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Littlefinger's brothel entrance mockingbird sigil

One of the entrances to Littlefinger's brothel, with his mockingbird sigil displayed next to the door.

"An establishment like no other. The sheer range of appetites catered to. Desires that didn't even exist until we invented them."
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish laments the loss of his upscale brothel.[src]

Littlefinger's brothel[1] is an upscale brothel located in King's Landing, expensively furnished and with high quality prostitutes, whose target clientele are wealthy merchants and members of the upper nobility.

It is one of several brothels owned by Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, which he bought at some point during his career in the city as Master of Coin. The brothel therefore displays Littlefinger's personal mockingbird sigil at the front entrance. Baelish has been known to use the brothel and its employees to spy on the secrets of powerful and influential customers in their intimate moments.

Because it is only one of several business ventures that Baelish owns in the city itself, he often delegates the day to day running of the brothel to a trusted employee (usually the lead prostitute). When Littlefinger isn't in the city, and particularly after he returned to the Vale, this madam/majordomo/procurer steps up to actively run all aspects of the brothel (and sends a portion of the profits to Baelish as the legal owner).

The brothel itself strives to be a "refined" establishment. It is richly furnished with fine tapestries, curtains, and artwork. Harpers serenade the common rooms with background music, and fine food and wine is also provided. Littlefinger has his brothel cater to every taste, staffing both male and female prostitutes, either of which will provide pleasure to men or women, if the customer is so inclined.

According to Varys, it rumored that on rare occasion, Littlefinger has been known to discretely accommodate more unusual "inclinations" as a private favor to powerful clients who can pay a very high price (ranging from providing amputees, to providing little boys or little girls). Even if the rumors are true, this apparently didn't involve the main brothel itself, where there were too many prying eyes, but was a side business that Littlefinger would pursue on a case by case basis. For example, Littlefinger gave Ros to King Joffrey Baratheon as a punishment, so Joffrey could thrill-kill her using his crossbow, but he sent her to Joffrey's private castle quarters instead of letting him kill her in the actual brothel.


Several high quality and expensive prostitutes work at Littlefinger's brothel:

  • {Ros} - rose to be the majordomo overseeing the brothel for Littlefinger in Seasons 2 and 3. Originally from a brothel in the town outside of Winterfell, she moved to King's Landing at the beginning of the War of the Five Kings. Littlefinger ultimately discovered that she had been spying for his rival Varys, and revealed Baelish's plans for Sansa Stark, so as punishment he sold Ros to King Joffrey Baratheon, who then shot her full of crossbow bolts simply for the thrill of killing her.
  • Olyvar - a homosexual male prostitute, who replaced Ros as the majordomo running the brothel for Littlefinger in Season 4. Apparently this was a reward for his trusted and valuable services: as Littlefinger had him spy on Ser Loras Tyrell, which indirectly led Baelish to discover that Ros had leaked his plans for Sansa - conveniently allowing Olyvar to replace Ros after Baelish had her killed.
  • Armeca - pretends not to understand the Common Tongue and to be an exotic foreigner, when in truth she is from the slum district of Flea Bottom in King's Landing itself.
  • Daisy - from Haystack Hall.
  • Mhaegen - a former favorite of King Robert Baratheon, who gave birth to the king's bastard daughter Barra.
  • Mirelle
  • Genna
  • Kayla, a contortionist who can perform a Meereenese Knot.
  • Marei




Littlefinger's brothel was one of the favorites frequented by King Robert Baratheon. He inadvertently fathered a bastard daughter with the prostitute Mhaegen, whom she named Barra. Soon before his death, Hand of the King Jon Arryn visited the brothel to interview Mhaegen and inspect her baby. This led him to confirm the truth about Robert's children.[2]

Game of Thrones: Season 1[]

While Catelyn hoped to enter King's Landing in secret, she is discovered by the spies of Littlefinger or Varys, and the City Watch escort her to Littlefinger's brothel. There she encounters both Littlefinger and Varys, and asks them about the Valyrian steel dagger used in the attempt on Bran's life. Littlefinger later informs Eddard that his wife is in the city and says he will take him to her. When they arrive, Eddard is angered that Littlefinger brought him to a brothel, thinking this is some kind of crass joke. He throws Littlefinger up against the wall and begins to choke him, until Catelyn pops her head out from a window. They go inside, and explain to Eddard that Catelyn was hiding out at the brothel because no one would think to look for her there. She speaks with Eddard, then departs the city.[3]

When Varys verbally spars with Littlefinger before a Small Council meeting, he remarks on Littlefinger's brothel - including rumors he has heard that in private, he occasionally provides for very rich patrons with unusual tastes, ranging for those who desire amputees, to those who desire little boys, and even one rumor that one of his patrons favored fresh cadavers. Baelish waves this aside, saying that all desires can be fulfilled for the right price, though assuredly providing fresh cadavers would be against the king's laws.[2]

During his investigation to determine why Jon Arryn was killed, Eddard later visits Littlefinger's brothel again, after hearing that Arryn went there recently. Again, Eddard discovers that Arryn was also investigating another of Robert's bastard children: this one is a baby girl named Barra, born to a prostitute named Mhaegen. Eddard asks Littlefinger why Arryn was searching for Robert's bastards but he says he doesn't know, offering the half-hearted guess that maybe Robert suddenly took paternal interest in them. Eddard and Jory Cassel then leave, but as soon as they step outside, they are confronted by Jaime and a large contingent of House Lannister guards. In the ensuing confrontation, Jory and the other Stark guards are killed, while Eddard is speared through the leg, before the Lannisters depart.[2]

Ros arrives in King's Landing and his hired by the brothel. She came to the south from a local brothel in the town outside of Winterfell, because she correctly anticipated that war was coming, and that work where she was would dry up if all of the men went south. She arrived in the city by a ship she took from White Harbor. Some time later, Littlefinger is supervising a mock sexual display between Ros and another girl named Armeca. He interrupts and insists that Ros's acting is terrible, filled with unrealistic shouting and fake cries of pleasure. He proceeds to give a long speech explaining that seduction must be slow and gradual - a metaphor for how he has "seduced" Eddard Stark into trusting him.[4]

Game of Thrones: Season 2[]

In a short time, Ros has performed so well that she has risen to a position of authority within Littlefinger's brothel. A new prostitute (Marei) practices her sexual performance with a male prostitute, but Ros interrupts and criticizes how fake and unrealistic her shouting sounds - repeating the advice that Littlefinger previously gave to her. She tells them to get ready for more work tonight, then leads another new prostitute (Daisy) on a tour of the brothel. She insists that their high-end establishment caters to wealthy and refined clients, who have fancy tastes and expect quality. They are interrupted by the arrival of Janos Slynt and his Gold Cloaks, who promptly start kicking in doors searching. Ros asks him if he realizes the Master of Coin owns this establishment, but he says he has orders from someone who doesn't care what Littlefinger thinks. The Gold Cloaks haul Mhaegen out into the main room and take her baby Barra from her. The watchman holding the baby doesn't have the heart to kill her himself, and Slynt becomes annoyed at his hesitation, so he pulls out his own dagger and quickly kills the baby in front of everyone, as Mhaegegn collapses screaming.[5]

Days later, Ros is still rattled by seeing a baby killed in front of her. This affects her job performance, so Littlefinger pulls her aside and says that he understands, and he'll give her one day off to collect herself - but if she doesn't, he will sell her to a client who enjoys mutilating whores to death. Frightened, she gets the message and agrees.[6]

Ros is subsequently captured and beaten at Queen Cersei's orders, mistaking her for Tyrion's favorite (Shae), but she is later released.[7] Varys himself then visits the brothel to pay Ros a visit, though she still has bruises on her face from the Lannister guards. At first she thinks he is just a client but after feeling his crotch realizes he is a eunuch and that his is the Master of Whisperers. Varys points out to Ros that Baelish did not protect her (and indeed, has threatened her with savage treatment should she fail). He gets her to admit she's afraid of Littlefinger, but he tells Ros that unlike her current employer, he protects those who work for him.[8]

Game of Thrones: Season 3[]

After Bronn is knighted as a reward for his vital role in the Battle of the Blackwater, he celebrates by purchasing the services of the prostitute Mirelle at Littlefinger's brothel. They are later interrupted by Podrick Payne, however, informing Bronn that Tyrion has requested his presence immediately.[9]

Petyr Baelish leaves his post so he can pursue a marriage-alliance with Lysa Arryn, and he prepares to leave for the Vale. Tyrion is appointed as the new Master of Coin to replace him. Baelish therefore meets Tyrion, Bronn, and Podrick at his brothel, because he keeps the Iron Throne's financial records in his private quarters there (under the logic that few would expect him to keep them there). Podrick loads up a handcart filled with books containing the financial records, while Ros eyes him. Tyrion and Littlefinger exchange some words about his new role, and then they part.

The trio then go to a separate section of the brothel, however, and Tyrion asks Podrick if he has ever been with a woman, and he answers no. Tyrion explains that he wants to thank Podrick for saving his life during the Battle of the Blackwater, so he and Bronn picked out not one, but three prostitutes to entertain him: Marei, Genna, and a contortionist named Kayla. Bronn advises him to pace himself as he leaves. Later in his chambers at the Red Keep, Tyrion is looking over the financial records, and laments to Bronn that despite Littlefinger's assurances, the crown is actually heavily in debt to the Iron Bank of Braavos. Podrick then arrives, but gives Tyrion back his money - explaining that after they were done, the whores wouldn't accept it. Tyrion and Bronn are shocked and intrigued to know what exactly Podrick did to them (which he describes as "lots of things").[10]

Varys meets with Ros again in the brothel, and she reveals to him that she read his traveling expenses, and believes that he intends to leave the city with Sansa. This causes Varys to warn Olenna Tyrell, who then plans to marry Sansa to her grandson Loras (after Margaery weds Joffrey). Littlefinger, however, has one of his male prostitutes named Olyvar (who specializes in men) seduce Loras, who mentions while they are having sex that he will marry soon. Olyvar then reports back to Littlefinger in the brothel, after which Littlefinger informs the Lannisters and Tywin decides to force Sansa to marry Tyrion to thwart the Tyrells' plans.[11] Meanwhile, Littlefinger puts the pieces together and realizes that Ros must have been the one who figured out that he intended to sneak Sansa out of the city, and told Varys. As punishment for this betrayal, Baelish sells her to King Joffrey, who has her tied to one of his bedposts, then shoots her full of crossbow bolts, simply for the thrill of killing her.[12]

Game of Thrones: Season 4[]

Olyvar is promoted to run the brothel for Littlefinger, following the death of Ros (which Olyvar's spying indirectly led to). With Littlefinger leaving for the Vale, moreover, this puts Olyvar in much more direct control of the establishment. An embassy from Dorne arrives at the city for the upcoming royal wedding, but Oberyn Martell and his paramour Ellaria Sand decide to ride ahead of the main group from Dorne, and arrive in King's Landing before dawn. Tyrion accurately surmises that Oberyn - a man "famous for fucking half of Westeros", who after two weeks of boring travel on bad roads has just arrived in the capital city - must be looking for entertainment at one of the city's best brothels.

At Littlefinger's brothel, Olyvar is indeed lining up some of his best employees for Oberyn and Ellaria to look over. As it turns out both Oberyn and Ellaria are sexually interested in both men and women. Ellaria dismisses one girl as too timid, but is impressed by Marei. Oberyn then tells Olyvar to take off his clothes and join him. At first Olyvar protests that he is not on offer, but Oberyn counters that anyone who works for Littlefinger is for sale, then wryly asking if Olyvar has ever been with a prince before. His interest piqued, Olyvar warns that he is wildly expensive but proceeds to disrobe as Oberyn begins to feel him over - until he is distracted by two Lannister guardsmen singing "The Rains of Castamere" in another room. Oberyn storms off to confront them despite Ellaria's protests. After they insult Ellaria, Oberyn stabs one of them in the hand with a quickly drawn dagger, and the two retreat to find medical attention. At this point Tyrion and Bronn arrive and make their introductions, despite Ellaria being aroused by Oberyn's outburst. Oberyn offers if they need service at the brothel too, but Tyrion insists that he is married now. They depart the brothel, while Oberyn bluntly recalls to Tyrion that during the Sack of King's Landing, his father Tywin's bannerman Ser Gregor Clegane killed his sister Elia Martell's children, then raped and killed her too, and that he has come seeking revenge.[13]

While the rest of King's Landing is supposed to be mourning Joffrey's death, Oberyn and Ellaria go ahead with their orgy at Littlefinger's brothel, including Olyvar and Marei. During an interlude, Tywin arrives with his guards, saying he needs to speak with Oberyn in private. The rest leave, while Tywin and Oberyn discuss relations between Dorne and the Iron Throne.[14]

Oberyn later explains to Varys that he and Ellaria are actually staying at the brothel (possibly because he didn't want to stay in the Red Keep, given that it is where his sister was murdered). Oberyn invites him to join them but he declines, saying he has never had any physical desires, even before he was made a eunuch.[15]

Game of Thrones: Season 5[]

The High Septon turns out to have been secretly a patron of Littlefinger's brothel, engaging in high-priced sexual roleplaying games with prostitutes dressed like aspects of the Seven. The religious fanatics known as the Sparrows, who have recently become bold enough to enter the city, burst into the brothel led by new convert Lancel. He declares that the High Septon is a corrupt sinner, and they physically drag him out naked into the streets, striking him and humiliating him by forcing him to walk naked through the crowds.[16]

Ultimately Cersei has the old High Septon replaced by the leader of the Sparrows, the so-called High Sparrow. Trying to build a new alliance between the Crown and the Faith, she gives permission to reforms the Faith Militant, the military order of the Faith of the Seven. Many of their number are Sparrows, now given permission to carry weapons such as cudgels and clubs. They rampage through the streets of King's Landing, and again burst into Littlefinger's brothel - in greater numbers and much more violently. They ransack the entire brothel attacking patrons and prostitutes, and smashing up the furniture and decorations. Marei is caught in the middle of having sex and is dragged off naked by her hair. Olyvar tries to intervene but is punched out. He then notices that in a back room the fanatics have cornered two homosexual men who were having sex together, whom they brutally attack (it isn't clear if they castrated them or killed them). Olyvar flees in terror.[17]

Littlefinger himself later returns to the capital city at Cersei's request, and subsequently has a clandestine meeting with Olenna Tyrell at his brothel, which remains abandoned and in ruins. The Faith Militant smashed up anything they could find, and painted graffiti over the sexually charged wall paintings (such as the Seven-Pointed Star symbol of the Faith or accusations of "sinner!"). Littlefinger gazes wistfully over the wreckage, remarking to Olenna that it was an establishment like no other, with a vast range of sexual appetites catered to, desires that didn't even exist until they invented them. Olenna then angrily brings up the arrest of her grandchildren, which is why she has come. He apologizes and explains that Cersei asked him for the incriminating evidence Olyvar could provide against them; he dared not raise her suspicions by refusing her, and neither silence nor lies were an option either. However, he does intend to make it up to Olenna by providing her with some useful information as well, the same sort he gave to Cersei: a handsome young man.[18]

The brothel is not seen again nor is it rebuilt especially after Littlefinger's execution at Winterfell. It is likely that the brothel like the rest of King's Landing was destroyed during the Battle of King's Landing.

In the books[]

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the upscale brothel where Barra's mother works is actually owned and run by Chataya, a tall and elegant black-skinned woman from the Summer Isles. Summer Islanders feel no shame about sexuality, but see it as a gift that the gods gave humanity, and even many upper-class nobles in the Summer Isles engage in ritual prostitution. Therefore Chataya's own daughter Alayaya voluntarily works as a prostitute in the brothel, who is noted as being very beautiful and good-natured. Among the clients of the brothel are Robert Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, Bronn, Anguy, and an unnamed King's Hand.

Tyrion visits Chataya's brothel often, presumably to have sex with Alayaya, but actually to cover his visits at the mance where he placed Shae before arranging for her to work at the Red Keep. A secret passage leads from Alayaya's room to a stable, from where Tyrion rides in disguise to the mance. The trick works well, but it costs Alayaya dearly: she is abducted and beaten at Cersei's command, who mistakes her for Tyrion's real mistress, to make sure no harm is caused to Tommen (in the show she is replaced with Ros). After the Battle of the Blackwater, Alayaya is flogged at Tywin's command and sent back to the brothel. Tyrion feels guilty and sends Alayaya expensive jewels as a compensation.

Littlefinger is stated to own multiple brothels in King's Landing (along with his many other business ventures throughout the Seven Kingdoms), but he does not own Chataya's. When Catelyn arrives in King's Landing, Littlefinger does hide her in one of the other brothels which he does own - but it is a common, modest brothel. It does not appear again in the narrative afterwards.

Littlefinger does visit Chataya's, when he accompanies Eddard there to investigate King Robert's bastards. While there he does mention that he owns several other brothels, and that he is considering making an offer to buy Chataya's. He gives the explanation he made in the TV series that "Brothels are a much sounder investment than ships, I've found. Whores seldom sink..." though in the book he goes on to add: "...and when they are boarded by pirates, why, the pirates pay good coin like everyone else."

The TV series condensed the two together, omitting Chataya and Alayaya, and simply having Littlefinger himself own the upscale and very expensive brothel visited by King Robert. It then moved the one instance of Catelyn hiding in Littlefinger's common brothel, to hiding her in the same upper-class brothel that Robert's bastard daughter was in.

Several other scenes which happened at "Littlefinger's brothel" in the TV series actually happened at "Chataya's brothel" in the books - reinforcing the conception that the TV version is the same brothel (geographically), but ownership in the TV-version was simply changed to Littlefinger:

  • King Robert's bastard daughter Barra was born at Chataya's brothel, as Eddard discovers. Her mother appeared in the book but wasn't given a name; the TV series named her "Mhaegen". Barra was also later killed there; in the book, her mother was killed too when she tried to defend her baby, but the TV series left Mhaegen's fate ambiguous.
  • Bronn celebrated his new knighthood - which he gained after the Battle of the Blackwater - and increased pay by visiting Chataya's brothel, where he had sex with Alayaya and Marei simultaneously. The TV series similarly had Bronn celebrate his new knighthood by going to Littlefinger's brothel, but he was with the prostitute Mirelle.
  • Oberyn Martell mentions to Tyrion when he arrives at King's Landing that he and Ellaria are interested in finding a good brothel (and this scene includes the detail that both of them are bisexual, and that Oberyn is looking for a woman to share with Ellaria). Tyrion recommends Chataya's as a good establishment: Oberyn and Ellaria apparently do visit it, but it happens "off screen". The TV version slightly modified this to actually show Oberyn and Ellaria at Littlefinger's brothel. In the book, Oberyn arrived with the rest of the Dornish embassy, and on seeing him Tyrion is shocked because he was expecting Oberyn's older and calmer brother Doran. The TV series built up the tension a little bit by having Oberyn ride into the city ahead of the rest of his followers, to explain why the viewpoint character Tyrion has to go find him in Littlefinger's brothel.

Chataya's brothel is located on the Street of Silk, a major red light district in King's Landing. The road is located on the northwest side of Rhaenys's Hill - the completely opposite side of the hill from Flea Bottom, and fairly far away from the Red Keep, which is in the eastern corner of the city. In contrast, Littlefinger's modest brothel where he hid Catelyn was located on the exact opposite side of the city, on the southeast side bordering the Blackwater river, on the lower slopes of Aegon's High Hill where the Red Keep is located. Given that in all other scenes all other indications seem to present that Littlefinger's brothel in the TV version is Chataya's brothel from the books, it is reasonable to conclude that "Littlefinger's brothel" in the TV version is also located on the Street of Silk, northwest of Rhaenys's Hill.



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