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House Velaryon of Driftmark is a minor house of the Crownlands, and one of the few Westeros houses besides the Targaryens that originated in Essos. Their seat is Driftmark, an island in Blackwater Bay located west of Dragonstone. Their house words are "The Old, the True, the Brave."

Historical members

Family tree during the Dance of the Dragons

 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-CorlysVelaryon
Corlys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenysTargaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen House-Targaryen-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Velaryon-Square
Laenor Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenyraTargaryen
Rhaenyra Targaryen House-Targaryen-Blacks-Shield
"Queen Rhaenyra,
First of Her Name"
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-JacaerysVelaryon
Jacaerys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-LucerysVelaryon
Lucerys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-JoffreyVelaryon
Joffrey Velaryon
Deceased


In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, House Velaryon is an ancient and proud house, with the blood of old Valyria in its veins. Velaryons, like Targaryens, are born with the Valyrian features of silver-blond hair and purple eyes. As a result of such ancestry, members of House Velaryon frequently married into House Targaryen before and after the War of ConquestAegon I Targaryen's own mother was born a Velaryon. At no point in the House's early history were they considered equals of the Targaryens: the Targaryens were dragonlords, albeit low-ranking ones, but the Velaryons never were. During the early reign of the Targaryens, their links with the Targaryens meant the Velaryons held a disproportionate amount of power compared to the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, but as the continent settled into the new status quo, their power waned somewhat.

House Velaryon rules over Driftmark, the largest island of the Blackwater Bay, and like most of the islands there, are sworn to Dragonstone rather than directly to the Iron Throne like the rest of the Crownlands. Their arms depict a silver seahorse on sea green and their titles are Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark. Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they are "The Old, the True, the Brave".

In spite of their close associations with the Targaryens, the Velaryons were allowed to keep their lands and titles following Robert's Rebellion. At the time of A Clash of Kings, the head of House Velaryon is Lord Monford, who seems to be a loyal, if tedious, vassal of Stannis Baratheon.

Members

Historical members

Current members

  • Lord Monford Velaryon, Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark.
    • Monterys Velaryon, his son and heir, a young boy.
  • Aurane Waters, known as the Bastard of Driftmark. Bastard half-brother of Lord Monford.

See also

References