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12.2.1. Pentos
  • Important leaders of Pentos are named magisters (I: 23)
  • Pentos sits on a bay (I: 24)
  • Pentos has many square, brick towers (I: 24)
  • There is no slavery in Pentos, but powerful men can flaunt such laws. This prohibition is due to a treaty that the Braavosi imposed on Pentos about a hundred years prior to the novels (I: 26. V: 21)
  • Pentoshi men wear dyed, forked beards which they oil (I: 27)
  • Servants in Pentos wear collars of bronze (I: 29)
  • Beautiful works of art, such as old carved figures of the Seven, could sell handsomely in Pentos (II: 116)
  • Some Pentoshi vessels have carved figureheads (III: 89)
  • Pentoshi ships trade in spices such as saffron and pepper (III: 97, 111)
  • Pentos is more populous than Astapor on Slaver's Bay, and may be one of the most populous of the Free Cities (III: 266)
  • Sellswords are common in Pentos (III: 267)
  • Pentoshi, Braavosi, and Lysene are great lovers of song, and generous with those who please them (III: 356)
  • Troupes of Pentoshi tumblers are sometimes hired for special events, such as great weddings, in Westeros (III: 676)
  • Lifelike, painted marble statues (V: 20)
  • Pentos produces a pale, amber wine (V: 22)
  • A Pentosi meal of hot peppers and pearl onins in a bowl, a broth of crab and monkfish, cold egg lime soup, quails in honey, a saddle of lamb, goose livers in wine, buttered parsnips, suckling pig with a plum sauce, and mushrooms with garlic and butter. This is followed by heron stuffed with figs, veal cutlets blanced with almond milk, creamed herring, candied onion, foul-smelling cheeses, snails and sweetbread, and a black swan in its plumage (V: 25-26, 28)
  • It is considered a breach of hospitality to poison a guest at supper (V: 27)
  • A magister poisoned by a mushroom (V: 27)
  • The Prince of Pentos has a menagerie containing a pride of lions (V: 28)
  • The prince presides at balls and feasts, and rides through Pentos in a palanquin of ivory and gold with three heralds before him, carrying the golden scales of trade, the iron sword of war, and the silver scourge of justice. On the first day of each new year, he deflowers the maid of the fields and the maid of the seas. But if a crop fails or a war is lost, his throat is slit and a new prince is chosen from among the forty families (V: 30)
  • The eastern gate of Pentos is called the Sunrise Gate (V: 71)
  • The swiftest way from Pentos to Volantis is by sea (V: 71)
  • A magister's meals: spicy sausage in the morning with a dark smokeberry brown, followed by jellied eels and Dornish reds in the afternoon, and then dinner featuring sliced ham, boiled eggs, roasted larks stuffed with garlic and onions washed down with pale ales and Myrish fire wines (V: 72)
  • Pytho Malanon, a noted sculptor in Pentos (V: 74)
  • The road east from Pentos is a Valyrian road, described as a broad stone highway straight as a spear passing through ochre fields and groves of elm trees. The stone has been fused and raised half a foot above the ground to allow rain and snow to run off its shoulders. The roads are wide enough for three wagons to pass abreast. Despite four centuries having passed, the road is unmarred by time or use, showing no cracks or ruts (V: 76, 77)
  • A magister drinks blackberry wine so sweet that it attracts flies, and then eats blackberries in cream (V: 76)
  • A magister eats roasted chestnuts and garlic snails (V: 77)
  • Andalos, the ancestral land of the Andals, lies to the east of Pentos. It is said the Andals took it from the hairy men who were there before men, cousins to the Ibbense. The heart of that realm lies to the northeast of Pentos, but the southern regions are known as the Flatlands in Pentos (V: 79)
  • Further east beyond the Flatlands lie the Velvet Hills (V: 79)
  • A wealthy magister wedding a former slave could find himself ostracized by the Prince of Pentos (V: 79)
  • When a Braavosi galley returning from the Jade Sea stopped at Pentos, it brought the grey death -- greyscale -- with it, as well as cloves, saffron, jet, jade, scarlet samite, and green silk. The Pentoshi slew the oarsmen as they came ashore and burned the ship at anchor, but the rats escaped the ship and spread the illness among the populace. Two thousand are said to have died before the plague ran its course (V: 80)
  • The Flatlands contain tillers and toilers bound to the land, and orchards, farms, and mines owned by wealthy individuals in Pentos (V: 80)
  • The Flatlands are relatively sparsely populated, as the Dothraki occasionally pass through. The ruins of towns are testament to their passage (V: 80)
  • Pentos prefers to buy off Dothraki khalsars with gifts rather than risk fighting them (V: 80)