Daemon Velaryon (son of Aethan)
Lord of the Tides|
Master of Driftmark
Admiral of the royal fleet
Master of Ships
Hand of the King
|Born||In or between 11 BC and 2 AC|
|Died||In or between 77 AC and 90 AC|
At least 4 daughters
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)
Daemon Velaryon was the Lord of the Tides and the head of House Velaryon during the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen. Daemon was the son of Lord Aethan Velaryon and brother to the Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon, wife of King Aenys I Targaryen. He had several sons and daughters.
Daemon was the admiral of the royal fleet for King Maegor I Targaryen. He also advised Maegor to wed Princess Rhaena Targaryen. While originally on the king's side, Daemon was one of the first lords to turn against Maegor the Cruel in 48 AC, and many of the great houses followed his example.
When Jaehaerys I Targaryen ascended to the Iron Throne, his uncle Daemon was named lord admiral and master of ships once again. Daemon suggested that Jaehaerys wed the widowed Queen Elinor Costayne. Some suspected that it was Daemon who alerted his niece, Alysanne Targaryen, about the small council's plan to wed her to Ser Orryn Baratheon. Jaehaerys chose to wed his sister, Alysanne.
After Lord Rogar Baratheon was dismissed as Hand of the King, Daemon was raised by his sister, Queen Regent Alyssa Velaryon, to that position. In 50 AC, Daemon was confirmed in his office, while Manfryd Redwyne, Lord of the Arbor, was summoned to fill the post of master of ships.
Daemon served ably as Hand of the King. After the death of the High Lickspittle in 54 AC, Daemon suggested using the royal fleet to prevent the elevation of Septon Mattheus to High Septon. Jaehaerys and Alysanne instead flew on their dragons to Oldtown, and Alfyn was eventually chosen.
Daemon resigned his office following the death of Alyssa at Storm's End and the murder of his niece, Lianna Velaryon, by Androw Farman on Dragonstone in 54 AC. Some say Daemon had a rivalry with Lord Redwyne and wished to relinquish his post as a result of a bitter feud. Most maesters and historians, however, discount this tale and take Daemon at his word, that he wished to spend his remaining time with his family because of his advanced age. Daemon was succeeded as Hand by Lord Myles Smallwood.
In late 58 AC, Lord Daemon attended the tourney at King's Landing commemorating the tenth anniversary of the king's coronation. Daemon's second son, Jorgen Velaryon, and three of his daughters perished from the Shivers in 59 AC. In 73 AC, Ser Lucamore Strong of the Kingsguard was disgraced for having broken his vows by fathering children and having families. The knight's second wife and her children were sent to Driftmark to be fostered with Daemon.
- See the Daemon Velaryon calculation.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
- Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys & Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.