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red waste is located in Essos
red waste
Essos west of the Bone Mountains and the location of the red waste

The red waste is a region of Essos west of the Bone Mountains. It is a barren and unforgiving landscape of stunted trees, devilgrass, and ancient ruins.


The red waste in Game of Thrones
See also: Images of the red waste

The red waste is located south of the Dothraki sea and Lhazar, the land of the Lhazareen. It is east of Slaver's Bay and its hinterlands, north of the fabled city of Qarth, and west of the Bone Mountains. It is a land of low hills, barren windswept plains, dry rivers,[1] and red parched soil,[2] where the necessities of living are hard to come by. There are few things in the red waste that support life. There is little forage and shallow, bitter, stagnant pools of water. Wood is hard to find, with the best being gnarled and tough.[2]

Within the red waste are four abandoned cities, Vaes Tolorro, Vaes Orvik, Vaes Shirosi, and Vaes Qosar, all formerly inhabited by the Qaathi but sacked by the Dothraki.[3] South of the red waste along the Summer Sea are, from west to east, the cities of Port Yhos, Qarkash, and Qarth.[4]


The red waste was originally a more fertile region, but it turned into a barren desert just as the Qaathi established their city-states there, pushed south by the Tall Men.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Following the comet and avoiding rival Dothraki, Daenerys Targaryen leads her small khalasar across the red waste, losing many of the weaker members of her group. They eventually stumble upon an abandoned city, which they name Vaes Tolorro, and rest while Dany sends her bloodriders to scout and explore. Searching in the south, Rakharo finds the bones of a dragon. Eventually, from the southeast, Jhogo returns with three envoys from Qarth.[5]


To reach Qarth, the horselords must needs drive their captives across the red waste. Hundreds would die, if not thousands … and many horses too, which is why no khal will risk it.[6]
Xaro Xhoan Daxos to Daenerys Targaryen

References and Notes

  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  4. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Central Essos.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.

External Links

Red Waste on the Game of Thrones wiki.

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