Volantis is the most prominent of all the Free Cities; the oldest, the largest, but it’s still anchored in the past, refusing to seek find its own identity ideas lest it weakens it’s claim to the first daughter of Valyria.
Braavos is the youngest of all the Free Cities, and the only one to be founded as a city free of Valyrian influence. Never intending to keep any ties to the Freehold, Braavos developed an entire new identity of its own.
Pentos sits comfortably between Volantis and Braavos in most aspects, holding on to the past with one hand and reaching to the future with the other.
Qohor, the most eastern and isolated of all the Free Cities is also the most exotic, where the influences from the far east meet the cult of the Black Goat of Qohor.
Norvosi life is ruled by the tones of its 3 bells and all aspects of life are dictated by its chiming.
Lorath’s only claim to notoriety is having been under Valyrian rule. Isolated and poor it lacks of any interest except for its pre-Valyrian history, which can shed light on the peoples that lived in Andalos before the time of the Freehold.
Tyrosh sits astride Westeros and Essos, a most perfect location to trade not only spices but also knowledge and culture.
Myr lacks for nothing in the arts and culture, with its highly sophisticated artifacts only equaled by those of Qaarth.
Lys claims not only to have the most beautiful people, but also the best endowed in the performing arts, including their slaves, trained since infancy to excel at these.