Inspired by a conversation on Reddit.I'll probably post another chapter covering the Kingdoms, Principalities, and Houses of Remneros at some point; if these are well-received, I'll continue with their version of Robert's Rebellion.


Editor's Note: The following are excerpts from Grand Maester Bartholomew's Histories of Remneros, written during the reign of King Aeros II.

Volume Two: The Age of Heroes: Bright Summers and Long Nights

Chapter 3: The Long Night

Every child knows that some winters are short and warm, while others are long and frigid. Approximately eight thousand years ago, there was a winter far worse than any before or since. It is said that the sun did not rise for a generation, a generation of pale, blind, and starving children. While some question the details, none doubt that Others (or "Grim Creatures," as the smallfolk refer to them) came from the eternally frozen north. They ravaged the lands of the First Men, who only drove them off with the aid of the Children of Dust...

...while some records suggest that those slain by the Others would rise again, as a form of humanoid Other known as a "wight" or a "black walker". Others speculate on their weaknesses-this metal or that stone, sunlight and running water and the four-pointed star. These reports have never been confirmed, however, and if the Four are kind we will not have an opportunity to do so...

All of these legends about the Others seem quite improbable, not in the least due to their failure to return in these past eight millennia. Some scholars, myself included, suspect that these legends are of nothing more than an unusually fearsome or well-organized tribe of faunus...

In the wake of Long Night, the First Men did not hesitate to prepare for if the Others should return. Bertrand the Builder, the legendary founder of House Schnee, raised the Wall to the far north; meanwhile, the Huntsmen who now man the Wall were founded, patrolling it and the lands beyond in case these worst foes of man should return...

Volume Three: Ironmen, Andals and Rhoynar: Invaders of the First Men Kingdoms

Chapter 1: The Sunset Invaders

The ironmen come from a distant land across the Sunset Sea...

The ancestors of the ironmen practiced a strange religion, worshiping a dualistic pair of entities, a god of the sea and one of the sun. The sea god was loved, but the sun god also had to be appeased. Sacrifices were made to both, with great men sacrificed to their Drowned God and prisoners sacrificed to their Burnt God...

One of the more peculiar aspects of ironmen culture is the "kingsmoot," which some believe to be derived not from their ancestors' culture but the faunus who lived on some of the isles before the ironmen came. Regardless of its origin, it is the method by which the king of the ironmen was chosen before their annexation by the Iron Throne. Upon the death of their king, all notable ironmen gather; any who wish to become king may make their case in front of the moot. It is traditional for these men to bring gifts for the others. Each candidate is cheered on by his or her supporters; whoever has the most support by the end becomes king. The new king is almost always a child of the old one, usually the eldest, although sometimes another candidate has greater support.

They conquered the islands along the western coast of Remneros, but did not make significant advances into the mainland First Men kingdoms before the Andals arrived. Their culture mingled with that of the locals to an extent...

Chapter 4: Andals Before Remneros

The Andals are said to come from the northern parts of Essant, before coming to Westeros some time between four and six thousand years ago (though some claim they came as recent as two thousand years ago, which would require that the Rhoynar arrived scarcely after the Andals finished conquering the First Men). While their date of arrival and lands of origin are in dispute, none can argue that they have been the dominant culture of Remneros ever since...

Andal culture has left its marks even in the North, where the blood of the First Men flows as pure as any man can claim any blood. The most obvious aspect is the Faith of the Four, but the Andal influence goes far more subtle, from art to metalworking...the tradition of knighthood is essentially Andal, and seems to be largely unchanged since their arrival (aside from the various knightly orders founded in the meantime, and of courseminor changes like the abandonment of iron arms for steel);...but the most important gift the Andals brought was their system of writing. Without it, we would have little to no histories of times before our own.

Andal culture has remained largely unchanged through the milennia, aside from mixing with First Men, Rhoynar, and more distant cultures...

Chapter 17: The Rhoynar

While the Rhoynar and their southern kingdom have never been permanently bound to the Iron Throne, Dorne is still a part of Remneros; hence, their culture and history deserves some note in these volumes.

Fleeing the Valyrians (see Volume Six), the Rhoynar came to Remneros approximately one thousand years ago. The refugees, lead by a warrior-queen named Nymeria, forged an alliance with House Arc of Dorne by marrying Nymeria to Moor Arc; with the combined might of the Rhoynar refugees and one of the most powerful houses in Dorne, they conquered those southern lands...

...In modern times, the Remnerosi Rhoynar keep few of these traditions, with their uniquely restrictive views on gender being the only to survive. There are exceptions, but these are only nomads living on the rivers...

Chapter 19: Kingdoms, Marriages, and the Kingdoms As They Stand

...however, out of these seven First Men kingdoms, only the North remains. Some call it Atlas's Kingdom, after Atlas Schnee, a king who so famously held off the combined might of the Rhoynar to the south in their last and greatest crusade. They were replaced with the four great Southron kingdoms-The Reach, the Stormlands, the Vale, and the Westlands-and a great many lesser ones. The Iron Isles remained pure, in culture if not blood, but few have ever considered them to be First Men, least of all the ironmen themselves.

Sadly, the Reach did not survive an alliance between the Clouds of the Stormlands and the Casterlies of Casterly Rock, with many lesser kingdoms and even Dorne taking their share of the fertile lands. The Schnees took Highgarden, but the Casterlies took what was left of House Garden's lands and much else besides, while the Storm Kings claimed the tributaries of the Mander and the Dornish took Oldtown. The Riverlands, devoid of any natural borders remained divided between a loose alliance of river kings and the Ironmen until Touvlo's Conquest...

The Iron Age was a few centuries before the Ozpins set foot in Remneros...The Ironmen drove the Clouds out of the Riverlands, and even managed to crush the Casterly armies. King Xiong Wuzei replaced as many Westlands lords with ironmen as he could, including giving Casterly Rock to his bastard nephew, Shandian Salt; over time, his branch of the Xiongs became known as the Xiaolanns, because of their close association with Lannstree. After Yueliang bent the knee, they were mocked by the Ironmen as the "Xiaolongs," roughly "Dragon's Xiongs"; under the rule of King Touvlo II Ozpin the Unyielding, they took this name as their own. Their kingdom was still Westermen, however; while some cultural elements of the Iron Isles filtered down to the populace from both the nobles and ironmen settling the coasts, there was more flowing the opposite direction; the current inhabitants of the Westlands are sometimes called "goldmen," particularly by their cousins in the Iron Isles...

Volume Six: The Valyrian Freehold, the Doom, and House Ozpin, Last of the Dragonlords: How the Kings of Remneros Came to Rise and Fall

Chapter 1: The Might of the Dragonlords

The Valyrians were once humble shepherds, until they learned to domesticate dragons...while the Dragonlords did not claim imperial titles, they were an empire in all but name, controlling Essos from the Narrow Sea to the Red Wastes. The farthest west is came was to Dragonstone and other islands in the mouth of the Blackwater Bay; for whatever reason, they did not choose to settle in Remneros itself. The eastern extent of their empire is disputed...

Chapter Chapter 7: Dragons

Some brothers of my order question the legends about dragons, and some even their mere existence. I could wax long on reports of dragons and their eggs, of each generation's dragons growing steadily weaker until none but stunted whelps remained, and of the skulls displayed in the royal throne room. None of these is the greatest proof of dragons' existence and power, however; that would be the unification of so many disparate realms into one...

The best-known power of dragons is their breath. Some claim they channeled the purest of magics, while others suggest a connection to the Children of Dust. What the truth is is that dragons had varied types of energy, projected from the mouth, and that the breath of a mature dragon could devastate armies...

Volume Seven: Touvlo Ozpin the Conqueror: The Man Who Forged the Iron Throne

Chapter 1: The Conquest of Dragonstone

Approximately two centuries before the Doom of Valyria, the Freehold annexed several large islands and countless smaller ones in the Narrow Sea, not far from Crackclaw Point...These islands provide sufficient fishing, almost no agriculture, and few natural resources aside from gems and fog. Why these islands were considered of importance to the Valyrians is unknown, although some claim it was a precursor to an invasion of Remneros that the Doom stopped in its tracks...

The Ozpin dynasty that rules Remneros to this day thus started as near the lowest of families in Valyria, holding nothing more than some mean isles. Their only blessing was being sufficiently far from the Valyrian heartland to be spared the Doom which ruined so many great families. From such lowly stock rose such great kings; how is this possible? The Ozpins had dragons.

Chapter 12: The Aftermath of the Conquest

Some men believe that war is clean, and that its spoils amount to no greater hassle than redrawing some maps, performing some funerals, and perhaps drafting new heraldry. These men are fools who I pray never receive a crown...

Yueliang Xiaolann bent his knee to Touvlo willingly, and so the Westlands were spared the horrors of war. Not all houses were so lucky. The Valkyries, loyal to the Ozpins, were raised to the Eyrie; meanwhile, the Clouds were even more devastated than their kingdom—which some named the Vacant Lands thereafter, leading to its modern name of Vacuo—and their seat at Storm's End was given to Fotia Torchwick, rumored to be the bastard half-brother of Touvlo...

The Riverlands were conquered, their ironmen driven to the isles or the Westlands. Over their lands were placed Prota Nikos, the first Riverland lord to pledge loyalty to the Ozpins...

Chapter 13: The Iron Isles and Dorne

The Iron Isles were resistant to capture. While their armies were shattered in the Riverlands, they still ruled the seas, and neither Touvlo nor his son Dromos had the dragons to deal with all of the little fleets raiding across the coasts and preventing the large-scale army transport required to conquer them with men...

Volume Nine: Osto Ozpin the Great: Remneros Is United

Chapter 5: The Iron Islands

...Osto knew he could not convince the iron men to give up their freedom, not could he conquer them traditionally. They were helped by a woman named Karasu, one of king Xiong Chao's mistresses. She killed him, forcing a kingsmoot; the moot was joined by King Osto, his Kingsguard, and several of his other warriors and advisers (including his Hand, Aima the Terrible). Osto stated his intention to become king of the Iron Islands; none present objected. Many of the islands were placed under the leadership of other Lords Paramount, while Karasu was made Princess of the remaining Isles, as well as the Cape of Eagles...

Chapter 9: The Dornish Wedding

The one thing which nearly everyone remembers about the life of Osto Ozpin is his marriage to Joan Arc, which finally united the continent...

Chapter 22: The Aftermath of Osto's Death

Unfortunately, Osto did not die as great as he lived. By law, the eldest legitimate child of a lord inherits his title and holdings, with some exceptions including childless lords, Dornish succession, and lords with multiple titles or great holdfasts. There may sometimes be dispute over if these exceptions apply, or if a lord can choose someone else as his heir, and occasionally one sees a claim that the apparent heir is a bastard, but on the whole succession is usually handled with grace. This was not the case with Osto.

There were several claimants to the throne; the most notable were Osto's eldest trueborn daughter, Lemfos Ozpin, known as the Dragonfool; his second-eldest daughter, Myelou Ozpin, known as Osto's Shadow (who claimed that Osto declared her his heir because he knew Lemfos was incapable of ruling); his eldest son, Auge "the Eye" (who claimed that, since both he and his father were in Dorne when the latter died, Dornish succession applied); his bastard daughter, Aima the Terrible (who claimed that Osto legitimized her on his deathbed, making her the heir); and Vrachos Ozpin, Myelou's son (who, like his aunt, claimed Lemfos was incapable of ruling, but not that Osto declared any particular heir in her stead). In addition, Hai Rivers (a half-ironman bastard calling himself Hai Vasilias) declared himself King of the Trident and raised arms against both the Iron Throne and House Nikos; Alleen Schnee declared herself Queen in the North; Audaz Neuf declared the Reach to exist once more as an independent kingdom; and a secret kingsmoot lead to civil war between Lie Karasu and Xiong Feng.

While there were other rebellions and divisions, some of which lead to men or women giving themselves royal crowns and titles, Lemfos, Myelou, Auge, Aima, Vrachos, Hai, Aleen, Audaz, and Feng were the most notable, and remain the most-remembered. Thus, this period is often called the War of the Nine Petty Kings...

With Aima's marriage to Vrachos, most of the conflict ceased. While Audaz Neuf and his heirs were all slain, the Reach remained resistant to incorporation; in the end, it was accepted as a fourth principality alongside the Riverlands, the Iron Islands, and Dorne, with Abelio Belladonna as the first Prince of the Reach.

Editor's Note: Grand Maester Bartholomew is collecting notes for a tenth volume, but does not believe the reign of Queen Aima and the reign of Aeros II thus far are sufficient to fill one. He has requested that these notes be compiled and published, should he die before he finishes said volume.