Titan of Braavos
The Titan of Braavos is a massive statue of granite and bronze in the shape of a warrior. It acts as as a fortress and lighthouse guarding the entrance into the lagoon where the Free City of Braavos is located. It is the primary line of defense for Braavos.
When seen from the sea for the first time, the Titan is a terrifying sight.
The feet of the Titan lie on two separate islands, including Sellagoro's Shield, and each foot is set upon a mountain of black granite. The islands are covered in soldier pines and black spruce.
The statue's legs and lower torso, also granite, were originally a natural stone archway. The Titan's hips are encased in an armored skirt of greenish bronze, and arrow slits dot the inside of the statue's thighs. There are murder holes beneath the armored skirt, with soldiers within protected by iron bars. The watchmen can drop stones and pots of burning pitch onto the decks of enemy ships.
Above the waist, the bronze colossus is filled with halls and chambers, its breastplate punctured with more arrow slits. One hand rests on the top of a ridge, its fingers wrapped around the stone. The other hand is thrust into the air, holding the hilt of a broken sword. Seabirds nest on the statue's arms and shoulders.
The Titan's head, rising four hundred feet above sea level, is crested with a bronze halfhelm, and it has green-dyed hempen rope for its long hair. In its eyes burn large beacon fires, lighting the way inside the lagoon for returning ships. The watchmen within the statue can steer enemy ships onto the nearby rocks.
Whenever a ship approaches its entrance, the Titan lets out a roar to warn the Arsenal of Braavos; the terrible groaning and grinding blast drowns out most sounds nearby and can be heard across the lagoon in the city. The Titan also roars to herald sunrise and sunset, and the hours of the day are counted by its roar.
The archway of the Titan's legs was carved and shaped by three generations of sculptors and stonemasons.
During the Dance of the Dragons, King Aegon II Targaryen desired that statues larger than the Titan be built of his late brothers, Princes Aemon and Daeron, in King's Landing. Lord Manfryd Mooton and his fellow envoys marveled at the Titan when they were sent to treat with the Sealord of Braavos during the regency of Aegon III.
Because of a dispute with the Iron Bank of Braavos, King Aerys II Targaryen desired to built a huge war fleet "to bring the Titan to his knees" in 267 AC. Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King, resolved the situation peacefully by paying the Iron Throne's debts with gold from Casterly Rock.
A Clash of Kings
A Feast for Crows
Petyr: My grandfather's shield. His own father was born in Braavos and came to the Vale as a sellsword in the hire of Lord Corbray, so my grandfather took the head of the Titan as his sigil when he was knighted.
Sansa: It's very fierce.Petyr: Rather too fierce, for an amiable fellow like me. I much prefer my mockingbird.
Old Nan had told them stories of the Titan back in Winterfell. He was a giant as tall as a mountain, and whenever Braavos stood in danger he would wake with fire in his eyes, his rocky limbs grinding and groaning as he waded out into the sea to smash the enemies.—thoughts of Arya Stark
—thoughts of Arya Stark
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Braavos.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 6, Arya I.
- The Lands of Ice and Fire, Braavos.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 45, The Blind Girl.
- The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Mercy.
- So Spake Martin: Amazon Omniblog Interview, January 11, 2012
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 74, Arya XIII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell II.