- For the courtesan, see Bellegere Otherys
Aegon the Unworthy's mistress, by Magali Villeneuve, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire
|Alias||the Black Pearl of Braavos|
|Race||Mixed (Braavosi-Summer Islander)|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
Bellegere Otherys, also known as the Black Pearl of Braavos, was a smuggler, trader, occasional pirate, and the captain of the Widow Wind. She was born of a union between a Sealord's son and a princess from the Summer Isles. (The account by Archmaester Yandel claims her parentage was a Braavosi merchant's daughter and an envoy from the Summer Isles, but that is not correct.)
She was "as black as a pot of ink".
After Princess Naerys Targaryen almost died in 161 AC after giving birth, King Baelor I Targaryen sent Prince Aegon, her husband, to Braavos on a diplomatic mission. There he met Bellegere. His affair with the Black Pearl continued for ten years, though it was said that Bellegere had a husband in every port and that Aegon was one of many.
Bellegere gave birth to three children during the decade, two girls and a boy of doubtful paternity: Bellanora Otherys, Narha Otherys and Balerion Otherys. Bellanora became a famous courtesan under the name the Black Pearl of Braavos, and her descendants continued the tradition, until today's Black Pearl, Bellegere.
The first Black Pearl was a pirate queen. A Westerosi prince took her for a lover and got a daughter on her, who grew up to be a courtesan. Her own daughter followed her, and her daughter after her, until you get to this one.