Wildlings loyal to the old ways and to the Nights Watch style for the Frostfangs while the Magmar were loyal to the Day's Watch of which were the men that gaurded the northern wall in much the same way as the southern wall except they had grown greedy and no longer cared for containing the White Walkers as much as they cared for making money. As they got closer to the city they were greeted by Sam Tarly and the other Lucernian members as well as Mormont, and a Wildling that stood proud enough that he must have led them.Jon Snow would go with Ygritte as she brought him to the place that he would stay the night resting before the three groups met the following day. Wanting to know more but realizing that he was beyond tired he layed down, and without much coaxing he was joined by Ygritte of whom laid with him. Waking up in the morning to the sounds of knocking at the door he found himself snuggled with Ygritte and in this place he felt more at peace then nearly any other time in his life. In this place noone cared he was a bastard, and noone judged him for things he had no control over. Jon would go behind a screen to get changed, and when he came back he found Ygritte naked standing in front of him. Never having seen a naked girl before he knew little of what to do, but as she kissed him things moved forward and despite the knocking on the door he ignored it and the two would make love. Finishing she got dressed and kissed him one last time saying the following.
Feeling something powerful towards Ygritte he nodded and followed behind her as she took him out of the room and into the street where a clearly aware Sam Tarly followed behind them alongside the rest of the Lucernians. As they marched up the mountain side pathway into the core of the city they were stopped by a loud horn that went off high in the mountain. As the first horn blew she told him that meant that Rangers were here, and that suprised her because the Day, and Night Watchers were both already here. The second went off describing that the city was under attack, and she told them they needed to get higher to meet with Rattleshirt and the others, but they were stopped in there running by the third horn. Ygritte stood motionless as all the hustle and bustle around them of Wildlings running about preparing for battle stopped and everyone just stood staring blankly. Jon moved in front of Ygritte and held her face begging her to tell him what the third horn meant.
Battle of Hardholme
Main Article : Battle of Hardholme
Realizing the severity of the third horn the group followed Ygritte as she brought them to the inner keep where they met with Rattleshirt. Rattleshirt told them that the White Walkers had massed a very large army of which the vangaurd had hit them back at the camp days before, and the full army was now massing around Hardholme. From the top of the peaks of the fort it was nearly zero visibility due to the clouds and snow, but as the hours dragged by, and the nigh approached bringing with it the darkness and loss of snow accompanied by the fires all along the road the Lucernians were shocked to see nearly the entire horizon covered with the army of the White Walkers. Rattleshirt enlightened them to the fact that very few actual White Walkers had ever been seen but instead they used reanimated corpses of the slain to fill their armies while they hid in the background and mopped up those surviving. Rattleshirt would lead them down onto the lower battlements where the forces of the Wildlings massed all along the walls in the hopes of slowing their advance but Rattleshirt told them that the Wights of the White Walkers could only be destroyed by fire, and thus their walls would only slow them. By this point there was a growing retreat from Hardholme as the women that didn't fight, the children and old fled through tunnels under the city into the surrounding region, while the Night's Watch, and the Day's Watch also prepared to flee the city as well. Jon Snow would stand beside Ygritte as the shambling horde of Wights approached the walls and watched as dead men covered in arrows didn't slow as they moved and used makeshift rams to bash at the gate. So many were the Wights that they layed themselves on the ground massing in areas so that they could scale the walls, and it was here where the Battle first begin.
The Wights had a massive element of fear as the men fighting them were horrified to be fighting dead men, and this allowed them break the moral in certain sections easily and overruning their way across the wall. Rattleshirt, Jon Snow, Ygritte, and Domeric Highmore and his father Cotter fought near the gate, and the fight there was terrible as the Wights moved forward irrigardless of their losses, and each dead Wildling only pushed them back farther. Seeing a spot east of them being overrun Rattleshirt had Domeric, and Cotter follow him there leaving Jon, and Ygritte at the gatehouse nearly alone except for several Wildings of whom were falling one by one. The two were able to hold for several minutes before Jon pushed one of the Wights back over the wall and pushed an entire cauldron of oil over the side of the wall, before Ygritte threw a torch at the oil igniting much of the ground in fire, but also igniting the wall as the wall was made of wood and not the stone of the more advanced lands. As the fire spread they had cleared the walls but watched the gatehouse burning down, and realized that the breach had been made. Running towards the direction that Rattleshirt and the Highmore's had went they ran into Harven and Hedrin who told them that the eastern wall had been overrun and they needed to escape. Finding Sam standing over the body of a Wight as they moved towards the tunnels they were caught up to by Rattleshirt and Domeric who said that Cotter had fallen along with the men at arms and basically the entire western wall.
After fighting by the tunnel entrance for ten minutes they realized that noone was coming and they entered the tunnel sealing it behind them. Travelling down the tunnel after hours they reached the exit and met with hundreds of other survivors of whom relayed stories that the retreat had been suprisingly succesful and many had been able to escape due to the length of time the defenders had held on for. Clans had retreated into the mountains, while the Day's Watch had retreated, and only the Night's Watch remained. Ygritte asked them how the retreat of Clan Styr had when, and when she learned they had survived relatively unscathed including her father she was relieved.
The Lucernians would meet with Mormont of whom told them that it was time to leave as they were going to quickly be overtaken by the White Walkers of whom had now destroyed the only city between them and the southern Wall. Ygritte loved Jon but didn't want to leave her family and her people behind for a people she didn't know, but after spending the night together before leaving once again he was able to convinse her to follow him. The group would travel to the wall, and along the way the Wildlings all but abandoned the group as they knew that they were not going to be able to cross the wall as they were Wildlings, and as each group left Ygritte became more and more ansy about remaining behind despite her love for Jon. As they reached the wall they moved through the gate which was opened for them, and made their way into Castle Black where Jon and Ygritte spent one last night together. The next day Ygritte made Jon take her to the top of the wall before they were to leave and he did as he she bid him. Reaching the top of the wall she would begin weeping as she knew that she was leaving him and returning to her people. Ygritte would make a tearful request for him to come with her, but he like Ygritte had a family that he knew needed him back and thus the two would stand on the wall looking out onto the wall that seperated their lives. Returning to the ground she was allowed to leave throught the gate, and a teareful Jon woul say one last goodbye begging her to not leave him.
Saying their last goodbyes she walked through the gate, and the two stared at eachother as the gates went down, and brought eachother from their sight. For Jon Snow he made his way into Castle Black to discuss what there next move would be, but as he and Domeric reached Castle Black they would see several very well armored, and equipped knights carrying the sigil of Strom. The Knights would be led by one of the sons of the King of Strom, and he instructed Jon Snow and Domeric that the Lucernians were to leave Strom now, under the command of their king. Refusing to tell Jon anything more Jon and the rest of his much diminished party were escorted away by the Strom Knights and Mormont.
Defence of Styrten
Fleeing the rampaging White Walkers it was Ygritte who returned to Styrten where her father held the town against the encroachment of the White Walkers, and alongside her father she helped to hold the town against several assaults from the White Walkers.
Meeting a Mother
Her assistance would end when she came to hear whispers in her mind and overcome by a desire to find the source she traveled north on a hunting mission into the mountains and it was while here that she was led to the Tower of Frostfang and a meeting with Vera Stonesnake.
The Reckoning of the Day's Watch
| Reckoning of the Day's Watch |
The Day's Watch was created to protect the world, and I would make sure that was what they did.
Jon Snow would arrive in Tyke alongside the rest of his party, and there three ships entered the port to little fanfare they thought, but in actuality they were being watched from afar. Jon Snow would command his men to gather their things and prepare to move out the following day, as Jon planned to go into Tyke and using funds he had gathered in Westbridge, and from the others of his party they would hire mercenaries. Following this the main plan was to use the mercenaries plus their forces to sack the main fortress of the Day's Watch - in the form of Castle White - and then hold it for long enough that they would be able to allow the Wildlings inside the wall, and then alongside the Wildlings they would take control of the Day's Watch, or retreat out of the area. Jon Snow, and Benjen Starke would come to shore with a dozen men, and as they did they were stopped by the dockmaster in the form of Jerico Swain, of whom was also accompanied by a beautiful women clad in armor and weapons of whom Jerico introduced as Allerie Greyjoy.
Jerico Swain would introduce himself as someone that had known Eddard Starke very well, and indicicated that because of this he was going to help Jon in his attempts to retake the Day's Watch. Jon would attempt to force Jerico to tell him about how he knew Eddard Starke, but his attempts to do this failed, and Jerico would briefly leave in order to deal with a situation, and Jon was taken aside by Allerie Greyjoy.
Alliances with a Family Friend
After meeting Jerico Swain, Jon Snow and the rest of his forward party would be taken by Jerico back to the Townhall of Tyke where Jerico would introduce them to his inner circle. After showing Jon Snow the trickary that was present in the world of the Day's Watch the two would begin planning the capturing of an abandoned castle along the Wall of which Jon Snow could use to get through and shuffle Wildlings through.
Capturing Castle Lucerne
Jon Snow would be given the command by the Magistrate of Tyke in his ally Jerico Swain to retake the Eye Tower of which had been painted as a mission to further expand the power of the Day's Watch, but in fact was for no other reason then to give Jon Snow a base of operations away from the madness of the inner circle of the Day's Watch. The abandoned Castle along the wall had once been known as the Eye Tower, but this changed when Jon Snow and his men took it over, and they would rename it Castle Lucerne after their homeland.
Through the Wall
After the expansion of Castle Lucerne, and the further growth of Jerico Swain in Tyke the situation was ripe to finally pass through the wall when they had finished repairing the gatehouse leading through the Wall. Needing more materials for the construction of the repairs the gatehouse needed Jon Snow would begin to reopen several damaged mines, and mills in the area around Castle Lucerne, and brought in nearly four hundred Atlantians that were sent to him as assistence by Jerico Swain. As the mines, and mills reopened he was forced to place Samwell increasingly under a more civilian command as they needed to create farms, or else they would starve out if they lost the constant supplies of Jerico Swain, and Samwell Tarly was the perfect person to put in charge of such a thing.
Travelling through the wall Jon Snow would move with a small group, and moved immediatly to the rivers where he knew the Wildlings had begun to settle due to the mild protection that the water gave them. Travelling by horseback for two days down the riverside they didn't see anything until the third day when they saw a large group of boats towed together in the middle of the river. Dozens of boats all tied together, and above them flew the flag of Clan Styr of whom he knew was Ygritte's family.
Battle of Castle White
Following the bringing of Ygritte and her Clan of Wildings through the gate she and Jon Snow would make themselves quite shut inside the inner Hold of the castle, and during this time Samwell took brief command of the Castle Lucerne forces. Also upon there return begin the whispers that the White Walkers were moving against the Northern Wall, and that they were moving in incredible numbers that had never been seen this far north. Samwell was sent word from Castle White commanding them to send reinforcements to Castle White, but this was ignored as Jon, Benjen, and Sam decided that they needed to see how this played out and told Castle White that Castle Lucerne was under siege. The attack on Castle White though would finally come to fruitition when the White Walkers and a massive army of Wights arrived at Castle White and put it under siege.
Battle of Frostdown
Following the capture of Castle White by the White Walkers they would move agressively against Frostdown putting it under siege as well.
Second Battle of Castle White
With the Emperian army arriving at Frostdown and slowing the advance of the White Walkers Jon Snow would counter assault at Castle White - alongside the remaining Days Watch forces present in Tyke - of which if succesful they would close the gate in Castle White thus blocking the White Walkers from getting across.
See Also : Jon Snow
Ygritte and Jon Snow would meet when Jon Snow, and his party entered the Frostfang Valley and she would be captured while there was confusion over what they were doing in the Frostfangs. Jon would be unable to kill her, and this led to a relationship growing of which forced her to protect him, when the other Wildings wanted to kill him. Sleeping together upon their arrival in Hardholme the situation was perfect for them until the White Walkers attacked the city. Fighting side by side they would survive the Battle of Hardholme and made their way through tunnels out of the city, but following this Jon Snow and his forces were fleeing the Frostfang Valley while Ygritte refused to leave her people. Jon would despite great reservations leave Ygritte behind, and this led her staying with her Wildings of whom were now being hunted mercisilly by the White Walkers and forced to cosntantly be on the watch. During this time Ygritte would gain more and more influence over her tribe, but also the relationship she had built with Jeor Mormont meant that she passed on information to him about the events within the Frostfangs, and in turn Jeor would send letters to Jon Snow telling him of what Ygritte's situation was.
Ygritte and Jon Snow's relationship would continue in a way, and become more deep once he had left as Ygritte missed him terribly while he was gone, and this was matched equally by Jon Snow. For Ygritte there was no way out of the Frostfangs now, and that meant that she was stuck being constantly hunted by the White Walkers, and never knowing if Jon would come to save her. For Jon Snow his missing of Ygritte would eventually cause him to abandon his command in Bolten and alongside many Lucernians wanting to help him, he would travel to the land of the Day's Watch in order to save Ygritte from what he knew was eventually going to be death.