Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Daemon)
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Rhaena of Pentos|
|Born||In 116 AC, at Pentos|
1st: Ser Corwyn Corbray|
2nd: Garmund Hightower
|Issue||6 daughters by Garmund Hightower|
|Father||Prince Daemon Targaryen|
|Mother||Lady Laena Velaryon|
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Lady Rhaena Targaryen, also known as Rhaena of Pentos and Rhaena Corbray, was one of the twin daughters of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon; Baela Targaryen was her older twin. Rhaena was the niece of King Viserys I Targaryen and the cousin of King Aegon II Targaryen. She was also the half-sister of Kings Aegon III and Viserys II Targaryen, as well as the stillborn Visenya Targaryen. Rhaena was a dragonrider who rode Morning.
Appearance and Character
Rhaena and her twin, Baela, had fine features, silver-white hair, and purple eyes. As young girls, the twins had been inseparable and impossible to tell apart. Though they were both tall and slim by the age of sixteen, they no longer looked alike. Rhaena was slender and graceful, and Baela was lean and quick with hair as short as a boy's. Rhaena loved to dance whilst Baela preferred to ride and to fly.
Rhaena and Baela were born small and sickly in Pentos in 116 AC. Rhaena was named after her maternal grandmother, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen. When they were half a year old, the twins sailed from Pentos to Driftmark with their mother, Laena Velaryon. In 117 AC, Rhaena was presented at court by her father, Prince Daemon Targaryen.
In 118 AC, with the blessing of King Viserys I Targaryen, Rhaena was betrothed to her cousin, Prince Lucerys Velaryon. Rhaena had a dragon egg, but Rhaena's hatchling was unhealthy and died within hours of emerging from its egg. Eventually, an egg from another clutch, laid by Syrax, was given to Rhaena, and it was said that she slept with it every night and prayed for a dragon to match her sister's, Moondancer.
Dance of the Dragons
During the Dance of the Dragons, Rhaena was chosen to accompany Prince Joffrey Velaryon to Gulltown for their protection, although they were told it was to defend the Vale of Arryn against King Aegon II Targaryen's dragons. Rhaena brought three dragon eggs with her to the Vale where she prayed nightly for their hatching.
Rhaena remained in the Vale throughout the duration of the civil war as the ward of Jeyne Arryn, Lady of the Eyrie. Rhaena befriended Ser Corwyn Corbray during her stay at the Eyrie. Eventually her dragon egg hatched and Rhaena quickly bonded with the hatchling, which she named Morning.
At the end the war, Rhaena and her dragon accompanied Lady Jeyne, who sailed from Gulltown towards King's Landing with a great host. Once at the capital, Rhaena was reunited with her twin sister and the pair became the darlings of the city overnight. During the Hour of the Wolf, they convinced their half brother, Prince Aegon the Younger, to stop Lord Cregan Stark from executing their grandfather, Lord Corlys Velaryon, for treason. Mushroom, on the other hand, claimed that it was Lady Alysanne Blackwood who convinced Cregan to spare Corlys.
Reign of Aegon III
After the ascension of their cousin and half-brother, Aegon III Targaryen, Rhaena and Baela were thought to be the only living Targaryens aside from the king and his queen, Jaehaera, as Prince Viserys Targaryen was presumed dead at the time. Though the younger twin, Rhaena was considered to be named the heir to the Iron Throne by some as she still had a dragon, Morning, unlike her sister Baela, whose Moondancer had died during the fall of Dragonstone. Rhaena was also considered less willful in character.
After Baela married Lord Alyn Velaryon against the opinion of the regents, they were afraid she would give birth to an heir for Aegon. In order to prevent this from happening, the regents quickly married Rhaena to the man of her choosing, Ser Corwyn Corbray, in 132 AC. She miscarried in the second half of the year of 133 AC.
After Jaehaera's death, Rhaena and Baela introduced Daenaera Velaryon to Aegon at the Maiden's Day Cattle Show, leading to the couple's royal marriage the last day of 133 AC. In 134 AC Rhaena was part of the court's welcome party at the docks of the Blackwater Rush, when Lord Alyn Velaryon returned with her half brother, Prince Viserys.
On the third day of the third moon of 135 AC, Rhaena rode Morning for the first time. When Corwyn was killed at Runestone in the Vale, Baela traveled to Dragonstone to ensure that Rhaena would not use Morning to attempt to avenge her husband's death.
When preparations were being made in 136 AC for a royal progress to be held after Aegon turned sixteen, Rhaena desired to accompany the king on Morning. This suggestion was delicately deflected, however, by the council of regents.
Quotes by Rhaena
—Rhaena to Aegon III Targaryen
Quotes about Rhaena
Lady Rhaena would make a splendid queen.
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