Kayakayanaya is a city in Essos. It is one of the three fortress cities that were once part of the Patrimony of Hyrkoon and was founded by the Patriarchs of Hyrkoon.
The Steel Road, that penetrates the Bone Mountains, leads from Vaes Dothrak and the Mother of Mountains to Kayakayanaya, which lies on the eastern side of the Krazaaj Zasqa. Fur-clad warriors ride the Steel Road escorting caravans to and from Kayakayanaya.
The walls of the city are black basalt, black iron, and yellow bone.
The city is known for its warrior maids who wear iron rings in their nipples and rubies in their cheeks, similar to those of Bayasabhad and Shamyriana. It is said that these cities are defended by women out of the belief that only those who give birth are permitted to take life at will.
Like its sister cities, Kayakayanaya is ruled by the Great Fathers. Their daughters learn to ride and climb before they learn to walk and are trained in the arts of bow, spear, knife, and sling from the earliest age. Meanwhile, ninety nine of every hundred boys, the sons of the Great Fathers, are gelded when they reach the age of manhood and live out their lives as eunuchs, serving their cities as scribes, priests, scholars, servants, cooks, farmers, and craftsmen. Only the most promising males, the largest, strongest, and most comely, are permitted to mature, breed, and become Great Fathers in their turn. Maester Naylin in his Rubies and Iron speculates on the circumstances that led to such customs.
Over the centuries the city has faced countless assaults from the Jogos Nhai, a result of an ancient war between the Patrimony of Hyrkoon and the zorse-riders of the plains, which saw thousands of Hyrkoon carried off into slavery and many more Jogos Nhai sacrificed to the gods of Hyrkoon.
Southshield is an island of the Shield Islands in the Reach. The southernmost of the isles, it lies near the mouth of the river Mander. It is the seat of House Serry.
According to legend, Rose of Red Lake was a daughter of Garth Greenhand and the founder of House Crane. Brandon of the Bloody Blade, one of Garth's sons, is said to have slain so many children of the forest that what had been called Blue Lake was renamed Red Lake because of their blood.
Red Lake was part of the Reach proper of old. The lake was added to the Kingdom of the Reach by Garth III Gardener through pacts of friendship and mutual defense.
Lancel IV Lannister, King of the Rock, was killed in battle at Red Lake.
After the Dance of the Dragons, the wild dragon Silverwing made a lair within one of Red Lake's islands.
Oakenshield is an abandoned castle along the Wall belonging to the Night's Watch. Castle Black lies to its west, while to the east is Woodswatch-by-the-Pool.
Stannis Baratheon inspects the ruins of Oakenshield and Queensgate. Jon Snow re-garrisons Oakenshield as the seat of Tormund.