Brazen Beasts

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Brazen Beasts
Andrius-anezin brazen-beasts.jpg
Three Brazen Beasts in brass masks by Andrius Anezin © Fantasy Flight Games
Type City Watch
Region Meereen
Allegiance Queen Daenerys Targaryen
Current Leader Skahaz mo Kandaq
Founder Skahaz mo Kandaq
Founded 300 AC

The Brazen Beasts are the new city watch army of Meereen, formed on the orders of Queen Daenerys Targaryen in 300 AC. The Brazen Beasts are made up of shavepates and freedmen, and are of Meereenese birth. Skahaz mo Kandaq, who is also known as "the Shavepate", commands the Brazen Beasts under Daenerys's rule.[1]


See also: Images of Brazen Beasts

The Brazen Beasts wear brass masks with the faces of animals. Over the masks, they wear dark hoods.[1] Ser Barristan Selmy hates the masks, as he dislikes not knowing who is behind them[2] and he feels that honest men should not hide their faces.[3]

The Brazen Beasts wear pleated skirts and leather sandals, and many-colored patchwork cloaks to represent the many-colored bricks of Meereen.[2] They are armed with cudgels, staves,[2] spears, and shortswords.[4]

The animal masks include:

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Because her Unsullied are being killed by the Sons of the Harpy, Queen Daenerys Targaryen commands Skahaz mo Kandaq to form a watch made of native Meereeneese to keep the peace in Meereen.[9] Skahaz forms the Brazen Beasts from equal numbers of freedmen and shavepate Meereenese. They walk the streets of Meereen day and night, in dark hoods and brass masks.[1]

For every Brazen Beast killed by a Son of the Harpy, Skahaz would prefer to kill one of the Meereneese noble child hostages kept by Daenerys, but she rejects this advice.[10]

Skahaz has the Brazen Beasts follow Daenerys's betrothed Hizdahr zo Loraq and spy on him. Despite the lack of proof, Skahaz believes that Hizdahr is the Harpy.[8] Many of the guards come down with the bloody flux.[11]

Daenerys weds Hizdahr[11] against the advice of Skahaz,[3] and the new king removes the Shavepate from command of the Brazen Beasts and appoints his own cousin, Marghaz zo Loraq, in Skahaz's stead.[6][3]

Daenerys visits the fighting pits of Meereen for the first time, along with her new husband Hizdahr. The royal procession is led by a shavepate herald with a drum, followed by Brazen Beasts marching four abreast.[2] Daenerys disappears from Daznak's Pit, however, having flown away on Drogon's back.[2] In the aftermath, the Brazen Beasts gather the corpses from the pit.[3]

The Brazen Beasts are still loyal to Skahaz[3] and follow his orders when Skahaz, Ser Barristan Selmy, and Grey Worm arrest Hizdahr and seize control of Meereen.[5]

Prince Quentyn Martell, Ser Cletus Yronwood, Ser Gerris Drinkwater, and sellswords of the Windblown disguise themselves as Brazen Beasts, in uniforms acquired by the Tattered Prince, in an effort to capture Daenerys's imprisoned dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion.[4] During the attempt, four of the Brazen Beasts are killed, one by Cletus and the rest by the Windblown. Of those who died, two were freedmen who had followed Daenerys since she took Astapor.[12]

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.

As the second siege of Meereen resumes, Skahaz and the Brazen Beasts man the walls of the city.[13]


Skahaz: The crowds will be thick as flies today.
Daenerys: Should I be afraid of flies? Your Brazen Beasts will keep me safe from any harm.[11]

Barristan: A mask can hide many things, Your Grace. Is the man behind the owl mask the same owl who guarded you yesterday and the day before? How can we know?
Daenerys: How should Meereen ever come to trust the Brazen Beasts if I do not? There are good brave men beneath those masks. I put my life into their hands.[2]

Marghaz knows what I want him to know. The Beasts are still mine. Do not forget it.[3]