House of Merreq
The House of Merreq is one of the slaving families of Meereen.
A Dance with Dragons
The House of Merreq is hostile to the rule of Daenerys Targaryen and its household is suspected being members of the Sons of the Harpy. Several members of the House, along with members of the House of Zhak, wish to leave the city for their estates in the hills. Daenerys says they may do so, but as a precaution in case they mean to join the Yunkai, states that they are forbidden to take their gold and food supplies with them.
With the Sons of the Harpy killings continuing, Queen Daenerys Targaryen has every noble family of Meereen who is of dubious loyalty send her a child as a hostage. One of those hostages is Mezzara, whose father rules over the pyramid of Merreq. Daenerys hopes having noble children as hostages will halt the killings, but it does not. However, Daenerys refuses to allow any harm to come to the children. She grows fond of them all, and ignores Skahaz mo Kandaq's counsel to kill one for every death done by the Sons of the Harpy.
When several Meereenese ships join the blockade of Meereen, Skahaz mo Kandaq presents Daenerys Targaryen a list with the names of the Meereenese captains and which families they belong to. The House of Merreq is among the names.
When Daenerys disappears on Drogon's back and Ser Barristan Selmy seizes control of Meereen in her name, he also refuses to allow any harm to come to the child hostages, even though Skahaz mo Kandaq wants to kill them in return for the deaths of the hostages Daenerys had granted to the besiegers of Meereen.
House of Merreq at the end of the third century
The known members of the House of Merreq during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Mezzara Merreq, daughter of the ruler of the House of Merreq, and a child hostage and cupbearer of Daenerys Targaryen.
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