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City state, one of the Free Cities
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Location Essos, Free Cities, Stepstones
Government Archon
Religion Mixed religions
Founded Approx 1,000 years ago
Notable places Fountain of the Drunken God, Temple of Trios

Tyrosh is a harbor city and one of the Free Cities. It sits on an island to the north of the Stepstones, just off the coast of the Disputed Lands of Essos.[1] The ruler of Tyrosh is called the Archon.[2]



Tyrosh is far larger than the shadow city of Sunspear, being described as boisterous and loud. At the mouth of its harbor lies the Bleeding Tower.[3] There is a fountain in Tyrosh called the Fountain of the Drunken God. There is a temple called the Temple of Trios with a big statue of the three-headed Trios beside the temple’s doors.


Tyroshi are renowned for their greed.[4] They constantly fight to gain control of the Stepstones and Disputed Lands.

They love bright colors, even coloring their hair brightly.[4] Their inventors are known for creating ornate helmets and ingenious torture devices. Their dialect is a corrupted form of High Valyrian.[5]


Slaves and sellswords are common in Tyrosh. It is renowned for its pear brandy,[6] and Tyroshi armorsmiths can make fantastic helmets shaped like birds and animals, chased with precious metals


Tyrosh used to be one of the colonies of the Valyrian Freehold, but it gained its independence following the Doom of Valyria.

A few generations after the Doom, the Free City of Volantis thought to add Tyrosh to her conquests, but Pentos came to her aid, along with the Stormlands and Aegon Targaryen of Dragonstone, and Lys and Myr both rose in rebellion against Volantis.

During the last years of Viserys I Targaryen and the Dance of the Dragons, Tyrosh was part of the Triarchy along with Lys and Myr. The flamboyant rogue Racallio Ryndoon was a Tyroshi captain who led the Triarchy's counter-attack in 110AC against Prince Daemon Targaryen. By Maiden's Day, 130AC, the alliance began to tear itself apart.

The Band of Nine, a group of sellswords, pirates and merchants who had conquered the Disputed Lands, marched on Tyrosh and took it. They installed the wealthy merchant Alequo Adarys as a tyrant and then moved on. While the rest of the possessions of the Band of Nine were lost soon after the death of Maelys Blackfyre in the War of the Ninepenny Kings, Alequo managed to hold on for six more years before he too was removed from power.[5]

When Daenerys Targaryen was a girl, she and her brother Viserys spent some time in Tyrosh when they were wandering from place to place.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The green-bearded brother of the Archon of Tyrosh attends the introduction of Daenerys Targaryen to her future husband Khal Drogo hosted in Drogo’s nine-towered manse in Pentos.[2]

During the Battle of the Whispering Wood a Tyroshi sellsword leading Ser Forley Prester’s freeriders strikes his banners and goes over to Robb Stark. Ser Kevan Lannister had warned Ser Jaime Lannister not to trust him. [7]

A Storm of Swords

Tyrosh is on the verge of going to war with Lys.[8]

A Feast for Crows

Tyrosh and Lys are now on the verge of war with Myr.[9] It is later rumored that the Archon had offered terms to Lys to end the trade war.[10]

In Dorne Prince Doran Martell reveals to his daughter, Princess Arianne, that at one point she was to have been sent to Tyrosh to serve as the Archon's cupbearer, where she could have met her betrothed in secret but that plan fell through when he was slain in Vaes Dothrak.

Upon entering the Stinking Goose Brienne notes that the only drinkers there are three Tyroshi seamen in a corner, growling at each other through green and purple beards. In the Happy Port Samwell Tarly sees a Tyroshi sailor passed out in a corner, snoring into his huge scarlet beard.

As punishment, Garin is to spend the next two years in Tyrosh.

The captain of the Huntress tells Samwell Tarly that the ironmen had managed to capture a Tyroshi merchantman in the Redwyne Straits. They killed the ship's crew and disguised themselves as Tyroshi sailors intending to sneak into Oldtown. However their plot was foiled when the Lady of the Tower's oarsmaster hailed the ironmen in the Tyrohi language and they could not reply to his greeting.

A Dance with Dragons

Blue-bearded fighters from Tyrosh are among those who come to Meereen to battle in Daznak's Pit.[11]

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