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A warlock of Qarth - by John Moriarty. © Fantasy Flight Games©

Warlocks are the magic practitioners of Essos. Their center of power is the House of the Undying, home to the Undying Ones of Qarth,[1] and warlocks are also said to be active in Asshai.[2][3]


See also: Images of Warlocks

The warlocks of Qarth are known to dress in long, beaded robes. They have white, pale skins and pale blue lips, from drinking shade-of-the-evening many times, in pursuit of ever-greater knowledge. The Undying Ones' flesh is ripe violet blue, their nails are so blue they are nearly black, and even the whites of their eyes are blue.[4]


Though legend speaks of the mighty power of the warlocks, they have done little in the past century. Similarly to the Alchemists' Guild of the Seven Kingdoms, the warlocks' power and prestige have waned over the years. Their mighty House of the Undying is long since a grey stone ruin, neither repaired nor expanded upon, often referred to as the Palace of Dust.[1][4] Even so, the warlocks are feared and respected throughout Essos[1] and few return from their ruin.[4]

In an effort to cure Samwell Tarly of his timidity, his father Lord Randyll Tarly once brought two warlocks from Qarth with white skin and blue lips to his castle at Horn Hill. The warlocks slaughtered a bull aurochs and made Sam bathe in the hot blood, but it did not make him brave as promised. Randyll had the warlocks scourged.[5]

Archmaester Marwyn studied with warlocks.[6]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

At the beginning of her stay in Qarth Xaro Xhoan Daxos warns Daenerys Targaryen to avoid the warlocks in the city.[1] Eventually, after having been refused by the Pureborn, Daenerys decides that she has no other options available to her other than to seek Pyat Pree and the warlocks.[7] Xaro warns her not to go but she goes anyway. After Daenerys's visit to the House of the Undying and the subsequent death of the Undying Ones,[4] Xaro tells Daenerys that Pyat is gathering the surviving warlocks together to work ill on her.[8]

A Storm of Swords

On the Balerion Daenerys thinks of various threats she faces. She recalls that back in Qarth Pyat Pree had sent a Sorrowful Man after her to avenge the Undying she'd burned in their House of Dust. She remembers it is said warlocks never forget a wrong.[9]

A Feast for Crows

Euron Greyjoy tells his brother Victarion that he had captured four warlocks in a galleas out of Qarth. On board was a cask of shade-of-the-evening along with some cloves and nutmeg and forty bolts of green silk. The four warlocks told him a curious tale which Euron does not elaborate upon. One threatened the corsair so Euron killed the warlock and fed him to the other three.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys learns from Xaro Xhoan Daxos that Pyat Pree and three other warlocks have sailed for Pentos hoping to meet her again.[11]

Known Warlocks


Xaro: There is a saying in Qarth. A warlock's house is built of bones and lies.

Daenerys: Then why do men lower their voices when they speak of the warlocks of Qarth? All across the east, their power and wisdom are revered.
Xaro: Once they were mighty, but now they are as ludicrous as those feeble old soldiers who boast of their prowess long after strength and skill have left them. They read their crumbling scrolls, drink their shade-of-the-evening until their lips turn blue, and hint of dread powers, but they are hollow husks compared to those who went before.[1]

Xaro Xhoan Daxos to Daenerys Targaryen

Pyat Pree has blue lips, and it is truly said that blue lips speak only lies. Heed the wisdom of one who loves you. Warlocks are bitter creatures who eat dust and drink of shadows. They will give you naught. They have naught to give.[7]
Xaro Xhoan Daxos to Daenerys Targaryen

Beware men with cold hearts and blue lips.[12]
Xaro Xhoan Daxos to Daenerys Targaryen

If a warlock's spell could kill me, I would be dead by now. I left their palace in ashes.[12]
Daenerys Targaryen to Barristan Selmy

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Asshai-by-the-Shadow.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 26, Jon IV.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  8. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  9. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I, p 92.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III, page 211.
  12. 12.0 12.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.

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