Tower of the Hand

Book 2, Chapter 41.
Daenerys's request for aid is turned down by the rulers of Qarth. Quaithe tells Daenerys she must go to Asshai to find truth.
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Daenerys rides in a palanquin with Rhaegal and Xaro as Jhogo clears a path. She has just spoken to the Pureborn of Qarth, who has refused her plea for aid in retaking Westeros. They never meant to help her; they only came because they were curious. Aggo and Rakharo are also guarding her. Many people had come to see her dragons and brought gifts that she used to bribe three members of the Pureborn, Egon Emeros, Mathos Mallarawan, and Wendello Qar Deeth. She sold everything she had received except for a crown given to her by the Tourmaline Brotherhood. She will not sell it because Viserys was known as the begger king after selling his mother's crown. She tries once again to convince Xaro to help, but as ever, he will not. The palanquin stops suddenly. Jhogo tells her a performing firemage is the cause. Daenerys wants to see, and Jhogo helps her out. He also points out a cutpurse working the crowd. When the show is over, Quaithe approaches. She says that the firemage could do almost nothing half a year ago, but his powers are growing because of Daenerys's dragons.1 Quaithe says Daenerys must leave Qarth soon. Daenerys asks where she should go, and Quaithe responds, "To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward you must go back, and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow." Daenerys realizes Quaithe wants her to go to Asshai. Daenerys asks what Asshai has that Qarth does not, and Quaithe says that Asshai has truth. They return to Xaro's palace, and Daenerys feeds Rhaegal, Viserion, and Drogon. They are twice the size they were in Vaes Tolorro, but still not big enough for her needs. Jorah comes to see Daenerys. He says they should leave soon and go east. She disagrees and thinks they should return west. Jorah argues that, even if Illyrio were to hire sellswords for her, landing on Westeros with a foreign army would not be a good way to win over her people. She finally decides that her comet led her to Qarth for a reason and that she must see the warlocks.



  1. Qartheen - The Qartheen believe that weeping is a mark of civilization, and do so often and easily. They allow husband and wife to retain all their property separately when they marry. However, each may ask for one item of the other's worldly goods and that request must be granted.
  2. Sorrowful Men - The Sorrowful Men are an ancient guild of assassins, so named because they always whisper "I am so sorry" before killing their targets.


  1. Qarth - Qarth is controlled militarily by the Pureborn, a council of the descendants of Qarth's kings and queens. They convene in the Hall of a Thousand Thrones. The merchant princes of Qarth are divided into three factions: the Ancient Guild of Spicers, the Tourmaline Brotherhood, and the Thirteen. They vie with each other and the Pureborn for dominance.


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1.  Prologue 25.  Theon II 49.  Daenerys IV
2.  Arya I 26.  Tyrion VI 50.  Tyrion XI
3.  Sansa I 27.  Arya VI 51.  Theon IV
4.  Tyrion I 28.  Daenerys II 52.  Jon VI
5.  Bran I 29.  Bran IV 53.  Sansa IV
6.  Arya II 30.  Tyrion VII 54.  Jon VII
7.  Jon I 31.  Arya VII 55.  Tyrion XII
8.  Catelyn I 32.  Catelyn III 56.  Catelyn VII
9.  Tyrion II 33.  Sansa III 57.  Theon V
10.  Arya III 34.  Catelyn IV 58.  Sansa V
11.  Davos I 35.  Jon IV 59.  Davos III
12.  Theon I 36.  Bran V 60.  Tyrion XIII
13.  Daenerys I 37.  Tyrion VIII 61.  Sansa VI
14.  Jon II 38.  Theon III 62.  Tyrion XIV
15.  Arya IV 39.  Arya VIII 63.  Sansa VII
16.  Tyrion III 40.  Catelyn V 64.  Daenerys V
17.  Bran II 41.  Daenerys III 65.  Arya X
18.  Tyrion IV 42.  Tyrion IX 66.  Sansa VIII
19.  Sansa II 43.  Davos II 67.  Theon VI
20.  Arya V 44.  Jon V 68.  Tyrion XV
21.  Tyrion V 45.  Tyrion X 69.  Jon VIII
22.  Bran III 46.  Catelyn VI 70.  Bran VII
23.  Catelyn II 47.  Bran VI
24.  Jon III 48.  Arya IX