Horn Hill by Logan Feliciano © Fantasy Flight Games
|Government||House Tarly, feudal lord|
|Ruler||Lord Randyll Tarly|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
|Founded||Age of Heroes by Herndon of the Horn and Harlon the Hunter|
Horn Hill is the seat of House Tarly in the Reach. Located on an eponymous hill, the castle lies south of Highgarden and a hundred leagues northeast of Oldtown among the thickly-wooded foothills of the Red Mountains. The Tarlys are marcher lords of the Dornish Marches.
Horn Hill has a sept within its walls. According to Samwell Tarly, those walls are less formidable than the city walls of Oldtown. A pond lies below the castle. The woods around Horn Hill are teeming with game. The Tarlys employ huntsmen and hounds during their hunts.
According to legend, the castle was built on Horn Hill by the brothers Harlon the Hunter and Herndon of the Horn, twin sons of Garth Greenhand. In the Age of the Hundred Kingdoms, before the Reach was united under the Kings of the Reach, the kingdom of the western marches extended from Horn Hill to Nightsong.
Two warlocks from Qarth sacrificed a bull aurochs at Horn Hill and had young Samwell Tarly bathe in its blood. When the act did not make his son stronger, Lord Randyll Tarly had the warlocks scourged. Samwell rode a mare from Horn Hill to the Wall to join the Night's Watch.
A Clash of Kings
A Feast for Crows
Jon: Do you dream of Horn Hill?
Samwell: No. I hated it there.
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