What is the answer from Valar Morghulis

Valar dohaeris

Valar dohaeris is a term from the High Valyrian language and means "All people must serve".[Note 1] It is commonly used as a response to "Valar morghulis". The expression is also associated with the cult of the many-faced God, which the men without a face worship.

In the series

season 3

The first episode of the third season, "Valar Dohaeris" is named after the phrase.[1]

Melisandre travels to the Riverside in search of Gendry for the blood of a king and encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners. She says she is friendly to them and when Thoros of Myr steps forward, she greets the R'hllor priest with "Valar morghulis", to which he replies "Valar dohaeris".[2]

Season 4

When Arya arrives in Salzpfann, she wants to take a ship north to the wall. She meets Ternesio Terys, the captain of a ship. She asks if he can take her with him, but the captain replies that they are going back to Braavos. She hands him the iron coin that Jaqen H'ghar gave her. Ternesio Terys is surprised where she got the coin from, and when she says the words Jaqen taught her, he replies with "Valar dohaeris". Arya is allowed to sail with them to Braavos.[3]

Season 5

Jaqen H'ghar gives a man who belongs to the House of Black and White a mug with the liquid from the temple, giving him the gift of death. That man replies with the words "Valar morghulis" and Jaqen replies with "Valar dohaeris". Arya is increasingly unhappy with her assigned work in the House of Black and White as she has been sweeping the temple floor for days. She wants to become a Faceless Man with the help of Jaqen. He replies that he is already teaching her this. He tells her that all men must serve, especially the faceless. Arya protests that she wants to serve, but Jaqen replies that she wants to serve herself first and foremost. He points out to them that they are serving the many-faced God, and in order to serve well, they do not have to become anyone. Arya asks which one of the many faced gods is and notes that she sees statues of different gods in the temple. Jaqen tells her that there is only one God whose name she knows.[4]

See also


  1. ↑ In the fifth season the saying "All men must serve" is translated as a play on words in relation to the Faceless Men, since the English word men can mean both people and men.

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