There a many special locations throughout the map of A World of Ice and Fire. Visiting these can give you special rewards or things to do.
Many of these are hidden and must be found first.
Here are some examples of the many locations that can be found throughout the world of Westeros and Essos;
Cave beyond The Wall
Beyond the wall there is Cave in which several Wildlings live. Here you can find obsidian arrows and an obsidian dagger, useful to help defeat wights if you lack Valrian weapons.
Giant Lair beyond The Wall
Beyond the wall west of Thenn between a group of trees at Giants Lair (Location).
If you defeat all of the giants and are Free Folk in starting people you again two giant companions, Wun-Wun and Dongo.
If you defeat all of the giants and are NOT Free Folk in starting people, you will receive a trophy that can be exchanged for 3000 stags.
In the forests near Deepwood Motte there is the Wolf Den. After killing all the wolves you will obtain a Dire Wolf if Northman in starting people.
In the eastern part of the Westerland region (near its border with the Riverlands) can be found a gold mine, it sits between two mountains and two castles, Clegane's Keep and Deep Den.
There are two interactions with the gold mine, you may volunteer to work honestly and get paid each day in the mine or profiting off slave work by moving your prisoners to the gold mine along with some troops to guard them. The troops help avoid breakout attempts from the slaves and of course keep morale high ;)
Net profit from the mine will be affected by the amount of produced by the slaves minus the cost of paying the salary of your guards. Using slaves in the mines however does adversely effect your reputation/honor.
Click on the Gold Mine link as desired for more details and how to maximize profit.
There is an Iron Mine located between Crow Spike Keep and Downdelving on the Iron Islands.
You may either work in the Iron Mine for 5 stags per day or profit off slave work like the Gold Mine by moving your prisoners to the gold mine along with some troops to guard them.
Here is a link for the location of the Iron Mine.
The stone quarry is located between Norvos and Nestaris in Essos. You can work at the stone quarry for 21 silver stags per day. You can also buy stone in bulk with 20 stones for 2,800 silver stags.
Here is a link for the location of the Stone Quarry.
Specific religious based troops can be recruited from the Septs if your character's religion is Faith of the Seven. You gain a mixture of Begging Brothers, Septons, farmers, herders, slaves, and women villagers when recruiting from Septs.
Here is a link for the location of the Septs.
Temple of Light
Specific religious based troops can be recruited from the Temple of Light near Volantis if your character's religion is R'hllor. You gain a mixture of Red Worshipers, Red Priests, farmers, herders, slaves, and women villagers when recruiting from the Temple of Light.
Here is a link for the location of the Temple of Light.
The Crossroads Inn
At the crossroads between Saltpans, and Lord Harroway's Town you will find The Crossroads Inn (screenshot). You will find Ser Janis Lyren at the inn along with with other NPCs. Ser Janis Lyren will give you a quest to find, and rebuild his ruined castle (this is one way how to start your own kingdom).
Temple of the Bearded Priests
The Temple of the Bearded Priests is located north of Norvos.
Here is a link for the location of the Temple of the Bearded Priests.
The player can recruit Norvos Holy Champions from the NPC Calypso Eranelar if governing Norvos directly. Norvos Holy Champions are one of the most elite shock units in the game.
Alternatively, the player can choose to raze the Temple of the Bearded Priests if he or she has a large enough army. The Valyrian steel glaive Retribution can be obtained by razing the Temple of the Bearded Priests, defeating the army led by Calypso Eranelar, and then selecting the option to execute Calypso Eranelar.
The Iron Bank
The Iron Bank is located in Braavos. The player can either take a loan out or deposit money and earn interest at the Iron Bank.
The Temple of Black and White
Faceless Men can be recruited from the Temple of Black and White if the player directly governs Braavos. Faceless Men are elite archery units who can also hold their own in melee combat. The cost to hire 1 Faceless Men is expensive at 10,000.
The player can visit and explore Illyrio's Manse which is located near Pentos. The player can recruit Dragon Guard from Illyrio Mopatis if both Valyrian is chosen at the beginning of the game as the player's background and the player has a high enough renown (atleast 900 renown). The Dragon Guard are one of the most elite heavy cavalry units in the game.
Here is a link for the location of Illyrio's Manse.
The Water Gardens
The player can visit and explore the Water Gardens near Sunspear. The player can recruit 3 companions known as The Sand Snakes (Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand, and Tyrene Sand) if Dornish is chosen at character creation as the player's starting people.
Here is a link for the location of the The Water Gardens.
The Iron Legion Camp
The Iron Legion Camp is located between Norvos and Qohor, the bit of land that protrudes into the sea, which is referred to as The Axe in lore. You can hire the Iron Legionaries located at their camp for a sufficient price. The Iron Legionaries are expert spearmen, is said that their parent legion was the inspiration for the Unsullied.
Here is a link for the location of the The Iron Legion Camp.
Old Stone Bridge Inn
You can explore the Old Stone Bridge Inn and rest there for 2 silver stags per night.
Old Stone Bridge Inn is located between Rosby, Castle Stokeworth, and Brindlewood. Here is a link for the location of the Old Stone Bridge Inn.
The spot to build an Obsidian Mine is located near Dragonstone.
Here is a link for the location of the Obsidian mine deposits.
Setting up mines can be expensive and time consuming but with enough coin and equipment you can set-up a mining operation at the Obsidian Mine spot.
Permission from the local village elder will be needed to contacted prior to building and work within the mines (cost of 75 000 stags). You also need 20 pieces of stone, 20 timber, and 15 tools to starting building the Obsidian Mine (You need at least 5 in inventory management to carry all these items). It takes approximately 2 months before the Obsidian Mine is ready and fully operational once building has started on it.
You can recruit specialized Obsidian equipped troops after the Obsidian Mine is completed which are helpful in combating the White Walker invasion.
You can recruit the following units at the cost of both Obsidian ore and silver stags after construction of the Obsidian Mine:
- Obsidian Spearman.
- Obsidian Axeman.
- Obsidian Archer.
- Obsidian Mounted Spearman.
- Obsidian Mounted Axemen.
Tower of Joy
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Tower of Joy for the first time. You can explore the site around the Tower of Joy.
Here is a link for the location of the Tower of Joy.
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Tarbeck Hall for the first time. Tarbeck Hall was once the seat of House Tarbeck. You cannot explore Tarbeck Hall.
Here is a link for the location of the Tarbeck.
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Craster's Keep for the first time. You have the option of exploring the area around Craster's Keep.
Craster's Keep is involved in the main questline, specifically Mutiny at Craster's Keep. You get notified three weeks after the Lands of Always Winter quest via letter from Jon Snow asking you to meet him there. See the Quests section of the Wiki for further details regarding this quest.
Here is a link for the location of the Craster's Keep.
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Hallow Hill for the first time. Hollow Hill is the hideout that serves as the headquarters of the Brotherhood Without Banners.
You can ask if anyone is willing to join you at Hollow Hill. You can also explore Hollow Hill and gain access to the quest A Lannister Always Pays His Debts after speaking to Beric Dondarion. See the Quests section of the Wiki for further details regarding this quest.
Here is a link for the location of the Hollow Hill.
Inn of the Kneeling Man
You gain 200 experience when discovering Inn of the Kneeling Man for the first time. You can explore the Inn of the Kneeling Man and rest there for 1 silver stags per night.
Inn of the Kneeling Man is located between Raventreel Hall, Fairmarket, and Stone Hedge. Here is a link for the location of the Inn of the Kneeling Man.
You gain 200 experience when discovering Oldstones for the first time. It is the remnant of an ancient castle that once belonged to House Mudd. Its original name has long been lost though the local small folk have given it the new name, Oldstones.
Here is a link for the location of the Oldstones.
You gain 200 experience when discovering Nagga's Hill for the first time. Nagga's Hill is said to be build from the remains of the first sea dragon killed by the Grey King. Nagga's Hill is the site of the GreyKing's Hall, where the Ironborn would once choose their kings through kingmoots.
Here is a link for the location of the Nagga's Hall.
You can commission the creation of Wildfire through Hallyne the Pyromancer at the Alchemists Guidhall at Kings's Landing IF you control King's Landing and are king. There is an option to visit the Alchemists Guildhall under the option "Other activities" when visiting King's Landing.
After the Wildfire is created, you can use it to throw at your enemies to inflict damage upon them. If you drink Wildfire and you will turn into a dragon. On further experimentation, advise against drinking Wildfire but it does make great lube haha.
You can visit Chataya's brothel at King's Landing which can help to boost the morale of your army. There is an option to visit the Chataya's brothel under the option "Other activities" when visiting King's Landing.
There is a dialogue option to give a "gift" (we do strive for full realism in the mod lol), to ascertain the services of one of the brothel's employees (i.e. hookers) for yourself or your army (gangbang anyone?).
The cost is 1,500 silver stags to hire the brothel employee and their friends to "play" with your soldiers. Remember, sharing is caring haha. Sex is known to boost morale. However, getting crabs does not. After much deliberation, we decided to remove this potential random event as it was causing too much PTSD within our community, especially our development team.
You can also choose to "hangout" with one of the Ladies of the Night on an individual basis for 100 silver stags. This gains you 40 experience, decreases army morale by 2 (go back to the important lesson of sharing is caring that we discussed earlier), and may or may not give you a sense of fleeting satisfaction of having your avatar getting laid to either compensate for things on a personal level or really having things hit home. I personally called up Daisey and ordered a pizza afterwards haha ;)
Great Sept of Baelor
You can visit and explore the Great Sept of Baelor at King's Landing. You can speak with the NPC High Septon Portar and take in the ambience and the epic splendor of the Great Sept of Baelor.
For the quest The Message, you are tasked to meet Lord Varys near the Sept of Baelor to discuss silent matters.
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Dragon Lair for the first time. The lair is of Silverwing, the dragon of Alysanne Targarten and Ulf the White. Silverwing became wild during the reign of Aegeon III Targaryen and eventually made her lair near Red Lake.
Here is a link for the location of the Dragon Lair.
You gain 200 experience when discovering the Whitehall for the first time. Whitehall is the remnants of an old castle that once belonged to House Butterwell. The castle was said to have been costly to build and was nicknamed Milkhouse by those who lived near, mainly due to its pale walls.
Here is a link for the location of the Whitehall.