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The bulk of Daenerys Targaryen's army consists of 8,000 Unsullied warriors she acquired in the slave city of Astapor.

History

Season 3

Upon arriving in Astapor, Daenerys is given a tour of the Unsullied barracks by Kraznys mo Nakloz, with Missandei. Throughout the tour, Kraznys explains that the Unsullied were trained for battle from the age of five, and that only one in four recruits survived the training. Daenerys asks Kraznys how many Unsullied are available. She is told that there are eight thousand soldiers for sale and that she has until the next day to make a decision. Ser Jorah Mormont recommends that Daenerys purchase the Unsullied, arguing that under her command, these slave soldiers will have a far better quality of life serving her than they would under Kraznys.[1]

The next day she continues her negotiations with Kraznys over her planned purchase of the Unsullied. During the meeting, Daenerys announces that she would take all 8,000 Unsullied soldiers, including those in training. Kraznys initially dismisses her offer and instead offers to sell her one hundred soldiers. Daenerys then offers to sell him one of her dragons.[2]

On the day of the exchange, the slave masters and Kraznys, along with the 8000 Unsullied warriors, meet with Daenerys to complete the deal. Daenerys hands the chained Drogon to Kraznys, who is hostile towards his slave master. Kraznys then gives her the golden whip, the symbol of ownership over the Unsullied. Kraznys then complains that Drogon did not obey his command, to which Daenerys angrily retorts Drogon does not obey him because he is not a slave. She then orders the Unsullied to kill all the slave masters and free all the slaves in Astapor, but spare the innocent people. Daenerys then orders Drogon to burn Kraznys alive.​[3]

After Daenerys is given the golden whip by Kraznys she becomes the owner and new master of the Unsullied. With the Unsullied under her command, Daenerys sacks Astapor with little resistance. Once it is done, she addresses all of her Unsullied warriors and tells them they are now free. She also gives them the option of leaving unharmed or fighting under her command as free men. At first, the Unsullied remain quiet, not knowing what to do with their new found freedom, however, one Unsullied soldier begins to beat his spear against the ground, signifying his allegiance to her. The rest of the Unsullied follow suit shortly thereafter.[3] 

Daenerys ordered the Unsullied to elect a commander from their own ranks. The officers ultimately selected Grey Worm, who like all Unsullied, was given the name of a vermin. When Daenerys instructed the Unsullied to go back to their own names or pick new ones they like, Grey Worm elected to keep his, as it was the name he had when Daenerys Stormborn set him free.[4]

Daenerys' army of Unsullied accompanied her and her followers to Yunkai, the next city of Slaver's Bay. Grey Worm was tasked with sending an ultimatum to the city's rulers, the "Wise Masters." The Unsullied stood guard at Daenerys' camp when she negotiated with the Wise Master Razdal mo Eraz. Ultimately, these peace negotiations failed and preparations were made to attack Yunkai.[5]

After Daenerys managed to win over the Second Sons mercenary band and their leader Daario Naharis, Grey Worm along with Daario and Jorah infiltrated Yunkai and managed to overcome the slave soldiers guarding the city. The three later returned with news of Yunkai's defeat and surrender.[6] Following Yunkai's capitulation, the Unsullied stood guard outside the city as Daenerys met with the liberated former slaves.[7]

Season 4

The Unsullied army accompany Daenerys, her dragons Drogon, Rhaegal, Viserion, and her followers to Meereen, the greatest of the slave-trading cities in Slaver's Bay. When the Unsullied commander Grey Worm is caught gambling with Daario, the two are sent to the rear as punishment. During the journey, the convoy discovers the bodies of 163 slave children crucified by the Great Masters. Under Dany's orders, the Unsullied bury the fallen children.[8]

During the Siege of Meereen, the Unsullied surrounded the city walls. Grey Worm along with Daenerys' other commanders Jorah and Barristan Selmy volunteered to fight Meereen's champion, the knight Oznak zo Pahl. However, Dany instead appointed Daario as her champion. After Daario kills the champion, the Unsullied catapult broken chains over the city walls.[9] Under Dany's orders, Grey Worm and several slaves infiltrate Meereen and managed to inspire a slave uprising among the slave population. As a result of the uprising, Dany seizes control of Meereen. She then orders her Unsullied to crucify 163 Grand Masters in retaliation for the 163 murdered slave children.[10]

Following the capture of Meereen, Daenerys meets with her advisors and learns that she commands 8,000 Unsullied and 2,000 Second Sons. While Barristan advocates bringing these forces with her to Westeros, Daenerys decides to remain in order to prove her ability to rule as Queen.[11]

Later, Grey Worm and other Unsullied are swimming when they notice Daenerys' adviser Missandei and other women bathing downstream. Grey Worm develops feelings for Missandei. Grey Worm later confides in his upbringing as an Unsullied with Daenerys. Grey Worm and other Unsullied guards are also present at the throne room when Jorah confesses to serving as a spy for King Robert Baratheon, an enemy of the Targaryens. Dany exiles Jorah from Meereen on pain of death.[12]

After a meeting with the former slave Fennesz who complains about the lawlessness at the refugee centers, Dany promises to send her Unsullied to help restore order.[13]

Season 5

As a symbolic gesture of Daenerys' authority, Unsullied soldiers remove the large golden harpy from the top of the Great Pyramid in Meereen. The Unsullied soldier White Rat is later entertained at a brothel by the prostitute Vala. However, he is murdered by a member of the Sons of the Harpy, a resistance group operating in Meereen that wants to restore the "old ways." In response, Daenerys orders Grey Worm to hunt down the culprits and issues further orders that White Rat be buried in the Temple of the Graces as a sign of defiance.[14]

Grey Worm and the Second Sons' leader Daario later search a house belong to a Son of the Harpy. They capture the Harpy hiding behind a false wall. Before preparations can be made for a trial, the former slave Mossador murders the Harpy. In an attempt to show that she is impartial, Daenerys orders Mossador's public execution, which sparks a riot by the slaves. The Unsullied are force to separate enraged slaves from their former masters.[15]

Later, the Sons of the Harpy launch an attack on a group of Second Sons. An Unsullied patrol led by Grey Worm intervenes and are lured into a narrow alleyway. The Unsullied fight valiantly but are outnumbered by the Sons of the Harpy, who slay many. Before the Harpies can finish off Grey Worm, Barristan intervenes and manages to kill the attackers. However, he is fatally wounded and dies in the arms of Grey Worm.[16]

While Grey Worm is recovering from his wounds, he befriends Missandei. Following Barristan's funeral, Dany orders the Unsullied to round up several of Meereen's leaders including Hizdahr zo Loraq and brings them to the catacombs where Rhaegal and Viserion have been kept. Dany manages to intimidate the Meereenese highborn by feeding one of them to her dragons. As a result, Hizdahr agrees to forge a marriage pact with Dany in return for re-opening the fighting pits.[17]

Later, several Unsullied accompany Daenerys to one of the lesser fighting pits which identifies potential fighters for the Great Pit of Daznak. Jorah, who has become a slave pit fighter, manages to defeat his competitors and appeals to Dany. Dany orders her Unsullied guards to take him away but is interrupted by the fugitive Tyrion Lannister, who announces that he is Jorah's "gift."[18]

Several Unsullied guard Daenerys' throne room while she holds an audience with Jorah and Tyrion. At Tyrion's advice, Dany exiles Jorah. Tyrion then offers his services as her adviser. An Unsullied guard escorts Jorah out of Dany's Great Pyramid.[19] During the Great Pit tournament, the Sons of the Harpy launch an attack against Queen Daenerys. The Unsullied defend their Queen but many are killed by the Harpies, who are armed with knives and daggers. The Harpies forced Dany, Tyrion, Missandei, Jorah, Daario, and the remaining Unsullied guards into the middle of the arena. The dragon Drogon arrives and scatters the Harpies. Dany then departs on Drogon's back.[20]

In Daenerys' absence, Grey Worm is tasked with commanding the Unsullied and keeping Meereen under control. He is part of an informal triumvirate consisting of Tyrion and Missandei, which rules the city on behalf of Queen Daenerys.[21]

Season 6

Later, several Unsullied guards arrest the prostitute Vala, who had been conspiring with the Sons of the Harpy to kill Unsullied and Second Sons. They bring her into the throne room in the Great Pyramid. Tyrion's friend Varys is helping Tyrion and his allies to rule the city until Daenerys returns. Varys manages to negotiate a deal with Vala to identify the financiers of the Sons of the Harpy in return for securing safe passage for her and her son to Pentos. Using Vala's information, Varys informs Tyrion, Grey Worm, and Missandei that the Wise Masters of Yunkai, the Good Masters of Astapor, and the Free City of Volantis are financing the Sons of the Harpy.[22]

Prior to the negotiations with the slave cities, Grey Worm advocates attacking the emissaries. The slave cities' emissaries Belicho Paenymion, Razdal mo Eraz, and Yezzan zo Qaggaz offer Daenerys a large pot of money to sail to Westeros. In response, Tyrion proposes a counter-offer of giving a seven-year period for the cities to phase out slavery and to compensate slave owners. The emissaries agree to Tyrion's terms but the agreement is opposed by most of Meereen's freedmen. Despite their personal misgivings, Grey Worm and Missandei publicly support Tyrion's agreement with the slave cities.[23]

Ultimately, the slavers break their agreement with Tyrion and launch a bombardment of Meereen. Shortly later, Daenerys returns on the back of her dragon Drogon.[24] The following day, several Unsullied including Grey Worm accompany Dany, Tyrion, and Missandei as the Queen parleys with the slave cities' representatives Belicho, Razdal, and Yezzan. In return for her exile, Yezzan demands that the Unsullied and Missandei be returned and sold to the highest bidder. However, Dany rejects his terms and orders her three dragons to raze the slave cities' fleet. With Tyrion's approval, Grey Worm personally executes Belicho and Razdal but spares Yezzan so that he can spread word of Dany's power.[25]

The Unsullied and their commander Grey Worm were later part of Daenerys combined Ironborn, Dothraki, Tyrell, and Martell armada that sailed from Meereen to Westeros. Dany planned to use her allied forces to conquer Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.[26]

Season 7

Grey Worm and several other Unsullied warriors accompany Daenerys and her entourage including Missandei, Tyrion Lannister, and Varys as they land on Dragonstone island and enter Dragonstone castle.[27]

Organization

Structure

Daenerys left Astapor with 8,000 Unsullied under her command, the full compliment of the city at the time. Since she has firmly outlawed slaving, it is unlikely future Unsullied will be produced.[3] However, the council she had set up in Astapor was later overthrown by the butcher Cleon.[11]

Leadership

Daenerys gave field command of her forces to Grey Worm, an officer chosen as leader by his brethren.[4]

Recruitment and training

The Unsullied are originally slave-eunuchs who have been trained relentlessly since birth in combat. Under appallingly harsh conditions, they are made to master combat equipped with spears (both throwing and close-quarters) and short swords and daggers. Because their training involved fighting one another to the death, the Unsullied are not only practiced and conditioned fighters, they also have experience fighting and killing skilled opponents.[1]

Having been conditioned to a total obedience and discipline, the Unsullied will not hesitate to obey any order, even if it means suicide or self-injury- though in the case of Daenerys, it is out of loyalty to her, rather than fear. They seem conditioned to be very resistant or even immune to pain, as shown to Daenerys in Astapor when one of the Good Masters sliced an Unsullied man's nipple off. The Unsullied didn't even flinch, but simply thanked his master for the opportunity to serve him. Since the Unsullied are castrated, they do not succumb to sexual or bloodthirsty urges on the battlefield, making them unlikely to commit war crimes as long as Daenerys orders them not to.[1]

Equipment

​Unsullied in Daenerys' army wear a light uniform, covered with a breastplate and pauldrons of heavy leather and a metal helmet; a bronze shortsword and dagger are worn at the waist.[1] The Unsullied usually fight in a phalanx formation, using their long, narrow-headed spears and round bronze-and-leather shields to good effect and protecting themselves from arrows, cavalry, and charging infantry. This formation was used to quickly overwhelm the slavers' standard soldiers at Astapor.[3] Individual Unsullied are equally effective, as was shown when Grey Worm infiltrated Yunkai and killed dozens of Yunkish soldiers with his spear and shield.[6] While the Unusllied have never been shown using archery weapons, they used several light catapults during the Siege of Meereen.[9] Nor do they ride on horseback; their great stamina allows them to cover vast distances on foot even in harsh conditions.[4]

Notes and references

See also