Three Thousand of Qohor

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Three Thousand of Qohor
Battle of Qohor.jpeg
Art by Roman Papsuev
Date ~ 100 BC
Place Qohor
Result Qohorik victory
Combatants
Dothraki Qohor
Commanders
Khal Temmo unknown
Strength
at least 25,000 screamers garrison of Qohor
3,000 Unsullied
Second Sons
Bright Banners
Casualties
17,000+ killed
  • 5,000+ killed on the first day
  • 12,000+ killed fighting the Unsullied
Heavy
  • Most guards dead or routed on the first day
  • 2,400 Unsullied killed
  • sellswords deserted

The Three Thousand of Qohor[1] were a force of Unsullied hired by Qohor roughly four hundred years prior to the War of the Five Kings. The outnumbered Unsullied successfully defended the Free City from a Dothraki khalasar.[1]

History

Prelude

During the Century of Blood after the Doom of Valyria, the Dothraki first rode out east of the Dothraki sea.[2] Khal Temmo's khalasar consisted of at least fifty thousand Dothraki, half of whom were braided warriors with bells in their hair. Temmo led these twenty-five thousand screamers in sacking and burning every town and city in his path.[1] Aware of the khalasar's advance, the Qohorik strengthened their walls, doubled their garrison, and hired two mercenary companies, the Bright Banners and the Second Sons. They also sent an envoy to Slaver's Bay to purchase three thousand Unsullied, the eunuch soldiers of Astapor.[1]

Battle

The Dothraki prevailed in the first day of fighting. Though they inflicted over five thousand losses on the Dothraki, their garrison and heavy horse were shattered and nearly destroyed.[3] The hired sellsword companies fled in the face of hopeless odds. The Dothraki retired to their camps to drink and feast. However, during the night, a reinforcement of three thousand Unsullied reached the city. Come dawn, the Unsullied awaited the Dothraki horde, arrayed in battle formation before the city gates.

According to Jorah Mormont, the Dothraki could have outflanked such a small force. In their contempt for infantry, however, the Dothraki riders launched a direct frontal assault in an attempt to simply ride down the heavy infantry. The Unsullied repelled eighteen Dothraki charges as well as three attacks by Dothraki archers.[1]

The Dothraki halted their attacks after twelve thousand riders were killed, including Temmo, his sons, and his bloodriders. Only six hundred Unsullied remained. Four days after the fighting began, the new khal led his remaining khalasar past the city gates of Qohor in a stately procession. Each man cut off his braid and threw it down before the Unsullied.[1][4]

Aftermath

Since the victory of the Three Thousand of Qohor, the city guard of Qohor has been made up entirely of Unsullied. Each soldier carries a spear with a braid made of human hair attached to it.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Ser Jorah Mormont tells the tale to Daenerys Targaryen to persuade her to buy Unsullied warriors.[1]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8: Jorah mentions that Temmo's khalasar numbered at least 50,000, with half of them being warriors. He then describes twenty thousand warriors being sent against the Unsullied after the battle with Qohor's other forces on the first day.
  4. A Song of Ice and Fire: Warfare Battle of Qohor at Digital attic. A short analysis of the battle.

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