‘ We all must choose, man or woman, young or old, lord or peasant, our choices are the same. We choose light or we choose darkness. We choose good or we choose evil. We choose the true god or the f a l s e ’
“The daughter of Alyn Marbrand, Jeyne was married to Tytos Lannister in a double ceremony, as Tytos’ older brother, Ser Tion, married Lady Ellyn Reyne at the same time.
Tion died the following year, however, and leaving Ellyn a widow. As her influence at Casterly Rock, which had previously been great as her husband was the heir to the seat, became less, Ellyn tried to find a way to increase her power. As she had once succeeded in convincing Tion to set aside his betrothed to marry her, she now tried to seduce and sleep with Tytos. Tytos did not go through with the act, but went to Jeyne and confessed it all.
Jeyne forgave her husband, but not Ellyn, and went to Lord Gerold Lannister, who married off Ellyn, thereby removing her from Casterly Rock.
Jeyne remained, and gave birth to five children in total. In 242 AC, she birthed Tytos his heir, a boy named Tywin. Two years later, another son followed, and the year after that, a daughter. Then another son. Giving birth in 255 AC for the fifth time, Jeyne delivered a healthy son, but died within a moon’s turn. While Tytos Lannister had always been known as the Laughing Lion, after Jeyne’s death, no one could lay that claim by his feet anymore.”
“Cassana Estermont was the wife of Lord Steffon Baratheon and mother to Robert, Stannis, and Renly Baratheon. Her husband, first cousin to King Aerys, was sent to Essos to find Prince Rhaegar a bride, and she went with him, though their children were still young. While away they were met with a remarkable fool called Patchface, and decided to take him home with them. Upon their return, their ship was caught in a severe storm, which caused the Windproud to crash into the rocks and sink, before the eyes of their sons Robert and Stannis. Hundreds of men died, and Patchface the fool was the only survivor.”
“After her father was slain by Orys Baratheon in a battle that would be called the Last Storm, Argella locked herself inside Storm’s End declared herself Storm Queen. However, her garrison refused to share the fate of King Argilac and revolted, delivering her to Orys naked and chained. Orys, however, removed the chains and gave her his cloak as well as food and wine.
She was later married to Orys to cement the latter’s rule over the Stormlands.”
“All the color had been leached from Winterfell until only grey and white remained. The Stark colors. Theon did not know whether he ought to find that ominous or reassuring. Even the sky was grey. The eyes of the bride were brown. B i g and b r o w n and full of f e a r.”
“Ashara was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Elia Martell. She was present at the Tourney at Harrenhal, where she danced with several men, including Eddard Stark after his brother Brandon spoke with her.
After the events of the Tower of Joy, Ned Stark went to Starfall to inform House Dayne of Ser Arthur’s death and return to them his greatsword, Dawn. Ashara jumped from the top of one of the towers of Starfall, called the Palestone Sword, on the cliff atop the sea. Her body was never recovered. After these events, Ned Stark returned to Winterfell with the infant Jon Snow, whom he claimed as his bastard son, refusing to name the child’s mother. This sparked rumors that Ashara had been the mother of Stark’s bastard, and that grief at learning that her lover had been responsible for her brother’s death was the cause of her suicide.
Ser Barristan Selmy believes that Ashara gave birth to a stillborn daughter. According to Selmy, a man dishonored her at Harrenhal during the tourney. Selmy’s account is ambiguous. In his account, it was grief over the death of her child, and perhaps grief at the loss of the man who “dishonored” her or shame of the “dishonoring” that led to Ashara’s suicide. Selmy also wonders whether Ashara would have looked to him, instead of “Stark”, if she had known of his feelings for her.”
“Alyssa was the daughter of the master of ships, Lord AethonVelaryon, and the granddaughter of King Aegon I’s master of ships, Lord Daemon Velaryon. She married her cousin, Prince Aenys Targaryen in 22 AC. She gave birth to six children during this marriage: Rhaena, Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys, Alysanne and Vaella Targaryen.
Alyssa outlived her husband, and became a hostage to her good-brother, King Maegor I Targaryen, when he took the throne, thereby passing over Aenys’ heir, and Alyssa’s eldest son, Prince Aegon. Alyssa remained a captive on Dragonstone until the death of Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen, the chaos of which gave her an opportunity to escape with Jaehaerys and Alysanne, her two youngest still living children. She took the Valyrian sword Dark Sister with her.
Alyssa’s escape caused the death of her eldest still living son, Viserys, who was tortured for nine days until he died. His body was was left in the courtyard of the Red Keep, as Maegor hoped Alyssa would come to claim his body. She didn’t.
Alyssa rallied lords to the claim of her now only living son, Jaehaerys. Upon Jaehaerys’ coronation in 48 AC, Alyssa became Regent. She kept this position until Jaehaerys reached majority two years later. Half a year after stepping down as regent, she married the Hand of the King, Lord Robar Baratheon. With him, she had two more children: Boremund and Jocelyn.”
“The girl chosen for him, Roslin, was Lord Walder’s fifth daughter. Her mother had been Lady Bethany Rosby. Roslin was the youngest of the five children Lady Bethany gave the Lord of the Crossing. The youngest, and the only girl. Lothar said she had a gentle nature and a talent for music, but most agreed that over all, Roslin had been blessed with her mother’s b e a u t y.”
“Rhaella’s marriage to Aerys was arranged at the command of their father, King Jaehaerys II. He had been influenced by a woods witch, who had been brought to court by Jenny of Oldstones. The woods witch prophesied that the prince that was promised would be born from Aerys’ and Rhaella’s line.
In 259 AC, during the Tragedy at Summerhall, which claimed Rhaella’s grandfather and his eldest son, she went into labor with her first pregnancy. It was then that Aerys became crown prince, and their first child, Prince Rhaegar, was born.
Rhaegar’s birth was followed by many miscarriages and stillbirths, including a baby boy, Prince Daeron, who died shortly after his birth. While at first her brother comforted her in her grief, the loss of their children eventually caused Aerys to become suspicious of Rhaella. He accused her of being unfaithful, that “the gods will not suffer a bastard to sit the Iron Throne.” Rhaella was then confined to Maegor’s Holdfast (roughly around 270AC), and Aerys decreed that two septas would sleep in Rhaella’s bed every night, to ensure she would remain faithful.
The death of their son Prince Jaehaerys in 274 AC shifted Aerys’ suspicions to others. He first blamed Jaehaerys’ wetnurse first and, in black rage, had her beheaded. It did not take Aerys long to decide Jaehaerys had been poisoned, and that the poisoner had been his own mistress, the young daughter of a household knight. The girl and her family were tortured to death, and all confessed to the murder (though the details of their confessions differed greatly).
Afterwards, Aerys decided that he himself had been to blame. He fasted for a fortnight, made a walk of repentance across the city to the Great Sept, and prayed with the High Septon. When he returned, he declared that he would only sleep with Rhaella from that day forth. If the chronicles can be believed, Aerys remained true to this vow, thereby ceasing to have mistresses from 275 AC forth.
In 276 AC, Prince Viserys was born, small and robust, and most of all, healthy. However, Viserys’ birth terrified Aerys, who feared Viserys would suffer the fate of his brothers. No one was allowed to touch the child, Rhaella included. She was even forbidden to be alone with Viserys. When Rhaella’s milk dried up, Aerys insisted that his own food taster would suckle at the breasts of the wet nurse, to be certain that there was no poison on her nipples.
When Lord Tywin Lannister, Hand of the King, held a tourney at Lannisport to celebrate Viserys’ birth in 276 AC, Rhaella was ordered to remain at King’s Landing with Viserys. In 281 AC, during the Tourney at Harrenhal, the same occurred.
In the later years of the marriage of Aerys and Rhaella, as Aerys’s insanity began to set in, he grew sexually abusive toward Rhaella. He developed a sexual fetish for fire and death, only sleeping with Rhaella after he had executed someone by burning. The final time, just before the queen was sent to Dragonstone to escape the coming siege of King’s Landing by rebels during the Robert’s Rebellion, Ser Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard recalls listening to Rhaella cry as the king raped her; when Jaime protested that the Kingsguard were sworn to defend the queen as well, Ser Jon Darry replied, “We are, but not from him”. In the morning, the queen’s maids reported seeing scratches, bruises and bite marks all over her body.
After the royalist defeat at the Battle of the Trident, Queen Rhaella, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, and Prince Viserys were evacuated, sailing to Dragonstone with the Red Keep’s master-at-arms Ser WillemDarry, before King’s Landing fell to the rebels. During the first months of exile Rhaella crowned her son Viserys Targaryen on Dragonstone. As Robert’s Rebellion wound down, Dragonstone became the last haven of the remaining Targaryens.
Rhaella spent the duration of her pregnancy on Dragonstone. Nine moons after their midnight flight from King’s Landing, Rhaella gave birth to her third child and only daughter, Princess Daenerys, while a raging summer storm threatened to rip the island apart. Rhaella died shortly thereafter from complications of giving birth. Rhaella’s surviving children inherited her crown. Later, in poverty and exile, they were forced to sell their mother’s crown in order to survive.“