Chataya

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Chataya
Chataya and Alayaya.jpg
Chataya and Alayaya, by Roman Papusev ©

Allegiance Chataya's brothel
Culture Summer Isles
Born In or before 271 AC[1]Summer Isles[2]
Issue Alayaya
Books

Chataya is the owner of an upscale brothel in King's Landing.[3] She has a daughter named Alayaya, who works in her establishment.[4]

Appearance and Character

Chataya, by Rae Lavergne ©

Chataya is a tall, elegant,[3] dignified, and handsome[5] black woman[3] from the Summer Isles. She has ebon skin, and sandalwood-colored eyes.[4] Her voice is smooth, and resonant with the accent of the Summer Isles.[4] She has a graceful, gliding walk.[4][5]

Following the beliefs of the Summer Islanders, Chataya feels that there is no shame in prostitution, and that people honor the gods with their bodies and their desires.[4] She runs a choice establishment,[3] that she has worked for a long time to make that way.[4]

Chataya owns a feathered gown,[3] and a gown of flowing silk.[4]

History

The secret tunnel from Chataya's brothel, to a stable three blocks away, was dug for an unspecified Hand of the King whose honor would not let him openly visit her establishment. Chataya has closely guarded the knowledge of the tunnel's existence.[4]

Chataya's daughter, Alayaya, was born in King's Landing, near the time of Robert's Rebellion.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

One of Chataya's prostitutes, a young red-haired girl, has given birth to a bastard daughter of King Robert I Baratheon. Chataya has promised the girl six months off from working, so that she can take care of the baby, and in hopes that Robert will be a return client.[3]

During Lord Eddard Stark's search for the king's bastards, Petyr Baelish brings him to Chataya's brothel, where Eddard speaks with the girl and examines her baby. While Ned does so, Petyr chats with Chataya, and when they leave, he kisses her hand and tells her a joke that makes her laugh out loud.[3]

A Clash of Kings

Obeying the orders of Queen Cersei Lannister to kill King Robert's bastards, the gold cloak Allar Deem kills Barra, as well as her mother when she tries to stop him.[7] When the acting Hand of the King Tyrion Lannister sends Allar to the Wall (and has him killed on the way there),[7] Chataya is grateful to him. When Lord Varys asks her, she arranges for Tyrion to use her establishment and her daughter Alayaya as a cover when he visits Shae in her manse.[4]

Quotes by Chataya

Chataya, by Pojypojy ©

My people hold that there is no shame to be found in the pillow house. In the Summer Isles, those who are skilled at giving pleasure are greatly esteemed. Many highborn youths and maidens serve for a few years after their flowerings, to honor the gods.[4]

—Chataya, to Tyrion Lannister

The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They gave us voices, so we might worship them with song. They gave us hands, so we might build them temples. And they gave us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.[4]

—Chataya, to Tyrion Lannister

Quotes about Chataya

A handsome woman. He had seldom seen such elegance and dignity in a whore. Though to be sure, she saw herself more as a kind of priestess. Perhaps that is the secret. It is not what we do, so much as why we do it.[5]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

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