A khalasar is a Dothraki clan or tribe. Khalasars can be quite small but can expand to encompass tens of thousands of riders and many more than that in women and children. Khalasars are spread across the Dothraki sea and frequently raid surrounding regions.
Khalasars which meet on the plains usually engage in battle, except at Vaes Dothrak where no weaponry is permitted due to the illegality of bloodshed within the city. However, that does not mean that violence in the city is unheard of, with Dothraki devising cunning means to kill without the use of steel or shedding of blood.
Khal Drogo's khalasar numbered about 40,000 riders, but was considered unusually large compared to others.
Khalasars sometimes differentiate themselves by decorating themselves and their horses with different colors of paint. For example, Khal Drogo's khalasar used blue paint, Such dyes are expensive so they often only use them for special occasions. For example, Khal Drogo's khalasar used blue paint, but Khal Jhaqo's khalasar uses red paint.
In the booksEdit
Dothraki khalasars have no names, nor do any have particularly long-lasting or deep histories and affiliations. Khalasars frequently dissolve on the death of their khal into new, smaller khalasars. In contrast, some khalasars are conquered and absorbed by other khalasars. The actual number of extant khalasars in any one generation is therefore fluid.
Khalasars are subdivided into khas, each of which is commanded by a captain known as a ko (plural, kos).
According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Khalasar" is pronounced "KHAL-uh-ssar".