- "A Khal who cannot ride is no Khal."
- ―Jorah Mormont.
Khal is a Dothraki title used to designate the leader of a khalasar, the nomadic groupings on which their society is based. A warlord, the khal is chosen not based on hereditary status, but on their ability to project strength, power and influence. The size of a khal's horde largely reflects on their influence: the more men one can command, the more respect he commands. Khals who are no longer fit to lead, whether through battlefield injury, sickness or inability to ride their horse or weak leadership, are either killed or abandoned. Khals have numerous bloodriders, who act as a bodyguard.