King's Landing is is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. The Kingdoms are: The Kingdom of the North, the Kingdom of Mountain and Vale, the Kingdom of the Isles and Rivers, Kingdom of the Rock, Kingdom of the Reach, Kingdom of the Stormlands and Dorne. Seven Kingdoms is a realm located on the continent of Westeros. King's Landing is one of the largest city located in the Crownlands on the east coast of Westeros. It overlooks Blackwater Bay.
“In King’s Landing, there are two sorts of people. The players and the pieces… Every man’s a piece to start with, and every maid as well. Even some who think they are players." - Petyr Baelish
King's landing has an estimated population of 500,000 and it is about 300 years old.
Aegon Targaryen, also known as the Aegon the Dragon was the conqueror of the Seven Kingdoms. Aegon Targaryen was described to be tall, powerful with purple eyes and short gold hair. He conquered the seven individually ruled kingdoms with dragons. He wanted to unite the seven as one. The city expanded very rapidly under Aegon Targaryen and his descendants. The city served for a long time as a home to the ruling Targaryen family until Robert Baratheon overthrew Aerys Targaryen. By the time Robert took over the city, the population had grown to approximately half a million.
King's Landing suffered numerous attacks. Problems in King's Landing only increased during the war. A lot of refugees came into the city seeking protection and this also multiplied more problems including the food shortages.
Within the walls, the city's landscape is surrounded by three hills, which are named after Aegon and his two sisters. Outside of the walls, you may be able to see some breathtaking view of mountains and rivers, but within King's Landing, it is extremely crowded and dirty. King's landing is also known to be very smelly.
Winter is coming.
Only two major languages are significantly used in Westeros: the "Old Tongue", and the "Common Tongue" of the Andals.
Getting into the city might be a bit tricky. The city is known to be square-shaped, defended by tall walls. There are seven gates that leads into the city. The seven gates are as followed:
By car or horse
Car is not going to happen. Unless you want to be stared down and probably get your car parts stolen, I suggest you to leave your fancy cars at home.
Horse is more acceptable. If you really don't like riding horses then try getting yourself a horse trap or a horse carriage.
Good luck...landing your plane. You will probably get destroyed by the dragons... but whatever.
Boats, or even kayak can be used to get to the Red Keep and also to the "Mud Gate" which is also known as the River Gate. These are two gates that are closes to the body of water. It won't be hard to find a place to moor your boat, but it is never guaranteed that your boat will still be in place when you return.
Around the walls and gates, the city is surrounded with arbors, brick storehouses, timbered inns, merchants stalls, manses, taverns, graveyards, fish markets, and brothels. Between buildings the roads are lined with trees, alleys and streets.
It is probably not a good idea to drive around with a car in this city because the alleys are pretty narrow and it just might be faster to get yourself a horse or just walk.
Red Keep is a castle and residence of the king, located in the south-eastern corner of the city and overlooking the bay directly. It is the primary fortress of King’s Landing, located on the highest hill in the area- Aegon’s High Hill. The castle is made of pale red stone and has seven massive drum-towers crowned with iron ramparts. Inside the Keep you can take a tour to see the Iron Throne, gathering halls, barracks of the gold cloaks (City Watch of King’s Landing), dungeons and granaries.
Outside the Red Keep
It's best to generally stay clear of the area.. that is unless you enjoy a mean case of the bloody flux.
Looking to get robbed, beaten, or just a mild harassing? Sowbelly is the place to be! If in the area, it's best to wear comfortable shoes as you'll be running for your life.
As the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, King's Landing is the seat of all the power in the realm. As such, visitors must be respectful of the throne and the authority that it conveys. Please be mindful of your speech and actions as while outsiders and foreigners are a common sight among it's streets take care not to wander off the beaten paths.
The King's Landing's main military force is called City Watch, also known as the gold cloaks. They are in charge of guarding and policing the town and its surroundings. Be sure not to get on their bad side as they have considerable authority to cause you discomfort.
If you are not a member of the Faith of the Seven, steer clear of the Great Sept of Baelor. You can recognize it by its distinctive marble dome and the seven crystal towers that holds seven bells. Below the tower are where previous kings are laid to rest and also where the order holds most of the wealth of the Faith. Do NOT attempt to gain access!
Please be aware of King Joffrey Baratheon. He is the current ruler, having claimed the Iron Throne after his father King Robert Baratheon died. However, Joffery is actually the bastard son of the incestuous relationship between the Cersei Lannister (The Queen) and Jaime Lannister. Nobody really likes Joffrey due to his idiotic ruling but if you ever get on his nerve, he will probably kill you- so either be overly respectful when you encounter his presence or just stay out of his sight.
As one of the largest and most populated cities in all the realm, King's Landing suffers from the same ills that most metropolises do. Poor ventilation, refuse and water contamination and an abundance of crime have all plagued the city since its founding by Aegon I.
Conditions are especially dire in the poorer parts of the city like Flea Bottom, if you value your health you will not be tempted to try the local delicacy "Bowl of brown" a stew with unidentifiable ingredients simmered for as long as a year and served only to the poorest residents of the city.
The main way to get messages in and out of the city is by courier although this is fairly expensive and extremely slow. An alternate method is to use trained ravens to pass information a la the maesters of Westeros who use them to communicate between castles.
Although most messages brought by ravens are standard and innocuous, they are also linked to ominous tidings, giving rise to the phrase "Dark wings, dark words".
There is also a cleverer but much rarer species of white raven, which the Conclave of the maesters dispatch from their headquarters at the Citadel in Oldtown only when they agree that the season has turned.
If you are looking to escape the rat race (and actual live rats) of city living, there are many nearby towns and hamlets that you are able to reach with a good horse and plenty of provisions.