Gael Targaryen

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Gael Targaryen
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Alias the Winter Child
Title Princess
Allegiance House Targaryen
Race Valyrian
Culture crownlands
Born In 80 AC[1]
Died In 99 AC, at the Blackwater Rush
Issue Stillborn bastard son[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Princess Gael Targaryen was the thirteenth child of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen.[2] Born during winter, Gael was also called the Winter Child.[3]

Character & Appearance

As a babe, Gael was small and pale. She was a frail, shy and sweet, although simple-minded girl.[1][3]

History

Gael was born in 80 AC during winter, leading to her being called "the Winter Child" (and according to some, because Queen Alysanne was “in the winter of her childbearing years”). She was cared for by Grand Maester Elysar and Septa Lyra, who nursed her through her first year.[1]

After her sisters Alyssa, Daella and Viserra had died within the span of five years, Gael, together with her older sister Maegelle, became a comfort for her mother, Queen Alysanne. Gael became Alysanne’s constant shadow, and even slept with her in her bed.[1]

In 99 AC, Gael disappeared from court. It was announced that she had died of a summer fever. After the deaths of King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne, it was revealed that Gael had been seduced and impregnated by a traveling singer. After Gael had given birth to a stillborn son, she had walked into Blackwater Bay and drowned, overwhelmed by her grief.[1][3]

According to some, Queen Alysanne never recovered from losing Gael. Following Gael’s death, Alysanne could no longer stand to be in King’s Landing and at the Red Keep. Alysanne herself would die less than a year after Gael.[1][3]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aenys I
 
Alyssa
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Jaehaerys I
 
Alysanne
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Issue
 
Aegon
 
Daenerys
 
Aemon
 
 
Baelon
 
Alyssa
 
Maegelle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vaegon
 
Daella
 
Saera
 
Viserra
 
Gaemon
 
Valerion
 
Gael
 


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.