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"Old Ghis & Slaver's Bay"[3] is the second short of the third season of Histories & Lore. It is the forty-fifth short of the series overall. It was released on February 18, 2014 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season. It was narrated by Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont and written by Dave Hill.


Jorah Mormont charts the rise and fall of the Ghiscari Empire, including its battles with the Valyrian Freehold and the slaver cities that carry on in the wake of its destruction.[3]


Jorah Mormont: Valyria was not the first to conquer the world. In the Dawn of Days, the city of Ghis opened its gates and poured forth its legions across the continent of Essos.

With their lockstep discipline and absolute obedience, they ground entire nations beneath their boots and planted the Harpy in every corner of the known world. What they didn't destroy, they chained.

Slavery is as old as man, but until the Ghiscari, it was never an art.

The slave lords grew rich and fat as pyramids were raised around them. Pleasure houses were filled, and fighting pits were opened. Nobody remembers if the waters around Ghis had names before the Empire, but ever since they have been known only as "Slaver's Bay" and the "Gulf of Grief."

Of Ghis, however, nothing remains but ruins, where end all great civilizations.

Five thousand years ago, Valyrian shepherds stumbled on strange eggs, and within a few generations, an upstart Valyrian Freehold rose across the sea.

Five times did the Ghiscari contend with Valyria, and five times did they go down in defeat. For the Freehold had dragons, and the Empire had none. The best of their legions burned, the others broke.

The brick walls of Ghis were pulled down, the streets and buildings turned to ash, and the very fields sown with salt, sulfur, and skulls.

Yet the Empire was not wholly destroyed. Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen, once lowly colonies along Slaver's Bay, survived, and even thrived. Valyria had watched the Ghiscari grow rich and powerful off the backs of conquered peoples, and now the self-styled Freehold wanted its turn.

While the dragonlords brought the world to heel, the slave markets of their former enemy never lacked for flesh.

Lamenting the lost empire, the descendants of Old Ghis grew rich and fat. The Doom fell on Valyria, and the Dothraki rose to pillage most of the continent at will.

But gold-laden Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen continue as they have for thousands of years. Untouched. For even the horselords understand what the Ghiscari taught Valyria so long ago. What good are slaves without slavers?






Behind the scenes[]

  • Jorah states that "Slaver's Bay", as well as the "Gulf of Grief", were always known by these names (in their local languages) even during the time of the old Ghiscari Empire five thousand years ago. Previously, it wasn't clear if they only became known by these names after the fall of Valyria four hundred years ago.


  1. Jacob Klein (June 24, 2013). Game of Thrones Season 3 Blu-Ray & DVD Release Date Confirmed. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 3, Short 2: "Old Ghis & Slaver's Bay" (2014).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season (2014).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.