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Salladhor Saan, Lysene pirate and sellsail, with his crew. - Fantasy Flight Games ©

Pirates or corsairs commit acts of robbery or criminal violence at sea, on a shore, or in other major bodies of water, such as the river pirates on the Rhoyne.


Pirates make their dens upon the Stepstones and venture forth to prey on honest men.[1]

While the Qohorik rule the Qhoyne and the Darkwash north of Ar Noy, pirates are thickest on the rivers between Ar Noy and the Sorrows. There are pirates on Dagger Lake, which is full of islands where pirates lurk in hidden caves and secret strongholds. Pirates do not sail into the Sorrows, and the Rhoyne south of the Sarrows is held by Volantene galleys.[2]

The Basilisk Isles off Sothoryos is a base for corsairs who raid shipping in the Summer Sea for captives to sell as slaves in Meereen, Yunkai, and Astapor.[3]


The Three Sisters have been a favorite haunt of smugglers for hundreds of years, and were pirate nests before that. The ancestors of House Borrell of Sweetsister were pirate kings until the Starks came down on them with fire and sword in the Rape of the Three Sisters.[4]

Basilisk Isles corsairs captured highborn maidens from Volantis sailing to Westeros to attend King Aegon III Targaryen's Maiden's Day Cattle Show.[5]

Bellegere Otherys, the first Black Pearl of Braavos and the fourth of Aegon IV Targaryen's mistresses, was a pirate queen.[6][7]

The Braavosi innkeeper Pynto was formerly a pirate.[8]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon hires Salladhor Saan, a Lysene pirate known as the Prince of the Narrow Sea, to provide him with more ships to aid in his battle for the Iron Throne.[9]

A Storm of Swords

Three days before Daenerys Targaryen inspects Unsullied in Astapor, a corsair king was interested in purchasing one hundred of the slave soldiers.[10]

A Feast for Crows

The Cinnamon Wind is attacked by pirates off the Stepstones.[11]

Aurane Waters flees King's Landing with the royal dromonds after the arrest of Queen Cersei Lannister. Grand Maester Pycelle believes that Aurane is sailing to the Stepstones to set himself up as a pirate.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

When Quentyn Martell sails incognito on the Meadowlark, pirates come aboard when the ship is anchored off the coast of the Disputed Lands; the crew fends off the pirates off at the cost of twelve lives. [13]

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.

Lady Nymella Toland tells Princess Arianne Martell that a new pirate king, calling himself the "Lord of the Waters", has set up on Torturer's Deep.

Known Pirates


  1. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  2. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
  5. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
  9. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  13. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.