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"Out of this time also rose one of the most legendary of all Westerosi figures, Asterion, from whom all Wastelandic lords to this day are descended.""
The Great Journey into the Waste, last chapter

Asterion (Wastelandic:PAhBORMAh Pah-Bormah "All-father"), also known as Asterion the Black, Asterion of the Wastes, Black Asterion and later Lord Asterion Blackgard, and sometimes called Asterion Durrandon is an unseen character in Game of Thrones. He is deceased when the series begin and has only appeared in the Complete Guide to Westeros and Histories & Lore featurettes.

Asterion has gone through many names in history. He is known as Pahbormah to the Bordermen, Storn Grey-Beard to the Free Folk, Lord Veloth to the Valyrians, and Argobar Mul to the Rhoynar.

Asterion was a legendary First Men figure of the Age of Heroes and ruler of The Borderlands. He was a distant relative to Durran Godsgrief and founder of House Blackgard. Some believe that he was the very first Borderman and father of all Bordermen. However, some maesters claim this to be false, as Asterion was accompanied with approximately 500 other First Men who were not related to him. Nonetheless, because of this popular believe, sexual intercourse between members of the culture's upper class is extremely rare. Asterion's borderman name is "Pahbormah" ("Allfather").

It is rumored that Asterion had approximately nine wives and over a hundred children. Therefore, the legitimacy of House Blackgard was often debated and some people believe that Trevyr Blackgard actually descended from a bastard bloodline instead of a legitimate one.

It is believed that Asterion earned his nickname because of his black and sarcastic sense of humour.

According to the Hahnuiel, Asterion would be reborn in the form of the Velothine somewhere in the future.

It is common belief that Asterion was born a bastard of House Durrandon, while others claim that he was trueborn.

Biography

Pre-Journey

After a raging war between the First Men and the Children of the Forest, the once lush and flora-filled borderlands were viciously attacked by raging thunderstorms, active volcanoes, and dry winds. This rendered the Borderlands uninhabitable and created an unstable and highly toxic atmosphere. This event is known as the Cataclysm. After a few years, the Borderlands became more and more stabler and fresh oxygen returned. Although many plants and natural wildlife have gone extinct, the Borderlands were once again habitable.

Asterion, a distant relative of the famous Storm King Durran Godsgrief was granted dominion over the wastelands to rule as its Lord Defender. However, nobody has ever returned to the Borderlands, and the journey there would be very dangerous.

The Journey

Asterion, along with his two eldest sons Orroman and Saloman, took a journey into the heart of the Borderlands. He, his wives, his children and over 500 companions took an exodus into the wastelands to find a place which they could claim as their own. They founded the Men of the Black, the precursors of House Blackgard.

The road was dangerous and many First Men died. However, Asterion and his remaining companions and children reached a ruined castle which once belonged to the Children. Asterion and his men claimed the castle, naming it Blackgard in Asterion's honor. Asterion and his children took the name of "Blackgard" as their surname and thus, became House Blackgard.

Asterion's journey to Blackgard has been adapted into the famous Westerosi book The Great Journey into the Waste.

Death

News of Asterion's final breath went over the Stormlands as a huge dark cloud. It is said that even the fiercest of warriors put down their mighty axes, and in grief swore to never pick them up again. The death of Asterion ended the period of the Journey. Most of the Black Clan settled. It is them, whom the clan-based bordermen had evolved from.

Despite the crypt that had been already built for him in Blackgard, Asterion chose to be mummified and buried on a small piece of land looking in the direction of his birthplace, Storm's End. Asterion's Tomb was located on the most eastern side of the Borderlands. Asterion is believed to have reached the age of 106, which is very rare for a man who has lived his life mostly in the wild.

Legacy

Asterion is the founder of the Borderlands and "allfather" of the Bordermen. Therefore many feudal-based bordermen originate from his bloodline, with the exception of House Skinner. In the years that followed, Asterion was remembered for his extended knowledge, honourable demeanor, but also his fiery temper.

Asterion left a legacy that stayed ever so powerful for almost 8,000 years. Every borderman and Stormlands child grew up with tales of the wise, strong and brave Lord Asterion.

Physical appearance

Asterion was an ancient figure of legend. He lived approximately eight thousand years before the War of the Five Kings. As a result, credible information of his physical appearance are hard to come by. According to Xarxes, Asterion was tall, broad-shouldered, and muscled. He had a bald top, long hair descending from the sides of his head and a beard, both decorated in braids. Xarxes also mentioned that Asterion had one eye that was pitch black, and another that was light green. Therefore, it is assumed that Asterion suffered from heterochromia iridum.

Bloodline

Asterion was notorious for his hundreds of sons and polygamist family of nine spouses. Those who have the strongest of Asterion's blood in them are, obviously, the Blackgards themselves. Other noble houses also possess some of Asterion's heritage, except the Skinners, whose bloodline can be traced all the way back to a member of Asterion's 500 companions. Asterion was thought to have over a hundred children, and these are all collectively known as the "Black Bastards".

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elenei tree
Elenei
Deceased
 
Durran tree
Durran
"Durran Godsgrief"
Deceased
 
 
Baratheon
Unknown cousin
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baratheon
House Durrandon
 
 
 
 
ArgonBlack tree
Asterion
"Asterion the Black"
Deceased
 
Lenya tree
Lenya Blackgard
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blackgard
House Blackgard
 
 
 

Reign

Lord of Ebonheart
Position created ? - ? Orroman Blackgard

Quotes

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"Brandon... Stark... These are your first steps..."
―The ghost of Asterion speaks to Bran Stark in a vision
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"Let my little cousin wander off into the west! Lest he awaken the dangers of my kingdom's borders. For a day, he will not last."
Durran's bet to his cousin Asterion
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"A man chooses. A slave obeys."
―Asterion
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Lord: King Althurin I Heir: Prince Emeric Blackgard
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Seat: Ebonheart, Blackgard Lands: The Borderlands
Title(s): Black King of Ebonheart · Lord of Ebonheart · King of the Bordermen
Pre-secession: Voice of Blackgard · Shield of the East · Lord Defender of the Stormlands · Warden of the Borderlands · Lord Paramount of the Borders · Chieftain of the Bordermen
Ancestors:Asterion the Black · Lenya Blackgard · Orroman Blackgard · Saloman Blackgard · Darreth Blackgard · Myrion Blackgard · Dallon Blackgard · Dirron Blackgard · Stevron Blackgard · Torvan Blackgard · Kennard Blackgard · Arwynd Blackgard · Andaren Blackgard · Andyron Blackgard · Gerion Blackgard · Harald Stark · Grenn · Sanah Blackgard · Rickard Blackgard · Meralith Blackgard · Morden Blackgard · Maron Blackgard · Marinah Blackgard · Arthur Blackgard · Vickon Blackgard
Current members:Talya Blackgard · Elyse Blackgard · Ardrew Ashes · Anera Blackgard · Sofina Blackgard · Tregar Blackgard · Mertha Blackgard · Mercyl Blackgard · Aeron Blackgard
Deceased members:Laenah Blackgard · Trovar Blackgard · Trevas Blackgard · Laina Blackgard · Tragen Blackgard · Dyron Blackgard · Lucan Blackgard · Anya Blackgard · Trevyr Blackgard · Jenelyn Blackgard · Elen Blackgard · Edwyn Blackgard · Eddard Blackgard · Eddin Blackgard · Oberon Blackgard · Dagon Blackgard
Household:{Dalton Ashes} · Archmaester Lorgan · Brant Tymber · Orran Luxford · {Asten Wylde} · Eyan Whent · Cayman Croft · Theos Tymber · Codin Bruckstone · Markas Warth · {Arton Lannister} · Gerrad Storm · {Helenys} · {Harrion} · Vumir · Gidden · Ammett · Hugar · "The Gravedigger" · Carron Heartley · Harrin Smithe · Nathaleya (infiltrator)

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