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Queen Visenya Targaryen holding Dark Sister

Queen Visenya Targaryen was the eldest child of Lord Aerion Targaryen of Dragonstone and Lady Valaena Velaryon. She was senual and passionate, yet also stern and unforgiving. A warrior, Visenya wielded the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister. Visenya was wed to her brother Aegon following Valyrian custom; Aegon took their younger sister, Rhaenys, to wife as well. It was said that he had married Visenya out of duty, and Rhaenys out of desire. Though loyal to her brother, Visenya's relationship with Aegon was never warm. After more than a decade of marriage, Visenya gave birth to Aegon's second son, Maegor, who she raised on Dragonstone. When Aegon tore down the Aegonfort in King's Landing and moved to Dragonstone, he gave Visenya the task of overseeing the construction of the Red Keep. It is claimed he did so as not to have to endure her presence on Dragonstone.

As a dragonrider, Visenya rode on her dragon Vhagar during Aegon's Conquest and later during the First Dornish War. In 10 AC, after preventing an assassination attempt on her and Aegon, Visenya convinced her brother of the need of personal guards loyal only to him and created the Kingsguard, personally selecting the first seven knights. Though a councilor to her nephew, King Aenys I Targaryen, Visenya always championed her own son, Maegor. Upon Aenys's death, she immediately retrieved Maegor from exile so he could claim the Iron Throne. Read more...