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Keyholders are officials of the Iron Bank of Braavos.


Keyholders are descendants of the twenty-three founders of the Iron Bank: sixteen men and seven women, each of whom possessed keys to the bank's great subterranean vaults. Their descendants now exceed one thousand, and they proudly display ceremonial keys on formal occasions. Those who have lost their wealth still keep their keys and associated honors.[1]

Besides the keyholders, other wealthy and powerful Braavosi own shares in the bank, sit on its secret councils, and have a voice in selecting the men who lead the bank.[1] Keyholders and magisters participate in the election of new Sealords.[1]

While bravos dress ostentatiosly, keyholders wear drab coats of brown and grey.[2] Some keyholders own towers in Braavos.[1]


During the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen, Ser Michael Manwoody was sent by the king on several missions to the keyholders of the Iron Bank. There is record of their correspondence between them regarding these negotiations.[3]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

Cat of the Canals sells her seafood at the Moon Pool to many clientele, including keyholders.[2]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

Prior to the Gate's performance of The Bloody Hand, Mercy and Daena look out into the house. Daena counts five keyholders in the audience, one of whom is Bessaro Reyaan.[4]

Known keyholders


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Braavos.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  4. The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Mercy.