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12.9.3. Meereen
  • Healthy young girls and boys under ten are especially sought after as slaves to be used in brothels (I: 557)
  • One can buy hundreds of slaves from the fighting pits (II: 645. III: 96)
  • Eunuchs are often made by removing a boy's testicles, leaving the penis. This leaves them infertile, but some remain capable of erection (III: 261)
  • Slave swordsmen can be had for less than the price of their swords (III: 263)
  • Meereen is as large as Astapor and Yunkai combined. The bricks the city are made of are of many colors, and her walls are higher and in better repair than Yunkai's, studded with bastions and anchored by great towers at every angle (III: 639)
  • The Great Pyramid is huge, 800 feet tall with a towering bronze harpy at its top. There are a score of lesser pyramids in the city, but none stand even half as high (III: 639, 803)
  • A hero of Meereen is armored in scales of copper and jet, mounted on a white charger in striped barding matching the flowing silk cloak he wears (III: 639)
  • The Meereenese have lances fourteen feet long (III: 639)
  • The slavers of Meereen call themselves the Great Masters (III: 640)
  • Meereen sits on the salt coast of Slaver's Bay beside the river Skahazadhan. Its northern wall is against the river and its western on the bay shore (III: 640, 644)
  • Armor is not worn in the fighting pits, for the crowds come to see blood (III: 642)
  • The Meereenese have crossbows (III: 643)
  • Figs, dates, and olives grow on the terraces of the city's pyramids (III: 644)
  • Meereen stands on a jut of sand and stone where the slow brown Skahazadhan river flows into Slaver's Bay (III: 644)
  • Meereen has brone heads above its gates, harpy heads with open mouths. The Meereenese can squirt boiling oil from those mouths to deter attackers (III: 644)
  • The water of the Skahazadhan is not sanitary near the city. Meereen draws its own water from deep wells instead (III: 645)
  • Great brick sewers right below the walls empty into the Skahazadhan, carrying the city's wastes. They are closed with iron grates, though some of them have rusted through. Once inside it's a long, foul climb in pitch-dark through a maze of brick. The filth is never lower than waist high, and can rise over one's head. There are huge rats there, and worse things (III: 646)
  • Near the apex of the Great Pyramid is a terrace garden with a persimmon tree growing in it, and a little bathing pool as well. A sleeping chamber with a marble floor is next to it with doors leading out. On the level below is an audience chamber, a high-ceilinged room with walls of purple marble and a fantastic throne of carved and gilded wood shaped as a savage harpy (III: 803, 805, 815, 816)
  • From the Great Pyramid much of the city of Meereen can be seen, from its twisting alleys to its wide brick streets, its temples and granaries, it hovels and palaces, its brothels and baths, its gardens and fountains, the great red circles of the fighting pits, and more (III: 803)
  • There is a plaza before the Great Pyramid (III: 805)
  • Huge rats and monstrous, man-eating pale lizards lurk in the sewers of the city (III: 810)
  • The Temple of Graces has golden domes (III: 816. V: 35)
  • Meereen is said to be ancient (V: 26)
  • There are vast estates in the hills beyond Meereen, where thousands of slaves toil at growing wheat and olives, herding sheeps and goats, and mining salt and copper (V: 34)
  • Near Meereen are a range of rounded sandstone mountains and the Khyzai Pass, beyond which is Lhazar. The Lhazarene have traded in the past with Meereen, but have no particular love of the place (V: 34)
  • The Zhak, Hazkar, Ghazeen, Merreq, Loraq, and Pahl are among the chief slaver families in Meereen (V: 37)
  • There are blood ties between some slaver families and Tolos and Elyria (V: 39)
  • The fighting pits of Meereen are privately owned (V: 39)
  • Fighting pits are said to have been a part of the slaver cities since they were founded, with the combats being profoundly religious, representing blood sacrifices to the gods. It is called the mortal art of Ghis by some, and it pleases the gods to see valor, skill, and strength. Great fighters are acclaimed and the slain are honored. The pits are famous across the world and draw trade to Meereen (V: 40)
  • Criminals are sometimes condemned to the pits, a judgment by battle and a chance to prove their innocence (V: 40)
  • It is the custom for the city to claim one-tenth of all profits from the pits, after expenses, as a tax (V: 40)
  • Large pike can be caught in the Skahazadhan (V: 43)
  • Men wishing to prove their claims may go to the Temple of Graces to swear oaths before the gods of Ghis (V: 44)
  • The city of Mantarys lies to the west of Meereen, if one follows the old Valyrian roads (V: 73)
  • The direct distance between Volantis and Meereen is approximately 550 leagues (V: 73)