Melissa Blackwood, by Magali Villeneuve, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire
|Born||In or between 156 AC and 160 AC|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
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.
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. 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. 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.