Alyn of Hull|
Lord of the Tides|
Master of Driftmark
Master of ships
|Born||In 115 AC or later, at Hull, Driftmark|
|Died||In or between 171 AC and 176 AC, at sea|
|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)
Alyn Velaryon, formerly known as Alyn of Hull and later known as the Oakenfist, was Lord of the Tides, Master of Driftmark and head of House Velaryon. Alyn was a legitimised bastard of dragonseed descent, from Hull on the island of Driftmark. His brother was Ser Addam Velaryon, dragonrider and initial 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 of Hull, claimed he and his brother Addam were fathered by Ser Laenor Velaryon -- a fact that many found remarkable due to Laenor's known sexual preference for men. The court fool Mushroom claimed 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. Alyn of Hull was one of them, along with his older brother Addam. Addam managed to win Laenor Velaryon's old dragon Seasmoke, and Alyn sought the wild dragon Grey Ghost but could not find him. He then attempted to tame the wild dragon Sheepstealer. When he entered his lair, the dragon set fire to his cloak. His brother Addam used his own cloak to beat out the flames, while Seasmoke drove off Sheepstealer. While Alyn was burned and scarred by the experience, he counted himself fortunate to have lived, as other seeds and seekers who had aspired to ride Sheepstealer ended being eaten by him instead.
Not long after Addam had proven himself by flying Seasmoke, Lord Corlys Velaryon petitioned Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen to remove the taint of bastardy from him and Alyn. The queen complied, and legitimized the brothers. Addam Velaryon was named heir to Driftmark.
After the treachery of the Two Betrayers, many voices in the black council questioned Alyn's brother Addam's loyalty. Only Lord Corlys spoke in defense of the dragonseed, remarking that Addam and his brother Alyn were "true Velaryons", worthy of Driftmark. Although Addam fled Rhaenyra's arrest order, he later returned to win and die in the Second Battle of Tumbleton, proving his loyalty. After his brother's death, Alyn became heir to Driftmark.
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 for the young king. Instead, Alyn earned the name Oakenfist after a great victory in the Stepstones. He earned great fame and reputation from his victory, winning him honors and rewards from the regents despite Lord Peake's protests. 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, and he gained the favor of Aliandra Martell, Princess of Dorne, when he stopped at Sunspear on both legs of the journey. According to a semi-canon source, his second voyage was to Volantis.
Alyn also negotiated the release of Aegon III's brother, Viserys, from captivity in Lys. The Oakenfist achieved great acclaim battling pirates from the Stepstones and the narrow sea. 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.
In 157 AC, Alyn took a decisive part in King Daeron I Targaryen's 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 with Daeron in the Prince's Pass. 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.
Alyn had an unknown number of children with his wife, Lady Baela Targaryen. Although he was married, he loved the Princess Elaena Targaryen, and would have two bastards by her, the twins Jon and Jeyne Waters. Alyn disappeared at sea circa 175 AC. A year after his disappearance, Elaena, who had hoped to marry him, agreed to wed 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, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
- Blood of Dragons: The World of Ice and Fire “AMA” November 09, 2014
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I (The Sisters of Baelor I).
- Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC until 115 AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115 AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120 AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.