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Meereen besieged by the Targaryen army

Meereen is the northernmost of the slaver cities in Slaver's Bay, located on the northeast coast at the mouth of the Skahazadhan. It is also the largest and most formidable of the slaver cities, as large as Astapor and Yunkai combined. In this city, built of bricks of many colors, the nobility lives in the stepped pyramids built in the colors of the noble house occupying them. The Great Pyramid, located on Meereen's central plaza, is the largest of the pyramids.

Meereen was once a colony of the Old Empire of Ghis, and Ghiscari influences can still be found all throughout the city. The combats in the fighting pits of Meereen are seen as a blood sacrifice to the gods of Ghis, while the Meereenese nobility wears the Ghiscari tokar, a sign of wealth and power.

According to the Meereenese priestess Galazza Galare, the destruction brought upon the region by the Valyrians and their dragonfire forced the Ghiscari to become slavers, a practice which they later taught to the Valyrians. Meereen has not had a king in thousands of years, and is instead ruled by the Great Masters, members of the old slaving families. The slave trade has made Meereen a wealthy city, but in 299 AC makes it a target for Daenerys Targaryen when she starts her campaign against slavery in Slaver's Bay. Following a siege (pictured), she assumes control over the city and installs herself as the first ruling monarch Meereen has seen in a thousand years. Read more...