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| Motto='''"Fire and Blood"'''
 
| Motto='''"Fire and Blood"'''
 
| Titles=
 
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| Seat=<br>[[Dragonstone]] (former)<br />[[King's Landing]] (former)
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| Seat=Currently in exile<br>[[Dragonstone]] (former)<br />[[King's Landing]] (former)
 
| Region=Currently in exile <br />(formerly [[the Crownlands]])
 
| Region=Currently in exile <br />(formerly [[the Crownlands]])
 
| Lord=Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
 
| Lord=Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
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| Vassals=
 
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| Cadets=[[House Blackfyre]] (extinct)
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| Cadets=[[House Blackfyre]] (extinct)<br>[[House Baratheon]]
 
| Age= Rulers of Dragonstone island since 500 years ago. Unknown amount of time beforehand as a noble family of the Valyrian Freehold.
 
| Age= Rulers of Dragonstone island since 500 years ago. Unknown amount of time beforehand as a noble family of the Valyrian Freehold.
 
| Founder=
 
| Founder=
 
| 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)}}
 
|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}}
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{{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.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: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.]]
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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"/>
 
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.
   
 
===[[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 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. 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]]===
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*King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]]
 
*King [[Aegon II Targaryen|Aegon II]]
*Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], self-styled Queen, fed by Aegon II, her brother, to his dragon.
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*Princess [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]], self-styled Queen, fed by Aegon II, her brother, to his [[Sunfyre|dragon]].
** King [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon III]], "the Dragonbane", her son, who succeeded Aegon II
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** King [[Aegon III Targaryen|Aegon III]], "the Dragonbane", her son, who succeeded Aegon II.
***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 [[Daeron I Targaryen|Daeron I]], "the Young Dragon", Aegon III's eldest son and successor.
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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.
 
***Queen [[Daena Targaryen]], "the Defiant", sister-wife of King Baelor and mistress of Aegon IV.
 
***Queen [[Daena Targaryen]], "the Defiant", sister-wife of King Baelor and mistress of Aegon IV.
 
****[[Daemon Blackfyre]], bastard son of Aegon IV by Daena.
 
****[[Daemon Blackfyre]], bastard son of Aegon IV by Daena.
*****[[Aegon Blackfyre|Aegon]], [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]] and [[Daemon II Blackfyre|Daemon II]], sons of Daemon Blackfyre by Serena Blackfyre.
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*****[[Aegon Blackfyre|Aegon]], [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]] and [[Daemon II Blackfyre|Daemon II]], sons of Daemon Blackfyre by [[Serena Blackfyre]].
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***Princess [[Rhaena Targaryen|Rhaena]], Aegon III's second daughter.
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***Princess [[Elaena Targaryen|Elaena]], Aegon III's third daughter.
 
** 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 [[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 [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]], "the Unworthy", son and successor of Viserys II.
 
***King [[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon IV]], "the Unworthy", son and successor of Viserys II.
 
***Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]], sister-wife to Aegon IV
 
***Queen [[Naerys Targaryen|Naerys]], sister-wife to Aegon IV
 
****King [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron II]], "the Good", son of Aegon IV and Naerys. Perished during the [[Great Spring Sickness]].
 
****King [[Daeron II Targaryen|Daeron II]], "the Good", son of Aegon IV and Naerys. Perished during the [[Great Spring Sickness]].
****Queen [[Myriah Martell|Myriah]] , of [[House Martell]], wife to Daeron II
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****Queen [[Myriah Martell|Myriah]], of [[House Martell]], wife to Daeron II
 
*****Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor]], their son.
 
*****Prince [[Baelor Targaryen (son of Daeron II)|Baelor]], their son.
 
*****King [[Aerys I Targaryen|Aerys I]], their son, successor to Daeron II.
 
*****King [[Aerys I Targaryen|Aerys I]], their son, successor to Daeron II.
 
*****Queen [[Aelinor Targaryen|Aelinor]] their daughter, Aerys I's sister-wife. Succeeded by Maekar I.
 
*****Queen [[Aelinor Targaryen|Aelinor]] their daughter, Aerys I's sister-wife. Succeeded by Maekar I.
*****Prince Rhaegel, their son.
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*****Prince [[Rhaegel Targaryen|Rhaegel]], their son.
 
*****King [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar I]], their son, successor of Aerys I.
 
*****King [[Maekar I Targaryen|Maekar I]], their son, successor of Aerys I.
******[[Aerion Targaryen]], "Aerion Brightflame", who killed himself drinking [[wildfire]].
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******Prince [[Aerion Targaryen|Aerion]], "Aerion Brightflame", who killed himself drinking [[wildfire]].
******Aemon Targaryen, who became Maester and joined the Night's Watch.
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******Prince [[Aemon]] , who became Maester and joined the Night's Watch.
******[[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 [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon V]], "the Unlikely", successor of Maekar and predecessor of [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], "the Mad King".
 
***Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]]. Married to Prince [[Maron Martell|Maron]] of [[House Martell]].
 
***Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)|Daenerys]]. Married to Prince [[Maron Martell|Maron]] of [[House Martell]].
   
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*[[Jhiqui]], a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden.
 
*[[Jhiqui]], a [[Dothraki]] handmaiden.
 
*[[Kovarro]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys.
 
*[[Kovarro]], a [[Dothraki]] warrior and [[Bloodrider]] to Daenerys.
*[[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]]''
 
*{[[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.
 
*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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==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==
 
==References==
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[[Category:Houses from the Crownlands|Targaryen]]
 
[[Category:Houses from the Crownlands|Targaryen]]
 
[[Category:Valyria]]
 
[[Category:Valyria]]
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[[Category:Exiled houses|Targaryen]]

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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
Currently in exile
Dragonstone (former)
King's Landing (former)
Region
Currently in exile
(formerly the Crownlands)
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
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.
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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.
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Daenerys and Viserys
The surviving scions of House Targaryen, Viserys and his sister Daenerys, in Pentos.
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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".

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.

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 labour.[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]

RelationshipsEdit

MembersEdit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerion family tree
Aerion Targaryen
Deceased
 
Aemon Tree
Aemon Targaryen
Night's Watch Night'sWatchicon
 
Aegon V family tree
Aegon V Targaryen
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Unknown
Targaryen Queen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Duncan Targaryen
Deceased
 
Mad-king-tree
Aerys II Targaryen
Deceased
 
Rhaella tree
Rhaella Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar-family-tree
Rhaegar Targaryen
Deceased
 
Elia-family-tree
Elia Targaryen
née Martell Martell-small
Deceased
 
Viserys tree
Viserys Targaryen
Deceased
 
Daenerys tree
Daenerys Targaryen
 
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

Military strengthEdit

In 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' 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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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."[13]

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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House Targaryen
Lord: Queen Daenerys Targaryen Heir: None
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Seat: Exiled Lands: Exiled
Title(s): King of the Andals and the First Men
Ancestors:Aegon the Conqueror · Visenya · Rhaenys · Maegor the Cruel · Jaehaerys I · Rhaenyra · Aegon II · Aegon III · Daeron the Young Dragon · Baelor the Blessed · Viserys II · Aegon the Unworthy · Naerys · Daena the Defiant · Rhaena · Elaena · Daeron the Good · Daenerys Martell · Myriah Martell · Baelor Breakspear · Aerys I · Aelinor · Rhaegel · Maekar I · Aerion the Monstrous · Aegon the Unlikely · Duncan the Small
Current members:Aemon Targaryen
Deceased members:Aerys II Targaryen · Rhaella Targaryen · Rhaegar Targaryen · Elia Martell · Rhaenys Targaryen · Aegon Targaryen · Viserys Targaryen · Drogo · Rhaego
Household:Ser Jorah Mormont · Ser Barristan Selmy · Rakharo · Kovarro · Aggo · Irri · Doreah · Jhiqui · Malakho · Missandei · Grey Worm · Daario Naharis

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