Vaes Aresak

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Vaes Aresak is located in Essos
Vaes Aresak
Essos west of the Bone Mountains and the location of Vaes Aresak

Vaes Aresak, once called Ibbish, is a ruined city in northern Essos along the Shivering Sea. It is located in the great forest south of Ib which includes the Kingdom of the Ifequevron to the west. East of Vaes Aresak is the Realm of Jhogwin.[1]


Ibbish began as an Ibbenese fishing village, but the colony developed into a port with a deep harbor. High white walls and the Whalebone Gates protected temples and treasuries.[2][3]

Dothraki began raiding from the Dothraki sea during the Century of Blood. Khal Scoro took loot from Ibbish back to Vaes Dothrak, while Khal Rogo burned the rebuilt city and forced ten thousand women into slavery. When Khal Dhako approached Ibbish, the inhabitants retreated from his khalasar back to Ib. Terrio Erastes observed the angry Dhako burning Ibbish and its vicinity, and the Dothraki have since called it Vaes Aresak, meaning City of Cowards.[2] The Ibbenese have built New Ibbish to the northwest, but it is a much smaller town.[2]


  1. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Central Essos.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: Ib.
  3. So Spake Martin: Ibben and Armor, November 9, 2002