Origin of the Maesters

...did the books ever explain the origin of the Order of Maesters? I get the feeling this is one of the more vital plot mysteries which will be revealed in later books. I.e. with regard to the well-known rumors that they had a hand in the extinction of the dragons and don't like magic in general, etc. The most I've been able to glean is that they were around for centuries before the Targaryen Conquest, so I would *assume* they came to Westeros with the Andals.--The Dragon Demands 22:05, July 1, 2012 (UTC)

Specialties of the Known Maesters

I'd like to see the specialty of the known maesters listed next to their name.  I see that their specialty is noted by the color of their chain, but as I am color blind, I can not see for myself. 12:36, June 1, 2016 (UTC)


If the organisation is formally called the Order of Maesters shouldn't that be the title of the article? - Xanderen signature 09:45, July 27, 2017 (UTC)