The Blacks half of Enife’s amazing The Princess and the Queen artwork.

Addam Velaryon, Ulf the White, Hugh Hammer, Nettles, Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenys Targaryen, Corlys Velaryon, Rhaena & Baela Targaryen, Viserys II Targaryen, Aegon III Targaryen, Joffrey Velaryon, Lucerys Velaryon, Jacaerys Velaryon, and Rhaenyra Targaryen herself. (The Greens x)

ravenrcnan  asked:

Hi! I just went through your R+L=J tag and I may have missed it, but in case you didn't answer this yet; I recently told a friend of mine about R+L=J (because I love it) and she said she didn't believe it because Jon doesn't look like a Targ, which Aegon and Rhaenys both did, even though they're not from a Targ/Targ relationship. I was wondering what your thoughts are on this? Thanks!

I’m afraid your friend is incorrect about Rhaenys.

Q: Do you have any idea what Rhaenys and Aegon looked like? (Hair color, eye color, etc.)

A: Rhaenys looked more like a Martell, Aegon more a Targaryen.

GRRM, August 26, 2000

Note also that when Rhaenys was presented at court, “Queen Rhaella embraced the babe warmly, but King Aerys refused to touch or hold the child and complained that she “smells Dornish.””

More examples of Targaryen/other relationships where the child took after the non-Targaryen parent:

(art by Douglas Wheatley for The World of Ice and Fire)

Jacaerys, Joffrey, and Lucerys Velaryon, the children of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen’s first marriage to Laenor Velaryon. While Laenor was a Velaryon and thus of Valyrian heritage and appearance like the Targaryens, he was also well-known to prefer men; the father of Rhaenyra’s sons was almost certainly her protector Ser Harwin “Breakbones” Strong. All three boys had brown hair and eyes, and pug noses, like Strong and unlike their mother or nominal father. But note all three boys were also dragonriders, so a non-Targaryen parent does not prevent that connection.

(art by Marc Simonetti for The World of Ice and Fire)

Aegor Rivers, “Bittersteel”, the bastard son of King Aegon IV (“the Unworthy”) and his mistress Barba Bracken. Per GRRM, “Since his mother was not a Targ, he does not have the coloring. He has the purple eyes, but his hair is black.” (I could also mention another of Aegon IV’s bastards, Brynden “Bloodraven” Rivers, but since he was albino and thus looked like neither of his parents, he’s not really relevant to your question. Also Aegon IV’s three bastards by Bellegere Otherys, “the Black Pearl”, were mixed-race and almost certainly looked more like their mother.)

(art by Mike S. Miller, for the Hedge Knight graphic novel)

Baelor “Breakspear” Targaryen, son of Daeron II and the Dornish princess Mariah Martell. The Prince of Dragonstone and Hand of the King was an honorable and just man, but “too many men looked upon Baelor’s dark hair and eyes and muttered that he was more Martell than Targaryen”. Baelor’s son Valaar also had brown hair like his father, albeit with a silver-gold streak. Also, Daeron’s grandson and namesake, Maekar’s son prince Daeron (aka “the Dreamer” or “the Drunken”) had “common hair” and could pass for non-Targaryen.

(art by Karla Ortiz for The World of Ice and Fire)

King Aegon V (“the Unlikely”) married Betha Blackwood, “known as Black Betha for her dark eyes and raven hair.” The picture above shows Aegon with his and Betha’s three sons, Duncan, Jaehaerys, and Daeron. As you can see, Duncan clearly has his mother’s coloring, Daeron’s hair is a darker silver than usual for a Targaryen, and only Jaehaerys has a fully Targaryen appearance. (Note that Jaehaerys was Rhaegar, Viserys, and Dany’s grandfather.)

Anyway, these are my thoughts: Targaryen coloring is obviously not always dominant in Targaryen/non-Targaryen relationships in both the past and within recent history. Jon Snow looks like his mother Lyanna, with the dark hair and grey eyes of the Starks. Hope that helps!

The World of Ice and Fire - The deaths of Prince Lucerys and his dragon, Arrax.

Prince Aemond , upon Vhagar , chased down the fleeing Lucerys and his young dragon Arrax. The prince and his dragon— hampered by the storm raging outside the castle walls— both died within sight of Storm’s End, plummeting into the sea.

Artist: Chase Stone

Friendly reminder that not all Targaryens have the Valyrian look

I’ve seen one too many times that Jon Snow (who has the dark brown hair and dark grey eyes of house Stark) can’t be a Targaryen because he doesn’t have silver hair and purple eyes, so I decided to make a list of all the other Targaryens that don’t have the Valyrian look.

Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, were the sons of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon. It was whispered that they are the bastard sons of Harwin Strong, but he is never described and they might actually take after their Arryn ancestors.  

Born in the waning days of 114 AC, the boy was a large, strapping lad, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a pug nose (Ser Laenor had the aquiline nose, silver-white hair, and purple eyes that bespoke his Valyrian blood). Laenor’s wish to name the child Joffrey was overruled by his father, Lord Corlys. Instead the child was given a traditional Velaryon name: Jacaerys (friends and brothers would call him Jace).

Princess Rhaenyra had given birth to a second son late in the year 115 AC. The child was named Lucerys (Luke for short) (…) Like his brother Jace, Luke had brown eyes and a healthy head of brown hair, rather than the silver-gilt hair of Targaryen princelings.

In 117 AC, on Dragonstone, Princess Rhaenyra bore yet another son. (…) Joffrey Velaryon was as big and red-faced and healthy as his brothers, but like them he had brown hair, brown eyes, and features that some at court called common.

(The Rogue Prince)

Aegor Rivers (Bittersteel) was the son of Aegon IV and Barbra Bracken.

Bittersteel was also a warrior, and looked the part. He was only half Tagaryen, so he got the purple eyes, but his hair was black.


Brynden Rivers (Bloodraven), the son of  Aegon IV and Melissa Blackwood, didn’t look like his father, but his looks are due to albinism.

Brynden Rivers is an albino, with milk white skin and white hair, worn long. His eye is red – the one he still has, the right.


Shiera Seastar was the daughter of Aegon IV and Serenei of Lys.

Shiera was born with one dark blue eye and one bright green one, but the singers said that this flaw only accentuated her loveliness. She was the greatest beauty of her age, a slender and elegant woman, slim of waist and full of breast. She had the silver-gold hair of the Targaryens, thick and curling, and wore it very long.


Baelor “Breakspear” Targaryen was the son of Daeron II and Myriah Martell. He has dark hair like his mother and in the graphic novel his eyes are also dark.

His short-cropped hair was dark and peppered with grey, his strong jaw clean-shaven. His nose looked as though it had been broken more than once.

(The Hedge Knight)

Valarr Targaryen, Baelor’s son has brown hair, and in the graphic novel his eyes are blue.

Valarr’s hair was brown, but a bright streak of silver-gold ran through it.

(The Hedge Knight)

Daeron Targaryen, called Daeron the Drunken. Maekar’s son has sandy brown hair, but in the graphic novel he is painted with purple eyes.

His face had a sallow, unhealthy cast to it beneath a rat’s nest of sandy brown hair, and blond stubble crusted his chin.

(The Hedge Knight)

Rhaenys Targaryen, the daughter of Elia Martell and Rhaegar Targaryen, also takes after her mother.

Rhaenys looked more like a Martell, Aegon more a Targaryen.


Even Elaena Targaryen, the daughter of Aegon III and Daenaera Velaryon, seems to have an atypical look.

Her eyes were a soft lilac, her mouth thin-lipped and often angry. Her hair was a platinum white with a bright golden streak down the middle, an unusual color even for the Targaryens.


This list will probably grow longer once the WoIaF comes out.

The Pact of Ice and Fire

We have earlier discussed House Stark’s role in the Dance of the Dragons.  Let it be added that Lord Cregan Stark reaped many rewards for his loyal support of King Aegon III…even if it was not a royal princess marrying into his family, as had been agreed in the Pact of Ice and Fire made when the doomed prince Jacaerys Velaryon had flown to Winterfell upon his dragon.

- Maester Yandel, The World of Ice and Fire, Page 141.

The details of this marriage alliance are hinted at in two places in The World of Ice and Fire, though there is no explicit indication of why it wasn’t fulfilled.  I have a theory about its formation and dissolution (at least in respect of the marriage), as well as how the existence of this pact may point to another of GRRM’s narrative ironies, this time concerning the desire to honour betrothals (often a fateful one, as Robb Stark could tell you) and the fate of poor Prince Lucerys Velaryon.

Keep reading

Aemond targaryen by DarklyGreen

Aemond Targaryen attempted to claim the late Laena’s dragon, Vhagar, for himself. Pushes and shoves were followed by fists after Aemond mocked Rhaenyra’s boys as the “Strongs"—until young Prince Lucerys took a knife and plunged it into Aemond’s eye. Afterward, Aemond was known as Aemond One-eye—though he did manage to win Vhagar. (He had opportunity to avenge the loss of his eye in the years to come, though the realm would bleed because of it.)


→ The half year queen, a Rhaenyra Targaryen fanmix (mostly instrumental)

Part I
I. Dracarys ….Ramin Djawadi II. Sanctuary….James Newton Howard (Dragonstone) III. Chosen… James Newton Howard (Stillborn) IV. Hero’s…. X ray Dog (Lucerys’ death) V. Starfall…. Two Steps from Hell (Taking King’s Landing) VI. The only one….Evanescence (Aegon II) VII. Kyrie II….Death note OST (The Iron Throne) VIII.Mhysa….Ramin Djawadi (dragonriders) IX. A queen’s loneliness….Trevor Morris

Part II

X. Big Sky….Two Steps from hell (Syrax) XI. Sub Lift….Henry Jackman (Prince Daemon’s end) XII. Statues….Alexander Desplat (The delight of the realm) XIII.The houses of healing….Howard Shore. XIV. Lupercalia….Faun XV. Dark Paradise….Lana Del Rey (loss) XVI. Storm….Craig Armstrong (The storming of King’s Landing) XVII.Let us burn….Within Temptation (Sunfyre’s breath) XVIII. Boadicea….Enya (Rhaenyra’s theme)

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Myrish lace Lady Mysaria would have worn, Bibi Bachtadze

Mysaria was a dancer from Lys, she was taken as a lover by Prince Daemon Targaryen in King’s Landing, and she quickly became his favorite. Mysaria became pregnant with Daemon’s child while living at Dragonstone. Daemon gave her a dragon egg for the child, which angered King Viserys I Targaryen. The king ordered Daemon to return the egg and send Mysaria back to Lys. On her return to Lys, she lost the child during a storm on the narrow sea.

During the Dance of the Dragons civil war, Mysaria became Daemon’s mistress of whisperers and was involved in the assassination of Prince Jaehaerys, a son of King Aegon II Targaryen, when Prince Daemon desired revenge for the death of his stepson Prince Lucerys Velaryon. She was Daemon’s go-between, a “pale stranger” whom he trusted, who hired the assassins, Blood and Cheese.

Other Lyseni prostitutes and her rivals dubbed her Misery, the White Worm, because of her very pale appearance and her reputation