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| Race = [[Valyria]]n
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| Culture = [[Crownlands]]
| Spouse         = [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
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| Spouse = King [[Aegon II Targaryen]]
| father = [[Viserys I Targaryen]]
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| Issue = [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys Targaryen]]<br>[[Jaehaera Targaryen]]<br>[[Maelor Targaryen]]
 
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| Date_of_Birth = {{Date|109}}
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| Place_of_Death = [[King's Landing]]
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| Place_of_Death = [[Maegor's Holdfast]], [[King's Landing]]
| Date_of_Death = {{Date|130}}
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| Date_of_Death = {{Date|130}}
| Books         = [[The Princess and the Queen]]
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Queen '''Helaena Targaryen''' was the sister-wife to [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]], daughter of King [[Viserys I Targaryen]] and his second wife, Queen [[Alicent Hightower]]. She had three children with her husband, the twins [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys Targaryen]] & [[Jaehaera Targaryen]] and [[Maelor Targaryen]]. Helaena was a dragonrider, her dragon was [[Dreamfyre]]. She was loved by the smallfolk.
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Queen '''Helaena Targaryen''' was the sister-wife to King [[Aegon II Targaryen]]. She was the only daughter of King [[Viserys I Targaryen]] by his second wife, Queen [[Alicent Hightower]], and his second daughter overall. Helaena and Aegon had three children: the twins [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys]] and [[Jaehaera Targaryen|Jaehaera]], and [[Maelor Targaryen|Maelor]]. Like her siblings, Helaena was a [[dragonrider]], who rode the dragon [[Dreamfyre]].{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TRP}}
  
When [[Blood (the butcher)|Blood]] and [[Cheese (the rat-catcher)|Cheese]] were hired to murder one of her sons during the [[Dance of the Dragons]], they at first forced her to choose. She offered herself instead but they refused and stated if she didn't decide quick Blood would rape her daughter, she reluctantly named her youngest, Maelor, but the assassins killed [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys]] instead. She became so depressed at the death of her son (and the knowledge that Maelor knew she had chosen him to die), she locked herself away and withdrew from the war and the world, becoming unreliable as a dragonrider for the green cause. She was taken captive during the [[Fall of King's Landing]].  
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==Appearance and Character==
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Helaena Targaryen|l1=Images of Helaena Targaryen}}
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As a young girl, Helaena was plumper than most [[House Targaryen|Targaryens]], and less striking as well. Nonetheless, she was a pleasant and happy girl.{{Ref|TRP}} At an older age, Helaena was loved by the [[smallfolk]].{{Ref|tpatq}} Following the death of her eldest son, however, Helaena became depressed and descended into madness.{{Ref|tpatq}}
  
In {{Date|130}}, Helaena, mad with grief, jumped from [[Maegor's Holdfast]] and died on the spikes below. She was 21 when she died.  
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==History==
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===Early life===
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In {{Date|109}}, Helaena was born to King [[Viserys I Targaryen]] and his second wife, Queen [[Alicent Hightower]]. She had an older half-sister, Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], and an older brother, Prince [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon]], and would have two younger brothers, Prince [[Aemond Targaryen|Aemond]] and Prince [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)|Daeron]].{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| Appendix: Targaryen Lineage}}
  
Rumors that she was murdered by [[Luthor Largent]], at [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Queen Rhaenyra's]] behest, spread through King's Landing. <ref>[[The Princess and the Queen]]</ref>
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By the age of twelve, Helaena had become a dragonrider, and rode the [[dragon]] [[Dreamfyre]]. In {{Date|122}}, at the age of thirteen, Helaena was married to her older brother Prince Aegon, following the ancient tradition of [[House Targaryen]]. Barely a year after her [[wedding]], Helaena gave birth to twins: [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys]] and [[Jaehaera Targaryen|Jaehaera]].{{Ref|TRP}}
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On the first day of {{Date|127}}, Helaena's father, King Viserys I, held a feast to celebrate the recovery of his health. According to the [[court fool]] [[Mushroom]], after the king had left the feast, Helaena's nephew, Prince [[Jacaerys Velaryon]], asked her for a dance, which her husband and brother, Aegon, took offense to.{{Ref|TRP}} Later that same year, Helaena gave birth to a third child, a boy named [[Maelor Targaryen|Maelor]].{{Ref|TRP}}
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On the third day of the third month of {{Date|129}}, Helaena brought her three children to her father's chambers, where the king, the night before his death, entertained her children with a fictional tale<ref group="N">Elio Garcia has stated that George R. R. Martin [http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/148940-inconsistencies-plot-holes-and-missing-details-in-tsotd-trp-and-tpatq/&page=7#comment-8138013 confirmed to him] that this story was made up by Viserys to entertain his grandchildren.</ref> about their great-great-grandsire, King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]].{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TRP}}
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===The Dance of the Dragons===
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With the death of King [[Viserys I Targaryen]], a [[Dance of the Dragons|war for succession]] began. Helaena was informed of her father's passing a day after his death was discovered. When the decision was made to [[crown]] her husband, Prince [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon]], instead of Viserys's appointed heir, Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], Helaena became a queen. On the day of the coronation, it was Helaena's mother [[Alicent Hightower]] who placed the crown upon Helaena's head and addressed her as "my queen".{{Ref|TPATQ}}
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Unwilling to accept Aegon as her king, Helaena's half-sister Rhaenyra was crowned herself as [[King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men|Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]] on [[Dragonstone]]. While she declared Ser [[Otto Hightower]], Helaena's grandfather, and Dowager Queen Alicent to be traitors, Rhaenyra expressed willingness to forgive Helaena and her siblings, as long as they came to Dragonstone and swore fealty to her.{{Ref|TPATQ}}
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When [[Grand Maester]] [[Orwyle]] suggested traveling to Dragonstone to make Rhaenyra give up her claim, Helaena spoke in favor of his plan, together with her mother, after which King Aegon reluctantly agreed to send the Grand Maester under a peace banner.{{Ref|TPATQ}}
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[[File:Season5Dance of DragonsRoyalApartmentsentered.png|thumb|400px|Helaena and her three young children, [[Jaehaera Targaryen|Jaehaera]] (left), [[Maelor Targaryen|Maelor]] (middle) and [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys]] (right) are surprised by [[Blood (the butcher)|Blood]] and [[Cheese (the rat-catcher)|Cheese]].]]
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Helaena was accustomed to bring her children by her mother's chambers in the [[Tower of the Hand]] every night before they were put to bed. The two men Prince [[Daemon Targaryen]], Rhaenyra's husband, had hired to murder one of Helaena's sons, were aware of this fact. Thus these two men, known as [[Blood (the butcher)|Blood]] and [[Cheese (the rat-catcher)|Cheese]], hid in Alicent's chambers, bound and gagged Alicent, and murdered her bedmaid. There, they awaited Helaena's arrival. After killing her guardsmen and barring the door they took Helaena and her children hostage, and forced Helaena to choose which one of her sons would die. Helaena offered herself, but was refused. Threatening to have Blood rape Jaehaera, and to kill all three of her children should she refuse, the two men forced Helaena to make a decision. In the end, Helaena reluctantly named her youngest child, Prince [[Maelor Targaryen|Maelor]], who was deemed to be too young to understand what was happening. In response, the two men killed Prince [[Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)|Jaehaerys]] instead cutting off his head with a single swing of a sword and fled with it in hand. Helaena became depressed and slowly sank into madness after Jaehaerys's death, and refused to eat, bathe, or leave her chambers. Nor would she look at her younger son, Maelor, anymore, knowing that she had chosen him to die.{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
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Aegon and Helaena slept apart from one another since then, and after Aegon was severely injured at the [[Battle at Rook's Rest]], Helaena did not even make an attempt to visit him. She had become unreliable as a [[dragonrider]], incapable to be used in battle. When [[Fall of King's Landing|King's Landing fell]] to Rhaenyra, Helaena was taken captive.{{Ref|tpatq}}
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On the twenty-second day of the fifth moon of {{Date|130}} Helaena, at the age of twenty-one, jumped from her window in [[Maegor's Holdfast]] at sunset. She died on the spikes below, with her throat impaled. The reasons for her to commit suicide after half a year of captivity remain the subject of speculation. [[Mushroom]] asserted that Helaena had been impregnated after being sold into prostitution by Rhaenyra and [[Mysaria]], but [[Gyldayn]] dismisses the tale of the "Brothel Queens". [[Grand Maester]] [[Munkun]] proposes the horror of seeing Ser [[Thoron True]] and Ser [[Denys Woodwright]] hanged drove her to the act, but Gyldayn also dismisses this notion as there is no evidence she witnessed their hanging, knowing the two men as gaolers at best. For his part, [[Septon]] [[Eustace (Dance of the Dragons)|Eustace]] suggests that Lady Mysaria had chosen that night to tell her of the death of her son Maelor and the manner it had happened.{{Ref|fab|The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown}}
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While some called it suicide, by nightfall that same day rumors were already openly being talked about in King's Landing that she had been murdered by Ser [[Luthor Largent]] of the [[gold cloaks]], at the behest of Queen [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]],{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} for Prince Daeron would soon be at the gates of the city with his dragons. Munkun proposes these calumnies were begotten by the [[Shepherd]], who decried both crime and the queen. Mushroom, for his part, indicates this slander was concocted by [[Larys Strong]], the Clubfoot, who had never left the capital.{{ref|fab|The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown}} That same night, [[Riot of King's Landing (Dance of the Dragons)|King's Landing rose in a riot]], with men and women of the [[Smallfolk|common folk]] shouting for justice for the beloved Helaena and her dead sons.{{Ref|TPATQ}}
  
 
==Family==
 
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==References and Notes==  
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Helaena Targaryen
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Helaena Targaryen, art by Enife.

Title Princess
Queen
Allegiance House Targaryen
Greens
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In 109 AC
Died In 130 AC, at Maegor's Holdfast, King's Landing
Spouse King Aegon II Targaryen
Issue Jaehaerys Targaryen
Jaehaera Targaryen
Maelor Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Queen Helaena Targaryen was the sister-wife to King Aegon II Targaryen. She was the only daughter of King Viserys I Targaryen by his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower, and his second daughter overall. Helaena and Aegon had three children: the twins Jaehaerys and Jaehaera, and Maelor. Like her siblings, Helaena was a dragonrider, who rode the dragon Dreamfyre.[1][2]

Appearance and Character

As a young girl, Helaena was plumper than most Targaryens, and less striking as well. Nonetheless, she was a pleasant and happy girl.[2] At an older age, Helaena was loved by the smallfolk.[1] Following the death of her eldest son, however, Helaena became depressed and descended into madness.[1]

History

Early life

In 109 AC, Helaena was born to King Viserys I Targaryen and his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower. She had an older half-sister, Princess Rhaenyra, and an older brother, Prince Aegon, and would have two younger brothers, Prince Aemond and Prince Daeron.[2][3]

By the age of twelve, Helaena had become a dragonrider, and rode the dragon Dreamfyre. In 122 AC, at the age of thirteen, Helaena was married to her older brother Prince Aegon, following the ancient tradition of House Targaryen. Barely a year after her wedding, Helaena gave birth to twins: Jaehaerys and Jaehaera.[2]

On the first day of 127 AC, Helaena's father, King Viserys I, held a feast to celebrate the recovery of his health. According to the court fool Mushroom, after the king had left the feast, Helaena's nephew, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon, asked her for a dance, which her husband and brother, Aegon, took offense to.[2] Later that same year, Helaena gave birth to a third child, a boy named Maelor.[2]

On the third day of the third month of 129 AC, Helaena brought her three children to her father's chambers, where the king, the night before his death, entertained her children with a fictional tale[N 1] about their great-great-grandsire, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[1][2]

The Dance of the Dragons

With the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, a war for succession began. Helaena was informed of her father's passing a day after his death was discovered. When the decision was made to crown her husband, Prince Aegon, instead of Viserys's appointed heir, Princess Rhaenyra, Helaena became a queen. On the day of the coronation, it was Helaena's mother Alicent Hightower who placed the crown upon Helaena's head and addressed her as "my queen".[1]

Unwilling to accept Aegon as her king, Helaena's half-sister Rhaenyra was crowned herself as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms on Dragonstone. While she declared Ser Otto Hightower, Helaena's grandfather, and Dowager Queen Alicent to be traitors, Rhaenyra expressed willingness to forgive Helaena and her siblings, as long as they came to Dragonstone and swore fealty to her.[1]

When Grand Maester Orwyle suggested traveling to Dragonstone to make Rhaenyra give up her claim, Helaena spoke in favor of his plan, together with her mother, after which King Aegon reluctantly agreed to send the Grand Maester under a peace banner.[1]

Helaena and her three young children, Jaehaera (left), Maelor (middle) and Jaehaerys (right) are surprised by Blood and Cheese.

Helaena was accustomed to bring her children by her mother's chambers in the Tower of the Hand every night before they were put to bed. The two men Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra's husband, had hired to murder one of Helaena's sons, were aware of this fact. Thus these two men, known as Blood and Cheese, hid in Alicent's chambers, bound and gagged Alicent, and murdered her bedmaid. There, they awaited Helaena's arrival. After killing her guardsmen and barring the door they took Helaena and her children hostage, and forced Helaena to choose which one of her sons would die. Helaena offered herself, but was refused. Threatening to have Blood rape Jaehaera, and to kill all three of her children should she refuse, the two men forced Helaena to make a decision. In the end, Helaena reluctantly named her youngest child, Prince Maelor, who was deemed to be too young to understand what was happening. In response, the two men killed Prince Jaehaerys instead cutting off his head with a single swing of a sword and fled with it in hand. Helaena became depressed and slowly sank into madness after Jaehaerys's death, and refused to eat, bathe, or leave her chambers. Nor would she look at her younger son, Maelor, anymore, knowing that she had chosen him to die.[1][4]

Aegon and Helaena slept apart from one another since then, and after Aegon was severely injured at the Battle at Rook's Rest, Helaena did not even make an attempt to visit him. She had become unreliable as a dragonrider, incapable to be used in battle. When King's Landing fell to Rhaenyra, Helaena was taken captive.[1]

On the twenty-second day of the fifth moon of 130 AC Helaena, at the age of twenty-one, jumped from her window in Maegor's Holdfast at sunset. She died on the spikes below, with her throat impaled. The reasons for her to commit suicide after half a year of captivity remain the subject of speculation. Mushroom asserted that Helaena had been impregnated after being sold into prostitution by Rhaenyra and Mysaria, but Gyldayn dismisses the tale of the "Brothel Queens". Grand Maester Munkun proposes the horror of seeing Ser Thoron True and Ser Denys Woodwright hanged drove her to the act, but Gyldayn also dismisses this notion as there is no evidence she witnessed their hanging, knowing the two men as gaolers at best. For his part, Septon Eustace suggests that Lady Mysaria had chosen that night to tell her of the death of her son Maelor and the manner it had happened.[5]

While some called it suicide, by nightfall that same day rumors were already openly being talked about in King's Landing that she had been murdered by Ser Luthor Largent of the gold cloaks, at the behest of Queen Rhaenyra,[1][4] for Prince Daeron would soon be at the gates of the city with his dragons. Munkun proposes these calumnies were begotten by the Shepherd, who decried both crime and the queen. Mushroom, for his part, indicates this slander was concocted by Larys Strong, the Clubfoot, who had never left the capital.[5] That same night, King's Landing rose in a riot, with men and women of the common folk shouting for justice for the beloved Helaena and her dead sons.[1]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jocelyn
Baratheon
 
Aemon
 
Daella
 
Rodrik
Arryn
 
Baelon
 
Alyssa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corlys
Velaryon
 
Rhaenys
 
 
 
 
 
Aemma
Arryn
 
Viserys I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alicent
Hightower
 
Daemon
[Note 1]
 
Rhea
Royce
 
Aegon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laena
Velaryon
 
Daemon
[Note 1]
 
Laenor
Velaryon
 
Rhaenyra
 
Daemon
[Note 1]
 
Son
 
Baelon
 
Aegon II
 
Helaena
 
Aemond
 
Daeron
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaena
 
Baela
 
Jacaerys
Velaryon
 
Lucerys
Velaryon
 
Joffrey
Velaryon
 
Viserys II
 
Visenya
 
Aegon III
 
Jaehaera
 
Jaehaerys
 
Maelor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Notes:
  1. 1.0 1.1 Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC to 115 AC, Lady Laena Velaryon from 115 AC to 120 AC, and to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen from 120 AC to 130 AC.


Notes

  1. Elio Garcia has stated that George R. R. Martin confirmed to him that this story was made up by Viserys to entertain his grandchildren.

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 The Rogue Prince.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.