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Lady of Driftmark
|Born||In 116 AC, at Pentos|
|Spouse(s)||Lord Alyn Velaryon|
|Father||Prince Daemon Targaryen|
|Mother||Lady Laena Velaryon|
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Lady Baela Targaryen, also known as Baela Velaryon, was a daughter of Prince Daemon Targaryen and Lady Laena Velaryon. She had a younger twin sister, Rhaena Targaryen, and two younger half-brothers, Aegon and Viserys. She was a dragonrider who rode Moondancer.
Appearance and Character
Baela and her younger twin, Rhaena, had fine features, silver-white hair, and purple eyes. When she was fourteen, Baela was slim and short of stature. Two years later, however, she was tall, lean, and quick. The beautiful Baela cropped her hair that as short as a boy's, so it would not whip about her face when she was riding.
Like her father, Prince Daemon Targaryen, Baela was wild, willing, and fearless; Gyldayn considered her more boyish than ladylike. She was quick to anger and was known to be deliberately provocative at times.
Baela and Rhaena were born small and sickly in Pentos in 116 AC. She was named after her paternal grandfather, Prince Baelon Targaryen. When they were half a year old, the twins sailed from Pentos to Driftmark with their mother, Laena Velaryon. In 117 AC, Baela was presented at court by her father, Prince Daemon Targaryen.
Dance of the Dragons
Baela remained on Dragonstone during the Dance of the Dragons. She refused to leave her betrothed, Jacaerys, and insisted on fighting by his side on her dragon, even though Moondancer was not yet large enough to be ridden. Baela announced she would marry Jacaerys immediately, but that did not occur. According to Grand Maester Munkun, Jacaerys wanted to wait with their marriage until the civil war was done, whilst Mushroom claims Jacaerys had taken the bastard girl Sara Snow for his wife during his time at Winterfell concluding the Pact of Ice and Fire.
Baela first flew on Moondancer in 130 AC. After her step-mother, Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, won the Iron Throne, Baela divided her days between Dragonstone and Driftmark, flying back and forth on Moondancer. Baela also began playing kissing games with squires. After being caught with a kitchen scullion, Baela tearfully begged the castellan, Ser Robert Quince, not to remove the servant's hand.
After the carcass of the dragon Grey Ghost had been found at the base of the Dragonmont, Ser Robert concluded the Cannibal was the killer. Robert refused to send knights to hunt down the Cannibal, believing that the murderous dragon would not hurt the people on Dragonstone if they left him alone. Baela disagreed with his decision, however, and she offered to travel to the Dragonmont to seek out the truth of the Grey Ghost's death. Robert forbade her to go, and Baela was no longer allowed to leave the castle. She attempted to leave the castle regardless that night, but was discovered and confined to her chambers.
During the fall of Dragonstone to Rhaenyra's rival, King Aegon II Targaryen, during the second half of 130 AC, Baela slipped out of her bedroom window to evade Tom Tangletongue and sneaked to Moondancer in the stable. As Aegon flew down on Sunfyre to land in the yard, Baela and Moondancer flew up and met him in the sky. The two dragons fought in the air, eventually slamming into the ground. While Aegon jumped from Sunfyre's saddle twenty feet from the ground, Baela stayed on Moondancer's back as they reached the ground. She was burned and battered from the fighting, but still had the strength to undo her saddle chains and crawl away from Moondancer as the dragon coiled in her death throes. Ser Alfred Broome drew his sword to slay Baela, but his sword was wrenched from his hand by Ser Marston Waters. Tom then carried her to Maester Hunnimore. Afterwards, Baela was placed in the dungeons of Dragonstone. Rhaenyra was fed to Sunfyre after her flight to Dragonstone.
After Sunfyre died on the ninth day of the twelfth moon of 130 AC, a weeping Aegon the Elder had Baela brought up from the dungeons so she could be put to death. When Baela's head was on the block, however, Aegon changed his mind after the maester informed him that Baela was the granddaughter of Corlys Velaryon, Lord of the Tides. Aegon then sent a raven to Driftmark, informing Corlys's bastard-born grandson, Alyn Velaryon that he had to present himself on Dragonstone to swear fealty to Aegon within the fortnight. If Alyn would not do as he was bid, Baela would be executed.
Once King's Landing was taken by the loyalists of Aegon II, Lord Corlys was freed from the dungeons and offered a place among Aegon's people. Corlys agreed, on several conditions, including Baela's immediate release. Corlys's terms were granted, and after he swore fealty to Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower in front of the Iron Throne, ravens were sent to Driftmark and Dragonstone, arriving just as Aegon was preparing to behead Baela once again. Baela traveled to King's Landing with Aegon and his court from Dragonstone on Mouse in the waning days of 130 AC. The girl was kept in chains, as Aegon's people feared she might attack the king if she was freed.
Following the Battle of the Kingsroad, Aegon II threatened to Lord Corlys that, if Alyn were to fail him, or if one of the Braavosi ships of the enemy were to pass the Gullet, Baela would "lose some parts". That same day, Baela was spirited away by men of Lord Larys Strong, while King Aegon the Elder was poisoned.
Baela and her sister became the darlings of King's Landing, as they frequently traveled through the city, while Prince Aegon the Younger remained hidden inside the Red Keep. During the Hour of the Wolf, Cregan Stark, the new Hand of the King, condemned to death the men who had rescued Baela from confinement. Baela, however, brandished a sword in their defense, and the amused Lord of Winterfell agreed to spare their lives. Baela and Rhaena were among the foremost of those pleading for a pardon for their grandfather, Lord Corlys Velaryon. They made their plea directly to Aegon, who went against the wishes of the Hand, Lord Cregan, and pardoned the Sea Snake. Mushroom, on the other hand, claimed that it was Lady Alysanne Blackwood who convinced Cregan to spare Corlys.
After the ascension of her cousin and half-brother, Aegon III Targaryen, Baela and Rhaena were thought to be the only living Targaryens aside from the king and his queen, Jaehaera Targaryen, as Prince Viserys Targaryen was presumed dead at the time. While Aegon remained in the Red Keep, the twins served as hosts and met with envoys and visiting lords.
Baela often escaped the ladies to seek adventure in the streets of King's Landing, and she had a taste for companions who were considered to be unsuitable. Baela mocked man of the suitors who sought her hand in marriage. Neither her tutor, Septa Amarys, or the Red Keep's septon, Eustace, could curb her of her wild ways. Eustace informed Ser Tyland Lannister, the new Hand of the King, that Baela would dishonor House Targaryen and the king if she did not wed soon.
In 132 AC, following the sudden death of Baela's grandfather, Lord Corlys Velaryon, the council of regents began to discuss the matter of Aegon's heir. Baela and her twin sister were considered to be the only two claimants the realm would likely accept as the childless king's heirs. The council considered Rhaena more qualified, but Baela was the elder of the two. Grand Maester Munkun proclaimed that both Baela and Rhaena were female, and that the Dance of the Dragons had shown that they had to favor primogeniture, as the Great Council had ruled in 101 AC.
That year, the council eventually agreed that Baela should be wed to Thaddeus Rowan, Lord of Goldengrove, after considering and dismissing Lord Kermit Tully, Lord Benjicot Blackwood, Lord Lyonel Hightower, Lord Dalton Greyjoy, Prince Qyle Martell, and the self-proclaimed King of the Narrow Sea, Racallio Ryndoon. Rowan, twice a widower, already had seven sons, and it was considered that any son he would have by Baela would be the unquestioned heir to King Aegon. Baela disagreed with the match, however, as Rowan was forty years her senior and quite large. She claimed to Ser Tyland Lannister that she had bedded two of Rowan's sons. The Hand subsequently had Baela confined to her rooms until the next meeting of the regents.
The next day, Baela escaped the castle and fled to Driftmark, where she confided in her cousin, Alyn Velaryon, the new Lord of the Tides. They were married in the sept at Dragonstone a fortnight later. Although some outraged regents asked Tyland to appeal to the High Septon for an annulment, the Hand put it about that the marriage had been arranged by the royal court, as he believed Baela's defiance was the true scandal, not her choice of husband. In the eyes of the regents, however, Baela's actions had confirmed that she should not be allowed to be Aegon's heir.
After the Winter Fever of 133 AC killed Tyland and much of the king's small council, Aegon wanted Baela back at court with her husband as his master of ships, but this decision was reversed by Aegon's new Hand, Lord Unwin Peake, as the king had not consulted with his regents. Later that year, Alyn Velaryon left the crownlands to deal with Dalton Greyjoy, the rebellious Lord of the Iron Islands. Alyn Oakenfist departed on Lady Baela, a renamed Braavosi war galley he had captured in the Stepstones. When they said their goodbyes, Baela informed him she was pregnant. Alyn told her to name the child Corlys, after their grandfather, while Baela declared the child would be named Laena, after her mother.
Return to Court
While in Oldtown during his voyage west, Lord Alyn Velaryon learned of Queen Jaehaera Targaryen's death and the announcement of King Aegon III Targaryen's betrothal to Myrielle Peake. The Oakenfist sent letters from the Hightower to Baela, who was pregnant at Driftmark.
Baela and Rhaena arrived in King's Landing with Baela's young ward, Daenaera Velaryon, and Rhaena's husband, Ser Corwyn Corbray, at the ball remembered as the Maiden's Day Ball. When Ser Marston Waters of the Kingsguard tried to block the sisters from approaching Aegon on the Iron Throne, Baela slashed his face with her riding crop. At the ball's conclusion, Aegon announced he would marry Daenaera, causing Lord Peake to dislike Baela even more. The twins were cheered by the people of King's Landing when Aegon wed Daenaera on the last day of 133 AC.
Dalton Greyjoy threatened to take Baela as a salt wife after dealing with Alyn, but the arrogant Red Kraken was killed at Faircastle before the Velaryon fleet reached the westerlands. Baela gave birth to a daughter, Laena, while Alyn was returning from the Sunset Sea. Baela accompanied the royal court with her newborn daughter to the harbor of King's Landing to welcome back her husband from his voyage, and the Oakenfist revealed that he had returned with Prince Viserys Targaryen, Aegon's long-lost younger brother.
Baela returned with Laena and Lord Alyn to Driftmark. After Ser Corwyn Corbray, the husband of her sister Rhaena, had been killed at Runestone, Baela traveled to Dragonstone, where Rhaena resided, to comfort her sister and make sure that Rhaena would not take her young dragon, Morning, to the Vale of Arryn to avenge Corwyn.
Baela and Alyn's marriage was a stormy one, and when Alyn set out to leave on his second voyage in 136 AC, Baela quarreled with him, as she had heard the rumors of her husband and his involvement with Aliandra Martell, the brazen Princess of Dorne. They reconciled before he left, and Alyn set out mid-136 AC, leaving Baela behind on Driftmark, pregnant with their second child.
When the king's regents and Hand were making plans for a royal progress after Aegon III Targaryen's sixteenth nameday, Baela declared that she would come for the progress, whether she was wanted or not.
Quotes by Baela
—Baela to Marston Waters
Quotes about Baela
Leowyn: Baela flew a dragon, Rhaena has only the hatchling.
Roland: Baela's dragon brought down our late king. There are many in the realm who will not have forgotten that. Crown her and we will rip all the old wounds open once again.
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- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
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- The World of Ice & Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
- Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
- Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Voyage of Alyn Oakenfist.