Panther

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Panthers are large feline creatures native to the Summer Isles.

Distribution

Panthers are found in the rain forests of the Summer Isles, where they prowl beneath the canopies of trees.[1] The magister, Illyrio Mopatis, has a panther in his menagerie in Pentos.[2]

History

After actions taken by Malthar Xaq and other princes of the Summer Isles began a new era of exploration and trade for their people, a fashion developed amongst the dragonlords of Valyria for panther cubs from the islands.[1]

Anatomy and physiology

The spotted panthers of the Summer Isles are larger than lions. Their movements are thought of as graceful.[2][3]

Recent events

A Game of Thrones

When first laying eyes on Khal Drogo, Daenerys Targaryen thought him as graceful as the panther in the menagerie of Illyrio Mopatis.[2] Catelyn Stark also thinks of the sellsword, Bronn, to be like a panther in terms of how he moves during a fight.[4]

A Clash of Kings

When Tywin Lannister takes his leave of Harrenhal, one of the banners Arya Stark spies traveling with his lords and captains bore a panther on it.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys thinks of the pit fighter, Barsena Blackhair, as moving with the feral grace of a panther.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Summer Isles.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
  4. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 40, Catelyn VII.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.

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