Gendry is a bastard son of King Robert Baratheon, but is unacknowledged and unaware of his lineage. Apprentice to a Smithy in King's Landing. His mother worked in a tavern and died when he was very young. When he was old enough, an unknown lord paid his apprentice fee so he could learn to be a blacksmith. He spent his whole life in the capital city of King's Landing working as an apprentice to a Smithy.