A Game of Thrones-Chapter 3

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Daenerys I
A Game of Thrones chapter
POVDaenerys Targaryen
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Chapter chronology (All)
Catelyn I ← Daenerys I → Eddard 1

Daenerys II

On another continent, King Viserys and his sister Princess Daenerys live in exile in the Free City of Pentos. They are the last descendants of House Targaryen, the previous royal House of the Seven Kingdoms. Viserys plans to marry Daenerys to Khal Drogo of the Dothraki horselords in exchange for an army to reclaim their father's throne.


Viserys Targaryen presents his thirteen-year-old sister, Daenerys, with a fine silk dress. The dress is a gift from their host Magister Illyrio Mopatis of Pentos, who has also promised gold and jewels so she will look like a princess. Daenerys questions Illyrio's motives, but Viserys insists that the Magister only wants to earn his good graces for when he reclaims the Seven Kingdoms. Daenerys still doesn't trust Illyrio, but knows better than to say anything for fear of making Viserys angry (which he calls "waking the dragon").

Viserys is preparing to present Daenerys to the Dothraki horselord, Khal Drogo, in the hope that the khal will take her as his wife in exchange for soldiers to reclaim the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. He warns Daenerys not to fail him and wake the dragon, twisting one of her nipples for emphasis. Viserys adds that when they write the history of his reign they will say it began this night.

Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen

After Viserys leaves, Daenerys thinks of Westeros, a place she has never seen. She recalls the stories of her brother Crown Prince Rhaegar's death at the hand of Robert Baratheon, her father King Aerys II Targaryen's murder by the Kingslayer, and her mother and brother's escape to Dragonstone, where her mother died giving birth to her. Daenerys also recalls how she and her brother fled Dragonstone with Ser Willem Darry and four loyal men, who took them to Braavos. There they lived in a big house with a red door and Ser Willem was always kind to her. But when Ser Willem died, the servants stole what money was left and put them out of the house. Since then they have wandered, with Viserys keeping them moving in fear of the Usurper’s assassins. Near the end of her reverie, Dany reflects on how Viserys, now known as "the Beggar King" behind his back, has become obsessed with recovering his throne, while she only wants her childhood back.

Illyrio's servants come to bathe Daenerys and prepare her for her meeting with Khal Drogo. She is intended to marry Drogo, though she has always assumed she would marry her brother like the Targaryens always have. The servants tell her how lucky she is to marry a man so rich that even his slaves wear golden collars. Once she is properly dressed, her brother returns with Magister Illyrio. Viserys commands her to stand up and turn around. Illyrio showers Daenerys with compliments while Viserys complains she is too skinny and too young. Illyrio reassures him that she is old enough for the khal and comments on her silver-gold hair and purple eyes, the hallmarks of old Valyrian nobility. When Viserys states that barbarians are said to have queer tastes such as boys and sheep, Illyrio warns him not to say these things to Khal Drogo, creating a flare of anger in Viserys’ eyes.

The three of them journey in Illyrio's litter to Khal Drogo's manse in the pitch dark. Viserys states that 10,000 Dothraki screamers will be enough to overthrow the usurper when combined with those that are just awaiting his return. He speculates on those who would join their cause: House Tyrell, House Redwyne, House Darry, House Greyjoy, and the Dornishmen. Illyrio assures Viserys that the Seven Kingdoms secretly await his return, though Daenerys doubts him.

Viserys tells Dany to stop crying. © FFG

Illyrio says that the horselord's mansion was a gift from the magisters of Pentos, to help win Drogo's friendship. They arrive at the mansion and are announced as King Viserys III and Princess Daenerys. Illyrio points out several prominent guests, including Ser Jorah Mormont, who has fled the Seven Kingdoms under sentence of death and spent much time among the Dothraki. Illyrio then points out Khal Drogo himself, who is as graceful as a panther, and younger than Daenerys would have thought. Viserys notes his long braid, which means he has never been defeated in combat. Daenerys only notes his cold, hard face and is afraid of him. She asks to go home, provoking a rant from Viserys about how their home has been taken away from them. Daenerys only meant their rooms in Illyrio’s estate, but none of the places they have stayed in have been Viserys' home. Viserys also assures Daenerys that he would let Khal Drogo's whole khalasar, including their horses, rape her if it won him back the Seven Kingdoms. Then Viserys tells her to stop crying, because Illyrio is leading Khal Drogo over to meet them. Daenerys stops crying, stands up straight, and smiles.

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