Barsena Blackhair

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Barsena Blackhair
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Alias Barsena Blackhair
Culture Ghiscari
Born 270 AC (roughly)[1]
Died 300 AC[2]
Book A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Barsena Blackhair is a pit fighter famed in Meereen.[3] Her origin is unknown, but she supports the pit fighting culture of the city.[3]


Barsena Blackhair is a tall, dark woman who moves like a feral panther. She is around thirty years old.[2]

Barsena wears only breechclout and sandals when fighting.[2]


It is said that Barsena has slain every woman she has faced in the fighting pits of Meereen in the last eight years.[3]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Along with her fellow pit fighters Khrazz, Camarron of the Count, Goghor the Giant, the Spotted Cat, Fearless Ithoke, and Belaquo Bonebreaker, Barsena accompanies Hizdahr zo Loraq when he petitions Daenerys Targaryen for the seventh time for the fighting pits of Meereen to be reopened.[3]

When the pits are to be reopened to celebrate the marriage of Hizdahr and Daenerys, the queen wants to forbid women from competing. Barsena protests, however, and Daenerys relents. Barsena faces a boar with a dagger instead of a spear. Despite her quickness and skill, the boar's tusk rips Barsena's left leg open. Moments after the boar disembowels the fallen pit fighter, Drogon descends into Daznak's Pit, kills the boar with dragonflame, and begins to devour both corpses.[2]

Quotes by Barsena

Khrazz: Hizdahr swears that the winners shall share half of all the coin collected at the gates. Half, he swears it, and Hizdahr is an honorable man.

Daenerys: And the losers? What shall they receive?

Barsena: Their names shall be graven on the Gates of Fate amongst the other valiant fallen. All men must die, and women too ... but not all will be remembered.[3]

Khrazz, Daenerys Targaryen, and Barsena

Quotes about Barsena

Hizdahr: Barsena is much loved. The bravest woman I have ever seen.
Belwas: Fighting girls is not so brave. Fighting Strong Belwas would be brave.[2]


  1. See the Barsena calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.