Cheese (the rat-catcher)
Blood (left) and Cheese (right), art by Will Owen.
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Cheese is the alias of a rat-catcher who, during the Dance of the Dragons, helped murder six-year-old Prince Jaehaerys, King Aegon II Targaryen's firstborn son and the heir to the Iron Throne. Cheese's true name is lost to history.
Cheese was a rat-catcher in the Red Keep. The hidden doors and secret tunnels that Maegor I Targaryen had built were as familiar to Cheese as the rats that he hunted. However, even Cheese knew of no way in and out of Maegor's Holdfast except over the drawbridge that spanned the dry moat and its formidable iron spikes. Cheese spent time in Flea Bottom.
Using a forgotten passageway in the Red Keep, Cheese led Blood into the heart of the castle unseen by any guard. The two men crept up through the walls and slipped into Queen Alicent Hightower's chambers. Once inside Cheese bound and gagged the Dowager Queen whilst Blood strangled her bedmaid. Then they waited for Queen Helaena Targaryen and her children to arrive.
Once Blood and Cheese confronted Helaena in the Tower of the Hand they told her to name which son she wanted them to kill. Helaena offered herself but they refused, stating it had to be a son. Although Helaena eventually named her youngest son Maelor (after Cheese threatened her that Blood would rape her daughter Jaehaera if she did not choose one), they killed Jaehaerys instead. It was Blood who slew Jaehaerys, striking the boy's head off with a single blow. After killing the prince Blood and Cheese did no further harm to Helaena or her surviving children and fled with the prince's head in hand.
While Blood was captured and tortured to death, no trace of Cheese was found. In his fury, Aegon II ordered all of King's Landing's ratcatchers be hanged. Afterward, Ser Otto Hightower brought one hundred cats into the Red Keep to replace them.
Which one you want t' lose Your Grace?—Cheese to Helaena Targaryen