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Ruins of the Valyrian Freehold Capital City
Valyria of old.jpg
Topless towers of Valyria
Location Valyrian peninsula, Essos
Government Dragonlords , Freehold (freeborn landholders).
Religion Mixed Religions
Founded At least five thousand years ago.
Destroyed 400 years ago, in the Doom of Valyria
1: Ruined city 2: Lands of the Long Summer 3: Smoking Sea 4: Oros 5: Ruined city 6: Tyria 7: Ruined city 8: Ruined city 9: Summer Sea

Valyria is a long-dead city of wonderment, and was once the capital of a great empire called the Valyrian Freehold. It was destroyed by a cataclysmic event known as the Doom of Valyria 100 years before Aegon's Landing.

The city was located on a peninsula of the eastern continent.[1]. It is the ancestral home of House Targaryen.[2][3] In Valyria, there were two great houses that contested for power. House Targaryen, however, was not considered a powerful house. [4] A common racial characteristic among Valyrians appears to have been purple eyes and hair of silver-gold or platinum white.

The City of Valyria

The city of Valyria lies at the center of the largest surviving island, surrounded by cliffs where the island has broken away from the mainland.

Valyria is said to still hold many treasures from before the Doom, such as Valyrian steel blades and items of magical power. It is said that the glass candles of Oldtown were brought there from Valyria a thousand years before the Doom.

Some years ago Gerion Lannister journeyed to Valyria to try to recover the lost Lannister Valyrian steel sword, Brightroar and any other treasures that might have survived the Doom. He did not return and was presumed lost at sea. [5] More recently, Euron Greyjoy has returned from a journey to Valyria to claim the throne of the Iron Islands.

References and Notes

  1. A Storm of Swords, Map of Slaver's Bay
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  4. Reading from the world of Ice and Fire. Notes from George R.R. Martin's reading and Q&A at the Bubonicon 44 in Albuquerque by Trebla.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.

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