Chataya's brothel, or Chataya's for short, is an upscale brothel on the Street of Silk in King's Landing. It is owned and run by Chataya. Her girls are costly and dress in flowing silks cinched at the waist with beaded belts.
The brothel is two stories tall with a stone ground floor and a timber upper floor. Many of its windows are leaded. Over the door swings an ornate lamp of gilded metal and scarlet glass.
Inside the entrance the air smells of exotic spice. Its floor displays a mosaic of two women entwined in love. The common room is behind an ornate Myrish screen that has been carved with flowers, fancies, and dreaming maidens. The common room has a cushioned alcove and a leaded colored glass window where sunlight pours through. An older man plays the pipes.
A round turret rises from one corner of the house. The turret room is located up two flights of stairs from the ground floor, then down a long hall and up another stair to a lone door which opens to the turret room. Within the room is a great canopied bed, a tall wardrobe decorated with erotic carvings, and a narrow window of leaded glass in a pattern of red and yellow diamonds.
Inside the turret room's empty wardrobe is a back panel concealing a secret passageway. When the back panel is pushed aside it reveals a metal ladder whose rungs go well below street level. The shaft then opens onto a dark, slanting earthen tunnel. Having come perhaps a distance of three blocks under the Hill of Rhaenys, a patron will then emerge through a trap door at the back of a nearby stable.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
Tyrion Lannister visits Chataya's as a front for his clandestine visitations with Shae at a manse nearby. When he enters the common room, he sees an older man playing music on pipes and girls playing tiles near a window. Alayaya, Chataya's daughter, shows Tyrion how to access the secret tunnel from the turret room, and Varys escorts him beneath Rhaenys's Hill. Tyrion then rides from the nearby stable to discretely visit Shae's manse.
Tyrion returns to the brothel on several occasions so he can visit Shae; each time he only requests the services of Alayaya. During one visit, a patron attempts to spit on Tyrion but the spittle instead lands on Tyrion's companion, Bronn, who knocks out the patron's teeth. On another occasion, Bronn goes off with a girl from Dorne. The War of the Five Kings has led Chataya to offer a poorer vintage of wine. Tyrion considers bringing King Joffrey I Baratheon to the brothel so he can enjoy the girls. Marei teaches her fellow prostitutes how to read, and she wagers with Dancy over the latter girl's ability to seduce Tyrion.
Fearing that Tyrion is plotting against Joffrey, Cersei threatens Tyrion by having Alayaya taken as a hostage. The queen mistakenly believes that the prostitute is Tyrion's lover instead of Shae.
A Storm of Swords
- Robert I Baratheon
- Oberyn Martell
- Unnamed Hand of the King (theorised to be Tywin Lannister, see Marei/Theories.)
Chataya runs a choice establishment. I've half a mind to buy it. Brothels are a much sounder investment than ships, I've found. Whores seldom sink, and when they are boarded by pirates, why, the pirates pay good coin like everyone else.
Little men have big appetites, and I'm told the girls here are fit for a king.
Tyrion: Show me a few of your girls.
Chataya: It will be my great delight. You will find that they are all as sweet as they are beautiful, and skilled in every art of love.
Tyrion: How is it a brothel happens to have a secret entrance?
Varys: The tunnel was dug for another King's Hand, whose honor would not allow him to enter such a house openly. Chataya has closely guarded the knowledge of its existence.
Chataya's on the Street of Silk has several girls who might suit your needs.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 8, Tyrion II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 54, Tyrion XII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 39, Arya VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.