Viserys II Targaryen

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Biographical Information
Reign 171AC - 172AC
Full Name Viserys II Targaryen Second of His Name
Other Titles Hand of the King
King of the Seven Kingdoms
Born in 122AC[1], at Dragonstone[2]
Died in 172AC[3], at King's Landing[2]
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Baelor I Targaryen
Heir Aegon IV Targaryen
Successor Aegon IV Targaryen
Wife Larra Rogare
Issue Aegon IV Targaryen
Aemon Targaryen
Naerys Targaryen
Father Daemon Targaryen
Mother Rhaenyra Targaryen
References
Books The Rogue Prince (Appears)
The Princess and the Queen (Appears)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
For the articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png


Viserys II was the tenth member of House Targaryen to be the King on the Iron Throne. He was the brother of Aegon III Targaryen and was the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Daemon Targaryen, and the father of King Aegon IV Targaryen, Queen Naerys Targaryen, and Prince Aemon "the Dragonknight".

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Appearance

According to a semi-canon source, Viserys II was clean-shaven with long hair. He had a prominent nose, bushy eyebrows and a shrewd, calculating look to him. He wore the simple crown of Aegon III.[4]

Viserys was frailer than his brother Aegon, but was more mature than him and his other Velaryon half brothers.[1]

History

Youth

Born in 122AC, Viserys was the second born son of his father, Prince Daemon Targaryen, and the fifth born son of his mother, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. As per Targaryen tradition, a dragons egg was placed in his cradle.[5] Viserys was named after his grandfather, King Viserys I Targaryen.

Viserys had four older brothers. Three half-siblings, Jacaerys Velaryon, Lucerys Velaryon and Joffrey Velaryon, and one full-blood brother, Aegon Targaryen.[5].

Viserys lived with his mother, father and brothers on Dragonstone, his mothers seat as the Princess of Dragonstone. When his grandfather died in early 129AC, Viserys and his family were thus away from the capitol, since Rhaenyra was pregnant for the sixth time. This pregnancy led to the birth of Viserys' only sister, named Visenya. The girl was still born, however.

The death of his grandfather sparked a war of succession between Viserys' mother, Rhaenyra, and his half-uncle, Prince Aegon, who was crowned King Aegon II Targaryen, despite Rhaenyra having been the heir to the throne.

The Dance of the Dragons

In late 129AC, at the behest of their half-brother Jacaerys Velaryon, Viserys and his older brother Aegon were sent to Essos aboard the Gay Abandon to be fostered by a prince of Pentos until their mother, Rhaenyra, secured the Iron Throne. However, the fleet of the Kingdom of the Three Daughters, who were allied with the greens and Aegon II Targaryen, captured the Gay Abandon during the voyage. Aegon flew away atop his dragon, Stormcloud, but Viserys had only a dragon egg. Remaining behind, the clever Viserys hid his egg and disguised himself as a common ship's boy, but his identity was revealed by one of the crew. A Tyroshi captain brought Viserys to Sharako Lohar, the Triarchy's admiral. Viserys's fate through the remainder of the Dance of the Dragons is as yet unknown,[5] though it is known he survived the war.

Later Life

Viserys later served as Hand of the King to his brother Aegon and his two nephews, Daeron and Baelor. He was instrumental in keeping the realm intact while King Daeron I warred and King Baelor I prayed. It was rumored that to spare the realm embarrassment, Viserys used his position as Hand to order the poisoning of a stonemason whom Baelor had appointed as High Septon.[6]


Viserys had three children: Aegon, Aemon and Naerys. Whilst Aegon and Naerys were wed to one another, Aemon became a knight of the Kingsguard, serving under King Daeron I Targaryen, then under King Baelor I Targaryen, and later still when Viserys himself became king.

Reign

Viserys II ascended to throne later in life after the death of his nephew, Baelor I Targaryen, also known as Baelor the Blessed, in 171AC. Viserys is not remembered fondly in Westeros, as some accuse him of poisoning Baelor to gain the throne and doing nothing once he gained it. Viserys reigned for only a year, but in his previous role as Hand of the King he had ruled and preserved the land for much longer. The reigns and follies of Daeron and Baelor would have been much worse if not for his tenure as Hand of the King. [7] [8]

In his short reign as King he wished to establish a new royal mint, increase trade across the narrow sea and make positive revisions to the already progressive laws of The Old King. Viserys had it in him to be another Jaehaerys the Wise, as he was just as wise and shrewd. Unfortunately a sudden illness took him away,

Viserys was succeeded by his eldest son, Aegon IV Targaryen, who had been married to Naerys Targaryen, Viserys' only daughter.

Some historians suspect that Viserys death was not natural and that his successor and very own son Aegon poisoned him. [8]

Family

Ancestors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corlys
Velaryon
 
Rhaenys
 
 
 
 
 
Aemma
Arryn
 
Viserys I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alicent
Hightower
 
 
Daemon*
 
Rhea
Royce
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laena
Velaryon
 
Daemon*
 
Laenor
Velaryon
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon*
 
son
 
Baelon
 
Aegon
II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Baela
 
Jacaerys
Velaryon
 
Lucerys
Velaryon
 
Joffrey
Velaryon
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Visenya
 
Jaehaerys
 
Jaehaera
 
Maelor


*Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97AC until 115AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

Descendants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
Maelor
 
Jaehaera
 
Aegon III
 
Daenaera
Velaryon
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys II
 
Larra
Rogare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron I
 
Rhaena
 
 
Elaena
 
Alyn
Velaryon
 
Baelor I
 
Daena
 
Aegon IV
 
Naerys
 
Aemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ossifer
Plumm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeyne
Waters
 
Jon
Waters
 
 
Daemon
Blackfyre
 
Daeron II
 
Daenerys
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Viserys
Plumm
 
 
 
Michael
Manwoody
 
 
Ronnel
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robin
Penrose
 
Laena
Penrose
 
Jocelyn
Penrose
 
Joy
Penrose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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