Gael Targaryen by Riotarttherite
|Alias(es)||The Winter Child|
|Born||In 80 AC|
|Died||In 99 AC, at the Blackwater Rush|
|Issue||Stillborn bastard son|
|Father||Jaehaerys I Targaryen|
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
Gael was born in 80 AC during winter, leading to her being called "the Winter Child" (and according to some, because Queen Alysanne was “in the winter of her childbearing years”). She was cared for by Grand Maester Elysar and Septa Lyra, who nursed her through her first year.
After her sisters Alyssa, Daella and Viserra had died within the span of five years, Gael, together with her older sister Maegelle, became a comfort for her mother, Queen Alysanne. Gael became Alysanne’s constant shadow, and even slept with her in her bed.
In 99 AC, Gael disappeared from court. It was announced that she had died of a summer fever. After the deaths of King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne, it was revealed that Gael had been seduced and impregnated by a traveling singer. After Gael had given birth to a stillborn son, she had walked into Blackwater Bay and drowned, overwhelmed by her grief.
According to some, Queen Alysanne never recovered from losing Gael. Following Gael’s death, Alysanne could no longer stand to be in King’s Landing and at the Red Keep. Alysanne herself would die less than a year after Gael.