Valyrian roads

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Valyrian roads,[1] also called dragon roads,[2] are broad stone highways built when the Valyrian Freehold dominated Essos. They are straight and usually run from one economic center to another, allowing swift transport of goods.[3]


Valyrian roads ran across much of the Valyrian peninsula, connecting the cities of Valyria, Tyria, and Oros with outlying settlements. The peninsula and its cities were shattered in the Doom of Valyria, however. A road continues north from the ruins of Oros through the Lands of the Long Summer to Mantarys. The demon road runs from Meereen westward past Mantarys to Volantis on the Rhoyne; a branch of the demon road also runs south to Tolos near the Black Cliffs. A road continues north from Volantis to the ruins of Sar Mell.[4]

In northern Essos, a Valyrian road runs east from Pentos on the narrow sea to the ruins of Ghoyan Drohe in the Velvet Hills. From Ghoyan Drohe it runs northeast to Norvos and then southeast to Qohor. From the latter city a road connects to the ruins of Ar Noy to the southwest. A road continues east from Qohor to the ruins of Vaes Khadokh (Essaria) and Vaes Khewo (Sarnath). Another road runs north from Vaes Khadokh to Saath on the Shivering Sea.[4]


The dragonlords of Valyria used dragonfire to fuse stone, like the Black Walls of Volantis.[5] The only comparable roads in the known world are the stone roads built by the Eunuch Emperors of Yi Ti.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen travels with the khalasar of Khal Drogo along Valyrian roads between Norvos and Qohor in the Free Cities.[1]

A Dance with Dragons

At the start of his journey from Pentos to Volantis, Tyrion Lannister looks at the Valyrian road on which he and Illyrio Mopatis. It runs as straight as a spear to the horizon. It is a ribbon of fused stone raised half a foot above the ground to allow rainfall and snowmelt to run off its shoulders. Tyrion muses that unlike the muddy tracks that pass for roads in the Seven Kingdoms, the Valyrian roads are wide enough for three wagons to pass abreast, and neither time nor traffic mar them. They still endure, unchanging, four centuries after Valyria met its Doom.[3]

Quentyn Martell does not want to take the demon road from Volantis to Meereen, as it is too dangerous and slow.[2] He and his companions instead join the Windblown and sail from Volantis.[7]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lands of Ice and Fire.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.

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