Sons of the Citadel
Freehold of Valyria
Encompassing the whole of the Valyrian peninsula, the Freehold of Valyria is one of the youngest of the modern powers of Essos. Once merely shepherds and traders, the Valyrian people scratched out some wealth from the Land of the Long Summers and found a propensity for military strength. They developed steel not long after the Rhoynar and their prominent trading houses grew wealthy with the security their martial strength provided. Their expansion south to envelop the remainder of the peninsula seems to have been inevitable, but their discovery of power in the Fourteen Flames perhaps was not.
To augment their wealth in livestock and commerce, the Valyrian merchant lords discovered the volcanic range known as the Fourteen Flames, and through some means unknown have come to harness some power within these mountains in the form of pyromancy. Strange sorcery abounds in the Freehold, always with flame at its heart. Beneath these volcanic peaks lie a wealth of gems and precious metals, as well, and the slaves of the Freehold toil night and day to dredge them from beneath the mountains while the Freehold Lords grow in power.