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From left to right, Gaemon Palehair, Essie, and Sylvenna Sand, by Riotarttherite ©

Alias Lady Esselyn
Title Lady
Culture Crownlands
Died In late 130 ACRed Keep, King's Landing
Lover Sylvenna Sand[1]
Issue Gaemon Palehair

Essie was a whore working at the House of Kisses in King's Landing, and the mother of Gaemon Palehair.[2]


During the Dance of the Dragons, Essie claimed her four-year old son, Gaemon, was a bastard son of King Aegon II Targaryen. This led to the boy being installed as a King in the House of Kisses after the flight of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Moon of the Three Kings. From the brothel, the boy issued a series of edicts, while the whores offered their favors to any men who swore allegiance to Gaemon. When King's Landing was taken back in the name of King Aegon II, Essie was arrested, and confessed under torture that Gaemon was actually the son of a silver-haired oarsman from Lys. She was hanged for treason.[2][3]

According to Mushroom, Essie had a paramour, Sylvenna Sand, who was also a whore at the House of Kisses.[1] She was hanged alongside Essie.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.