|Born||In 77 AC|
|Died||In 78 AC|
|Father||Jaehaerys I Targaryen|
Valerion was born in 77 AC after a troubled labor that left his mother, Queen Alysanne Targaryen, bedridden for half a year. Valerion was small at birth, similar to his brother Gaemon. The sickly babe was attended by half a dozen nurses. However, he died the following year, a fortnight before his first nameday.
Behind the Scenes
In the earlier published Targaryen family tree as found in The World of Ice & Fire, Prince Valerion was the ninthborn child of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen, while his sister Saera was the twelfthborn child. For Fire & Blood, Valerion and Saera were switched in their order of birth, making Saera the ninthborn and Valerion the twelfthborn. Besides this change, several other children of Jaehaerys and Alysanne were shifted in their order of birth,[N 1] while the character of Prince Aeryn Targaryen was exchanged entirely for Princess Daenerys. Regarding these changes, Elio Garcia has stated the following:
... George had some new ideas for some of the names and the stories of the children who died young, and corrected some issues that came out of his original birth order (we actually got the names of all the kids quite late in the production of TWoIaF—literally a month before we had to finalize the book—so there was not much time to interrogate it). However, the stories of those who live to adulthood, as published in TWoIaF, do remain the same (just, of course, much more detailed).
- Prince Valerion, originally Jaehaerys's and Alysanne's ninth child, and Princess Saera, originally their twelfth born child, have been switched in birth order, making Saera the ninth born and Valerion their twelfth born. Four other children have shifted in their birth orders as well. Princess Alyssa was changed from the secondborn to the fifthborn, Princess Daella subsequently from being the fifthborn to the eighthborn child, and Princess Maegelle from eighthborn to the sixthborn. Lastly, Prince Aeryn, originally the sixthborn, has been exchanged for Princess Daenerys, who has become the secondborn child of the king and queen.