House of Pahl

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The House of Pahl is one of the ancient slaving families of Meereen. Their pyramid is made of pink and white bricks.[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 combat by Strong Belwas.[2]

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]

A Dance with Dragons

With all of the Pahl men now slain, the House is hostile to the rule of Queen Daenerys Targaryen, and its surviving members are suspected of being part of the Sons of the Harpy. The House 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]

With the Sons of the Harpy killings continuing, Daenerys has every noble family of Meereen who is of dubious loyalty send her a child as a hostage.[4] One of those hostages is Kezmya of the House of Pahl.[5][6] Daenerys hopes having noble children as hostages will halt the killings, but it does not. However, Daenerys refuses to allow any harm to come to the children. She grows fond of them all, and ignores Skahaz mo Kandaq's counsel to kill one for every death done by the Sons of the Harpy.[7]

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

Daenerys's column passes between the pyramids of the House of Naqqan and the House of Pahl when enroute 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
    • {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.
  • Kezmya, a child hostage and cupbearer of Daenerys Targaryen


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]

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