- "I'm not killing you, just making a few... alterations."
- ―Ramsay Snow to Theon Greyjoy
Eunuchs are men who have had some or all of their sexual organs removed in order to make them more efficient servants, as they are not distracted by lust or sexual matters. The practice is considered cruel in Westeros, where eunuchs are mistrusted; men are typically only castrated or gelded in the Seven Kingdoms as punishment for serious crimes such as rape. However, it is considered acceptable in many parts of Essos, as part of the vibrant slave trade which exists in many areas. Slave-eunuchs are a common sight in Essos, and the famous warrior-eunuchs produced in Slaver's Bay known as the Unsullied are among the most disciplined soldiers in the world.
In the seriesEdit
Daenerys Targaryen travels to the slaver city of Astapor to hire an army of Unsullied, slave soldiers who have been turned into eunuchs to improve discipline. Lacking male organs, they do not take part in rapes.
- Varys, the Master of Whisperers on the small council in King's Landing, castrated by a sorcerer during his childhood.
- The Unsullied - warrior-eunuchs and slave-soldiers from Slaver's Bay. Castrated at the age of five by the Good Masters of Astapor at the beginning of their brutal training regime.
- Theon Greyjoy, self-styled Prince of Winterfell and now hostage of House Bolton, castrated by Ramsay Snow
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, different regions are known to make eunuchs in different ways. Some only remove the testicles but leave the shaft of the penis intact, while others remove all external genitalia, both the penis and testicles. The slaver-city of Yunkai, for example, is known to make eunuchs by removing only a slave's testicles, but the slave-masters of Astapor make eunuchs by removing everything, shaft and testes, such as when they make the Unsullied. A eunuch with only the testicles removed but not the shaft will still lose the will to partake of sexual activity, but other slave-masters like to be sure by removing the shaft as well.