Archon of Tyrosh

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The Archon of Tyrosh is the ruler of the Free City of Tyrosh.[1]


During the Valyrian Freehold, archons were sometimes chosen from lords freeholder to help rule.[2] The Free City of Tyrosh, which began as a Valyrian colony, was independently ruled by its own archon.[3]

The Archon of Tyrosh is selected from a conclave of the most noble and wealthy men of the city.[1] The Archon rules for a term,[4] although the term's length is unknown.

Archons periodically send fleets to clear out pirate dens in the Stepstones.[1] They sometimes post Unsullied at their gates.[5]


Jaehaerys I

The Archon and his maiden daughter attended the Golden Wedding in 49 AC. Lord Rogar Baratheon suggested that King Jaehaerys I Targaryen wed the Archon's daughter, but the king instead married his sister, Alysanne Targaryen.[6] After being exiled from Westeros by Jaehaerys in 50 AC, Ser Orryn Baratheon entered the Archon's service and wed his daughter.[4] In 56 AC, the Adventurers were destroyed when they were caught in the Disputed Lands between a great fire and the Archon's host.[7]

Two years later Jaehaerys mediated in King's Landing between the Archon of Tyrosh and the Prince of Pentos. The Archon's galley was burned while docked at King's Landing, a city which the Archon despised. Jaehaerys eventually mediated "A Treaty of Eternal Peace" between his Free City counterparts.[7]

During the Myrish Bloodbath of 9192 AC, the Archon allied with pirate kings to expel a faction of Myrmen from the Stepstones. The Myrish outlaws then fled to Tarth.[8]

Triarchy and the Daughters' War

In 96 AC an alliance of Lys, Myr, and Tyrosh defeated Volantis in the Battle of the Borderland. The three cities then united as the Triarchy, also known as the Kingdom of the Three Daughters. The Triarchy was ruled by a council of thirty-three magisters. The Triarchy's conquest of the Stepstones eventually led to Prince Daemon Targaryen's own war for the Stepstones in 106 AC.[9]

The Triarchy supported the greens during the Dance of the Dragons.[10] When the Daughters' War broke out, the Archon sent Racallio Ryndoon to control the Stepstones, but the rakish admiral claimed the islands for himself as King of the Narrow Sea. Once Lys and Myr made peace and began attacking Tyrosh, the Archon was forced to recall his forces from the Stepstones.[11]

The Archon allied with Racallio and the Sealord of Braavos to jointly rule the Stepstones. Lord Alyn's attack on the Braavosi ships caused the alliance's collapse, however.[12] The Archon hired sellswords from Pentos to hold some of the islands,[12] and Tyrosh gained much of the Disputed Lands once the war ended.[13] The Archon sent his sister to attend the Maiden's Day Ball.[12] When Lysandro and Drazenko Rogare suddenly died during the Lysene Spring, the Archon was one of many possibilities suspected of assassinating them with Faceless Men.[13]

Recent History

King Daeron II Targaryen paid a dowry to the Archon when Daemon Blackfyre wed Rohanne of Tyrosh.[14]

Alequo Adarys led the Band of Nine in conquering Tyrosh before the War of the Ninepenny Kings. After at least six years of rule, Alequo was poisoned by his queen and the Archon was restored to his position.[15]

After Robert's Rebellion, the exiled Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen traveled from one Free City to another, staying with merchant princes, magisters, and Archons.[16]

The green-haired daughter of the Archon spent some time at the Water Gardens with Princess Arianne Martell, although Arianne did not know the girl's identity at the time.[17]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The green-bearded brother of the Archon attends the introduction of Daenerys Targaryen to her future husband, Drogo, at the khal's manse in Pentos.[16]

A Feast for Crows

It is rumored that the Archon has offered terms to end the trade war between Tyrosh and Lys.[18]

Doran Martell, Prince of Dorne, reveals to his daughter, Princess Arianne, that at one point she was to have been sent to Tyrosh to serve as the Archon's cupbearer, so she could have met her betrothed, Viserys Targaryen, in secret. The Archon's green-haired daughter had already been sent to the Water Gardens, but Mellario refused to allow her daughter Arianne to leave Dorne.[17]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

The Anguish of the Archon is a play performed at the Gate in Braavos.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Rise of Valyria.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  8. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  9. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  11. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  15. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  16. 16.0 16.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  17. 17.0 17.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  18. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  19. The Winds of Winter, Mercy