Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)

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Rhaenys Targaryen
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Elia Targaryen holds a young Rhaenys
Art by jubah

Allegiance House Targaryen
Died In 283 AC, at King's Landing
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)

Rhaenys Targaryen was the daughter of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell.

Appearance

Rhaenys took after her mother in appearance, she had brown hair and looked like a Martell. [1]

History

She had a small black kitten that she named Balerion, after the great black dragon of Aegon I.[2] Arianne Martell has been told that she held Rhaenys once, when she was too young to remember.[3]

During the Sack of King's Landing, Rhaenys hid under her father's bed dressed in a nightshirt, a floor above where her younger brother and mother were hiding. She was discovered and dragged out by Ser Amory Lorch, who proceeded to stab her with "half a hundred thrusts."[4] Tyrion Lannister recalls hearing of other men-at-arms present during the murder, but he did not know their names.[5]

Tywin Lannister commanded the deaths of Rhaenys and her brother Aegon to prove his loyalty to Robert Baratheon, although he himself was shocked at the brutality of their deaths. In Rhaenys's case, he believed Lorch, who tried to justify his savagery by claiming the girl kicked him and wouldn't stop screaming, could simply have offered a few sweet words to calm her, and a pillow to suffocate her.[6] After Rhaenys and Aegon's deaths, Tywin Lannister presented their bodies to Robert clothed in red Lannister cloaks (to better conceal the blood).[7]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon V
 
Betha
Blackwood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan
 
Jenny
of Oldstones
 
Jaehaerys II
 
Shaera
 
Daeron
 
Rhaelle
 
Ormund
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerys II
 
Rhaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar
 
Elia
Martell
 
Shaena
 
 
stillborn child
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
 
Drogo
 
Daenerys
 
Hizdahr
zo Loraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Aegon
 
 
 
Daeron
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Rhaego
 

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