pre-asoiaf characters ♔ Rhaenyra Targaryen (97-130 AL)Realm’s Delight and Half-Year Queen, Rhaenyra was the first-born child of King Viserys I. She was Viserys I’s only living child by his first wife, a lady of House Arryn. She grew up expecting to become the first ruling Queen of Westeros while Viserys I himself treated Rhaenyra as his heir, keeping her by his side in court and at council meetings. Rhaenyra was a pudgy girl and a stout woman, with a thick waist and a large bosom. She had the Valyrian looks, wearing her silver-gold hair in a long braid in the manner of Queen Visenya. She always dressed richly, favoring purple and maroon velvets and golden Myrish lace in intricate patterns. Her bodice often glittered with pearls and diamonds, and there were always rings on her fingers. Her claim to the Iron Throne was challenged by her younger half-brother, Aegon II Targaryen, sparking the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons. After the Storming of the Dragonpit, Rhaenyra fled King’s Landing. Once she reached Dragonstone, she was betrayed by Ser Alfred Broome, whose men slew the remainder of her Queensguard. Her half-brother Aegon II then had her fed to his own dragon, Sunfyre, at Dragonstone. Aegon II decreed that Rhaenyra was never a queen and that she be referred to only as princess in all chronicles and court records. The civil war ended when Aegon II died shortly after his victory in 131AL with no male issue, and was succeeded by Rhaenyra’s elder son with Deamon, Aegon III, who was later succeeded by his younger brother Viserys II.
Pre aSoIaF: The Blackfyre Rebellion
King Aegon IV Targaryen had legitimised all of his bastards on his deathbed. His noble bastards were called the Great Bastards, the most notable of whom was Daemon Blackfyre, a great warrior and wielder of the Targaryen sword of kings, Blackfyre. After King Daeron II Targaryen assumed the throne in 184 AL, his court adopted a ‘Dornish’ flavour, due to the influence of his wife, Myriah Martell. Some at court took exception to the change. In addition, popular rumors held that King Aegon IV’s sister-wife Naerys had shared her affections with their other brother, Aemon the Dragonknight, leading to the possibility that Daeron II was not the legitimate son of Aegon IV.
The Blackfyre Rebellion was one of the greatest civil wars in the history of the Seven Kingdoms. It was fought in 195-196 AL between forces loyal to King Daeron II Targaryen, known as the Red Dragon, and those following of Daemon I Blackfyre, the Black Dragon.
There were five notable attempts by House Blackfyre to seize the Iron Throne of Westeros. These rebellions culminated in the extinguishing of the male Blackfyre line.
Time of Dragons → Rhaelle x Lord Baratheon
As a girl she believed she would marry one of her brothers like the ladies in her family did before her. She hoped to learn to love them as she thought a woman should love a man. Little she knew about the hearts of men.
Then Duncan told their father that he loved another. Marrying for love was a strange thing to her. Love comes later, she told herself.
When Jaehaerys, her sweet brother chose another, she began to learn that maybe her own heart is free to give away. Who will be worthy of it, she did not know.
As she stepped into the crowded Throne Room, the faces turned to her, the Targaryen Princess, the last unwed child of Aegon. She cast her eyes down, she did not wish to look at any of them.
With as fast steps she could walk she crossed the room, the lords bow to her direction. As she reached the doors, they swung open.
'My Lady' she heard as a member of the small group greeted her and she forced herself to look up to him.
Now she understood.
x A century after the Doom of Valyria, and three hundred years before the present day, the Targaryen host landed upon Westeros, with Aegon the Conqueror, his sister-wives Visenya and Rhaenys, and their dragons at its head. The dragons were named for the old gods of Valyria. Balerion the Black Dread, whose teeth were long as swords, and his sisters Meraxes and Vhaghar. Though the smallest of the three, Vhaghar was huge enough to swallow a man on horseback. x