Sealord of Braavos

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The Sealord of Braavos is the ruler of the Free City of Braavos. His champion and protector is the First Sword of Braavos and he resides at the Sealord's Palace.

Statues commemorating past Sealords and their achievements line the canals of Braavos.[1][2] The office is not hereditary; one of Braavos's citizens is chosen to be Sealord by the city's magisters and keyholders through a convoluted and arcane process.[3] The choosing process is intense, described as "knives coming out".[4] Once chosen, the Sealord serves for life, but some will try to cut that life short to effect a change in policy.[3]

History

Since the founding of Braavos, the Sealords have opposed slavery in all its forms and have fought many wars against slavers and their allies.[3]

Laena Velaryon was betrothed to the son of a Sealord of Braavos, but the Sealord died before any marriage, and the son turned out to be a fool, wasting his family's money and power before ending up on Driftmark. Daemon Targaryen, who wished to marry Laena, provoked him into a challenge by single combat, and he died.[5][6]

Daeron I Targaryen planned to marry one of his sisters to the Sealord of Braavos for an alliance to remove the Narrow Sea pirates that were hindering trade with newly-conquered Dorne, but the marriage never occurred.[7]

Many years ago Prince Oberyn Martell travelled to Braavos where Viserys Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen were being kept by Ser Willem Darry. Oberyn and Willem signed a secret pact, which the Sealord of Braavos witnessed, promising Viserys the hand of Arianne Martell in return for Dorne's help in claiming the Iron Throne. The name of the Sealord who witnessed the pact has not been mentioned.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark that Braavosi captains bring exotic animals to the Sealord. His menagerie includes striped horses, great spotted things with necks as long as stilts, hairy mouse-pigs as big as cows, stinging manticores, tiger that carry their cubs in a pouch, and terrible walking lizards with scythes for claws.[9]

A Feast for Crows

The Sealord in power, Ferrego Antaryon, owns a pleasure barge covered with laughing faces.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Ferrego is sick and there is a rumor that Tormo Fregar will be chosen as the new Sealord.[4]

References and Notes

  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 6, Arya I.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 64, The Ugly Little Girl.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities: Braavos.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
  5. The Rogue Prince.
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  9. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50, Arya IV.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.

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