House of Pahl

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House of Pahl
Seat Pyramid of Pahl, Meereen
Head Unknown
Region Slaver's Bay

The House of Pahl is one of the ancient slaving families of Meereen. The pyramid of Pahl is made of pink and white bricks.[1] Members of the House of Pahl tend to wear tokars in these colors.[1]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

During the siege of Meereen led by Daenerys Targaryen, Oznak zo Pahl is the champion of the Great Masters. He is slain in single combat by Belwas.[2]

A Dance with Dragons

Oznak's father, commander of the Meereenese city watch, dies defending the city gates after Joso's Cock smashes them. Oznak's three uncles are among the one hundred and sixty-three slavers Daenerys orders to be disemboweled and nailed to posts in Meereen's plaza in revenge for the one hundred and sixty-three slave children that had suffered the same fate under the Great Masters' orders.[3]

With all of the Pahl men now slain, the House of Pahl is now ruled by the women of the family. According to Skahaz mo Kandaq, they are bitter old women with a taste for blood.[3] He suspects the surviving members of the House of being part of the Sons of the Harpy.[3]

In their shadow war against Daenerys, the Sons of the Harpy kill men and women loyal to Daenerys in the night, leaving their corpses on the streets of Meereen. Hoping to stop the murders, Daenerys has every noble family of Meereen who is of dubious loyalty send her a child as a hostage.[4] Kezmya is a hostage sent by the House of Pahl.[5][6] Although Daenerys had threatened to kill the hostages if the murders continue, the Sons of the Harpy continue their ways. Daenerys, who has grown fond of all her child hostages, refuses to allow any harm to come to them, however, and ignores the counsel of Skahaz to kill one for every death done by the Sons of the Harpy.[7]

When several Meereenese ships join the blockade of Meereen, Skahaz presents Daenerys a list of the names of the Meereenese captains and which families they belong to, with House Pahl among the names.[5]

Daenerys's column passes between the pyramid of Naqqan and the pyramid of Pahl when en route to Daznak's Pit. While in Daznak's Pit, Daenerys sees members of the House of Pahl occupying the red and orange benches, wearing striped pink and white tokars. When Drogon flies into the pit and begins eating a boar and a slain pit fighter, Daenerys notices the Pahls fleeing, along with many others.[1]

When Daenerys disappears on Drogon's back and Ser Barristan Selmy seizes control of Meereen in her name, he also refuses to allow any harm to come to the child hostages, even though Skahaz mo Kandaq wants to kill them in return for the deaths of the hostages Daenerys had granted to the besiegers of Meereen.[6]

House of Pahl at the end of the third century

The known members of House Pahl during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

  • {Oznak zo Pahl}, a Meereenese warrior, beheaded by Strong Belwas
    • {Oznak zo Pahl's father}, commander of the Meereenese city watch, killed defending the gates of Meereen during the siege of the city.[3]
    • {Oznak zo Pahl's three uncles}, one of which is the richest man in Meereen, among the one hundred and sixty-three Great Masters crucified and disemboweled under Daenerys's orders.[3]
  • Kezmya Pahl, a child hostage and cupbearer of Daenerys Targaryen.[5]
  • Unnamed women of the family.[3]
  • Unnamed Pahl, a ship captain.[5]


You have no lack of enemies, Your Grace. You can see their pyramids from your terrace. Zhak, Hazkar, Ghazeen, Merreq, Loraq, all the old slaving families. Pahl. Pahl, most of all. A house of women now. Bitter old women with a taste for blood. Women do not forget. Women do not forgive.[3]