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House Velaryon of Driftmark
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Coat of arms seahorse rampant argent, on sea green
Words The Old, the True, the Brave
Seat High Tide or Driftmark
Current Lord Monterys Velaryon
Region Crownlands, Blackwater Bay
Title Lord of the Tides
Master of Driftmark
Overlord House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Founded prior to 114BC

House Velaryon of Driftmark rules the island of Driftmark, the largest island of Blackwater Bay in the crownlands. Their castles include Driftmark and High Tide.[1] The head of House Velaryon is titled Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark.[2] The Velaryons are sworn to Dragonstone.[3] Their arms depict a silver seahorse on sea green.[4][5] Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they are "The Old, the True, the Brave".[6] A traditional name of the Velaryons is Jacaerys.[7]

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History

Before the Conquest

House Velaryon is an ancient and proud house, with the blood of old Valyria in its veins.[4][8] House Velaryon was a closely allied family to House Targaryen in Valyria. Velaryons, like the Targaryens, often have the Valyrian features of silver hair and purple eyes.[8] The Velaryons traveled to Westeros before the Targaryens, having settled in the island of Driftmark and they claimed that they received the Driftwood Throne from the Merling King to conclude a pact. The Velaryons filled their coffers by gaining monopoly over the passing trade and Velaryon ships dominated the middle reaches of the Narrow Sea while their allies, the Targaryens ruled the skies with their dragons.[1]

The House continued to maintain close ties with the Targaryens after the Doom of Valyria, as evidenced by the marriage of Aerion Targaryen and Valaena Velaryon, the parents of Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys. When Aegon and his sisters began their Wars of Conquest, Driftmark men followed, and a member of the house, Daemon Velaryon, became Aegon's master of ships. The first ever Lord Commander of the Kingsguard was Ser Corlys Velaryon.

Between the Conquest and the Dance

Since the Conquest, Velaryons have intermarried with the Targaryens several times. Three Targaryens had a wife from House Velaryon and three Targaryens married into the house: Aenys Targaryen, who most likely married Alyssa Velaryon before his coronation, Daemon Targaryen, who married Laena Velaryon, Aegon III who married Daenaera Velaryon, Corlys Velaryon who married Rhaenys Targaryen, his son Laenor Velaryon who married Rhaenyra Targaryen and his rumored bastard and legitimated heir Alyn Velaryon who married Baela Targaryen.[4][9] The Velaryons often served as Master of Ships and provided much of the Iron Throne's royal navy.[1]

Among the most famous scions of the house was Lord Corlys Velaryon, known as the Sea Snake. Named after the first Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, his fame did not come from his skill with the sword but rather from his many voyages across the seas of the world. Lord Corlys traveled far and wide, sailing as far as Qarth to trade for spices and silk. But the Sea Snake dared to go farther, reaching the fabled lands of Yi TI and Leng, whose wealth doubled that of House Velaryon in a single voyage. The Sea Snake made nine great voyages and on his last travel, Lord Corlys filled his ship's hold with gold and bought twenty more ships at Qarth, loading them with spices, elephants and the finest silk. The wealth the Sea Snake accumulated through his many voyages made House Velaryon the richest in the realm - and for a time, even richer than the Lannisters and Hightowers themselves, and himself the wealthiest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Because their ancestral castle, Driftmark, was damp and crowded, Corlys constructed a new seat for the Velaryons, High Tide.[1]

The Dance of the Dragons

During the Dance of the Dragons, the Velaryons were major supporters of the blacks against the greens, as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen's first husband had been Laenor Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen Who Never Was, was wed to Lord Corlys Velaryon. Dragonriders from the house during the civil war included Laenor's sons Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, although accusations persisted that Harwin Strong was actually the father. Even without these champions (all of whom died in the civil war), the House's wealth and fleets at the time made them a significant power of Westeros, with only the Greyjoys able to match them at sea. Lord Corlys used these fleets to blockade Blackwater Bay. However, Spicetown and High Tide were sacked after the blockade was broken in the Battle in the Gullet, with the Velaryons losing nearly a third of their ships.[9] It is unknown if the Velaryons remained at High Tide or returned to the castle of Driftmark.

The death of Lord Corlys's wife Princess Rhaenys angered the Sea Snake against Rhaenyra, who had refused to send her sons at Rhaenys's side. Rhaenyra brought Corlys back into the fold by making him her Hand.[9] To gain more dragonriders, the blacks recruited several dragonseed smallfolk, among them Addam of Hull and his brother Alyn. According to their mother Marilda of Hull, the two boys were fathered by the late Ser Laenor Velaryon, Rhaenyra's first husband but it has been hinted by some that Addam and Alyn were actually fathered by Lord Corlys himself back when he spent many of his days at the shipyards of Hull where Marilda's father was a shipwright but was kept far from court and far away from the fiery-tempered Princess Rhaenys.

Addam was able to bond to the dragon Seasmoke, though Alyn failed in his own attempt. Lord Corlys adopted both boys into the House, petitioning Rhaenyra to remove the taint of bastardy from them, making them his heirs. Later, as Rhaenyra grew paranoid, she suspected the boys of treachery - Corlys spoke in their defense and warned Addam in time for him to flee King's Landing. Addam went on to fight at the Second Battle of Tumbleton, defeating Rhaenyra's foes at the cost of his own life. Meanwhile Lord Corlys was thrown in the dungeon, costing Rhaenyra the Velaryon fleet. He was eventually pardoned by King Aegon II Targaryen. During the Hour of the Wolf after the war, Alysanne Blackwood agreed to marry Lord Cregan Stark in exchange for allowing the pardoning of Corlys to stand. Lord Corlys Velaryon the Sea Snake died in 132 AC at the age seventy-nine. His body was lay in state beneath the Iron Throne for seven days and the realm wept.[1]

After the Dance

Upon the death of Queen Jaehaera, Lady Baela and Lady Rhaena presented Lady Daenaera Velaryon to the court of King Aegon III. Lady Daenaera was the daughter of Daeron Velaryon, a cousin to Lord Alyn Velaryon who died fighting in the Stepstones. The young king was taken with the Lady Daenaera who was described as a surpassingly beautiful girl and she became the king's second wife and gave birth to Daeron, Baelor, Daena, Rhaena and Elaena. Daenaera was an ancestor of the Blackfyre line through her daughter Daena.

Alyn Velaryon, formerly Alyn of Hull became of Lord of Driftmark upon the Sea Snake's death. During the time of regency for the young King Aegon III, Lord Velaryon was the greatest rival to Lord Unwin Peake, then Hand of the King. Lord Velaryon has already thwarted Lord Peake's plans to marry his own daughter of the young king by having him marry his niece Lady Daenaera Velaryon. Lord Alyn was refused his father's place as regent for the young king, and then was made to sail against the Stepstones where he won a great victory at sea and earned the name Oakenfist. Lord Oakenfist was later dispatched to the Westerlands to with the Dalton Greyjoy the Red Kraken. Lord Alyn the Oakenfist also supported King Daeron I in his quest to claim Dorne where he also found himself earning the favor Aliandra Martell, the ruling Princess of Dorne.

Lord Alyn Velaryon took to wife his cousin, the Lady Baela Targaryen, daughter of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon. Despite being married to Baela, Alyn also had a love affair with his cousin, Princess Elaena Targaryen, sister to Daeron the Young Dragon, Baelor the Blessed and Daena the Defiant. Elaena and Alyn had two children together, Jon and Jeyne Waters[10] Their son earned knighthood, and was married, beginning a line that still remains in King's Landing to this day, in the person of Rennifer Longwaters, a gaoler in the Red Keep.

Recent History

During the War of the Usurper, the Velaryons presumably remained loyal to the Targaryens, sending men with Prince Rhaegar Targaryen of Dragonstone to fight at the Trident.

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Lord Monford Velaryon answers Stannis Baratheon's summons when he crowns himself king and calls his banners. Stannis comments to Davos Seaworth his disgust about having to sup with his lords, among them Velaryon, whom he expects to threaten to take his levies home unless they attack at once. Lord Velaryon's contribution to Stannis's fleet is the Pride of Driftmark and her three sister ships named Bold Laughter, Harridan, and Seahorse. When Stannis makes public the accusations of Joffrey Baratheon being born from incest, Monford states that only steel will decide the matter.

When Stannis besieges Storm's End during the War of the Five Kings, Lord Velaryon urges him to storm the castle walls as soon as possible. Monford burns with his ship at the Battle of the Blackwater. Before sinking, the Pride of Driftmark manages to take down two Lannister ships. When leading his sortie, Tyrion Lannister finds himself surrounded with Ser Balon Swann and Ser Mandon Moore by a circle of Velaryon spearmen. Aurane Waters, the Bastard of Driftmark, is made prisoner during the battle and surrenders to King Joffrey Baratheon. Monford is succeeded by his six-year-old son, Lord Monterys Velaryon.

A Storm of Swords

The seahorse arms of House Velaryon are spotted by Jon Snow during the attack by Stannis on the wildling camp north of the Wall.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Aurane Waters reminds Queen Cersei Lannister of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen when she met him at the Red Keep.[8] Regardless of his youth and Ser Jaime Lannister's objections, Cersei names the Bastard of Driftmark the new Master of Ships. In that position, Aurane proposes the construction of dromonds and also suggests to crew them with thieves and poachers. When Margaery Tyrell is accused of adultery, Aurane suggests setting the ships on the river to ease the turmoil. Once he receives notice of Cersei's imprisonment he flees to sea and disappears. Grand Maester Pycelle believes that he has the idea to set himself up as a pirate in the Stepstones.

House Velaryon at the end of the third century

The known Velaryons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucerys Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aurane Waters
 
 
Monford
 
Unknown wife
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monterys
 
 
 
 


Historical Velaryons


Historical Velaryon tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corlys
 
Rhaenys
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
Siblings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laena
 
Daemon
Targaryen
 
Marilda of Hull
 
Laenor
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenyra Targaryen
 
5 sons
 
Vaemond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
Targaryen
 
Baela Targaryen
 
Alyn "of Hull"
 
Addam "of Hull"
 
Jacaerys
 
Lucerys
 
Joffrey
 
Unknown
son(s)
 
Daeron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon III Targaryen
 
Daenaera
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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