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"One of my foolish ancestors didn't see what separated his bastards from our family proper and legitimized them all on his deathbed."
Viserys Targaryen[src]

Shiera Seastar was one of the infamous Great Bastards of King Aegon IV Targaryen, also known as "Aegon the Unworthy".

Biography

Background

Shiera was one of the infamous Great Bastards of King Aegon IV Targaryen, also known as "Aegon the Unworthy".

Season 1

Shiera, along with her siblings is mentioned in the House Targaryen entry of the book The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms.[1]

Family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aegon III
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Unknown
Queen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
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Viserys II
Targaryen

Deceased
 
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Visneya
Targaryen

Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daeron I
Targaryen

"Daeron the
Young Dragon"
Deceased

 
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Baelor I
Targaryen

"Baelor the
Blessed"
Deceased
 
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Elaena
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Rhaena
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Daena
Targaryen

"Daena the
Defiant"
Deceased
 
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Aegon IV
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Naerys
Targaryen

Deceased


 
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Aemon
Targaryen
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"the
Dragonknight"
Deceased

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Daemon I
Blackfyre
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Deceased




 
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3 other Great
Bastards
of Aegon
IV by different
women:
Bloodraven, Bittersteel,
and Shiera
Deceased
 
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Daeron II
Targaryen

Deceased





 
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Daenerys
Targaryen

Deceased





In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, while King Aegon IV had many bastard children, the mothers of four of them were also noblewomen, which encouraged him to formally acknowledge them. The four Great Bastards were Daemon Blackfyre (whose mother, secretly, was Daena Targaryen), Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers (whose mother was a member of House Bracken), Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers (whose mother was a member of House Blackwood), and Shiera Seastar (whose mother was Serenei of Lys, from an ancient Valyrian noble family).

Shiera was the last of the Great Bastards, the daughter of Aegon IV's ninth and final mistress, Serenei of Lys, who died giving birth to her. Serenei had belonged to an ancient but impoverished Valyrian noble family of Lys. There were rumors that Serenei practiced black magic, that she was far older than she claimed to be but bathed in blood to maintain her appearance of youth. Many thought that Serenei had passed these powers on to her daughter, and that Shiera also practiced black magic. Certainly, Shiera was considered to be one of (if not the) most beautiful women of her generation, and a famous seductress. She had long silver-gold Targaryen hair, and wore stunning cloth-of-silver dresses. She was very well read, spoke many languages, and kept an extensive library (which, according to the rumors, contained books on black magic). Shiera's eyes had two mismatched colors, one blue and the other green, but it was believed that this only enhanced her beauty. She wore a silver necklace with alternating sapphires and emeralds to compliment her exotic eyes. Her mother named her "Shiera", which literally means "Star of the Sea" (in a language the text doesn't identify). Dozens of men fought duels to the death for her affection, poets competed to praise her beauty, but she spurned them all and never married. She did take many lovers throughout her life, however, including Brynden Rivers.

On his deathbed, Aegon IV foolishly had all of the Great Bastards legitimized, which led to strife between them and his legitimate heir King Daeron II, tensions which ultimately split realm apart in the devastating civil war known as the Blackfyre Rebellion. Bloodraven sided with their half-brother King Daeron II Targaryen, while his other half-brother, Bittersteel sided with his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre.

Bittersteel and Bloodraven hated each other, because they both competed for the love of their half-sister Shiera Seastar. Bloodraven asked her to marry him dozens of times and she refused, but she did let him into her bed on occasion. Shiera, however, completely rejected Bittersteel, and for this he never forgave Bloodraven. It also didn't help that Bittersteel's mother was a Bracken and Bloodraven's mother was a Blackwood, as those two noble families had been feuding for thousands of years. Bittersteel became a great champion and general for the Blackfyres, while Bloodraven became a great champion and general for the Targaryens.

Shiera's activities during the Blackfyre Rebellions are not detailed, beyond implying that she sided with the legitimate Targaryens and not the Blackfyres. She is vaguely mentioned as assisting Bloodraven in his work as Master of Whisperers. Shier​a's fate has never been mentioned either.

See also

References

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