- Missandei: "I am from an island called Naath...when did they take me? I was five years old."
- Grey Worm: "You remember your home?"
- Missandei: "I remember when they rowed us away from shore. How white the beaches were, how tall the trees. And I remember my village burning, smoke rising into the sky."
- — Missandei recalls how she was taken in a slaving raid as a child.[src]
In the booksEdit
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Naath is a large, curving island. It is known as a land of peace where war does not exist. The people of Naath- the Naathi- are also known as the Peaceful People. As is typical of the peoples of Sothoryos, the Naathi are dark-skinned. In addition, typical Naathi features include a flat face and golden eyes.
Naath is located on the same line of longitude as Old Valyria, though much further south and separated by a great distance across the Summer Sea.
The Naathi worship a single deity called the Lord of Harmony, who created the entire universe and everything in it. Due to their religious beliefs the Naathi refuse to harm any living thing, abstaining from violence and martial endeavors. As a result the Naathi are vegetarians, refusing to eat the flesh of animals, and their main diet is fruit. Their main recreational activity is the making of music.
The World of Ice & Fire sourcebook stated that Naath is also known as the "Isle of Butterflies" due to the many species of the insect that inhabit the island (this detail has been subtly included in the TV series; in the opening credits, the small image appearing next to Nathalie Emmanuel- who portrays Missandei- is a butterfly).
Unfortunately, because of their tranquil nature, the peaceful Naathi are a favored target for slavers. They raid the island's coastal areas and take numerous captives back to nearby Slaver's Bay (to the northeast), or even to the Free Cities (to the northwest), both of which are in the continent of Essos to the north.
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