Hall of a Thousand Thrones
The Pureborn all are enthroned on great wooden chairs of their ancestors, which rise in curved tiers from a marble floor to a high domed ceiling. The chairs are immense, fantastically carved, bright with gold work, and studded with amber, onyx, lapis and jade. Each one is different from all the others, and each one strives to be the most fabulous.
The domed ceiling is painted with scenes of Qarth’s vanquished glory.
A Clash of Kings
While residing in Xaro Xhoan Daxos’s palace in Qarth Daenerys Targaryen seeks an audience with the Pureborn to plead with them for their fleet of galleys, or part of it and some of their soldiers too.
To open the doors of the Hall of a Thousand Thrones Daenerys tenders bribes in gold to Mathos Mallarawan, Wendello Qar Deeth and Egon Emeros the Exquisite. She makes the traditional sacrifice in the Temple of Memory, offers the traditional bribe to the Keeper of the Long List, sends the traditional persimmon to the Opener of the Door, and finally receives the traditional blue silk slippers summoning her to the Hall of a Thousand Thrones.
For the audience Daenerys has to garb herself in Qartheen fashion, as Xaro warns her that the Enthroned will never listen to a Dothraki, so she takes care to go before them in flowing green samite with one breast bared, a belt of black-and-white pearls about her waist and silvered sandals on her feet. About her throat she wears a tight silver collar set with an enchanted amethyst. She wears her crown. She takes Rhaegal on her shoulder. The men who sit in the ornate wooden seats seem so listless and world-weary to Daenerys during her plea that she thinks to herself that they might have been asleep.
Despite her pleas the Pureborn tell her no. They say no with great courtesy to be sure, but under all the lovely words the answer is still no. Mathos says nothing. Wendello praises the way she spoke. The Exquisite refuses her with the rest, but he weeps afterward. When Xaro asks her if she flattered them, she said she did, shamelessly. He then asks her if she wept, to which she replies that the blood of the dragon does not weep. Xaro says she ought to have wept.