Ibben (sometimes called Ib after its largest island) is an island nation in the Shivering Sea, which is the polar sea north of the eastern continent, Essos. The chief city of Ibben is the Port of Ibben, situated on the southern coast of its largest island, Ib.
The largest island of Ibben is Ib, a forested and mountainous island containing the cities Port of Ibben and Ib Nor. South of Ib are scattered islands in the Bay of Whales. Southeast of Ib is a moderately-sized mountainous island called Far Ib, containing the city Ib Sar.
South of the Ibbenese islands on the mainland of Essos is the city of New Ibbish, situated on a forested peninsula north of the Kingdoms of the Ifeqevron. Southeast of New Ibbish are the ruins of Ibbish, now known by its Dothraki name, Vaes Aresak.
Ibben was ruled by a God-King until the Doom of Valyria. Now the power lies in the Shadow Council, whose members are chosen by the Thousand, an assembly of wealthy guildsmen, ancient nobles, priests, and priestesses.
On Ib itself, men of other lands and races are restricted by law and custom to the harbor precincts of Port of Ibben and forbidden to venture beyond the city save in the company of an Ibbenese host. Such invitations are exceedingly rare. The Ibbenese of the woods and mountains are even more distrustful of strangers and foreigners.
Main article: Ibbenese
Most Ibbenese live on their large island and several smaller ones, with a few colonies on the Essos mainland. They are whalers who live off the large population of whales in the Shivering Sea. They pilot fat-bellied whaling ships, hulls black with tar, and sometimes reach as far as King's Landing for trade.
Ibbenese are never more than five and a half feet in height, but with very broad chests and shoulders, somewhat shorter legs and longer arms, and very well muscled. Their heads have sloped brows with heavy ridges and small, sunken eyes. The Ibbenese have massive jaws and unusually, square-shaped teeth. The Ibbenese are very hairy, both men and women - not so much that they have actual "pelts" like apes, but wiry hair covers most of their bodies. Underneath, their skin is pale and white. The Ibbenese are just as intelligent as any other "human" race, being skilled hunters, craftsmen, and shipwrights. The main point indicating that the Ibbenese are really a different sub-species of hominid is that they have difficulty reproducing with other human races. If a man from Westeros or other lands impregnates an Ibbenese woman, the results are only stillbirths and monstrosities. Ibbenese men, meanwhile, can father children with women from Westeros and other lands, but they are often malformed and "inevitably" sterile, much like mules. It is not clear if the Ibbenese absolutely cannot interbreed with baseline humans, because at other points it is speculated that certain groups have some Ibbenese blood in their heritage.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
An Ibbenese axe-man is among a group of foragers that Nymeria slaughters in the riverlands. Several Ibbenese sellswords of the Brave Companions are encountered by the brotherhood without banners squatting in a remote sept, carrying shaggy brown shields during the ensuing battle.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Behind the Scenes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lands of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Ib
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ibben and Armor (November 9, 2002), So Spake Martin
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 30, Arya VII.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, Ib.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 3, Arya I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.