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Harpy astapor

A massive harpy atop a meeting hall on one of the ends of the Walk of Punishment.

Harpies are mythological creatures in the culture of Essos, whose likeness is used as the symbol of the Ghiscari Empire, as well its colony-cities in Slaver's Bay, where Ghiscari culture survives to this day.

Harpies are shown as having the face and torso of a woman and the wings of a bird.


Season 3Edit

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A massive stone statue of a Harpy sits atop the largest pyramid in Yunkai.

Harpies are shown prominently in the city of Astapor on Slaver's Bay. A great statue of a harpy can be seen on the walls of Astapor overlooking the bay.[1] The harpy of the Astapori flag is depicted holding, between her talons, a chain with open manacles on both ends.[2]

An enormous statue of a harpy, located at the top of the largest and tallest pyramid, dominates the skyline of Yunkai.[3][4]

Season 4Edit

A huge bronze harpy lies at the apex of the Great Pyramid of Meereen.[5]

Siege of Meereen

The Harpy atop the Great Pyramid of Meereen, covered by a Targaryen flag.

During the Siege of Meereen, as the local slave population rises in arms against the Great Masters, an enormous black banner with the three-headed red dragon of House Targaryen is placed over the harpy atop the pyramid. After the revolt is victorious and the city falls to Daenerys Targaryen, she takes up residence in the Great Pyramid. The Queen's private residence lies at the very top, just below the Harpy, still covered by the Targaryen flag.[6]

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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the harpy is the ancient sigil of the Ghiscari Empire, described as having a bat's wings, an eagle's talons, and a scorpion's tail. On the Ghiscari flag, the harpy is shown clutching a thunderbolt in its talons. Valyria destroyed the Ghiscari Empire and conquered its lands, but after the Doom of Valyria Ghiscari culture reasserted itself. The nation of Ghiscar, expanding from the island city of New Ghis, bears the harpy on its flag.

The city-states of Slaver's Bay (Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen), although not subject to the new Ghiscari kingdom of New Ghis, are Ghiscari in culture and origin and also employ the harpy as their sigil. The Astapori harpy holds a chain with open manacles, the Yunkish harpy holds a whip and an iron collar, while the Meereenese harpy holds nothing.


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