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Quaithe Amok.jpg
by Amok ©

Alias Quaithe of the Shadow
Culture Asshai'i
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Laura Pradelska
TV series Season 2

Quaithe, also known as Quaithe of the Shadow, is a shadowbinder from Asshai.[1] She is portrayed by Laura Pradelska in the TV series.


See also: Images of Quaithe

Quaithe is a woman who wears a red lacquered wooden mask.[2][3] A vision of Daenerys Targaryen depicts it as dark red.[4] Quaithe's eyes are visible behind the mask, wet and shiny.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Quaithe by Sir-Heartsalot

Quaithe is one of the three representatives from Qarth who return to Vaes Tolorro with Jhogo in search of dragons, the other two being Xaro Xhoan Daxos and Pyat Pree.[2] Quaithe introduces herself, speaking in the Common Tongue.[2]

The "three seekers" escort Daenerys Targaryen and her khalasar to Qarth, then take their leave and part ways. Quaithe is the last of them to depart. While Xaro and Pyat offer Daenerys promises, Quaithe offers only a warning - to beware "of all", warning that people would come day and night to see the newborn dragons (Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion), and that these spectators would lust to own the dragons and the power connected to them.[3]

Later, Quaithe urges Daenerys to leave Qarth as soon as possible, warning that if Daenerys lingers she will not be permitted to leave the city at all. Daenerys notices that her wrist tingles, an effect of Quaithe's touch. When she asks for a clarification on this warning, Quaithe gives a cryptic answer:

To go north, you must journey south, to reach the west you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.[5]

A Storm of Swords

Quaithe by Paul Phillips©

While aboard the ship Balerion, Daenerys contemplates various potential enemies and their motives. Among them is Quaithe, the strange woman in the red lacquer mask. Daenerys cannot determine whether the woman is an enemy or a dangerous friend.[6]

In Astapor, while sleeping on the ship Balerion, Daenerys awakens to find that a woman is in her bedroom with her, although she appears only as a faint shadow. The figure repeats the warning about passing beneath the shadow, and Daenerys realizes that it is Quaithe. She then jumps out of bed and opens the door, but there is no sign of Quaithe, and Daenerys dismisses the appearance as a dream.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

In the Great Pyramid of Meereen, Daenerys has a vision of Quaithe. She asks if this is a dream and states that she had a previous dream of Quaithe while aboard the Balerion. Quaithe replies that neither experience was a dream. Daenerys wonders how an intruder could get past her guards. Quaithe replies that she came another way, and that the guards never saw her. Daenerys threatens to call out for the guards, who will kill the intruder. Quaithe replies that the guards will swear that she is not there. Daenerys picks up on the implication. She asks directly whether Quaithe is here, to which Quaithe replies, "No."[4]

Quaithe proceeds to deliver another cryptic warning[4]:

The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal.[4]

Much later when Daenerys is wandering lost, starving, and alone in the Dothraki Sea, she slips into a restless sleep and hears Quaithe's original instructions again. She then sees Quaithe, whose mask is made of starlight, and the stars whisper in a woman's voice:

Remember who you are, Daenerys, ... The dragons know. Do you?[8]

Quotes by Quaithe

They shall come day and night to see the wonder that has been born again into the world, and when they see they shall lust. For dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power.[3]

—Quaithe, to Daenerys Targaryen

Quotes about Quaithe

I do not understand her.[5]

Was she an enemy too, or only a dangerous friend? Dany could not say.[6]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen

Khaleesi, better a man should swallow scorpions than trust in the spawn of shadows, who dare not show their face beneath the sun. It is known.[5]