House Targaryen is a great, powerful and an ancient house of Westeros.
It was the ruling royal house in the seven Kingdoms of about 300 years. House Targaryen conquered and unified the realm.
Before this house is deposed into the new royal house of House Baratheon during Robert’s Rebellion.
The two surviving Targaryen Daenerys and Viserys fled into exile across the narrow sea to the free cities of Essos.
Now presently staying at Dragonstone, at the very eastern coast of Westeros.
The sigil of House Targaryen is the three-headed red dragon on a black background.
Their house words are “Fire and Blood”.
Date of founding Before the Doom of Valyria
Sigil A three-headed read dragon on black background
Words “Fire and Blood”
Age Rulers of Dragonstone island nearly 500 years ago. Not sure amount of time beforehand as a noble family to the Valyrian Freehold
Seat Dragonstone, Meereen, Great Pyramid, King’s Landing (formerly) and Red Keep
Place Valyrian Peninsula, Bay of Dragons and The Crownlands
Heir Daenerys Targaryen
Lord Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow
Titles Lords of Dragonstone, Dragonlords, Protector of the Realm, Lords of the seven Kingdoms, Protectors of the seven Kingdoms, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Military Strength 2 dragons, 100,000 Dothraki (cavalries), 7500-8000 Unsullied (heavy infantry), Forces of the North and the Vale and Surrendered Lannister and Tarly troops after the Battle of the Goldroad
Ancestral Weapons Blackfyre and Darksister (lost)
Allegiance Valyrian Freehold (Sovereign)
Vassals House Stark, Baratheon, Arryn, Lannister (under Tyrion), Greyjoy, Martell, Tully and Martell
Cadet Branches House Targaryen of King’s Landing, Blackfyre and Baratheon
House Targaryen family tree
Members of house targaryen
- Aerys II Targaryen Known as the Mad King and King Scab. Slain by Jaime Lannister after the Robert’s Rebellion.
- Rhaella Targaryen Aerys II sister wife. Died during childbirth.
- Rhaegar Targaryen Eldest son of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen. Slain by Robert Baratheon at the Battle of Trident.
- Elia Martell Wife of Rhaegar Targaryen. Slain by Gregor Clegane during sack of King’s Landing.
- Rhaenys Targaryen Daughter of Rhaegar and Elia. Slain by Gregor Clegane during the sack of King’s Landing.
- Aegon Targaryen Son of Rhaegar and Elia. Slain by Gregor Clegane during the sack of King’s Landing.
- Lyanna Stark Second and secret wife of Rhaegar Targaryen. After the end of Robert’s Rebellion, died at the Tower of Joy during childbirth.
- Jon Snow Son of Rhaegar and Lyanna. Born prince Aegon Targaryen and heir. Raised as the bastard son of his uncle Eddard Stark. Called as white wolf. Former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and presently the King in the North.
- Viserys Targaryen Youngest son of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen. Claim to be the King of the Andals and the First Men. Called as the “Beggar King”. Killed by his brother-in-law Khalid Drogo for threatening his wife and his unborn son Rhaego.
- Daenerys Targaryen Only daughter of Aerys II and Rhaella Targaryen. Called as the Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, the Unburnt. Now Lady of Dragonstone. Claim to be Queen of the Andals and the First Men. Khaleesi of the great Grass Sea. Queen of the Meereen.
- Aemon Serving as Maester at Castle Black. The uncle of Aerys II Targaryen. Upto 104 years he served as a member of the Night’s Watch and a Maester. Many decades ago he renounced his family ties, allegiance and claim to the Iron throne.
ancestors of house targaryen
- Aenar Lord of Dragonstone. Also former Dragonlord of the Valyrian Freehold.
- Daenys Daeny the dreamer, daughter of Aenar Targaryen. In a prophetic dream foresaw the Doom of Valyria.
- Aegon I “Aegon the conqueror”. King of the Iron Throne and founder of the seven Kingdoms. Succeeded by Aenys I and rider of Balerion.
- Visenya Sister wife of Aegon I. Wielder of Dark Sister and Rider of Vhagar.
- Maegor I Son of Aegon I and Visenya. “The Cruel”. Built the Red Keep. Succeeded by Jaehaerys I.
- Rhaenys Sister wife to Aegon I. Rider of Meraxes.
- Aenys I Son of Aegon I and Rhaenys. Succeeded by Maegor.
- Jaehaerys I Aenys’s son. “The Conciliator”.
- Viserys I Grandson of Jaehaerys and successor.
- Aegon II Son of Viserys I and successor.
- Rhaenyra Daughter of Viserys I. Styled Queen. Fed by Aegon II her brother to dragon.
- Aegon III Fourth son and successor of Aegon II. Called “The Dragonbane”.
- Daeron I Son of Aegon III and successor. “The young Dragon”.
- Baelor I Aegon III’s second son. The beloved and the blessed. Built the Great Sept of Baelor and Maidenvault. Succeeded by Viserys II.
- Daena Sister wife of Baelor, mistress of Aegon IV. “The Defiant”.
- Rhaena Second daughter of Aegon III.
- Elaena Third daughter of Aegon III.
- Viserys II Fifth son of Rhaenyra. After the death of Baelor I, he elevate to the Iron Throne. Succeeded by Aegon IV.
- Aegon IV Successor of Viserys II. “The Unworthy” son.
- Daemon Blackfyre Bastard son of Aegon IV.
- Aegon, Aemon and Daemon II Sons of Daemon Blackfyre.
- Aegon Rivers The “Bittersteel”. Bastard son of Aegon IV with a noble women of House Bracken.
- Brynden Rivers The “The Bloodraven”. Bastard son of Aegon IV with a noble woman of House Blackwood.
- Shiera Seastar Bastard daughter of Aegon IV with a noble woman of the free city of Lys.
- Aemon The “Dragonknight”. Son of Viserys II. Lord commander of the King’s Guard.
- Naerys Sister wife of Aegon IV.
- Daenerys Daughter of Aegon IV and Naerys. Married to Maron of House Martell.
- Daeron II The “Good Son” of Aegon IV and Naerys. Get Perished during The Great Spring Sickness.
- Myriah Wife to Daeron II of House Martell.
- Baelor Son of Daeron II and Myriah. Called as “Breakspeaker”. Gets killed by his brother Maekar aa. Both of them fought each other on opposite sides to the Trial by seven of Duncan the Tall.
- Aerys I Successor to Daeron II. Succeeded by his brother Maekar I.
- Aelinor Queen and their daughter, Aerys’s I sister wife.
- Rhaegel Son of Aerys I and Aelinor.
- Maekar I Son and successor of Aerys I.
- Dyanna Wife to Maekar I of House Dayne.
- Aerion Son of Maekar I and Dyanna. Called as “The Monstrous” and “Brightflame”. He killed himself drinking wildfire.
- Aegon V Son of Maekar I and Dyanna. Called as “Aegon the Unlikely”. Successor of Maekar. Perished in the Tragedy of Summerhall.
- Duncan First born son of Aegon V. Called as “The Prince of Dragonflies” and “The Stormborn”. Died with his fire.
- Daeron Their son. Prior to the Tragedy of Summerhall, he died fighting a group of bandits.
According to the books
In the novels of A Song of Ice and Fire, House Targaryen moves from Valyria to an island Dragonstone.
In the fear of the prophecy predicting the destruction of Valyria. This was happened many centuries ago and 12 years before the Doom of Valyria.
Both before and after House Targaryen are used to count among Dragonlords.
After their settlement, the Targaryens lived on Dragonstone for a century.
They stayed quite and debated among themselves whether to invade the Westeros or not. They also thought to seize the Free Cities and states of Valyria again.
But they assisted the Free Cities independence and started to invade the Westeros.
Westeros is ruled by House Targaryen for about 283 years. In these periods Targaryens survived all the Civil Wars substantially. And also with plague and foreign invaders.
House Targaryen gets break down when Mad King’s insanity became limitless or above head.
Other acceptance by house Targaryen
House Targaryen accepted some cultures, customs and traditions of Westeros.
But the marriage of brother and sister among the Targaryens is considered as a taboo in Westeros.
This taboo is continued throughout their reign in Westeros.
The brother – sister marriage traits of this house brings an abnormality in the breedings.
Abnormality like most of the Targaryens are considered to be Mad.
As Queen Cersei said to Tyrion Lannister
Half the Targaryens went mad, didn't they? What's the saying? "Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin"
During these 3 centuries, House Targaryen members appearance includes silver – white hair and purple irises.
The actors Viserys and Daenerys playing the cast are both dark hairs. They have to wear wigs.
The production team also decided that not to dye their eyebrows to get match. It also became tough for the TV series production to color their eyes purple. So they neglected it.
The TV series originally adopted the violet contact lenses for Viserys and Daenerys. The show creaters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discard the use of contact lenses.
They believe that the contact lenses disturbs the emotions of eyes in TV series and makes it difficult to film.
According to the pronunciation guides of TV series officials, “Targaryen” is pronounced as “Tar – GAIR – ee in“.
Military Strength of house Targaryen
The military strength of House Targaryen has increased rapidly over the past few years under the leadership of Daenerys Targaryen.
After the death of Khal Drogo (her husband), she commanded a few dozen men of Khalasar (less half of them were warriors and a single Knight Jorah Mormont).
Daenerys’s dragons also not very large and capable of fighting, during the time in Red Waste and Qarth. So the assistance from dragons were meaningless.
During the stay in the Astapor, Daenerys gets the army of Unsullied fully trained. All of them were eunuch and elite warriors who fights in a disciplined phalanx method.
She also got many hundreds of Unsullied going under training.
Just after sometime in Yunkai, Daenerys gets a very helpful assistance from Daario Naharis. He was working as a lieutenant in second sons.
When Daenerys was bargaining with the Second Sons captains. Dario sees that Daenerys’s army is quite very impressive and well advance.
But her army was lacking good cavalries, ships and equipped weapons.
That night, Daario Naharis makes himself as a captain by slaying the Second Sons.
He pledges Daenerys that he and his company will serve her in every situation.
With this the Second Sons army adds 2000 cavalry armored with the increasing Targaryen army.
During the rule of Daenerys in Meereen, Most of the Unsullied and the Second Sons gets assassinated by the Sons of Harpy. This move makes her army’s strength lite.
The huge loss for Daenerys was that, when she came to know that Ser Jorah once spied on her Robert Baratheon, so she banished him from her side. And on the other hand she loss Ser Barristan Selmy during the fight with the Sons of the Harpy.
In vaes dothrak
When Daenerys burned all the Dothraki Khals in Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys proves herself as Unburnt.
All the people watching her in the city bow down to her.
There she gets the greatest reward of 100,000 Dothraki’s loyalty.
Finally she gets a huge number to retake Westeros.
During these times, all the three dragons of Daenerys gets grown up. Specially the Drogon being the largest in size.
All of these dragons are large enough to ride by Daenerys, comfortly on their backs. They also obey her commands well.
Second seige of Meereen
All the three dragons of Daenerys were deployed at devastating effect, and Drogon was the only one to ride for her.
After breaking the Second Siege of Meereen, Daenerys gets the assistance of Theon and Yara Greyjoy by offering their ships for sail.
They made the deal in exchange for Yara’s claim to the Salt Throne. Daenerys agrees this pact, but with the condition that he Iroborn change their ways forever.
According to Jorah there are only few houses in Westeros who will be loyal to Targaryens, not many which Viserys believed.
But Yara’s Ironborn fleet gets destroyed by her uncle, Euron Greyjoy and Olenna’s Kingdom was sieged by Jaime Lannister. They knock out Tyrells out of war.
When Daenerys made the decision for saving Jon Snow and his companion Beyond the Wall, she loss one of her Dragon by Knight King.
He was able to kill her dragon Viserion, with his ice spear.
So now Danny is having only two dragons Drogon and Rhaegal.
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