Old Ghis

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Old Ghis
City ruins
Fall of Ghiscar.jpg
Fall of Ghis
Destroyed at least 5,000 years ago[1]
Notable places ‎Great Pyramid
Old Ghis is located in Slaver's Bay
Old Ghis
Slaver's Bay and the location of Old Ghis
The Fall of Old Ghis by Marc Simonetti ©.
Ghis emblem - the harpy

Old Ghis is a ruined city in Essos. It is located in southwestern Ghiscar, east across the Gulf of Grief from the Valyrian peninsula.[2][3] As Ghis, it was the capital city of the Old Empire of Ghis. The ancient city was one of the oldest known cultures and nations in the world. Its founding and golden age predate that of its successor, Valyria, by thousands of years.


Old Empire

Ghis was founded by Grazdan the Great.[4] Its emblem was a harpy, which had a woman's torso, the wings of a bat instead of arms, the legs of an eagle, and a scorpion's tail. In its claws rested a thunderbolt.[1]

In the dawn of days the city of Ghis opened its gates and poured forth its lockstep legions to control Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. With their lockstep discipline and absolute obedience the Old Empire of Ghis ground nations beneath their boots, destroying that which they did not enslave.


Ghis was brought to ruin following a series of wars with the Valyrian Freehold.[1][4] Ghiscar fought with Valyria five times, losing each war because of Valyria's dragons. Ghis's lockstep legions were shattered in the final war five thousand years ago. The city's brick walls were pulled down, its streets and buildings were turned to ash and cinder by dragonflame, and its fields were sown with salt, sulfur, and skulls.[1]

The city of New Ghis developed on an island south of Ghiscar and the Ghiscari Strait. The ruins of Ghis are now known as Old Ghis.[3]


Old Ghis ruled an empire when the Valyrians were still fucking sheep, and we are the sons of the harpy.[1]

Five times had Old Ghis contended with Valyria when the world was young, and five times had gone down to bleak defeat. For the Freehold had dragons, and the Empire had none.[4]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen