- This article is about the special feature. For the Great House, see: House Targaryen
The Targaryens are blood of the dragon, descended from the nobility of ancient Valyria, a once-mighty empire in the east. When the cataclysmic Doom laid waste of Valyria and its people, the Targaryens survived, having settled in the island fortress of Dragonstone years before. They remained there for a century until the rise of Aegon the Conqueror.
Instead of attempting to reclaim the eastern lands of his ancestors, Aegon sailed west for the Seven Kingdoms, his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys at his side. To keep the bloodlines pure, Aegon continued the custom of his Valyrian ancestors and took both of his sisters to wives.
While their host was small when compared to the armies of the Seven Kingdoms, Aegon and his sisters had a secret weapon. The last of the dragons.
He conquered every kingdom, save Dorne, which eventually bowed to Targaryen rule a century later. He had the swords of his enemies melted down by the fiery breath of his dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, and forged into the Iron Throne.
The capital city of King's Landing was built on the eastern coast, where Aegon and his sisters first came ashore. And Aegon ordered the construction of a royal castle on its highest hill, the Red Keep.
For three hundred years the Targaryen dynasty stood strong, in the face of rebellion, civil war, and plague. But the line of dragon kings was broken when my father, Aerys Targaryen, the Second of His Name, was overthrown in rebellion.
My father was betrayed and slaughtered by Ser Jaime Lannister, a member of his own Kingsguard. His son and heir, my brother Rhaegar, perished on the field of battle at the hands of Robert Baratheon, who claimed the Iron Throne for himself.
- King Aegon I Targaryen, the "Conqueror"
- Balerion, the "Black Dread"
- King Aerys II Targaryen, the "Mad King" (mentioned)
- Ser Jaime Lannister (mentioned)
- Prince Rhaegar Targaryen
- Lord Robert Baratheon
- Old Valyria
- Dragonstone (mentioned)
- Dorne (mentioned)
- King's Landing
- The Trident
- Pentos (not mentioned by name)
- Narrow Sea