City state, one of the Free Cities
|Location||Free Cities, Essos|
|Government||Council of Magisters|
|Population||More populous than Astapor, and may be one of the most populous of the Free Cities|
|Founded||Approx 1,000 years ago|
Lys, known as Lys the Lovely, is one of the nine Free Cities of Essos. It is a small city clinging to rocks surrounded by stormy seas. The city lies off the southern coast of the eastern continent, to the southeast of Tyrosh and to the west of Volantis. According to semi-canon sources the city is spread over several islands.
Lys is known for the alchemists who work in the city, who are known to make poisons, the strangler and the tears of Lys among them. Many men lose themselves in Lys and are never found – at least alive. When a man runs out of coin the Lysene may grant him their other specialty.
After the Doom of Valyria a Volantene fleet took Lys and a Volantene army took Myr, and for two generations all three cities were ruled from within the Black Walls. That ended when the tigers tried to swallow Tyrosh. Pentos came into the war on the Tyroshi side, along with the Westerosi Storm King Argilac the Arrogant. Lord Aegon Targaryen flew forth from Dragonstone on Balerion the Black Dread, and Myr and Lys rose up in rebellion. The war left the Disputed Lands a waste and freed Lys and Myr from the yoke of Volantis.
Roughly a century later, along with Myr and Tyrosh, Lys formed the Kingdom of the Three Daughters. After they conquered much of the Stepstones, the three demanded tolls for safe passage, and the Lyseni took slaves for their pleasure gardens. Lady Johanna Swann was enslaved by the Lyseni, but she eventually became the ruler of Lys in all but name as the Black Swan. The admiral of the Three Daughters' ninety-strong fleet during the Battle in the Gullet was a Lysene named Sharako Lohar.
According to Grand Maester Pycelle, spymaster Varys was born a slave in Lys. Tywin Lannister went to Lys during the reign of Aerys II Targaryen. When Daenerys Targaryen was a girl she and her brother Viserys Targaryen spent some time in Lys when they were wandering from place to place. Jon Connington supposedly drank himself to death in Lys after being driven from the Golden Company in disgrace for stealing from the war chest.
After Lord Edgar Yronwood's death, Prince Oberyn Martell went to Oldtown, thence across to the narrow sea to Lys, though none dared call it exile. By the time Ser Jorah Mormont returned to Lys after fighting the Braavosi on the Rhoyne during his exile, his second wife, Lady Lynesse Hightower, had taken Tregar Ormollen as a lover.
Hizdahr zo Loraq has visited Lys.
People and Culture
The blood of Valyria still runs strong in Lys, where even the smallfolk often have pale skin, silver-gold hair and the purple, lilac and pale blue eyes of the dragonlords of old. The Lysene nobility values purity of blood above all and have produced many famous (and infamous) beauties. Even the Targaryen kings and princes of old sometimes turned to Lys in search of wives and paramours, for their blood as for their beauty. The people of Lys are know to curl and perfume their hair.
Slavery is a big part of Lysene culture, so much so, slaves outnumber the freeborn three to one. Slave breeding is widespread in Lys, mating beauty with beauty in hopes of producing ever more refined and lovely courtesans and bedslaves.
According to semi-canon sources, one of the greatest temples of R'hllor stands in Lys. It is also home to a native love goddess; it is unknown if she is the same as the Weeping Lady of Lys. This love goddess graces the Lysene coinage, naked and wanton.
Commerce and Currency
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of the Free Cities
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
- ↑ Arianne I (The Winds of Winter)
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire,893.
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I, p 113.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.