I want to disrupt the flow of posts on this blog to express my deepest condolences to the victims of the man that ran amok in Graz, Austria today. This is the city I live in, the city I’ve spent most of my life in. I am thankful my dear ones are unharmed but my thoughts go out to the people that lost a family member, a friend today. I know that some of my followers are living in Graz, I hope all of you, as well as your loved ones, are alright.

You can read about the incident in English on the BBC website. The culprit drove through the pedestrian area, deliberately hunting down walking people, as witnesses (among them mayor Siegfried Nagl) explained. The culprit has already been arrested.

Awesome Westerosi Characters You Don’t Know Because You Only Watch Game of Thrones: #20 Chataya and Alayaya

Chataya and Alayaya are more Summer Islanders living in King’s Landing (see entry on Jalabhar Xho). I have mixed feelings about them being left out of the TV series, because I do want there to be more characters of color. But I also dislike how those characters that have been cast with black actors have been slaves, pirates and servants of some kind.

Chataya owns a brothel in King’s Landing. (Contrary to what the show would have you believe, there is more than just the one that Littlefinger owns.) She has a very open and positive attitude about sexuality which is in sharp contrast with the repressed Westerosi. (”The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so?“)

Instead of calling her “whore” or something derogatory, I chose to think of her as a smart, small business owner who is getting paid. I like that she has made a living for herself and her daughter even in such a misogynistic society. And she raised a good egg. I’d say she seems like one of the better mothers in King’s Landing, but that is not a high bar to get over.

Alayaya is Chataya’s daughter. She works in her mother’s brothel. (Some think this is creepy; that the mother employs her daughter as a prostitute. But even if you do think it’s creepy it’s still not enough to take her off the best mom’s list in my opinion.) Alayaya is described as sweet and brave. She is teaching herself how to read.

During A Clash of Kings, Tyrion pretends to visit Alayaya when he is really meeting with Shae. Because of this, Alayaya is taken hostage by Cersei Lannister and later beaten by Tywin. For reasons that are unclear, this storyline was given to a character named Ros (Ros was a character created for the show, and is not in the books.) on the show who is much more a puppet of the male characters than Chataya is.  It almost seems like Petyr Baelish owns her or something.

Unlike Ros, Chataya and Alayaya are both alive and well in King’s Landing as far as we know. Both Bronn and Oberyn Martell speak of visiting Chataya’s brothel in A Storm of Swords. So clearly Chataya is a better business person than Littlefinger.

Other Awesome ASOIAF characters

Image of Chataya and Alayaya by Amok.


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