Alyssa Velaryon

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Alyssa Velaryon
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Title Lady
Dowager Queen
Queen Regent
Lady of Storm's End
Allegiance House Velaryon
House Targaryen
House Baratheon
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In 7 AC[1]
Died In 54 AC, at Storm's End
Spouse 1st: King Aenys I Targaryen
2nd: Lord Rogar Baratheon
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Alyssa Velaryon was a member of House Velaryon who became the queen of King Aenys I Targaryen. After becoming widowed she served as Queen Regent to her youngest son, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, and married Lord Rogar Baratheon.

After her marriage to King Aenys, Alyssa's personal sigil was a divided field of the Velaryon seahorse heraldry on one side, and the Targaryen dragon heraldry on the other.[2]


Alyssa had the silvery hair and purple eyes of the Valyrians.[3]


Alyssa was the daughter of King Aegon I Targaryen's master of ships, Lord Aethan Velaryon,[3] and his wife Alarra Massey.[4] She had several brothers and cousins in House Velaryon.[3]

Alyssa married her cousin, Prince Aenys Targaryen, in 22 AC.[5][3] The marriage was a political match.[6] She gave birth to six children during this marriage: Rhaena (23 AC), Aegon (26 AC), Viserys (29 AC), Jaehaerys (34 AC), Alysanne (36 AC), and Vaella Targaryen (39 AC, died in the cradle).[7][3]

When Queen Visenya Targaryen suggested a betrothal between her own son Maegor and Alyssa's firstborn Rhaena in 24 AC, Alyssa and her husband were opposed the idea. King Aegon I Targaryen eventually agreed to wed Maegor to another. In the later years of Aegon I's reign, when Maegor refused half a dozen dragon hatchlings, Alyssa teased him, asking him whether he was afraid of dragons.[3] Following King Aegon I's sixtieth nameday in 33 AC, Aenys and Alyssa took over the royal progresses, traveling across the realm half of every year.[3]

Upon the coronation of her husband Aenys in 37 AC, Alyssa became queen. It has been suggested that the birth of Alyssa's sixth child, Vaella, in 39 AC is what drove Prince Maegor to take a second wife that same year. Aenys and Alyssa lived in a manse on Visenya's Hill during his reign, as the Red Keep was still not yet complete. In 41 AC, following the first rebellious actions of the Warrior's Sons and Poor Fellows, King Aenys I decided that the manse was not safe for his family, and decided to relocate to Dragonstone. Aenys died the following year on Dragonstone.[3][5] At his funeral, Alyssa sang a dirge for him.[3]

Alyssa left Dragonstone within hours of the funeral, fleeing to her father on Driftmark. She brought her three youngest children, Viserys, Jaehaerys, and Alysanne with her. There, she proclaimed her eldest son, Aegon, the true king of Westeros while Maegor, who had claimed the Iron Throne and been crowned king, laid in a coma in King's Landing.[3] Dowager Queen Visenya eventually traveled to Driftmark and convinced Alyssa to return to court with her children. She was present for Maegor's wedding to Tyanna of the Tower in 42 AC, and even took part in the bedding ceremony. However, her presence started the rumors that she had abandoned Aegon's cause. Regardless of the rumors, in the latter part of 43 AC, Queen Tyanna warned King Maegor that Alyssa had secretly been communicating with Storm's End, the Eyrie, Winterfell, and Casterly Rock in an attempt to convince them to declare for Aegon.[3]

By 44 AC, Alyssa had become a prisoner in all but name to Dowager Queen Visenya on Dragonstone, together with her son Jaehaerys and daughter Alysanne, while her son Viserys was summoned to court to serve as Maegor's squire. When Visenya died in 44 AC, the chaos that followed gave her the opportunity to escape with Jaehaerys and Alysanne. She also stole Dark Sister, Visenya's Valyrian steel sword, from the death Dowager Queen's chambers.[8][3]

Alyssa took her children into hiding, and it was thought that they had crossed the narrow sea, possibly to Tyrosh or Volantis. Alyssa's escape led to the death of her eldest living son, Viserys, who was tortured by Queen Tyanna for nine days until he died. His body was left in the courtyard of the Red Keep, as Maegor hoped Alyssa would return to claim it. She did not return, however, and Viserys was eventually cremated.[8][3] In 47 AC, Ser Theo Bolling, a landed knight who had fought for King Maegor, was arrested by the Kingsguard. He was charged with conspiring with Alyssa to murder Maegor and place her son Jaehaerys on the throne.[3][8]

By 48 AC, Alyssa and her children had arrived at Storm's End, were Lord Rogar Baratheon, the first to give his support to the prince, proclaimed Jaehaerys to be the true and lawful king of the Seven Kingdoms.[9][8][3] Alyssa stood beside her son as he vowed to end Maegor's reign. Nine days after Maegor's death, Jaehaerys returned with his siblings to King's Landing to claim the throne; Alyssa arrived a fortnight later with Lord Rogar and a large host.[3] Upon Jaehaerys's coronation Alyssa became his regent.[10] She kept this position until Jaehaerys reached his majority two years later. Half a year after stepping down as regent, she married Jaehaerys's Hand of the King, Lord Rogar.[9][3] With him Alyssa had two more children, Boremund and Jocelyn Baratheon.[9][7]

She died in childbirth in 54 AC.


Aenys I
Daughters[Note 1]
House Tarth
  1. Daemon had at least four daughters.


  1. See the Alyssa Velaryon calculation.
  2. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Queens.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  6. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aenys Targaryen.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.