Dothraki sea

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The Dothraki sea's location on the continent of Essos
Dothraki traveling through the Dothraki sea in Game of Thrones
Grass that grows thick and taller than a man's head in Game of Thrones

The Dothraki sea[1][2][3][4] is a vast inland region on the continent of Essos, located east of the Free Cities, north of Slaver's Bay, and west of the Bone Mountains. Its landscape of steppes and plains is home to the nomadic Dothraki equestrian people, who constantly battle each other and raid surrounding lands.

History

The region is also known as the Haunted Lands and the Great Desolation after the dozens of ruins of the cities destroyed and nations conquered by the Dothraki. Before the Century of Blood, it was referred to as the grasslands and is considered by Maester Yandel as the birthplace of civilization, where the first true towns arose beside the banks of the Sarne and its myriad vassal streams.

The histories of those days are lost, for these "kingdoms of the grass" rose and fell before the invention of writing. Only legends and tales survive, including those of the realm of the Fisher Queens beside the inland Silver Sea, the savage Hairy Men, the lost city of Lyber, the wood walkers on the forests on the shores of the Shivering Sea, and, to the east, the kingdoms of the centaurs.[4]

Some maesters believe the First Men originated on the grasslands before beginning the migration that took them to the Arm of Dorne. The Andals may too have arisen in the fertile fields south of the Silver Sea. What is known, however, is that these lands were the home of peoples such as the Cymmeri, the Zoqora, and the Gipps in the central grasslands, the Qaathi to the southeast, and the Tagaez Fen.[4]

Overview

Save for Vaes Dothrak and some Valyrian roads in the west near the Forest of Qohor,[5] there are no surviving roads, hills, or cities, leaving an ocean of unbroken rippling grass, for which the Dothraki sea is named.

Over a hundred types of grass grow on the plains, often growing thick and taller than a man's head and from afar look like a sea, as it rolls like waves in the breeze.[6][7] Some rivers run through the lands, though they are often shallow and shift with the seasons; overall sand is more prevalent than water.[7]

Its only inhabited city, an ancient ruin called Vaes Dothrak, lies at the heart of the sea and is home and heart to the Dothraki people and culture. Other than that it is largely empty with packs of wild dogs, herds of free-ranging horses and rare hrakkar.

Geography

Located in the inland of Essos, east of the Free Cities, the Dothraki sea begins in the west at the Forest of Qohor. To the north it overlaps the ruined Kingdom of Sarnor, Kingdom of Omber, and the forested Kingdom of the Ifequevron. The Dothraki sea extends eastward to the Bone Mountains and the Krazaaj Zasqa and as far southeast as the desert wasteland called the red waste.

To the south the Dothraki sea is bounded by the Painted Mountains, Slaver's Bay, and the Skahazadhan River. South of the river is Lhazar, which is often raided by the Dothraki. The Dothraki sea is so immense it can support more than two dozen khalasars,[8] each riding its own circuit and taking what is needed from the land as they go.

A single massive mountain is located in the region, the Mother of Mountains, which rises at the heart of the Dothraki sea, at the city of Vaes Dothrak. Nearby is the lake called the Womb of the World.

Ruins

Ruined settlements in or near the Dothraki sea include several in the Kingdom of Sarnor:

To the north-east in the vicinity of the Kingdom of the Ifequevron are Vaes Leisi and Vaes Aresak.

Vaes Diaf is an isolated ruined city in the central Dothraki lands.

By the Skahazadhan along the southern Dothraki sea are:

At the eastern extremity of the Dothraki sea where it meets the Bone Mountains are:

South-east of the Dothraki sea in the red waste are four cities given Dothraki names:


Vaes Dothrak is the only inhabited settlement of the Dothraki sea.

Chapters that take place in the Dothraki sea

Quotes

The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki sea, and was reborn in blood and fire.[9]
Illyrio Mopatis to Tyrion Lannister


Where is this Dothraki sea? I will sail the Iron Fleet across it and find the queen wherever she may be.[10]
- Victarion Greyjoy to a fisherman, upon hearing of Daenerys Targaryen's disappearance into the Dothraki sea


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