Lord of the Tides

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Lord of the Tides is a title traditionally claimed by the heads of House Velaryon.[1] The Velaryons rule the island of Driftmark, and have long been a strong naval power in Blackwater Bay. Numerous Velaryons have served as master of ships and lord admiral for the Iron Throne.[2]


Lord Daemon Velaryon of Driftmark was named the first master of ships by King Aegon I Targaryen at the start of Aegon's Conquest. He died during the war in the battle in the waters off Gulltown.[3][4] Daemon's son Aethan succeeded him as Lord of the Tides, and eventually also became master of ships to King Aegon I.[5][6] Aethan's son Daemon succeeded his father to both positions, serving under King Maegor I and Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[7][8]

By 90 AC, Daemon's grandson, Corlys Velaryon, had become the Lord of the Tides. That year, he married Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, the daughter of Prince Aemon Targaryen, the heir to the Iron Throne, and the granddaughter of King Jaehaerys I.[9] Like his ancestors, Corlys served as admiral of the royal fleet. In 92 AC, when King Jaehaerys named Prince Baelon Targaryen as his new heir following Aemon's death instead of Aemon's daughter Rhaenys, Corlys furiously gave up his admiralty. After Baelon died in 101 AC, it was rumored that Corlys was massing ships and men on Driftmark to defend the rights of his son Laenor. Corlys used his wealth and status to gain support for Laenor during the Great Council of 101 AC, but to no avail.[10]

Corlys's son Laenor married Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in 114 AC, and during their marriage Rhaenyra gave birth to three boys, although it was whispered that the children had been fathered by Ser Harwin Strong, and not Laenor Velaryon.[11][10] When Lord Corlys fell ill in 126 AC,[N 1] the succession of the Driftmark was called into question, as both his son and daughter had predeceased him. Law decreed that his eldest grandson, Jacaerys Velaryon, was his heir, but as Jacaerys already stood heir to the Iron Throne through his mother, Laenor's widow Rhaenyra urged Corlys to name her second son by Laenor, Lucerys, as his heir instead. However, the eldest of Corlys's six cousins, Ser Vaemond Velaryon, protested to this, insisting that Rhaenyra's three Velaryon sons had not been fathered by Laenor and were thus bastards. Instead, he believed he should be named Corlys's heir. Rhaenyra's new husband, Prince Daemon Targaryen, seized Ser Vaemond, beheaded him, and fed his body to the dragon Syrax. Ser Vaemond's younger cousins, widow and sons then traveled to King's Landing, where they laid their claim before King Viserys I Targaryen. After listening to their words, King Viserys had all their tongues removed, as per his earlier decree.[11][10]

During the Dance of the Dragons Lord Corlys fought for Rhaenyra Targaryen, who he served as Hand of the Queen. He petitioned to Rhaenyra to have Addam of Hull, supposedly the bastard son of Laenor, but according to Mushroom Corlys's own bastard son, legitimized.[12] Corlys was eventually imprisoned by Rhaenyra,[13] and left behind in the dungeon when Rhaenyra fled the capital six months after her arrival. He was eventually released by Trystane Truefyre, who took over the Red Keep.[14][15] Corlys joined the side of King Aegon II Targaryen when the latter's forces took control of the capital again, and served Aegon II as master of ships.[15] Corlys was involved in the murder of Aegon II, and was arrested and tried for it by Lord Cregan Stark, and sentenced to die. He was eventually pardoned by King Aegon III Targaryen,[16] and served Aegon as a regent until his death in 132 AC.[17] Corlys was succeeded by his legitimized bastard grandson, Alyn Velaryon,[17] who became a famous captain.[18]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Monford Velaryon, Lord of the Tides, is among the supporters of Stannis Baratheon.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Monterys Velaryon becomes the new Lord of the Tides after the death of his father, Monford, in the Battle of the Blackwater.[20][21]

The Winds of Winter

A new pirate king stylizing himself the Lord of the Waters, possibly the Velaryon bastard Aurane Waters, is reported to control Torturer's Deep.[22]

Known Lords of the Tides

See also


  1. The Rogue Prince reports Corlys fel ill in 128 AC, which was changed to 126 AC in Fire & Blood


  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Sons of the Dragon.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  9. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Fire & Blood, The Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Rogue Prince.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  14. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  16. Fire & Blood, The Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  18. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  22. Arianne I (The Winds of Winter)
  23. The Princess and the Queen.
  24. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons - The Year of the False Spring.