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Shamyriana[1] or Samyriana[2][3][4] is a fortified city in Essos, located on the Stone Road in the eastern Bone Mountains, near the Great Sand Sea.[5]


Samyriana is a grey stone city carved into the rock of the mountains it defends.[3] The Stone Road, which penetrates the Bone Mountains, leads from Vaes Jini to Samyriana, passing beneath its walls.


The sister cities of Samyriana, Bayasabhad, and Kayakayanaya are ruled by the Great Fathers. Their daughters are raised from an early age to be warriors, as it is believed that only those who give birth are permitted to take life at will.[2] The warrior maids wear iron rings in their nipples and rubies in their cheeks.[1] They ride horses and are trained with bow, knife, sling, and spear.[3]

Meanwhile, the sons of the Great Fathers are gelded when they reach the age of manhood. The eunuchs serve as cooks, craftsmen, farmers, priests, scholars, scribes, and servants. The most promising males, one out of a hundred, are permitted to mature, breed, and become Great Fathers in their turn. Maester Naylin speculates on the customs in Rubies and Iron.[3]


Samyriana is one of the three fortress cities that were once part of the Patrimony of Hyrkoon and were founded by the Patriarchs of Hyrkoon.[3]

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Daenerys Targaryen spies warrior maids from Shamyriana in the Eastern Market of Vaes Dothrak.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond.
  4. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Samyriana.
  5. The Lands of Ice and Fire, The Known World.