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

Alias(es) Lady Esselyn
Title(s) Lady
Allegiance House of Kisses
Gaemon Palehair
Culture(s) Crownlands
Died In 130 AC or 131 AC[1]Red Keep, King's Landing
Lover(s) Sylvenna Sand[2]
Issue Gaemon Palehair
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Essie was a whore in the House of Kisses and the mother of Gaemon Palehair. During the Moon of the Three Kings, Essie declared Gaemon was a bastard of King Aegon II Targaryen.[1]


Essie claimed her four-year old son, Gaemon, was a son of King Aegon II Targaryen, which led to the boy being installed as a King in the House of Kisses after the flight of Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen. From there, 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 hanged, after having confessed, under torture, that Gaemon was actually the son of a silver-haired oarsman from Lys.[1][3]

According to Mushroom, Essie had a paramour, Sylvenna Sand, who was also a whore at the House of Kisses.[2] She was hanged alongside Essie.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.