Although it is larger than the cities of King's Landing and Oldtown in Westeros, Selhorys is still considered a town, not an independent city. Alone among the major towns, Selhorys stands upon the eastern bank of the Rhoyne, making it more vulnerable to Dothraki than its sister towns west of the river. Timber from the Forest of Qohor is sold in the markets of Selhorys.
Selhorys has towers, domes, and cobbled paths. The city's sandstone walls shelter shops, stalls, and storehouses along the piers. The river gate is guarded by Volantene slave soldiers with tiger stripes, while prostitutes in its brothels are also slaves. Volantene river galleys loaded with slave soldiers protect the waterway. Lanterns within the city are made of colored glass, unlike the parchment lanterns outside of the city walls.
The main square in Selhorys contains an ornate but headless statue of Triarch Horonno and a stone red temple of R'hllor. Pleasure houses and inns front the square, including a large stone inn with an immense turtle hanging above its door.
A Dance with Dragons
The Shy Maid stops at Selhorys, and Haldon Halfmaester and Tyrion Lannister listen to a red priest calling for Volantis to support Daenerys Targaryen. Tyrion plays cyvasse with Qavo Nogarys, a customs officer, within the stone inn. After fornicating with the sunset girl at a modest brothel, Tyrion is kidnapped by Ser Jorah Mormont and taken by him to Volantis on horseback.
Shops and stalls and storehouses huddled beneath a sandstone wall. The towers and domes of the city were visible beyond it, reddened by the light of the setting sun. No, not a city. Selhorys was still accounted a mere town, and was ruled from Old Volantis. This was not Westeros.—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister
Chapters that take place at Selhorys
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, The Free Cities.
- A Dance with Dragons, Map of the Free Cities
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Qohor.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Ten Thousand Ships.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.