Aebram Posted September 25, 2022 Share Posted September 25, 2022 In a recent thread about the Faceless Men, Evolett raised this interesting question: Quote The Tattered Prince wants Pentos as a reward for assisting Quentyn. When that fails, Ser Barristan promises Pentos if the Prince helps him release the Meereenese hostages. A bold move. How does Barristan think to conquer Pentos? "Bold," indeed. Was that a deliberate reference to Ser Barristan's nickname? This is the man who entered a tourney at the age of ten, and later single-handedly rescued King Aerys from captivity at Duskendale. So if anyone can accomplish such a feat, it would be him. And there are a number of factors that make this feasible, depending on "Tatters's" actual goal. The text is not specific, but presumably he wants to rule the city, not burn it to the ground or sack it. Pentos is very lightly defended. As a result of its treaty with Braavos, it has no standing army except for its city watch. It has only 20 warships, and is forbidden from hiring sellswords. AWOIAF states that "... the Pentoshi are now notably less belligerent than the people of Tyrosh, Myr, and Lys. Despite its massive walls, Pentos is oft seen as the most vulnerable of the Free Cities." From a brief look at that book and the wiki, it seems likely that there are no living Pentoshi who have actually fought in a war, except for Tatters himself and any others who left the city to join sellsword companies. Currently, the title of Prince is largely symbolic, and most of the actual power is in the hands of the ruling elite, referred to in several books as the "forty families." That's not a very large number. If, as in most cities, the wealthy families tend to be clustered in more desirable neighborhoods, that makes it relatively easy to capture many of them with a small force. My guess is that Tatters wants to rule for real; he wants to make the title of Prince have actual power again. If he and Barristan can capture, kill, bribe, or recruit a sufficient number of the forty families, the rest will probably bend the knee without a fight, in return for an Aegon-esque promise that they can keep much of their wealth and power. ... Unless the Braavosi decide to get involved ... What say you? Your humble scribe, --Aebram of Underhedge Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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