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| Motto='''"Fire and Blood"'''
 
| Motto='''"Fire and Blood"'''
 
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| Seat=<br>[[Dragonstone]] (former)<br />[[King's Landing]] (former)
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| Seat=[[Meereen]]<br>[[Dragonstone]] (former)<br />[[King's Landing]] (former)
| Region=Currently in exile <br />(formerly [[the Crownlands]])
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| Region=[[Slaver's Bay]] <br />(formerly [[the Crownlands]])
 
| Lord=Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
 
| Lord=Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
 
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| Weapon=Blackfyre (lost)<br>[[Dark Sister]] (lost)
 
| Weapon=Blackfyre (lost)<br>[[Dark Sister]] (lost)
|Military = 3 [[dragons]],<br>under 100 Dothraki cavalry,<br> 8,000 Unsullied (heavy infantry),<br> 2,000 Second Sons (armored mercenary cavalry)}}
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|Military = 3 [[dragons]],<br>under 100 [[Dothraki]] cavalry,<br> 8,000 [[Unsullied]] (heavy infantry),<br> 2,000 Second Sons (armored mercenary cavalry)}} {{Quote|Half the Targaryens went mad didn't they? What's the saying? 'Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.'|Cersei Lannister|A Man Without Honor}} [[Image:House Targaryen banner.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The banner of House Targaryen of [[Dragonstone]], the former royal house of [[Westeros]], now in exile.]] [[Image:House Targaryen banner.png|right|200px|thumb|The banner of House Targaryen on a flag. A common error, even in [[Westeros]], is to depict the Targaryen dragon with six limbs rather than four.]]
{{Quote|Half the Targaryens went mad didn't they? What's the saying? Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.|Cersei Lannister|A Man Without Honor}}
 
[[Image:House Targaryen banner.jpg|thumb|right|200px|The banner of House Targaryen of [[Dragonstone]], the former royal house of [[Westeros]], now in exile.]]
 
[[Image:House Targaryen banner.png|right|200px|thumb|The banner of House Targaryen on a flag. A common error, even in [[Westeros]], is to depict the Targaryen dragon with six limbs rather than four.]]
 
[[Image:Daenerys and Viserys.jpg|right|300px|thumb|The surviving scions of House Targaryen, [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], in [[Pentos]].]]
 
   
'''House Targaryen''' is one of the former [[Great Houses]] of [[Westeros]] and the previous ruling royal house of the Seven Kingdoms, before [[House Baratheon]] took the [[Iron Throne]], and the few surviving Targaryens fled into exile. House Targaryen's symbol is a three-headed red dragon on a black background and their motto is '''"Fire and Blood"'''.
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'''House Targaryen''' is one of the former [[Great Houses]] of [[Westeros]] and was the ruling royal house of the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries before [[House Baratheon]] took the [[Iron Throne]]. The few surviving Targaryens fled into exile. House Targaryen's symbol is a three-headed red dragon on a black background and their motto is '''"Fire and Blood"'''.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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Once a noble family of the vast [[Valyrian]] Freehold, an empire spanning most of the eastern continent, the Targaryens were given control of the island of [[Dragonstone]] in the [[Narrow Sea]] some centuries ago. After the obliteration of Valyria in the Doom, the Targaryens launched a devastating invasion of Westeros using three [[dragons]] to spearhead their attack. In a short period of time, six of the seven formerly independent kingdoms had surrendered to the Targaryen leader, King [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon I]], unifying the continent under his rule. The last hold-out, [[Dorne]], joined the kingdom through a political and marriage alliance some two centuries later.<ref name="Viewers Guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/targaryen/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Targaryen entry]</ref>
 
Once a noble family of the vast [[Valyrian]] Freehold, an empire spanning most of the eastern continent, the Targaryens were given control of the island of [[Dragonstone]] in the [[Narrow Sea]] some centuries ago. After the obliteration of Valyria in the Doom, the Targaryens launched a devastating invasion of Westeros using three [[dragons]] to spearhead their attack. In a short period of time, six of the seven formerly independent kingdoms had surrendered to the Targaryen leader, King [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon I]], unifying the continent under his rule. The last hold-out, [[Dorne]], joined the kingdom through a political and marriage alliance some two centuries later.<ref name="Viewers Guide">[http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/season2/#!/guide/houses/targaryen/ HBO viewers guide, season 2 guide to houses, House Targaryen entry]</ref>
   
During the increasingly erratic reign of King [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], his son [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] kidnapped [[Lyanna Stark]] of [[Winterfell]] for unknown reasons. This sparked a [[Robert's Rebellion|massive uprising]] led by [[Eddard Stark]], [[Robert Baratheon]] and [[Jon Arryn]]. At the end of this war Aerys and Rhaegar were dead and the Targaryen power-base in Westeros destroyed. Aerys's youngest children, [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], were taken by Targaryen loyalists into exile in the [[Free Cities]] of the East.<ref name="Viewers Guide"/>
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During the increasingly erratic reign of King [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], his son [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] kidnapped [[Lyanna Stark]] of [[Winterfell]] for unknown reasons. This sparked a [[Robert's Rebellion|massive uprising]] led by [[Eddard Stark]], [[Robert Baratheon]] and [[Jon Arryn]]. At the end of this war Aerys and Rhaegar were dead and the Targaryen power-base in Westeros destroyed. Aerys's youngest children, [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], were taken by Targaryen loyalists into exile in the [[Free Cities]] of the East.<ref name="Viewers Guide" />
   
Targaryens have some common genetic traits such as silver-white hair. Some members of the family are also immune to the effects of fire, extreme heat, or high temperatures.
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Generations of compound inbreeding have preserved in the Targaryen bloodline the classic Valyrian features of silver-white (platinum blonde) hair, and very fair, pale skin. Allegedly, this also preserved in their bloodline the ability to successfully bond with and ride dragons. They also seem to be somewhat more tolerant of extreme heat and high temperatures than other people, though they are by no means invulnerable to fire – or at least, not all of them.
   
 
===[[Season 1]]===
 
===[[Season 1]]===
[[Viserys Targaryen]] arranges for the marriage of his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] to the powerful [[dothraki]] [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] in exchange for a promise that Drogo will help him to reclaim his crown. The marriage was brokered by [[Illyrio Mopatis]], a magister of [[Pentos]]. Illyrio gives Daenerys a trio of ancient dragon eggs as a gift.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref> Daenerys comes to love both Drogo and his people while Viserys is increasingly frustrated by Drogo's failure to deliver on his promise.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> Daenerys becomes pregnant with Drogo's son and he is prophesied to be the "Stallion that mounts the world." Frustrated by the acceptance of Daenerys by the dothraki Viserys drunkenly threatens her unborn child and demands his crown. Drogo kills him by pouring molten gold over his head.<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
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[[Viserys Targaryen]] arranges for the marriage of his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] to the powerful [[dothraki]] [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] in exchange for a promise that Drogo will help him to reclaim his crown. The marriage was brokered by [[Illyrio Mopatis]], a magister of [[Pentos]]. Illyrio gives Daenerys a trio of ancient dragon eggs as a gift.<ref>"[[Winter is Coming (episode)|Winter is Coming]]"</ref> Daenerys comes to love both Drogo and his people while Viserys is increasingly frustrated by Drogo's failure to deliver on his promise.<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> Daenerys becomes pregnant with Drogo's son and he is prophesied to be the "Stallion that mounts the world." Frustrated by the acceptance of Daenerys by the dothraki, Viserys drunkenly threatens her unborn child and demands his crown. Drogo kills him by pouring molten gold over his head.<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
   
Drogo then pledges to invade [[Westeros]] for Daenerys when she survives an assassination attempt.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref> He raids villages of the [[Lhazareen]] to enslave their inhabitants, intending to use them to barter passage across the [[Narrow Sea]]. He takes a superficial wound during the attack.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref> When the wound festers Daenerys turns to the captive [[Mirri Maz Duur]] to treat him. Duur's reputation as a "maegi" causes friction between Daenerys and Drogo's warriors. Daenerys allows Duur to use [[blood magic]] to treat him. Drogo's bloodrider [[Qotho]] violently objects, injuring Daenerys and triggering premature labour.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref> Duur's spell leaves Drogo catatonic and Daenerys's son stillborn. His khalasar splinters leaving Daenerys with only dozens of riders remaining. Daenerys kills Drogo to end his suffering. She then has Duur burned alive on his funeral pyre, also placing her dragon eggs among the flames. She steps into the inferno and emerges the next day unharmed with three newborn dragons.<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
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Drogo then pledges to invade [[Westeros]] for Daenerys when she survives an assassination attempt.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref> He raids villages of the [[Lhazareen]] to enslave their inhabitants, intending to use them to barter passage across the [[Narrow Sea]]. He takes a superficial wound when he is challenged by [[Mago]] for apparently taking orders from a woman, namely Daenerys, who wants to spare the female slaves from being raped by the dothraki.<ref>"[[The Pointy End]]"</ref> When the wound festers Daenerys turns to the captive [[Mirri Maz Duur]] to treat him. Duur's reputation as a "maegi" causes friction between Daenerys and Drogo's warriors. Daenerys allows Duur to use [[blood magic]] to treat him. Drogo's bloodrider [[Qotho]] violently objects, injuring Daenerys and triggering premature labor.<ref>"[[Baelor]]"</ref> Duur's spell leaves Drogo catatonic and Daenerys's son stillborn. His khalasar splinters leaving Daenerys with only dozens of riders remaining. Daenerys kills Drogo to end his suffering. She then has Duur burned alive on his funeral pyre, also placing her dragon eggs among the flames. Duur dies in agony in the fire, her screaming filling the night air. Daenerys then steps into the fire, but is unharmed and holds the dragon hatchlings in her hands the next morning<ref>"[[Fire and Blood]]"</ref>
   
 
===[[Season 2]]===
 
===[[Season 2]]===
 
Daenerys's adviser Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] warns that rival khals will target her and advises that she flee into the [[Red Waste]].<ref>"[[The North Remembers]]"</ref> Her crossing is harrowing and she loses the majority of her horses and some of her people.<ref>"[[The Night Lands]]"</ref> Upon arriving in [[Qarth]] she is allowed into the city under the protection of wealthy merchant [[Xaro Xhoan Daxos]].<ref>"[[Garden of Bones]]"</ref> Xaro makes a pragmatic marriage proposal, promising to fund Daenerys return to Westeros in exchange for becoming a king. Jorah counsels against entering Xaro's debt and reveals his own, unrequited, feelings for Daenerys.<ref>"[[The Ghost of Harrenhal]]"</ref>
 
Daenerys's adviser Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] warns that rival khals will target her and advises that she flee into the [[Red Waste]].<ref>"[[The North Remembers]]"</ref> Her crossing is harrowing and she loses the majority of her horses and some of her people.<ref>"[[The Night Lands]]"</ref> Upon arriving in [[Qarth]] she is allowed into the city under the protection of wealthy merchant [[Xaro Xhoan Daxos]].<ref>"[[Garden of Bones]]"</ref> Xaro makes a pragmatic marriage proposal, promising to fund Daenerys return to Westeros in exchange for becoming a king. Jorah counsels against entering Xaro's debt and reveals his own, unrequited, feelings for Daenerys.<ref>"[[The Ghost of Harrenhal]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 3]]===
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Having seized as much of Xaro's wealth as she and the remnants of her ''khalasar'' could carry, Daenerys and her retainers flee Qarth by ship. Daenerys reluctantly takes Jorah's advice to make for [[Astapor]], a city in [[Slaver's Bay]] known for its warrior-slaves. Jorah feels that using their wealth to purchase an army is her best course of action. Shortly after their arrival, Daenerys is nearly assassinated by one of the remaining [[Warlocks]], but is rescued by Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], who has tracked her down to pledge fealty to House Targaryen once again.
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House Targaryen's fortunes take a dramatic turn when Daenerys double-crosses the Good Masters of Astapor, seizing their elite Unsullied and slaughtering the slaveowning elite. Daenerys thus becomes the first Targaryen in generations to march at the head of her own conquering army.<ref>"[[And Now His Watch is Ended]]"</ref>
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Daenerys turns her attention to Yunkai, where she manages to win over the [[Second Sons (mercenary company)|Second Sons]] and liberate that city from the Wise Masters.<ref>"[[Second Sons (episode)|Second Sons]]"</ref><ref>"[[The Rains of Castamere (episode)|The Rains of Castamere]]"</ref>
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===[[Season 4]]===
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The now-sizeable Targaryen army moves on the largest slaver city, Meereen. The city is taken with the aid of a slave revolt organized by the Unsullied, with its navy being commandeered by the Second Sons a few days later. Upon learning how poorly Astapor and Yunkai have faired since she left, Daenerys decides to remain in Meereen and rule as queen until the slaves are truly free and she has enough force to take all of Westeros.<ref>"[[First of His Name]]"</ref>
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
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* His sister-wife Queen {[[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]]}, also of House Targaryen, died in childbirth.
 
* His sister-wife Queen {[[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]]}, also of House Targaryen, died in childbirth.
 
** Their oldest son and heir, Prince {[[Rhaegar Targaryen]]}, slain by [[Robert Baratheon]] at the [[Battle of the Trident]].
 
** Their oldest son and heir, Prince {[[Rhaegar Targaryen]]}, slain by [[Robert Baratheon]] at the [[Battle of the Trident]].
** Prince Rhaegar's wife, Princess {[[Elia Targaryen|Elia]]} of [[House Martell]], slain during the [[Sack of King's Landing]] by Lannister bannermen.
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*** Prince Rhaegar's wife, Princess {[[Elia Targaryen|Elia]]} of [[House Martell]], slain during the [[Sack of King's Landing]] by Ser Gregor Clegane.
*** Prince Rhaegar's daughter, Princess {[[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]]}, slain during the Sack of King's Landing.
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**** Prince Rhaegar's daughter, Princess {[[Rhaenys Targaryen|Rhaenys]]}, slain during the Sack of King's Landing.
*** Prince Rhaegar's son and heir, Prince {[[Aegon Targaryen (Son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]}, slain during the Sack of King's Landing.
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**** Prince Rhaegar's son and heir, Prince {[[Aegon Targaryen (Son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]}, slain during the Sack of King's Landing.
 
** Aerys and Rhaella's second son, Prince {[[Viserys Targaryen]]}, called "the Beggar King", in exile in the [[Free Cities]]. Killed by [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] for threatening his wife and unborn son [[Rhaego]].
 
** Aerys and Rhaella's second son, Prince {[[Viserys Targaryen]]}, called "the Beggar King", in exile in the [[Free Cities]]. Killed by [[Khal]] [[Drogo]] for threatening his wife and unborn son [[Rhaego]].
** Aerys and Rhaella's daughter, Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen]], in exile in the Free Cities. Widow of Khal Drogo.
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** Aerys and Rhaella's daughter, Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen]], in exile in the Free Cities. Widow of Khal Drogo. Called "Mother of Dragons" and "Breaker of Chains". Currently ruling as Queen in [[Meereen]].
 
***Daenerys and Drogo's son {[[Rhaego]]}. Stillborn.
 
***Daenerys and Drogo's son {[[Rhaego]]}. Stillborn.
 
* [[Aemon|Aemon Targaryen]], known popularly as "Maester Aemon", the uncle of Aerys II Targaryen, a [[maester]] serving at [[Castle Black]]. Still alive, despite being almost a hundred years old. As a member of the [[Night's Watch]] and the order of Maesters, Aemon renounced his family ties and allegiances and his claim to the Iron Throne decades ago.
 
* [[Aemon|Aemon Targaryen]], known popularly as "Maester Aemon", the uncle of Aerys II Targaryen, a [[maester]] serving at [[Castle Black]]. Still alive, despite being almost a hundred years old. As a member of the [[Night's Watch]] and the order of Maesters, Aemon renounced his family ties and allegiances and his claim to the Iron Throne decades ago.
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===Ancestors===
 
===Ancestors===
* King [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon I]], "Aegon the Conqueror", founder of the Targaryen dynasty and the Iron Throne. Rider of [[Balerion]]. Succeeded by Maegor I.
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* King [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon I]], "Aegon the Conqueror", founder of the Targaryen dynasty and the Iron Throne. Rider of [[Balerion]]. Succeeded by Aenys I.
 
* Queen [[Visenya Targaryen|Visenya]], sister-wife to Aegon I. Rider of [[Vhagar]] and wielder of [[Dark Sister]].
 
* Queen [[Visenya Targaryen|Visenya]], sister-wife to Aegon I. Rider of [[Vhagar]] and wielder of [[Dark Sister]].
** King [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor I]], "the Cruel", their son. Built the [[Red Keep]].
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** King [[Maegor I Targaryen|Maegor I]], "the Cruel", their son. Built the [[Red Keep]]. Succeeded by Jaehaerys I.
 
* Queen [[Rhaenys Targaryen (sister of Aegon I)|Rhaenys]], sister-wife to Aegon I. Rider of [[Meraxes]].
 
* Queen [[Rhaenys Targaryen (sister of Aegon I)|Rhaenys]], sister-wife to Aegon I. Rider of [[Meraxes]].
**King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys I]], grandson to Aegon and Maegor's successor.
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**King [[Aenys Targaryen|Aenys I]], son of Aegon I and Rhaenys. Succeeded by Maegor.
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***King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys I]], "the Conciliator", Aenys's son.
*King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]]
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****King [[Viserys I Targaryen|Viserys I]] , grandson and successor of Jaehaerys I.
*Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], self-styled Queen, fed by Aegon II, her brother, to his dragon.
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*****King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]], his son and successor.
** King [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon III]], "the Dragonbane", her son, who succeeded Aegon II
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*****Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], his daughter, self-styled Queen, fed by Aegon II, her brother, to his [[Sunfyre|dragon]].
***King [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor I]], "the Blessed"/"the Beloved", his second son. Built the [[Great Sept of Baelor]]. Succeedd by Viserys II
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****** King [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon III]], "the Dragonbane", her son, who succeeded Aegon II.
***Queen [[Daena Targaryen]], "the Defiant", sister-wife of King Baelor and mistress of Aegon IV.
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******* King [[Daeron I Targaryen|Daeron I]], "the Young Dragon", Aegon III's eldest son and successor.
****[[Daemon Blackfyre]], bastard son of Aegon IV by Daena.
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*******King [[Baelor Targaryen|Baelor I]], "the Blessed"/"the Beloved", Aegon III's second son. Built the [[Great Sept of Baelor]] and the [[Maidenvault]]. Succeeded by Viserys II.
*****[[Aegon Blackfyre|Aegon]], [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]] and [[Daemon II Blackfyre|Daemon II]], sons of Daemon Blackfyre by Serena Blackfyre.
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*******Queen [[Daena Targaryen]], "the Defiant", sister-wife of King Baelor and mistress of Aegon IV.
** King [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys II]], second son of Rhaenyra, elevated to the [[Iron Throne]] after the death of Baelor I. Succeeded by Aegon IV.
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*******Princess [[Rhaena Targaryen|Rhaena]], Aegon III's second daughter.
***King [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]], "the Unworthy", son and successor of Viserys II.
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*******Princess [[Elaena Targaryen|Elaena]], Aegon III's third daughter.
***Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]], sister-wife to Aegon IV
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****** King [[Viserys II Targaryen|Viserys II]], second son of Rhaenyra, elevated to the [[Iron Throne]] after the death of Baelor I. Succeeded by Aegon IV.
****King [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron II]], "the Good", son of Aegon IV and Naerys. Perished during the [[Great Spring Sickness]].
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*******King [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]], "the Unworthy", son and successor of Viserys II.
****Queen [[Myriah Martell|Myriah]] , of [[House Martell]], wife to Daeron II
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********[[Daemon Blackfyre]], bastard son of Aegon IV by Daena Targaryen.
*****Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor]], their son.
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*********[[Aegon Blackfyre|Aegon]], [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]], and [[Daemon II Blackfyre|Daemon II]], sons of Daemon Blackfyre by [[Serena Blackfyre]].
*****King [[Aerys I Targaryen|Aerys I]], their son, successor to Daeron II.
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********[[Aegor Rivers]], called "Bittersteel" bastard son of Aegon IV by a noblewoman of [[House Bracken]].
*****Queen [[Aelinor Targaryen|Aelinor]] their daughter, Aerys I's sister-wife. Succeeded by Maekar I.
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********[[Brynden Rivers]], called "Bloodraven", bastard son of Aegon IV by a noblewoman of [[House Blackwood]].
*****Prince Rhaegel, their son.
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********[[Shiera Seastar]], bastard daughter of Aegon IV by a noblewoman of the Free City of [[Lys]].
*****King [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar I]], their son, successor of Aerys I.
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*******Prince [[Aemon Targaryen (Dragonknight)|Aemon]], called "the Dragonknight", son of Viserys II and [[Lord Commander]] of the [[Kingsguard]]
******[[Aerion Targaryen]], "Aerion Brightflame", who killed himself drinking [[wildfire]].
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*******Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]], sister-wife to Aegon IV.
******Aemon Targaryen, who became Maester and joined the Night's Watch.
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********Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]]. Daughter of Aegon IV and Naerys. Married to Prince [[Maron Martell|Maron]] of [[House Martell]].
******[[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon V]], "the Unlikely", successor of Maekar and predecessor of [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], "the Mad King".
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********King [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron II]], "the Good", son of Aegon IV and Naerys. Perished during the [[Great Spring Sickness]].
***Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]]. Married to Prince [[Maron Martell|Maron]] of [[House Martell]].
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*********Queen [[Myriah Martell|Myriah]], of [[House Martell]], wife to Daeron II
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**********Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor]], called "Breakspear", their son.
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**********King [[Aerys I Targaryen|Aerys I]], their son, successor to Daeron II. Succeeded by Maekar I.
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**********Queen [[Aelinor Targaryen|Aelinor]] their daughter, Aerys I's sister-wife.
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**********Prince [[Rhaegel Targaryen|Rhaegel]], their son.
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**********King [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar I]], their son, successor of Aerys I.
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***********Prince [[Aerion Targaryen|Aerion]], called "Brightflame" and "the Monstrous", who killed himself drinking [[wildfire]].
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***********Prince [[Aemon]], who became a Maester and joined the Night's Watch.
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***********King [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon V]], "the Unlikely", successor of Maekar and predecessor of [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], "the Mad King". Perished in the [[Tragedy of Summerhall]].
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************Prince [[Duncan Targaryen|Duncan]], called "the Small" and "the Prince of Dragonflies", his firstborn son. Died alongside his father.
   
 
===Sworn to House Targaryen===
 
===Sworn to House Targaryen===
 
====Household and allies====
 
====Household and allies====
*Ser [[Jorah Mormont]], exiled Lord of Bear Island, advisor and bodyguard to Khaleesi Daenerys.
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*{[[Irri]]}, a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden. Killed during the robbery of Daenerys's dragons
*{[[Irri]]}, a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden. Killed during the robbery of Daenerys' dragons
 
 
*{[[Doreah]]}, a [[Lys]]eni handmaiden and former bedslave. Left to die inside Xaro Xhoan Daxos' vault.
 
*{[[Doreah]]}, a [[Lys]]eni handmaiden and former bedslave. Left to die inside Xaro Xhoan Daxos' vault.
*[[Jhiqui]], a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden.
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*[[Jhiqui]], a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden. Status unknown.
*[[Kovarro]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys.
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*[[Kovarro]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys. Status unknown.
*[[Aggo]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys. Missing in the [[Red Waste]]
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*[[Aggo]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys. Missing in the [[Red Waste]].
*{[[Rakharo]]}, a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys. Killed and beheaded by a rival ''[[khalasar]]''
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*{[[Rakharo]]}, a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys. Killed and beheaded by a rival ''[[khalasar]]''.
*Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], exiled [[Lord Commander]] of King Robert Baratheon's [[Kingsguard]], and a member of King Aerys Targaryen's former Kingsguard. After being illegally dismissed from service by Robert's successor [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] and his mother [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], Barristan traveled halfway around the world to find Daenerys Targaryen and pledge his support to her as the rightful heir to the throne.
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*Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], exiled [[Lord Commander]] of King Robert Baratheon's [[Kingsguard]], and a member of King Aerys Targaryen's former Kingsguard. After being unjustly dismissed from service by Robert's successor [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] and his mother [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], Barristan traveled halfway around the world to find Daenerys Targaryen and pledge his support to her as the rightful heir to the throne.
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*[[Missandei]], translator, handmaiden and aide-de-camp to Daenerys.
 
*[[Daario Naharis]], leader of the [[Second Sons (mercenary company)|Second Sons]].
 
*[[Daario Naharis]], leader of the [[Second Sons (mercenary company)|Second Sons]].
 
*[[Grey Worm]], commander of the [[Unsullied]].
 
*[[Grey Worm]], commander of the [[Unsullied]].
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====Former household====
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*Ser [[Jorah Mormont]], exiled Lord of Bear Island, advisor and bodyguard to Khaleesi Daenerys. Expelled by Daenerys after she learned he had spied against her.
   
 
==Military strength==
 
==Military strength==
===In Essos===
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===Essos===
 
House Targaryen's military strength has fluctuated over the last few years under Daenerys Targaryen's leadership. Since the death of her husband, she has commanded a khalasar containing only a few dozen riders, less than half of whom are warriors, as well as a single trained [[knight]], [[Jorah Mormont]]. During her time in the Red Waste and Qarth, her dragons were not large enough to provide any meaningful assistance.
 
House Targaryen's military strength has fluctuated over the last few years under Daenerys Targaryen's leadership. Since the death of her husband, she has commanded a khalasar containing only a few dozen riders, less than half of whom are warriors, as well as a single trained [[knight]], [[Jorah Mormont]]. During her time in the Red Waste and Qarth, her dragons were not large enough to provide any meaningful assistance.
   
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Following the [[Sack of Astapor]], Daenerys gained an army of 8,000 fully trained [[Unsullied]], elite warrior-eunuchs who fight in large, disciplined phalanx formations, as well as several hundred Unsullied-in-training who serve as auxiliaries.
 
Following the [[Sack of Astapor]], Daenerys gained an army of 8,000 fully trained [[Unsullied]], elite warrior-eunuchs who fight in large, disciplined phalanx formations, as well as several hundred Unsullied-in-training who serve as auxiliaries.
   
Shortly after arriving at [[Yunkai]], Daenerys is able to secure the affection of [[Daario Naharis]], a lieutenant in the [[Second Sons (mercenary company)|Second Sons]]. During a parley between Daenerys and the captains of the Second Sons, Daario points out that Daenerys' Unsullied are impressive infantry, but she still possesses no cavalry, siege weapons, or ships. Later that night, Daario slays the captains of the Second Sons, makes himself captain, and pledges the company to Daenerys. The Second Sons add 2,000 armored cavalry to the growing Targaryen army.
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Shortly after arriving at [[Yunkai]], Daenerys is able to secure the affection of [[Daario Naharis]], a lieutenant in the [[Second Sons (mercenary company)|Second Sons]]. During a parley between Daenerys and the captains of the Second Sons, Daario points out that Daenerys's Unsullied are impressive infantry, but she still possesses no cavalry, siege weapons, or ships. Later that night, Daario slays the captains of the Second Sons, makes himself captain, and pledges the company to Daenerys. The Second Sons add 2,000 armored cavalry to the growing Targaryen army.
   
===In Westeros===
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===Westeros===
 
There are no official allies or vassals of House Targaryen left in Westeros. [[Varys]] is implied to be secretly a Targaryen loyalist, but by himself he commands no military forces and cannot be considered a military asset.
 
There are no official allies or vassals of House Targaryen left in Westeros. [[Varys]] is implied to be secretly a Targaryen loyalist, but by himself he commands no military forces and cannot be considered a military asset.
   
King Robert Baratheon expressed fear that even after all these years, there are still a sizable number of noble Houses in Westeros who are either secret Targaryen loyalists, or who later developed some grievance with Robert's rule, and would flock to the Targaryen banner if they attempted to retake the Iron Throne in open war. It is not clear to what extent paranoia influenced his opinions, since Ser Jorah stressed to Dany that the number of Targaryen loyalists in Westeros is far lower than Viserys liked to believe. Viserys, at least, believed that because House Tyrell of the Reach and House Martell of Dorne fought on the Targaryen side during Robert's Rebellion, the prospects were good that they'd be willing to join his cause and rebel against Robert. Thus far, there has been no evidence that dissatisfied houses would support a Targaryen return.
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King Robert Baratheon expressed fear that even after all these years, there are still a sizeable number of noble Houses in Westeros who are either secret Targaryen loyalists, or who later developed some grievance with Robert's rule, and would flock to the Targaryen banner if they attempted to retake the Iron Throne in open war. It is not clear to what extent paranoia influenced his opinions, since Ser Jorah stressed to Dany that the number of Targaryen loyalists in Westeros is far lower than Viserys liked to believe. Viserys, at least, believed that because House Tyrell of the Reach and House Martell of Dorne fought on the Targaryen side during Robert's Rebellion, the prospects were good that they'd be willing to join his cause and rebel against Robert. Thus far, there has been no evidence that dissatisfied houses would support a Targaryen return, and House Tyrell has become closely aligned with the Lannister-backed House Baratheon.
   
 
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, House Targaryen moved from Valyria to Dragonstone, apparently in fear of a prophecy predicting the destruction of Valyria a century before it happened. After the fall of Valyria, the Targaryens stayed on Dragonstone for a hundred years, apparently hoarding the strength of their dragons and debating whether to invade Westeros or to attempt to seize control of the Valyrian colony-states which later became known as the Free Cities. In the event, they chose to invade Westeros instead.
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, House Targaryen moved from Valyria to Dragonstone, apparently in fear of a prophecy predicting the destruction of Valyria a century before it happened. After the fall of Valyria, the Targaryens stayed on Dragonstone for a hundred years, apparently hoarding the strength of their dragons and debating whether to invade Westeros or to attempt to seize control of the Valyrian colony-states which later became known as the Free Cities. In the event, they chose to invade Westeros instead.
   
House Targaryen ruled Westeros for 283 years, during which time they survived substantial civil wars (including the Dance of Dragons and no less than five Blackfyre Rebellions), plague (the Great Spring Sickness) and even an attempted foreign invasion (in the War of the Ninepenny Kings). They were brought down when the Mad King's insanity became too dangerous to be ignored.
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House Targaryen ruled Westeros for 283 years, during which time they survived substantial civil wars (including the Dance of Dragons and no fewer than five Blackfyre Rebellions), plague (the Great Spring Sickness), and an attempted foreign invasion (in the War of the Ninepenny Kings). They were brought down when the Mad King's insanity became too dangerous to be ignored.
   
The Targaryens adopted the religion and many of the customs of Westeros, but two old Valyrian customs they continued to perform in defiance of public disapproval: Targaryen princes and kings were allowed to have multiple wives and Targaryens were allowed to marry brother to sister, something considered an abominable sin elsewhere in Westeros.
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The Targaryens adopted the religion and many of the customs of Westeros, but they clung to two old Valyrian customs in defiance of public disapproval: Targaryen princes and kings were allowed to have multiple wives, and Targaryens were allowed to marry brother to sister&mdash;something considered an abominable sin elsewhere in Westeros.
   
The generations of Targaryen inbreeding produced a distinctive set of physical features shared by all of their members during the House's three centuries of rule. This includes a generally pale appearance with silver-white (platinum blonde) hair, and purple irises. While pale they are not albinos, but even their eyebrows are white. The actors playing both Daenerys and Viserys are actually dark-haired in real life, so they had to wear wigs (though a slight difference that obsessive fans have pointed out is that they didn't dye their eyebrows white to match). The TV series opted not to portray Targaryens with purples eyes, partially due to the logistical difficulty in matching up purple contact lenses for actors in every shot. The TV series actually did originally film Viserys and Daenerys wearing violet contact lenses, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss quickly abandoned their use. As they explained in the Season 1 Blu-ray episode commentaries, "actors act with their eyes, and [the lenses] really hurt the emotion."<ref>[http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/21095/46-things-we-learned-from-the-game-of-thrones-blu-rays Den of Geek]</ref>
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The generations of Targaryen inbreeding produced a distinctive set of physical features shared by all of their members during the House's three centuries of rule. This includes a generally pale appearance with silver-white (platinum blonde) hair and purple irises. While pale, they are not albinos, although their eyebrows are white. The actors playing Daenerys and Viserys are actually dark-haired, so they had to wear wigs. (Some obsessive fans observed that the actors didn't dye their eyebrows white to match.) The TV series opted not to portray the Targaryens with purple eyes, partially due to the logistical difficulty of matching purple contact lenses for actors in every shot. The TV series originally filmed Viserys and Daenerys wearing violet contact lenses, but show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss quickly abandoned their use. As they explained in the Season 1 Blu-ray episode commentaries, "actors act with their eyes, and [the lenses] really hurt the emotion."<ref>[http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/21095/46-things-we-learned-from-the-game-of-thrones-blu-rays Den of Geek]</ref>
   
According to the TV series official [[pronunciation guide]] developed for the cast and crew, "Targaryen" is pronounced "Tar-GAIR-ee-in", as opposed to "Tar-gar-yen" etc.
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According to the TV series official [[pronunciation guide]] developed for the cast and crew, "Targaryen" is pronounced "Tar-GAIR-ee-in".
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/House_Targaryen House Targaryen at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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* {{AWOIAF}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
   
 
==References==
 
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House Targaryen
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Sigil
A red three-headed dragon,
on a black field.
Motto
"Fire and Blood"
Titles
Seat
Region
Lord
Heir
none
Allegiance
Vassals
Religion
{{{Religion}}}
Military strength
3 dragons,
under 100 Dothraki cavalry,
8,000 Unsullied (heavy infantry),
2,000 Second Sons (armored mercenary cavalry)
Cadet branches
House Blackfyre (extinct)
Date of founding
{{{Founding}}}
Age
Rulers of Dragonstone island since 500 years ago. Unknown amount of time beforehand as a noble family of the Valyrian Freehold.
Founder
Ancestral weapon
Blackfyre (lost)
Dark Sister (lost)
[[:Category:{{{Images}}}|Images]]
"Half the Targaryens went mad didn't they? What's the saying? 'Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin.'"
―Cersei Lannister[src]
House Targaryen banner

The banner of House Targaryen of Dragonstone, the former royal house of Westeros, now in exile.

House Targaryen banner

The banner of House Targaryen on a flag. A common error, even in Westeros, is to depict the Targaryen dragon with six limbs rather than four.

House Targaryen is one of the former Great Houses of Westeros and was the ruling royal house of the Seven Kingdoms for three centuries before House Baratheon took the Iron Throne. The few surviving Targaryens fled into exile. House Targaryen's symbol is a three-headed red dragon on a black background and their motto is "Fire and Blood".

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Once a noble family of the vast Valyrian Freehold, an empire spanning most of the eastern continent, the Targaryens were given control of the island of Dragonstone in the Narrow Sea some centuries ago. After the obliteration of Valyria in the Doom, the Targaryens launched a devastating invasion of Westeros using three dragons to spearhead their attack. In a short period of time, six of the seven formerly independent kingdoms had surrendered to the Targaryen leader, King Aegon I, unifying the continent under his rule. The last hold-out, Dorne, joined the kingdom through a political and marriage alliance some two centuries later.[1]

During the increasingly erratic reign of King Aerys II, his son Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna Stark of Winterfell for unknown reasons. This sparked a massive uprising led by Eddard Stark, Robert Baratheon and Jon Arryn. At the end of this war Aerys and Rhaegar were dead and the Targaryen power-base in Westeros destroyed. Aerys's youngest children, Viserys and Daenerys, were taken by Targaryen loyalists into exile in the Free Cities of the East.[1]

Generations of compound inbreeding have preserved in the Targaryen bloodline the classic Valyrian features of silver-white (platinum blonde) hair, and very fair, pale skin. Allegedly, this also preserved in their bloodline the ability to successfully bond with and ride dragons. They also seem to be somewhat more tolerant of extreme heat and high temperatures than other people, though they are by no means invulnerable to fire – or at least, not all of them.

Season 1Edit

Viserys Targaryen arranges for the marriage of his sister Daenerys to the powerful dothraki Khal Drogo in exchange for a promise that Drogo will help him to reclaim his crown. The marriage was brokered by Illyrio Mopatis, a magister of Pentos. Illyrio gives Daenerys a trio of ancient dragon eggs as a gift.[2] Daenerys comes to love both Drogo and his people while Viserys is increasingly frustrated by Drogo's failure to deliver on his promise.[3] Daenerys becomes pregnant with Drogo's son and he is prophesied to be the "Stallion that mounts the world." Frustrated by the acceptance of Daenerys by the dothraki, Viserys drunkenly threatens her unborn child and demands his crown. Drogo kills him by pouring molten gold over his head.[4]

Drogo then pledges to invade Westeros for Daenerys when she survives an assassination attempt.[5] He raids villages of the Lhazareen to enslave their inhabitants, intending to use them to barter passage across the Narrow Sea. He takes a superficial wound when he is challenged by Mago for apparently taking orders from a woman, namely Daenerys, who wants to spare the female slaves from being raped by the dothraki.[6] When the wound festers Daenerys turns to the captive Mirri Maz Duur to treat him. Duur's reputation as a "maegi" causes friction between Daenerys and Drogo's warriors. Daenerys allows Duur to use blood magic to treat him. Drogo's bloodrider Qotho violently objects, injuring Daenerys and triggering premature labor.[7] Duur's spell leaves Drogo catatonic and Daenerys's son stillborn. His khalasar splinters leaving Daenerys with only dozens of riders remaining. Daenerys kills Drogo to end his suffering. She then has Duur burned alive on his funeral pyre, also placing her dragon eggs among the flames. Duur dies in agony in the fire, her screaming filling the night air. Daenerys then steps into the fire, but is unharmed and holds the dragon hatchlings in her hands the next morning[8]

Season 2Edit

Daenerys's adviser Ser Jorah Mormont warns that rival khals will target her and advises that she flee into the Red Waste.[9] Her crossing is harrowing and she loses the majority of her horses and some of her people.[10] Upon arriving in Qarth she is allowed into the city under the protection of wealthy merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos.[11] Xaro makes a pragmatic marriage proposal, promising to fund Daenerys return to Westeros in exchange for becoming a king. Jorah counsels against entering Xaro's debt and reveals his own, unrequited, feelings for Daenerys.[12]

Season 3Edit

Having seized as much of Xaro's wealth as she and the remnants of her khalasar could carry, Daenerys and her retainers flee Qarth by ship. Daenerys reluctantly takes Jorah's advice to make for Astapor, a city in Slaver's Bay known for its warrior-slaves. Jorah feels that using their wealth to purchase an army is her best course of action. Shortly after their arrival, Daenerys is nearly assassinated by one of the remaining Warlocks, but is rescued by Ser Barristan Selmy, who has tracked her down to pledge fealty to House Targaryen once again.

House Targaryen's fortunes take a dramatic turn when Daenerys double-crosses the Good Masters of Astapor, seizing their elite Unsullied and slaughtering the slaveowning elite. Daenerys thus becomes the first Targaryen in generations to march at the head of her own conquering army.[13]

Daenerys turns her attention to Yunkai, where she manages to win over the Second Sons and liberate that city from the Wise Masters.[14][15]

Season 4Edit

The now-sizeable Targaryen army moves on the largest slaver city, Meereen. The city is taken with the aid of a slave revolt organized by the Unsullied, with its navy being commandeered by the Second Sons a few days later. Upon learning how poorly Astapor and Yunkai have faired since she left, Daenerys decides to remain in Meereen and rule as queen until the slaves are truly free and she has enough force to take all of Westeros.[16]

RelationshipsEdit

MembersEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerion family tree
Aerion Targaryen
"Aerion Brightflame"
Deceased
 
Aemon Tree
Aemon Targaryen
"Maester Aemon"
Night's Watch Night's-Watch-sigil
 
Aegon V family tree
Aegon V Targaryen
"Aegon the Unlikely"
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Unknown
Targaryen Queen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Duncan Targaryen
"Duncan the Small"
Deceased
 
Mad-king-tree
Aerys II Targaryen
"The Mad King"
Deceased
 
Rhaella tree
Rhaella Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar-family-tree
Rhaegar Targaryen
Deceased
 
Elia-family-tree
Elia Martell Martell-small
Deceased
 
Viserys tree
Viserys Targaryen
Deceased
 
Daenerys tree
Daenerys Targaryen
"Daenerys Stormborn"
 
Drogo tree
Drogo
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Aegon Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Rhaego
Stillborn
 
 

AncestorsEdit

Sworn to House TargaryenEdit

Household and alliesEdit

Former householdEdit

  • Ser Jorah Mormont, exiled Lord of Bear Island, advisor and bodyguard to Khaleesi Daenerys. Expelled by Daenerys after she learned he had spied against her.

Military strengthEdit

EssosEdit

House Targaryen's military strength has fluctuated over the last few years under Daenerys Targaryen's leadership. Since the death of her husband, she has commanded a khalasar containing only a few dozen riders, less than half of whom are warriors, as well as a single trained knight, Jorah Mormont. During her time in the Red Waste and Qarth, her dragons were not large enough to provide any meaningful assistance.

By the time Daenerys reached Astapor in Slaver's Bay, her dragons had grown enough to provide limited air support in certain engagements, and she had gained the loyalty of an additional knight, Ser Barristan Selmy. It should be pointed out that although limited, the dragons are capable of providing the only air support in the known world.

Following the Sack of Astapor, Daenerys gained an army of 8,000 fully trained Unsullied, elite warrior-eunuchs who fight in large, disciplined phalanx formations, as well as several hundred Unsullied-in-training who serve as auxiliaries.

Shortly after arriving at Yunkai, Daenerys is able to secure the affection of Daario Naharis, a lieutenant in the Second Sons. During a parley between Daenerys and the captains of the Second Sons, Daario points out that Daenerys's Unsullied are impressive infantry, but she still possesses no cavalry, siege weapons, or ships. Later that night, Daario slays the captains of the Second Sons, makes himself captain, and pledges the company to Daenerys. The Second Sons add 2,000 armored cavalry to the growing Targaryen army.

WesterosEdit

There are no official allies or vassals of House Targaryen left in Westeros. Varys is implied to be secretly a Targaryen loyalist, but by himself he commands no military forces and cannot be considered a military asset.

King Robert Baratheon expressed fear that even after all these years, there are still a sizeable number of noble Houses in Westeros who are either secret Targaryen loyalists, or who later developed some grievance with Robert's rule, and would flock to the Targaryen banner if they attempted to retake the Iron Throne in open war. It is not clear to what extent paranoia influenced his opinions, since Ser Jorah stressed to Dany that the number of Targaryen loyalists in Westeros is far lower than Viserys liked to believe. Viserys, at least, believed that because House Tyrell of the Reach and House Martell of Dorne fought on the Targaryen side during Robert's Rebellion, the prospects were good that they'd be willing to join his cause and rebel against Robert. Thus far, there has been no evidence that dissatisfied houses would support a Targaryen return, and House Tyrell has become closely aligned with the Lannister-backed House Baratheon.

Image galleryEdit

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Targaryen moved from Valyria to Dragonstone, apparently in fear of a prophecy predicting the destruction of Valyria a century before it happened. After the fall of Valyria, the Targaryens stayed on Dragonstone for a hundred years, apparently hoarding the strength of their dragons and debating whether to invade Westeros or to attempt to seize control of the Valyrian colony-states which later became known as the Free Cities. In the event, they chose to invade Westeros instead.

House Targaryen ruled Westeros for 283 years, during which time they survived substantial civil wars (including the Dance of Dragons and no fewer than five Blackfyre Rebellions), plague (the Great Spring Sickness), and an attempted foreign invasion (in the War of the Ninepenny Kings). They were brought down when the Mad King's insanity became too dangerous to be ignored.

The Targaryens adopted the religion and many of the customs of Westeros, but they clung to two old Valyrian customs in defiance of public disapproval: Targaryen princes and kings were allowed to have multiple wives, and Targaryens were allowed to marry brother to sister—something considered an abominable sin elsewhere in Westeros.

The generations of Targaryen inbreeding produced a distinctive set of physical features shared by all of their members during the House's three centuries of rule. This includes a generally pale appearance with silver-white (platinum blonde) hair and purple irises. While pale, they are not albinos, although their eyebrows are white. The actors playing Daenerys and Viserys are actually dark-haired, so they had to wear wigs. (Some obsessive fans observed that the actors didn't dye their eyebrows white to match.) The TV series opted not to portray the Targaryens with purple eyes, partially due to the logistical difficulty of matching purple contact lenses for actors in every shot. The TV series originally filmed Viserys and Daenerys wearing violet contact lenses, but show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss quickly abandoned their use. As they explained in the Season 1 Blu-ray episode commentaries, "actors act with their eyes, and [the lenses] really hurt the emotion."[17]

According to the TV series official pronunciation guide developed for the cast and crew, "Targaryen" is pronounced "Tar-GAIR-ee-in".

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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House Targaryen
Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Seat: Meereen Lands: Exiled
Title(s): Queen of Meereen · Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea · Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant) · Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant) · Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Ancestors:Aegon I, the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Aenys I · Maegor I, the Cruel · Jaehaerys, the Concilliator · Viserys I · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aegon III · Daeron I, the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon IV, the Unworthy · Naerys · Aemon the Dragonknight · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron II, the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion Brightflame · Aegon V, the Unlikely · Duncan the Small
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II, the Mad · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont (formerly) · Ser Barristan Selmy · {Rakharo} · Kovarro · Aggo · {Irri} · {Doreah} · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis

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