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House Frey

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House Frey

The sigil of House Frey from Game of Thrones.

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Based on George R.R. Martin’s famous series of novels (collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire”), the television series “Game of Thrones” first premiered in 2011 on the channel HBO. It is set in a fantasy world heavily based on the society and culture of the European Middle Ages. Two primary continents, known as Westeros and Essos, make up the bulk of the visible landmass in this world, with the former being featured in storylines much more frequently. While typical elements from fantasy stories, such as dragons and various forms of magic, are seen throughout the series, in the long run these generally take a backseat to the military conflicts, political machinations and family dynamics that are the principle focus of the story.

The continent of Westeros is made up of many different regions, each of which has its own culture and history. Most of these regions form constituent parts of a single political realm, which is presided over by a ruling monarch. While the monarch holds ultimate power over the realm, local governance of each region is handled by a “Great House”, a noble family whose members answer directly to the sovereign. Each region also possesses any number of “Vassal Houses” who owe their loyalty to the governing Great House in one capacity or another. House Frey is one of the Vassal Houses in The Riverlands (or rather was, until the end of the third season). Their ancestral keep is known as The Twins, two large squat towers on either side of the Green Fork- a tributary of the River Trident- which are connected by a large stone bridge. Since The Twins is the pride and joy of House Frey, their sigil is a depiction of this fortress on a field of grey and placed within blue water lines. Their motto, if they have one, has thus far not been revealed.

House Frey’s rise to power began six hundred years prior to the series’ beginning, when construction of The Twins began (it was completed three generations later). Although the Freys grew rich and powerful by charging travelers to use their bridge (the only crossing for hundreds of miles), the current leader of the House, Lord Walder Frey, has a particularly unwholesome reputation among the other Houses of the area. Every Vassal House in Westeros is required to swear an oath of loyalty to the governing Great House of their region, and to provide aid to that Great House when called upon. However, despite his lack of true ancestral prestige compared to other Houses of The Riverlands, Lord Walder essentially considers such oaths to be beneath him and only offers assistance to his overlords when it suits his own needs. While House Frey’s official words have not yet been reveled, this attitude of Lord Walder’s has prompted an appropriate suggestion: “More Pride than Honor.”

Graphical characteristics:
Symmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

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