Illyrio's manse

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Illyrio's manse © FFG

Illyrio's manse is a stronghold belonging to Magister Illyrio Mopatis within the city of Pentos. It has a view of the Bay of Pentos.[1]


The manse has brick walls twelve feet high with iron spikes atop. There are three gates, the main gatehouse being the chief way in and out of the manse. There is one in the garden that is hidden by ivy. It is chained and guarded by some of Illyrio's eunuchs. The third gate is a postern by the kennels. The manse has pillared galleries, pointed arches, and a tiled courtyard.[2]

There is a marble pool with a statue of a naked boy in its center. The statue is lithe and handsome, made of painted marble so that the hair is blond and shoulder-length. It is poised to duel with a bravo's blade in hand. The pool is surrounded by six cherry trees. The gardens behind the manse are extensive.[2]

The manse is guarded by plump Unsullied, eunuch soldiers from Astapor. Other slaves include two fat female cooks, young and old; a potboy; a freckled washerwoman; a blond girl trained in Lys; and a mousy older woman.[1][2]

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Interior of Daenerys Targaryen's chambers. © FFG

A Game of Thrones

Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen stay at Illyrio's manse in Pentos for half a year while they await Dany's marriage to Khal Drogo.[1]

A Clash of Kings

Xaro Xhoan Daxos offers Daenerys the hospitality of his home while she is in Qarth. Dany expected a grand residence but not a palace larger than a market town. She thinks Xaro's palace makes Illyrio's manse look like a swineherd's hovel.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

After crossing the narrow sea, Illyrio hosts Tyrion Lannister until he agrees to accompany Illyrio to meet some friends to the east. Tyrion takes some poisonous mushrooms from the garden.[2]


The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki sea, and was reborn in blood and fire.[2]

Tyrion Lannister had lived all his life in a world that was too big for him, but in the manse of Illyrio Mopatis the sense of disproportion assumed grotesque dimensions. I am a mouse in a mammoth's lair, he mused, though at least the mammoth keeps a good cellar.[2]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

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