– …and every year we got order from Winterfell for horse rearing. Either they required simple workhorses, asses, mules or highly trained warhorses. But that particular year was very different.” The men around the fire settled down and William continued. “That year, we got a request from Lord Brandon Stark himself.” Now, all the brothers went quiet. “He said he required a warhorse, for a tournament of sorts in Harrendal, which was taking place within a year's time.”
 – “I was a stable boy first.” William said sipping on wineskin. “Oooh hello ladies!” One of the black brothers said to an audience of laughter. “Go on, tell us more, how does a stable boy from Ravenhold become a knight?” William smiled, “Well, our house was sworn to Winterfell, and we reared horses from Rivermotte that were strong enough for their use. We did not tame wild horses like those of Dornish or Dothraki, our horses were smaller but stronger, with thicker hides and…
When the black brothers ask William why he left his homeland, he dismisses the question, but a feint grimace across his eyes suggests there is some resentful nostalgia he is trying to ignore, he is quick to answer the question with a question, “I am the third son, I was to be no heir and I grew restless, why would I spend the rest of my life stuck between a bay of ice and a mountain of granite?” The black brothers laugh, “Well, now you stuck behind the Wall!”
Still very young, but her instincts are very much intuitive to everything around her. She is shy and stays well away from crowds, but always comes to William when he is alone eagerly awaiting his next journey.
William’s personality is not dissimilar from his sigil of his house. He is very much a loner, always by himself, friendly but distant. He is very inquisitive and seems to be at ease, whatever the environment, but his wolf and sword never seem to be away from him. Whenever asked about the House Wode, he simply says, “Seek. Learn and Return.”
Isolated from much of the North, Ravenhold enjoys a relatively self sustaining society, trading wood and fish during the summer months when the bay is not frozen and the Greyjoy, reavers are under control. Their main commerce are in horse breeding. Famous in breaking the Garron, taming the Palfrey and teaching the Destrier.
Banner of Ravenhold. Famous for its ravens, and despite their ominous foreboding presence, Ravenhold is peaceful, significantly small and hidden. The keep is built on the edge of Wolfswood, overlooking the Bay of Ice.
This is a photograph of a crow scout in winter. It was taken in 1908 in Montana by Edward S Curtis. The photog illustrates a crow ( Apsaroke) man on horse back on snow- covered ground I the Pryor Mountains.