ASOIAF Characters: Visenya Targaryen 

Visenya was the older of Aegon I’s sisters. During the War of Conquest, she rode the dragon, Vhagar, to battle. A passionate, temperamental woman, she was apt to dress as a warrior, with her hair in braided coils or bound in rings, and wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. Aegon’s eldest sister was a warrior more comfortable in ringmail than in silk. She was described as having a harsh beauty and was reputed to have dabbled in sorcery.

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ASOIAF CharactersRhaella Targaryen

Rhaella Targaryen was the sister, wife, and queen of King Aerys II Targaryen and the daughter of King Jaehaerys II Targaryen. Her grandfather was Aegon V Targaryen. Rhaella had three children, Prince Rhaegar, Prince Viserys, and Princess Daenerys. She died shortly after giving birth to the princess.

Ser Barristan Selmy claimed that in her youth Rhaella was in love with Ser Bonifer Hasty, who wore her favor and won a tournament where he named Rhaella queen of love and beauty. The pair had a passionate but ultimately doomed relationship, as Bonifer was of too low birth to be seriously considered as a suitor for a Targaryen princess. 

Later in her life, at the command of her father, King Jaehaerys II, Rhaella married her brother Aerys at some time before 259AL. Jaehaerys was influenced by a woods witch brought to court by Jenny of Oldstones, who prophesied that the prince that was promised would be born from their line. According to Barristan, there was no fondness between Aerys and Rhaella on the day of their wedding.

On the same day her grandfather and his eldest son perished in the Tragedy at Summerhall, Aerys became crown prince and Rhaella gave birth to their first child, Rhaegar.

In later years, as Aerys’s insanity began to set in, he grew sexually abusive toward Rhaella. He developed a sexual fetish for fire and death, only sleeping with Rhaella after he had executed someone by burning. The final time, just before the queen was sent to Dragonstone to escape the coming siege of King’s Landing by rebels during the War of the Usurper, Ser Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard recalls listening to Rhaella cry as the king raped her; when Jaime protested that the Kingsguard were sworn to defend the queen as well, Ser Jon Darry replied, “We are, but not from him”. In the morning, the queen’s maids reported seeing scratches, bruises and bite marks all over her body.

When the Sack of King’s Landing occurred two weeks later, Rhaella and Viserys became the last known surviving members of House Targaryen. Rhaella spent the duration of her pregnancy on Dragonstone, where she delivered her third child, Daenerys. She died shortly thereafter from the stress of giving birth.

ASOIAF Characters: Lyanna Stark

Lyanna Stark was the younger sister of Lord Eddard Stark and was betrothed to Ned’s childhood friend Robert Baratheon. Her abduction by Rhaegar Targaryen was the event that ultimately triggered Robert’s Rebellion and led to the downfall of the Targaryen Dynasty.

Lyanna is described by all who knew her as beautiful. Ned refers to her, like their brother Brandon, as “wolf-blooded” - headstrong, willful, courageous and hot-tempered. She is noted to have been an extremely skilled rider. Lyanna was very fond of the blue winter roses that grew at Winterfell.

Lyanna was only “sixteen” years-old at the time of her death. Her tomb lies in the crypts of Winterfell, beside that of Rickard Stark. At the other side of Rickard’s tomb stands the tomb of Brandon Stark. The three tombs stand together. A statue of Lyanna has been carved in the stone of her tomb.

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"It’s just a stupid sword," she said, aloud this time…
… but it wasn’t.
Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell’s grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile”

ASOIAF Characters: Daena Targaryen

Daena Targaryen also known as Daena the Defiant was the eldest daughter of King Aegon III the Dragonbane. She was the sister-wife of King Baelor I, the lover of King Aegon IV and mother to Daemon Blackfyre.

Daena was strong, beautiful, and willful. Like the rest of her siblings she had Valyrian looks, her long silver-gold hair was thick and curly, framing her heart-shaped face. Her eyes were purple. She was athletic, a fine archer, and an expert horsewoman. She worshiped her father and idolized her brother Daeron, the Young Dragon. 

At a early age, Daena was married to her brother Baelor, by her father, in the Targaryen tradition. Daena and Baelor’s marriage was an unhappy one, with her brother obsessed by the Faith of the Seven. Baelor refused to consummate their marriage and dissolved it when he ascended the Iron Throne, after Daena’s elder brother King Daeron I died in Dorne. After Baelor’s ascension, Daena and her sisters were confined to their own apartments in the Red Keep (later known as the Maidenvault), so the sight of them would not tempt Baelor or others in his court to mortal lusts.

During her time of confinement at the Maidenvault, Daena escaped several times and had an affair with her cousin Prince Aegon. When she became pregnant she refused to name the father and became known as “Daena the Defiant.”

ASOIAF Characters: Naerys Targaryen

Queen Naerys Targaryen was the sister-wife to Aegon IV the Unworthy, sister to Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and mother to Daeron II.

According to semi-canon sources, she almost died in the cradle and was sickly for most of her life. She was devout in her faith, and once Daeron was born she asked Aegon to release her from her vows so she could join the Faith but he refused her. She was unhappy in her marriage and it was said only her son Daeron or her brother Aemon could make her smile. Her brother Prince Aemon championed her against the slanders of Ser Morgil. Much later in her life she gave birth to a daughter Daenerys.

ASOIAF Characters: Rhaenyra Targaryen

Rhaenyra Targaryen was the first-born child of King Viserys I. Her claim to the Iron Throne was challenged by her younger half-brother Aegon II, sparking the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.

Pampered from an early age, Rhaenyra was very proud and stubborn, and there was a certain petulance to her small mouth.

Though Rhaenyra could be charming, she was quick to anger and never forgot a slight. During the Dance of the Dragons, she wore her father’s crown.

Rhaenyra was King Viserys I’s only living child by his first wife a Lady of House Arryn. She grew up expecting to become the first ruling Queen of Westeros.

When the second of her brothers died soon after being born, Viserys I himself began to treat Rhaenyra as his heir, keeping her by his side in court and at council meetings. Many of the nobles of the realm took note, so the young princess was surrounded by flatterers and favor-seekers all throughout her childhood. Her mother’s death and her father’s second marriage to Alicent Hightower did little to disturb her expectations, but when his new queen gave the king three healthy sons and a daughter in rapid succession, the seeds of the Dance of the Dragons were sown.

She wed a Velaryon who may have served her father as Hand of the King. They had three sons together who all had reached nearly adulthood when Rhaenyra’s father Viserys I died. Rhaenyra’s other sons, the future Aegon III and Viserys II were fathered by her second husband, her uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen, the most experienced warrior of his time. Her father’s intention that she should follow him on the Iron Throne was confirmed by proclamation and the will of Viserys I.

After the death of her father King Viserys I, his will stated that Princess Rhaenyra would succeed him. However, Ser Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, defied the King’s will and instead crowned Rhaenyra’s half-brother Aegon II, who was ten years younger. This brought about a Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, where dragonriders fought each other; during the war Rhaenyra rode her Dragon Syrax. Rhaenyra’s bid failed and her half-brother Aegon II had her fed to his own dragon. Her three sons she had with her Velaryon husband or her Strong lover all died fighting during the Dance of the Dragons. Her known surviving sons, Aegon III and Viserys II were fathered by her second husband, her uncle Prince Daemon Targaryen. The war ended when Aegon II died shortly after his victory in 131AL with no male issue, and was succeeded by Rhaenyra’s son, Aegon III.

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