Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire Essos

This is a listing of the people and regions of Essos that appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire that do not have enough members or tropes to justify their own page (yet). Visit here for the main character index.

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A land to the south of the Dothraki Sea inhabited by a peaceful group of sheepherders. It is routinely raided by the Dothraki for slaves.

Tropes related to Lhazar:

  • Animal Motifs: As a pacifistic herding culture, they are known by the Dothraki as the Lamb Men. A Lhazarene former slave who Ser Barristan takes under his wing is known as the Red Lamb for his fury in battle.

     Mirri Maz Duur 

Mirri Maz Durr

A wise woman of one of the villages raided by Khal Drogo, her life is saved by Daenerys, who uses her as a healer.
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: She considers being raped several times and the destruction of her temple this.
  • Anti-Villain: Genuinely believes that killing Rhaego and rendering Drogo helpless is for the greater good, and may be right.
  • Black Magic: Uses this to treat Khal Drogo's wounds at Daenerys request. She is in fact making his wound worse, and kills Daenerys unborn child and renders Drogo catatonic.
  • Burn The ''Maegi'': Though it's less because she's a witch and more because she betrayed Daenerys.
  • But Not Too Evil: There is no evidence that she was poisoning Drogo, as he staunchly refused to heed to her instructions by inebriating himself. Up until then, her intention was to get into Daenerys' inner circle; then again, her ultimate intention was to kill their unborn child, Drogo aside.
  • Defiant to the End: Vows to not scream when Daenerys orders her thrown onto Drogo's funeral pyre. Daenerys simply says that she will, but she only needs Duur's life. Duur fails to keep her vow.
  • False Friend: She's even listed as one of these in the appendixes
  • Fish out of Water: She is a remarkably powerful sorceress with a great learning background in the middle of a tribe of Lamb Men. Her presence, encounter and entering in a circle of confidence with Daenerys hints that it might have been intentional. Considering that the Dothraki raid the Lhazareen frequently for slaves, it's a big wonder how they didn't encounter her before they came with Daenerys.
  • Kill Her With Fire: Her punishment for the death of Rhaego and saving Drogo's life but leaving him brain dead.
  • Meaningful Name: "Maz Duur" is a phonetic pronunciation of the word "Maester"; this might be significant in the fact that she is Archmaester Marwin The Mage's pupil.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Her vengeance upon Khal Drogo.
  • Rape and Revenge: She had already been raped several times by the time Daenerys "rescued" her, and she takes revenge by manipulating Daenerys, killing her unborn child, rendering Drogo catatonic, which breaks his huge Khalasar apart into several competing groups making the Dothraki much less of a threat to other cities.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She appears only in the last third of Game of Thrones, and is partly responsible for shaping Daenerys into the woman she became.


An ancient trade city located on the southern coast of Essos, to the west of Slaverís Bay. It is ruled by the Pureborn, descendants of the ancient kings and queens of Qarth. However, powerful trade guilds also vie for power in the city: the Thirteen, the Tourmaline Brotherhood, and the Ancient Guild of Spicers. It is the gateway between the western half of Essos and the isolated lands in the far eastern portion of the continent. It is also home to the House of the Undying, the headquarters of the Warlocks of Qarth.

Tropes related to Qarth:

  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: Has one.
  • Bizarrchitecture: The House of the Undying.
  • Crocodile Tears: Qartheen are expected to shed tears whenever they emote, considering it a mark of civilization.
  • In-Series Nickname: Due to their pale complexion, the Dothraki refer to the Qartheen as "Milk Men".
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Qarth seems to share a great deal with ancient Baghdad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Any woman wearing a Qartheen gown, which leaves one breast exposed.
  • Mobile Maze: The House of the Undying.
  • The Remnant: Qarth is the sole surviving city of the Qaathi forced migrations to the south of Central Essos. In the present they also control the towns of Port Yhos, Qarkash and a town in the island of Qal

     The Pureborn 

The Pureborn, a.k.a. the Enthroned

The ruling aristocracy of Qarth, descended of the ancient kings and queens of the city, ruling from the Hall of a Thousand Thrones. The Pureborn also command the city's defenses: the Civic Guard. To receive an audience with the Pureborn, a petitioner should make a traditional sacrifice in the Temple of Memory, offer a traditional bribe to the Keeper of the Long List, and send a traditional persimmon to the Opener of the Door. If all goes well, the petitioner will be sent a pair of blue slippers, signifying the granting of an audience in the Hall of a Thousand Thrones.
  • Alliterative Name: For Mathos Mallarawan and Egon Emeros
  • Ascended Meme: A common saying in Qarth: ""It is easier to milk the Stone Cow of Faros than to wring gold from the Pureborn."
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They are known for offering poisoned wine to those they consider dangerous. Emeros is also one of the Qartheen that openly states that Daenerys should die after the destruction of the House of the Undying.
  • Corrupt Politician: Mathos Mallarawan, Wendello Qar Deeth, Egon Emeros. Al three receive bribes from Daenerys to help sway the Pureborn to her cause. They do nothing, however.
  • Crocodile Tears: Egon Emeros refuses Daenerys with the rest of the Pureborn, but weeps afterwards.
  • In-Series Nickname: Egon Emeros "the Exquisite".
  • The Proud Elite

     Xaro Xhoan Daxos 

Xaro Xhoan Daxos

A merchant who is a member of the Thirteen, a powerful faction of merchants in Qarth.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Daenerys notices how he pays no attention to her bare breast when she wears a typical Qartheen dress - unlike Ser Jorah who remains Distracted by the Sexy - and how his servants are all pretty boys dressed in silk.
  • Bald of Ambiguous Evil
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Xaro never drops his polite veneer, even when threatening Daenerys. It's a Qartheen thing.
  • Crocodile Tears: Like all Qartheen, if Xaro starts to tear up, he's making a transparent attempt to emotionally manipulate someone.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Daenerys stayed with him in Qarth, he wanted nothing more than a dragon. After seeing what they did in Astapor, Xaro tells Daenerys he no longer wants one, and in fact seems ready to do anything to ensure that they are killed or get as far away from Essos as possible.
  • False Friend: All he wants from Daenerys are her dragons.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste
  • This Means War!: After Daenerys refuses to leave Meereen with her army, Xaro leaves a bloodstained glove behind as a declaration of war on her.

The Warlocks of Qarth

     The Warlocks of Qarth 

Magic practitioners from Qarth. Though legend speaks of the mighty power of the warlocks, they have done little in the past century. Similarly to the Alchemists' Guild of the Seven Kingdoms, the warlocks' power and prestige have waned over the years. They have white, pale skins and pale blue lips, from drinking shade-of-the-evening many times, in pursuit of ever-greater knowledge.

     Pyat Pree 

Pyat Pree

A Warlock of Qarth, he attempts to convince Daenerys to enter the House of the Undying and meet the Undying Ones.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Evil Warlock
  • False Friend: Pretends to be trying to help Daenerys, but is merely trying to manipulate her into falling into the Undying Ones trap.
  • Mouth of Sauron: To the Undying Ones.
  • Obviously Evil
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Daenerys emerges from the House of the Undying after having killed the Undying Ones, she finds Pyat going into a rage and speaking in an unknown tongue. He then tries to charge her with a knife but is swiftly disarmed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: According to Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Pree sets out of Qarth with three other warlocks to track Daenerys in Pentos and get revenge for the destruction of the House of the Undying. Euron Greyjoy reportedly captured four warlocks leaving a ship from Qarth. Euron killed one for threatening him and then fed him to the three remaining warlocks. The surviving warlocks are reportedly coaching Euron in black magic. It is implied Pree is one of the four warlocks.

     The Undying Ones 

The Undying Ones

The leadership of the warlocks of Qarth. They dwell in a chamber deep in the House of the Undying.

The Sorrowful Men

     The Sorrowful Men 

The Sorrowful Men

An ancient guild of assassins based in Qarth. One of their members attacks Daenerys before leaving Qarth.



An ancient city located in the mysterious Shadow Lands, near the easternmost edge of the Known World, on a peninsula where the Jade Sea meets the Saffron Straits. Scarcely populated but big enough to accommodate Volantis, King's Landing, Qarth and Oldtown behind its walls. A haven for sorcerers, shadowbinders, red priests, alchemists, warlocks, etc. To the northeast of the city lies the mountainous Shadow Lands, the southern region of the Mountains of the Morn, where demons, dragons and worse are said to dwell, and within it lie the ruins of Stygai, the corpse city, where even shadowbinders fear to enter.

Melisandre and the mysterious Quaithe hail from Asshai.

Tropes related to Asshai:

  • Advanced Ancient Acropolis
  • Eldritch Location/Mordor: It is unknown who built Asshai, its few inhabitants insist that that the city was present at the beginning of the world and will last until the end of time. The city is built in a greasy black stone that drains heat and light, putting out nearby fires and hearths. Even in the brightest day of summer, the sky is grey and with little light, the only plant that grows is the inedible ghost grass and the waters of the river Ash are populated by blind and deformed fish and bioluminiscent plankton that turns its waters black during the day. Any animal that sets foot in Asshai quickly dies. Thus food and freshwater are imported by ship. Also there are no children in Asshai.
  • The Faceless: Asshai'i walk the city masked and veiled.
  • Shrouded in Myth
  • Vice City: It is said that there is no knowledge, magic or religion forbidden in Asshai. Mystics of any kind can practice their rituals, no matter how bloody or obscene, and can even fornicate with demons if such is their desire.


Quaithe of the Shadow

"Hear me, Daenerys Targaryen. The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal."

An Asshai'i and shadowbinder established on Qarth who gives mysterious messages to Daenerys, even from thousands of miles away.