A song of ice and fire

LocationValyrian peninsula, EssosGovernmentDragonlords , Valyrian Freehold (freeborn landholders).

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ReligionMixed religionsFoundedAt least five thousand years ago.Destroyed102 BC, in the Doom of ValyriaOrganizationsFaceless Men



1: Ruined thành phố 2: Lands of the Long Summer 3: Smoking Sea 4: Oros 5: Ruined city 6: Tyria 7: Ruined city 8: Ruined city 9: Summer Sea

Valyria, also called Old Valyria, is a ruined thành phố in Essos. It is a long-dead đô thị of wonderment, và was once the capital of a great empire called the Valyrian Freehold. It was destroyed by a cataclysmic sự kiện known as the Doom of Valyria a century before Aegon"s Landing. It is the ancestral home page of House Targaryen, House Celtigar, và House Velaryon.<1>


Valyria was on the Valyrian peninsula, which extended into the Summer Sea.<2><3> The Doom of Valyria shattered the peninsula, separating the đô thị of Valyria from the Lands of the Long Summer by the Smoking Sea. The city of Valyria is at the center of the largest surviving isl&, surrounded by cliffs where the island has broken away from the mainlvà. Valyria was connected by dragon roads to surrounding cities, such as Tyria.<4>


Valyria is said lớn have sầu had topless towers<5> and used sphinxes as decorations.<6>


A common racial characteristic among mỏi Valyrians appears to have sầu been purple eyes & hair of silver-gold or platinum Trắng. Valyria is said lớn still hold many treasures from before the Doom, such as Valyrian steel blades và items of magical power. It is said that the glass candles of Oldtown were brought there from Valyria a thousand years before the Doom.


Valyria was ruled by its dragonlords, led by two score rival houses that contested for power. House Targaryen, however, was not considered a powerful house.<7> At times the lords freeholder elected archons for temporary leadership.<8>

The Valyrians were more than dragonlords. They practised blood magic and other dark arts, delving deep into lớn the earth for secrets & twisting the flesh of beasts and men to lớn fashion monstrous và unnatural chimeras. It is believed that for these sins the gods in their wroth struông chồng Valyria down.<9>

The Valyrians" empire, the Valyrian Freehold, first conquered the Old Empire of Ghis khổng lồ the east across Slaver"s Bay, and the Ghiscari colonies in the Basilisk Isles & Sothoryos. Seeking slaves for Valyrian mines, they then conquered & established colonies to the west and north after defeating the Andals và the Rhoynar in Essos.

Four hundred years ago, however, Valyria & its peninsula were shattered by the Doom of Valyria.<10> The dragonlord Aurion declared himself Emperor of Valyria, but he và his host disappeared while trying khổng lồ reclalặng the đô thị.

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In 55AC, Princess Aerea Targaryen claimed Balerion as her mount, và disappeared for more than a year, before reappearing in King"s Landing in 56AC. Grand Maester Benifer và Barth found her to lớn be infested with "horrors" which burned her from the inside out and killed her, erupting from her body toàn thân as "worms with faces", "snakes with hands" and other monstrosities. Balerion was also found to bear wounds and scars seemingly received during their absence. These observations led Barth lớn the conclusion that Balerion, uncontrollable by an inexperienced rider such as Aerea, flew her lớn his original home page of Valyria, where he was born before the Doom and the flight of the Targaryens; these "horrors" that infested Aerea, he supposed lớn be remnants of Valyrian experiments with blood magic. After these events it was declared forbidden for any ship suspected to lớn have visited Valyria to doông xã in ahtq.vn, or for any inhabitant of ahtq.vn to lớn travel khổng lồ Valyria.<12>

Some years ago Gerion Lannister journeyed lớn Valyria khổng lồ try to lớn recover Brightroar, the lost Valyrian steel sword of House Lannister, & any other treasures that might have sầu survived the Doom. He did not return and was presumed lost at sea.<13> At some point the tigers, a political tiệc nhỏ in Volantis, sent a fleet to reclayên Valyria, but the ships vanished in the Smoking Sea.<14>

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Euron Greyjoy claims to lớn have sầu visited Valyria and recovered the rồng horn Dragonbinder,<15> but Lord Rodrik Harlaw is skeptical of Euron"s boasting.<16>


Petyr: Is there a man in your service that you trust utterly & completely?

Eddard: Yes.

Petyr: In that case, I have sầu a delightful palace in Valyria that I would dearly love to sell you. The wiser answer was no, my lord, but be that as it may.<17>

Euron: I am the storm, my lord. The first storm, and the last. I have sầu taken the Silence on longer voyages than this, & ones far more hazardous. Have sầu you forgotten? I have sailed the Smoking Sea và seen Valyria.

Rodrik: Have you?

Euron: Reader, you would vì chưng well khổng lồ keep your nose in your books.<16>

Moqorro: The sky is always red above Valyria, Hugor Hill.

Tyrion: Are we close?Moqorro: Closer than the crew would lượt thích. Do you know the stories, in your Sunmix Kingdoms?

Tyrion: I know some sailors say that any man who lays eyes upon that coast is doomed.<18>

At its apex Valyria was the greatest đô thị in the known world, the center of civilization. Within its shining walls, twoscore rival houses vied for power & glory in court and council, rising và falling in an endless, subtle, oft savage struggle for dominance.

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It"s safe to lớn say that the Targaryens were the only nobles with dragons who escaped the destruction of Valyria.<19>

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