‘House of the Dragon’: Crabfeeder, Triarchy, Stepstones defined

The second episode of “House of the Dragon” concluded with Lord Corlys Velaryon forging an alliance with Prince Daemon Targaryen to rid the Stepstones of the Crabfeeder and his forces.

Because the HBO collection’ premiere, the grasp of Driftmark — generally known as the Sea Snake — has been the one particular person involved that this Crabfeeder has been allowed to take over the Stepstones and construct up his base of energy.

Primarily based on his look and Lord Corlys’ stories, Crabfeeder appears to be the primary apparent “villain” of “House of the Dragon.” However who’s he? And what are the Stepstones? Is Lord Corlys exaggerating, or ought to the others even be frightened about him? Why would the rogue Prince Daemon agree to hitch forces with Driftmark?

Who’s the Crabfeeder?
First talked about by Lord Corlys in Episode 1, the Crabfeeder is the alias of Craghas Drahar, the self-appointed prince-admiral of the Triarchy. Drahar known as Crabfeeder for his most popular technique of punishing his enemies — staking them on the seashore and leaving them for the tides and crabs.

What’s up along with his face?
Crabfeeder is proven carrying a masks that covers most of his face. The rationale for this look will not be defined, however it might be so Crabfeeder seems extra intimidating, or as a result of he’s shy, or to cover his scarring; it’s clear that Crabfeeder has some type of pores and skin ailment, however what precisely has induced it’s left unexplained. (One such situation launched in “Game of Thrones” is greyscale, a mysterious ailment that turns the flesh of these troubled flaky and stone-like, however this seems to be distinct from that.)

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon in “House of the Dragon.”

(Ollie Upton / HBO)

What’s the Triarchy?

The Triarchy is an alliance of three of the Free Cities of western Essos: Myr, Lys and Tyrosh, based on the books. There are 9 Free Cities in Essos — together with Pentos and Volantis, as talked about by King Viserys Targeryen in Episode 2 — and most are former colonies of the previous Valyrian empire.

Why is it a risk to Westeros?
As King Viserys talked about in Episode 1, the Triarchy will not be a lot of a risk to Westeros if all it does is rid the Stepstones of pirates. However based on Lord Corlys, Crabfeeder and the Triarchy are additionally attacking Velaryon ships, which is an issue for Westerosi commerce and journey.

What are the Stepstones?
The Stepstones are a series of islands that dot the southern fringe of the Slim Sea between the jap coast of Westeros and the western coast of Essos. The identify is apt as a result of, on a map, they appear like steppingstones that lead from Westeros to Essos. The most important of the islands known as Bloodstone. Management of those lands is commonly disputed, they usually are usually a base favored by pirates as a result of main delivery lanes must move by way of the islands.

What are the repercussions of this battle?
The Stepstones are a strategically necessary location for commerce and journey and would supply a key benefit in any conflict. For Lord Corlys, a seafaring adventurer with a strong navy, management over the Stepstones would enable him to flex the complete may of his home. For Prince Daemon, who appears intent on proving he doesn’t want King Viserys’ permission or acknowledgement to develop into a ruler on his personal phrases, the Stepstones can be added territory he may declare as his personal. Or, if the Crabfeeder prevails, it may give the Triarchy or the opposite Free Cities a lift of confidence in any plans they could must invade Westeros.