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Lady Baela Targaryen is the daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon.

Biography

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Baela Targaryen is the eldest daughter of Daemon Targaryen and Laena Velaryon, and rider of the young dragon Moondancer. She is the older sister of Rhaena Targaryen.[1]

Family tree

Paternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aemon
Targaryen

 
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Jocelyn
Baratheon

 
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Baelon
Targaryen

 
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Alyssa
Targaryen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Corlys
Velaryon
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Rhaenys
Targaryen


 
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Viserys I
Targaryen


 
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Aemma
Arryn


 
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Daemon
Targaryen


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Laena
Velaryon
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Laenor
Velaryon
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Rhaenyra
Targaryen


Maternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Corlys
Velaryon


 
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Rhaenys Velaryon
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Vaemond
Velaryon


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Laena
Velaryon


 
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Laenor
Velaryon



In the books

This particular section contains MAJOR spoilers for House of the Dragon. Anyone wishing to avoid spoilers for the upcoming prequel series should not click [Expand].

Baela and Rhaena are actually described as twins in the books, but not identical twins: they started out looking very similar, but in their teenage years their appearance and personalities diverged. The TV series changed this to make Baela slightly older than Rhaena (apparently to avoid the confusion that they're "twins" but not "identical twins"). Even in the books, Baela was the elder twin by a matter of minutes.

Baela was born in Pentos while Daemon and Laena were staying there for several years. Daemon named her after his own father, Baelon. When Baela and Rhaena were half a year old, Daemon brought his wife and children back to Westeros and presented them to the royal court. Baela and Rhaena spent their early years on Driftmark (seat of their mother's family) but in their teenage years moved to nearby Dragonstone.

Baela was short for her age as a child, but by the time she was a teenager she was tall and slim, with lean muscles. Very much her father's daughter, she was aggressive and quick to anger, as wild and fearless as Daemon himself. Considered a tomboy, she did not enjoy the typical pursuits of a proper noblewoman, instead referring horseback riding and hawking, and often physically brawled with her castle's squires. In contrast, Rhaena was considered a proper lady.

Most of all she enjoyed riding on her young dragon Moondancer - a juvenile barely big enough to carry a young girl for short distances around the castle, but growing every day. Baela cut her hair short like a boy, so it wouldn't blow into her face when she was riding her dragon - further differentiating her from her sister Rhaena, who wore her hair long.

According to strict application of traditional succession law in Westeros, there is an argument that Baela is actually the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. The succession conflict between the heirs of old king Jahaerys, and later his grandson Viserys, broke out because the relatively new Targaryen dynasty (created by Jaehaerys's grandfather) did not have an official succession law. Each of the Seven Kingdoms had its own practices, but in general, both the Andals and the First Men followed male-preference primogeniture, while Dorne follows equal primogeniture. Even under male-preference primogeniture, however, a lord's daughter inherits ahead of the lord's younger brother. Thus even according to "Andal law", Baela's grandmother Rhaenys should have been the heir to Jaehaerys, because she was the only surviving child of Jahaerys's first son. Rhaenyra's father Viserys, son of Jahaerys's second son, claimed the throne due male proximity, not "primogeniture", and which no major group in Westeros has been known to follow. According to male-preference primogeniture, Rhaenys's son and second child Laenor was her heir, and in turn, Lanor's eldest son with Rhaenyra, Jacaerys - and indeed, the Velaryons treated Laenor's sons as the heirs to the Iron Throne and Driftmark ahead of Laena's daughters (first son Jace would inherit the Iron Throne, and second son Luke would inherit Driftmark). Alicent Hightower insisted that her son Aegon, Rhaenyra's half-brother, should inherit the Iron Throne due to Andal inheritance law, but because that law follows not only male-preference but primogeniture, a strict application of Andal law would mean that inheritance should not pass to Aegon, but to Rhaenys's bloodline - and according to male preference, to her grandsons through Laenor. Alicent's faction responded to this complication by claiming that Laenor's three sons with Rhaenyra with actually bastards fathered by Harwin Strong...ignoring the fact that, even if this was true, the Iron Throne should then lawfully pass to Baela, elder daughter of Rhaenys through Laena.

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