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}}''{{Quote|At its height, the Valyrian Freehold ruled over half the Known World, not bad for former shepherds . . .|[[Jorah Mormont]]|The Free Cities (Histories & Lore)}}''
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The '''Valyrian Freehold''' was the empire established by the Valyrian civilization in the continent of [[Essos]], centered around the city of Valyria in the eponymous peninsula. At its height, the Valyrian Freehold covered over half of [[the known world]].<ref>[[Complete Guide to Westeros]]: The Free Cities</ref>
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The '''Valyrian Freehold''' was the empire established by the Valyrian civilization in the continent of [[Essos]], centered around the city of Valyria in the eponymous peninsula. At its height, the Valyrian Freehold covered over half of [[the known world]].<ref>"[[The Free Cities (Histories & Lore)]]"</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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===The Rise of Valyria===
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Thought to initially be a modest community of shepherds, the Valyrians rose to prominence five thousand years ago after they discovered [[dragons]] living in the [[Fourteen Fires]], a string of volcanoes in the mountains of their homeland. After taming the mighty beasts, the Valyrians used them to conquer surrounding lands and began expanding outwards.
   
Thought to initially be a modest community of shepherds, the Valyrians rose to prominence five thousand years ago after the discovery of [[dragons]], in the volcanic area known as the [[Fourteen Fires]]. Having tamed the mighty beasts, the Valyrians were able conquer their surrounding lands and began a westward expansion.
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The [[Ghiscari Empire]], however, sought to halt Valyrian expansion and declared war on their neighbors from the opposite shore of [[Slaver's Bay]]. Massive Ghiscari slave-legions marched against Valyrian in [[Valyrian-Ghiscari Wars|a series of five major wars]], but each time they were defeated. The Freehold's forces then marched on the Ghiscari capital of [[Old Ghis|Ghis]] and laid waste to it, leaving little more than a smoldering ruin behind and nearly erasing Ghiscari people and culture from history.
   
The [[Ghiscari Empire]], however, sought to halt Valyrian expansion and declared war on their neighbors from the opposing shore of [[Slaver's Bay]]. Ghiscari legions attacked five times but were defeated. The Freehold's forces then marched on the Ghiscari capital, [[Old Ghis|Ghis]] and laid waste to it, leaving little more than a smoldering ruin behind and nearly erasing Ghiscari people and culture from history.
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Afterward, the Valyrian Freehold became the dominant civilization in the known world, with its own [[High Valyrian|language]], religion and customs. The Freehold founded a number of colony cities, connected by a network of roads all of which led back to the capital city. One of the great houses of Valyria, [[House Targaryen]] established the fortress of [[Dragonstone]] off the coast of the continent of [[Westeros]], using it as a trading outpost of the Valyrian Freehold.
   
Afterward, the Valyrian Freehold became the dominant civilization in the known world, with its own [[High Valyrian|language]], religion and customs. The Freehold founded a number of colony cities, connected by a network of roads all of which led back to the capital city.
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===The Doom and Aftermath===
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[[File:Daenerys and Viserys.jpg|thumb|250px|Due to generations of [[Incest|inbreeding]], the Targaryens retained distinctly Valyrian features: a pale complexion and white (platinum blonde) hair.]]
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For nearly five thousand years, Valyrian supremacy remained uncontested. However, a cataclysmic event known as "[[Doom of Valyria|The Doom]]" laid waste to the Valyrian capital, its people, and the surrounding lands. The Valyrian peninsula itself was shattered and the ocean came sweeping in, becoming the [[Smoking Sea]]. Dragons, as well as Valyrian recorded history, spells, and knowledge were lost. With its center of power destroyed, the empire collapsed. Of the mighty families of dragonlords who ruled the Freehold, only House Targaryen survived, as it had established Dragonstone far across the [[Narrow Sea]] years before the Doom.
   
For nearly five thousand years, Valyrian supremacy remained uncontested. However, a cataclysmic event known as "[[Doom of Valyria|The Doom]]" laid waste to the Valyrian capital, its people, and the surrounding lands. The Valyrian peninsula itself was shattered and the ocean came sweeping in, becoming the [[Smoking Sea]]. Dragons, as well as Valyrian recorded history, spells, and knowledge were lost. With its center of power destroyed, the empire collapsed. Of the mighty families of dragonlords who ruled the Freehold, only one survived, [[House Targaryen]], which had established on [[Dragonstone]] years before the Doom, off the coast of a new continent: [[Westeros]].
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The surviving colonies of the Valyrian Freehold split up into rival independent city-states. In the west, they became the [[Free Cities]]. In the east, the conquered Ghiscari cities of [[Slaver's Bay]] reasserted their independence, but five thousand years of Valyrian domination had swept away most of their original culture.
   
 
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===Surviving colonies in the [[Free Cities]]===
 
===Surviving colonies in the [[Free Cities]]===
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==In the books==
 
==In the books==
   
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Valyria was neither a kingdom nor an empire: theoretically, all of the freeborn landholders ("free-holders") had equal say in government, hence the formal name of their government was the "Valyrian Freehold". In practice, however, this meant that it was essentially an oligarchy run by the wealthy noble families (there was no single emperor or king). There were about forty great families of wealth, high birth, and strong sorcerous ability, known as Dragonlords, that tended to dominate the rest. The Targaryens were one of these families, but far from the most powerful.
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, Valyria was neither a kingdom nor an empire: theoretically, all of the freeborn landholders ("free-holders") had equal say in government, hence the formal name of their government was the "Valyrian Freehold". In practice, however, this meant that it was essentially an oligarchy run by the wealthy noble families (there was no single emperor or king). There were about forty great families of wealth, high birth, and strong sorcerous ability, known as Dragonlords, that owned dragons and tended to dominate the rest. The Targaryens were one of these families, but far from the most powerful.
   
 
The Freehold not only conquered the Ghiscari Empire, but also the [[Rhoynar]] people established around the [[Rhoyne]] river, leading to their exodus across the sea to [[Dorne]]. The modern [[Free Cities]], as well as several others, were established as Valyrian colonies and became independent after the empire was shattered. The major exception to this is [[Braavos]], located in the extreme northwest of Essos, which was founded by escaped slaves who fled Valyria, and remained hidden even long after the Doom. Braavos is thus sometimes referred to as the Bastard Son of Valyria.
 
The Freehold not only conquered the Ghiscari Empire, but also the [[Rhoynar]] people established around the [[Rhoyne]] river, leading to their exodus across the sea to [[Dorne]]. The modern [[Free Cities]], as well as several others, were established as Valyrian colonies and became independent after the empire was shattered. The major exception to this is [[Braavos]], located in the extreme northwest of Essos, which was founded by escaped slaves who fled Valyria, and remained hidden even long after the Doom. Braavos is thus sometimes referred to as the Bastard Son of Valyria.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Valyrian_Freehold Valyrian Freehold at A Wiki of Ice and Fire]
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* [[Valyrian steel]]
   
 
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"Valyria" redirects here. For other related topics, including specifically the capital City of Valyria, see "Valyria (disambiguation)".
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"At its height, the Valyrian Freehold ruled over half the Known World, not bad for former shepherds . . ."
Jorah Mormont[src]
Old Valyria, City of Wonders

Old Valyria, City of Wonders

The Valyrian Freehold was the empire established by the Valyrian civilization in the continent of Essos, centered around the city of Valyria in the eponymous peninsula. At its height, the Valyrian Freehold covered over half of the known world.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Rise of ValyriaEdit

Thought to initially be a modest community of shepherds, the Valyrians rose to prominence five thousand years ago after they discovered dragons living in the Fourteen Fires, a string of volcanoes in the mountains of their homeland. After taming the mighty beasts, the Valyrians used them to conquer surrounding lands and began expanding outwards.

The Ghiscari Empire, however, sought to halt Valyrian expansion and declared war on their neighbors from the opposite shore of Slaver's Bay. Massive Ghiscari slave-legions marched against Valyrian in a series of five major wars, but each time they were defeated. The Freehold's forces then marched on the Ghiscari capital of Ghis and laid waste to it, leaving little more than a smoldering ruin behind and nearly erasing Ghiscari people and culture from history.

Afterward, the Valyrian Freehold became the dominant civilization in the known world, with its own language, religion and customs. The Freehold founded a number of colony cities, connected by a network of roads all of which led back to the capital city. One of the great houses of Valyria, House Targaryen established the fortress of Dragonstone off the coast of the continent of Westeros, using it as a trading outpost of the Valyrian Freehold.

The Doom and AftermathEdit

Daenerys and Viserys

Due to generations of inbreeding, the Targaryens retained distinctly Valyrian features: a pale complexion and white (platinum blonde) hair.

For nearly five thousand years, Valyrian supremacy remained uncontested. However, a cataclysmic event known as "The Doom" laid waste to the Valyrian capital, its people, and the surrounding lands. The Valyrian peninsula itself was shattered and the ocean came sweeping in, becoming the Smoking Sea. Dragons, as well as Valyrian recorded history, spells, and knowledge were lost. With its center of power destroyed, the empire collapsed. Of the mighty families of dragonlords who ruled the Freehold, only House Targaryen survived, as it had established Dragonstone far across the Narrow Sea years before the Doom.

The surviving colonies of the Valyrian Freehold split up into rival independent city-states. In the west, they became the Free Cities. In the east, the conquered Ghiscari cities of Slaver's Bay reasserted their independence, but five thousand years of Valyrian domination had swept away most of their original culture.

Cities Edit

Ruined citiesEdit

Surviving colonies in the Free CitiesEdit

Surviving colonies in the Valyrian PeninsulaEdit

Surviving cities in Slaver's BayEdit

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Valyria was neither a kingdom nor an empire: theoretically, all of the freeborn landholders ("free-holders") had equal say in government, hence the formal name of their government was the "Valyrian Freehold". In practice, however, this meant that it was essentially an oligarchy run by the wealthy noble families (there was no single emperor or king). There were about forty great families of wealth, high birth, and strong sorcerous ability, known as Dragonlords, that owned dragons and tended to dominate the rest. The Targaryens were one of these families, but far from the most powerful.

The Freehold not only conquered the Ghiscari Empire, but also the Rhoynar people established around the Rhoyne river, leading to their exodus across the sea to Dorne. The modern Free Cities, as well as several others, were established as Valyrian colonies and became independent after the empire was shattered. The major exception to this is Braavos, located in the extreme northwest of Essos, which was founded by escaped slaves who fled Valyria, and remained hidden even long after the Doom. Braavos is thus sometimes referred to as the Bastard Son of Valyria.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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