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The Ring
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Lore Details:
Warp: /warp thering
Location: The Reach
House: Roxton
Type: Castle
Construction Details:
Started: February 2013
Project Lead: OllieDisc, Demodocus
Project Type: Private
Project Status: Completed

The Ring is the seat of House Roxton, a noble house from The Reach. Their arms are a saltire of interlocked golden rings, upon a sky blue field. The only known member is Ser Jon Roxton ("Bold Jon"), who participated in the Second Battle of Tumbleton as described in "The Princess and the Queen." The house possesses an ancestral Valyrian steel sword called Orphan-Maker. The location of The Ring is at the far northern border of the the Reach, with the Blackwater Rush (Crownlands) to the east, the Gold Road bridge Riverlands) to the north, and Smithyton and Tumbleton (The Reach) to the southeast. The castle itself sits on top of a somewhat prominent hill, which overlooks the town of Girdle and the lush farmland and forests of the Reach. This defensible location has likely been settled for generations, making the Roxtons one of the older families in the Reach.

  • The Ring
  • The Market Town of Girdle
  • The Border Bridge over the Blackwater
  • Stone Mill on a River
  • Ser Malys' Towerhouse near the Border Bridge
  • An Abandoned Windmill
  • A Country Road near Girdle
  • Pavillion through the Bocage

Features

  • The Ring, House Roxton's main keep is a circular structure with high walls that form a shell. The small towers are crowded on a hilltop surrounding a small courtyard, great hall, and lord's chambers. The structure is not lavish, but houses all the necessities of a small castle.
  • Girdle, the main village near the Ring has a few large manor houses and many middle class homes. Since the castle is not very large, guests or important members of the family often live in the town, such as the current lord's mother. The region has very fertile land, and fields, many with hedges, radiate around the town and keep.
  • Pavillion, a smaller village near a pond, where there was likely a tourney held which gave the village its name.
  • The Bridge, a stone bridge serves as a border between the Riverlands and the Reach as it crosses the Blackwater. The road continues north to Bechester, a town in the Riverlands.

Gallery

The Ring on Imgur.

Construction

OllieDisc began building The Ring in February 2014 and it was completed 113 days later in June 2014. The extensive surrounding lands, including the bocage and forests are filled with small details.

Inspiration

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Restormel Castle, England

OllieDisc based The Ring on the 13th century ring castles, which were a short-lived architectural style that replaced the wooden motte-and-bailey castles of the Normans. One notable shell castle is Restormel Castle in England.

Build History

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Demodocus' layout of The "Old" Ring

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The "Old" Ring (aerial)

OllieDisc's version of the Ring replaced an earlier version by Demodocus that was completed before the release of "The Princess and the Queen." Many aspects of Demodocus' original design were worked into the new version, an Demodocus served an advisory role on the application. The older version was modelled on castle Carcassone, with 12 small towers crowded atop a small hill. Within the walls were houses, both above and below ground, with some of the town built into the hill near the keep itself. See Forum

Video

WesterosCraft Walks Bechester and The Ring-012:37

WesterosCraft Walks Bechester and The Ring-0

The Ring was featured in Episode 2 of WesterosCraft Walks. DutchGuard begins in the neighboring town of Bechester, crosses the Blackwater, and then visits Girdle and the Ring.

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