Old Ghis

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Old Ghis
City ruins
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Fall of Ghis
Destroyed ca. 5,000 years ago.
Ghis emblem

Old Ghis is a ruined city in Essos. It is located in southwestern Ghiscar, east across the Gulf of Grief from the Valyrian peninsula.[1][2] As Ghis, it was the capital city of the ancient Ghiscari Empire.


Ghis was founded by Grazdan the Great.[3] It developed into a major power in the east, with the Ghiscari Empire dominating much of Essos. Its emblem was a harpy, which had a woman's torso, the wings of a bat instead of arms, the legs of an eagle, and a scorpion's tail. In its claws rested a thunderbolt.[4]

Ghis was brought to ruin following a series of wars with the Valyrian Freehold 5,000 years ago. Ghiscar fought with Valyria five times, losing each time because of Valyria's dragons. Ghis's legions were shattered in the final war. Its brick walls were pulled down, its streets and buildings were turned to ash and cinder by dragonflame, and its fields were sown with salt, sulfur, and skulls.[4]

The city of New Ghis developed on an island south of Ghiscar and the Ghiscari Strait. The ruins of Ghis are now known as Old Ghis.


Old Ghis ruled an empire when the Valyrians were still fucking sheep.[4]
- Kraznys mo Nakloz

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