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City state, one of the Free Cities
|Location||Free Cities, Essos|
|Government||Prince and Council of magisters|
|Founded||Approx 1000 years ago|
Pentos is a large port city, more populous than Astapor on Slaver's Bay, and may be one of the most populous of the Free Cities. It lies on the bay of Pentos off the narrow sea, with the Flatlands plains and Velvet Hills to the east.
The city has many square brick towers, controlled by the spice traders. Most of the roofing is done in tiles. There is a large red temple in Pentos, along with the manse of Illyrio Mopatis and the 'Sunrise Gate' allows the traveler to exit the city to the east, in the direction of the Rhoyne.
Pentos is a city where wealth equals power, ruled over by a prince with a council of magisters. The prince has a mostly ceremonial function while the rich magisters rule. The prince is chosen from the forty families, and presides chiefly over balls and feasts. 
There are laws forbidding slavery in the city, in accordance with the terms imposed by Braavos one hundred years ago. This, however, does not prevent the wealthy magisters from keeping many bronze-collared "servants", who are slaves in all but name. 
Some of the more famous Pentoshi include:
Pentos was one of the Valyrian colonies in western Essos. When the Doom destroyed the empire four centuries ago, Pentos became an independent city state. When the Tattered Prince was 23 the magisters of Pentos chose him to be their new prince almost right after they have beheaded the previous one. Instead of accepting their offer he fled to the Disputed Lands, later forming the Second Sons. Thus far he has never returned to Pentos.
A Game of Thrones
A Dothraki khalasar led by Khal Drogo arrives at the city, leading Magister Illyrio to double the city guard. Later Illyrio brokered a marriage between Drogo and his guest, Princess Daenerys Targaryen. The wedding ceremony was held in a field outside the city.
A Clash of Kings
A Dance with Dragons
|“||What I want, ... is Pentos. ||”|
Chapters that take place in Pentos
References and Notes
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 32, Sansa.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 60, The Spurned Suitor (Quentyn III).