Byan Votyris

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Byan Votyris
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Byan Votyris

Title Merchant Captain[1]
Culture Norvoshi
Book A Game of Thrones (appears)

Byan Votyris is a Norvoshi merchant and the captain of a great trading caravan.[1]

Appearance and Character

Byan is a small man with weather-beaten skin, and he wears a splendid blue-dyed mustache extending from one ear to the other.[1][N 1]

Byan's caravan is composed of four hundred horses.[1]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Byan's caravan travelled from Pentos to Vaes Dothrak by way of Norvos and Qohor,[1] just like Princess Daenerys Targaryen did with Khal Drogo's Khalasar.[2] Once arrived, they encampe in the Western Market. Byan is the bearer of a letter from Magister Illyrio Mopatis addressed to Ser Jorah Mormont. Daenerys is trading in the market when she is nearly poisoned by a wine trader of the caravan. Aghast, Byan gives the poisoner into the custody of the princess's guards and his goods to Daenerys as a token of regret.[1]


  1. Byan adopts the freeborn Norvoshi tradition of wearing a long mustache as facial hair (The World of Ice and Fire - The Free Cities: Norvos). However, dying facial hair is a common custom from Tyrosh. (The World of Ice and Fire - The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh).