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Tysha Lannister by jekaa ©
|Born||In 274 AL|
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)|
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Tysha was the first wife of Tyrion Lannister.
She was dark-haired and slender, and beautiful in Tyrion's eyes. Tyrion describes her as being scarcely a year older than himself.
Tyrion met Tysha on a lonely road, where she was being accosted by some men. Tyrion's brother, Jaime Lannister, drove off the men while Tyrion took care of her. She was a crofter's daughter, orphaned when her father died of an illness. Tyrion fell in love with her and married her, even though he was only thirteen years old.
When Lord Tywin Lannister found out, he had Jaime tell Tyrion that Tysha was a whore who had been paid to make Tyrion a man. Tywin then had her passed around among his guards to have sex with her; for each guard, he gave her a silver. To drive the lesson home, Tywin forced his son to be the last man, for whom Tysha was paid a gold coin, because Lannisters were worth more.
When Jaime rescued Tyrion from prison in A Storm of Swords, he confessed that Tysha was no whore. Tyrion realised that Tysha had been genuinely in love with him, and became furious with Jaime. He left his brother to find his own way out of the Red Keep. During his escape, he came to his father's rooms. Tyrion demanded his father tell him what had happened to Tysha. Tywin did not remember, simply stating that she went "wherever whores go". Tyrion slew him with a crossbow and escaped.
Much later, when passing the Palace of Sorrow, Tyrion’s thoughts turn to Tysha who had so briefly been his lady wife,
|“||It was Jaime, he thought, despairing. He was mine own blood, my big strong brother. When I was small he brought me toys, barrel hoops and blocks and a carved wooden lion. He gave me my first pony and taught me how to ride him. When he said that he had bought you for me, I never doubted him. Why would I? He was Jaime, and you were just some girl who’d played a part. I had feared it from the start, from the moment you first smiled at me and let me touch your hand. My own father could not have loved me. Why would you if not for gold? ||”|
On his wedding night with Sansa Stark, Tyrion mentions details of his previous wedding. When Sansa enquires on the identity of his previous wife, Tyrion invents a story. According to his account, his wife was Lady Tysha of House Silverfist. Their arms have one gold coin and a hundred silver, upon a bloody sheet.