Rhaenyra Targaryen

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Rhaenyra Targaryen
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Rhaenyra by Amok©

Alias The Realm's Delight
The Whore of Dragonstone
King Maegor with Teats
Maegor's Teats
The Half-Year Queen
Title Princess of Dragonstone
Queen Regnant of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men (claimant)
Lady of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)
Allegiance House Targaryen
The blacks
Race Valyrian
Culture Valyrian
Born In 97AC
Died In 130AC, at Dragonstone
Spouse 1st: Laenor Velaryon
2nd: Daemon Targaryen
Book(s) The Rogue Prince (Appears)
The Princess and the Queen (Appears)
The Hedge Knight (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, cheered as the Realm's Delight when she was young and later called the Half-Year Queen, was the first-born child of King Viserys I Targaryen. Her claim to the Iron Throne was challenged by her younger half-brother, Aegon II Targaryen, sparking the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. She was the mother of two kings,[1] Aegon III and Viserys II.


Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Rhaenyra Targaryen

She was very proud and stubborn, and there was a certain petulance to her small mouth. Rhaenyra was a stout woman, with a thick waist and a large bosom. She put on the weight after her three pregnancies, even though she was only 20.

Rhaenyra had her family's Valyrian looks, wearing her silver-gold hair in a long braid in the manner of Aegon I's warrior wife, Visenya, though Rhaenyra was no warrior herself. She always dressed richly, favoring purple and maroon velvets and golden Myrish lace in intricate patterns. Her bodice often glittered with pearls and diamonds, and there were always rings on her fingers. Whenever she was anxious, she would turn them compulsively, round and round.

Though Rhaenyra could be charming, she was quick to anger and never forgot a slight. During the Dance of the Dragons, she wore her father's crown.[2]


Early Life

Rhaenyra was King Viserys I's only living child by his first wife, Aemma of House Arryn. She grew up expecting to become the first ruling Queen of Westeros.

When the second of her brothers died soon after being born, Viserys I himself began to treat Rhaenyra as his heir, keeping her by his side in court and at council meetings. Many of the nobles of the realm took note, so the young princess was surrounded by flatterers and favor-seekers all throughout her childhood.

Her mother's death and her father's second marriage to Alicent Hightower did little to disturb Rhaenyra's expectations, but when his new queen gave the king three healthy sons (Aegon, Aemond, Daeron) and a daughter (Helaena) in rapid succession, the seeds of the Dance of the Dragons were sown.[2]

In 111AC, a great tourney was held at King's Landing on the fifth anniversary of King Visery's marriage to Queen Alicent. At the opening feast, the queen wore a green gown, whilst Princess Rhaenyra dressed dramatically in Targaryen red and black. Note was taken, and thereafter it became the custom to refer to “greens” and “blacks” when talking of the queen's party and the party of the princess, respectively. In the tourney itself, the blacks had much the better of it when Ser Criston Cole, wearing Princess Rhaenyra's favor, unhorsed all of the queen's champions, including two of her cousins and her youngest brother, Ser Gwayne Hightower.[3]

Rhaenyra, 16, took possession of Dragonstone and married Ser Laenor Velaryon in 113AC, though it took the threat of removing her status as heir to the thrown to convince her to accept the marriage. Up until her marriage, Ser Criston Cole had been her constaint companion since she was seven.[4]

Laenor and Rhaenyra had three sons together: Jacaerys 'Jace' Velaryon, Lucerys 'Luke' Velaryon, and Joffrey 'Joff' Velaryon. All were near adulthood and had dragons of their own when Rhaenyra's father, Viserys I, died. It was rumored that those sons of Rhaenyra's were actually fathered by her lover, Ser Harwin "Breakbones" Strong as all three of them were born with brown hair even though Laenor and Rhaenyra both had light silver/gold hair. [3]

Rhaenyra's other sons, the future Aegon III and Viserys II, were fathered by her second husband, her uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen, the most experienced warrior of his time. Her father's intention that she should follow him on the Iron Throne was confirmed by proclamation and the will of Viserys I.

Rhaenyra gave birth to a deformed stillborn girl, Visenya, at the time of Viserys's death.[3]

Dance of the Dragons

Main article: Dance of the Dragons

After the death of her father, King Viserys I, his will stated that Princess Rhaenyra would succeed him. However, Ser Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King and Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and possibly the former lover of Rhaenyra, defied the king's will and instead crowned Rhaenyra's half-brother, Alicent's son Aegon II, who was ten years younger. This brought about a Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, in which dragonriders fought each other;[5] during the war Rhaenyra rode her dragon, Syrax. [6]

At the time of her father's death, Rhaenyra was on Dragonstone awaiting the birth of her sixth child. The Green conspirators in King's Landing ensured that the news did not reach her until after all her supporters in the Red Keep were dead or imprisoned, and Aegon II's coronation had already occurred. When news did reach her, she went into a black fury and went into early labor, producing a deformed, stillborn daughter. She blamed this tragedy on the enemies who had stolen her crown. After Ser Steffon Darklyn of the Kingsguard arrived on Dragonstone with some other Black supporters who had fled the Green coup, bringing her father's crown with them, Rhaenyra had her own coronation.

To gain more support to take the crown from her brother, Rhaenyra sent her son Jace on his dragon to treat with the Arryns, Manderlys, and Starks, and her son Luke to treat with Lord Borros Baratheon at Storm's End. Luke's mission was thought to be the safer, but he arrived at Storm's End to find Queen Alicent's younger son Aemond already there. Aemond, riding Vhagar, killed Luke over Shipbreaker Bay as he attempted to leave after failing to gain Lord Borros' allegiance. The news of Luke's death devastated his mother.

Rhaenyra took the capital and sat in the throne for a brief time. Although Rhaenyra was in armor, Septon Eustace[7] claimed that those present witnessed the throne leaving several cuts on her legs and left hand. The dripping blood was taken as a sign that the throne had rejected her; her days as ruler would be few. Rhaenyra came to exact too much revenge on the denizens of King's Landing, and the smallfolk turned against her. She grew so cruel and vindictive that they named her "King Maegor with Teats." After hearing of the Two Betrayers, she grew paranoid and declared Addam Velaryon, Corlys Velaryon, and Nettles all traitors, a decision that alienated several of her allies.

Her Hand of the Queen, Corlys Velaryon alerted Addam who fled the capital, this led to the arrest of Corlys and the loss of House Velaryon. House Mooton changed its allegiance to King Aegon after Rhaenyra sent them a letter commanding them to kill Nettles but the Mooton's refused to comply as the girl was under the protection of guest right. Lord Mooton reflected that the previous King would never have commanded such.

After the Storming of the Dragonpit Rhaenyra fled King's Landing. Terrorized and despairing, she grew grey and haggard as she traveled past Rosby, Stokeworth, and Duskendale. Once she reached Dragonstone, Rhaenyra was betrayed by Ser Alfred Broome, whose men slew the remainder of her Queensguard. Her half-brother Aegon II then had her fed to his own dragon, Sunfyre, at Dragonstone. King Aegon II decreed that Rhaenyra was never a queen and that she be referred to only as princess in all chronicles and court records.

Rhaenyra's three eldest sons all died fighting during the Dance of the Dragons, but her two youngest sons, the sons by her second husband, Prince Daemon, survived the civil war. The war ended when Aegon II died shortly after his victory in 131AC with no male issue, and was succeeded by Rhaenyra's and Daemon's elder son, the boy Aegon III, who had seen his mother's death by dragon.[8] Rhaenyra's second son with Prince Daemon would also later rule as King Viserys II, after both of the sons of Aegon III died without any issue.

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A Storm of Swords

Stannis Baratheon mentions Rhaenyra to Davos Seaworth while listing historical figures killed for treason.[1]


Daemon Blackfyre, the brothers Toyne, the Vulture King, Grand Maester Hareth... traitors have always paid with their lives ... even Rhaenyra Targaryen. She was daughter to one king and mother to two more, yet she died a traitor's death for trying to usurp her brother's crown.[1]
Stannis Baratheon, to Davos Seaworth


Jaehaerys I
Lord Arryn
Aemma Arryn
Viserys I
Alicent Hightower
unknown son
Aegon II
Aegon III
Daenaera Velaryon
Viserys II
Daeron I
Baelor I
Aegon IV
Aemon the

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