Widow of the waterfront
The Widow of the Waterfront - by Marc Fishman©
|Book||A Dance with Dragons (appears)|
The widow of the waterfront is a very old businesswoman and former bedslave who runs several docks, piers, and shipping lanes in a section of western Volantis. Her late husband was the triarch Vogarro. The Old Blood of eastern Volantis refer to her as Vogarro's whore, though not to her face.
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The years have bent the widow's spine and put a hump upon her back. Her white hair is so thin that the pink of her scalp shows through. Scar tissue covers her cheeks, from where she had her slave tear tattoos cut off upon being freed. Her eyes are bright and black.
The widow of the waterfront was once a pleasure slave taught the way of the seven sighs in Yunkai. She was purchased by a Triarch of Volantis named Vogarro. Vogarro fell in love with her and freed her, raising a great scandal by marrying her.
Vogarro owned piers, storehouses, brokered cargoes, changed money, and insured shipowners against the hazards of the sea. When he died in 268 AC, she took over his business. She had to sell his manse because no freedman may live within the Black Wall in eastern Volantis, regardless of wealth. She took up residence at the Merchant's House west of the Rhoyne, and set up her business in its common room. Her bodyguards are known as the widow's sons.
A Dance with Dragons
The widows meets with Ser Jorah Mormont, who seeks passage in a ship to take him and Tyrion Lannister to Meereen to meet Daenerys Targaryen. Initially reluctant due to Jorah's attitude, she relents after Tyrion speaks honestly about his intentions and after he is attacked by Penny. She reveals Benerro had a fire vision that their ship, the Selaesori Qhoran, will not make it to its ultimate destination, Qarth.
The widow asks them to give Daenerys a message on behalf of all the slaves in Volantis:
Tell her we are waiting. Tell her to come soon.