10 Things Only Book Readers Know About King’s Landing
Throughout the first season of Dragon House, King’s Landing played a key role in the action. As the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, it is one of the most politically important cities, and what happens there affects the lives and fates of nearly everyone living in the kingdom.
Therefore, it is particularly important to understand how important it is, both for those who live at the time of Dragon House and after. While some of this is revealed on the show, there is also much about the capital that is only revealed to those who have read George RR Martin’s various books.
10/10 It’s smaller than the old town
There are many important places in Dragon House, but arguably two of the most vital are King’s Landing and Oldtown. The latter is particularly notable for being the power base of House Hightower, one of the most important houses in Westeros.
Although King’s Landing has a larger population than Oldtown, it is actually smaller in area. So, it’s no wonder that the Hightowers, including Otto, continue to believe they should wield significant influence over the actions of the kingdom and the monarch himself.
9/10 It has seven doors
Seven is obviously a very important number in the tradition of Dragon House. Aegon the Conqueror, when he brought Westeros under his rule, decided it would be best if the city had seven gates as well.
In this way he was able to signal to his new subjects that he was willing and able to subscribe to the Faith that was so important. Specifically, he also ensured that the very geography of his kingdom’s most important city was also aligned with the spiritual and religious world.
8/10 The site was largely barren before Aegon’s conquest
Considering how important King’s Landing would become to both the Targaryens and all who ruled Westeros, it’s striking to think how young it is as a city. Unlike some of the most notable places in history, it didn’t even exist before Aegon began his conquest.
In fact, the only thing on the site were a few fishing villages. The fact that it was able to grow into such a sprawling metropolis in such a short time shows how well the Targaryens have managed to solidify their base of operations in their new realm.
7/10 Much work was done during the reign of King Jaehaerys
King Jaehaerys was arguably one of the best kings in Westeros. He was able to bring peace to a kingdom that had been nearly torn apart by war strife and strife of one form or another. So, it’s no surprise that he works so hard to make sure his capital city matches his own ambitions of being a good ruler for his kingdom.
Among other things, he ensures that the city has an adequate drainage system, which greatly improves the lives of citizens. He also made sure that the dragon pit was finally finished.
6/10 Viserys I made it a place of beauty
Although he may not be one of the best kings in Westeros, King Viserys was still a good man and arguably a great Targaryen. In the books, this is made clear in several ways, especially in his genuine love of fun and showmanship.
To this end, he worked very hard to transform the capital into a place of exquisite beauty, and he was particularly known for organizing tournaments and other displays of his generosity. This is an element that is somewhat understated in the series. It’s kind of unfortunate, because it deprives the viewer of the opportunity to see how much of a difference he made in the city he ruled.
5/10 This so disgusted King Aerys II that he considered building a new capital
Aerys was, of course, one of the worst and evilest kings of the Seven Kingdoms. It was his actions, after all, that led to Robert’s rebellion and the demise of his dynasty. He was obviously very disgusted by the stench of King’s Landing (which was, of course, a very filthy town).
He was apparently so appalled by it all that he wanted to build a whole new capital. In the end, it might have been a good idea, since he was ultimately killed at King’s Landing, when another capital might have been more easily defended.
4/10 It is the main port of Westeros
Trade is obviously very important for a place like Westeros. Indeed, part of what makes House of the Dragon such a great fantasy series is that it pays attention to issues like trade and geography.
Since King’s Landing is the main port of Westeros, that means it has a key role to play in both the events of the Dance of the Dragons and after. After all, the party controlling the trade has a unique advantage in any conflict. Its status also means that it often competes with some of the other cities for which trade is a vital part of their economy.
3/10 It has about half a million people
In Westeros, as in so many other places, the amount of population in a place can change the course of events. King’s Landing is arguably the most populated city in Westeros. According to some estimates, it has around half a million inhabitants, which is a truly staggering number of people.
This is another reason why it’s such a valuable asset to the party in control of it at any given time. And, because of this, Rhaenyra and Aegon will each attempt to hold it as they vie for the Iron Throne.
2/10 He was hardest hit by the plague known as the Chills
Many horrible events are linked to fire and blood, and one of the worst is the plague known as Chills. It was a plague that particularly struck King’s Landing, and it was even known to have made inroads into the royal family itself (this, though the Targaryens are almost always immune to most diseases).
This created a lot of rioting and chaos in the city, as much of the City Watch was also afflicted. As often in the world of Dragon Housea disease like this is enough to create death and disorder.
1/10 Baelor the Blessed tried to ban prostitution in the capital
Baelor the Blessed might have been one of Westeros’ most beloved kings, but he was also more than a little mad. Among other things, he decided to try to ban prostitution in King’s Landing.
This led not only to the expulsion of a significant number of people – mainly women and children – but also to unrest and chaos. However, Baelor was not the kind of person who would care about such things. Instead, he devoted even more of his attention to ensuring that his Great Sept was built (though not completed until after his death).
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