Slaver's Bay is a cultural and geographical region in Essos. Built from the ashes of the ancient Ghiscari Empire, Slaver's Bay became a wealthy hub of the global slave trade. It flows into the Gulf of Grief.
The Ghiscari Empire fell over 5,000 years ago after warring with the city of Valyria, losing a series of five wars with Valyria before toppling. Despite its wealth and nearly invincible legions, Ghis could not stand against Valyria's ultimate weapon, dragons.
The surviving populations of the Empire rebuilt the area from the wreckage. Three major cities rose into prominence: Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen. These cities established themselves as a hub of the global slave trade and became extremely wealthy.
huge circular arenas in the slaving cities of Astapor, Yunkai, Meereen. They provide the cities citizens and visitors with entertainment. The ones in Meereen are the largest and most extravagant, with the main pit being Daznak's Pit. Within the pits, beasts are pitted against beasts, gladiators against gladiators and beasts against gladiators all for the entertainment of the onlookers.
Astapor was famed as the only place in the world that the Unsullied Army can be purchased. These slave soldiers commanded a huge investment and earned the most profitable of returns for the city. The city itself was ancient and dilapidated, built from crumbling red bricks that are said to be colored by the slaves that died laying them. The city is dominated by massive stepped pyramids, some four hundred feet high, that line the waterfront of the bay. During the midday heat, the brick streets can become unbearably hot, making them largely deserted during the day. In the evenings, the slavers lit silk lanterns on every terrace and played soft music as they sailed on their pleasure barges.
The largest of the three slaver cities, Meereen has a population equaling Astapor and Yunkai combined. The city is constructed with similar architecture to its neighbors, but built in bricks of many different colors. Its landscape is dominated by a massive pyramid and a giant temple which is capped by a golden dome. Meereen is unique among the Ghiscari cities in that it is filled with many temples.
The smallest of the three cities, Yunkai was known for both its fighting pits and its pleasure houses, both of which turned out slaves at a brisk pace. The city is very similar to Astapor in architecture except for its smaller size and its use of yellow brick in its buildings instead of red.
a river in Essos. Its headwaters begin in the hills near Ghiscar and its mouth lies next to Astapor, where it flows into Slaver's Bay. It has many bends. At dusk Astapori pleasure barges sail up and down the river, playing soft music and calling at little islands for food, wine and other delights.
a large gulf that is fed by Slaver's Bay off the southern coast of the eastern continent and in turn empties into the Summer Sea even further to the south. Along its western shore are the remnants of Valyria and along its eastern shore is the ruined city of Old Ghis.
a large island that sits astride Slaver's Bay and the Gulf of Grief. The ruined cities of GhozaiandVelos are located upon it. There is pale sand on the southern shore. There are no cedars on the island, as they were drowned by the Doom 400 years ago.
a ruined city on the Isle of Cedars. It sits on the southern tip of the Isle of Cedars facing the Gulf of Grief. On the day of the Doom a wall of water 300 feet high descended on Velos, drowning hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children.