Daemon Velaryon (son of Aethan)
Lord of the Tides|
Master of Driftmark
Admiral of the royal fleet
Master of Ships
Hand of the King
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. Lord Daemon was the son of Aethan Velaryon and brother to the Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon, wife of 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 King Maegor I to wed Princess Rhaena Targaryen. While originally on Maegor's side, he turned against the king in 48 AC and many of the great houses followed his example. He was one of the first to do so.
When Jaehaerys I Targaryen ascended to the Iron Throne, Daemon was named lord admiral and master of ships once again. 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. After Rogar Baratheon was dismissed as Hand, Lord Daemon was raised by Queen Regent Alyssa Velaryon to Hand of the King. In 50 AC, Daemon was confirmed in his office, while Manfryd Redwyne was summoned to to fill the post of master of ships.
From all accounts, Daemon served ably as Hand of the King, but following the death of his sister Alyssa Velaryon at Storm's End and the murder of his niece, Lianna Velaryon on Dragonstone in 54 AC, Lord Daemon resigned his office. Some say he had a rivalry with Manfryd Redwyne who succeeded him as master of ships 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 given his advanced age and the recent calamities that befell his house, he simply wished to spend his remaining time with his family. More heartbreak came to Lord Daemon in 59 AC when during a devastating winter that brought with it a plague known as the Shivers, Daemon's second son and three of his daughters perished from the disease. When Daemon finally passed away sometime later, he had outlived all of his own sons and was succeeded by his famed grandson, Corlys Velaryon.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor 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, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.