Campaign of the Month: July 2014
Winter is Coming
Braavos RP Primer
Hello and welcome to Room #2’s GoT Braavos RP! In this page you’ll find the essential information you need to know to get started. Also, don’t forget to check the rules they are pretty much the same as the normal Winter is Coming rules.
Welcome to Braavos.
An introduction to Braavos.
Braavos, known as Braavos of the Hundred Isles, is the greatest and most powerful of the Free Cities, located in a lagoon on the northwestern end of Essos, where the narrow sea and the Shivering Sea meet. The ruler of Braavos is known as the Sealord and it is from the sea that the city’s power and wealth flows.
Unlike the other Free Cities, Braavos was never part of the Valyrian Freehold but was instead founded 500 years before Aegon’s Landing by refugees fleeing Valyrian slavery after rising in rebellion and taking control of a large slaver convoy bound for a newly established colony in Sothoryos. Because they had risked their lives in the name of freedom, the founders of Braavos vowed that no man, woman, or child in the city should ever be a slave, thrall, or bondsman. This became the First Law of Braavos, engraved in stone on the arch that spans the Long Canal.
The City of a Hundred Islands
Braavos sprawls across a hundred islands in a vast lagoon. The nearby mainland is mostly marshland, whilst the seaward sides of the city are protected by tall, mountainous islands which form a semi-circle around the city. Firewood is brought in by barge, while pines on the islands surrounding the city are left to act as windbreaks to protect the harbors, and are illegal to cut down.
The Titan of Braavos, which serves as landmark, lighthouse and defensive fortification. Just beyond the Titan lies the citadel and the vast shipyard called the Arsenal. The city proper lies beyond, a great sprawl of domes and towers and bridges in hues of grey, gold, and red. The city is comprised of a hundred islands linked together by small stone bridges spanning the many canals throughout the city. There are no trees to be found within the city. (except in the gardens of the wealthy)
Braavos is served by two main harbors. The Purple Harbor, in the north, is used by locals only, while the Ragman’s Harbor in the west is where foreign ships are moored. All ships have to submit to inspection by the Sealord’s customs officers at the Chequy Port. Scattered throughout the city are small wharves and landings for the fishermen and ferries.
All gods are honored in Braavos. Most of the temples are located on the isle in the center of the city, known as the ‘Isle of the Gods’. Among them is the Temple of the Moonsingers who led the original Braavosi refugees to the islands. Another temple of note is the temple to the Father of the Waters which is rebuilt whenever he takes a new bride, as well as temples to the Many-Faced God and R’hllor, and a sept for the Seven named the Sept-Beyond-the-Sea. Other sites include the shrine of the Weeping Lady of Lys, the Gardens of Gelenei, the wooden hall of the Lord of Harmony, the house of the Great Shepherd, a three-turreted tower honoring Trios, the Stones of the Silent God, the Patternmaker’s Maze, the temple of Aquan the Red Bull, and twin temples honoring Semosh and Selloso. Even gods that have no more followers are honored in a temple called the Holy Refuge or, colloquially, the Warren.
The Drowned Town is an area of Braavos where the town has fallen into the lagoon and only the domes and towers of the old buildings are visible above the surface of the water.
Among the areas where one can pause in Braavos is the Moon Pool. The bravos often duel at the Moon Pool by night. Healers for hire are found at the House of the Red Hands. The best inns and brothels lie near the Purple Harbor or the Moon Pool. Nearer to the Ragman’s Harbor, one can find the Inn of the Green Eel, the Black Bargeman, Moroggo’s, the Outcast Inn, the House of Seven Lamps and a brothel called the Cattery. Beneath the second arch of Nabbo’s Bridge lies the Foghouse, a small, cramped, dirty establishment with barely enough space to fit ten people. Among other establishments are the Mummer’s Ship and the Happy Port.
In the Braavosi lagoon there are a plethora of fish and shellfish which constitute the main diet of the Braavosi. Their islands are devoid of trees. Firewood is brought in by barge, while pines on the islands surrounding the city are left to act as windbreaks to protect the harbors, and are illegal to cut down.
- Purple Harbor, which serves only locals, is located on the north side of Braavos, beneath the domes and towers of the Sealord’s Palace.
- Ragman’s Harbor, which is open to all foreign ships, is located in the west. It is poorer, dirtier, and and noisier than the Purple Harbor. Many people make their living around Ragman’s Harbor, including porters, mummers, ropemakers, sailmenders, taverners, brewers, bakers, beggars, and whores.
- Chequy Port is where the Sealord’s customs officers board merchant galleys to inspect their holds. The inspection can take as much as half a day.
Isle of the Gods
All gods are honored in Braavos.
- House of Black and White, temple to the Many-Faced God and the headquarters of the Faceless Men.
- Temple of the Moonsingers is the largest and most popular temple, built of white marble capped with a silvered dome and milk glass windows that show all the phases of the moon. A pair of marble maidens flanks its gates.
- The Temple of R’hllor is made of red stone. It has a great square tower with a fire in an iron brazier twenty feet across located atop it. Each door is flanked by a fire.
Fitting in with Braavosi Culture
Braavos has a seafaring trade culture. Braavosi ships paint their hulls purple and their merchant ships sail to many distant lands and bring their trade and wealth back home. Braavos has many moneylenders and the Iron Bank of Braavos lends money to foreign nations, including the Seven Kingdoms.The city is also renowned worldwide for its courtesans. Every courtesan has her own barge and servants to work them. The beauty of famed courtesans has inspired many a song. They are showered with gifts from goldsmiths and craftsmen beg for their custom. Nobility and rich merchants pay the courtesans large amounts of money to appear alongside them at events, and bravos are known to kill each other in their names. Braavosi culture has created a unique form of sword fighting, called Water Dancing. The style is a refined form of fencing in which the practitioner stands sideways and wields a slender blade. Pugnacious bravos fill the city, frequently dueling to display their skill. Bravos dress in flamboyant colors, contrary to wealthy Braavosi, who “dressed in charcoal grey and purple, blues that were almost black and blacks as dark as a moonless night”
The anniversary of the Uncloaking is also celebrated every year with ten days of feasting and masked revelry, culminating in the midnight of the tenth day, when the Titan roars and tens of thousands of revelers and celebrants remove their masks at once.
There are several mummers’ playhouses in Braavos, such as the Gate, the the Blue Lantern, the Dome and the Ship. Unlike the rest of the Free Cities, or Westeros, mummers can mock and ridicule authorities such as the Sealord openly during their plays without fear of reprisals, even if the Sealord himself is attending the play.