king jaehaerys

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the known world: THE QUEENS THAT NEVER WERE  

        For forty-six years, the Old King and Good Queen Alysanne were wed, and for the most part it was a happy marriage, with children and grandchildren aplenty.
        Two estrangements are recorded, but they did not last more than a year or two before the pair resumed their customary friendship. The Second Quarrel, however, is of note, as it was due to Jaehaerys’s decision in 92 AC to pass over his granddaughter Rhaenysthe daughter of his deceased eldest son and heir, Prince Aemonin favor of bestowing Dragonstone and the place of heir apparent on his next eldest son, Baelon the Brave.        
        
Alysanne saw no reason why a man should be favored over a woman…and if Jaehaerys thought women of less use, then he would have no need of her. They reconciled in time, but the Old King outlived his beloved queen, and in his last years it was said that the grief of their parting hung over his court like a pall. 

                                - [ The World of Ice and Fire - The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I ]

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Jaehaerys I, Good Queen Alysanne, and Septon Barth
Happy birthday, @goodqueenaly!

Decisive in thought and deed, Jaehaerys was wise beyond his years, always seeking the most peaceable ends. His queen, Alysanne, was also well loved throughout the realm, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent. […] For forty-six years, the Old King and Good Queen Alysanne were wed, and for the most part it was a happy marriage, with children and grandchildren aplenty. […] the Old King outlived his beloved queen, and in his last years it was said that the grief of their parting hung over his court like a pall.

Yet if Alysanne was Jaehaerys’s great love, his greatest friend was Septon Barth. No man of humble birth ever rose so high as the plainspoken but brilliant septon. He was the son of a common blacksmith and had been given to the Faith while young. But his brilliance made itself known, and in time he came to serve in the library at the Red Keep, tending the king’s books and records. There King Jaehaerys became acquainted with him, and soon named him Hand of the King.

Donald Sutherland as Jaehaerys Targaryen ♚ Michelle Pfeiffer as Alysanne TargaryenSean Connery as Septon Barth

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Every child knows that the Targaryens have always danced too close to madness. Your father was not the first. King Jaehaerys once told me that madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin. Every time a new Targaryen is born, he said, the gods toss the coin in the air and the world holds its breath to see how it will land.

What Queen Alysanne, known as Good Queen Alysanne, would have worn, Guo Pei

Queen Alysanne was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and was well loved throughout the Seven Kingdoms, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent. She was beloved by the smallfolk of Westeros, loving them in return, and she was renowned for her charities.

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TARGARYEN WEEK | day i - one queen: Alysanne Targaryen

Queen Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Alysanne was a dragonrider whose mount was Silverwing. Alysanne was well loved throughout the Seven Kingdoms, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent She was beloved by the smallfolk of Westeros, loving them in return, and she was renowned for her charities. She had great influence over Jaehaerys, as she was his most trusted counselor. She convinced him to abolish the lord’s right to the first night. 

Valyrian Girls Names
  • Aelora (Princess Aelora the daughter of Prince Rhaegel and Lady Alys Arryn.)
  • Aemma (Queen Aemma wife of King Viserys I Targaryen.)
  • Aerea (Princess Aerea the daughter of Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaena.)
  • Alysanne (Queen Alysanne known as Good Queen Alysanne the queen consort of her brother King Jaehaerys I. Then became popular with many other houses.)
  • Baela (Lady Baela a daughter of Prince Daemon and Lady Laena Velaryon.)
  • Daella (Princess Daella daughter of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen then mother to Queen Aemma Arryn, Princess Daella Targaryen daughter of King Maekar I)
  • Daena (Princess Daena Targaryen also known as Daena the Defiant daughter of King Aegon III.)
  • Daenaera (Lady Daenaera Velaryon the queen consort of King Aegon III.)
  • Daenerys (Princess Daenerys was the daughter of Aegon IV Targaryen and Naerys, Daenerys Mother of Dragons daughter of the Mad King.)
  • Daenora (Princess Daenora a daughter of Prince Rhaegel and Lady Alys Arryn.)
  • Daenys (Daenys the Dreamer)
  • Elaena (Daughter of Daenys the Dreamer, Princess Elaena Targaryen daughter of Aegon III)
  • Helaena (Queen Helaena Targaryen was the sister-wife to Aegon II)
  • Jaehaera (Princess Jaehaera the daughter of Aegon II and his sister-wife and Queen Helaena.)
  • Jaenara (Jaenara Belaerys a woman from Valyria, who flew her dragon Terrax farther south of Sothoryos than anyone had ever gone before.)
  • Laena (Lady Laena Velaryon was the second wife of Prince Daemon.)
  • Maegelle (Septa Maegelle daughter of King Jaehaerys I and Queen Alysanne .)
  • Naerys (Queen Naerys the sister-wife to King Aegon IV.)
  • Rhae (Princess Rhae daughter of King Maekar I and Lady Dyanna Dayne.)
  • Rhaena (Princess Rhaena eldest daughter and child of King Aenys I also a Black Bride, Lady Rhaena of Pentos daughter of Prince Daemon and Lady Laena Velaryon, Princess Rhaena second daughter of King Aegon III.)
  • Rhaenyra (Princess /Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and called the Half-Year Queen the first-born child of King Viserys I Targaryen.)
  • Rhaenys (Queen Rhaenys sisterwife to Aegon the Conqueror, Rhaenys daughter of Aemon I also known as the Queen Who Never Was, Princess Rhaenys daughter of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell.)
  • Rhaella (Queen Rhaella Targaryen the sister, wife, and queen of King Aerys II the Mad King.)
  • Rhaelle (Princess Rhaelle daughter of King Aegon V and Queen Betha Blackwood.)
  • Rhalla (Princess Rhalla the daughter of Prince Aegon and Princess Rhaena.)
  • Saera (Princess Saera a daughter of King Jaehaerys I and Queen Alysanne.)
  • Shaena (Princess Shaena Targaryen daughter of King Aerys II and Queen Rhaella.)
  • Shaera (Princess Shaera daughter of King Aegon V and Queen Betha Blackwood.)
  • Valaena (Velaryon, mother to Aegon the Conqueror)
  • Vaella (Princess Vaella youngest child of King Aenys I, Princess Vaella, daughter of Prince Daeron Targaryen and Lady Kiera of Tyrosh)
  • Visenya (Queen Visenya Sisterwife to Aegon the Conqueror, Princess Visenya daughter of Rhaenyra.)
  • Viserra (Princess Viserra daughter of King Jaehaerys I and Queen Alysanne.)
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A GAME OF QUEENS:

↳ Queen Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Alysanne and Jaehaerys had thirteen children, though only nine lived until adulthood. Her youngest daughter, Princess Gael, was also her favorite. When Gael killed herself in 99 AC, Alysanne, in her grief, died within a year. As a Queen, Alysanne was well loved by the people in the Seven Kingdoms. She had great influence over Jaehaerys, as she was his most trusted counselor. She convinced him to abolish the lord’s right to the first night. when the couple visited the North, the queen travelled to the Wall on her dragon Silverwing. According to stories she was so impressed by the bravery of the Night’s Watch that she asked Jaehaerys to double the size of the Watch’s land. The acquired land was called the New Gift.

darkstaranddawn  asked:

So, are the Starks related to the Targaryen throught their Blackwood marriages? Do we know how or we'll have to wait until the She-Wolves story?

I’ve speculated before that Melantha and Betha Blackwood were sisters. That would make Edwyle Stark a first cousin to King Jaehaerys II and his siblings, and Rickard a second cousin to Aerys II. Wouldn’t give the Starks any right to the Iron Throne, of course, and a second cousin isn’t the closest kin, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

It’s very possible if not probable Melantha will appear in “The She-Wolves of Winterfell”, though depending on which one comes out earlier, we might first see Melantha in “The Village Hero” (if I’m right and it’s a Blackwood-Bracken story).

- NFriel

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House Targaryen Meme
↳[½] Queens - Alysanne Targaryen

“Alysanne, the wife of King Jaehaerys the Conciliator. He’s called the Old King because he reigned so long, but he was young when he first came to the Iron Throne. In those days, it was his wont to travel all over the realm. When he came to Winterfell, he brought his queen, six dragons, and half his court. The king had matters to discuss with his Warden of the North, and Alysanne grew bored, so she mounted her dragon Silverwing and flew north to see the Wall. This village was one of the places where she stopped. Afterward the smallfolk painted the top of their holdfast to look like the golden crown she’d worn when she spent the night among them.”

What Queen Alysanne Targaryen, called Good Queen Alysanne, would have worn, Alfazairy

Alysanne was well loved throughout the Seven Kingdoms, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and intelligent. She was beloved by the smallfolk of Westeros, loving them in return, and she was renowned for her charities. Alysanne was one of the few monarchs to visit the Wall, she traveled there by her dragon Silverwing and apparently was so impressed by the bravery of the Night’s Watch that she asked her husband King Jaehaerys to double the size of the Watch’s land.

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We’re west of Castle Black, but the Nightfort’s closest to us. It was the first castle on the Wall. The Watch abandoned it during the reign of King Jaehaerys I. Too big. Impossible to maintain. Other than Castle Black itself, the Nightfort’s the perfect castle for us. It’s got a secret sally port, the Black Gate, as old as the Wall itself. No one’s used it in centuries most likely. It leads through the Wall right down into the Nightfort, if one knows how to find it, which, it just so happens, I do.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | jaehaerys i and good queen alysanne 

Jaehaerys I, known as the Conciliator, the Wise or the Old King, was the fourth Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne, ruling from 48 AC to 103 AC. He was a dragonrider whose mount was Vermithor. He was the grandson of Aegon the Conqueror. Jaehaerys’ entire reign is remembered as the most prosperous period in the history of the Targaryen monarchy. His reign brought peace, stability and justice to the Seven Kingdoms. Jaehaerys is possibly the best king that Westeros ever saw and is regarded as such by many historians and laymen.

Queen Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Alysanne was a dragonrider whose mount was Silverwing. As a Queen, Alysanne was well loved by the people in the Seven Kingdoms. She had great influence over Jaehaerys, as she was his most trusted counselor. Alysanne and Jaehaerys had thirteen children, though only nine lived until adulthood. Her youngest daughter, Princess Gael, was also her favorite. When Gael killed herself in 99 AC, Alysanne, in her grief, died within a year.

All of Westeros’s Wars as Parties

The Long Night: The Long Night is a party that was so epic that it passed into myth. Everything crazy and amazing that could ever happen at a party happened there. Azor Ahai got so trashed that he was just lighting stuff on fire, the cops were called but couldn’t stop it, and no one quite remembers how it ends. Also, someone built a giant wall out of all the beer cans.

Aegon’s Conquest: Aegon, sick of everyone throwing their own parties and them being dull affairs, decides that there’s going to be one party for everyone to be at. He crashes everyone else’s party, kicks out the Ironborn who took over the Riverlander party, and everyone says yeah fine. Except for Dorne. Aegon keeps trying to wreck their party, but Dorne can party everywhere and anywhere. After some sabotage of each other’s parties, Aegon calls a truce.

The Dance of the Dragons: It’s looking like a cool party, but then two people start some shit and it gets crazy. Everyone starts taking sides and a big fight breaks out. Everything gets trashed and the furniture is replaced with cheaper, crappier stuff.

Daeron’s War of Dornish Conquest: Realizing that Westeros parties are shit now, Daeron crashes the Dornish party and says that now there’s the great party that Aegon wanted. Dorne doesn’t like it and another prank war begins. Eventually Dorne calls the cops on Daeron, which Westeros says is a dick move. Baelor says that Daeron crashing the Dornish party was also a dick move, and now the era of dick moves is over and done with.

The First Blackfyre Rebellions: Daeron II invites the Dornish to the party and says that they can pick the music so that everyone can party together. A bunch of people have beef with the Dornish, so they hang out with Daemon who wants to thrash. Eventually, those guys says Daeron can’t throw parties anymore, Daeron tries to stop Daemon from throwing his own party, someone steps on someone else’s shoe, and there’s another fight.

War of the Ninepenny Kings: Jaehaerys finds out that a bunch of Daemon’s old friends from the next town over are looking to crash the party and spray paint “Daemon rulez” over everything, so Westeros goes and crashes their party, and they roll about twenty deep. Barristan Selmy beats Maelys in arm wrestling and kegstands and everyone is like whoa.

Robert’s Rebellion: Rhaegar starts making moves on Lyanna and Brandon is like “Oh hell no.” Rhaegar sneaks off upstairs and Brandon is like: “That ain’t cool.” Aerys cracks Brandon over the head with a chair, then Rickard, then calls out Robert and Eddard. Jon goes: “Oh no you didn’t” and gets a posse together. There’s some fighting, eventually Rhaegar shows up and he and Robert duke it out. Eddard and Robert get pissed because Tywin jumped on the bandwagon and beat up everyone who was with Rhaegar even though they just with him because he gave them a ride. The hangover from this party lasts for fifteen years

War of the Five Kings: Joffrey is throwing a party, but everyone’s pissed because they don’t think he’s got a right to Robert’s stuff. Stannis knows that Robert’s stuff is his, Renly’s just shitty and wants it all, and Robb is just pissed at everyone so he says he’s throwing his own party. Stannis cuts the power at Renly’s place and his people party with Stannis, but the Tyrells go to the Lannister party and stop Stannis when he tries to crash Joff’s gig. The Greyjoys crash Robb’s party. Tywin calls the cops on Robb in an epic dick move. Euron starts dropping some serious LSD and spikes people’s drinks and now they are rolling balls. And far away, Dany’s been having a crazy party and doesn’t know where she got these three bitching tigers. She wants to crash the Westeros party but stuff keeps piling up, you know?

It’s just so interesting looking back on what Arya told her Father about her future.

“Can I be a King’s Councillor and build castles and become the High Septon?”

Ned tells her she will marry a King and rule his Castle, and will possibly have a child that may become the High Septon.


The similarities to Good Queen Alysanne is almost freakish.


  • Alysanne wasn’t raised with the expectation that she would be Queen.

  • Alysanne was the youngest living daughter of King Aenys I Targaryen. 

  • Alysanne was 12 years old when her brother became king. Arya will turn 12 in Winds of Winter, when Jon becomes KiTN


  • Alysanne was a dragonrider who loved to fly. *Arya also has a bond with a mythical beast in her Direwolf, one that she can warg. Arya also expresses a desire to fly several times. She says she wants to turn into a wolf with wings

  • Alysanne is a keen archer and hunter. Very “tomboy” and unlady-like activities. Arya has demonstrated all these traits.

  • Queen Alysanne enjoyed physical activity (a quality that would have appealed to her brother Jaehaerys, who was reputed to be a fine rider as well as a skilled archer and horseman). They spent many years growing up together before Jaehaerys became King. Alysanne’s older sister already married off several times in violent and political marriages.

  • Alysanne married her brother Jaehaerys and became Queen. She was also the  King’s most trusted Counsellor.

It is commonly believed the name Lyanna gives Jon at his birth is Jaehaerys.

  • Alysanne was loved by the smallfolk. She lived amongst them even after becoming Queen. Sounds familiar?

_ “Sansa knew all about the sorts of people Arya liked to talk to: squires and grooms and serving girls, old men and naked children, rough-spoken freeriders of uncertain birth. Arya would make friends with anybody.”_

And:

“Arya had loved nothing better than to sit at her farthers table and listen to them talk. She had loved listening to the men on the benches too; to freeriders tough as leather, courtly knights and bold young squires, and gizzeld old men at arms.”

Arya, even while being brainwashed by the FM, she is still a social butterfly. Still making friends where ever she went. It’s interesting she preferred Cat of the Canals of all of her other disguises. Sidenote: In her backstory for Cat, Arya actually says that Cat arrived to Braavos on ship named Nymeria.

“She missed the friends she’d had when she was Cat of the Canals; Old Brusco with his bad back, his daughters Talea and Brea, the mummers from the Ship, Merry and her whores at the Happy Port, all the other rogues and wharfside scum. She missed Cat herself the most of all, even more than she missed her eyes. She had liked being Cat, more than she had ever liked being Salty or Squab or Weasel or Arry.”

- Queen Alysanne planned and funded the building of a Castle called Deep Lake. She had Queensgate named in her honor. Arya wants to build Castles

Alysanne was a fierce believer in woman’s rights and actively changed societies standards. “Alysanne saw no reason why a man should be favored over a woman”. Which is something Arya strongly believes in and has even told Jon directly.

Sansa Stark and "Good Queen" Alysanne Targaryen parallels

Ok so I read this post the other day and was really intrigued by the theory. Obviously, as the big Jonsa trash I am, I decided to search for yet another set of parallels. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

The first and most obvious parallel is their names. Alysanne and Sansa/Alayne are very similar in terms of writing and pronunciation both (regardless of your accent, the syllables are alike all the same).

  • Alayne + Sansa = Aly San Ne = Alysanne

Next come their physical appearance. Here is a passage describing Alysanne:

  • Tall and straight, unbowed by time, she had high cheekbones, clear blue eyes. […] Alysanne was slim of waist and small of breast, with a long neck, a fair complexion, a high forehead. - So Spake Martin, June 2006

.And here are some describing Sansa:

  • “And at Winterfell, Sansa was a little girl with auburn hair. My daughter is a maiden tall and fair, and her hair is chestnut. Men see what they expect to see, Alayne.“ - AFFC, Alayne I
  • Sansa had gotten their mother's fine high cheekbones and the thick auburn hair of the Tullys. - AGOT, Arya I* “You have your mother’s eyes. Honest eyes, and innocent. Blue as a sunlit sea. When you are a little older, many a man will drown in those eyes.“ - AFFC, Sansa I
  • Sansa Stark looked especially lovely this morning, though her face was as pale as milk- ACOK, Tyrion VI

The similarities are not only physical though, for these women also share some personality traits. 

  • His queen, Alysanne, was also well loved throughout the realm, being both beautiful and high-spirited, as well as charming and keenly intelligent. - TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I

Alysanne was a good and well loved queen which is exactly the kind of monarch Sansa aspires to be.

  • "The only way to keep your people loyal is to make certain they fear you more than they do the enemy.” “I will remember, Your Grace,” said Sansa, though she had always heard that love was a surer route to the people’s loyalty than fear. If I am ever a queen, I’ll make them love me- ACOK, Sansa VI

She is charming and excell at courtesies, which help her win the respect and sympathy of the people around her despite them, for the most part, being her and her family’s ennemies.

  • Tyrion led Sansa around the yard, to perform the necessary courtesies. She is good at this, he thought, as he watched her tell Lord Gyles that his cough was sounding better, compliment Elinor Tyrell on her gown, and question Jalabhar Xho about wedding customs in the Summer Isles. His cousin Ser Lancel had been brought down by Ser Kevan, the first time he’d left his sickbed since the battle. He looks ghastly. Lancel’s hair had turned white and brittle, and he was thin as a stick. Without his father beside him holding him up, he would surely have collapsed. Yet when Sansa praised his valor and said how good it was to see him getting strong again, both Lancel and Ser Kevan beamed. She would have made Joffrey a good queen and a better wife if he’d had the sense to love her. - ASOS, Tyrion VIII

Beautiful,

  • “At the Hand’s tourney, don’t you remember? You rode a white courser, and your armor was a hundred different kinds of flowers. You gave me a rose. A red rose. You threw white roses to the other girls that day.” It made her flush to speak of it. “You said no victory was half as beautiful as me." Ser Loras gave her a modest smile. ”I spoke only a simple truth, that any man with eyes could see.“ - ASOS, Sansa I

well-educated (the most expected trait in a queen)

  • The queen took Sansa’s hand in both of hers. "Child, do you know your letters?” Sansa nodded nervously. She could read and write better than any of her brothers, although she was hopeless at sums. - AGOT, Sansa IV
  • Sansa could sew and dance and sing. She wrote poetry. She knew how to dress. She played the high harp and the bells. - AGOT, Arya I

and intelligent.

  • Sansa hesitated a moment. “You gave Lord Nestor the Gates of the Moon to be certain of his support." "I did,” Petyr admitted, “but our rock is a Royce, which is to say he is overproud and prickly. […] She nodded. "The signature … you might have had Lord Robert put his hand and seal to it, but instead …” “… I signed myself, as Lord Protector. Why?” “So … if you are removed, or … or killed …" ”… Lord Nestor’s claim to the Gates will suddenly be called into question. I promise you, that is not lost on him. It was clever of you to see it. Though no more than I’d expect of mine own daughter.“ - AFFC, Sansa I

Both started to occupy an important political seat at a young age, Alysanne as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms at 14 and Sansa/Alayne as the de facto Lady of the Eyrie at 13 (/Lady of Winterfell in s6 at 18) and held/holds some influence over their male counterparts (Jaehaerys/Littlefinger and Sweetrobin(/Jon in s6)).

  • Some said that she ruled the realm as much as the king did, and there was some truth to that. It was at her behest that King Jaehaerys at last forbade the right of the First Night, despite the many lords who jealously guarded it. - TWOIAF, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I
  • It was clever. The tourney, the prizes, the winged knights, it had all been her own notion. […] And no sooner did she tell Petyr her idea than he went out and made it happen- TWOW, Alayne I* “Any child of ours would be baseborn. Only a trueborn child of House Arryn can displace Ser Harrold as your heir. My father will find a proper wife for you, some highborn girl much prettier than me. You’ll hunt and hawk together, and she’ll give you her favor to wear in tournaments. Before long, you will have forgotten me entirely.” “I won’t!” “You will.** You must.” Her voice was firm, but gentle. “The Lord of the Eyrie can do as he likes. Can’t I still love you, even if I have to marry her?** Ser Harrold has a common woman. Benjicot says she’s carrying his bastard.”_ - TWOW, Alayne I _

You think it’s a lot already? Wait to read the last two parallels. 

Alysanne had five siblings (Rhaena, Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys and Vaella) and so does Sansa (Robb, Jon, Arya, Bran and Rickon).

Alysanne married her eldest surviving brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Jon Snow is Sansa's eldest surviving "brother”, the King in the North as well as a Targaryen whose birth name might be Jaehaerys (the Ashford Tourney Theory goes hand-in-hand with this one).

tl:dr: Alysanne Targaryen and Sansa Stark:

  • Have names who sound alike (Alayne + Sansa = Alysanne).* Have high cheekbones, blue eyes and a fair complexion. 
  • Are tall.
  • Are beautiful.
  • Are charming and intelligent. 
  • Inspire love rather than fear.
  • Are influencial rulers/advisors.
  • Have strong ties to the Night’s Watch (s6 only for Sansa).
  • Have five siblings.
  • Married/might marry their eldest surviving brother, a Targaryen (as per the Ashford Tourney Theory).

Awesome ASOIAF Characters You Don’t Know Because You Only Watch Game of Thrones: #34 The Ghost of High Heart

Firstly, the Ghost of High Heart is not an actual ghost. She’s an old lady. I love old ladies (see previous post about my Old Nan obsession). Secondly, it’s not TOO odd that she was cut from Game of Thrones. Until Maggy the Frog appeared in the first episode of this season, many of the characters who spouted prophecies–like Patchface and Quaithe–had been removed or reduced.

We don’t know the Ghost of High Heart’s true name. Barristan Selmy refers to her as a “woods witch” who was friends with Jenny of Oldstones. Jenny of Oldstones was married to Prince Duncan Targaryen (son of Egg from the Dunk and Egg stories, and named for Dunk).

The Ghost of High Heart declared that the “Prince Who Was Promised” would be born from the line of Aerys and Rhaella Targaryen. So their father, Jaehaerys who as then only a prince not king, arranged his two children to be married. They, of course, are Dany’s parents.

The same year that Aerys and Rhaella’s first son, Rhaegar, was born there was a great tragedy at a place called Summerhall, which was a Targaryen castle. We don’t know exactly what happened. But Aegon V, Ser Duncan the Tall, Prince Duncan, and Jenny of Oldstones were all killed. This led to Jaehaerys becoming king instead of his brother.

It was assumed that Jenny’s “woods witch” died at Summerhall as well. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Arya encounters her at a place called High Heart in the Riverlands, when  traveling with the Brotherhood without Banners. High Heart is a hill that was sacred to the children of the forest. There are 31 weirwood stumps there and Thoros says they whisper to her. The Ghost herself is rumored to be a child of the forest, which might explain her incredible longevity. Though some just think she’s a dwarf.

The Brotherhood without Banners seek her out intentionally and seem to value her counsel. For rpayament, she asks their musician Tom O’Sevens to play a song–always the same one–about Jenny of Oldstones.

The dwarf woman studied [Arya] with dim red eyes. “I see you,” she whispered. “I see you, wolf child. Blood child. I thought it was the lord who smelled of death …” She began to sob, her little body shaking. “You are cruel to come to my hill, cruel. I gorged on grief at Summerhall, I need none of yours. Begone from here, dark heart.”

Image of the Ghost of High Heart and the Brotherhood without Banners by Patrick McEvoy for Fantasy Flight Games.

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