Fall of Ghis
|Destroyed||at least 5,000 years ago|
|Notable places||Great Pyramid|
Old Ghis is a ruined city in Essos. It is located in southwestern Ghiscar, east across the Gulf of Grief from the Valyrian peninsula. As Ghis, it was the capital city of the Old Empire of Ghis. The ancient city was one of the oldest known cultures and nations in the world. Its founding and golden age predate that of its successor, Valyria, by thousands of years.
Ghis was founded by Grazdan the Great. Its emblem was a harpy, which had a woman's torso, the wings of a bat instead of arms, the legs of an eagle, and a scorpion's tail. In its claws rested a thunderbolt.
In the dawn of days the city of Ghis opened its gates and poured forth its lockstep legions to control Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. With their lockstep discipline and absolute obedience the Old Empire of Ghis ground nations beneath their boots, destroying that which they did not enslave.
Ghis was brought to ruin following a series of wars with the Valyrian Freehold. Ghiscar fought with Valyria five times, losing each war because of Valyria's dragons. Ghis's lockstep legions were shattered in the final war five thousand years ago. The city's brick walls were pulled down, its streets and buildings were turned to ash and cinder by dragonflame, and its fields were sown with salt, sulfur, and skulls.
—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen