Lady Melisandre of Asshai

The Red Woman


One of the more recent additions to Stannis’s court at Dragonstone
is the Red Woman, an Asshai priestess named Melisandre, who came
to the seat of Stannis’s power at the invitation of Lady Selyse. A mysterious
woman with alien views and in service to a strange and otherworldly
god named R’hllor, God of Flame and Shadow, Lord of Light,
and the Heart of Fire, she has slowly turned Lady Selyse from honest
worship of the Seven to becoming one of the Lord of Light’s most ardent
supporters. Stannis has not yet dealt with the Red Woman, as his
position on the small council keeps him from Dragonstone for months
at a time. But Stannis, always suspicious of the gods, is not sure what to
think of the sorceress, for the letters sent by his wife wax on about her
powers of prophecy and the mysteries of her religion.

Melisandre is a great beauty, with long hair the color of burnished
copper and pale, unblemished skin. She’s slender and graceful, but she’s
tall—taller than most knights. She has full breasts, a narrow waist, and a
heart-shaped face. Her voice is sonorous, with an exotic accent putting
her from some land far from the Seven Kingdoms. As is the custom
of her faith, she wears red or crimson clothing, usually long gowns of
silk the color of blood. She’s never without the red gold choker that fits
snuggly around her neck. When she works magic, some say the ruby
setting glows with strange power.


Lady Melisandre of Asshai

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