Second Spice War

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Second Spice War
Garin's army.jpg
The Rhoynar facing the might of the Freehold, as depicted by Chase Stone in The World of Ice and Fire
Conflict Rhoynish Wars
Date ~ 700 BC[1][2][3][4]
Place Lower Rhoyne
Result Decisive Valyrian victory
Rhoynar forced to flee Essos
Rhoynar Valyrian Freehold
Prince Garin
Princess Nymeria
~ 250,000 warriors
Water wizards
300+ dragons
100,000 warriors (at Volon Therys)
Severe casualties, Rhoynish army crippled
Prince Garin+
At least 2 dragons
Heavy troop casualties
Volon Therys flooded

The Second Spice War was the last of the Rhoynish Wars between the Rhoynar and Valyria.[1]


The war began a thousand years ago when three dragonlords from the Valyrian Freehold joined Volantis in destroying the Rhoynish port Sarhoy on the Summer Sea. The Rhoynar responded by uniting under by Prince Garin of Chroyane, the wonder of the Rhoyne who temporarily made Valyria tremble. Garin led a Rhoynish army of 250,000, which conquered Selhorys, Valysar, and Volon Therys, where they defeated three dragons with Rhoynish water wizards. The alarmed Volantenes sought help from Valyria itself, and the dragonlords responded by sending 300 dragons. The Valyrians crushed Garin's army with their dragons,[5] then destroyed Sar Mell and Chroyane. According to legend, the captive Garin called down a curse upon the Valyrians at Chroyane which resulted in the Sorrows.[1]

Princess Nymeria of Ny Sar, seeing the fate of Garin and his army, gathered the surviving Rhoynar, most of whom were women and children and old men, aboard their remaining watercraft and fled from Essos aboard ten thousand ships.[1] The city of Ghoyan Drohe on the Little Rhoyne was turned into a ruin by the Valyrian dragons.[6] Other cities destroyed by the Valyrians were Ar Noy and Nymeria's Ny Sar.

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A Dance with Dragons

During his journey to Volantis along the Little Rhoyne and the Rhoyne, Tyrion Lannister passes the ruins of Ghoyan Drohe,[2] Ny Sar,[3] and the Sorrows.[4]


Garin: We shall all be slaves unless we join together to end this threat.

Nymeria: This is a war we cannot hope to win.[1]

- Garin and Nymeria to the Rhoynar

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The World of Ice and Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.

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