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Biographical Information
Reign 298 AC-Present
Full Name Daenerys Targaryen the First of Her Name
Alias Daenerys Stormborn[1]
The Unburnt[1]
The silver queen[4]
Silver Lady[5]
The dragon queen[7]
Breaker of Chains[8]
Other Titles Queen of Meereen[1]
Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men[1] (claimant)
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea[9] (formerly)
Queen of the Seven Kingdoms[10](claimant)
Princess of Dragonstone[11] (claimant)
Born in 284 AC[12], at Dragonstone
Culture Free Cities
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Viserys III Targaryen (claimant)
Consort 1st: Khal Drogo
2nd: Hizdahr zo Loraq
Issue Rhaego
Father Aerys II Targaryen
Mother Rhaella Targaryen
Books A Game of Thrones (POV)
A Clash of Kings (POV)
A Storm of Swords (POV)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (POV)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)
Played by Emilia Clarke
TV series Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6

Princess Daenerys Targaryen, known as Daenerys Stormborn,[2] is one of the last confirmed members of House Targaryen, along with her older brother Viserys, and she is one of the major POV characters in A Song of Ice and Fire. "Dany" is also used as a nickname by the siblings.[2][13] In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, Daenerys is played by Emilia Clarke.[14]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Daenerys Targaryen

A young woman in her early teens,[2] Daenerys has the classical Valyrian look; She has violet eyes,[2] pale skin,[13] and long, pale silver-gold hair.[2][11][15] Daenerys is slender of frame,[2] with small breasts.[2][11][16] She is said to bear a certain physical resemblance to Queen Naerys Targaryen, though Daenerys is taller.[17] Daenerys has been described as fair,[15][8][18] and beautiful.[19][4][20] She is fond of heath.[2][21]

Beside the Common Tongue, Daenerys speaks the bastard Valyrian of the Free Cities with a Tyroshi accent,[22] as well as High Valyrian.[23] She is quick to learn the Dothraki language,[5] as well as the Ghiscari tongue.[1][24]

Daenerys grew up terrified and abused by her brother Viserys,[25] and was regarded as fearful and furtive by magister Illyrio Mopatis.[26]Following her marriage to the Dothraki Khal Drogo, Daenerys's confidence begins to grow,[27] which puts her at odds with Viserys, who is having trouble adapting to the Dothraki style of life. She dares to punish him when he threatens her,[27] and later also hits him.[21] Following Drogo's death, she assumes command of her own small khalasar.[28] Despite her successful conquests and growing support, she remains troubled with doubts. However, her followers generally regard her with great respect and love, and Jorah Mormont and Barristan Selmy have compared her to her deceased brother Rhaegar,[5][6][3] who had been valiant, honorable, and noble,[23] and is still fondly remembered in the Seven Kingdoms.[23]

As she was raised in exile, never staying long as one place, Daenerys has never truly known a place to call home. Though she describes the fragrants of the Western Market at Vaes Dothrak with smelling "of home", they in fact remind of her her days spent in several of the Free Cities as a small child.[22] Among the Dothraki, she feels safe, loved and hopefull for the first time.[29] The house with the red door in Braavos, where she lived until she was about five years old, has come to symbolize her lost childhood,[2][22] and she frequently wishes to return there. [30][1][31][32] Though she has never seen Westeros and cannot remember Dragonstone, she believes that the Iron Throne is her by rights, as Viserys's heir, and that ruling the Seven Kingdoms is her duty. Daenerys wishes to rule with justice, but is nonetheless able to deal ruthlessly with her enemies (as seen in both Astapor[33] and Meereen[30]). Daenerys abhors slavery, and makes it her priority to stop the slave trade. Because of this, she is especially loved by the former slaves, but disliked by the nobility of the eastern cities.[34] Daenerys is willing to put the needs of her people before her own desires[24]

Daenerys loves the sea, as it makes her feel free, as well as the sailors and their songs and stories.[19] She also loves to read children’s stories and songs from the Seven Kingdoms about hall and handsome heroes.[30]

Descendent of dragonlords, Daenerys dreams of dragons several times before she hatches three dragon eggs.[11][27] She lends strength from the second dream.[27] After the birth of her three Dragons, Daenerys develops a bond with them, especially Drogon, whom she eventually claims as a mount.[32]

During her time with the Dothraki, Daenerys dressed in Dothraki garb; a painted vest[27] and riding leathers,[27] while going about barefoot,[27] with her hair oiled[27][21] and her skin sun-browned.[21] She wears Dothraki clothing — sandsilk or horsehair pants, woven grass sandals, a medallion belt and her vest[16][19][25] — frequently until she reaches Meereen. Though at first she continues to wear Dothraki clothing whilst in the slaver city when she is alone,[30] she starts wearing a tokar, traditional Ghiscari clothing, when she assumes the rule of Meereen.[1][35] During her time in Qarth, Daenerys dresses in the Qartheen fashion, a gown which leaves one breast bare.[36] Daenerys also frequently wears a cloak made of the skin of a Hrakkar which Drogo had slain,[28][3][37][1][34] which reminds her of him,[3] making her feel as if he is near.[1]

Though Daenerys is familiar with the Faith of the Seven,[30][32] and believes in the existence of gods, she does not appear to follow a particular faith.[30][32][38]


Young Dany and Viserys - by Jacqui Davis ©

Daenerys is the youngest child of King Aerys II Targaryen and his sister-wife, Queen Rhaella. Daenerys was conceived during the last month of Robert's Rebellion, the war which ended House Targaryen's reign over the Seven Kingdoms. Shortly thereafter, her mother was sent with the young prince Viserys to the family ancestral seat of Dragonstone to escape the rebel army which was marching towards King's Landing. Daenerys was born nine months after their flight, while a great storm raged above Dragonstone, sinking what remained of the Targaryen fleet; for this reason she is known as "Daenerys Stormborn".[2] Her mother died in labor,[2] but not before naming her.[39]

The war had been lost shortly after Rhaella had fled the city, after which Robert I Baratheon had claimed the throne. With Aerys, his eldest son Rhaegar, and Rhaegar's young children Rhaenys and Aegon dead, Daenerys and her older brother Viserys were the only known living Targaryen heirs. Robert's brother, Stannis, had built a new fleet for the Baratheon's, and was planning to assault Dragonstone. With the Targaryen fleet destroyed by the storm during which Daenerys had been born, the garrison at Dragonstone planned to sell the Targaryen children to Robert. However, before they could act on this plan, Ser Willem Darry and several other loyal retainers rescued the children and smuggled them into exile, sailing to the Free City of Braavos. There, they lived for years in a house with a red door, where Daenerys had her own room, and a lemon tree underneath her window. Willem was old and sickly, but Dany remembers that he always treated her kindly.[2] When Daenerys was five years old, Willem fell sick and slowly wasted away.[40] After his death, the servants he had hired stole all they could.[2] The young Targaryens were put out of the house a while after, and Daenerys wept as they were forced out.[2]

Viserys and Daenerys left Braavos, and wandered the Free Cities for years. They visited nearly all the Free Cities, including Myr, Tyrosh, Qohor, Volantis, and Lys,[2] and returned to Braavos at least once.[19] While at first they were welcomed by magisters and archons and merchant princes, with time doors their interests in the last Targaryens decreased. Daenerys and Viserys had to sell their last few treasures, and eventually their mother's crown.[2] Selling their mother's crown took the last of Viserys's joy, leaving only rage.[33] Daenerys remembers how Viserys once feasted the Golden Company, hoping they would take up his cause, but to on avail.[15] Considering himself to be the rightful ruler, Viserys grew bitter and obsessed with the birthright he had been denied. Daenerys was a frequent target for his frustrations. He had never forgiven her for their mother's death in childbirth,[2] and frequently warned her not to "wake the dragon" by angering him.[citation needed] Once, when Daenerys and Viserys were on their way to Braavos by ship, Daenerys expressed to her brother how fine it would be to be a sailor. Angry, Viserys twisted her hair until she cried.[19] Because Viserys had often told her that their line must be "kept pure", Daenerys had grown up always believing that she would marry Viserys once she came of age.[2]

Though Viserys's growing bitterness made their relationship more troubled, Daenerys also has fond memories of her brother from times when he had not yet been so angry. He let her crawl into bed with him and told her stories about the Seven Kingdoms,[19] about their family[19] and their history,[2][31] their dragons,[27] and Robert's Rebellion.[2][29] Almost everything Daenerys knew about Westeros she learned from Viserys, making her feel as if she knew what it was like without ever having been there.[22] Viserys was intent on reclaiming their father's throne, and promised Daenerys a thousand times that he would take her back to Westeros,[22] and that their lives would be much better once he had.[19] Viserys also told her about siege towers,[37] and the Faith of the Seven.[30]

In 297 AC, Viserys and Daenerys were taken in by magister Illyrio Mopatis in the Free City of Pentos, who offered his help in reclaiming the Iron Throne for Viserys. They lived with Illyrio for almost half a year.[2]

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Jorah Mormont pledges to Dany - by Amok ©

Magister Illyrio Mopatis arranges a marriage between the powerful Dothraki Khal Drogo and Daenerys, in return for the promise of an army for Viserys to conquer the Iron Throne with. Though Daenerys does not want the marriage, Viserys is insistent.[2] Daenerys and Drogo are wed outside of the walls of Pentos. At her wedding, Daenerys receives multiple bride gifts, including three petrified dragon eggs from Magister Illyrio, three haid maidens (Irri, Jhiqui and Doreah) from her brother, and a magnificent silver filly from Drogo. She is frightened by the seemingly barbaric Dothraki culture and has absolutely no way of communicating with Drogo, as they do not speak each other's languages. After the wedding ceremony is over, Drogo leads Daenerys away from the khalasar to consummate their marriage. Daenerys is terrified, but Drogo proves to be surprisingly tender and considerate. He lets Daenerys know that he understands one word in her tongue ("no"), and touches her gently and gradually. Only after she gives him her consent, they have sex.[11]

The day after the wedding, the khalasar leaves Pentos. Although she is accompanied by both Viserys and the exiled knight Ser Jorah Mormont, who has sworn his sword to Viserys, Daenerys feels lonely. Her entire body hurts from spending her days on horseback, and her nights with Drogo. On the night that Daenerys decides she cannot go on anymore, she dreams about a black dragon. The flames of the dragon cleanse her and make her feel strong and new and fierce. From that night onwards, life among the Dothraki begins to come more easily to her. She begins to enjoy her surroundings, and grows more confident. She also dares for the first time ever to fight back against Viserys when he attacks her in a rage. She shoves him away, realizes that Viserys is a pitiful thing, and would make a terrible king. When she discusses this with Jorah Mormont, she is shocked to learn how badly Jorah thinks about Viserys. When Drogo arrives in her tent that night to take his pleasure, Daenerys leads him outside, as the Dothraki believe that everything of importance happens must be done beneath the bare sky. Daenerys initiates sex with Drogo, and her new-found confidence and strength mark the beginning of a loving relationship between them.[27]

Daenerys in the early stages of pregnancy riding her silver in the Dothraki sea - by Nyph-Atzbel ©

The khalasar is on its way to Vaes Dothrak. They pass through Ghoyan Drohe, Norvos, Qohor, Vaes Khadokh, and southern Sarnor.[41] On the far end of the Dothraki sea, on her fourteenth nameday, Daenerys reveals that she is pregnant.[27] The khalasar arrives at Vaes Dothrak, and Mormont informs Daenerys about the chances the Dothraki would have against the Westerosi armies. That evening, Daenerys and Viserys argue. When he grabs her, she hits him with a belt, and orders him to leave.[21]

In Westeros, King Robert I Baratheon has learned of Daenerys's marriage to Drogo from Jorah Mormont, who is in the employment of Lord Varys, Robert's master of whisperers. Though his Hand of the King, Lord Eddard Stark, protests against the notion of killing Daenerys, calling her an innocent child, Robert nonetheless fears that Daenerys will soon start breading more "dragonspawn", and that Viserys will cross the narrow sea with a horde of Dothraki. Eddard convinces him that the Dothraki are not likely to cross, and that they can easily defeat them if they do.[42] The matter is laid to rest, but is brought up again when a report from Jorah arrives in King's Landing, informing the small council that Daenerys is pregnant. Robert wants Viserys, Daenerys, and her child killed, and while Eddard and Ser Barristan Selmy protest, the rest of the council agrees with Robert. In the end, it is decided that Varys will quietly let it become known that whoever kills Daenerys, her child, and Viserys will be given a lordship.[43]

At Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys is presented to the dosh khaleen, and takes part in a ceremony for her unborn child, where she eats a raw stallion heart. The dosh khaleen predict that Daenerys will have a son, who will be "the stallion who mounts the world", a long-prophesied leader destined to unite the Dothraki into a single khalasar and conquer the world. Daenerys choses the name Rhaego for her son, after her eldest brother, Rhaegar.[13] Following the ceremony is a feast, where Mormont tells Daenerys that Viserys had planned to steal and sell her dragon eggs, which he had prevented. A drunk Viserys arrives late at the feast. Having grown increasingly impatient for Drogo to give him his army and his crown, Viserys arrives carrying a blade, which is forbidden in Vaes Dothrak. He threatens both Daenerys and her unborn child. Daenerys translates for Drogo, who tells Viserys that he will give him his crown. While his bloodriders take hold of Viserys, Drogo melts the golden medallions from his belt, and poors the molten gold over Viserys's head, giving him his golden crown. Daenerys calmly watches as Viserys pleads with her. He dies screaming.[13]

Now the last remaining Targaryen, Daenerys believes her family's throne should be conquered for her unborn son and attempts to persuade Drogo to invade the Seven Kingdoms. However, Drogo has no interest in doing so, until Daenerys is rescued by Jorah Mormont from drinking poisoned wine at the Western Market of Vaes Dothrak. They learn that King Robert I Baratheon has promised a lordship and lands to whoever kills Viserys, Daenerys, and her child. Furious, Drogo vows to conquer the Seven Kingdoms for his son.[22] Drogo leads his khalasar south, planning to take captives to sell at the cities of Slaver's Bay in exchange for ships. They encounters a Lhazareen town, which is under attack by the khalasar of Khal Ogo. They battle, and Drogo is victorious. Though most of Ogo's riders have fled, Jorah Mormont estimates that there are ten thousand captives. Daenerys is disgusted and disturbed by the sight of the Dothraki raping women, and eventually orders every rape she sees stopped, claiming the women as her own slaves to protect them. Though this angers Drogo's riders, Daenerys refuses to give them back. Drogo is pleased by Daenerys's boldness, and allows her to keep her slaves.[5]

Drogo is injured, but the healers are occupied elsewhere. When Daenerys insists that Drogo's cuts are seen to immediately, a Lhazareen godswife, Mirri Maz Duur, offers her service. Drogo's bloodriders call the woman a maegi, but Drogo agrees to accompany Mirri inside the temple, supported by Daenerys, where Mirri tends to his wounds. Afterwards, Daenerys asks Mirri to be her midwife when she goes into labour.[5] Mirri's poultice itches and burns Drogo, and he eventually tears it off, replacing it with a mud plaster. However, his wound festers, and he grows weaker and weaker until he falls from his horse. Daenerys realises the danger in this, as a khal who cannot ride cannot rule, according to the Dothraki. Daenerys orders Drogo's bloodriders to make camp, and to pretend the command came from Drogo. She also orders Mirri Maz Duur to be brought to her. Though Qotho protests every order she gives, he leaves to fetch Mirri. Daenerys has Drogo brought into his tent, and learns that rumors of Drogo's fall are spreading through the camp when Jorah arrives. Daenerys begs Jorah to help Drogo. When they are alone, Jorah removes the mud plaster from Drogo's wound, concluding that Drogo is "as good as dead". He urges her to flee, as a power struggle among the kos will follow Drogo's death, and the victor is likely to kill Rhaego, while Daenerys will be forced to join the dosh khaleen. Daenerys refuses to leave Drogo. She protects Mirri from Qotho and Haggo, and sends Jorah to go fetch his armor, in case of trouble. Daenerys asks Mirri to heal Drogo using blood magic. Mirri warns her that some claim that death would be cleaner, and that "only death may pay for life", though she reassures Daenerys that her life is not the payment. As part of the ritual, Drogo is placed in a bath, and his horse is slain so its blood can mix with the water in the tub. Daenerys is told to prevent anyone from entering the tent during the ritual. As Mirri sings her spells, battle erupts between Drogo's bloodriders and Daenerys's kas. Rhaego begins to kick wildly inside Daenerys, and she goes into labour as men are dying around her. The birthing women refuse to attend Daenerys, and when someone suggests Mirri, Jorah lifts Daenerys up in his arms and carries her into the tent. Daenerys is too weak to protest.[29]

Daenerys the Unburnt with hatched dragons - by Michael Komarck ©

Daenerys wakes days later, after several fever dreams, with one of her dragon eggs in her arms, as she had requested during one of her short waking moments. Rhaego was stillborn and malformed, Daenerys learns, and had been dead for months according to Mirri, even though Daenerys had felt him strong and alive shortly before her labour had begun. Mirri reveals that Rhaego's death was the true price of the blood magic. Drogo's khalasar is gone, split into two new khalasars belonging to Khal Pono and Khal Jhaqo. Although Drogo still lives, he is in a catatonic state. Daenerys demands to know when Drogo will be as before, and Mirri replies "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before". She reveals that it had been wrong of Drogo's khalasar to burn her temple, and that Rhaego's death means that the stallion who mounts the world is now unable to burn cities or trample nations into dust.[38]

Daenerys orders Mirri arrested. She attempt to get a response from Drogo by pleasuring him and speaking to him, but realizes that he is truly gone.[38] She euthanizes him,[38] and has the remaining Dothraki build him a funeral pyre. She declares herself to be a queen, and states they are her khalasar now. She frees the slaves, names Jorah as a knight of her Queensguard, and Jhogo, Rakharo, and Aggo, the three men from her kas, as her kos, ignoring their refusal to be bloodrider to a woman. Daenerys places her three dragon eggs onto Drogo's funeral pyre, beside his body. She also has Mirri bound to pyre, claiming "only death can pay for life". Drogo's pyre is lit when the first star, a fire red comet, is seen in the sky. Once the entire pyre is afire, Daenerys walks into the flames. The next morning, when the flames have gone out and the ground has cooled down, her new khalasar finds her amidst the ashes, naked but unharmed, holding three living dragons, the first dragons alive since 153 AC. They all kneel and swear their oaths to Daenerys, more loyal to her than they had ever been to Drogo.[44]

A Clash of Kings

Daenerys names the three dragons Viserion, after her brother Viserys, Rhaegal, after her brother Rhaegar, and Drogon, after Drogo.[28] Daenerys had decided to follow the red comet. Although the Dothraki are convinced that it is an ill omen, Daenerys believes that it a herald of her coming, which points in the direction in whish she must travel. However, she is aware of the fact that the comet's direction was the only direction in which they could have gone; To the north were too many khalasars, to the south the Lhazareen, and to the east Pono's khalasar, all hostile to them. As such, she leads her people east, through the Red Waste.[28]

Daenerys in a Qartheen dress

They eventually arrive in an abandoned city, which Daenerys dubs Vaes Tolorro. While her khalasar recovers from the terrible journey through the desert, Daenerys sends out her bloodriders to scout in every direction. Aggo and Rakharo return without hopeful news, and Daenerys begins to fortify Vaes Tolorro, in case of enemies. After a long time, Jhogo returns accompanied by three citizens from the city Qarth: the merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the warlock Pyat Pree, and the shadow-binder Quaithe of Asshai.[28] They escort Daenerys and her khalasar to Qarth, where Xaro invites them to stay in his palace.[6] Daenerys learns of the death of King Robert I Baratheon and the unrest in the Seven Kingdoms.[6]

Daenerys visits the Pureborn of Qarth, hoping to convince them to help her in her conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. They refuse her, however. On her way back to Xaro's palace, Daenerys sees Quaithe, who urges Daenerys to travel to Asshai. Xaro proposes marriage to Daenerys, which Daenerys finds amusing as she has found Xaro completely uninterested in the charms of women. Jorah warns her that according to Qartheen marriage customs, Xaro would be within his rights to ask a dragon of Daenerys if they were to wed, and Daenerys would not legally be able to deny him. Not knowing where else to turn, Daenerys decides to go to the warlocks.[36]

Daenerys goes to the House of the Undying, where Pyat Pree gives her shade-of-the-evening, after which she enters the building alone. Inside, Daenerys sees several strange visions. When she reaches the hall of the Undying, they tell her that she will light three fires (one for life, one for death, and one to love), ride three mounts (one to bed, one to dread, and one to love), and face three betrayals (one for blood, one for gold, and one for love). More visions follow as the Undying attack her. Drogon sets the Undyin Ones on fire, allowing Daenerys to flee. The Palace of Dust burns down. Outside Daenerys is attacked by Pyat Pree, but Jhogo, Rakharo and Drogon save her.[10]

The destruction of the Palace of Dust turns the Qartheen against her. Xaro warns Daenerys that Pyat Pree is gathering warlocks against her, and after she refuses to marry him once more, suggests that she should leave Qarth. He offers to give her ships in exchange for a dragon, and when Daenerys refuses, insists she leaves his palace. Daenerys visits the docks of Qarth to seek passage on a ship for herself, her khalasar and her dragons, but is frequently refused. Jorah warns her that they are being followed by two strangers. When a Sorrowful Man gives her a box containing a manticore with the purpose of killing her, one of the strangers knocks the manticore aside before it can sting her. The two strangers, Belwas and Arstan Whitebeard, inform Daenerys they had been sent to Qarth by Magister Illyrio with three ships to escort Daenerys and her party back to Pentos. Daenerys renames the ships Vhagar, Meraxes and Balerion, after the dragons of Aegon I Targaryen and his sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, and sets sail for Pentos.[16]

A Storm of Swords

Daenerys with her handmaidens, Doreah and Irri in Game of Thrones.

Several days into the trip, Ser Jorah Mormont manages to convince Daenerys to go to Astapor, one of the great slave cities of Slaver's Bay, to purchase Unsullied so she can return to Illyrio with an army at her back. He also kisses her and professes his love for her.[19] Lonely since Drogo's death, Daenerys briefly takes her maid Irri as a lover.[23] Once in Astapor, Daenerys begins to have doubts about using slaves, still she agrees to purchases an army of every Unsullied in the ciry in exchange for her dragon Drogon. She is given a slave Missandei as a gift from the Good Masters. Dany accepts, but she then frees Missandei. Dany tells Missandei that she can leave Dany's service whenever she wishes, but Missandei remains close and loyal to Dany.

After taking control of the Unsullied, Dany betrays the Masters by breaking the deal, reclaims Drogon and commands him to use his fires against the Astapori leaders. She then uses the Unsullied to conquer the city. After the fighting, she proclaims all Astapori slaves free, including her Unsullied, giving her the name Breaker of Shackles, or Breaker of Chains. The Unsullied and many new freedmen choose to follow her in her future battles. After forming a council to rule Astapor, she sets out for the next great slave city, Yunkai.[25]

Yunkai hires two sellsword companies, the Stormcrows and the Second Sons, in addition to conscripting a force of some four thousand slave soldiers. Daenerys parleys with the captains of the companies, hoping to convince them to switch sides. Her arguments convince one of the Stormcrows' commanders, Daario Naharis, to assassinate his colleagues and pledge the company to Daenerys. To the Second Sons, Daenerys offers a great store of wine as tribute then attacks them in the night while they are drunk and sleeping. With the Stormcrows' betrayal and the Second Sons' drunkenness, Yunkai's slave army is unable to withstand Daenerys's Unsullied. The entire Yunkish army is slain, captured, or put to flight, and Yunkai surrenders a few days later.[3] Daenerys next made for Meereen, the last of the great slave cities. Near Meereen, Daenerys is nearly killed by Mero, the former captain of the Second Sons. Arstan Whitebeard slays Mero, and reveals his true identity as Barristan Selmy, a famous knight of her father's Kingsguard who had served Robert I Baratheon after the end of the War of the usurper. He claims to have seen the error of his ways and to seeking her out as the true heir to the Seven Kingdoms. Selmy also reveals that Jorah Mormont, still Daenerys's trusted right arm, has been sending reports on her actions to the spymaster in King's Landing, Lord Varys, hoping for a pardon from King Robert. Daenerys feels betrayed by each of them, though both fervently wish to atone for their actions.[37] During her siege of Meereen, she sends them on a covert suicide mission through the sewers, half hoping that they will die in the attempt. The mission succeeds and wins the city with minimal blood. Barristan humbly submits to his queen's judgment and is forgiven. Jorah stubbornly continues to insist that he had done nothing wrong, and Daenerys is forced to banish him from her service, despite her desire to pardon him.

Having captured Meereen, Dany turns her eyes toward Westeros. Through talks with Barristan about her homeland and its history, however, she learns that there is much she does not know about ruling. Upon hearing that Astapor and Yunkai cannot maintain the peace she had hoped to bring, she resolves to bring order to Slaver's Bay before leaving it behind.[30]

A Feast for Crows

Tales told by sailors reach Westeros, dragons in Asshai, dragons in Qarth, dragons in Meereen, Dothraki dragons, dragons freeing slaves … each telling differs from the last, but only in details. All speak of dragons, and a beautiful young queen.[45]

A Dance with Dragons

Daenerys after conquering Meereen - by © Denkata5698

Rumors of Daenerys's striking beauty have spread far and wide.[4][46]

Dany struggles as ruler of Meereen, mainly due to the constant threats surrounding her. A portion of Meereen's former slaving families who call themselves the Sons of the Harpy fight a shadow war with her followers, attacking lone freedmen or Unsullied in the black of night and drawing a harpy nearby with the man's blood.[1] The sons have also scrawled graffiti on the walls of Meereen in blood promising a death to the families of any who serve the Dragon Queen.

In Meereen, men traditionally wear their oiled black and red hair in varying shapes in homage to Ghiscari culture. The Meereenese who now serve Dany shave their heads, symbolizing the abandonment of old Meereen to serve the new. These men are known as Shavepates, and are led by Skahaz mo Kandaq, known as the Shavepate. Another of her Meereenese councilors is the seneschal, Reznak mo Reznak.

Three fighting companies—Mother's Men, the Company of the Free Brothers, and the Stalwart Shields—are also formed by Daenerys, their members comprised from her freeman. They receive their training in arms from Grey Worm.

Daenery's dragons have grown wilder, hunting sheep and livestock. Eventually a petitioner comes to her, presenting the bones of his six-year-old girl daughter "Hazzea", claiming the "winged shadow" had killed her.[1] Prompted by this, Dany has her Unsullied capture the dragons using nets and chains and lock them below ground to prevent any more such killings. In a closed fighting pit, Viserion and Rhaegal are captured (though several Unsullied lose their lives in the process), but Drogon escapes and disappears. During this time, she has a vision of Quaithe that offers her prophetic advice, most specifically warning her not to trust the perfumed seneschal.[31]

Daenerys has grave enemies outside Meereen as well as in. Since she ended the slave trade in Slaver's Bay, several of the Free Cities that rely upon the slave trade of the slave cities to fuel their economy have promised help to the Yunkai to bring her down. Yunkai has hired sellsword legions such as the Long Lances, the Company of the Cat and the Windblown. Legions have also arrived from New Ghis.

The Yunkai host first takes Astapor from Cleon the Butcher King, its most recent ruler, and puts thousands of its inhabitants to the sword or sends them again into slavery.[7] An escaped rider who managed to flee in the confusion of the siege brings word of this to Dany in Meereen. Unfortunately word is not the only thing he brings, as he is infected with the bloody flux.[47] Several other Astapori citizens flee to Meereen, bringing the disease with them.

The merchant emissary Xaro Xhoan Daxos arrives from Qarth bearing a gift of 13 ships in exchange for Dany's abandon of Slaver's Bay and departure for Westeros. Dany wishes to go, but the thirteen ships are not enough to take her entire army of Unsullied, Dothraki, sellswords and freedmen. The Shavepates beg her not to go. If she does, they who served her and their families will die by the Sons of the Harpy. She refuses Xaro, which prompts Qarth to join the Yunkai'i against her.[15]

Deaths of freedmen and Unsullied continue to grow nightly, and several former freed slave women are raped by the Sons of the Harpy before having their throats slit open. Daenerys takes the children of several Meereenese families of dubious loyalty as cupbearers in name, but hostages in truth in hopes that would stop the killing. The killings only continue though and Daenerys refuses to harm the child hostages.

In despair and loneliness, Dany takes Daario Naharis as a lover. A plan is put to her by the Meereenese priestess, the Green Grace Galazza Galare, suggesting that Dany should wed the Meereenese noble Hizdahr zo Loraq to bring peace. After a time Dany agrees, on the condition that Hizdahr can promise her 90 days of peace. Hizdahr agrees.[34] Brown Ben Plumm, captain of the Second Sons, learns that Dany can no longer control her dragons, and takes his company over to the Yunkai'i.

Daenerys and Drogon in Daznak's Pit - by Marc Simonetti ©

At this point, Quentyn Martell of Dorne arrives to make a marriage claim, but is rejected because Dany has already promised to wed Hizdahr. After Hizdahr succeeds at keeping his promise of peace, Dany weds him.[24] Under his direction, Dany, much to her disgust, suggests peace terms with Yunkai'i. She promises if they leave Meereen and do not enslave any of the former slaves she freed, she will not disrupt the slave trade of Slaver's Bay any further. The Yunkai'i agree.[48]

To mark the occasion, the fighting pits are reopened and several gladiators freely agree to compete in the arena of Daznak's Pit. During the event Strong Belwas consumes poisoned locusts most likely meant for Daenerys and her black dragon Drogon appears, drawn to the screams of the crowd and the smell of death. He kills a boar in the arena, but is then attacked by the animal handler Harghaz. Dany, seeing her "child" in pain, runs out in the arena to him as she sees other pit fighters going to kill the dragon. Dany manages to mount the dragon and ride him out of the arena.[32]

Although many in Meereen suspect that she is dead,[49] Daenerys is alive with Drogon, however, thousands of leagues away at a hill in the Dothraki sea which she names Dragonstone after her birthplace. She and her dragon are eventually discovered by the khalasar of Khal Jhaqo.[50]


Young Daenerys and her three dragons © jekaa
I am the blood of the dragon. [11]

If I look back I am lost. [44]

A dragon is no slave. [25]

I am the blood of the dragon. If they are monsters, so am I.[31]

Is it so far from madness to wisdom? [44]

— Daenerys to Mirri Maz Duur

No, no, my good knight, do not fear for me. The fire is mine. I am Daenerys Stormborn, daughter of dragons, bride of dragons, mother of dragons, don't you see? Don't you SEE? [44]

— Daenerys' thoughts while Drogo's pyre rages

Do you know what it is like to be sold, squire? I do. My brother sold me to Khal Drogo for the promise of a golden crown. Well, Drogo crowned him in gold, though not as he had wished, and I. . .my sun-and-stars made a queen of me, but if he had been a different man, it might have been much otherwise. Do you think I have forgotten how it felt to be afraid? [23]

— Daenerys to Arstan Whitebeard

A queen must listen to all. The highborn and the low, the strong and the weak, the noble and the venal. One voice may speak you false, but in many there is always truth to be found. [19]

— Daenerys, quoting what she had read in a book

It seems to me that a queen who trusts no one is as foolish as a queen who trusts everyone. [19]

- Daenerys to Jorah Mormont

Prendahl na Ghezn: Woman, you bray like an ass, and make no more sense.

Daenerys: Woman? Is that meant to insult me? I would return the slap, if I took you for a man.[3]

— Daenerys to Prendahl na Ghezn

Quotes about Daenerys

Ser Jorah: You are your brother's sister, in truth.

Daenerys: Viserys?

Ser Jorah: No. Rhaegar. [51]

Jorah Mormont to Daenerys

The frightened child who sheltered in my manse died on the Dothraki Sea, and was reborn in blood and fire. This dragon queen who wears her name is a true Targaryen. [26]
Illyrio Mopatis

The Blood of Aegon the Dragon flows in her veins. [26]
Illyrio Mopatis

If Daenerys is no more than a sweet young girl, the Iron Throne will cut her into sweet young pieces. [26]
– Tyrion Lannister

Daenerys Targaryen is no maid, however. She is the widow of a Dothraki khal, a mother of dragons and a sacker of cities, Aegon the Conqueror with teats. . .[8]
Tyrion Lannister

I know that she spent her childhood in exile, impoverished, living on dreams and schemes, running from one city to the next, always fearful, never safe, friendless but for a brother who was by all accounts half-mad...a brother who sold her maidenhood to the Dothraki for the promise of an army. I know that somewhere upon the grass, her dragons hatched, and so did she. I know she is proud. How not? What else was left her but pride? I know she is strong. How not? The Dothraki despise weakness. If Daenerys had been weak, she would have perished with Viserys. I know she is fierce. Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen are proof enough of that. She has survived assassins and conspiracies and fell sorceries, grieved for a brother and a husband and a son, trod the cities of the slavers to dust beneath her dainty sandalled feet. [8]
Tyrion Lannister

This Mother of Dragons, this Breaker of Chains, is above all a rescuer.[8]
Tyrion Lannister

The fairest woman in the world if my brother could be believed. Her hair is silver-gold, her eyes are amethysts.
Victarion Greyjoy, on the rumored beauty of Daenerys Targaryen


Aegon V
of Oldstones
Jaehaerys II
Aerys II
stillborn child
zo Loraq

References and Notes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 61, Daenerys VII.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  12. See the Daenerys Targaryen (Stormborn) calculation.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  14. HBO Cast and crew page
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  17. So Spake Martin: Naerys Targaryen (March 9, 2006)
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
  20. A Dance with Dragons, Bad reference param2.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 36, Daenerys IV.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 23, Daenerys II.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  27. 27.00 27.01 27.02 27.03 27.04 27.05 27.06 27.07 27.08 27.09 27.10 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 64, Daenerys VIII.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
  33. 33.0 33.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
  35. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 36, Daenerys VI.
  36. 36.0 36.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 68, Daenerys IX.
  39. So Spake Martin: Numerous Questions (February 28, 2002)
  40. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daenerys Targaryen.
  41. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Journeys.
  42. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  43. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  45. A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
  46. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.
  47. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
  48. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
  49. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  50. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 71, Daenerys X.
  51. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 62, Tyrion VIII.

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