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Captain of the guard for Prince Doran Martell, Areo Hotah hails from the Free City of Norvos in the novels, and is known for his iron sense of duty and the great longaxe he carries and wields with great skill. Sold into slavery in Norvos, he was trained by the theocratic bearded priests to serve as a warrior and guard. In the novel, the end of his training was marked by burning a sigil of a double-bladed longaxe into his chest.
It is unclear if the character is intended to be Norvoshi in the show, given that Norvos is a former northern colony of Valyria and its inhabitants are Valyrian descendants for the most part; possibly Hotah, like the show’s Salladhor Saan and Xaro Xhoan Daxos, is intended to be seen as a non-native who became resident in Norvos.
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