Prince of Pentos

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The Prince of Pentos with the maid of the fields and the maid of the seas, as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.

The Prince of Pentos is the titular ruler of the eponymous city. He is chosen from the forty families, and has a mostly ceremonial function.[1][2]


Chiefly, the Prince presides over balls and feasts. The prince rides about the city in a palanquin of ivory and gold. Three heralds go before him, carrying the golden scales of trade, the iron sword of war, and the silver scourge of justice. On the first day of every New Year, the Prince must deflower the maid of the fields and the maid of the seas. This ancient ritual, which may arise from the mysterious origins of pre-Valyrian Pentos, is meant to ensure the continued prosperity of Pentos on land and at sea.[1][2]

It is a pleasant life, but when the Pentoshi believe the gods are angry at them — for example, a lost war or a famine — they sacrifice the prince, cutting his throat, to appease the gods. They then choose a new prince from amongst the forty families, who may bring more luck to the city.[1][2]

It appears that the chosen prince has no say in whether he wants to be Prince of Pentos or not.[3][2]


The Tattered Prince is a Pentoshi noble who fled before becoming the new Prince of Pentos, and is now a sellsword. Art by Diego Gisbert Llorens © Fantasy Flight Games

Over the course of the last two centuries, Braavos and Pentos fought no less than six wars. Four of them ended in Pentoshi submission. The last one, that ended in 209 AC, went so poorly that Pentos had no fewer than four princes chosen and sacrificed within a single year. The fifth one, Prince Nevio Narratys, convinced the magisters to sue for peace after a rare victory — one rumored to have been purchased by Nevio himself through bribery.[2]

In 262 AC, a prince fled Pentos after being selected. He was twenty-three years old when the magisters of Pentos chose him to be their new prince, hours after they had beheaded the previous one. Instead of accepting their offer, he fled to the Disputed Lands and never returned to Pentos. He became known as the Tattered Prince, captain of the Windblown, a free company of sellswords.[3][2]

Illyrio Mopatis, a merchant born in poverty, eventually grew so respectable that a cousin of the Prince of Pentos let him wed his maiden daughter. After Illyrio married his second wife, Serra, a slave from Lys, the palace gates were closed to him thereafter, but he did not care, as he considered the price small enough for her.[1][4]

Current Events

A Dance with Dragons

Illyrio Mopatis explains to Tyrion Lannister the role of the Prince of Pentos.[1]

In Meereen, the Tattered Prince sends the Windblown to assist Prince Quentyn Martell, who intends to tame one of the dragons of Queen Daenerys Targaryen, for the promise of Pentos as his reward.[5] After Quentyn's death, Ser Barristan Selmy sends Quentyn's remaining companions to negotiate with the Tattered Prince. Ser Barristan wants the mercenary captain to help him release the Meereenese hostages held by the Wise Masters; as a reward, the Tattered Prince will be given Pentos.[6]

Known Princes of Pentos


Remind me never to become the Prince of Pentos.[1]


  1. In the television adaptation, House of the Dragon, he is named Prince Reggio Haratis.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Pentos.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 68, The Dragontamer.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
  8. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  11. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.