Isle of Cedars
The Isle of Cedars is a large island that sits astride both Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. It was once known as the Isle of a Hundred Battles. There is pale sand on the southern shore. The water is a shimmering turquoise close to shore, and farther out a blue so deep that it is almost black.
Flora and Fauna
The Isle of Cedars appears to no longer be inhabited by humans because its animals have no fear of man. At least in its south, the isle's cedars were drowned by the Doom. The forests are green and still, full of twisted trees and queer bright flowers. The isle contains pigs, including large, black boars and squealing piglets in the brush. There are also monkeys on the isle.
Two cities on the Isle of Cedars, Ghozai in the north and Velos in the south, were destroyed by a tsunami triggered by the Doom of Valyria four centuries ago. The only survivors from the isle were Velosi spearmen stationed on the tallest hill and some fishermen at sea. There is another ruin on a small island just west of the Isle of Cedars.
A Dance with Dragons
Victarion Greyjoy arrives at the isle to join up with the rest of his scattered Iron Fleet, which has orders to reunite at the southern tip of the isle. Endless cloudless skies and blazing sun beat down on the heads of the ironborn sailors and bakes the decks until the boards are hot enough to scorch bare feet. There are storms that seem to come up out of nowhere. The ironborn hunt the isle's pigs and fill their larders with smoked hams, salted pork, and bacon.
Victarion thinks that the "Isle of Monkeys" would be a more apt name. Monkeys become a plague to the Iron Fleet; they infest half the flotilla, including the Iron Victory, and swing from spar to spar and ship to ship. The ironborn do not recognize some of the flowers. There are horrors lurking amongst the broken palaces and shattered statues of drowned Velos, half a league north of the point where the fleet lays at anchor.
Victarion goes ashore a dozen times. During the last night his dreams are dark and disturbing and when he wakes his mouth is full of blood, possibly having bitten his tongue. Victarion takes it as a sign from the Drowned God, a warning that if he lingers here too long, he will choke on his own blood. When what is left of the Iron Fleet departs the Isle of Cedars, the storm-damaged Shark remains to repair itself and to tell any stragglers that the fleet has gone on to Slaver's Bay.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Map of Valyria
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire, Central Essos.