Melissa Blackwood

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Melissa Blackwood
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Alias Missy
Allegiance House Blackwood
Born In or between 156 AC and 160 AC[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Lady Melissa Blackwood,[2][3] nicknamed Missy,[2] was a member of House Blackwood during the reign of Aegon IV Targaryen. She was the sixth of Aegon's nine mistress and the best loved of them.[4]

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History

Both younger and prettier than Lady Barba Bracken (albeit far less buxom), as well as more modest, Missy had a kind heart and generous nature that led Queen Naerys Targaryen, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, and Prince Daeron to befriend her.[4]

While Barba was buxom, Melissa had a slender frame. When Barba joked that Melissa was flat as a board, Aegon had the Teats renamed from Barba's Teats to Missy's Teats to honor his new mistress.[2] Lord Bracken and Barba groomed Bethany Bracken to replace Missy, which occurred when Aegon visited his bastard son Aegor Rivers at Stone Hedge and met Bethany in 177 AC.[4] Because Lady Melissa was well loved, however, her son Brynden Rivers was able to maintain close relations at court even after his mother's dismissal.[5]

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A Dance with Dragons

Hoster Blackwood tells Ser Jaime Lannister that the godswood of Raventree Hall contains a statue of Lady Melissa, whom Hoster claims was much more beautiful than Barba Bracken.[2]

Family

During the five years of her "reign," Missy bore the king three bastards, Mya Rivers, Gwenys Rivers and Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers.[4]

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