House of the Undying
The House of the Undying or House of the Undying Ones is the seat of the Undying Ones, the leaders of the warlocks of Qarth. It is also known colloquially as the Palace of Dust or House of Dust. Many enter, but few come back out.
The House of the Undying is a grey and ancient stone ruin which stands with no other buildings near. It is long and low, without towers or windows and is coiled like a stone serpent through a grove of black-barked trees the leaves of which are used to make shade of the evening. Black tiles cover the palace's roof, many of them fallen or broken, and the mortar between its stones is dry and crumbling. The building does not appear to have any towers.
The palace's door is a tall oval mouth set in a wall fashioned in the likeness of a human face. Before entering, a person seeking audience with the Undying must drink shade of the evening, so that they may "hear and see the truths" that will be laid before them.
A Clash of Kings
Following the suggestion of Pyat Pree, Daenerys Targaryen seeks the Undying Ones' counsel at their residence, the House of the Undying. Ser Jorah Mormont and her bloodriders want to accompany Daenerys inside, but Pyat insist she must enter alone. The warlock explains that the front way leads in, but not out again. When Daenerys enters, there will be four doors; the door she just came through and three others. To reach the Undying, she must always take the first door on the right and always takes stairs up. She must not enter any room until reaching the audience chamber. When leaving, Daenerys is to follow the same path as before; always the first door to the right and always up the stairs.
Daenerys enters after drinking shade of the evening from a slender crystal glass provided by a dwarf servitor. Accompanied only by Drogon, one of her young dragons, she follows Pyat's directions in the first few oval rooms which have four doors. The fourth room, however, is square with six passages. When she takes the rightmost passage, she enters a long torch-lit hallway with seemingly-endless doors only to the left. Some of the doors are open, and Daenerys sees various visions when she looks through them. The hallway ends with a staircase which heads downward instead of upward. The torches begin to go out and Daenerys thinks she hears something approaching her. Thinking that the first door on the right is the last door on the left, the terrified girl enters the last door before the stairs and then passes through numerous small rooms, continuing to follow Pyat's instructions. The warlock appears and entreats her to follow, but Daenerys ignores him, goes through a door to the right, and climbs a long staircase. Atop the stairs are wide doors of ebony and weirwood decorated in interwoven patterns, behind which is a great hall of elaborately-dressed wizards, both male and female. Ignoring them, Daenerys finds a hidden door of old grey wood to the right.
Daenerys finds herself in a gloomy chamber. A long stone table fills the room, above which floats a rotting human heart, swollen and blue with corruption. Indigo light pulses out with each deep, throbbing beat. The Undying Ones which are seated at the table appear to be dead, but Daenerys hears whispered echoes. The Undying call her "mother of dragons" and "child of three" and tell her some prophesies, saying "three fires must you light... one for life and one for death and one to love... three mounts must you ride... one to bed and one to dread and one to love... three treasons will you know... once for blood and once for gold and once for love..."
Daenerys then sees a number of visions of past and future events; while she is distracted, the Undying Ones attempt to drain her life. Drogon tears apart the heart and burns the warlocks with dragonflame, however, allowing the girl to escape the blazing chamber. As she flees down a serpentine passageway, the floor seems to writhe slowly. Once Daenerys escapes outside, Jhogo and Rakharo prevent Pyat from stabbing her with a knife. The House of the Undying collapses in a great gout of smoke and flame.
Jhiqui follows Dothraki custom and fastens a bell in Daenerys's hair to mark her victory over the Undying. Xaro Xhoan Daxos learns that Pyat Pree is gathering the surviving warlocks to work ill on Daenerys.
A Storm of Swords
After freeing the slaves of Yunkai, Daenerys recalls one of the visions she had in the House of the Undying.
A Dance with Dragons
According to Xaro the Undying are all dead.
Visions of Daenerys Targaryen
The warlock Pyat Pree persuades Daenerys Targaryen to seek answers in the House of the Undying. In the long hall, she passes many rooms containing visions before she reaches the chamber of the Undying. The visions include:
- A beautiful, naked woman being ravished by four little men who resemble the dwarf servitor.
- A feast of slaughtered corpses holding cups, spoons, and food, with a dead man with a wolf's head sitting on a throne wearing an iron crown, apparently foreshadowing the Red Wedding.
- Daenerys's childhood house with the red door in Braavos, along with Ser Willem Darry.
- A throne room with dragon skulls on the walls where a king resembling Aerys II Targaryen sits on a barbed throne and appears to give the order to burn the Red Keep during the Sack of King's Landing.
- A room where a silver-haired man (presumably Rhaegar Targaryen) is with a woman and a baby. The man names his son Aegon, says the child is "the prince that was promised", then plays a harp.
- A "splendor of wizards" who falsely claim to be the Undying of Qarth and offer to teach Daenerys the secret speech of dragonkind.
After reaching the gloomy chamber of the Undying Ones, Daenerys is also shown:
- The death of her brother, Viserys Targaryen.
- A tall lord with copper-skin and silver-gold hair beneath a banner of a fiery stallion, with a burning city in the background (this may be a glimpse at what Rhaego's future would have been).
- A dying prince (likely Rhaegar Targaryen) mutters a woman's name with his last breath, rubies flying from his chest.
- A blue-eyed king who casts no shadow (possibly Stannis Baratheon) raises a red sword in his hand.
- A cloth dragon sways on poles amidst a cheering crowd.
- A great stone beast takes wing from a smoking tower, breathing shadows.
- Daenerys's silver trots through grass to a darkling stream under a sea of stars.
- A corpse standing at the prow of a ship with bright eyes and grey smiling lips (possibly a reference to greyscale or a Greyjoy)
- A blue flower growing from a chink in a wall of ice, filling the air with sweetness (this could indicate Jon Snow's true parentage and potential kinship to Daenerys).
- Boneless, terrible shadows whirl inside a tent.
- A little girl (likely Daenerys) runs barefoot toward a big house with a red door.
- Mirri Maz Duur's death by pyre.
- The corpse of the wineseller who had attempted to poison Daenerys being dragged behind her silver.
- A white lion running through tall grass.
- Naked crones emerging from a great lake beneath the Mother of Mountains to kneel before Daenerys.
- Ten thousand slaves crying "Mother!" as Daenerys rides past on her silver.
Come with me to the House of the Undying, and you shall drink of truth and wisdom.
Blood of my blood, this is an evil place, a haunt of ghosts and maegi. See how it drinks the morning sun? Let us go before it drinks us as well.
Heed my words, my queen. The House of the Undying Ones was not made for mortal men. If you value your soul, take care and do just as I tell you.
—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen
Daenerys: I have won no victories.
Jhiqui: You burned the maegi in their house of dust and sent their souls to hell.—Daenerys Targaryen and Jhiqui
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.