“Free folk don't follow names, or little cloth animals sewn on a tunic.
They won't dance for coins, they don't care how your style yourself or what that chain of office means or who your grandsire was.
They follow strength. They follow the man.”
(George R. R. Martin)

They were tens of thousands, divided in hundreds of tribes and clans. They always despised the ways of the people South of the Wall, slaves of laws and lords, without the freedom that in the North is a banner.

Among the many clans, the Ice-River Spears is held as the most proud. The cold climate and the absence of protection have made them aggressive and warlike. What they have, they have obtained it by raiding, North or South of the Wall. Only Mance Rayder has been able to ease their rivalry with the Frozen Shore Clan, or the despised Thenn.

Many of the clans have accepted the alliance with the Crows, but as many have stayed in the North. The Ice-River Spears were unbent, they stayed beyond the Wall, in the north where the Free Folk belong. But WInter is coming, relentless, and it belongs to the Others. Some of the proud men and women of the north are now tormented by doubt, strengthened by the white threat getting closer: would it be better to find an easier life, or keep on with their traditions?

See also the Setting chapter for Beyond the Wall

See also the Costume guide for the Free Folk