About Valyrian

Brief History of Valyrian State

Roots

New Valyria was funded by a group of travelers whose ancestors stemmed from the Valyrian Freehold. These Travelers fled Westeros after the war of the Kings, where large groups of Valyrians who lived secretly in cities and houses throughout Westeros. After fleeing Westeros they had no choice but to journey west beyond Westeros and the seven Kingdoms where no man had ever dared to travel before.

Historical Events of Old Valyria

Valyria was ruled by its dragonlords, led by two score rival houses that contested for power. House Targaryen, however, was not considered a powerful house.At times the lords freeholder elected archons for temporary leadership.

The Valyrians’ empire, the Valyrian Freehold, first conquered the Old Empire of Ghis to the east across Slaver’s Bay, as well as the Ghiscari colonies in the Basilisk Isles and Sothoryos. Seeking slaves for Valyrian mines, they then conquered and established colonies to the west and north after defeating the Andals and the Rhoynar in Essos.

Four hundred years ago, however, Valyria and its peninsula were shattered by the Doom. The dragonlord Aurion declared himself Emperor of Valyria, but he and his host disappeared while trying to reclaim the city.

Some years ago Gerion Lannister journeyed to Valyria to try to recover Brightroar, the lost Valyrian steel sword of House Lannister, and any other treasures that might have survived the Doom. He did not return and was presumed lost at sea. At some point the tigers, a political party in Volantis, sent a fleet to reclaim Valyria but the ships vanished in the Smoking Sea.

Government

The Valyrian Freehold or now known as Old Valyria was not a traditional kingdom or empire, but was controlled by a council of ‘Lords Freeholder’, nobles who controlled vast areas of land (freeholdings). The Freehold was divided into colonies and vassal states, although the exact mechanisms of control and authority remain unclear.

New Valyria has a similar form of governing as Old Valyria except the ‘Lord Freeholders’ also know as the ‘Dragon Lords’ are now elected by the Valyrian citizens in a populous elections. Each Dragon Lord is appointed by the people and will serve for life on the council making decision that will best impact the Democratic Republic of New Valyrian States.

Military

Old Valyria had a large army, but The Democratic Republic of New Valyrian States does not hold a very large army. However, its primary military assets are its dragons and Pyromancers. The role of dragons in the Valyrian army involve scouting, shock assaults from the air and transportation, as well as being able to relay messages at speed. New Valyria now has a large Navy to ride beside the Dragons and defend the Freehold which is mostly composed of Islands far west of Westeros.

Religion of Old Valyria

The Valyrian religion was practiced by the Valyrians in Essos throughout their vast empire, known as the Valyrian Freehold. The religion lasted for thousands of years within the Freehold, but was little-followed after the Doom of Valyria destroyed their civilization.

House Targaryen, a family of Valyrian nobles who survived by fleeing to Westeros, also later abandoned the religion when Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters converted to the Faith of the Seven (largely as a political move).

The Valyrian religion was polytheistic with a pantheon of several gods. The Targaryens named several of their dragons after the gods of old Valyria: Balerion, Vhagar, and Meraxes. However today New Valyria is mostly composed of secularists who follow no religion, but all religions and ideologies are welcome.

Architecture

Old Valyria was said to have had topless towers and used sphinxes as decorations. New Valyria has followed the traditional architecture of Old Valyria in these ways.

Geography of the Valyrian Peninsula

The Valerian peninsula, the former home of the Valerian Freehold, is a large headland extending south from Essos into the Summer Sea. Once the heartland of the Valyrian Freehold and the location of the city of Valyria, it was partially destroyed in the Doom of Valyria, during which many islands formed, low-lying areas flooded, and Valyria fell into ruin. The peninsula and the Smoking Sea that surround its remnants are considered to be demon-haunted and rife with poisonous fumes; with few exceptions, those who travel there seeking the ruins of Valyria or its treasures never return.

Racial Characteristics and Artifacts

A common racial characteristic among Valyrians appears to have been purple eyes and hair of silver-gold or platinum white. Valyria is said to still hold many treasures from before the Doom, such as Valyrian steel blades and items of magical power. It is said that the glass candles of Oldtown were brought there from Valyria a thousand years before the Doom.

Strivtor’s Burning

Strivtor was a Dragon tamed and owned by Raäshi of the House of Grevin second of his name.

Strivtor went on an uncontrollable rage on New Valyria’s main island of Zaldrives. The burning killed 31 and hospitalized another 71. 3 Maesters of the Grand Library were also killed along with all previous records of legislation and lawmaking. Fortunately the Maesters of the Grand Library were able to retrieve, save and rewrite historical records.

Strivtor was sentenced to death and was executed 11 days after the burning. The owner Raäshi of the House of Grevin paid for all of the damage in the burning

Dragonlord

Dragonlord was the title for members of the forty noble families that vied to actually rule the Valyrian Freehold. They were called dragonlords because they could ride and control dragons, whom they controlled with whips, horns and sorcery. They were strikingly (some say inhumanly)beautiful. It had long been the custom amongst the dragonlords of Valyria to wed brother to sister, to keep the bloodlines pure.

The Targaryens were one of the great dragonlord families, but far from the most powerful,. They are also the last known dragonlord house to survive since Doom of Valyria with dragons. They members of House Targaryen were known as dragonlords in Westeros, even after the death of their dragons.

Also Read:

Valyrian Language Dictionary

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New Valyrian States

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