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George R.R. Martin narrates the history of Driftmark and Stepstones in a new House of the Dragon video

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The creator of Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, is arguably the greatest writer of our time. Fans eagerly anticipate new works from him because of how well-liked his stories are. The world of Ice and Fire is lined with some very interesting landscapes. Out of these, Driftmark and Stepstones have a special place in the prequel series House of the Dragon.

George R. R. Martin explains the map of Driftmark and Westeros

Martin takes a map and explains the geography of the area, “Here’s King’s Landing and Blackwater Bay. This area here is the Gullet. And Dragonstone and Driftmark are the two major islands in Gullet. Driftmark is the seat of House Velaryon and right here are the Stepstones.”

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Why Corlys had a problem with pirates in Stepstones

Martin goes on to explain, “And you see, this is Dorne, and this is Essos. At one time, they were connected. There was a land bridge, and the Broken Arm of Dorne, and the sea swallowed them. But they left these islands. And as you go down the Narrow Sea, and you want to go into the Summer Sea, you have to pass through the Stepstones.”

“They’re these independent islands that are haunted by pirates. All of the trade, anything going down has to pass through these. And you remember that Corlys Velaryon and his family are merchants. They make a lot of their wealth through trade.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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