Daenerys Targaryen with Dragons, by Amoka©
Mother of Dragons
The Silver Queen
Queen of Meereen |
Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea
Breaker of Shackles
Breaker of Chains
Princess of Dragonstone
|Born||In 284 AC, at Dragonstone|
Khal Drogo 1st|
Hizdahr zo Loraq 2nd
A Game of Thrones |
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
|Played by||Emilia Clarke|
Season 1 |
Daenerys Targaryen, known as Daenerys Stormborn or Dany, is the last confirmed member of the ancient Targaryen Dynasty and one of the primary POV characters in the book series. In the TV series, Daenerys is played by Emilia Clarke.
Character and Appearance
Daenerys is small of stature and very beautiful. She has silver hair and purple eyes.
In her youth, Daenerys was a little frightened girl with little self confidence, dependant on her brother Viserys, who was often a cruel, abusive companion, prone to mood swings and fits of violence. His abiding obsession with regaining the crown that he felt was his by bloodright instilled in Daenerys a similar belief that reclaiming the Seven Kingdoms was the paramount goal of her life. Her marriage to Khal Drogo, was a turning point for her, helping her blossom into a strong and confident young woman.
Daenerys is a member of House Targaryen, the former royal family of the Seven Kingdoms. Her father was King Aerys II, and her mother was his sister-wife Queen, Rhaella. Daenerys was conceived during Robert's Rebellion that that would ultimately end her family's reign. Before she was born, following the defeat at the Battle of the Trident, her pregnant mother and brother, Viserys, were sent from King's Landing to Dragonstone for safekeeping, the family ancestral seat.
Daenerys was born as a fierce storm struck Dragonstone, and so was called Stormborn. Her mother died as a result of the labor. By that time the war was lost, Robert Baratheon had claimed the throne, all of her family dead, but her and her older brother, Viserys. The garrison at Dragonstone decided to surrender and turn them over to the rebels for their lives, but before they could act on this plan, Ser Willem Darry Darry and several other loyal retainers rescued the children and smuggled them into the Free City of Braavos. In Braavos, they lived in a house with a red door. Ser Willem was old and sickly, but he treated Daenerys kindly. After his death several years later, the servants drove Daenerys and Viserys from the house. Daenerys wept as they were forced out, and the house with the red door became her symbol for the childhood she had never known. 
Viserys and Daenerys considered themselves the rightful rulers of Seven Kingdoms: King Viserys III, and his heiress-presumptive Princess of Dragonstone, Daenerys. In the years that followed, she and Viserys wandered the nine Free Cities looking for aid, which earned Viserys the mocking title of The Beggar King. Which they eventually find in the Free City of Pentos, in the for of a rich and powerful magister Illyrio Mopatis who invites them to stay in his manse, offering help to reclaim their throne.
A Game of Thrones
In the Free City of Pentos, Illyrio and Viserys arranged to marry the thirteen-year-old Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a great leader among the Dothraki people. Viserys had hoped to then use the thousands of men in Drogo's khalasar to conquer the Seven Kingdoms. Despite Daenerys's fear and apprehension, she had no choice but to accept her brother's will and wed Drogo. At her wedding, the exiled knight, Jorah Mormont, pledged his service to Daenerys. He eventually became her closest companion. Two of Daenerys's wedding gifts were a magnificent silver filly and a set of three petrified dragon eggs. She is also gifted with three handmaids Doreah, Irri and Jhiqui.
At first, Daenerys was terrified of her husband Drogo and the Dothraki, but she came to love her husband and lose her fear not only of the Dothraki, but of her brother as well. Drogo took Daenerys east to Vaes Dothrak, in the heart of the Dothraki Sea, to present her to the dosh khaleen as his new bride. By the time they arrived, Daenerys, now fourteen, was pregnant with Drogo's child. The dosh khaleen prophesied that her son would be "the stallion that mounts the world," a long-prophesied Dothraki conqueror that would lead the Dothraki to glory, conquering and uniting the world behind him.
Meanwhile, Viserys grows increasingly impatient for the promised aid to restore him to the throne, demanding that Drogo help him invade Westeros. During a drunken rage, Viserys breaks Dothraki law by drawing a blade in the holy city, inciting Khal Drogo to "crown" him by dumping a pot of molten gold over his head, killing him. Making Daenerys the last Targaryen.
With Viserys death, Drogo was now uninterested invading Westeros. However this changes when an assassin attempted to poison Daenerys by selling her a cask of poisoned wine. The attempt only fails due to the intervention of Jorah Mormont. Khal Drogo is enraged when he learns of the death threat on his wife and son and vows to invade Westeros in vengence, something no Khal has ever done before. The Khalasar continues east pillage foreign lands, for slaves to sell for ships so they could make the crossing to Westeros.
During a raid Daenerys see's a young girl Eroeh being raped by riders and orders her men to stop the rape and save the girl she stops the rapes of several other captives and takes them under her protection. She makes Eroeh another one of her handmaids. When Daenerys gave the command that no more rapes were to happen, Ser Jorah looked at her and said...
“You are your brother’s sister, in truth.” - Jorah Mormont
“Viserys?” - Dany."No,” he answered. “Rhaegar.” 
In the raid Drogo was wounded, and Daenerys instructs one of the newly captured slaves a Lhazareen priestess, a maegi, named Mirri Maz Duur, she saved from being rape and possible murder at the hands of Drogo's men, to treat the wound. The wound festered though and Drogo soon became too weak to ride. Daenerys begged Mirri to save her husband, ignoring the consequence of blood magic The rite went ahead, however the maegi betrays her, leaving Drogo a brain-dead husk and slaying Rhaego in the womb. Daenerys ends Drogo's life herself and is abandoned by most of his khalasar.
She orders Mirri Maz Duur burned on Drogo's funeral pyre and enters the flames herself with her dragon eggs. The resulting magic restores life to the eggs, from which three dragons hatch, the first to be born in the known world for centuries. Daenerys emerges unharmed and is called The Unburnt and Mother of Dragons. She names her dragons Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon, after her two dead brothers and late husband respectively. Three warriors of her late husband's remaining khalasar, Aggo, Jhogo and Rakharo then swear themselves to Daenerys as her bloodriders, and she becomes the first female Dothraki leader, a khaleesi in her own right.
A Clash of Kings
Daenerys, decided to follow a red star that appeared in the sky, following the ritual that gave birth to her dragons, Daenerys, her dragons. Daenerys and what little remains of Drogo's khalasar wander in the direction of the star to a desolate area known as the Red Waste where they find an ancient, abandoned city, which Daenerys names Vaes Tolorro. There they recover from the deadly ravages of the desert while Daenerys sends out scouts in all directions. One scout returns with three emissaries from the great city of Qarth. Daenerys accompanies them to Qarth, where she learns of King Robert Baratheon's death and the war in the Seven Kingdoms. She tries to secure aid from the merchant emissary Xaro Xhoan Daxos in conquering Westeros, but the merchants of Qarth are only interested in obtaining her dragons. 
Daenerys turns to one of the other emissaries, a warlock called Pyat Pree. Against the judgment of her friends and counselors, she agrees to visit the warlock's leaders, the Undying Ones, in their hall, the House of the Undying. After viewing several mysterious portents and hearing vague prophecies, Daenerys realizes that the warlocks are plotting against her, and she destroys the House of the Undying with the aid of Drogon. With nowhere else to turn, Daenerys considers the suggestions of the third emissary, the masked woman Quaithe of Asshai, that she must go further east to conquer the west.
After the incident in the house of the Undying the warlocks conspired to see her dead. Daenerys seeking passage out of Qarth visited the docks, where she notices that two men she does not recognize are following her and Ser Jorah. Daenerys becomes distracted and is off her guard when a Sorrowful Man assassin tries to poison her with a manticore. One of her mysterious followers intercedes and knocks the manticore away just in time to thwart the murder. The two men introduce themselves as agents sent by Magister Illyrio. One of them, a huge eunuch and former pit fighter called Strong Belwas, was to be her bodyguard. The one who saved her life was Belwas's squire, an older Westerosi man called Arstan Whitebeard. Along with the two men, Illyrio has sent three merchant ships to transport Dany and her people to Pentos. Instead of returning to Pentos, however, Daenerys claims the three ships and their cargo for her own.
A Storm of Swords
Several days into the trip, Ser Jorah convinced Daenerys to go to Astapor, one of the great slave cities of Slaver's Bay, to purchase Unsullied so she could return to Illyrio with an army at her back. He also kissed her and professed his love for her. Once in Astapor, Daenerys began to have doubts about using slaves, still she agrees to purchases an army of every Unsullied in the ciry in exchange for her Dragon Drogon. She is given a slave Missandei as a gift from the Good Masters. Dany accepts, but she then frees Missandei. Dany tells Missandei that she can leave Dany's service whenever she wishes, but Missandei remains close and loyal to Dany.
After taking control of the Unsullied, Dany reclaims Drogon and commands him to use his fires against the Astapori leaders. She then uses the Unsullied to conquer the city. After the fighting, she proclaims all Astapori slaves free, including her Unsullied, giving her the name Breaker of Shackles, or Breaker of Chains. The Unsullied and many new Freedmen choose to follow her in her future battles. After forming a council to rule Astapor, she sets out for the next great slave city Yunkai.
Yunkai hires two sellsword companies, the Stormcrows and the Second Sons, in addition to conscripting a force of some four thousand slave soldiers. Daenerys parleys with the captains of the companies, hoping to convince them to switch sides. Her arguments convince one of the Stormcrows' commanders, Daario Naharis, to assassinate his colleagues and pledge the company to Daenerys. To the Second Sons, Daenerys offers a great store of wine as tribute then attacks them in the night while they are drunk and sleeping. With the Stormcrows' betrayal and the Second Sons' drunkenness, Yunkai's slave army is unable to withstand Daenerys's Unsullied. The entire Yunkish army is slain, captured, or put to flight, and Yunkai surrenders a few days later.
Daenerys next made for Meereen, the last of the great slave cities. Near Meereen, Daenerys is nearly killed by the Titan's Bastard, the former captain of the Second Sons. Arstan Whitebeard slays the Bastard, and finally reveals his true identity as Barristan Selmy, a famous knight of her father's Kingsguard who had served the Usurper Robert Baratheon after the end of the Rebellion. He claims to have seen the error of his ways and to seeking her out as the true heir to the Seven Kingdoms. Selmy also reveals that Jorah Mormont, still Daenerys's trusted right arm, has been sending reports on her actions to the spymaster in King's Landing, Lord Varys, hoping for a pardon from King Robert. Daenerys feels betrayed by each of them, though both fervently wish to atone for their actions. During her Siege of Meereen, she sends them on a covert suicide mission through the sewers, half hoping that they will die in the attempt. The mission succeeds and wins the city with minimal blood. Barristan humbly submits to his Queen's judgment and is forgiven. Jorah stubbornly continues to insist that he had done nothing wrong, and Daenerys is forced to banish him from her service, despite her desire to pardon him.
Having captured Meereen, Dany turns her eyes toward Westeros. Through talks with Barristan about her homeland and its history, however, she learns that there is much she does not know about ruling. Upon hearing that Astapor and Yunkai cannot maintain the peace she had hoped to bring, she resolves to bring order to Slaver's Bay before leaving it behind. By this time, she is close on seventeen years.
A Feast for Crows
A Dance with Dragons
Dany struggles as ruler of Meereen, mainly due to the constant threats surrounding her. A portion of Meereen's former slaving families who call themselves the Sons of the Harpy fight a shadow war with her followers, attacking lone freedmen or Unsullied in the black of night and drawing a harpy nearby with the man's blood. The sons have also scrawled graffiti on the walls of Meereen in blood promising a death to the families of any who serve the Dragon Queen. In Meereen, men traditionally wear their oiled black and red hair in varying shapes in homage to Ghiscari culture. The Meereenese who now serve Dany shave their heads, symbolizing the abandonment of old Meereen to serve the new. These men are known as Shavepates, and are led by Skahaz mo Kandaq, known as the Shavepate. Another of her Meereenese councilors is the seneschal, Reznak mo Reznak.
Three fighting companies were also formed by Daenerys, their members comprised from her freeman. The company names are Mother's Men; The Company of the Free Brothers; and the Stalwart Shields. They have been receiving their training in arms from Grey Worm.
Daenery's dragons have grown wilder, hunting sheep and livestock. Eventually a petitioner comes to her, presenting the bones of his six-year-old girl daughter "Hazzea", claiming the "winged shadow" had killed her. Prompted by this, Dany has her Unsullied capture the dragons using nets and chains and lock them below ground to prevent any more such killings. In a closed fighting pit, Viserion and Rhaegal are captured (though not without several Unsullied men dying), but Drogon escapes and disappears. During this time, she has a vision of Quaithe that offers her prophetic advice, most specifically warning her not to trust her seneschal.
Daenerys has enemies outside Meereen as well as in. Since she ended the slave trade in Slaver's Bay, several of the Free Cities that rely upon the slave trade of the slave cities to fuel their economy have promised help to the Yunkai to bring her down. Yunkai has hired sellsword legions such as the Long Lances, the Company of the Cat and the Windblown. Legions have also arrived from New Ghis. The Yunkai host first takes Astapor from Cleon the Butcher King, its most recent ruler, and puts thousands of its inhabitants to the sword or sends them again into slavery. An escaped rider who managed to flee in the confusion of the siege brings word of this to Dany in Meereen. Unfortunately word is not the only thing he brings, as he is infected with the bloody flux. Several other Astapori citizens flee to Meereen, bringing the disease with them.
The merchant emissary Xaro Xhoan Daxos arrives from Qarth bearing a gift of thirteen ships in exchange for Dany's abandon of Slaver's Bay and departure for Westeros. Dany wishes to go, but the thirteen ships are not enough to take her entire army of Unsullied, Dothraki, sellswords and freedmen. The Shavepates beg her not to go. If she does, they who served her and their families will die by the Sons of the Harpy. She refuses Xaro, which prompts Qarth to join the Yunkai against her. Deaths of freedmen and Unsullied continue to grow nightly, and several former freed slave women are raped by the Sons of the Harpy before having their throats slit open. Daenerys takes the children of several Meereenese families of dubious loyalty as Cupbearers in name, but hostages in truth in hopes that would stop the killing. The killings only continue though and Daenerys refuses to harm the child hostages. In despair and loneliness, Dany takes Daario Naharis as a lover. A plan is put to her by the Meereenese priestess, the Green Grace Galazza Galare, suggesting that Dany should wed the Meereenese noble Hizdahr zo Loraq to bring peace. Dany agrees, on the condition that Hizdahr can promise her 90 days of peace. Hizdahr agrees. Brown Ben Plumm, captain of the Second Sons, learns that Dany can no longer control her dragons, and takes his company go over to the Yunkai.
At this point, Quentyn Martell of Dorne arrives to make a marriage claim, but is rejected because Dany has already promised to wed Hizdahr. After Hizdahr zo Loraq succeeds at keeping his promise, Dany weds him. Under his direction, Dany, much to her disgust, suggests peace terms with Yunkai. She promises if they leave Meereen and don't enslave any of the former slaves she freed, she won't disrupt the slave trade of Slaver's Bay any further. The Yunkai agree. To mark the occasion, the fighting pits are reopened and several gladiators (who freely agreed to compete) battle in the arena of Daznak's Pit. During the event, Drogon appears, drawn to the screams of the crowd and the smell of death. He kills a boar in the arena, but is then attacked by the animal handler Harghaz. Dany, seeing her "child" in pain, runs out in the arena to him as she sees other pit fighters going to kill the dragon. Dany manages to mount the dragon and ride him out of the arena. Many in Meereen suspect that she is dead. She is alive with Drogon, however, thousands of leagues away. She and her dragon are eventually discovered by the khalasar of Khal Jhaqo.
References and Notes
- HBO Cast and crew page
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 61, Daenerys VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 61, Daenerys
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 64, Daenerys VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 9, Bran I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 27, Daenerys III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 57, Daenerys V.
- A Feast for Crows, Prologue.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 25, The Windblown.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 30, Daenerys V.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 16, Daenerys III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 23, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys VII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 50, Daenerys VIII.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 52, Daenerys IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 71, Daenerys X.
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