Pentos is the westernmost of the Free Cities. Originally founded by Valyrian smallfolk as a trading outpost, Pentos is a port city surrounded by high thick walls. Despite its walls, however, it is also often regarded as the most vulnerable of the Free Cities.
Wealth means power in Pentos. The city is ruled by a council of magisters and the Prince of Pentos, although the latter’s function is mostly ceremonial. In case of famine or a lost war, the magisters can decide to sacrifice the prince, and elect a new one from forty families. Because of the dangers that accompany the office of prince, not all nobles of Pentos are eager to be chosen, and some are known to have refused the honor, most recently in 262 AC.
For a large part of its history, Pentos practised slavery. However, during the past two centuries Pentos went to war against Braavos six times over slavery and ownership of the lands and waters between the two cities. The Pentoshi lost four of those wars, and since the conclusion of the last one in 209 AC, the Braavosi have forced Pentos to abolish slavery and placed restrictions on the military forces of Pentos. Despite the restrictions, however, the Pentoshi are still involved in slave trade, and Pentoshi nobles like Illyrio Mopatis have “free bond servants”, who are slaves in all but name, collared and branded like slaves elsewhere. Read more...
- "Once they figure a way to work a dead horse, we'll be next. Likely I'll be the first too. 'Edd,' they'll say, 'dying's no excuse for laying down no more, so get on up and take this spear, you've got first watch tonight.' Well, I shouldn't be so gloomy. Might be I'll die before they work it out." – Dolorous Edd 
- "Winter is Coming." – The words of House Stark
- “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.” – Oath of the Night’s Watch
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- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 33, Samwell II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 22, Arya II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 48, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 68, Jon VIII.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Ibben and Armor (November 09, 2002)
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- ↑ 'Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Plays Not My Job (September 14, 2013)
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