Alyn of Hull|
Lord of the Tides|
Master of ships
|Born||In 115 AC or later, at Hull, Driftmark|
|Died||In or between 171 AC and 176 AC|
|Spouse||Lady Baela Targaryen|
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Lord Alyn Velaryon, formerly known as Alyn of Hull and later known as Oakenfist, was head of House Velaryon and Lord of the Tides. Alyn was a legitimised bastard of dragonseed descent from Hull on the island of Driftmark. His brother was Ser Addam Velaryon, dragonrider and heir to Driftmark. Alyn was an admiral during the reign of his cousin, King Daeron I Targaryen.
According to Archmaester Gyldayn, Alyn's origins remain a matter of dispute among historians to this day. His mother Marilda claimed he and his brother Addam were fathered by Ser Laenor Velaryon. However, it is more likely they were fathered by Laenor's father, Lord Corlys Velaryon, but kept unacknowledged and far from court in order to not offend Corlys's fiery-tempered wife, Rhaenys Targaryen.
The Dance of the Dragons
When it was decided by Prince Jacaerys Velaryon during the Dance of the Dragons that the blacks needed more dragonriders, many men on Dragonstone came forward to answer the prince’s call. Along with his brother Addam, Alyn of Hull was one of them.
Alyn tried to tame Sheepstealer, entering his lair. The dragon set fire to his cloak. His brother Addam used his own cloak to beat out the flames while his dragon Seasmoke drove off Sheepstealer. Alyn counted himself fortunate to have lived as other seeds and seekers who aspired to ride that dragon ended being eaten by him instead.
Not long after Addam had proven himself by flying Seasmoke, Lord Corlys Velaryon went so far as to petition Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen to remove the taint of bastardy from him and Alyn. The queen complied.
With the Two Betrayers on their minds, many voices in the black council questioned his brother Addam’s loyalty. Only Lord Corlys spoke in defense of the dragonseed, remarking that Addam and his brother Alyn were “true heirs” and worthy of Driftmark.
Alyn later took a decisive part in the conquest of Dorne as master of ships. He commanded a fleet that broke the Planky Town and swept halfway up the Greenblood river while the main Dornish strength was engaged in the Prince's Pass.
Alyn would have two bastards by Princess Elaena Targaryen, named Jon and Jeyne Waters, and an unknown number of children with his wife, Lady Baela Targaryen. He loved Elaena even though he was married to another.
|Rhaenyra Targaryen||Laenor||Marilda of Hull||Vaemond||Unknown|
|Addam||Daenaera||Aegon III Targaryen|
|Rhaena Targaryen||Baela Targaryen||Alyn||Elaena|
|Laena||Child||Jon Waters||Jeyne Waters|
References and Notes
- See the Alyn Velaryon calculation
- The Princess and the Queen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Daeron I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Sisters of Baelor I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.