Ethnic composition of Volantis
Though Volantis is one of the oldest colonies of the Valyrian Freehold, and it's nobility claim to be of Valyrian descent even though none seem to be related to the Dragonlord dynasties like House Targaryan, the city's location at the mouth of the Rhoyne River may indicate the majority of the population being descended from the Rhoynar of old. I take it that House Maegyr (the family of Talisa Stark) may have mixed Valyrian and Rhoynish heritage?--Fenrir51.
- No. Some of the Valyrian nobility are actually old Valyrian families. They're not descended from the Rhoynar: they obliterated the rival Rhoynar city-states of the region, as seen in the recent World of Ice and Fire excerpt on the Ten Thousand Ships of Nymeria. It's not called "House" Maegyr in the books (and again, they never even confirmed if she was from "the" Maegyr family (it's like saying "That guy is from the United States, so lets give him the surname "Obama"; that must be a common US name."
Oona Chapman does resemble Jeyne in the books, and ironically, Jeyne Westerling has partial descent from a trader from the Free Cities. It just would have made a heck of a lot more sense to say Myr.--The Dragon Demands (talk) 19:39, July 2, 2014 (UTC)
Blast. Peterson confirmed via Twitter that the street signs in Volantis which are seemingly written in a foreign script are in fact, nonsensical gibberish in imitation of an actual writing system, thrown together by the art department. Which is annoying, because Peterson knows how to invent his own writing systems and would have had they asked him to.
"it's gobbledygook from the art department. It's not worthy of comment."
Crud. Why can't we have nice things?