Daena Targaryen

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Daena Targaryen
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Alias Daena the Defiant
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Born In 145AC [1]
Spouse King Baelor I Targaryen

Princess Daena Targaryen, also known as Daena the Defiant, was the eldest daughter of King Aegon III. She was the sister-wife of King Baelor I Targaryen, the lover of King Aegon IV, and mother to Daemon Blackfyre.

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Character and Appearance

Daena was wild almost from birth. A Targaryen to the bone, she was strong, beautiful, and wilful and like the rest of her siblings had Valyrian looks. Her long silver-gold hair was thick and curly, an untamed mane that framed her heart-shaped face and her sparling purple eyes. To top it off, she had a a fearless "I'll dare anything" smile. Daena was lithe and athletic. She was an expert horsewoman and also a hunter and a fine archer with her short recurved bow.

She worshipped her father and idolized her brother Daeron. Daena's dress was often as dramatic as she was. As a child, she always wore black in emulation of her father. After her brother Baelor failed to consummate their marriage, she changed to all white, and vowed to wear nothing else until she had been properly bedded, in hopes of shaming him - this did not work. Baelor liked her in white, feeling that it made her look more innocent. Later, as a pampered prisoner in her brother's court, Daena made several escapes, usually by dressing as a washerwoman or serving girl (once with the connivance of her cousin, Aegon).

She always wore the golden three-headed dragon pendant she had inherited from her father. At court she wore it on a fine golden chain; when in disguise, she hung it on a leather thong and hid it beneath her clothes. Supposedly she even wore it when bathing and when making love.[1]

History

Daena was the eldest daughter of Aegon III and Daenaera of House Velaryon, and was born around 145AC. She had two brothers and two sisters. At a early age, Daena was married to her brother Baelor, by her father, in the Targaryen tradition. Daena and Baelor's marriage was an unhappy one, with her pious brother obsessed by the Faith of the Seven. Baelor refused to consummate their marriage and had it dissolved when he ascended the Iron Throne, after Daena's elder brother King Daeron I died in Dorne.

After Baelor's ascension, Daena and her sisters, Rhaena and Elaena, were confined to their own apartments in the Red Keep, which soon became known as the Maidenvault, so the sight of them would not tempt Baelor or others in his court to mortal lusts. Daena was sixteen at this time.

According to semi-canon sources, during her time of confinement at the Maidenvault, Daena escaped several times and had an affair with her cousin Prince Aegon, despite his marriage to his own sister-wife Naerys. When she became pregnant she refused to name the father and became known as "Daena the Defiant". Her son was born robust and healthy, with the purple eyes and silver-gold hair of the Targaryens. Daena named him Daemon and raised him alone. [1] The father was only revealed years later when King Aegon IV Targaryen gave Daemon the ancestral Targaryen sword Blackfyre, acknowledging him as one of his bastards, while also legitimizing him.

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
Maelor
 
Jaehaera
 
Aegon III
 
Daenaera
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys II
 
Unknown
wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron I
 
Rhaena
 
 
Elaena
 
Alyn
Velaryon
 
Baelor I
 
Daena
 
Aegon IV
 
Naerys
 
Aemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
husband
 
 
Jeyne
Waters
 
Jon
Waters
 
 
 
Unknown
wife
 
Daemon
Blackfyre
 
Daeron II
 
Daenerys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
husband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
husband
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Blackfyre
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Daena's Blackfyre descendants

 
 
 
 
Daena Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon IV Targaryen
 
 
 
Naerys Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
Aegor Rivers
 
Brynden Rivers
 
Shiera Seastar
 
Daeron Targaryen
 
Daenerys Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon
 
Aemon
 
Daemon
 
Haegon
 
Three other sons
 
Daughters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maelys
 
 
 
 
 

Quotes by Daena

I was born to ride a dragon.[1]

Quotes about Daena

Daena was Targaryen to the bone; strong, beautiful, willful. [1]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Citadel SSM:Three Maidens in a Tower(June 27, 2006)


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