Secondary Character: Melisandre of Asshai
Epithet: The Red Priestess
Melisandre hails from across the Narrow Sea, from the shadowy port-city of Asshai. She is a priestess of R'hllor, also known as The Lord of Light, a god that is almost unheard of in Westeros. According to R'hllor prophecy, Azor Ahai, the legendary hero who rose up and defeated The Great Other over eight thousand years ago, will be reborn after a long summer, to wield his sword of fire, Lightbringer, again and to once more stand against the Other. Melisandre came to Westeros to serve Stannis Baratheon, believing Stannis to be Azor Ahai reborn. Stannis, in his turn, has come to trust and have faith in Melisandre and her counsel, although not all of his bannermen and followers feel the same way about the red priestess of R'hllor. Melisandre now looks to Stannis to hand over Edric Storm to her so that she can sacrifice Edric to R'hllor; she claims that Edric, who is Robert Baratheon's bastard son, has king's blood flowing in his veins, which makes the boy's blood powerful enough to wake the stone dragons of Dragonstone, as foretold by an ancient prophecy.