Confusion and chaos reigned for an entire day as the former slaves found themselves without masters and direction. Some were trying to find friends and family who had been confined to other ships while others simply tried to find someone who spoke the same language and could explain what was going on. At the same time a hierarchy was slowly growing and a number of sailors from different ships had gathered to decide on a common direction. Continuing south and settling in Sothyros was considered, but discarded as the Dragonlords would likely expect such a move, as was following the Rhoynar example of going west to the Sunset Kingdoms, before the representative of a small group of priestesses from the nomad tribes of the Jogos Nhai came forward with a prophesy about a bay to the north, shielded both from above and around by nature itself. The lagoon supposedly sat at the border of two seas and would see the Titan's children protected for a millennium or more.

The decision was made to steer the entire fleet north in search for the prophesised lagoon and orders were distributed throughout the ships. Since most of the slaves brought were born and bred in captivity few wished to return "home" and so only four ships in total broke off to transport those unwilling to follow the prophecy north. The remaining 187 ships set their sails, carrying around 10 000 slaves with them, and would keep their course, first north-west to put some distance between themselves and Valyria, and then due north, passing the Stepstones and continuing all the way through the Narrow Sea before veering to the east to better survey the essosi coast.

On the eight-and-twentieth day after the slave mutiny, the leading ships reached the north-western tip of Essos, a fog-laden and rocky part of the coast, covered in black spruce and soldier pines. It was another half day before a lookout on one of the ships spotted a narrow opening, no more than four or five ship widths wide and crowned with a massive granite arch. Three ships, crewed with some of the best sailors, were sent through the opening and returned with reports of a lagoon, surrounded on all sides by foggy mountains. The area was largely comprised of small to medium islands of stone and sand in the middle and mudflats along the southern part of the lagoon.

The nomad priestesses were called for and confirmed that the lagoon seemed to match the safe haven described in the prophesy, and the entire fleet then slowly made their way into the shielded area.


Sorry its short, I'm in the final stages of writing my bachelor's thesis in Nautical Science so I've been a bit short on time… And I kinda got sidetracked while calculating sailing distances and the ships' speed during various legs of the trip, comparing it to the expected speeds of medieval vessel types, estimating the current of the Narrow sea (ended up as 0.6 kn to the north, based on the Norwegian current) and trying to estimate the number of slaves ("a huge fleet of slave ships" doesn't tell you a lot…). My first assumed numbers were 287 ships and 30 000 slaves, based on the Atlantic slave trade and then downsized by some, it was then reduced to the 187 ships and 10000 slaves because I highly doubt an early Braavos without an easy supply of fresh water was capable of supporting 30 000 people. I also found a nice map of "present-day" Braavos and population estimates of 750-900 000 inhabitants in the islands.

Now I just have to figure out how to incorporate the iron mines of the Iron Bank

/Minna

Oh yeah, I'm not sure how relevant it is, but the slave who got the last word in the last chapter is named Quarro.