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Visenya Targaryen
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Visenya by Amok©

Title Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Born In 28BC or 29BC[1], at Dragonstone
Died In 44AC
Spouse Aegon I Targaryen
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
For the articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png

Queen Visenya Targaryen was the older of King Aegon I Targaryen's sisters. She was also one of his two wives, the other being her sister Rhaenys. During the War of Conquest, she rode her dragon, Vhagar, to battle.

Contents

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Visenya Targaryen

Aegon's eldest sister was a passionate, temperamental woman. She was both stern and sensual, more voluptuous than her sister, more passionate, but with a dark and unforgiving side. Even those who loved her best found her stern, serious and unforgiving. She was a warrior, more comfortable in ringmail than in silk, she was apt to dress as a warrior, with her long silver-gold hair in braided coils or bound in rings.[2] She wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. She was described as having a "harsh beauty" and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery. While her sister Rhaenys was the flirt, Visenya was the seductress. It is said that her brother-husband Aegon spent ten nights with Rhaenys for every one with her.[3]

History

The Conquest

See also: War of Conquest

Visenya accompanied the Targaryen fleet to Gulltown on her dragon. After the Arryn fleet defeated the Targaryen fleet in the battle of Gulltown she had Vhagar burn the Arryn fleet.

After the death of Harren the Black at Harrenhal, Visenya was sent by Aegon I to demand the submission of the lords of Crackclaw Point. The lords understood that they had no chance, so they laid their swords at her feet. Visenya took them as her own men and they would owe no fealty but to the Iron Throne.[4]

She along with her siblings Rhaenys and Aegon secured the victory on the Field of Fire when all three dragons were unleashed together for the first and only time in the war. She was the only one of the three siblings to sustain an injury, taking an arrow to the shoulder.

Visenya Targaryen riding Vhagar into battle.

After the Field of Fire she was charged with subduing the Vale while Rhaenys was charged with conquering Dorne. House Arryn sent an army to the Bloody Gate but Visenya simply flew on her dragon Vhagar straight up to the courtyard of the Eyrie to obtain the surrender of the Vale of Arryn. She succeeded and the Vale was taken bloodlessly.[5]

Later Life

Visenya Targaryen by Feliche©

In 4AC she took part in the First Dornish War. When her sister Rhaenys Targaryen was killed a few years later during that war, the wrath of Aegon and Visenya was boundless.

Aegon and Visenya dragons consumed the abandoned Dornish castles in Dragon flame and placed bounties on the heads of Dornish lords and in turn the Dornish put bounties on the price of the Targaryens. Aegon and Visenya were assaulted on the streets of King's Landing and if not for Visenya and Dark Sister they would have been killed. This attack led to the forming of the elite royal bodyguard known as the Kingsguard in 10AC. Visenya personally chose the men herself.[6]

After the Dornish war ended with peace terms due to a mysterious letter given to Aegon by the Dornish. Visenya largely oversaw the construction and planning of the city of King's Landing while Aegon was on Dragonstone.

Visenya was the mother of Maegor I Targaryen, her first and only child.[7] After Aeny I's acesion to the Iron Throne she proposed her son Maegor wed Aeny's eldest daughter Rhaena however the High Septon put up a vigorous protest and Maegor was forced to wed the High Septon's niece Ceryse Hightower. However in 39AC Prince Maegor shocked the realm when he took a second wife and wed Alys Harroway in which Visenya officiated the wedding for lack of a Septon.


During the Faith Militant uprising Aenys abandoned the city with his family and fled to the safety of Dragonstone, where Visenya Targaryen counseled him to bring "Fire and Blood" to the Starry Sept in Oldtown and Sept of Remembrance in King's Landing. Aenys though incapable of making a firm decision instead fell ill and chose not to heed her counsel. When the King took ill on Dragonstone Visenya took over his care and for a time his health improved and then quite suddenly he suffered a collapse when he learned his son and daughter were besieged in Crakehall, he died three days later. Visenya then mounted Vhagar and flew to Pentos to retrieve her son.

The Iron Throne due to Visenya's actions passed to her own son Maegor instead of Aenys eldest son.

After Maegors coronation, Visenya held Aenys widow and children hostages on Dragonstone and challenged those who questioned her sons right to rule to prove themselves.

This challenge was accepted by the Captain of the Warrior's Sons. Ser Damon Morrigen challenged Maegor to a Trial of seven when Maegor went to King's Landing. Maegor accepted the challenge and was victorious but lay in a coma for a month before recovering. Once her son was back on his feet Visenya returned to Dragonstone where she remained until her death in 44AC.[8]

After Visenya herself died many began to whisper that her nephew's sudden demise had been her own doing and some named her a King and Kinslayer. [9]However she is mainly remembered and respected as a strong, capable warrior, something few women are acknowledged as in Westerosi history.

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valaena Velaryon
 
Aerion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visenya
 
Aegon I
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Orys Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
Argella Durrandon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ceryse
Hightower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aenys I
 
Alyssa Velaryon
 
 
 
 
House Baratheon
 
 
 
 
Elinor
Costayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alys Harroway
 
 
Maegor I
 
Rhaena
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Jaehaerys I
 
Alysanne
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Westerling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tyanna
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhalla
 
Aerea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Targaryen
 
 


References and Notes

  1. See the Visenya Targaryen calculation.
  2. So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings
  3. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
  4. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 20, Brienne.
  5. Bubonicon Report, August 25, 2012 So Spake Martin
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon I.
  7. Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  8. The World of Ice and Fire, Maegor I.
  9. The World of Ice and Fire, Aenys I.

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