Salladhor Saan

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Salladhor Saan
Salladhor Saan by Amok©
Salladhor Saan by Amok©

Alias Salla
Title Prince of the Narrow Sea
Lord of Blackwater Bay
Allegiance House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Race Valyrian
Culture Lysene
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Lucian Msamati[1]
TV series Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4

Salladhor Saan is a notorious Lysene pirate and sellsail who is good friends with Ser Davos Seaworth. He is also a smuggler, trader, and banker. He has no wives, only concubines. He styles himself as the Prince of the Narrow Sea and is a descendant of the Saan family, a family of Lysene pirates which includes Samarro Saan - who was one of the infamous Band of Nine.[2][3] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones Salladhor is portrayed as a Lysene citizen of Summer Islander descent and is played by actor Lucian Msamati.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Salladhor Saan

Salladhor is a sleek, smiling man whose flamboyance is a byword on both sides of the narrow sea. When Davos meets with him in the inn on Dragonstone Salladhor wears flashing cloth-of-silver, with dagged sleeves so long the ends of them pool on the floor. His buttons are carved jade monkeys and atop his wispy white curls is perched a jaunty green cap decorated with a fan of peacock feathers.[4]


The Saan family have a long and distinguished history as pirate-lords stretching back at least three centuries to the reign of Aegon I Targaryen.[5]

Davos Seaworth journeyed to Lys to recruit Salladhor for Stannis Baratheon.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Salladhor is one of the mercenaries pledged to Stannis Baratheon while he plans to take the throne.[6] His ship, the Valyrian, is spotted offshore of Dragonstone. Another of his ships, the Bird of Thousand Colors brings news from King's Landing.

During the Battle of the Blackwater, Salladhor and his fleet stay in Blackwater Bay outside of the Blackwater Rush to keep watch for any hidden fleets that may sneak up from behind.[7] After the army is smashed by the combined Lannister and Tyrell force, Salladhor orders his ships to pick up the remnants along the shore.[8]

A Storm of Swords

Salladhor is made Lord of Blackwater Bay by Alester Florent, who has control of the king's seal after the Battle of the Blackwater.[8] He sets his fleet to intercepting any trade ships crossing Blackwater Bay and taxing them on their goods. He counsels Davos Seaworth upon his return not to seek out Melisandre but is rebuffed.[8]

A Feast for Crows

After Stannis goes north to the Wall, he leaves Salladhor at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.[9]

A Dance with Dragons

Salladhor's fleet of 29 ships sets sail for White Harbor to take Davos as an envoy from Stannis to the Manderlys. However, when most of his fleet is destroyed by storms, he loses heart and decides to abandon Stannis, sick of waiting for payment from the man. The fleet is off the Three Sisters when this happens. He refuses to take Davos to White Harbor but does not throw him overboard as he threatened. Instead Davos is set ashore on Sweetsister by rowboat.[10] Sallador then goes on to the Stepstones to engage in piracy.

Unbeknownst to Salladhor, he abandons Stannis Baratheon just when Stannis is finally able to pay him, thanks to Stannis's new ally, the Iron Bank of Braavos.

References and Notes