Daemon Targaryen

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Daemon Targaryen
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Protector of the Realm
Commander of the City
Watch of King's Landing (former)

Allegiance House Targaryen
The blacks
Race Valyrian
Culture Valyrian
Born In 81 AC
Died In 130 AC, at the Gods Eye
Spouse 1st Laena Velaryon
2nd Rhaenyra Targaryen
Book(s) The Princess and the Queen

Prince Daemon Targaryen was the uncle and husband of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.[1] He was Rhaenyra's second husband, following Laenor Velaryon. Prince Daemon was the most experienced warrior of his time and wielded the Valyrian steel blade, Dark Sister. He was a dragonrider whose dragon was Caraxes.


Since his youth, Prince Daemon's face was familiar to every cut-purse, whore, and gambler in Flea Bottom. He once served as Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing and inspired loyalty with many of the rank-and-file gold cloaks.

Daemon fought in the Stepstones with Caraxes and made many enemies in Myr, Tyrosh and Lys during the course of his adventures. He was an enemy of the Kingdom of the Three Daughters

Prince Daemon also had twin girls, Baela Targaryen and Rhaena Targaryen, by his first wife, Laena Velaryon. He and his second wife, Princess Rhaenyra, had two sons together, the future Aegon III and Viserys II, and a stillborn daughter, Visenya.

The Dance of Dragons

By the time of the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Daemon had more experience in warfare than all their foes combined. During Rhaenyra's coronation on Dragonstone, Prince Daemon placed the crown of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen crown on the head of his wife, proclaiming her queen and claiming for himself the style Protector of the Realm.

Daemon captured Harrenhal from its castellan, Ser Simon Strong, without conflict by landing Caraxes on top of Kingspyre Tower. After hearing of the death of his step-son, Prince Lucerys Velaryon, at the hands of Prince Aemond Targaryen, Daemon hired Blood and Cheese to murder a son of King Aegon II Targaryen.

Daemon abandoned the great castle when Aemond and Ser Criston Cole began marching on Harrenhal. Instead, Daemon flew Caraxes back to King's Landing and assisted Rhaenyra with capturing King's Landing.

While searching for Aemond and Vhagar, who were burning the Riverlands, Daemon took Nettles for a bedmate and made their base in Maidenpool. Maester Norren informed them that Queen Rhaenyra wanted Nettles dead. Daemon and Nettles separated the next morning.

Daemon challenged Aemond, waiting for 13 days at Harrenhal until Aemond stopped burning the Riverlands to come face him. The Dance over Harrenhal ended in the deaths of both riders and both dragons over the God's Eye. Daemon was 49 when he died. Unlike Aemond's body, however, Daemon's was never found. Singers say that Daemon lived to spend the rest of his days in secret with Nettles, but most historians disagree.


Make no mistake, should Rhaenyra ever sit the Iron Throne, it will be Daemon who rules us, a king consort as cruel and unforgiving as Maegor ever was.[1]

- Ser Otto Hightower to the small council of King Viserys I Targaryen

Daemon: Were I not alone, you would not have come.

Aemond: Yet you are, and here I am. You have lived too long, nuncle.

Daemon: On that much we agree.[1]

- Daemon and Prince Aemond Targaryen at Harrenhal

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