Xaro Xhoan Daxos
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Xaro Xhoan Daxos
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (Appears)|
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Appears)
|Played by||Nonso Anozie|
|TV series||Season 2|
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Xaro Xhoan Daxos
He is a languid, elegant man with a bald head and a great beak of a nose which is crusted with rubies, opals, and flakes of jade, giving him the aspect of some strange glittery bird. His fingers are long and elegant. He can cry at will, a skill typical of Qartheen men. Though he wishes to marry Daenerys he has homosexual inclinations.
Vessels Belonging to Xaro
He owns eighty-four vessels, including:
He has told Dany that he does not own any warships.
Xaro offers Daenerys the hospitality of his home while she is in the city. She had expected a grand residence but she had not expected a palace larger than many a market town. She thinks to herself that Xaro’s palace makes Magister Illyrio's manse in Pentos look like a swineherd’s hovel. 
The palace easily accommodates Dany’s little khalasar and their horses, in fact it swallows them. An entire wing is given over to her. She has her own gardens full of fragrant lavender and mint, a marble bathing pool stocked with tiny golden fish, a scrying tower and warlock's maze. 
Xaro's Gifts to Daenerys Targaryen
During Dany's stay with Xaro, he gave her many gifts:
- perfume and pomegranates
- tumbling monkeys
- spitting snakes, scrolls from lost Valyria
- an idol’s head and a serpent’s foot
- a palanquin of ebony and gold, and a matched set of bullocks to bear it, one white as ivory and one black as jet, with horns inlaid with jewels.
- A thousand knights, each in shining armor. The armor is made of silver and gold, the knights of jade and beryl and onyx and tourmaline, of amber and opal and amethyst, each as tall as Dany’s little finger.
A Clash of Kings
When Jhogo returned to Vaes Tolorro after discovering Qarth, he was accompanied by three representatives of the city, one of them being Xaro. Having seen her dragons, Xaro escorts Daenerys to Qarth, where he offers her use of his palace during her stay.
Xaro offers Daenerys his knowledge, telling her which members of the Pureborn to bribe, the ways of reaching the Pureborn and who to go to next after she was rejected by them.
Xaro also seeks to marry her, though Dany later learns he wishes to marry her so he can claim one of her dragons via a Qartheen marriage custom. It is also revealed that he does not seem interested in women, as Dany can tell that Xaro hardly deigns to notice her bare breast when she is wearing a Qartheen gown. Daenerys has also noticed the beautiful boys who surround the merchant prince, flitting through his palace halls in wisps of silk. 
A Dance with Dragons
Xaro arrives on his ship Silken Cloud in Meereen to visit Daenerys Targaryen. He brings forth a gift of thirteen ships, stating that they are hers on the condition she sails from Slaver's Bay to Westeros as her presence has disrupted the slave trade which many Essosi cities such as Volantis and Qarth depend on for their economies.
During his visit she dons a Qartheen gown leaving one breast bare in his honour. She notes that half of the men in the hall have stolen glances at her, but not Xaro. She remembers that it was the same in Qarth, she cannot sway him that way. Xaro also warns her of many threats to her, including Pyat Pree. Daenerys has the ships he brought inspected but later refuses the offer. Xaro's reply was to leave a bloodstained glove on a satin pillow declaring that Qarth has declared war on Daenerys.
In the TV series
In the Television adaptation of ASOIAF, A Game of Thrones, Xaro Xhoan Daxos is a Summer Islander, and has the typical jet black skin of Summer Islanders, as well as thinning hair and beard. Xaro wishes to become the king of Qarth, in a coup where he kills his fellow Thirteen and assist Pyat Pree in stealing Dany's dragons. Dany defeats Pyat Pree in the house of the undying, Daenerys then finds her handmaid Doreah in bed with Xaro, and sentences them to supposedly die in his vault with Doreah.
Quotes by Xaro
|“||A craven's knife can slay a queen as easily as a hero's.||”|
|“||I no longer lust for dragons. I saw their work at Astapor.||”|