Essos, The Free Cities and the Summer Isles

 

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Across the Narrow Sea, lies another world but one not entirely removed from Westerosi politics. It is a world in which a Merchant’s daughter can become Queen and where exiled Pretenders might take refuge and build their armies. Now that Spring has sprung, the exotic lords, ladies, merchants and sailors of the Free Cities and beyond are once more commonplace in the court of Maegor II. One thing is certain; they have not come without cause…

 

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Essos and the Free Cities

The death of the ‘Last Dragon’ was a shift in fortune felt throughout Westeros and across the distance of the Narrow Sea - in the Free Cities and Essos beyond them. Keen eyes and ambitious minds were drawn to rumours that the beast’s death heralded something far more disastrous; the downfall of House Targaryen itself. Business and politics continued much as it always had but never did those eyes blink or those minds sleep, in their careful watch over the Westerosi shoreline.

In the year 190 AC, that careful, cautious study of the Western shoreline would be brought much closer to home. The Targaryen King sought a bride for his eldest son and heir, Maelys. Rhaegel Targaryen had grown weak and sickly long before his time and was said to fear for the inheritance and future of his bloodline, having already acknowledged and doted upon his bastard sons; Balerion and Aemon Waters. His envoys would arrive in the city of Tyrosh, eager to forge a powerful alliance to secure his legitimate bloodline as well.

Alas, Rhaegel would die before any such alliance could be finalized and the revelations of his Will and Word - in which he legitimizes his bastard sons - would see turmoil erupt on both sides of the Narrow Sea.

On the advice of his younger brother, Maelys spurns the eager Tyroshi and instead takes Haera of Myr as his bride.

The Archon of Tyrosh decries this decision and openly refers to the King’s decision as a slight against the Free City of Tyrosh. Meanwhile, old enmities between Tyrosh and Myr ignite and typify the decade or so which followed.  Various other cities would be drawn into their bitter dispute and tensions reach their peak with evidence of flourishing trade between Myr and Westeros.

Prosperity is short-lived, however, as the announcement of Haera’s pregnancy is quickly followed by accusations of infidelity, scandal and exile. Although never tried for infidelity and treason, Haera is cast out and exiled to Summerhall - her daughter declared a bastard. The Queen’s rather public downfall paths the way for other cities to step in and take advantage of Myr’s loss. The alliances made and trade links secured during this time invariably impact upon the Free Cities participation during the Blackfyre Rebellion and indeed, after its bloody conclusion.

Only Tyrosh would opt to take an active role in the Rebellion itself; sending sellswords to join House Yronwood in the Blackfyre battle against the crown. The sea would claim them, however, and the battle would be lost. Rumours and sightings of Aemon Blackfyre and his infamous Golden Company on the shores of Tyrosh have never been substantiated but are frequent enough to be believed by many.

Tyrosh would not be alone in their interest in Westerosi politics, but others were far more subtle in their efforts. In the midst of a terrible Winter, the Iron Bank of Braavos would entertain the overtures of Maegor’s envoy and grant the Iron Throne the funds they asked for. It would not spare the continent its pain but it would place the crown firmly in the Bank’s debt. With rumours of Aemon Blackfyre’s similar overtures to the bank, there are some who suspect that the Iron Bank has taken measures to ensure their success no matter the outcome of Winter and War.

They would not be alone in their pragmatism as several cities and their merchants re-direct trade away from a beleaguered and plague-ridden King’s Landing to various other ports; Oldtown, Gulltown and White Harbor chief amongst them. Lys capitalizes upon the Baratheon’s desperation and reaps the profits from keeping the Stormlander’s fed throughout Winter and long after the ice had thawed.

When news of the Great Tourney to be held at Tumbleton reaches the Free Cities, merchants, ambassadors, and nobles alike start to make their plans for travel.  Spring has sprung and the opportunities for wealth and power and influence seem endless.  Rumours of a dragon’s egg and the King’s attendance only serve to heighten their interest. With the Dragon's blood seemingly crippled, and fading fast, will the inhabitants of the Free Cities come to their aid, or seek to see their end once and for all?

 

 

 

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The Summer Isles

Traditionally peaceful, the Summer Isles continue much as they always have in the years and decades since the death of the ‘Last Dragon’. Indeed, the Isles and their merchants seem to prosper in the lean years of Winter, with many of their ships finding port and purchase along the Southern coastlines of Westeros.

The Isles are not without their own conflicts - increased profits and plentiful trade inspiring more than one rival to take up arms and challenge the rule Prince or Princess for their lands. However, the nature of conflict and war upon the Summer Isles means that many outsiders are more or less ignorant to them. Defeated Prince and Princesses are simply exiled and their lands taken - a rival’s victory bringing none of the destruction associated with war in Westeros.

However, with the rise of a new Corsair King on the Basilisk Isles, this relative peace has been threatened. Raids are occurring with increasing frequency and there are rumours of whole villages being captured and sold into slavery.

 

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Available Roles!

Some of these characters are merely suggested pre-written concepts that you can expand on, keep or change to fit your needs.

Essos is home to a much larger and more diverse set of races and cultures than Westeros. They are descendants of old cultures ranging from the Andals, the Rhoynar, old Ghis, and Valyrian Freehold. Unlike Westeros, which is unified under the Seven Kingdoms, Essos is divided into many different sovereign regions and city-states [...]. (source)

 

 

General Roles

  • Sellswords
  • Merchants
  • Prostitutes
  • Entertainers at court
  • ...

More Red Priests/Priestesses cannot be accepted at this time! There are already two. (Believing in R'hllor doesn't affect this rule.)

 


 

Braavos
"BRAAVOS OF THE HUNDRED ISLES, THE SECRET CITY"

By and large, Braavosi are a kind people, great lovers of song. Wealthy Braavosi dress in charcoal grey, purple, blues so dark that are almost black, and blacks as dark as moonlight. Bravos, in contrast, dress in flamboyant colors. Instead of traveling by horse, the Braavosi use boats.
Braavos is renowned worldwide for its courtesans. Every courtesan has her own barge and servants to work them. Songs are sung about them, and they are showered with gifts from goldsmiths and craftsmen beg for their custom. Additionally, pugnacious bravos fill the city, frequently dueling to display their skill. [...] Instead of making farces, Braavosi mummers perform plays of written stories. (Source)

  • Iron Bank (see Feature Roles): (CLOSED)
    "One stone crumbles and another takes its place and the temple holds its form for a thousand years or more. And that's what the Iron Bank is, a temple. We all live in its shadow and almost none of us know it. You can't run from them, you can't cheat them, you can't sway them with excuses. If you owe them money and you don't want to crumble yourself, you pay it back." ―Tywin Lannister

    - Echo Umberis, Councillor of the Iron Bank (RETIRED)
    - Tycho Umberis (RETIRED), Nephew of Echo Umberis, aged 18-20. Taken to King's Landing by uncle to "train the handsome young man to the secrets of power and politcs and counts on him to be his ears and legs in King's Landing." 

  • Courtesans (OPEN)
    Courtesans could be considered to be at the pinnacle of the prostitution hierarchy and a person who engages their services may not do so specifically for sexual reasons. Rather it is the pleasure and honour of their company that is paid for.
    Engaging their company bestows as certain amount of status on the client themselves. In fact a sexual liaison may be the whim of the courtesan, not the patron. They are most likely similar to our world’s Japanese geisha, educated and trained in various cultural pursuits such as music, poetry, dance, history, literature etc.
  • Mummers (OPEN)

    A mummer is an actor and entertainer in Westeros and the Free Cities. A mummer is usually part of a mummer’s troupe of fellow actors. Sometimes the troupe will be one that travels from place to place or one that is part of a playhouse. They entertain at various feasts and functions performing plays, shows, acrobatics and whatnot.

     


     

Pentos

Like the Braavosi, and Lysene, Pentoshi are great lovers of song, and generous with those who please them. Some of their men dye, oil, and fork their beards. [...] Pentos is a city where wealth equals power, ruled over by a prince with a council of magisters. The prince has a mostly ceremonial function while the council of rich magisters rule. The prince is chosen from the forty families, and presides chiefly over balls and feasts. He is carried from place to place in a rich palanquin with a handsome guard. Each new year he must deflower two maidens: the maid of the sea, and the maid of the fields, to ensure prosperity on land and sea. However, if there is famine or war is lost, the magisters sacrifice the prince and slit his throat to appease the gods, then choose a new prince. (Source)

- (OPEN)


 

Myr

According to certain maesters, the Myrmen are descended from the Rhoynar, as many of the Myrmen share their olive skin and dark hair. Likely, this supposed link is spurious. Bravos can be found in Myr. There are those in Myr who have Unsullied in their service. In Myr, they speak a dialect of bastard Valyrian. Myr is considered to be among the most advanced of the Free Cities, and famed for its arts and learning. Their main exports are finished goods, such as carpets and lace. The best glass and lenses come from Myr, and lenscrafters from Myr are considered to be without equal in all the world. Myrish lenses are known to have been used in in Winterfell and Castle Black. (source)

  • Haera of Myr (see Feature Roles)former Queen of the Seven Kingdoms (DEAD)
  • Merchants (Myrish lace, glassware, lenses, mirrors, carpets, green nectar, fire wine) (OPEN)

 


 

Tyrosh

Tyroshi are renowned for their greed. They constantly fight to gain control of the Stepstones and Disputed Lands. They love bright colors, even coloring their hair brightly. Their inventors are known for creating ornate helmets and ingenious torture devices. Their dialect is a corrupted form of High Valyrian. [...] Slaves and sellswords are common in Tyrosh. It is renowned for its pear brandy, and Tyroshi armorsmiths can make fantastic helmets shaped like birds and animals, chased with precious metals. Tyrosh is a merchantile city, where trade is considered a much more honorable profession than arms. Shortly after its founding, Tyrosh quickly grew out into a rich city, due to the discovery of a certain variety of sea snail. (source)

  • The Archon's Sonaged 25-35, (OPEN)
    Son of the ruler of Tyrosh

    Archon's Daughter,  aged 25 
    (OPEN)
  • Sellswords (OPEN)
  • Merchants (helmets, torture devices, pear brandy, dye) (OPEN)
  • ...

 


 

Lys

The famous pleasure houses of Lys are known to train the finest bed-slaves and prostitutes in the world, and they form the basis of the city's thriving export industry. The Lysene are regarded as beautiful. They are known to curling and perfuming their hair. Beauty and blood purity are highly valued by the Lysene, who deliberately breed attractive slaves together in the hope that their offspring will be even more lovely and refined. Besides its bed-slaves and prostitutes, Lys is known for its production of tapestries, perfumes and sweet wines. The alchemists of the city also produce two rare and deadly posions; the tears of Lys and the strangler.

  • Prostitutes trained in pillow houses (OPEN)
    The pillow-houses of the city are far-famed, and they are known for producing the finest bed-slaves and prostitutes in the world.
  • The Vellarys Family (RETIRED)
    The Vellarys noble family, along with other magister and noble families, rules the free city of Lys since three generations, their children are the fourth generation. The father sits on the council lof magisters who rule Lys and their eldest son Jaeron oversees the trade between Lys and the Stormlands that was secured with a contract. They would like to have more influence in general. For more information, contact Eleeyna. 
    Parents: Magister Tyraemion Vellarys and Vysella Vellarys (NPC)
    Children: Son Jaeron Vellarys, a Merchant Prince [28]
    Daughter Hena Vellarys [24] (RETIRED)

 


Summer Isles

 

The natives of the islands are an ebony-skinned people who speak their own language and often wear capes of brightly colored feathers. They are famed sea-farers, as they have to rely on extensive maritime transport due to the archipelago nature of their homeland. The act of lovemaking is considered an important and even holy skill. Prostitution is a respectable profession, practiced even by the high-born islanders. Summer Islanders respect their elderly, and mourning customs include celebrating the dead with wine and lovemaking. They also make a sweet amber wine. Their diet consists primarily of fruits and fish.

(OPEN)


 

Some of these characters are merely suggested pre-written concepts that you can expand on, keep or change to fit your needs.