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LhazarA 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.
- Made a Slave: The Dothraki, after slaughtering and looting a Lhazarene village, will typically enslave the survivors.
- Perfect Pacifist People: They're peaceful and nonviolent, which makes them easy pickings for the Dothraki. The Red Lamb, the one Lhazarene to avert this, is bitter about all the suffering his people faced because they never fought back.
Mirri Maz Duur
Mirri Maz DurrA 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 she 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 Witch!: 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.
- Despair Event Horizon: The loss of everyone she ever loved after Khal Drogo sacked Lhazareen made her feel dead inside. She even compares her living situation to Drogo's catatonic state, saying they are both alive but have lost everything that matters.
- 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.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was a healer from Lhazareen until Khal Drogo razed her village which drove her to use blood magic against him and his child as revenge.
- Kill It with Fire: Her punishment for the death of Rhaego and saving Drogo's life but leaving him brain dead.
- Love Makes You Evil: She genuinely loved the people of Lhazareen, and lost all sense of compassion and empathy after they were killed or enslaved by Khal Drogo.
- Made a Slave: She's enslaved when her village is sacked by Drogo's khalasar.
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about her without bringing up what she does to Khal Drogo and Rhaego.
- "These are strange times in Qarth. And strange times are bad for trade."—Xaro Xoan Daxos
Tropes related to Qarth
- Bazaar of the Bizarre: Has one.
- Bizarrchitecture: The House of the Undying.
- Crapsaccharine World: Qarth pretends to be a Shining City were everything and everyone is beautiful and pleasant. Its people, courteous and civilized and so sensitive there's no taboo against men crying and assassins apologize before killing you and the female body is not repressed, but expected to be shown. Beneath the shiny exterior, however, lies an economy built on slavery, and politics dominated by an impossibly, decadent and corrupt bureaucracy that takes bribes but don't deliver what they were bribed to do but who will poison any potential threat. And the city's Ancient Tradition, the Warlocks? They invite people to their headquarters and offer them knowledge so their leaders can feed on their life energy.
- Culture Chop Suey: Qarth is based on many Merchant City in fantasy and history, having such elements as Bazaar of the Bizarre and being an oligarchy of rival factions that echoes Constantinople and Renaissance Italy, while the Qartheen dress is based on some of the weirder medieval European fashion trends.
- Cultural Posturing: The Qartheen constantly boast of theirs being the greatest city ever, which a look at their actual history as described in The World of Ice & Fire shows to be a lie, as they were pretty small potatoes until after the Doom of Valyria.
- 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".
- Ms. Fanservice: Any woman wearing a Qartheen gown, which leaves one breast exposed. However, Qartheen tend to be Not Distracted by the Sexy because they are used to it. This echoed fashion in European courts, where on occassion in social gatherings, women exposing one breast was considered acceptable.
- 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, a.k.a. the Enthroned
- "The Pureborn see no farther than the walls of Qarth."
- 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: For all their courtesy, 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. All three receive bribes from Daenerys to help sway the Pureborn to her cause. However, they are so corrupt they do nothing to aid her. Qar Deeth only praises the way she speaks and Emeros outright refuses her.
- 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: Of Qarth.
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
- "A craven's knife can slay a queen as easily as a hero's."
- 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 wisps of silk.
- 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. Later on, all he wants is for her to stop affecting the slave trade, as it has affected Qartheen economy.
- A Man Of Wealth And Taste: He's a wealthy Ambiguously Evil slaver and merchant with a hedonistic penchant.
- 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 Sorrowful Men
The Sorrowful MenAn ancient guild of assassins based in Qarth. One of their members attacks Daenerys before leaving Qarth.
The Warlocks of Qarth
The Warlocks of Qarth
- "Once they were mighty, but now they are as ludicrous as those feeble old soldiers who boast of their prowess long after strength and skill have left them. They read their crumbling scrolls, drink their shade-of-the-evening until their lips turn blue, and hint of dread powers, but they are hollow husks compared to those who went before."
- Ancient Tradition: An ancient group.
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: The rest of Qarth believe they are little more than madmen that gather to drink shade of the evening and brood about their lost influence.
- The Order: Of Warlocks.
- Order Reborn: Due to the rebirth of Daenerys' dragons their magic is strong once again.
- Red Right Hand: Pale blue lips and mouth from drinking Shade of the Evening.
- Shrouded in Myth: Not much is known about them, but there are legends about their power.
- "Come with me to the House of the Undying, and you shall drink of truth and wisdom."
- Alliterative Name: Pyat Pree.
- Bullying a Dragon: He first tries to manipulate and betray Daenerys. Then he does the same with Euron.
- Evil Sorcerer: He betrays Daenerys to his vampiric masters.
- 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: He is a mysterious Warlock with strange blue lips.
- Shout-Out: Pree has blue lips because of a drug that he and the other warlocks take. This drug could be a reference to Sannish from Dungeons and Dragons — a drug like morphine if it came from dogs instead of poppies, especially since one of Sannish's effects is to dye the user's lips blue.
- 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.
- Word of God confirmed that Pree was still alive, and a new TWOW chapter reveals that Euron has been torturing him and holding him captive in the hold of the Silence alongside priests and sorcerors of other religions. Pree's legs have been chopped by Euron.
The Undying Ones
The Undying Ones
- "“When you come to the chamber of the Undying, be patient. Our little lives are no more than a flicker of a moth’s wing to them. Listen well, and write each word upon your heart.”"
- The Beautiful Elite: It is nothing more than a Glamour. In reality they are ancient and withered Evil Old Folks.
- Creepy Blue Eyes: ''Fully'' blue.
- Evil Old Folks: They are ancient and withered creatures.
- Humanoid Abomination: What they have become.
- Older Than They Look: Without their Glamour.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Let's see, they look young but are actually ancient and decrepit. They live in a borderline Eldritch Location, and they feed on the lifeforce of others. They are the closest thing to vampires that have appeared in the novels so far.
- Red Right Hand: They have drank so much Shade-of-the-evening that their flesh is ripe violet blue, their nails are so blue they are nearly black, and even the whites of their eyes are blue.
- Vampiric Draining: They attempt to drain Daenerys' life, only to be stopped by Drogon.
- "Crow's Eye, did you leave your wits at Asshai?"—Asha Greyjoy to Euron Greyjoy
Tropes related to Asshai
- Advanced Ancient Acropolis: So ancient that its inhabitants say that it was present at the beginning of the world.
- Black Speech: The language of Asshai is described as shrill.
- Eldritch Location: It is unknown who built Asshai, its few inhabitants insist 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 that only shadowbinders eat 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, which coupled with Melisandre's memories imply they rely on importing slave children to maintain its population.
- The Faceless: Asshai'i walk the city masked and veiled. Considering what takes place in the city, it may double as Malevolent Masked Men.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: "The Shadow" doesn't exactly sound like a honeymoon destination.
- Shrouded in Myth: One of the most enigmatic places in Essos.
- 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."