Taena of Myr
Taena by Eluas ©
|Title||Lady of Longtable|
|Born||In 276 AC (roughly), Myr|
|Spouse||Lord Orton Merryweather|
Appearance and Character
Taena is a beautiful, shapely woman, as tall as Queen Cersei Lannister, but more busty. She has olive skin, thick black hair, and large, dark eyes. Taena has long legs, white teeth, and dark, full lips.
A Storm of Swords
When Margaery Tyrell is betrothed to King Joffrey I Baratheon, Taena accompanies her husband, Lord Orton Merryweather, to King's Landing. She provocatively dances at the wedding feast of Sansa Stark. Sansa considers Lady Merryweather to be a "sultry black-eyed beauty".
Taena is called as a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the death of King Joffrey. Although Tyrion is innocent, Taena testifies that she saw him drop something into the wedding chalice during Joffrey's wedding feast.
A Feast for Crows
During the funeral of Lord Tywin Lannister, Taena catches the eye of the Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister. She approaches Cersei during the wedding of Tommen I Baratheon and Margaery, confiding in Cersei and attempting to get into her good graces. Taena allies herself with Cersei, passing information to the regent while feeding Margaery what Cersei wants her to know. She reveals that Cersei's maid Senelle is spying on her for Margaery. Taena also tells Cersei that Olenna Tyrell keeps a large chest of House Gardener gold coins from before Aegon's Conquest, half the weight of newly minted gold dragons, to pay unwary tradespeople. This adds to Cersei's suspicion that the Tyrells were involved in the escape of Tyrion from his prison cell and in the assassination of Tywin, as one of these Gardener coins was found in the quarters of an undergaoler named Rugen (actually an alias of Varys), who vanished at the same time Tyrion did.
During a night of drinking, Taena admits to Cersei that she had a secret lover, a Myrish captain with a scar on his face. Cersei suggests that Taena have her son brought to court so he could befriend Tommen, but Lady Merryweather insists that Russell would be more comfortable remaining at Longtable. Lady Merryweather tells Cersei that she had attended Margaery's earlier wedding to Renly Baratheon at Highgarden, and as she had participated in Renly's disrobing, she thinks Margaery's claims of maidenhood are unlikely.
As one of the queen's companions, Taena sometimes sleeps in Cersei's bed. After learning that Bronn killed Ser Balman Byrch, an angry Cersei has sex with Taena, trying to feel whatever power her late husband King Robert Baratheon felt when he had sex with her. Cersei thinks Robert would have loved Taena, for an hour, but would have trouble remembering her name afterwards.
Taena attends court and council with Cersei, and the Queen Regent names Taena's husband, Lord Orton, as Hand of the King. Taena is aware of Cersei's schemes against Margaery and her cousins—Megga, Alla, and Elinor Tyrell—and she offers to speak with Alla about turning against her kin. After Cersei has a nightmare of Maggy the Frog, she tells Taena about the maegi and her prophecy of the valonqar.
The Faith of the Seven imprisons Margaery and her cousins after Ser Osney Kettleblack confesses carnal knowledge of her. Lady Merryweather accompanies Cersei when the Queen Regent goes to visit Margaery in the Great Sept of Baelor. Cersei tasks Taena with manipulating Margaery's three cousins. The High Sparrow has Cersei arrested before she can leave the Great Sept.
Qyburn later informs the imprisoned Cersei that Taena had informed the small council of the Faith's accusations against the Queen Regent, and that she and Lord Merryweather then fled King's Landing for Longtable. Cersei is relieved to learn of the Merryweathers' departure, since Taena is privy to incriminating information which could be used against Cersei by the Faith.
A Dance with Dragons
Still a prisoner of the Faith, Cersei recalls Lady Merryweather as having been her one true friend. After her walk of atonement, Cersei asks her uncle, Ser Kevan Lannister, if Taena can attend her again once her innocence is proven.
Quotes by Taena
—Taena and Cersei Lannister
Cersei: I would be very sad if you ever betrayed my trust, Taena. I would have no choice but to give you to Lord Qyburn, but I know that I should weep.
Taena: I will never give you cause to weep, Your Grace. If I do, say the word, and I will give myself to Qyburn. I want only to be close to you. To serve you, however you require.—Cersei Lannister and Taena
Taena: Would it amuse Your Grace to be a man one night?
Cersei: Only if you remained a woman.—Taena and Cersei Lannister
Quotes about Taena
Lady Merryweather was all but a stranger. Tyrion wondered if she was blind or bought.—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister
The Myrish woman was too beautiful by half; long-legged and full-breasted, with smooth olive skin, ripe lips, huge dark eyes, and thick black hair that always looked as if she'd just come from bed. She even smells of sin, like some exotic lotus.—thoughts of Cersei Lannister
—thoughts of Jaime Lannister
Jaime: How much do you know about this woman?
Cersei: I know she is a mother, with a young son that she wants to rise high in this world. She will do whatever is required to see that he does. Mothers are all the same. Lady Merryweather may be a serpent, but she is far from stupid. She knows I can do more for her than Margaery, so she makes herself useful to me.
—thoughts of Cersei Lannister
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 17, Cersei IV.
- See the Taena of Myr calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Taena.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 6, Sansa I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 39, Cersei IX.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.