Question - What are the Free Cities?

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The nine city-states composing the Free Cities lie across the narrow sea, east of Westeros, on the western side of the eastern continent. Braavos, Lorath, Lys, and Tyrosh are located on islands, Myr, Pentos, and Volantis are located on the coasts, and Norvos and Qohor lie inland. In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the nine Free Cities occupy a large portion of western Essos. From north to south, they are Braavos, Lorath, Norvos, Qohor, Pentos, Myr, Tyrosh, Lys, and Volantis. Pentos is one of the Free Cities, located on the western coastline of Essos, across the Narrow Sea from Westeros. It is a large, rich city-state of merchant lords. People and things from Pentos are known as Pentoshi. The city is the home of Magister Illyrio Mopatis. Braavos is the outlier; it was founded by escaped slaves who had fled the Valyrian Freehold. As a result of that, Braavos is the most ethnically diverse Free City, because, as opposed to being inhabited principally by Valyrians, it was founded by a wide variety of people from all over the world. If we take both Essos and Westeros, then probably the largest 5 cities will be,, Asshai. Volantis. Meereen. Oldtown. Kings Landing.

https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Qarth

Qarth is located on the Jade Gates, which link the Summer Sea to the fabled Jade Sea. Qarth's position makes it the gateway between the lands of Westeros, Free Cities and Slaver's Bay, and more eastern lands such as Asshai, the Shadow Lands, and Yi Ti. Qarth has been described as the center of the world.

https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Volantis

Volantis is one of the Free Cities located to the east of Westeros. The southernmost and oldest of the Free Cities, it lies on the southern coast of Essos, where the mighty Rhoyne River meets the Summer Sea. It was founded as a colony of Valyria many centuries ago and is a great port.

https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Braavos

Braavos is located at the northwestern-most point of the continent of Essos, where the Narrow Sea to the west meets the Shivering Sea to the north. The city is spread across hundreds of tiny islands in the lagoon, connected by stone bridges and a vast network of canals.

https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Westeros

The northern lands of Westeros are less densely populated than the south despite their roughly equivalent size. The five major cities of Westeros are, in order of size: King's Landing, Oldtown, Lannisport, Gulltown, and White Harbor.

https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Braavos

In 49 AC, the Sealord of Braavos sent his son to attend the Golden Wedding of the Queen Regent, Alyssa Velaryon, and the Hand of the King, Lord Rogar Baratheon.

https://www.elitedaily.com/entertainment/7-kingdoms-game-of-thrones/2034140

The Seven Kingdoms It's only called that because the day Aegon arrived, that was how it was divided. During the time of the show, there are nine kingdoms in Westeros: The North, The Vale, The Crownlands, The Stormlands, Dorne, The Reach, The Westerlands, The Riverlands, and The Iron Islands.

https://atlasoficeandfireblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/the-population-of-the-free-cities/

On this basis, giving Braavos a population of around twice that of King's Landing (800, 000) with 2-3 million more people spread through its territory seems reasonable. For the title of third-most populous city, Norvos seems a reasonable conclusion.

http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/titan-braavos/prod_78.html

The Titan of Braavos is a massive statue that guards the harbor entrance to the city of Braavos. As seen in season 4, the Titan towers over Stannis Baratheon and his ship as they sail into Braavos. Dark Horse brings the Titan to life with this limited edition, 13” tall statue.

https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Dorne

According to author George R. R. Martin, Dorne is loosely inspired by Spain, particularly the south's Moorish heritage, which culturally sets it apart from the rest of the country and of Western Europe.

https://www.quora.com/On-Game-of-Throns-whats-the-meaning-of-Aryas-conversation-with-the-ship-captai

The Iron coin is the symbol of a faceless man. Jaqen said that if Arya ever needed to get in contact to give the coin to any man of Braavos with the words "valar morghulis" and the bravosi would take care of the rest. So Arya gives the coin to the captain.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/game-of-thrones-words-every-fan-will-know

Valar morghulis is a High Valyrian saying originating from Braavos, a city located on the northwestern tip of Essos. It means "all men must die, " and it's usually answered with the phrase valar dohaeris, meaning "all men must serve. "

https://gameofthrones.fandom.com/wiki/Arya_Stark

Jaqen kills several guards that night, allowing Arya to walk out of the castle with Gendry and Hot Pie. He offers to take Arya to Braavos (home city of her "dancing" instructor Syrio Forel) to train with the Faceless Men. She declines, telling him that she needs to find her family first, including Sansa.

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-the-Titan-of-Braavos-wield-a-broken-sword

The reason why that's relevant is that the banner of the Second Sons is a broken sword. (The administrative head of Braavos was known as the Sealord, and his protector is called the First Sword. Syrio Forel was one such, and incidentally, he had a broken wooden sword in his hand when Arya last saw him. )

https://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Arya_Stark

In Braavos, Arya finds her way to the House of Black and White, where a kindly old man initiates her into the guild of the Faceless Men. She is required to discard her old personality, including her belongings, to begin the training. She does this, except for Needle, which she hides in a safe location.