The sigil of House Tyrell from Game of Thrones.
Based on author 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. House Tyrell is one of these Great Houses, and their ancestral land is known as The Reach. Located in the southwestern part of Westeros and governed from castle of Highgarden, The Reach is a large, wealthy and heavily populated region that contains the most fertile land found anywhere on the continent. The Reach is also the heartland of chivalry in Westeros, and its knights are famous throughout the Seven Kingdoms. House Tyrell's sigil is a golden rose on a field of green, and their motto is “Growing Strong”.
While a rose may not seem like a very intimidating sigil, it is important to remember that soft petals often conceal deadly thorns. Because of its agricultural bounty and the large population that such a bounty supports, The Reach is one of the most formidable military presences in Westeros, capable of assembling immense armies of well-equipped soldiers. Also, despite The Reach's prevailing culture of honor and chivalry, when it comes to political machinations and navigating the intrigue that always permeates court environments, the Tyrells are virtually without equal, and they can be far more ruthless than many people would suspect.
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