Crackpot Theories: The Doom That Came To Valyria
It was written that on the day of Doom every hill for five hundred miles had cut up asunder to fill the air with ash and smoke and fire, blazes so sizzling and hungry that even the dragons in the sky were engulfed and consumed. Great rents had opened within the earth, swallowing palaces, temples, complete towns. Lakes boiled or turned to acid, mountains burst, fiery fountains spewed molten rock a thousand feet into the air, pink clouds rained down dragonglass and the black blood of demons, and to the north the ground splintered and collapsed and fell in on itself and an indignant sea came dashing in. The proudest metropolis in all of the world was gone straight away, its fabled empire vanished in a day, the Lands of the Lengthy Summer scorched and drowned and blighted.
An empire constructed on blood and fire. The Valyrians reaped the seed they had sown.
(From the Slaver’s Bay map of The Lands of Ice and Fireplace)
It wasn’t simply the Valyrian Peninsula that was affected, but an island off the coast submerged.
On the day the Doom came to Valyria, it was stated, a wall of water three hundred feet high had descended on the island, drowning tons of of thousands of males, girls, and youngsters, leaving none to tell the tale however some fisherfolk who had been at sea and a handful of Velosi spearmen posted in a stout stone tower on the island’s highest hill, who had seen the hills and valleys beneath them flip into a raging sea. Honest Velos with its palaces of cedar and pink marble had vanished in a heartbeat. On the north finish of the island, the historical brick walls and stepped pyramids of the slaver port Ghozai had suffered the identical fate.
My first thought was Krakatoa, 1883.
Not solely did the main island of Krakatoa shattered into pieces, a distant coastal town known as Merak (along with a hundred others) was submerged in a tsunami.
(Picture from Wikipedia)
The precise cause for the eruption was debated for some time, and the concept sea water flooded into the magma chamber inflicting the explosion, was replaced by the speculation that scorching magma mixed with chilly magma and triggered the eruption – each instances agree that the stress constructed up went ballistic.
(Art by Severino Baraldi)
Coming again to Valyria, it’s doubtless that the ring of volcanoes recognized because the Fourteen Fires had been subjected to something very related, leading to eruptions, earthquakes and full annihilation. The actual cause that triggered that is unknown – it could have been the work of gods, sorcerers or nature’s fury. Or, it is this crackpot concept.
Potential spoilers from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons
The Faceless Men orchestrated the Doom of Valyria
The Kindly Man’s narrative of the primary Faceless Man (emphasis mine):
“Burnt and blackened corpses were oft present in shafts where the rocks were cracked or full of holes. Yet still the mines drove deeper. Slaves perished by the score, however their masters didn’t care. Pink gold and yellow gold and silver were reckoned to be extra treasured than the lives of slaves, for slaves were low-cost in the old Freehold. During conflict, the Valyrians took them by the 1000’s. In occasions of peace they bred them, although only the worst have been sent down to die within the pink darkness.”
“Did not the slaves rise up and struggle ”
“Some did,” he said. “Revolts have been widespread within the mines, but few achieved much. The dragonlords of the outdated Freehold have been robust in sorcery, and lesser males defied them at their peril. The first Faceless Man was one who did.”
“Who was he ” Arya blurted, earlier than she stopped to suppose.
“No one,” he answered. “Some say he was a slave himself. Others insist he was a freeholder’s son, born of noble stock. Some will even inform you he was an overseer who took pity on his fees. The truth is, no one knows. Whoever he was, he moved amongst the slaves and would hear stone island destockage them at their prayers. Males of 100 different nations labored in the mines, and each prayed to his personal god in his own tongue, but all have been praying for the same factor. It was release they requested for, an finish to pain. A small factor, and easy. But their gods made no answer, and their suffering went on. Are their gods all deaf he questioned… till a realization came upon him, one night within the pink darkness.
“All gods have their instruments, women and men who serve them and assist to work their will on earth. The slaves weren’t crying out to a hundred completely different gods, as it appeared, but to 1 god with 100 different faces… and he was that god’s instrument. That very night he selected essentially the most wretched of the slaves, the one who had prayed most earnestly for launch, and freed him from his bondage. The first reward had been given.”
Arya drew back from him. “He killed the slave ” That didn’t sound proper. “He should have killed the masters!”
“He would convey the gift to them as well… however that may be a tale for an additional day, one greatest shared with nobody.”
It appears possible that the Faceless Males (He gathered extra slaves to his cause as he answered their prayers to kill others and requested their service as fee.) have been in some way answerable for triggering the volcanic eruption.
They could have tunneled via the various chambers underneath the Fourteen Fires, and made the sea water seep inside, slowly constructing up the pressure and making the volcanoes explode. A minimum of one of them escaped to Braavos and establish the Order, later constructing the Home of Black and White.
Whereas we’re in crackpot theories, there’s the likelihood that this trigger took a very very long time to return to fruition, and during that time the primary Faceless Man needed to spare his household from the destruction and asked them to flee. The first Faceless Man could have been a Targaryen. Valar Morghulis.