A Song of Ice and Fire: Blood and Stone
The elite force known as the Hammerguard have defended the walls of Hammerstone for thousands of years. Formed early during the Andal invasion, these soldiers are equipped with only the finest castle forged steel, and trained in advanced siege defence tactics. While the walls of Hammerstone may be tall, it’s thanks to the Hammerguard that House Tallystan wasn’t snuffed out centuries ago.
Entry into the Hammerguard’s ranks is a great honour, the greatest martial achievement a subject of House Tallystan can achieve short of knighthood (which is an uncommon honour in this bastion of the Old Gods). Members of the Hammerguard are not granted lands of their own, as House Tallystan has little land to its name, but many are permitted to raise their families within the walls of Castle Hammerstone, so long as their heirs are committed to the guard.