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Ice by John Goodenough © Fantasy Flight Games

Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark. It is made of Valyrian steel.[1]


See also: Images of Ice

Ice is a greatsword, as wide across as a man's hand and taller than an adolescent Robb Stark. Its Valyrian steel blade has a dark and smokey appearance.[2]


The name "Ice" is a legacy from the Age of Heroes, and predates the current sword. About four hundred years before King Robert I Baratheon's reign, the Valyrian steel greatsword was spell-forged in Valyria and acquired by House Stark, who named it after that legacy.[1]

In 50 AC Lord Walton Stark used Ice to execut Ser Olyver Bracken who rebelled against the Night's Watch.[3]

Lord Cregan Stark used Ice to behead Ser Gyles Belgrave and Lord Larys Strong in King's Landing during the Hour of the Wolf.[4]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Eddard Stark cleaning Ice in the godswood of Winterfell by Michael Komarck ©

Lord Eddard Stark uses Ice to execute Gared, a deserter from the Night's Watch.[2] Ned then cleans the blade in the godswood of Winterfell.[1]

After Eddard is arrested for treason in King's Landing, Ser Ilyn Payne, the King's Justice, uses the blade to execute Eddard himself at the Great Sept of Baelor.[5]

A Storm of Swords

Ilyn carries the blade until Lord Tywin Lannister takes it from him and has Tobho Mott re-forge Ice into two longswords, Widow's Wail, and the longsword later called Oathkeeper.[6][7]

Known wielders


Depiction of Ice

The blade was Valyrian steel, spell-forged and dark as smoke. Nothing held an edge like Valyrian steel.[2]

—thoughts of Bran Stark

What has Ser Ilyn done with my father's sword?[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.