House Velaryon earrings

Chopard-seahorse earrings

Chopard-seahorse earrings

So cute they are and so expensive, argent like the Velaryon velaryon House Velaryon of Driftmark rules the island of Driftmark, the largest island of Blackwater Bay in the Crownlands. High Tide is one of their castles. The head of House Velaryon is titled Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark. The Velaryons are sworn to Dragonstone. A traditional name of the Velaryons is Jacaerys. Their arms depict a silver seahorse on sea green. Their words do not appear in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they are „The Old, the True, the Brave”.                                                                                          House Velaryon is an ancient and proud house, with the blood of old Valyria in its veins. House Velaryon was a closely allied family to House Targaryen in Valyria. Velaryons, like the Targaryens, often have the Valyrian features of silver hair and purple eyes. Twelve years before the Doom, Lord Aenar Targaryen moved his entire family and their dragons from Valyria to the island Dragonstone. The Velaryons went with them, settling on the island of Driftmark. The House continued to maintain close ties with the Targaryens, as evidenced by the marriage of Aerion Targaryen and Valaena Velaryon, the parents of Aegon the Conqueror and his sisters Visenya and Rhaenys. When Aegon and his sisters began their Wars of Conquest, Driftmark men followed, and a member of the house,Daemon Velaryon, became Aegon’s Master of Ships. Since then, Velaryons have intermarried with the Targaryens several times. Three Targaryens had a wife from House Velaryon and two Targaryens married into the house: Aenys Targaryen, who most likely married Alyssa Velaryon before his coronation, Daemon Targaryen, who married Laena Velaryon, Aegon III who married Daenaera Velaryon, Corlys Velaryon who married Rhaenys Targaryen and his son Laenor Velaryon who married Rhaenyra Targaryen.
During the Dance of the Dragons, the Velaryons were major supporters of the blacks against the greens, as Princess Rhaenyra’s first husband had been Laenor Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen Who Never Was, was wed to Lord Corlys Velaryon. Dragonriders from the house during the civil war included Laenor’s sons Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, although accusations persisted that Harwin Strong was actually the father. Even without these champions (who all died in the war), the House’s wealth and fleets at the time made them a significant power of Westeros, with only the Greyjoys able to match them at sea. The head of the house, Lord Corlys „the Sea Snake”, used these fleets to blockade Blackwater Bay. However, Spicetown and High Tide were sacked after the blockade was broken in the Battle in the Gullet, with the Velaryons losing nearly a third of their ships.
The death of Lord Corlys’s wife Princess Rhaenys angered the Sea Snake against Rhaenyra, who had refused to send her sons at Rhaenys’s side. Rhaenyra brought Corlys back into the fold by making him her Hand.
To gain more dragonriders, the blacks recruited several dragonseed smallfolk, among them Addam of Hull and his brother Alyn. Addam was able to bond to the dragon Seasmoke, though Alyn failed in his own attempt. Lord Corlys adopted both boys into the House, petitioning Rhaenyra to remove the taint of bastardy from them, making them his heirs. Later, as Rhaenyra grew paranoid, she suspected the boys of treachery – Corlys spoke in their defense and warned Addam in time for him to flee King’s Landing. Addam went on to fight at the Second Battle of Tumbleton, defeating Rhaenyra’s foes at the cost of his own life. Meanwhile Lord Corlys was thrown in the dungeon, costing Rhaenyra the Velaryon fleet.
After the Dance, Daenaera Velaryon became the second wife of King Aegon III, and gave birth to Daeron, Baelor, Daena, Rhaena and Elaena. She was an ancestor of the Blackfyre line through her daughter Daena the Defiant. Daena’s sister, Elaena Targaryen had a love affair with Alyn Velaryon, her adoptive cousin who had once been Alyn of Hull. They had two children together, Jon and Jeyne Waters Alyn, meanwhile, became a naval hero in the Conquest of Dorne. Their son, Ser Jon Waters, began a line of bastards who still remain in King’s Landing, in the person of Rennifer Longwaters, a gaoler in the Red Keep.
During the War of the Usurper, the Velaryons presumably remained loyal to the Targaryens, sending men with Prince Rhaegar of Dragonstone to fight at the Trident.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                House Velaryon at the end of the third century:
The known Velaryons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
Lord {Monford Velaryon}, Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark. Burned with his ship at the Battle of the Blackwater.
Lord Monterys Velaryon, his son and heir. A young boy.
Aurane Waters, „the Bastard of Driftmark”, Monford’s bastard brother. A young and handsome sellsail, former Grand Admiral turned pirate and self-fashioned Lord of the Waters.


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