Bay of Crabs

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The crownlands and the location of the Bay of Crabs
The crownlands and the location of the Bay of Crabs
Bay of Crabs
The crownlands and the location of the Bay of Crabs
The Vale of Arryn and the location of the Bay of Crabs
The Vale of Arryn and the location of the Bay of Crabs
Bay of Crabs
The Vale of Arryn and the location of the Bay of Crabs

The Bay of Crabs is a large bay that opens off the narrow sea. Its northern shore includes Gulltown and Wickenden in the Vale of Arryn.[1] The mouth of the Trident at Saltpans and the Quiet Isle opens into the bay. Its southern shore includes Maidenpool in the riverlands and Crackclaw Point in the crownlands.[2][3]

Geography

The waters of the bay shimmer blue and green[4] or blue and silver[5] in sunlight. A crooked trail on the southern shore between Saltpans and Maidenpool has sandy dunes, salt marshes, tidal pools, and reeds.[6] A ferry allows travel between the Quiet Isle and Saltpans.[5] Some smallfolk in the region live in homes built onrickety wooden stilts above the dunes, and they fish using leather coracles.[6]

Towns and villages grow less frequent as one travels east from Maidenpool toward the forests of Crackclaw Point.[7] Slow-moving streams flow into the Bay of Crabs, and wildlife include terns, sandpipers, frogs, and foxes.[6]

History

During the coming of the Andals to the Vale, Gerold Grafton put down a rebellion of the First Men of Gulltown, with the dead thrown into the bay to feed crabs. Gulltown developed into a city under the rule of House Grafton.[8]

The Storm Kings from House Durrandon once controlled land from Cape Wrath to the Bay of Crabs, but they gradually lost much of it over the centuries.[9]

The Targaryens and Arryns fought a battle in the waters off Gulltown during Aegon's Conquest.[10]

After fleeing Maidenpool during the Dance of the Dragons, the dragonrider Nettles was last seen flying Sheepstealer in the morning mists of the Bay of Crabs.[11]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Arya Stark boards the Titan's Daughter in Saltpans intending to sail to Braavos.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Brienne of Tarth spots fishermen in the bay at Maidenpool.[12] Dick Crabb escorts her from Maidenpool to the Whispers.[7] Septon Meribald later guides Brienne and her party from Maidenpool to the Quiet Isle.[6][5]

Quotes

There were no trees for leagues around, just sea and sky and sand. No land could have been more different from Tarth, with its mountains and waterfalls, its high meadows and shadowed vales, yet this place had its own beauty, Brienne thought.[6]

—thoughts of Brienne Tarth

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