Myrish villa © FFG
|Location||Essos, Free Cities|
|Founded||Approx 1,000 years ago|
The inhabitants of the city are renowned for being great craftsmen. Its main exports are its finished goods, such as its carpets and lace. The best glass comes from Myr; a clear pane is worth its weight in spice. The best far-eyes are also made in Myr, and are as a result known as Myrish eyes. Myr produces gowns made of Myrish lace. The city also has artisans skilled in creating crossbows and carving.
Slaves outnumber the freeborn three to one.
The origins of Myr are rather murky. Certain maesters believe Myrmen are akin to the Rhoynar, in account of their olive skin and dark hair. There are certain signs that indicate a city stood where Myr is located during the Dawn Age and the Long Night, raised by an ancient, vanished people. Modern Myr, however, was founded by a group of Valyrian merchant adventurers on the site of a walled Andal town whose population they butchered or enslaved.
After the Doom a Volantene army took Myr and a Volantene fleet took Lys, and for two generations all three cities were ruled from within the Black Walls. That ended when the tigers tried to swallow Tyrosh. Pentos came into the war on the Tyroshi side, along with the Westerosi Storm King. Aegon Targaryen flew forth from Dragonstone on Balerion the Black Dread, and Myr and Lys rose up in rebellion. Myr joined forces with Tyrosh and Lys and defeated Volantis in the Battle of the Borderland.
Roughly a century later, along with Lys and Tyrosh, Myr formed the Kingdom of the Three Daughters. Craghas Drahar was a Myrish prince-admiral who led the conquest of much of the Stepstones, earning the name Craghas Crabfeeder. After pacifying the pirates there, Craghas and his compatriots demanded tolls for safe passage, eventually leading to his death in battle against Prince Daemon Targaryen. The Three Daughters broke apart around 130 AC, brought down by internal conflict following the murder of a Lyseni admiral by a rival for the affections of the Black Swan, a famed courtesan, and, later, an alliance of Braavos, Pentos, and Lorath.
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Tyrion Lannister discovers that Illyrio's manse has wine from Myr in the cellar. There is a Myrish carpet on the floor of Tyrion’s whore’s bedchamber in Selhorys. The carpet is wonderful, thick and "as comforting as lie"s. Drunk, Tyrion retches onto it. The Selaesori Qhoran carries fifty Myrish carpets amongst its cargo.
Davos Seaworth notices a threadbare Myrish carpet on the floor of Lord Godric Borrell’s hall in Breakwater. He also notices that there is a Myrish carpet on the floor of Lord Wyman Manderly’s secret room in the New Castle where he meets with Wyman and Robett Glover.
At the Wall, Jon Snow muses that glass might be of use there; Castle Black needs its own glass gardens, like the ones at Winterfell, allowing the Night’s Watch to grow vegetables even in the deep of winter. He recalls that the best glass comes from Myr, but a good clear pane is worth its weight in spice, and green and yellow glass would not work as well. He realises what they need is gold. If they had enough coin, the Watch could buy apprentice glass-blowers and glaziers in Myr, bring them north and offer them their freedom for teaching their art to some of the Watch's recruits.
Victarion Greyjoy captures a Myrish cog named Dove on her way to Yunkai by way of New Ghis with a cargo of carpets, sweet green wines, and Myrish lace. Her captain owned a Myrish eye, which makes far-off objects appear close, and Victarian claims it for himself.
References and Notes
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of the Free Cities
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- ↑ A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire,The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 14, Tyrion.
- ↑ The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 29, Davos.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 35, Jon.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 63, Victarion I.