Lucerys Velaryon

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Lucerys Velaryon
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Lucerys, by Douglas Wheatley, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire

Alias Little Luke Strong
Title Prince
Allegiance House Velaryon
House Targaryen
Blacks
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In 115 AC
Died In 129 AC, at Shipbreaker Bay
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
For the master of ships during the reign of King Aerys II, see Lucerys Velaryon (master of ships).

Prince Lucerys Velaryon, also known as Luke, was the secondborn son of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and her first husband, Ser Laenor Velaryon. He was a dragonrider whose dragon was Arrax.[1]

Appearance and Character

Luke was a strong strapping lad, skilled in arms. Like his brothers Jacaerys and Joffrey, he had brown eyes and hair, and a pug nose. This made many at court suspect that Ser Harwin Strong was their true father.[2][3]

History

Youth

King Viserys I Targaryen was delighted with Luke when he was presented at court. In 118 AC Rhaenyra Targaryen announced the betrothal of her eldest sons, Jacaerys and Lucerys, to Rhaena and Baela Targaryen, the daughters of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon.[2]

When Prince Aemond Targaryen attempted to ride Vhagar, one of House Targaryen's dragons, he was confronted by the Velaryon brothers. Aemond broke the nose of five-year-old Luke, who eventually took out Aemond's eye with his dagger.[2]

When Lord Corlys Velaryon fell ill, Rhaenyra wanted him to name Luke as his heir to Driftmark, as his elder brother Jacaerys was in the line of succession to the Iron Throne.[2]

Dance of the Dragons

Prince Lucerys and Arrax are killed by Prince Aemond Targaryen and Vhagar, as depicted by Chase Stone in The World of Ice and Fire.

Prior to the Dance of the Dragons Lucerys had long served as a squire. He was fourteen years old at the start of the civil war.

Luke was sent on a mission that was considered shorter and safer than his brother Jacaerys's, flying on Arrax as a messenger to Storm's End where it was expected that Lord Borros Baratheon would give him a warm welcome. Prior to his mission he swore on the Seven-Pointed Star to his mother on Dragonstone that he would take no part in fighting.

Prince Aemond Targaryen had already arrived at the castle on Vhagar, however. Upon his arrival in the Round Hall Luke ignored Aemond and delivered his letter to Borros. The Lord of Storm's End asked which of his four daughters in the Round Hall Luke would wed, but the Velaryon prince admitted he was betrothed to his cousin, Rhaena Targaryen. Borros replied that he thought as much and told him to go home. Aemond drew his sword but Lucerys told him he came as an envoy, not a knight.[1]

Lucerys was escorted back to the castle yard where Arrax waited amidst a terrible storm. In the Round Hall, Borros granted Aemond's request to leave. Arrax was struggling to stay aloft as Aemond mounted Vhagar and went after Luke. Arrax was younger and swifter, and on a calm day might have been able to outfly his pursuer, but the weather impeded him and Vhagar was five times the size of her foe and the hardened survivor of a hundred battles.

The two dragons met above Shipbreaker Bay. According to Archmaester Gyldayn, if there was a fight it could not have lasted long. Arrax fell, broken, to be swallowed by the storm-lashed waters of the bay. His head and neck washed up beneath the cliffs below Storm's End three days later. Prince Lucerys's corpse washed up as well.

On Dragonstone, Rhaenyra collapsed when told of his death and Luke's younger brother Joffrey swore an oath of vengeance against Aemond and Borros. Prince Daemon Targaryen avenged Luke's death by sending "Blood and Cheese" to assassinate one of Aegon II's sons.[4]

Quotes

Little Luke Strong, the bastard. You are wet, bastard. Is it raining, or did you piss yourself in fear?[1]
- Aemond Targaryen to Lucerys


And with his death, the war of ravens and envoys and marriage pacts came to an end, and the war of fire and blood began in earnest.[1]
- Archmaester Gyldayn


An eye for an eye, a son for a son. Lucerys shall be avenged.[4]
- Daemon Targaryen writing to Rhaenyra Targaryen

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jocelyn
Baratheon
 
Aemon
 
Daella
 
Rodrik
Arryn
 
Baelon
 
Alyssa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corlys
Velaryon
 
Rhaenys
 
 
 
 
 
Aemma
Arryn
 
Viserys I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alicent
Hightower
 
Daemon[5]
 
Rhea
Royce
 
Aegon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laena
Velaryon
 
Daemon[5]
 
Laenor
Velaryon
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon[5]
 
son
 
Baelon
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Baela
 
Jacaerys
Velaryon
 
Lucerys
Velaryon
 
Joffrey
Velaryon
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Visenya
 
Jaehaerys
 
Jaehaera
 
Maelor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Rogue Prince.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice and 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.

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