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'''Valyria''' is a long-dead city of wonderment, and was once the capital of a great empire called the '''Valyrian Freehold''' spanning much of the continent of [[Essos]], but has since fallen to ruin. At its prime, it encompassed most of the eastern continent and reached as far as the current [[Free Cities]] and the island of [[Dragonstone]] off the coast of [[Westeros]]. The Valyrian Freehold was an advanced civilization and the dominant military and cultural power of the known world. The city was located on a peninsula of the eastern continent.<ref>[[A Storm of Swords]], [[A Storm of Swords-Map of Slaver's Bay|Map of Slaver's Bay]]</ref>, and is the ancestral home of [[House Targaryen]].<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 3|Chapter 3]], Daenerys</ref>
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'''Valyria''' is a long-dead city of wonderment, and was once the capital of a great empire called the '''Valyrian Freehold''' spanning much of the continent of [[Essos]], but has since fallen to ruin. At its prime, it encompassed most of the eastern continent and reached as far as the current [[Free Cities]] and the island of [[Dragonstone]] off the coast of [[Westeros]]. The Valyrian Freehold was an advanced civilization and the dominant military and cultural power of the known world. The city was located on a peninsula of the eastern continent.<ref>[[A Storm of Swords]], [[A Storm of Swords-Map of Slaver's Bay|Map of Slaver's Bay]]</ref>. It is the ancestral home of [[House Targaryen]].<ref>[[A Game of Thrones]], [[A Game of Thrones-Chapter 3|Chapter 3]], Daenerys</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==

Revision as of 22:38, 9 September 2011

Valyria is a long-dead city of wonderment, and was once the capital of a great empire called the Valyrian Freehold spanning much of the continent of Essos, but has since fallen to ruin. At its prime, it encompassed most of the eastern continent and reached as far as the current Free Cities and the island of Dragonstone off the coast of Westeros. The Valyrian Freehold was an advanced civilization and the dominant military and cultural power of the known world. The city was located on a peninsula of the eastern continent.[1]. It is the ancestral home of House Targaryen.[2]

History

Valyria was once a minor civilization populated by shepherds until the Valyrians discovered dragons living in the Fourteen Fires, a ring of volcanoes on the Valyrian Peninsula. The Valyrians mastered the technique of raising and training the dragons into devastating weapons of war. The mighty Ghiscari Empire tried to stop the city's expansion, fighting five major wars that were each won by the Valyrians.[3] The last battle destroyed the Ghiscari Empire and its capital of Old Ghis five thousand years ago.[4] Over the years the Valyrians continued to conquer, building great cities and roadways that all led to Valyria. Many smaller nations, such as the Rhoynar, fled west to avoid Valyrian expansion. Valyria took many slaves from its conquered lands and used them to mine deep into the earth. At the height of its power, the Freehold stretched over most of the eastern continent. Cities built by the Valyrian Freehold include Oros, Mantarys, Tyria[citation needed], and all of the Free Cities except Braavos.[5] Of the fabled great cities, the topless towers are remembered for their great beauty.[6]

Valyria was utterly destroyed in a cataclysmic event known as the Doom of Valyria approximately one hundred years before Aegon's Landing, ending the Valyrian Freehold empire. The Doom fragmented the land surrounding the city itself into numerous smaller islands, creating the Smoking Sea between them.[7] The area is now described as "demon-haunted", and most people are afraid to go there, as it is said, "The Doom still rules in Valyria."[8]

Legacy

The Valyrian Free Cities survived the Doom and became independent nations, continuing to speak a dialect of Valyrian. House Targaryen and the bannermen they brought with them to Dragonstone also survived. The Targaryens used their three remaining dragons to conquer Westeros, ruling the Seven Kingdoms and continuing some of their Valyrian customs, such as incestuous marriage. Weapons made of Valyrian steel, a magical alloy invented by the Valyrians, are highly valued, but the secrets of its creation were lost in the Doom, along with most of Valyria's culture.[9]

The city of Valyria

The city of Valyria lies at the centre of the largest surviving island, surrounded by cliffs where the island has broken away from the mainland. Valyria is said to still hold many treasures from before the Doom, such as Valyrian steel blades and items of magical power. Some years ago Gerion Lannister journeyed to Valyria to try to recover the Lannister Valyrian steel sword, Brightroar, but did not return and was presumed lost at sea. More recently, Euron Greyjoy has returned from a journey to Valyria to claim the throne of the Iron Islands.

References and Notes

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