Shiera Seastar

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Shiera Seastar
Sheria Seastar.jpg
Shiera by Amok©

Allegiance House Targaryen
Race Valyrian
Culture crownlands
Born In or between 178 AC and 184 AC[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Shiera Seastar was the last of the Great Bastards of King Aegon IV Targaryen, born to his last mistress, Serenei of Lys. The known lover of Brynden Rivers, she is said to have been the most beautiful woman of the Seven Kingdoms.[2]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Shiera Seastar

Shiera was renowned as a beauty and seductress, with long Targaryen silver-gold hair, and a heart-shaped face. Although she had two mismatched eyes—one blue, the other green—it was said that the "defect" only enhanced her beauty. She was fond of ivory and lace and cloth-of-silver, but not gold, which she considered too vulgar.[3]

Shiera was a great reader, even at an early age, spoke many languages, and maintained a large and arcane library. She also was reputed to share her mother Serenei's skill in the dark arts. Shiera was known to possess a heavy silver necklace, alternating star sapphires and emeralds to compliment her unusual eyes.[3]

History

King Aegon IV Targaryen sired Shiera upon the ninth and last of his mistresses, Lady Serenei of Lys. She died in childbed bringing forth Shiera, the child's name meaning "Star of the Sea."[3]

Shiera never married, but took many lovers, and numerous duels were fought for her favor. Her half-brother Brynden Rivers, known as Bloodraven, was her most ardent suitor, and repeatedly proposed marriage to her. Although she refused to marry him, Shiera did share her bed with him and was amused with his jealousy.[3] Her other half-brother Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, also desired her, which only served to increase the hatred between Bloodraven and Bittersteel.[2]

There were rumors that Shiera used sorcery to aid Bloodraven when he served as Hand of the King and master of whisperers to King Aerys I Targaryen,[4] and that she bathed in the blood of maidens to retain her beauty.[5]

Recent Events

A Dance with Dragons

Bran Stark trains beyond the Wall with the ancient three-eyed crow, who calls himself Lord Brynden. Bran learns that this last greenseer once desired a woman, but her name is not mentioned.[6]

Quotes

Duncan: You've known queens and princesses. Did they dance with demons and practice the black arts?

Aegon: Lady Shiera does. Lord Bloodraven's paramour. She bathes in blood to keep her beauty.[5]

Duncan and Aegon Targaryen


I have my own ghosts, Bran. A brother that I loved, a brother that I hated, a woman I desired.[6]
- Brynden Rivers to Bran Stark


Bittersteel and Bloodraven both loved Shiera Seastar, and the Seven Kingdoms bled.[7]
Barristan Selmy's thoughts
Though she never wed, she had many offers, and several lovers through the years. Duels were fought over the right to sit beside her, men killed themselves after falling from her favor, poets outdid each other writing songs about her beauty. Her most ardent admirer was her half-brother, Bloodraven, who proposed marriage to her half a hundred times. Shiera gave him her bed, but never her hand. It amused her more to make him jealous.[3]
- George R. R. Martin

References and Notes

  1. See the Shiera Seastar calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 So Spake Martin: Shiera Seastar, March 7, 2006
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, Aerys I Targaryen.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Sworn Sword.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 34, Bran III.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.

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