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City state, one of the Free Cities
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Location Essos, Free Cities
Government Archon
Religion Mixed religions
Founded Approx 1,000 years ago

Lorath is one of the Nine Free Cities. It is situated in a group of islands in the Shivering Sea near the northern coast of Essos.



Lorath is located on the western side of the largest of three islands surrounded by storm seas.[1] It is located at the mouth of Lorath Bay. To the east is the Axe and the west Braavos.[2] Morosh at the Sarne delta is a Lorathi colony.[3]


Lorath is the least mentioned of the nine Free Cities. Jorah Mormont believes the city to be insignificant economically[1] and the city is never mentioned in relation to the numerous political and social conflicts of the other Free Cities.


According to semi-canon sources, Lorath is ruled by the Archon. Lorathi men often dress richly and are commonly believed to be poets and merchants. The city's powerful textile merchants specialize in rich velvet, which they trade for steel. The steel is traded along the Shivering Sea for furs, ivory, and obsidian, which are then traded for the materials to make velvet. The Lorathi merchants hire large numbers of guards and mercenary companies.[4]

One of the Faceless Men, Jaqen H'ghar, is Lorathi, though this may not be his true identity. He dyes one half of his hair red and the other white.

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Commander Jon Snow considers sending his sister Arya Stark to Lorath on account of its geographical isolation, though he later discovers the grey girl on the dying horse is Alys Karstark.[5]

Arya Stark observes a fat Lorathi man at the Inn of the Green Eel in Braavos complaining about the size of his booth.[6]

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