The Others are mysterious creatures which dwell in the northern regions of Westeros in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic novels. They are also called White Walkers, a name that was adopted as their primary moniker in the television series .
The Pact between the Children of the Forest and the First Men was weakened by the emergence of the Others (sometimes called 'white walkers'), an enigmatic and malevolent nonhuman species who previously inflicted a night that lasted a generation and a winter that lasted decades. In the War for the Dawn, the Others were vanquished by the combined use of dragonglass (obsidian), fire, and the magic of the old gods. The Children and the First Men then raised a vast Wall of stone, ice, and magic from one coast of Northern Westeros to the other to bar their passage south.
The Others re-appear at the beginning of A Game of Thrones and have since mostly been seen at night, always accompanied by intense cold. The Others appear as tall, gaunt, graceful humanoids with glowing blue eyes. They wear armor that shifts in color with every step, and wield thin crystal swords capable of shattering steel. Others move silently, but their voices sound like cracking ice. Creatures killed by the Others soon reanimate as wights: undead with similarly glowing eyes. The Others exhibit a weakness to weapons made of dragonglass, which can pierce their armor easily. According to records, they are also vulnerable to "dragonsteel", which may be identified with Valyrian steel. In death, they dissolve into a pool of extremely cold liquid. Wights do not exhibit the same weakness to obsidian, but are vulnerable to fire. Martin said that readers will see more of the Others in The Winds of Winter, in which their history is explored, although he stated that he did not know if they have a culture. The TV versions of the White Walkers differ slightly from their literary counterparts in terms of appearance, but have been well received and are considered among the most "visually iconic creatures on the show."
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