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12.8. Qarth
  • Warlocks from Qarth have white, pale skins and pale blue lips (I: 225. II: 149)
  • The Qartheen are tall and pale (I: 490)
  • Qarth is in the far east (II: 142)
  • A wealthy merchant of Qarth with jewels in his nose (II: 149)
  • Camels are ridden by Qartheen guards (II: 310)
  • Warriors of Qarth wear scaled, copper armor and snouted-helms with copper tusks and long, black silk plumes (II: 310)
  • A Qartheen honor guard would have rich saddles for their camels, inlaid with rubies and garnets (or other gems), and their camels would wear blankets of a hundred different hues (II: 310)
  • Qartheens claim that Qarth is the greatest city that ever was or will be, saying that it is the center of the world, the gate between north and south and the bridge between east and west (II: 310)
  • Qarth is said to be ancient beyond the memory of man (II: 310)
  • Saathos the Wise is said to have put his eyes out after gazing on Qarth for the first time because he knew that all that he saw afterwards would be ugly in comparison (II: 310)
  • Three thick walls encircle Qarth, carved elaborately. The outer wall is of red sandstone and thirty feet high, decorated with animals. The next wall is forty feet high and made of grey granite, carved with scenes of war. The innermost wall is fifty feet high and made of black marble, carved with explicit sexual depictions (II: 310)
  • The outer gates are banded with copper, the middle gates with iron, and the inner studded with golden eyes (II: 311)
  • The buildings in Qarth are fantastical, painted in shades of rose, violet, and umber (II: 311)
  • A bronze arch, fashioned in the shape of two mating snakes with scales of delicate jade, obsidian, and lapis lazuli, stands over one of the streets from the gates of Qarth (II: 311)
  • Qartheen towers are slim and higher than those of Pentos and some of the other Free Cities (II: 311)
  • Elaborate fountains fill every square, wrought as griffins, manticores, and dragons (II: 311)
  • Qartheen homes have delicate balconies, seeming to frail to hold the weight of any person who should stand on them (II: 311)
  • The Qartheen are tall and pale and wear linen, samite, and tiger fur. The women wear gowns leaving a breast bare, while men favor beaded silk skirts (II: 311)
  • The Dothraki call the Qartheen Milk Men for their paleness (II: 311)
  • A great arcade holds the cities ancient heroes, immortalized in statues thrice life-size that stand on columns of white and green marble (II: 311)
  • A cavernous building holds a bazaar, its latticework ceiling holding a thousand brightly colored birds. Trees and flowers bloom on the terraced walls of the building, while below them it seems that everything that can be bought is for sale (II: 311)
  • The Qartheen can boast of having access to black jade and fire opals (II: 311)
  • The Qartheen wear perfumes (II: 312)
  • A merchant prince's palace might be larger than many a market town. A single wing would have (amongst other things) gardens, a marble bathing pool (that might be stocked with tiny golden fish), a scrying tower, and a warlock's maze. Slaves attend to every need of guests (II: 312-314)
  • A private chamber in a palace might have green marble floors and walls draped with colorful silk hangings (II: 313)
  • Fragrant gardens are full of lavender and mint (II: 314)
  • Silk curtains divide rooms, rather than doors (II: 315)
  • The Qartheen seat themselves on cushions on the floor (II: 315)
  • The Pureborn are descendants of the ancient kings and queens of Qarth. They command the Civic Guard and the fleet or ornate war galleys which rule the straits between the seas (II: 421)
  • The Temple of Memory is used for sacrifices which may have political ends (II: 421)
  • The Pureborn sit in the Hall of the Thousand Thrones on great wooden seats that their ancestors used. The seats are on curved tiers that rise from the marble floor to a high domed ceiling painted with scenes of Qarth's past glory (II: 421)
  • The thrones of the Pureborn are immense and carved fantastically, bright with goldwork and studded with amber, onyx, lapis, and jade. Each seat is different from the last, striving to be the most magnificent of them all (II: 421)
  • The Sorrowful Men are an ancient and sacred guild of assassins. They are named so because they always whisper, "I am so sorry," to their victims before killing them (II: 422)
  • There is a saying: "It is easier to milk the Stone Cow of Faros than to wring gold from the Pureborn" (II: 422)
  • The Qartheen are vastly rich from the trade between the seas (II: 422)
  • It is said that blue lips speak only lies (II: 424)
  • The Qartheen eat cold shrimp-and-persimmon soup (II: 637)
  • The poorer areas of Qarth have modest brick houses which have no windows towards the streets (II: 637)
  • The Garden of Gehane is mentioned, as are the windowless houses on Warlock's Way (II: 638)
  • Qarth is one of the world's great ports, given its great sheltered harbor. Winesinks, warehouses, gaming dens, cheap brothels, and temples to peculiar gods all cluster together. All manner of people from cutpurses and cutthroats to spellsellers and momeychangers mingle amongst folk hawking their wares at the waterfront that acts like a massive never-closing marketplace where goods (usually stolen) can be had at a fraction of what they cost at a bazaar (II: 641)
  • Flavored water and goat's milk are sold from ceramic jars strapped to the backs of old women and stalls sell spiced liquors, fried fish, honey, incense, oil, sperm, and other such goods (II: 641)
  • The Qarthites eat honey-roasted mice which can be bought at the waterfront for a copper (II: 642)
  • Other items sold at the Qartheen waterfront: bronze daggers, dried squid, carved onyx, magical elixirs, rocks painted to look like dragon's eggs, chests of saffron, frankincense, pepper, wine, bales of sourleaf, striped hides, slaves, and items of brass (II: 642-643)
  • The Qartheen use coins called honors (II: 643)
  • At Qarth, many goods can be found, among them: bolts of silk, bales of tiger skin, amber and jade carvings, saffron, and myrrh (III: 97)
  • Qarth is more populous than Astapor on Slaver's Bay (III: 266)
  • Wine from Qarth (V: 22)
  • Vessels bound for Asshai go east through the Summer Sea and the Jade Sea, which are connected by the straits of Qarth (SSM: 1)
  • The Faceless Men and the Sorrowful Men have very different outlooks and approaches to what they do (SSM: 1)