Volantis is one of the Free Cities located east of Westeros. It is the southern-most and oldest of the Free Cities, located on the southern coast of Essos along the Summer Sea, at the mouth of the Rhoyne River. It was founded as a colony of Valyria many centuries ago. It is a great port.
People from Volantis are known as Volantene. They are ruled by the Triarchs. Only those who can trace their lineage back to the times of Valyria may become candidates to the post of Triarch. The city welcomes a mixture of religions but holds a large temple devoted to the worship of the Lord of Light.
The harbor metropolis lies on both sides of one of the many mouths of the Rhoyne. The river is spanned by a great structure known as the Long Bridge.
Volantis is ruled by a noble class, but also possesses large number of slaves. The slave-masters in Volantis have a very organized system for their slaves, giving them small tattoos on the left cheek of their faces that symbolize what tasks they are assigned to and so they can be easily identified as slaves: flies for dung shovelers, hammers for builders, tears for whores, etc. A fish tattoo indicates that the slave works on a fishing vessel. In Volantis, it is death for a slave to touch a noble.
The Volantene look down on Westerosi, regarding them as unrefined, "grim, stinking barbarians".
Talisa Stark, a noblewoman of the Maegyr family who relocated to Westeros where she undertook medical practice and eventually married the King in the North, Robb Stark. Killed in the Red Wedding by Lothar Frey.
Kinvara, the High Priestess of the city's Red Temple
The wineseller in the market at Vaes Dothrak boasts of his fine wine from Volantis, the Arbor and Dorne.
Following the Battle of Oxcross, Robb Stark meets Talisa, a healer from Volantis. Robb remarks that she is a long way from home.
Robb and Talisa later discuss why she became a healer. She reveals that during a three-year summer, her little brother nearly drowned in the Rhoyne and was saved by a slave. As a result, she vowed when she was older that she would never again live in a place where slavery is legal.
In King's Landing, when Podrick Payne takes longer than she would like to fetch her a plate of figs, Olenna Tyrell sarcastically asks, "Where did you go for them, Volantis?"
In the east at Slaver's Bay, when the Second Sons sellsword company are encamped outside of Yunkai, their commander Mero settles a question among the three head officers by taking out some coins he has on him - one from Meereen, one from Volantis, and one from Braavos - and having each of the them pick one at random.
Talisa tells Robb that after the war is over, she would like him to visit Volantis with her so that her mother can meet him and "her grandchild", revealing she is pregnant. However, this never comes to pass, as both Robb and Talisa are killed at the Red Wedding.
Tywin Lannister says that one of the blacksmiths that melted down and reforged Ned Stark's sword Ice was from Volantis
After Tyrion Lannister flees to Pentos, he is convinced by Varys to journey with him to Meereen to meet Daenerys Targaryen. As they ride through the fields out of Pentos in a large horse-drawn wheelhouse, Varys explains that they are heading to Volantis first, where they will board a ship that will take them the rest of the way to Meereen.
Tyrion and Varys arrive at Volantis, and Tyrion insists on finally taking a break from weeks trapped in the wheelhouse to refresh himself in the vast city. They walk through the crowded markets on the massive Long Bridge, and note the city's vast slave population, their faces tattooed to identify their ocupations. As they make their way through a market they spot a Red Priestess preaching to a crowd of slaves, who catches Tyrion's eye as he stops to listen to her sermon. She preaches that the Lord of Light has sent them a savior, the "Dragon Queen" - Daenerys Targaryen, who has been waging a campaign against slavery in Meereen. Tyrion remarks sardonically on her sermon to Varys - but unnaturally, despite being on the other side of the market space she seems to hear him, and meets Tyrion's gaze with an angry glare. Unnerved, Tyrion tells Varys they should continue on to find a brothel, where he can drink and find a prostitute.
In the brothel, they see that one of the prostitutes is dressed up in a Daenerys costume for the amusement of her clients. Varys quips to Tyrion that a woman who inspires both priests and whores is worth taking seriously. Unknown to Tyrion and Varys, the exiled Ser Jorah Mormont happens to be in the same brothel drowning his sorrows, and takes notice of them both. Tyrion leaves Varys to chat with the whore Clea, but he is still so distraught about killing Shae that he doesn't really think he has the spirit to have sex with her. He excuses himself to take a piss - urinating off the bridge into the Rhoyne River itself - and while he is alone Jorah ambushes him and takes him prisoner. Jorah then steals a fishing boat and leaves Volantis with the captive Tyrion, heading to Meereen to present him to Daenerys.
From the Meereenese prostitute Vala, Tyrion Lannister and Varys learn that Volantis along with the Ghiscari cities of Astapor and Yunkai are secretly funding the Sons of the Harpy, an insurgent organization opposed to Daenerys Targaryen and dedicated to restoring slavery. Tyrion gets Varys to send his spy network to open contact with the leaders of Volantis and the other cities. The Volantene envoy Belicho Paenymion is part of the joint diplomatic mission send to negotiate with Tyrion and his advisors. In the end, the two parties reach a compromise solution. They agree to abolish slavery over a seven-year period and to compensate all slave owners.
Following the peace agreement, Tyrion hires Kinvara, the High Priestess of the Red Temple at Volantis, to get the Red Priestesses to preach that Dany is The Prince That Was Promised. Later, Yara and Theon Greyjoy flee to Volantis following their uncle Euron's election to the Salt Throne. There they plan to meet Daenerys Targaryen in Meereen and with her help, reclaim their home, the Iron Islands.
Later, Volantis, Astapor, and Yunkai decide to break their peace treaty with Meereen. They launch a naval bombardment of the city which coincides with Dany's return to the city on her dragon Drogon. Dany meets with Belicho, Razdal mo Eraz, and Yezzan zo Qaggaz for a parley. Believing they have won, the slave masters demand that Dany and Tyrion surrender Missandei, Grey Worm, and the Unsullied and her three dragons to be slaughtered. However, she rejects their terms and orders Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal to burn the slaving cities' fleet. Grey Worm then executes Belicho and Razdal after they try to save themselves by offering up Yezzan to be slaughtered.
Upon realizing that she is disliked by Jon Snow and that she doesn't seem interested in serving Daenerys Targaryen, Varys presses Melisandre to leave Westeros for good. Melisandre explains that has already decided to leave for Volantis shortly, but states that she will return to Westeros one day, for like Varys, she is fated to die there.
The long Bridge, a multi-story marketplace spanning the Rhoyne, dominates the landscape of this harbor metropolis, the oldest of the Free Cities. A great temple dedicated to the Lord of the Light is another of its famed landmarks.