Volon Therys

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Volon Therys
Western Essos and the location of Volon Therys

Volon Therys is a town in Essos on the west bank of the Rhoyne. Almost directly across the river to the east lies the ruined Rhoynar city Sar Mell. To the north is Valysar, the Orange Shore is to the west, and Volantis is to the south along the Rhoyne.[1]

The town has been under the authority of Volantis since the years of expansion under the tiger triarchs.[2] Volon Therys is a walled town, so large that it would be considered a city in the Seven Kingdoms.[3] The town's walls are high and white. There is a long, chaotic riverfront[4] which handles timber shipped from Qohor.[5]


Volon Therys was founded by the Valyrian Freehold when it expanded west after defeating the Old Empire of Ghis.[6] Although rich and glorious, Volon Therys did not have self-rule and was instead governed by men and women sent from Valyria to rule in the name of the Freehold.[7]

Volon Therys was involved with the Rhoynish Wars, and half the city was washed away when the Rhoynar used water magic during the First Turtle War.[6] During the Second Spice War, Volon Therys faced the host of the Rhoynish prince Garin the Great. The Valyrians numbered 100,000 and had three dragonlords, but the Rhoynish troops were protected by their water wizards, and Rhoynish archers managed to kill two dragons and drive away the third. The Valyrians lost the battle and Volon Therys was again flooded.[6]

The town has been under the authority of Volantis since the years of expansion under the "tigers".[2]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

The Golden Company ends up encamped three miles south of Volon Therys due to Triarch Malaquo coming north with 5,000 foot and 1,000 horse to cut them off from the delta road.[4]

The Shy Maid arrives at Volon Therys and is tied up in one of the meaner sections of the long chaotic riverfront. A ferocious southern sun beats down upon the crowded riverfront. Haldon goes into the city and purchases three horses, which are not the best horseflesh, but with the Dothraki across the river, half the populace of Volon Therys has decided they would sooner be elsewhere. Griff, Haldon, and Young Griff ride the horses to rendezvous with the Golden Company who are camped beside a river.[4]

In Volantis at the Merchant's House, Ser Jorah Mormont tells Tyrion Lannister that last night the gossip was about an exiled Westerosi lord that has hired the Golden Company to win back his lands for him. Half the captains in Volantis are racing upriver to Volon Therys to offer him their ships.[8]

Sometime later at Griffin's Roost, Jon Connington recalls that 10,000 men had sailed from Volon Therys, with all their weapons, horses and elephants.[9]

Chapters that take place at Volon Therys

References and Notes

  1. A Dance with Dragons, Map of the Free Cities
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities: Qohor.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The World of Ice and Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
  7. The World of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.

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