Aegon the Unworthy's mistress, by Magali Villeneuve, as depicted in The World of Ice & Fire
|Alias||The Black Pearl of Braavos|
|Title||Captain of Widow Wind|
|Race||Mixed (Braavosi-Summer Islander)|
|Spouse||Many supposed husbands|
|Lover||King Aegon IV Targaryen|
Bellegere Otherys, also known as the Black Pearl of Braavos, was a smuggler, trader, occasional pirate, and the captain of the Widow Wind.
Bellegere is said to have been "as black as a pot of ink".
Maester Yandel claims Bellegere's parents were the daughter of a Braavosi merchant and an envoy from the Summer Isles, but that is not correct. She was actually born of the union between the son of a Sealord of Braavos and a Summer Islander princess.
After Princess Naerys Targaryen almost died in 161 AC after giving birth, King Baelor I Targaryen sent her husband, Prince Aegon Targaryen, to Braavos on a diplomatic mission. Aegon met Bellegere in the Free City. The Black Pearl's ensuing affair with the prince continued for ten years, though it was said that she had a husband in every port and that Aegon was one of many.
Bellegere gave birth to three children during the decade, two girls and a boy of doubtful paternity: Bellanora Otherys, Narha Otherys, and Balerion Otherys. Bellanora became a famous courtesan under the name the Black Pearl of Braavos, and her descendants continued the tradition, until today's Black Pearl, who is also named Bellegere.
|Son||Princess of the |
The first Black Pearl was a pirate queen. A Westerosi prince took her for a lover and got a daughter on her, who grew up to be a courtesan. Her own daughter followed her, and her daughter after her, until you get to this one.—Meralyn to Arya Stark
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Mercy.
- ↑ Not a Blog: Wars, Woes, Work
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
- ↑ The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Braavos.