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HOUSE TARGARYEN | the maidens in the tower: daena, rhaena, and elaena

Daena was wild almost from birth. She 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 lithe and athletic. She was an expert horsewoman and also a hunter and a fine archer with her short recurved bow. She had a a fearless “I’ll dare anything” smile. During her time of confinement at the Maidenvault, Daena escaped several times and had an affair with her cousin Prince Aegon, despite his marriage to his own sister-wife Naerys. When she became pregnant she refused to name the father and became known as “Daena the Defiant.” 

Rhaena was the second daughter of King Aegon III Targaryen and Queen Daenaera Velaryon. Two years younger than Daena, Rhaena was just as lovely as her sister, but hers was a softer, sweeter, more feminine beauty. Where Daena was wilful, wild, and adventurous, Rhaena was dutiful, meek, and passive. She loved lace and gold trim and often embroidered depictions of faith on her clothing. Rhaena, unlike her two sisters, never chaffed at her confinement. She was almost as pious as her brother Baelor, and eventually became a septa.

Elaena was not a great beauty like her sisters, and at age eleven was even described as a skinny little thing, though her beauty matured as she got older. She always wore her hair long, pulled back, and braided, and was always told that it was her crowning beauty. Elaena hated her imprisonment, so she cut off her braid and had it send to Baelor, hoping that, if she undid herself of her beauty, Baelor would allow her out of the Maidenvault. He didn’t. In her lifetime she married three times, twice at a king’s behest and once for passion, and gave birth to seven trueborn children. Although she had three husbands during her lifetime, the great love of her life was her cousin Alyn Velaryon, with whom she had two bastard children, Jon and Jeyne Waters.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | jaehaerys i and good queen alysanne 

Jaehaerys I, known as the Conciliator, the Wise or the Old King, was the fourth Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne, ruling from 48 AC to 103 AC. He was a dragonrider whose mount was Vermithor. He was the grandson of Aegon the Conqueror. Jaehaerys’ entire reign is remembered as the most prosperous period in the history of the Targaryen monarchy. His reign brought peace, stability and justice to the Seven Kingdoms. Jaehaerys is possibly the best king that Westeros ever saw and is regarded as such by many historians and laymen.

Queen Alysanne Targaryen, known as Good Queen Alysanne, was the queen consort of her brother, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen. Alysanne was a dragonrider whose mount was Silverwing. As a Queen, Alysanne was well loved by the people in the Seven Kingdoms. She had great influence over Jaehaerys, as she was his most trusted counselor. Alysanne and Jaehaerys had thirteen children, though only nine lived until adulthood. Her youngest daughter, Princess Gael, was also her favorite. When Gael killed herself in 99 AC, Alysanne, in her grief, died within a year.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | aemma arryn and alicent hightower 

Lady Aemma Arryn was the queen consort and first wife of King Viserys I Targaryen, and a granddaughter of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and his sister-wife, Queen Alysanne Targaryen. She became pregnant multiple times in the early years of her marriage. She suffered multiple miscarriages, and gave birth to a son who eventually died in the cradle. In 97 AC, Aemma gave birth to a healthy daughter, Princess Rhaenyra. She died giving birth to a son, Prince Baelon Targaryen, who died a day later.

Alicent Hightower was the second wife to King Viserys I Targaryen, and a member of House Hightower. After Viserys’ first wife Aemma Arryn passed, she became his second wife. Originally, Queen Alicent had a good relationship with her stepdaughter, Princess Rhaenyra. But when Alicent gave birth to a son, Prince Aegon, a daughter, Princess Helaena, and another son, Prince Aemond, in rapid succession, and Rhaenyra remained Viserys’ heir, those feelings started to change. Both women wanted to be the first lady of the realm, but there could only be one.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | Rhaena and Baela Targaryen; aka the Twins of Pentos 

Rhaena Targaryen, daughter of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon. Rhaena and Baela each had a dragon egg. Rhaena’s hatchling was unhealthy and died within hours of emerging from the egg. An egg from another clutch, laid by Syrax, was given to Rhaena, and it was said that she slept with it every night and prayed for a dragon to match her sister’s. During the Dance of the Dragons, Rhaena was chosen to accompany Prince Joffrey Velaryon to Gulltown for their protection, although they were told it was to defend the Vale of Arryn against King Aegon II Targaryen’s dragons. Rhaena brought three dragon eggs with her to the Vale and eventually she bonded with the dragon Morning, towards the end of the Dance.

Baela Targaryen, twin sister to Rhaena Targaryen. During the Dance of the Dragons, as Dragonstone fell to King Aegon II Targaryen, Baela was able to escape from her bedchambers as the door was being smashed down. She managed to reach Moondancer and as Aegon II flew Sunfyre and made his descent, Baela rose up on Moondancer to meet him. The dragons fought, eventually slamming into the ground still fighting. Aegon jumped from the saddle twenty feet from the ground but Lady Baela stayed with Moondancer all the way down. Burned and battered she still found the strength to undo her saddle chains and crawl away from her dragon as Moondancer coiled into her death throes. Ser Alfred Broome drew his sword to slay Baela, but Ser Marston Waters wrenched the blade from his hand. Tom Tangletongue carried her to Maester Hunnimore.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | aenys i and alyssa velaryon

Aenys I was the second Targaryen king to sit the Iron Throne. He was the son of King Aegon I Targaryen by his sister-wife Queen Rhaenys Targaryen. His younger half-brother was Maegor I Targaryen. Aenys was a dreamer and a dabbler in alchemy;[3] he loved court life just as Rhaenys had, and he was a great patron of the arts. But Aenys hungered too much for approval, and hesitated over decisions for fear of disappointing one side or another. Aenys died in 42 AC, after only ruling for five years, at the age of thirty-five. The circumstances of Aenys’s death are under much speculation. Some say he died from stress, others that he was killed by Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen so she could place her son Maegor on the Iron Throne. 

Alyssa was the daughter of the master of ships, Lord Aethon Velaryon, and the granddaughter of King Aegon I’s master of ships, Lord Daemon Velaryon. She married her cousin, Prince Aenys Targaryen in 22 AC. She gave birth to six children during this marriage: Rhaena, Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys, Alysanne and Vaella Targaryen. Alyssa outlived her husband, and became a hostage to her good-brother, King Maegor I Targaryen, when he took the throne. Alyssa remained a captive on Dragonstone until the death of Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen, the chaos of which gave her an oppertunity to escape with Jaehaerys and Alysanne, her two youngest still living children. She took the Valyrian sword Dark Sister with her.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN  |  the brides of Maegor the Cruel

Ceryse Hightower
Ceryse’s uncle, the High Septon, became livid when Visenya Targaryen suggested that her son Maegor wed Rhaena Targaryen. To please the Faith of the Seven, King Aenys I Targaryen refused the betrothal and instead wed Maegor to Lady Ceryse in 25 AC. Their marriage failed to produce any children and Maegor eventually took further brides. Ceryse died in 45 AC of a sudden illness, though it was rumored she was killed at Maegor the Cruel’s command.

Alys Harroway
Alys secretly married Maegor in 39 AC. Her father, Lord Lucas Harroway, served as Maegor’s Hand of the King. She became Queen after Maegor brought her back from Pentos, and was the first woman to become pregnant by the king. After having given birth to a deformed baby in 44 AC - Queen Tyanna convinced Maegor that it was due to Alys having secret affairs -  Maegor had Alys, her father, her bed maids, Grand Maestar Desmond who assisted with the birth, and every member of House Harroway executed.

Tyanna of the Tower
During his three years in exile, Maegor met Tyanna, who would become the most feared of all his wives. She married Maegor in 42 AC, but this marriage was just as barren as the previous two marriages were. Tyanna served as mistress of whisperers on her husband’s small council. When Queen Alys gave birth to a monstrosity in 48 AC, Queen Tyanna convinced Maegor that it was due to Alys having secret affairs. Tyanna eventually confessed her responsibility for the abominations that were born of Maegor’s seed, claiming she had poisoned his other brides. She was killed by Maegor’s own hand.

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HOUSE TARGARYEN | aegon the unworthy’s mistresses [1/3] falena stokeworth, merry meg, and cassella vaith

Lady Falena Stokeworth was Aegon’s first mistress. In 149 AC, she took the virginity of the fourteen-year-old prince. Their affair continued, until a Kingsguard knight found them together in bed in 151 AC. Prince Viserys then decided to mary Falena off to his master-at-arms, Lord Lucas Lothston, and convinced King Baelor I to name Lothston as the new Lord of Harrenhal, thereby removing Falena from court. Prince Aegon, however, continued to frequently visit Harrenhal for two more years, and it has been suggested that even after that, his visits to Falena continued.

Megette, also known as Merry Meg, was found by Prince Aegon in 155 AC, when he was in need of a smith. Megette was married to the smith, and seven gold dragons and a threat of Ser Joffrey Staunton of the Kingsguard “persuaded” the man to let Aegon “buy” his wife. Megette was placed in a mansion in King’s Landing, and “wed” Aegon in a secret ceremony by a mummer playing a septon.Megette birthed Aegon four daughters in four years time. Prince Viserys returned Megette to her husband after four years in 158 AC, who beat her to death within a year.

Lady Cassella Vaith was one of the hostages King Daeron I Targaryen had accepted at the Submission of Sunspear. It was Prince Aegon who escorted the hostages back to King’s Landing. Eventually, the Dornishmen revolted, and killed Daeron, leading to Prince Viserys demanding Cassella returned to the other hostages, as he planned to execute them. Prince Aegon, who by then had grown bored of her, did not resist. Casella was returned to Dorne by the new king, Baelor I Targaryen, and would live a long life, consumed by the belief that she had been Aegon’s one and true love, and that he would soon send for her.