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Pentos is one of the Free Cities. It lies on a bay off the narrow sea, with the Velvet Hills and Ghoyan Drohe to the east.[1] It is a port city.


Pentos has square, brick towers.[2] Most of the roofing is done in tiles. There is a large red temple in Pentos, along with the manse of Illyrio Mopatis.[3]


Pentos is ruled by a prince and magisters. The prince is chosen from the forty families and has a mostly ceremonial function, presiding over balls and feasts. Three heralds travel with him, the golden scales of trade, the iron sword of war and the silver scourge of justice. On the first day of every new year, the Prince must deflower the maid of the fields and the maid of the seas. When the Pentoshi believe the gods are angry at them, such as a loss in a war or a crop failure, they sacrifice the prince by cutting his throat to appease the gods and then choose a new prince from amongst the forty families.[4]

Sunrise Gate

The Sunrise Gate allows the traveler to exit the city to the east, in the direction of the Rhoyne.[5]


There is no slavery allowed in the city according to the terms of the treaty imposed by Braavos one hundred years ago. This does not stop some of the wealthier citizens from keeping them.[6] According to semi-canon sources, Pentoshi citizens dye, oil and fork their beards.[7]

Some of its more famous citizens include Magister Illyrio Mopatis and the Tattered Prince.

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

The marriage between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo was brokered by Magister Illyrio in Pentos.[8] When Drogo's khalasar arrived, the other magisters of Pentos doubled the city guard.[9]

A Clash of Kings

Strong Belwas and his squire meet Daenerys with the intent to give her a ride back to Pentos.

A Dance with Dragons

When Tyrion Lannister arrives from his voyage across the narrow sea, he stays in Illyrio's manse during his stay in Pentos.[10]

In addition the Tattered Prince commander of the Windblown offered Daenerys Targaryen to bring his sellsword army over to her if she would grant him Pentos.

References and Notes