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House Hightower

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The sigil of House Hightower from Game of Thrones.


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 Hightower is one of the Vassal Houses in The Reach, and their ancestral home is known as Oldtown. Located on the coast of The Reach, Oldtown is a large and vibrant cosmopolitan center that boasts the distinction of being the oldest city in all of Westeros (hence its name) The sigil of House Hightower is a white tower with flaming top on a field of grey, and their motto is “We Light the Way”.

Although House Hightower plays an almost negligible role in the storylines of the series, they do carry significant weight in the history that George R.R. Martin developed for his world, and he clearly outlines the meaning behind House Hightower’s sigil in that history. Due to its coastal location, Oldtown is a thriving seaport that hosts ships from all over the world. The city is dominated by the physical seat of House Hightower; a massive 800 foot tall tower (also called the “Hightower”) that functions not only as a residence but also as a lighthouse to signal and guide incoming ships. The imagery of House Hightower’s sigil, as well at its motto, is therefore directly connected to their seat itself.

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

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