Dragonstone is a small island in the Narrow Sea, between Westeros and Essos. Geographically, it is typically counted as a part of Westeros, but its culture is decidedly foreign. The island is independent from any of the mainland kingdoms. Instead, it is ruled over by House Targaryen, a remnant of the ancient Valyrian Empire. Dragonstone and its surrounding islands are harsh, near-barren rocks and home to only few people, but most importantly, they hold the last living dragons of the known world.
House Targaryen is an oddity among the noble houses of Westeros. They are the only royal house with Valyrian ancestry and are, in fact, pureblooded Valyrians themselves, among the last in the known world. They have left their empire about a decade before the Doom destroyed it, due to a vision of Daenys the Dreamer, a magically gifted ancestor of the house. Together with their dragons and a few companions, they have built a new home on the island of Dragonstone and the surrounding islands. Centuries later, House Targaryen owns the last living dragons in the known world. Their current ruler is Aegon Targaryen, an ambitious and highly cunning young man with great dreams.
- Animal Motifs: Dragons, if you want to count them as animals, are the main part of their sigil.
- Culture Clash: House Targaryen as a whole is one of the last surviving noble houses of the Valyrian Empire. As such, they uphold a number of traditions that are seen as alien or outright amoral in the Andal-influenced Westeros. The most obvious of these is their practice of intermarriage between siblings, practiced by many Targaryen's, including the onces currently alive in the story.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Their colours are red and black. However, House Targaryen is certainly not evil. Like most houses of Westeros, they hold morally ambiguous views, though Aegon is generally praised by his subjects. Past Targaryen's have either averted this trope or played it straight.
- Dragon Rider: House Targaryen is not a very large house and neither do they have many vassals. What truly gives them such fearful power is the fact that they control the last three dragons that survived the Doom of Valyria: Meraxes, Vhagar and the largest of them, Balerion.
- Mystical White Hair: Being pureblooded Valyrian's, every Targaryen has hair that ranges from silvery-blonde to white-golden. They are also associated with all kinds of mystical powers, from being seemingly immune to fire to the fact that they alone can control dragons.
- The Remnant: The Targaryen's are the last pureblooded Valyrian house. Other houses with Valyrian ancestry, such as House Velaryon and House Celtigar, have sworn their loyalty to them, but are not quite as pure as them. On top of that, the Targaryen's are the last followers of the old Valyrian customs, for the better or the worse.
King Aegon Targaryen
The Conqueror, The Dragonlord, King of All Westeros, Shield of His PeopleThe young head of House Targaryen, Aegon holds relatively small lands, only ruling over a handful of islands in the Narrow Sea between Westeros and Essos. However, he also controls the last three dragons that survived the destruction of the Valyrian Empire. With ambitions to restore the former pride of his family, he has recently set his eyes upon Westeros. He is married to his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Wields one of the two Valyrian Steel blades owned by his family; Blackfyre.
- Badass Beard: Has a short, but well trimmed beard and is an ambitious warrior and conqueror.
- Battle Couple: Aegon is married to his sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, who both join him in battle during their conquest of Westeros.
- BrotherSister Incest: Firmly raised into Valyrian customs, it was always expected of Aegon to one day marry one of his sisters. His father chose Visenya for him, the stronger one, as she was supposed to be able to give him many sons, though Aegon insisted on marrying his younger sister Rhaenys, whom he loves, just as well.
- Cool Sword: Blackfyre, an ancient Targaryen heirloom forged by dragonfire in the Valyrian Hegemony.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His three dragons are basically living nukes, so any time he deploys them in battle, the odds are shifted massively into his favor, no matter how heavily he is previously outnumbered.
- Determinator: No matter the odds, Aegon is dead set on uniting all Westeros under his banner, declaring war on seven kingdoms at once even though he himself can't muster a force stronger than a few thousand men.
- Dragon Rider: Of Balerion, the Black Dread, largest of the three Targaryen dragons and the only dragon who has been alive back when the Doom came upon Valyria, making him the last dragon to have lived during the days of the Hegemony.
- The Dreaded: Due to the sheer power his three dragons give him, Aegon is this for the part of Westeros that does not underestimate their abilities. Every character that learns about his impending War of Conquest reacts with great concern over the news.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: For years, Aegon and his family have not been involved with the politics of the seven kingdoms. He has been treated as little more than an oddity, remnant of a dying empire, by the kings of Westeros. As a result, not many are truly capable of understanding the danger he poses to the kingdoms of Westeros and face him woefully unprepared. It can be safely assumed that after his initial victory over the Mooton-Darklyn forces, he slowly becomes a nightmare to the same kings that underestimated him for so long.
- Frontline General: Aegon is not only the supreme leader of his armies, he is also not afraid to fight on the frontlines, atop his dragon, Balerion.
- The Good King: At least those that bend the knee to him praise his ability, as he is a competent administrator and genuinely cares for his subjects, treating those that follow him very well, while providing strength and stability in the territories he conquered.
- Last Episode, New Character: Despite being prominently mentioned throughout Book 1, he's only seen in person at the epilogue of the same book.
- The Magnificent: Aegon has quite a number of impressive titles, the most famour of which being "The Conqueror". At the time of the story, his most famous title is yet another example of this trope, being "The Dragonlord".
- Might Makes Right: Everyone, including him, knows that he holds no legal claim to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Nonetheless, he decides to invade them on account of controlling the three strongest and most terrifying creatures to live in the known world.
- Pet the Dog: For a man that has loudly stated his intention of burning those that refuse to bend the knee, Aegon shows a lot of compassion to the young Amerei Mooton, whose father was killed in battle against him, even after she refused to bend the knee. Instead of having her killed, he sympathizes with her, ignores a slight and works on a compromise, by naming her uncle the new Lord Mooton instead of her, allowing her to avoid having to bend the knee as long as she remains only loyal to her house, while still gaining a loyal Lord of Maidenpool.
- Polyamory: It is not uncommon for Valyrian's to marry brother and sister. However, what is highly unusual is Aegon's insistance to marry his younger sister Rhaenys just as well as his designated wife Visenya.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While he's ruthless on the battlefield, he's pretty reasonable to those who voluntarily surrender, since he truly wants to earn their allegiance. He listens to advice, even by former enemies and is quite fair to those he rules over.
- Sadistic Choice: Though definitely not motivated out of sadism, he offers one of these to his opponents. All of them are free to bend the knee at any time, but if they refuse, they have to face his dragons, which usually results in them dying or being defeated and forced to give up their sovereignity regardless.
- Sibling Team: Overlapping with Battle Couple, as his sister-wives are also his most trusted and loyal supporters.
- The Stoic: Aegon rarely shows much emotion, even if he is capable of a slight expression of relief when he manages to reach a compromise with Amerei Mooton, who gives up on her claim of Maidenpool instead of kneeling to him or dying by his dragon. Generally, he seems distant, a bit cold and not very expressive.
- There Can Be Only One: When he starts his conquest of Westeros, he boldly claims that from this day forward, there will be only one king in Westeros, which will be himself. Of course, the other rulers of the Seven Kingdoms do not just agree to bend the knee.
- Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: His full list of titles at the time is not as large as it will be later on during his conquest, but already reads as Aegon of House Targaryen, First of His Name, The Dragonlord, The Conqueror, King of All Westeros and Shield of His People.
- Young Conqueror: He's only 27, yet intends to unite an entire continent under his rule.
Queen Visenya TargaryenThe older sister of Aegon and Rhaenys. As it was decided by their father, she was to marry Aegon, though her brother insisted on marrying Rhaenys as well. Visenya is the rider of the dragon Vhagar and known as a fierce warrior.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Wields the second Valyrian Steel blade of her family; Dark Sister, which was actually made for women.
- Action Girl: Visenya is the most notable warrior woman of her time, fighting in battle, wearing armour and being generally treated as Aegon Taragryen's equal as a result.
- Affectionate Nickname: Aegon and Rhaenys call her 'Vis', and they're the only ones who does so.
- Aloof Big Sister: Rhaenys mentions she was always like this, and was even scared of her when they were young.
- Battle Couple: Together with her brother-husband Aegon and his other wife, her sister Rhaenys, Visenya is set on fighting and conquering all of Westeros.
- Boobs of Steel: Visenya is notably more buxom than her sister Rhaenys, while also being a dedicated warrior woman and one of the fiercest fighters under Aegon's command.
- Braids of Action: Wears her hair in a long braid, and is undoubtedly a warrior.
- BrotherSister Incest: As it is common with the Valyrian's, Visenya married her brother Aegon once they came off age. However, even for valyrian customs it is unusual that Aegon took their younger sister Rhaenys as his wife as well.
- Cool Sword: Dark Sister, her Absurdly Sharp Blade, is one of the finest swords in all Westeros.
- Dragon Rider: Of Vhagar, the youngest of the three Targaryen dragons.
- Ice Queen: Her demeanor is cold and straight to the point, she's even described as a harsh beauty. In contrast to her reasonable brother and her more gentle sister, she also encourages harsh behaviour, to the point of questioning a defeated lord's right to speak.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Typically the one to advice for harsh actions, Visenya's personality is direct, naturally distrustful and can at times even appear antagonizing. However, she never gives harsh advice without reason, having genuine arguments and her families best interests at heart.
- Lady of War: Though way less feminine than her traditionally lady-like sister Rhaenys, Visenya is certainly not manly, with her beauty still notable in spite of her status as a bona fide Action Girl.
- Last Episode, New Character: Visenya is occasionally mentioned in Book 1, mostly alongside her siblings, but isn't seen until the Epilogue.
- Polyamory: The marriage between Aegon and Visenya was done as it was custom with the Valyrian's and neither actually loved each other by the time of their marriage. Instead, Aegon loved their younger sister Rhaenys, whom he insisted on marrying as well.
- Sibling Team: Overlapping with Battle Couple, she leads House Targaryen alongside her brother-husband Aegon and her sister Rhaenys.
- Statuesque Stunner: Described as taller than Rhaenys and only a bit shorter than Aegon, who himself is noted to be a tall warrior. This means she is likely about as tall as the average man.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Is obvious she's the tomboy between both sisters. Visenya is harsh, buxom and dresses in armor while Rhaenys is lean, dresses more lavishly and is playful and friendly.
- Unwanted Spouse: Visenya and Aegon married out of tradition and beauty, though the fact that he also married their younger sister Rhaenys alongside her marks their union as little more than an Arranged Marriage, with her as The Un-Favourite to Rhaenys.
Queen Rhaenys TargaryenThe younger sister of Aegon and Visenya. Whereas Aegon married Visenya out of duty, he demanded to marry Rhaenys as well, whom he loved dearly, resulting in both sisters being wed to their brother. Rhaenys is the rider of the dragon Meraxes, but unlike her brother and sister, she is a more classical noble lady, not know for her skill in combat.
- Action Girl: Not to the same extent as her sister Visenya, as Rhaenys is mostly a gentle lady, interested in live at court. However, that does not change the fact that she is a dragon-rider and fights alongside her husband in his conquest for Westeros.
- Battle Couple: Together with her beloved brother-husband Aegon and his other wife, her sister Visenya, Rhaenys is part of a trio set to conquer all Westeros under the Targaryen banner.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hemys mentions she's normally quite easy to work for and hard to anger, but when she does, you better watch out.
- BrotherSister Incest: Rhaenys and her brother Aegon fell in love years ago, even before he was supposed to marry their sister, Visenya. When the time of his marriage came, Aegon insisted on marrying Rhaenys as well.
- Cat Smile: In general, Rhaenys has something cat-like about her appearance and behavior, but her smile is outright described as feline and she's displayed as sporting one of these on her official drawing.
- Dragon Rider: Of Meraxes, the first dragon that was born after the Doom of Valyria.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Rhaenys' hair has a silvery-golden colour and she is the most gentle of the Targaryen siblings, quickly warming up to the orphaned Ellena and generally showing compassion and understanding even to defeated foes.
- Lady of War: More so than her sister Visenya, Rhaenys is an Action Girl for sure, but manages to be graceful, feminine and elegant regardless, being generally seen as the more lady-like of the two.
- Last Episode, New Character: Rhaenys is mentioned over the course of Book 1, mostly alongside her siblings, but is first seen in the epilogue.
- Marry for Love: As per Valyrian custom, Aegon was betrothed to his oldest sister, Visenya. However, Rhaenys was always Aegon's true love, so he insisted on marrying her as well.
- Mystical White Hair: Out of the three Targaryen's, she fits the trope the best, not only sporting her siblings' silvery-golden hair, but also being the most gentle, graceful and soft of the trio.
- Polyamory: Not only is Rhaenys married to her own brother, Aegon, her husband is also married to Visenya, their older sister. In this case, it is unclear if this means that Rhaenys and Visenya are married as well, but both consider themselves Aegon's wives.
- Rapunzel Hair: Described as having waist-length hair, which she mostly wears open.
- Sibling Team: Together with her brother and husband Aegon and her sister Visenya, she is part of a Battle Couple intending to conquer the entirety of Westeros.
- Strong Family Resemblance: For a moment Ellena confused her with her cousin Raenna, bastard daughter of her uncle, although she thinks of Rhaenys as even more beautiful.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: From the get go we can tell she's the girly girl of the sisters. She's lean, playful, friendly and likes dressing more lavishly, in contrast to Visenya's harsh, cold demeanor.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: The Valyrian's in general are noted for their beauty, but in contrast to the harsher, less feminine Visenya, Rhaenys' beauty truly shines and those that see her for the first time have such a reaction.
Ser Orys Baratheon.The bastard half-brother of Aegon, Rhaenys and Visenya Targaryen, as well as a knight in their service and the general of the Targaryen army. He is known as a true knight, honorable and valiant in every situation, one of the few men who take their knightly vows truly seriously.
- The Ace: Orys is not only a true knight, he is also a master swordsman, an accomplished knight and trustworthy friend of Aegon Targaryen, the soon-to-be most powerful man in Westeros. There is no wonder why he is adored so heavily by his supporters.
- Badass Beard: Sports a short, but very full beard, which is a visual indicator for his supreme badassery.
- Beware the Nice Ones: There is no doubt that Orys is one of the nicest characters in the story. He is not only a true knight, he is also polite, affable and honorable in all of his actions. However, he is a dangerous Master Swordsman, one of the most badass characters in the story and by far one of the most dangerous.
- Big Damn Heroes: His introductory scene has him and his companions Gordar Celtigar and Rahaerys Velaryon appear just in time to save Samantha and her group from what looked like certain death at the hands of Rodrik Stone and his Second Sons. Orys himself contributes to this fight by dueling Rodrik Stone.
- He also saves Argella Durrandon, the Princess of the Stormlands, from being struck by Maron Mullendore.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Orys' duel with Rodrik is extremely one-sided. Even though Rodrik has a heavy advantage due to his Cool Sword, Lady Forlorn, Orys beats him neatly, even holding his own when his own sword gets sliced in half by his opponent's Valyrian Steel. Eventually, he manages to knock Rodrik out without even killing him, completely humiliating him in the process.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a knight in service of House Targaryen and half-brother to Aegon Targaryen himself, Orys is clad into dark armour, wearing the Targaryen colours of black and red. He also has dark hair and dark eyes. In contrast to his visual darkness, he is one of the stories foremost examples of a Knight In Shining Armour.
- The Fettered: Being a true knight and taking pride in it, Orys has a rigid moral code, something he is not willing to compromise. This gives him strength in bad situations and gives him a reputation that comes as helpful in many others.
- Four-Star Badass: His position in the Targaryen army is those of a high general, making him one of the highest members of the army, just below King Aegon and the Queens Rhaenys and Visenya. He is also the most dangerous fighter in the Targaryen army, though his skill tends to get Overshadowed by Awesome due to the fact that the three people above him have access to the dreaded Targaryen dragons.
- Frontline General: Much like his half-brother, Orys is not only a military commander, he is one to personally lead his men in battle, fighting worthy opponents and demonstrating great skill during it.
- Good Is Not Soft: First of all, yes, Orys is a good guy. Being a hero of those in need and a true knight, he is one of the most unambiguously good people in the stories usual Grey-and-Gray Morality. However, this does not mean that he is a pacifist. He is very much a dangerous warrior, not the slightest bit afraid to use physical force and he is more than capable of beating his opponents bloody if they refuse to surrender.
- Heroic Bastard: It is basically an open secret that Orys is a bastard, the half-brother of Aegon Targaryen, even if he has been adopted by a minor bannerman in service of House Targaryen. He is also a heroic Knight In Shining Armour and overall great guy.
- Honor Before Reason: His primary flaw is that he is almost too much of a perfect knight. As a result, he takes his honour very seriously. A defeated Rodrik Stone is not executed on the spot, as it would be fitting for such a villain, but instead, Orys imprisons him, since his honour as a knight forbids him to execute a helpless man.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Orys is one of the few knights in Westeros that take their vows very seriously. His honour is flawless, even if he sometimes takes it a bit too far and he is a true defender of those in need.
- Lightning Bruiser: During his duel with Rodrik Stone, he shows for sure why he is such a feared swordsman. He is not only strong enough to give the similarly strong Rodrik some resistance, he is also a lot faster than his opponent.
- Master Swordsman: Orys is widely considered to be the best swordsman on Dragonstone and one of the best in Westeros. He shows it off during his fight with Rodrik Stone, which is more of an extremely one-sided Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His refusal to execute Rodrik on the spot has serious consequences. By letting the dangerous sellsword live, he gives him a chance to escape later on, which puts Rodrik into a position where he ends up killing I'lian and Lenrianda, while seriously wounding Davith, only to get himself killed by Sasha.
- Number Two: To his half-brother, Aegon, whom he serves as the general of his troops.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Though Aegon hasn't been seen so far, there is already visual difference between them, with the dark-haired and dark-eyed Orys and the silver-haired and purple-eyed Aegon. Further differences between the siblings are implied, but not yet specifically shown.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: In stark contrast to the Valyrian parts of his family, Orys got his good looks solely from his mother, who gave him her dark hair and dark eyes. He is also handsome enough that even Princess Argella, who quite harshly refused to marry him a few months before, notes how handsome he is.
- True Companions: To Gordar Celtigar and Rahaerys Velaryon.
- Worthy Opponent: Generally one of the best fighters in Westeros, he is notably impressed when Jon Mooton manages to hold his own against him. As a result, he treats their duel with a lot of respect, expressing a desire to continue the fight even after being wounded by a horse.
The Targaryen Dragons
The Black DreadThe biggest and oldest of the three dragons, rode by King Aegon Targaryen. Born over a century ago shortly before the Doom of Valyria, he was brought to Dragonstone by Lord Aenar Targaryen during his voluntary exile. His moniker was earned during Aegon's fighting against the Volantene expansion.
- Beast of Battle: Balerion, like most dragons of the Valyrian Empire, has been bred specifically for war. Fittingly, he is by far the most powerful and destructive creature in Westeros, probably the entire world after the Doom killed a majority of the other dragons. He shows what he is capable of any time Aegon decides to use him.
- Breath Weapon: Aside from his massive size and the sheer destructive abilities that come with it, his most terrifying weapon is his fire breath, producing a black flame that burns way hotter than anything else. Using this ability heats up his normal breath to a point where just breathing at someone right in front of him is enough to cook a knight in his armour.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any battle he is involved in turns into a decisive victory for House Targaryen, on account of him being a hundreds-feet tall, fire-breathing Beast of Battle that is near-impossible to kill for the utterly unprepared Westerosi troops.
- Dark Is Evil / Dark Is Not Evil: It's hard to say which of these tropes apply and are probably heavily subjective depending on where ones loyalties lie in the War of Conquest. For Aegon's enemies, it is definitely the former, whereas his allies might hold opinions closer to the latter. Fact is, Balerion is a massive, black dragon with a ferocious and violent temper.
- Giant Flyer: His wingspan is described as 100ft each, with his entire shadow being massive enough to bury large portions of Maidenpool beneath him, according to Lord Mooton. Ellena Terys, who hails from the city of Braavos, mentions him being larger than the Titan that guards her home city, which in itself is an absolutely massive statue.
- The Juggernaut: Once on a rampage, there's not much anyone can do to stop him. The allied forces of House Darklyn and Mooton far outnumber Aegon Targaryen's forces during their battle, but are mostly crushed by the Black Dread himself, who burns several hundreds of men all by himself without being slowed down.
- Last of Its Kind: Though not the last dragon in general, due to the existence of the younger Meraxes and Vhagar, he is the last living dragon to still have lived in the Valyrian Freehold, being born a few years before the Doom of Valyria.
- Lightning Bruiser: He may be huge, but he's also incredibly fast for his size, which allows him impressive feats of agility in battle without sacrificing any bit of his strength or resilience.
- Mighty Roar: His roar is so strong, it can deafen a person if they're close enough.
- My Blood Runs Hot: Forget his blood, being near him already produces uncomfortable amounts of heat. Paired with how much his fire heats up his breath, one can only imagine how much worse his blood must be.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Black Dread is a nickname very descriptive of Balerion's capabilities.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His scales are as hard as a rock, and the skin beneath them as resilient as boiled leather, making him near impossible to kill. Hundreds of archers are barely more than an annoyance to him.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Balerion and his kin are closer in appearance to wyverns, having their wings attaches to their forelimbs instead as separate limbs on their back. And though generally referred to with male pronouns, he is technically a member of a One-Gender Race.
MeraxesThe second and middle of the three dragons, rode by Queen Rhaenys Targaryen. She is the first dragon born after the Doom of Valyria. Her scales are described as silver in color and she has golden eyes.
- Giant Flyer: Though Meraxes is not as huge as the older Balerion, she is nonetheless huge, larger than Vhagar, who herself is described as being larger than a large warship.
- Light Is Good / Light Is Not Good: Similar to Balerion, opinion on Meraxes depends mostly on where someone stands in the War of Conquest. However, she is the brightest and most beautiful of the three dragons, as well as the least violent, while still being capable of massive destruction if ordered to do so by her rider.
- Lightning Bruiser: Leaner and more elegant looking than Balerion, but no less resilient.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Just like Balerion, Meraxes' scales make her nearly impossible to kill, as it can be assumed she shows the same amount of resilience towards any object meant to injure her as the Black Dread does.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Wyvern-like in appearance, Meraxes has wings on her forelimbs instead of having them as separate limbs on her back. She is also not technically female, as dragons as a whole are a One-Gender Race, but is nonetheless referred to with female pronouns, probably due to the preference of her rider.
VhagarThe youngest and smallest of the three dragons, rode by Queen Visenya Targaryen. Described as blood red in color, she has piercing green eyes.
- Giant Flyer: While she is the smallest of the three, she is still bigger than a warship.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Though Vhagar has not yet been seen in battle, she is an adult dragon, meaning she definitely has a similar resilience than Balerion towards any kind of injury.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Like the rest of her kin, Vhagar resembles a wyvern on account of having only four limbs, with wings attached to the forelimbs, instead of the six-limbed dragons from classical fairy tales. Since dragons are also a One-Gender Race, she is only referred to as female instead of actually being one.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Take red scales instead of red hair, on account of her species not having hair, but she shows the same striking colour scheme and as one of the three Targaryen dragons, she is absolutely essential to the Targaryen campaign to conquer Westeros.
Targaryen Bannermen and Retainers from the Crownlands
One of the few houses in Westeros with Valyrian blood, the Celtigar's of Claw Isle have left their homelands thousands of years ago and have lived in Westeros through the Andal Invasion. Claiming dominion over all of Crackclaw Point, they are ambitious, yet after the arrival of House Targaryen, have quickly settled for being their primary bannermen, forming a bulk of the Targaryen army. Their current head is Crispian Celtigar.
Lord Crispian CeltigarThe Lord of Claw Isle and head of House Celtigar. Alongside Lord Daemon Velaryon, he's one of there first Lords to pledge his loyalty to Aegon.
Ser Gordar CeltigarThe eldest nephew of Lord Crispian Celtigar of Claw Isle as well as a knight in service of House Targaryen. Talented and prideful, Gordar has little ambition to lead, but way more ambition to become the best swordsman in Westeros.
- The Ace: Gordar is one of the best swordsmen on Dragonstone and likely the entirety of Westeros, being almost equal to Orys Baratheon, his friend and leader, who is widely regarded as the best in all of Westeros.
- Big Damn Heroes: Just when it looks that Samantha and her group are done for, Gordar arrives together with Rahaerys and Orys, to prevent their deaths at the hands of Rodrik Stone and his sellswords.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite being a prodigy as a swordsman and having a bright mind, Gordar holds no ambitions to be any more than a good fighter, showing no real interest in leading even if he would undoubtedly be a good leader.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Gordar is first mentioned in Chapter 4, by his cousin, many months before actually appearing in the story as part of Orys Baratheon's group that travels to Raylansfair.
- Deadpan Snarker: Out of Orys' group, he is the wise-cracking jokester.
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite being a heroic man and noble knight, Gordar can get quite harsh and angry, especially when his family is in danger or towards those who have wronged House Celtigar in the past.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like many Valyrian's Gordar has a golden touch to his hair. He is also a heroic and well-intentioned knight, one of the best on Dragonstone and personal friend to the Knight In Shining Armour Orys Baratheon.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Gordar is one of Dragonstone's most valiant knights, a prodigy swordsman and true knight, who places a lot of importance on his vows and his deeds as a swordsman. His introductory scene even has him saving Samantha from what seemed like certain death.
- Master Swordsman: Together with Orys and Rahaerys, he is one of the best on Dragonstone.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: A short, but neat one towards Argella for her role in his cousin's death. He himself seems slightly surprised that he actually managed to get through to this with her.
- True Companions: To Orys Baratheon and Rahaerys Velaryon.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When he spots Argella Durrandon during the Raid on Raylansfair, he drops his usual politeness and gives her a massive one of these, overlapping with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, about the pain she and her father brought to House Celtigar.
- You Killed My Cousin: Gordar is usually a well-natured and friendly man, but he holds a severe grudge against Argilac and Argella Durrandon for their actions against his cousin, Corilyan, who eventually did of his wounds.
Ser Corilyan Celtigar
The Ambassador of DragonstoneA member of a Celtigar side-branch, Corilyan has always been a talented swordsman, yet an even more talented speaker. For this, his liege, Aegon Targaryen, named him ambassador of Dragonstone.
- Alliterative Name: Corilyan Celtigar
- Ambadassador: Corilyan is not only the Ambassador of Dragonstone, but also an accomplished knight, who has fought alongside his liege and Argilac Durrandon during their war against the Volantene Hegemony.
- An Arm and a Leg: For the insult of offering a marriage between Argella Durrandon, heiress of the Stormlands, and Orys Baratheon, bastard brother of Aegon Targaryen, Argella's father severs both of his hands at the wrists.
- Did Not Think This Through: Corilyan surely didn't think enough about his strategy on how to deliver Aegon's message to the Storm King. While Argilac is not the easiest man to talk with about such a subject, a lot of things could have been avoided with more forethinking.
- Killed Offscreen: Eventually confirmed to have died on his way back to Dragonstone, after his wounds reopened.
- Motor Mouth: This is what seals his fate. Even after insulting the Storm Princess, he continues to talk, only making his situation worse and worse, up until the Storm King just snaps and severs both of his hands as punishment.
- Nice Guy: Though this isn't shown during his one appearance in the story, Corilyan is remembered fondly by his family. Both, Saerya and Gordar call him a good man, a loving husband and father and they are deeply saddened by his loss.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Corilyan's role in the actual story is minuscule, he only appears in one part and is eventually Killed Offscreen. However, his involvement in the history of Westeros is absolutely massive. His death is the final trigger for the War of Conquest, the single most defining moment in Westerosi history.
- Too Dumb to Live: Corilyan's strategy to deliver a message towards the Storm King is to be as blunt as possible. Up until the very end, he doesn't even realize the danger he is in, or why his message is so dangerous to deliver and he doesn't understand why anyone could be offended by the offer to have their beloved daughter marry a bastard. Sure, it is a case of Values Dissonance between the Valyrian-influenced House Targaryen and Andal Westeros, but keep in mind that the man is the Ambassador of Dragonstone and should know better.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Being a Nice Guy, it is pretty sure that Corilyan never had any intention of starting a war with his words. However, his mutilation and following death is what motivates Aegon Targaryen to start his War of Conquest.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He merely appears in a single part in one chapter and though he has a lot of impact on the events that followed, barely anything is revealed about him as a person. Later on, he is confirmed to have died offscreen due to the wounds he suffered.
House Velaryon of Driftmark has once belonged to the Dragonlords of Old Valyria. Disgraced and stripped of lands, titles and dragons, they were exiled hundreds of years before House Targaryen left their homelands, something that came as a blessing for them when the Doom came upon Valyria. Joining with a cadet branch that has settled on Driftmark since the days of the early Valyrian settlers, they eventually submitted to House Targaryen when they followed to Dragonstone. Their current head is Daemon Velaryon.
Lord Daemon VelaryonThe Lord of Driftmark and father of Aethon and Rahaerys Velaryon. He, like Crispian Celtigar, give Aegon Targaryen their support during his Conquest. His younger sister was Valaena Velaryon, Aerion Targaryen's wife, which makes him uncle of Aegon, Visenya and Rhaenys.
- Agent Scully: He's not very convinced Noelle's prophecies are real.
- Badass Beard: Has a long, thin beard.
- The Captain: Of the Lady Valaena, the flagship of House Velaryon.
- Fat and Skinny: He's tall and rather gaunt, in comparison to the shorter and plump Crispian Celtigar.
- Last Episode, New Character: Debuts in the epilogue of Book 1.
- Pride: He's quite proud of the strength of his fleet, so he's none too pleased to find Gregor Harlaw's ship sneaking past them so easily.
Ser Rahaerys VelaroynThe second son of Lord Daemon Velaryon of Driftmark, Rahaerys was raised as a warrior, as opposed to his older brother Aethon, who was raised to lead. He is calm and silent, but efficient and competent, a born follower instead of a leader.
- Big Damn Heroes: Together with Gordar and Orys, Rahaerys arrives just in time to Samantha and her group from certain death at the hands of Rodrik Stone. He arrives on a heavy warhorse, riding down sellswords until they decide to retreat.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: As a result of his soft features and long hair, he does give off this vibe.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Rahaerys is a knight in service of House Targaryen, who displays nothing but noble, respectful behaviour across his involvement into the story.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair falls down onto his shoulders an he is noted to look young and boyishly pretty.
- Master Swordsman: Like his companions, he is one of the best swordsmen on Dragonstone.
- Mystical White Hair: A typical trait for Valyrian's is their very pale blonde hair, often with a touch of silvery for extra mysterious points. In Rahaerys' case, it has more than just a touch of silver and he is the most quiet and mysterious of Orys' companions.
- The Quiet One: Part of the reason of why he is a Satellite Character compared to his more vocal companions Orys and Gordar. Rahaerys doesn't really talk all that much.
- The Reliable One: The main reason why he accompanies Orys and Gordar to Raylansfair is that he is not only one of the best swordsmen on Dragonstone, but also a reliable and loyal servant of King Aegon, willing to follow every order he is given.
- Satellite Character: Compared to his companions, Orys Baratheon and Gordar Celtigar, Rahaerys receives the fewest amount of screentime and no storylines of his own. He doesn't even say anything during Chapter 8, whereas Orys and Gordar both become importantly involved in certain plotlines.
- True Companions: With Orys and Gordar.
Asher VelaryonA young member of House Velaryon and squire of Ser Orys Baratheon.
House Bar Emmon
House Bar Emmon of Sharp Point is of Andal origins, having been founded by the dreaded warlord Togarion Bar Emmon. They have always been among the strongest houses in their region, rivaling even the powerful Celtigar's. Nominally loyal to Storm's End, they break faith early on during the War of Conquest, to join forces with House Targaryen, whom they have long since admired. Their current head is Michael Bar Emmon.
Ser Iwan Bar EmmonThe heir of Sharp Point. He, alongside Lord Triston Massey, change their allegiance from House Durrandon to House Targaryen and promise troops in Aegon's coming war.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Described with this type of eyes.
- Last Episode, New Character: Like most of Aegon's circle, he's first seen at the epilogue of Book 1.
- Multicolored Hair: Half his hair is dyed blue.
- The Quiet One. Iwan does not speak much during his introductory scene, basically only confirming that House Bar Emmon and Massey have broken their vows to House Durrandon to serve House Targaryen instead.
- The Starscream: Despite being nominally a vassal of House Durrandon, his house has closer ties to Dragonstone, and intends to support them in their war.
A young and very minor house from the lands near Blackwater Bay, House Stokeworth has seen two different rules in its young history, the Storm Kings of House Durrandon and the Kings of the Isles and the Rivers. Holding nominal loyalty to whomever ruled over them at the time, they are mostly concerned with matters of their own and surviving their position between two warring kingdoms. Their current head is Matthos Stokeworth.
Lord Matthos StokeworthThe Lord of Stokeworth. Matthos has a son, Simon, who sides with Aegon immediately after the man's landing. Matthos himself refuses to bend the knee, citing loyalty to his current overlord, Harren Hoare, but is convinced otherwise due to a trick by his son.
- Defeat Means Friendship: While Matthos has to be forced to submit due to a trick by his own son, the fact that his house suffers no casualties and actually gains importance and status by becoming one of the new kings primary bannermen turns him into a staunch Targaryen supporter.
- The Ghost: His son Simon is seen in the story, but Matthos himself is merely mentioned.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Initially a Hoare loyalist in the early days of the Conquest, his own son comes up with a plan that forces him to submit. It is mentioned that Queen Visenya set the roof of Stokeworth ablaze, intimidating him into submission, after he realized how dangerous his continuing refusal to submit could have been for his family.
- Lord Country: Lord Stokeworth of Stokeworth
Simon StokeworthThe son and heir of Lord Matthos Stokeworth. He chooses to support House Targaryen in awe of the might of their dragons and promises to convince his father to do the same.
- Alliterative Name: Simon Stokeworth
- Ascended Fanboy: For many years, Simon has read about dragons and he is incredibly excited to learn that Aegon Targaryen starts his invasion of Westeros. Him bending the knee and helping to convince his father to pledge House Stokeworth to the Conqueror means that he is now a member of the king's inner circle.
- Brainy Brunette: As described below, he has brown hair. He is also smart enough to figure out that Aegon is planning to start a war before Lord Rosby and quite likely before several of the rulers of Westeros have even been informed of his intentions.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Simon has brown hair and brown eyes.
- Genre Savvy: Simon is a well-read man, who has knowledge about dragons that go way beyond what is common in the Seven Kingdoms of the time before the Conquest. He has read tales about the past Valyrian wars and as such, he quickly realizes what Aegon means to do even before the Conquest starts. He is also savvy enough to immediately bend the knee when offered the chance.
- Last Episode, New Character: Like Regis Rosby, he's first seen in the epilogue of Book 1.
- Know When to Fold Them: Simon has the honour of being the first noble in Westeros to actually bend the knee to Aegon Targaryen after previously coming from a house that opposed him. He does so even before meeting Balerion, on account of having read about the dragons and their power.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Doesn't have any outstanding physical characteristics, being a plain brunette with common brown eyes.
- The Smart Guy: Simon might look rather average, but he is a smart man, who quickly realizes that bending the knee to Aegon Targaryen will hold nothing but benefits for his house. He also comes up with a plan to convince his more unwilling father to bend the knee as well.
- The Starscream: Technically, even if it is to their own best, Simon has no right to submit his lands to House Targaryen, as he is not the Lord of Stokeworth, but merely the heir. It is a heavily downplayed example though, as him siding with Aegon means he is able to convince his new liege of a plan that forces his family into submission without costing any Stokeworth lives.
One of the larger houses of the Blackwater Bay area, House Rosby was once a vassal of House Durrandon, who gained lands centuries ago, when the Storm Kings first conquered the Blackwater area. However, they were forced into submission by House Hoare and have remained uneasy vassals ever since, until Aegon's Conquest gave them a chance to leave their unwanted liege behind for a more suitable ruler. Their current head is Regis Rosby.
Lord Regis RosbyThe Lord of Rosby. After being convinced to peacefully surrender by Aegon Targaryen, he's made a direct vassal of House Targaryen. He's the POV character of the epilogue of Book 1
- Alliterative Name: Regis Rosby.
- Cool Old Guy: He is already greying and balding by the time we first meet him in the story, yet still a capable and thoughtful ruler, as well as one of the first to kneel to Aegon Targaryen out of his own free will.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Regis is the first of the Westerosi lords to bend the knee by force, after being intimidated by the presence of Balerion instead of voluntarily submitting as Simon Stokeworth did. In return, he became one of Aegon's primary bannermen and a loyal supporter and advisor.
- Expy: His entire look, his first name and part of his personality have been inspired by Regis, a higher vampire from the Witcher saga.
- Happily Married: Regis reminisces fondly of his wife, Alayne Rosby, even though they have both grown old together since their more romantic times at the beautiful Blackwater Bay.
- Know When to Fold Them: While at first skeptical of Aegon's offer, after seeing Balerion for the first time, he quickly bends the knee and gives Aegon his loyalty.
- Last Episode, New Character: He's first seen in the epilogue of Book 1.
- Lord Country: Lord Rosby of Rosby.
- Oh, Crap!: Regis has such a reaction when he first sees Balerion and it is perfectly justified.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: During a council, he proposes a more peaceful approach to deal with the nobles that surrender to the Targaryen's, telling Visenya being too cruel only invites rebellion.
An ancient and very powerful house, the Darklyn's control the port town of Duskendale, itself the primary port to the Narrow Sea, granting them vast amounts of wealth. Unlike their neighbors, they were even more than capable of defending and keeping this wealth, making them a major power player in the region. Their current head is Damon Darklyn, who followed his father Bryen, who was burned alive by Balerion during the first battle of Aegon's Conquest.
Lord Bryen DarklynThe Lord of Dun Fort and head of House Darklyn. He, alongside Lord Grenn Mooton of Maidenpool, leads a force of 3,000 men to defeat Aegon Targaryen. He's one of the first casualties of the battle, being either burned by dragon fire, or killed during Balerion's subsequent rampage.
- Glory Seeker: The prospect of killing a dragon and regaining House Darklyn's past glory gives him a lot of motivation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While arrogant and overconfident, he truly cares about his sons's well being, sharing a fond farewell with him jut before the battle.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Thought killing a dragon would be as easy as shooting wild geese. Shooting it is one thing, piercing its hide was an entirely different matter.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Just like his son, Bryen is a dark-haired, handsome warrior.
- Too Dumb to Live: Bryen's entire tactic on how to kill Balerion has so many flaws that even Jon Mooton, who had no previous experience fighting dragons calls him out on it. He goes through with it regardless, to an end that was to be expected.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed shortly after his introduction, and we don't even know if it was fire or shortly after.
Ser, later Lord Damon Darklyn
The Dark Blade of DuskendaleLord Bryen's eldest son and heir, who marches alongside his father in facing the Targaryen host. He's considered the best swordsman in Duskendale and even the Riverlands, at least according to himself. He's also friends with Lady Amerei Mooton. After the defeat of House Darklyn and Mooton, he bends the knee to Aegon and becomes one of their bannermen.
- Alliterative Name: Damon Darklyn.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Besides being the best swordsman of Duskendale, he shares his father's confidence in their army. All that goes out the window when his father is burned alive and he's powerless to do anything about it.
- Badass in Distress: He's defeated by Orys Baratheon and taken prisoner after the defeat of House Darklyn. He's released shortly after.
- Big Brother Instinct: Less than enthusiastic about giving his younger brother as ward to the people that killed their father, but complies nonetheless.
- Black Swords Are Better: Wields a black sword, although is not Valyrian steel. It gets taken by House Targaryen along with those of his defeated forces.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Damon has a strong darkness theme going on, being a Tall, Dark, and Handsome warrior of House Darklyn, who is also known as the Dark Blade of Duskendale. That being said, while he might be a bit jerkish at times, he is not a bad guy at all.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While cocky and overconfident, he truly loves his father. He also shows genuine concern for his friend Amy Mooton and speaks up for her claim to Maidenpool only shortly after bending the knee to Aegon Targaryen.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: After being defeated by Aegon Targaryen and captured, Damon sees no other choice but to kneel to the man that defeated him. He makes it clear how little he likes it, but does so for his own survival and that of House Darklyn.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When his father is killed, he leads a suicidal charge against the enemy host and personally faces Orys Baratheon in revenge for his father's death, only to be defeated and made prisoner.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Described as looking very similar to his father.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Damon has black hair and intense blue eyes, as well as sharp features.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He is very vocal on calling out Aegon Targaryen for making Jon Mooton the new Lord of Maidenpool even if it should go to Grenn's daughter Amerei instead and continues his criticism even after Visenya reacted harshly to it.
- You Are in Command Now: Literally becomes Lord Darklyn at the field when his father is burned to death alongside most of their archers.
DarkrobinLord Bryen's second son, who stays behind at Mooton's camp to guard Lady Amerei Mooton alongside Dana Darke. He's 15 years old. To ensure the loyalty of his brother, he's made squire of Ser Rahaerys Velaryon and taken to Dragonstone for training.
The Darke LadyA member of House Darke of Duskendale, and distant kin of House Darklyn. She serves as bodyguard for Robin Darklyn during his wardship under House Targaryen.
Other Targaryen Bannermen
Ser Daghan Oxus
The Ox of the DragonA knight in service of Aegon Targaryen and over the years, he has received a nearly legendary reputation as a warrior. Yearning for the thrill of battle, Daghan is a violent man who certainly earned his fearsome reputation, yet also affable and calm towards those he likes.
- Anti-Hero: Even though Daghan becomes an ally to John and a genuine friend, he never quite becomes a clear hero. Fittingly, John is an Anti-Hero himself, though to a different degree. Despite his lust for battle, Daghan is still a noble and heroic man, capable of the knightly behavior that would be expected from a man in his rank.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is noted to be deep and gravelly, fitting for a man of his badassery.
- Bald of Awesome: Completely bald and just as awesome.
- Blood Knight: Daghan loves fighting, to say the least. While he clarifies that this is not about the act of killing, he doesn't seem to mind it as a byproduct of his love for fighting. Given his brutal strength, it's often even inevitable.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Usually quiet and cultured, Daghan turns into a man more befitting of his thuggish looks whenever he is on a battlefield. Shouting loudly, sometimes laughing and certainly enjoying every second of it, he becomes absolutely terrifying when provoked into a fight.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite his Blood Knight tendencies, Daghan is not without softness. He is loyal and affectionate towards those he considers friends and for all accounts loves his daughter dearly and gets downright soft when talking about her.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As a knight in service of House Targaryen, Daghan wears their colours, black and red. However, while he can be a bit of a jerk, he is anything but evil.
- Defrosting Ice King: When John and Janae first meet him, they are basically intruders in his hideout and they even steal a letter he received from his contact in the city. Naturally, he is quite cold and a bit hostile to them at first. However, he eventually comes around and warms up to them, becoming a friend and genuine ally to both.
- The Dreaded: According to Jaro and I'lian, who have seen him in battle during Aegon Targaryen's war against the Volantene Hegemony. The two brothers are downright terrified by the thought of having to face him.
- Face of a Thug: Daghan has one, which is the source of Janae's initial distrust towards him.
- Genius Bruiser: It would be easy to mistake Daghan as a simple Dumb Muscle, due to his size and brutish appearance, but eventually, he reveals himself to be quite a smart man.
- Hidden Depths: For all his tough guy appearance, Daghan has more than just a bit of a soft spot for his daughter, Cassandra. He is also a lot smarter than he appears to be at first and quite cultured.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Initially, Daghan comes off as rude and uncaring, though part of this is justified by John and Janae having entered his hideout and therefore threatening the secrecy of his mission. He still has moments of harshness later on, but becomes a genuine and important ally to John, with whom he forms a friendship.
- Lightning Bruiser: What makes Daghan especially dangerous is that he is not only taller than the large majority of men he fights, but also a lot stronger than the average swordsman and all of this without sacrificing much of his speed.
- Master Swordsman: One of the best in the entire story.
- Not What It Looks Like: After moving to Raylansfair, Daghan quickly takes an interest in the tavern's barmaid, Daisy Vega. However, while she is understandably creeped out by his behavior, he explains towards John that he holds no feelings towards her, instead she merely reminds him of his daughter, whom he has left at Dragonstone and whom he missed deeply.
- Would Hit a Girl: One of his first scenes features a fight between him and a group of Second Sons, among them Lenrianda. He knocks her out by violently slamming his shield against her head.
Cassandra OxusThe only daughter of Ser Daghan Oxus and handmaiden of Queen Rhaenys.
Ser Quenton QoherysThe Master-at-arms of Dragonstone and head of House Qoherys. He is in his late forties, having served Aegon and his father and becoming a trusted man at court. For this, he was sent even ahead of his king, to secure the loyalty of the small houses in the area around Blackwater Bay.
- Alliterative Name: Quenton Qoherys
- Badass Beard: Described as having a thick and wild beard.
- Eyepatch of Power: Having lost his eye to some event several years ago, he wears a silver and black colored one covering his missing eye.
- Large and in Charge: Quenton is escribed as being 7ft tall, and he is the master-at-arms of Dragonstone.
- Last Episode, New Character: First seen in the epilogue of Book 1
Ser Quingar QoherysThe eldest child and heir of Ser Quenton Qoherys. He's a member of the Dragonstone garrison. Unlike his father, he's a rather unpleasant person.
- Alliterative Name: Quingar Qoherys.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Considers himself the best warrior in Dragonstone and is eager to prove it by fighting against a warrior of similar stature like Emphryus Dresfel.
- Bald of Evil: His true morality is not yet known, but he is certainly far from pleasant and has a shaved head.
- Blood Knight: He's quite eager to test his strength against Dresfel, even if it goes against Orys Baratheon's orders.
- Giant Mook: He's almost the same height as his father.
- Jerkass: The guy doesn't give Ellena a good impression, and Hemys indicates he's always like that. Over the course of a single part, he manages to severely belittle and insult pretty much everyone around him.
- Token Evil Teammate: For a certain definition of evil. While Quingar hasn't done anything particularly bad so far, he sticks out from the people around Aegon, most of them willing to do at least morally ambiguous things, by lacking their affability and politeness. Instead, he is a massive jerk and implied to be quite ruthless.
Laevon RaelgaeronAn adviser of King Aegon. Though not holding an official position at the king's council, he is nonetheless an important presence at court and accompanies his liege during the first landing of Targaryen troops in Westeros.
- Animal Motifs: His hooked nose and balding head remind a vulture.
- Last Episode, New Character: Debuts in the epilogue of Book 1.
- Sinister Schnoz: His most outstanding physical characteristic is his notably large, aquiline nose. While his morality is not yet known after appearing only so briefly, he at least looks a bit eery, especially compared to the beautiful Targaryen's.