Sharra Arryn as depicted in Game of Thrones: Histories & Lore.
|The Flower of the Mountain
|In 37 BC
Sharra Arryn, known as the Flower of the Mountain, was Queen Regent of the Kingdom of Mountain and Vale, ruling in the name of her son, the boy-king Ronnel Arryn, during the invasion of Westeros by Aegon I Targaryen. Sharra was regarded as one of the most beautiful women of Westeros.
The War of Conquest
After Aegon launched his invasion and made his intentions known to the rulers of the seven independent kingdoms of Westeros, Sharra sent a portrait of herself to him and offered her hand in marriage with the condition Aegon would make her son his heir. Despite being ten years older than Aegon, she was still regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the land, yet Aegon refused. The Vale scored a victory against the invaders in a battle in the waters off Gulltown, though the Arryn fleet was burned afterwards by Visenya Targaryen. With the Arryn fleet destroyed, the Sistermen revolted against the Eyrie.
As other regions of Westeros fell to Aegon, Sharra amassed the Vale army at the Bloody Gate. However, Aegon sent Visenya to the Eyrie riding her dragon Vhagar. When Sharra returned to the Eyrie she found her son sitting on Visenya's lap and asking if he could ride the dragon with Visenya. Sharra bent the knee afterward. The Arryns were declared Wardens of the East and Defenders of the Vale.