Queen Daenerys I Targaryen, often referred to as Daenerys Stormborn or, more affectionately, Dany, is one of the last confirmed members of House Targaryen. She is the youngest child of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella Targaryen.
Appearance and Character
Daenerys has the traditional purple eyes and silver-gold hair of the Targaryens. She is slender and very beautiful, but also possesses a certain toughness due to her relative life of hardship. She is an accomplished rider, but does not possess thoroughly-developed personal combat skills.
She is clever and cunning, resolute and determined, but inexperienced. A key weakness is that she is over-reliant on others for information. She believed Viserys' tales about their family due to a lack of alternate reference, and was quite unaware that her father was considered insane until Ser Barristan Selmy told her.
Another weakness is that Daenerys has never read any books about raising dragons, and is not sure how to develop her control over her dragons and discipline them effectively for wrongdoing. She is worried that as her dragons develop, she will not be able to control them, or use them to aid her invasion of Westeros as she plans.
Daenerys is the daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen, the last Targaryen king to actually sit in the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms, and his sister-wife, Rhaella Targaryen. She was conceived during the last month of the War of the Usurper. Shortly after her conception, her mother and brother Viserys were sent to Dragonstone for safekeeping. Within weeks her father was dead and Robert Baratheon had claimed the throne with the support of most of the nobility.
Daenerys' early life was spent in exile. Ser Willem Darry took her and Viserys from city to city, always one step ahead of the Usurper's spies and assassins. He eventually found them a safe home in Braavos, where they lived for several years whilst Robert was unable to kill them without offending the most powerful of the Free Cities. Many times Daenerys thinks of the home she had there with a lemon tree and a red door, and longs for those days again. Viserys was kind to her and told her stories. He took her to the markets and bought her trinkets and sausages. Old and faithful Ser Darry died and the house servants stole their remaining money, forcing Viserys and Daenerys into exile once again. It was when the stress of their lives fell on Viserys' shoulders that he began to change. When they had to sell their mother's crown which was the last thing they had of her, he started losing his temper and blaming her for their mother's death. Targaryens intermarry and Daenerys had always assumed that she was to marry Viserys.
Eventually, Daenerys and Viserys find a home in Pentos, in the manse of Illyrio Mopatis, an ambitious merchant. Illyrio plans to introduce Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a Dothraki warlord, with the hope that the two may marry, giving Viserys an army to help reclaim his birthright. Daenerys first meets Drogo at a subsequent party, along with Ser Jorah Mormont, a Westerosi exile, aiming to make a good impression on the warlord, for fear of otherwise inspiring the wrath of her brother.
After Varys sends a letter to King Robert, travelling in The North, about Viserys' plans to marry Daenerys to Drogo, he speaks with Lord Eddard Stark about the possibility of having an assassin deal with.
At the wedding, Daenerys sits silently with her husband and watches. She is gifted three servants, Irri, Jhiqui, and Doreah, as well as three petrified dragon eggs. Drogo then gives her a silver horse, and rides her away to consummate their marriage.
Daenerys struggles with the Dothraki lifestyle at first, getting saddle sores and blisters from the daily riding, and then crying during her sexual encounters with Drogo. After having another dragon dream, however, she starts to feel more comfortable with the cultural differences of the Dothraki. Viserys confronts her about the changes on the Dothraki Sea, but is pulled away when Jhogo uses his whip. Daenerys allows him to live unharmed, but determines that his horse should be taken away, and that he should be forced to walk instead of ride. That night, she has Doreah teach her the ways of sexual intercourse, which she then uses whilst sleeping with Drogo. Some time later, Irri reveals that Daenerys is pregnant.
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- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, The Merchant's Man.
- A Game of Thrones, Daenerys VII.
- A Clash of Kings, Daenerys II.
- A Dance with Dragons, The Windblown.
- A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion VI.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
- A Clash of Kings, Daenerys IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
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