GoTA Storyline Summary

From our writer, Jessica :

PLEASE NOTE: Spoilers for seasons 1-7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones follow.

Hello Bannermen! Jessica Sliwinski here, Lead Narrative Designer. Though my watch has ended for GAME OF THRONES ASCENT, we have heard from many of you who weren’t able to complete all quest content in the game before shutdown, and were wondering if certain mysteries were ever solved and certain questions were ever answered. While shutting down before the end of the show prevents us from giving you a definitive answer as to what would have happened to your house when the game of thrones finally ends, we can and are happy to provide the following summation of the released game storyline, from Prologue to Enduring Legacy. Enjoy!



The Prologue serves as the player’s introduction to the world of GAME OF THRONES ASCENT. Tasked with driving slavers out of a castle by Jon Arryn, Hand of the King, the player’s efforts are immediately rewarded with a seal of nobility from King Robert Baratheon himself, allowing the player to form his own noble house with all the rights and privileges it entails. No newly established house would last a moment without the protection of one of the great houses of Westeros, however, and the player must choose between Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Greyjoy, Targaryen, Martell, Tyrell, or Tully. The consequences of this choice will ripple for years to come, but for now, the player gets the chance to enjoy rubbing elbows with characters such as Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister. The merriment is short-lived, however. The player’s daughter, Jayne, loses a hand to infection, while Jon Arryn dies mysteriously after asking after the hair color of a local whore’s son. Westeros, it seems, is full of dangers.


The first volume covers the events of season one of HBO’s Game of Thrones, while also following the player through her tumultuous early days as the head of a noble house. Eddard Stark is named Hand of the King, and the player makes the fateful decision to send her cousin, Kirth—a minstrel with a talent for both song and wit—along with the party returning to King’s Landing from Winterfell. As Eddard Stark investigates his predecessor Jon Arryn’s death (unknowingly raising the executioner’s blade higher and higher above his neck), the player must contend with her neighbor, Lord Brus Roxton, who allies with a contingent of neighboring nobles known as the Three to try and destroy the player’s house in its infancy. The player successfully defends her house, Lord Roxton dying in a final, desperate attempt to assassinate the player with a blade tied to a mysterious name: the Silent Lady. When Ned Stark’s head rolls in King’s Landing and eastern rumors arrive of dragons hatching in the flames, the player realizes that Westeros’s troubles are just beginning.


The second volume covers the events of season two of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With kings crowning themselves right and left in what will come to be known as the War of the Five Kings, the player decides he cannot rule his house based on his cousin Kirth’s word alone. Derryk, another possible bastard of King Robert Baratheon, is sent north to the Wall, where he is mentored by Rolfe, the player’s father and a brother of the Night’s Watch. Olene of Braavos, a quietly fierce woman with a mysterious past, sails east to join Daenerys Targaryen and her Dothraki khalasar. Ser Hugo Flint, the player’s brash but honorable captain of the guard, joins the Gold Cloaks in King’s Landing. Through their eyes, the player witnesses the fall of Winterfell to the Greyjoys, the Watch’s disastrous battle against the wights at the Fist of the First Men, the Khaleesi’s struggle through the Red Waste to overcoming treachery in Qarth, and the fall of two Baratheon kings: Renly, murdered by a demon made of shadows, and Stannis, defeated at the Battle of the Blackwater. Gammer Wilde, the player’s advisor on the Old Ways, also begins to have strange dreams where she runs with direwolves, giving the player a glimpse of the far-flung Stark children.


The third volume covers the events of season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and also marked the beginning of a unique and mutually beneficial arrangement between Disruptor Beam and HBO which allowed developers to view the upcoming season before its premiere. These viewing sessions were not only a unique glimpse into the process of making a successful television series, but also allowed the developers ample time to prepare related content, raising the bar for quality with every episode. Perhaps the most infamous season in the show’s history, the player’s agents lived to report back on the mutiny against the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch at Craster’s Keep, Queen Daenerys Targaryen’s conquering of Astapor and Yunkai, the arrival of the Tyrells in King’s Landing, and finally the Red Wedding, where not only did Robb Stark, King in the North, meet his end, but also Kirth, the player’s minstrel cousin—in the wrong place at the absolutely wrong time.


With roughly a year between the finale of season three and the premiere of season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the Disruptor Beam team decided to turn the player’s attention back towards the advancement of his own house. Nicknamed “Volume You” (with “You” being dynamically replaced with the player’s chosen name for his house), this volume finally revealed the identity of the mysterious Silent Lady, last seen plotting with Lord Roxton to assassinate the player. The disfigured adopted daughter of the slavers who lived in the player’s keep, the Silent Lady swore revenge, first enslaving the player’s smallfolk and then targeting the player’s daughter, Jayne, married off to Devan Turner. The player saw his daughter widowed despite his best efforts, and pursued the Silent Lady all the way to Essos, where she was finally defeated. The player had the choice to dismantle the Silent Lady’s slaving operation forever, or take control, risking the laws of Westeros for the promise of never-ending riches. In an ongoing subplot, the player was also introduced to the pesky House Goldfoot, which would go on to plague the player’s house with antics at first innocent and then dangerous.


The fourth volume covers the events of season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones. House Martell—and players sworn to House Martell—finally have their moment in the sun as Prince Oberyn Martell arrives in King’s Landing, determined to avenge his sister. But Oberyn is quickly forgotten when King Joffrey Baratheon is poisoned and dies at his own wedding. Lannister players must choose whether to support Tyrion, accused of murdering his nephew, or Cersei and Tywin, convinced of Tyrion’s guilt. The player’s father Rolfe survives the Battle of Castle Black, as does Jon Snow, who is named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch as a result. The player’s daughter Jayne finally takes control of her own destiny when she disguises herself as a boy and declares she will be the player’s agent in the Eyrie. Finally, the player sees Queen Daenerys Targaryen settle in Meereen, where she will soon lose one advisor (Olene of Braavos, secretly one of the Faceless Men) but gain another (Tyrion Lannister, fleeing Westeros after murdering his father.)



    In this interim volume between seasons four and five of HBO’s Game of Thrones, players were tasked with answering a question that has plagued nobility throughout history: who will be my heir? For the first time, the player’s son Jon and daughter Ella (formerly faceless names the player could betroth to other players’ children) were fleshed out as real individuals with their own thoughts, feelings, and desires. While Jon journeyed to Braavos and became caught up in the mysterious murder of an Iron Bank official, Ella’s faith was tested by a religious zealot. Both adventures yielded the Player a new advisor: Eutimio, a swordsman of Braavos with a soft spot for Jon, and Oskar, a man of true faith who will not be fooled again.

    As if this weren’t enough, the player also dealt with two outside claims to his lands, one by House Chernoff and the other by House Oridane. Jorgan Chernoff would abandon his claim after falling in love with the wildling girl Liadain, while Terrei Oridane would die tragically trying to extricate her son from warring Dothraki khalasars. From the ashes, the player gained a new set of eyes in the east: Udemi, a magi who must earn the trust of Daenerys Targaryen.


    The fifth volume covers the events of season five of HBO’s Game of Thrones, with the player’s agents in more danger than ever before. Septa Eleanor, sent to King’s Landing to witness the Sparrows’ rise to power, becomes a victim herself. Ser Hugo Flint is powerless to assist, having accompanied Jaime Lannister to Dorne, where Myrcella Baratheon meets her end. In Braavos, Olene rejoins the Faceless Men and helps instruct Arya Stark, their newest recruit. Jayne journeys with Lord Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark to Winterfell, where she attends Sansa’s ill-fated wedding to the horrifying Ramsay Bolton (who murdered the player’s first agent, Carellen Swyft). Alvyn of Oldtown barely survives Stannis Baratheon’s final battle, while Rolfe witnesses another mutiny against the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow. Finally, Udemi becomes one of the lucky few to witness Daenerys Targaryen mount a dragon and escape the Sons of the Harpy—leaving Meereen in Tyrion Lannister’s hands.


    The player’s family grew again in this interim volume between seasons five and six of HBO’s Game of Thrones, this time to include a bastard daughter, Odette. Rough around the edges due to years spent as a sellsword but desperate for the player’s approval, Odette tries to recruit the player to join a rebellion against the player’s liege lord. Simultaneously, the player is stricken with hallucinations of the past, induced by drugged letters sent by a Qartheen warlock named R’nat Reyl. Through these hallucinations, the player learns that the leader of the rebellion, Captain Nyall, is a bastard descendant of the player’s fealty, dating all the way back to the Blackfyre Rebellion. The player must choose whether to join Nyall’s rebellion against her liege lord or remain loyal, a choice that will result in serious consequences for the player’s family and her house. Whatever the outcome, Odette leaves the Nameless Company behind and pledges herself to the player, even becoming legitimized should a loyalist player wish.


    The sixth volume covers the events of season six of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Due to the intense secrecy surrounding Jon Snow’s fate, the Disruptor Beam team was unable to preview the episodes before they aired. Rather than delaying the volume’s release or opting out entirely, the team took on the challenge of creating content for volume six as the show aired, making each Sunday night a workday. Though this arrangement required the team to scale back on the content previously offered, it did not lack for excitement. Volume Six saw Rolfe witnessing Jon Snow’s resurrection, Eutimio joining the Battle of the Bastards, Jayne defying both the player and Littlefinger to make her way to Winterfell, Rona Grey helping Yara and Theon Greyjoy steal King Euron’s fleet, Udemi struggling to hold Meereen until Daenerys Targaryen’s triumphant return, Maester Lucas meeting Samwell Tarly in the Citadel, and Ser Hugo Flint narrowly surviving Cersei Lannister’s ultimate revenge on the Sparrows and the Tyrells.


    In this interim volume set between seasons six and seven of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the cost of the player’s past decisions begin to come due. Paramours of the doomed Kirth come forth bearing his bastards (or do they?) If the player joined Nyall’s Rebellion, she struggles to repair the relationship with her liege lord. If she remained loyal, she helps to punish or otherwise ferret out any remaining dissenters. But the player learns the true cost of becoming a viable threat when her house is targeted by Littlefinger, who seeks to trick her bastard, Odette, into believing that she is the lost heir to the fallen House Baratheon. The player’s trueborn daughter, Jayne, was forced to assist under duress, leading to a tragic confrontation at Winterfell where she is revealed as a woman in disguise and expelled after being framed for Odette’s murder.

    The seventh volume covers the events of season seven of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Once again, secrecy was paramount, and the Disruptor Beam team rose to the challenge of creating content as the show aired. Alvyn, a previously established follower of R’hllor, joins the remains of the Brotherhood Without Banners, accompanying them as they travel to the Wall. Maester Lucas develops his own frustrations with the Maesters’ way of doing things, and bids both the Citadel and Sam Tarly farewell. Eutimio awakens in Winterfell and joins Jon Snow’s inner circle, traveling with him to Dragonstone to meet Daenerys Targaryen and bearing witness to Littlefinger’s ultimate demise. Rona narrowly survives Euron’s decimation of Yara Greyjoy and Elia Martell’s fleet, while Ser Josian finds his way to the epic Battle of the Goldroad by way of being gang pressed into Euron Greyjoy’s service. There, he unknowingly crosses paths with his predecessor, Ser Hugo, who survives dragonfire to return to King’s Landing and witness the schism between Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Finally, the player’s father Rolfe meets an honorable, heartbreaking end on Jon Snow’s doomed expedition to bring back a wight from beyond the Wall. The player himself travels to the Wall to collect his father’s remains, where he personally witnesses the arrival of the Night King’s army as the transformed Viserion destroys the Wall in a blast of blue flame.


    This interim volume set between seasons seven and eight of HBO’s Game of Thrones also serves as the final volume of GAME OF THRONES ASCENT. Split into two acts, the first act sees the player receive a mysterious invitation to the Summer Isles, where they might wait out the remainder of the war in safety, if they choose. Convinced by his erstwhile neighbor, Lady Buckwell, the player answers the invitation with Jon and Ella in tow only to discover that it was extended by his estranged daughter, Jayne. After the loss of her husband and her disgrace at Winterfell, Jayne is attempting to start a new life as wide of Moxhala Xho, who intends to take control of the Summer Isles with the help of pirates, slavers, and the player--whether he consents or not. The player escapes and returns home to learn that Lady Buckwell has seized control of his holdings in his absence! After fighting to retake his lands, the player passes final judgment on Jayne via execution or banishment.

    In the second act, the player is confronted with Gammer Wilde’s strange fever dreams. Liadain, the wildling girl brought south by Jorgan Chernoff, returns to the north in search of a cure for Gammer’s affliction, and meets one of the Children of the Forest, a creature called Sprout. Meanwhile, the player discovers a cave on their own holdings full of priceless dragonglass, but only upon beginning to mine it does he discover a terrible truth: the cave also holds an army of wights, entombed there for millenia. Before the player can decide whether the reward is worth the risk, his hand is forced by Liadain’s greedy brother-in-law, Bagreth, who mines his own tunnel into the cave, unleashing the wights upon the player’s holdings. Only the sacrifice of Liadain or Sprout can defeat this menace, but not before they discover the true power of the Greenseer’s Glass, a relic brought back from the north by Jorgan Chernoff and Liadain. The Greenseer’s Glass can reveal to the undead the memories of their former lives, driving them to flee in horror. The player uses the Greenseer’s Glass to restore Gammer.

    In the final chapter of the volume, “A Song of Farewell,” the player has a rare moment to reflect on everything that has come to pass since that fateful day he ascended to nobility, and has a final exchange with all of his advisors and remaining children. Rona, Ser Hugo, and Alvyn share their dreams for the future, in which Theon Greyjoy defeats Euron to claim the throne of the Iron Islands, Hugo himself defeats the Mountain and makes a final choice between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, and Eutimio rides with the Dothraki and Daenerys Targaryen into fiery victory against the Night King. But each admit that they have no reason to believe their dreams will come to pass, and they may lose everything. All they know for certain is that it has been an honor to serve the player, and they will serve him to the end.
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