House Targaryen guards
House Targaryen guards are guardsmen in the service of House Targaryen.
During the First Dornish War, guardsmen twice saved King Aegon I Targaryen from Dornish assassins. Queen Visenya Targaryen was also attacked in the streets of King's Landing one night, and she slew the last assassin with Dark Sister after two of her escorts were killed. Visenya advised Aegon to wear mail at all times for his own protection. After the king refused, Visenya quickly drew Dark Sister and cut her brother's cheek before his guards could react. Recognizing his vulnerability, Aegon decided to have the Kingsguard formed for better protection.
During his minority on Dragonstone, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen trained at arms every morning. The young king sparred with his Kingsguard and Ser Elyas Scales, the master-at-arms. Jaehaerys also practiced with Ser Merrell Bullock, the commander of the garrison, and Merrell's sons, Alyn and Howard. In 56 AC Jaehaerys founded the Dragonkeepers, a unit of guards created to guard the Targaryen dragons.
During the Dance of the Dragons, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen named Ser Robert Quince as her castellan on Dragonstone instead of Ser Alfred Broome. Alfred later betrayed Rhaenyra with the fall of Dragonstone.
A Game of Thrones
Walking through a corridor of the Red Keep, Lord Eddard Stark sees empty suits of black steel armor with dragon scales on the crests of their helms, possibly the armor of Targaryen guards or the Dragonkeepers.
A Clash of Kings
A Dance with Dragons
Ser Barristan Selmy becomes the Lord Commander for Daenerys, but the queen does not establish a proper Queensguard. Unsullied and Brazen Beasts guard Daenerys at the Great Pyramid in Meereen.
Known Targaryen guards
- Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
- Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- The Hedge Knight.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 8, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.