In 266AL, at Casterly Rock
Light of the West
Tywin Lannister (deceased)
Joanna Lannister (deceased)
Robert Baratheon (deceased)
Beautiful, with fair skin and a slender, graceful figure.
Cersei Lannister is the eldest daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister and Lady Joanna. She is the widow of King Robert Baratheon and the Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms. Her son Tommen currently sits the Iron Throne of the kingdom and continent.
Cersei, a cruel, ambitious woman, is the daughter of Tywin Lannister, former leader of House Lannister. She has a twin brother named Jaime, with whom she carried on an incestuous relationship for many years. This bond resulted in Cersei's three children, Joffrey, Myrcella Baratheon and Tommen I Baratheon, although most of the populace, including her husband the king, believe that the children are the rightful heirs to the throne as Robert's issue. It is this secret that causes much of the murder and unrest in the novels. She married Robert Baratheon after he became King of the Seven Kingdoms, but grew to despise him due to his unresolved feelings for Lyanna Stark. After Robert's death she became regent, first to Joffrey and then to Tommen. Cersei is described as a stunningly beautiful woman.
Due to a childhood prophecy, she knew early in life that she was fated to rule the Seven Kingdoms, and embraced this destiny. The prophecy also stated that she would see all of her children die before her own death, and would lose everything to a younger queen. However, upon coming into her power, the clever Cersei began taking steps to avert the latter part of the prophecy, which sets the stage for many of her actions throughout the tale.
During her earlier life at court she was content to let Robert hunt, drink and whore while she continued to have an affair with her twin brother Jaime Lannister. She often found herself in agreement at court with Robert's long-time friend Alek Nocher who thought that Robert was far too soft and forgiving to the ironmen after the Greyjoy Rebellion. During the War of Five Kings she acted as Queen Regent and after Tyrion arrived to act as Hand she was usually at odds with him. After Joffrey's sudden death she became paranoid that Tyrion would return to kill her second son Tommen Baratheon and stole power after Tywin Lannister was murdered. She formed her own small council which proved for the most part unable to deal with the Kingdom's many issues such as the sudden aggression of the ironmen lead by Euron 'Crow's Eye' Greyjoy.
She tried to destroy the influence that Queen Margaery had on her son Tommen and even placed false evidence to have her arrested for crimes of adultery which caused Mace Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden, Margaery's father, to abandon his siege of Storm's End. She was later arrested herself by the Faith and accused of adultery and made to shave her head bald and walk naked from Baelor's Sept to the Red Keep whilst being mocked and japed at by an unsympathetic crowd. She is currently back at the Red Keep and was last seen enjoying a pleasant dinner with her son Tommen and her uncle Kevan Lannister.