Alayaya is a prostitute which Tyrion pretends to be visiting while he is actually seeing Shae. He leaves her in a locked room, while he goes through a tunnel. Tyrion pays for her time and she practices reading, which she is learning how to do. Cersei learns of her existence and she is taken prisoner and held hostage to ensure Joffrey's safety. While Tyrion is recuperating from the Battle of the Blackwater, Tywin orders her flogged and sent naked and bleeding out through the front gate of the Red Keep to make her way home. Later, she is recalled by a patron of her brothel as being very beautiful despite the scars on her back.