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Valyrians are a race originating in Essos, in the eponymous Valyrian peninsula, known for their rare features of silver-gold hair and violet eyes.

Originally a civilization of humble shepherds who discovered dragons in the Fourteen Flames, a ring of volcanoes on the Valyrian peninsula.[1] Valyrian stories claim that dragons originated in their lands, although tales from Asshai claim the beasts were brought to Valyria from the Shadow Lands.[2] The Valyrians tamed the dragons with magic—taught by a vanished people according to the Asshai'i[2]—and made the beasts into devastating weapons of war.[3]

Valyrians survive in Lys, where even the smallfolk have the pale skin, silver-gold hair, and purple, lilac, and pale blue eyes of the dragonlords of old,[4] as well as in Volantis, among the Old Blood, which traces its descent to the Freehold itself.[5][6] Other survivors are the members of House Targaryen, the sole surviving family of dragonlords, as well as those of Velaryon and Celtigar.


Valyrians are famous for having silver-gold hair and violet-purple eyes, characteristics not found amongst any other peoples of the world. This can vary from white to silver-gold to blond hair, and from lilac, to deep purple, and pale blue eyes. The most noble of Valyrians were considered strikingly, some say inhumanly,[7] beautiful.[8]

Due to the practice of the first night, Valyrian features were also passed unto the so-called dragonseeds.


  1. A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Rise of Valyria.
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.