Cleon the Great|
The Butcher King
|Title(s)||King of Astapor|
|Predecessor||Ruling council of Astapor|
|Successor||Cleon the Second|
|Died||In 300 AC, Astapor|
|Spouse(s)||At least four wives|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)|
A Feast for Crows (appendix)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords
Cleon stirs up the people of Astapor, claiming that the council is attempting to reinstall the deposed Good Masters. With the backing of the people, Cleon executes the council members and installs himself as king. He also has the male children of the deposed Good Masters kidnapped and castrated to train them into new Unsullied.
A Dance with Dragons
Cleon is defeated in the battle at the Horns of Hazzat. He is forced to flee back to Astapor, with his faux Unsullied following him in retreat. Ghael beseeches Daenerys to aid Cleon with her more experienced Unsullied, but the Queen of Meereen declines.
Cleon is slain by his own men when he commands them to march out and attack the Yunkai'i. He is succeeded by a string of unsuccessful rulers, including a man calling himself Cleon the Second, his concubine, called Queen Whore, and Cleon the Second's killer, called King Cutthroat. When the Yunkai'i attack during the siege of Astapor, Cleon's body is disinterred and clad in armor after the Green Grace of Astapor sees a vision that he would deliver them from the Yunkai'i. The corpse is then strapped onto a horse to lead the remnants of his new, inferior Unsullied into battle. They are opposed by the Windblown, the Company of the Cat, and an iron legion from New Ghis, however, and all of the Astapori soldiers are killed. Caggo is nicknamed Corpsekiller for striking down Cleon's body.
—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen
Behind the Scenes
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.