ASoIaF Challenge | 18. favorite story from the
history orfounding of a house | House Targaryen
House Targaryen is one of the ancient noble houses of the Valyrian Freehold, a great empire spanning most of the eastern continent. The Targaryens were one of the few families to survive the Doom of their home, which they escaped by chance by departing for the westernmost outpost of Valyrian influence, the island of Dragonstone, off the east coast of Westeros. A hundred years after the Targaryens settled on Dragonstone, the Doom descended on Valyria, leading to the collapse of the Freehold. The Targaryens were the only dragonriders of Valyria to survive the Doom.
Following the Doom, there was pressure for the Targaryens to go east and ally themselves with Volantis, who attempted to restore the Freehold by conquering the rest of the Valyrian colonies to survive the Doom, now known as the Free Cities. However, the Targaryens remained on Dragonstone for another century until the young Aegon the Conqueror developed his ambitions toward Westeros, but not before Aegon flew to the Disputed Lands and joined an alliance to crush Volantene aspirations.
Aegon aspired to unite the seven Westerosi kingdoms under one ruler, and he was determined to be that ruler. A hundred years after the Doom, Aegon set forth from Dragonstone with his sister/wives Rhaenys and Visenya, their dragons, and a small force, landing at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush and beginning the Wars of Conquest. During his campaigns, Aegon was anointed king by the High Septon in Oldtown, leading to the unification of the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule from the Iron Throne, starting a dynasty that lasted nearly 300 years.
Their house words are “Fire and Blood.”