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Helaena Targaryen
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Title Princess
Allegiance House Targaryen
Born In 109 AC
Died In 130 AC, at King's Landing
Spouse King Aegon II Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Queen Helaena Targaryen was the sister-wife to King Aegon II Targaryen. She was the only daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen by his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower, and his second daughter overall. Helaena and Aegon had three children: the twins Jaehaerys and Jaehaera, and Maelor. Like her siblings, Helaena was a dragonrider, who rode the dragon Dreamfyre.[1][2]

Appearance and Character

As a young girl, Helaena was plumper than most Targaryens, and less striking as well. Nonetheless, she was a pleasant and happy girl.[2] At an older age, Helaena was loved by the smallfolk.[1] Following the death of her eldest son, however, Helaena became depressed and descended into madness.[1]


Early life

In 109 AC, Helaena was born to King Viserys I Targaryen and his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower. She had an older half-sister, Rhaenyra, and an older brother, Aegon, and would have two younger brothers, Aemond and Daeron.[2][3]

By the age of twelve, Helaena had become a dragonrider, and rode the dragon Dreamfyre. In 122 AC, at the age of thirteen, Helaena was married to her older brother Aegon, following the ancient tradition of House Targaryen. Barely a year after her wedding, Helaena gave birth to twins: Jaehaerys and Jaehaera.[2]

On the first day of 127 AC, Helaena's father, King Viserys I, held a feast to celebrate the recovery of his health. According to the court fool Mushroom, after the king had left the feast, Helaena's nephew, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon, asked her for a dance, which her husband and brother, Aegon, took offense to.[2] Later that same year, Helaena gave birth to a third child, a boy named Maelor.[2]

On the third day of the third month of 129 AC, Helaena brought her three children to her father's chambers, where the king, the night before his death, entertained her children with stories about King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[1][2]

The Dance of the Dragons

With the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, a war for succession began. Helaena was informed of her father's passing a day after his death was discovered. When the decision was made to crown her husband, Prince Aegon, instead of Viserys's appointed heir, Princess Rhaenyra, Helaena became a Queen. On the day of the coronation, it was Helaena's mother Alicent who placed the crown upon Helaena's head.[1]

Unwilling to accept Aegon as her King, Helaena's half-sister Rhaenyra was crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms on Dragonstone. While she declared Otto Hightower, Helaena's grandfather, and Dowager Queen Alicent to be traitors, Rhaenyra expressed willingness to forgive Helaena and her siblings, as long as they came to Dragonstone and swore fealthy to her.[1]

When Grand Maester Orwyle suggested traveling to Dragonstone to make Rhaenyra give up her claim, Helaena spoke in favor of his plan, together with her mother, after which King Aegon II Targaryen reluctantly agreed to send the Grand Maester.[1]

Helaena and her three young children, Jaehaera (left), Maelor (middle) and Jaehaerys (right) are surprised by Cheese and Blood.

Helaena was accustomed to bring her children by her mother's chambers in the Tower of the Hand every night before they were put to bed. The two men Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra's husband, had hired to murder one of Helaena's sons, were aware of this fact. Thus these two men, known as Blood and Cheese, hid in Alicent's chambers, bound and gagged Alicent, and murdered her bedmaid. There, they awaited Helaena's arrival. They took Helaena and her children hostage, and forced Helaena to choose which one of her sons would die. Helaena offered herself, but was refused. Threatening to have Blood rape Jaehaera, and to kill all three of her children should she refuse, the two men forced Helaena to make a decision. In the end, Helaena reluctantly named her youngest child, Maelor, who was deemed to be to young to understand what was happening. In response, the two men killed Prince Jaehaerys, and fled with his head. Helaena became depressed and slowly sank into madness after Jaehaerys's death, and refused to eat, bathe, or leave her chambers. Nor would she look at her younger son, Maelor, anymore, knowing that she had chosen him to die.[1][4]

Aegon and Helaena slept apart from one another since then, and after Aegon was severily injured at the Battle at Rook's Rest, Helaena did not even make an attempt to visit him. She had become unreliable as a dragonrider, uncapable to be used in battle. When King's Landing fell to Rhaenyra, Helaena was taken captive.[1]

On the twenty-second day of the fifth moon of 130 AC Helaena, at the age of twenty-one, jumped from her window in Maegor's Holdfast at sunset. She died on the spikes below, with her throat impaled. While some called it suicide, by nightfall that same day rumors were already being told in King's Landing that she had been murdered by Luthor Largent, at the behest of Queen Rhaenyra.[1][4] That same night, King's Landing rose in a riot, with men and women shouting for justice for Helaena and her dead sons.[1]


Viserys I
Aegon II
Viserys II
Aegon III


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 The Rogue Prince.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC until 115 AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115 AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120 AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.