Alyn Velaryon

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Alyn Velaryon
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Alias Alyn of Hull
The Oakenfist
Lord Oakenfist
Title Lord of the Tides
Master of ships
Allegiance House Velaryon
House Targaryen
The blacks
Born In 115 AC or later[1], at Hull, Driftmark
Died In or between 171 AC and 176 AC[1], at disappeared at sea
Spouse Lady Baela Targaryen
Book(s) 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.[2] Alyn was an admiral during the reign of his cousin, King Daeron I Targaryen.


After his failed attempt to tame the dragon Sheepstealer, Alyn carried scars from the dragon's flame on his back and legs for the rest of his life.[2]


Early Life

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.[3]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

Lord of the Tides

Alyn became Lord of the Tides after the death of Corlys in 132 AC. Lord Unwin Peake, the Hand of the King to Aegon III Targaryen, refused to allow Alyn to become a regent. Instead, Alyn earned the name Oakenfist after a great victory in the Stepstones. Unwin then sent Alyn to deal with the Red Kraken, Dalton Greyjoy, hoping he would be slain in the process. The expedition to the westerlands instead became the first of Alyn's six great voyages,[4] and he gained the favor of Aliandra Martell, Princess of Dorne, when he stopped at Sunspear on both legs of the journey.[5]

Alyn negotiated the release of Aegon III's brother, Viserys, from captivity in Lys.[4] When Addam's bones were returned to Driftmark in 138 AC, Alyn used only a single word, "loyal", as the epitaph on his brother's new tomb.[3]

Alyn later took a decisive part in King Daeron I Targaryen's conquest of Dorne as master of ships.[6] He commanded a fleet that broke the Planky Town and swept halfway up the Greenblood while the main Dornish strength was engaged with Daeron in the Prince's Pass.[7] Alyn returned to subdue the Planky Town and the Greenblood in 160 AC after the Dornishmen rebelled, but the Young Dragon Daeron was slain the following year while under a peace banner. His successor, King Baelor I Targaryen, made peace with the Dornish.[6]

Alyn would have two bastards by Princess Elaena Targaryen,[8] named Jon and Jeyne Waters, and an unknown number of children with his wife, Lady Baela Targaryen.[9] He loved Elaena even though he was married to another.[10]

The Oakenfist achieved great acclaim battling pirates from the Stepstones and the narrow sea.[11] Alyn disappeared at sea.[8]


Rhaenyra Targaryen
Marilda of Hull
3 Sons
Aegon III Targaryen
Rhaena Targaryen
Baela Targaryen
Jon Waters
Jeyne Waters

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 See the Alyn Velaryon calculation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Princess and the Queen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Aegon III.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne Against the Dragons.
  6. 6.0 6.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Daeron I.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Sisters of Baelor I.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  11. The World of Ice & Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.