Lord of Dragonstone
Lord of Dragonstone or Lady of Dragonstone are titles sometimes held by the noble seated at the castle of Dragonstone. These included House Targaryen prior to Aegon's Conquest and House Baratheon since Robert's Rebellion. When the Targaryens ruled the Seven Kingdoms, the heir to the Iron Throne was usually titled the Prince of Dragonstone.
When his daughter, Daenys Targaryen, foresaw the Doom of Valyria, Lord Aenar Targaryen moved his wives, children, sibling, other kin, wealth and slaves to Dragonstone, a castle located on an island with the same name in 114 BC. Dragonstone had been the westernmost outpost of the Valyrian Freehold for two centuries by then. By moving his family to the outpost, Aenar became the first known Lord of Dragonstone.
Aenar's descendants continued to rule Dragonstone after his death, until Lord Aegon Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms in his Conquest. With Lord Aegon now King Aegon I Targaryen, Dragonstone became the seat usually given to the heir to the Iron Throne, the Prince of Dragonstone. Initially, it was used for Prince Maegor Targaryen, the younger son of King Aegon I Targaryen, as he had been raised on Dragonstone by his mother, Visenya. However, after Maegor left the Seven Kingdoms in exile, it was established as the title of the heir in 41 AC when Aenys I granted the title to his eldest son, Aegon.
This custom continued until 283 AC, when the Targaryen dynasty was ended at the conclusion of Robert's Rebellion. King Aerys II Targaryen and his eldest son, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, were slain, as were Rhaegar's children, Rhaenys and Aegon. Aerys's sister-wife, Queen Rhaella Targaryen, had fled to Dragonstone with her younger son, Viserys, shortly before the end of the war, where she spent nine months until her own death in childbirth during a fierce storm. During this time, Rhaella crowned her son Viserys king, and following the birth of his sister, Daenerys, Viserys named her Princess of Dragonstone.
The Targaryen children were forced to flee before the assault on Dragonstone, however, and the castle was captured by Stannis Baratheon, the younger brother of the new king, Robert I Baratheon. Robert gave Stannis Dragonstone as his seat, making Stannis the first Lord of Dragonstone in nearly three hundred years.
Lords of Dragonstone
The known Lords of Dragonstone are:
- Aenar Targaryen, also known as Aenar the Exile, who led House Targaryen to Dragonstone and ruled as its lord since 114 BC.
- Gaemon Targaryen, also known as Gaemon the Glorious, the son of Aenar.
- Aegon Targaryen and Lady Elaena Targaryen, the children of Gaemon by his sister-wife, Daenys. Aegon and Elaena ruled together as kin and a couple.
- Maegon Targaryen, a son of Aegon and Elaena.
- Aerys Targaryen, Maegon's brother.
- Aelyx Targaryen, a son of Aerys.
- Baelon Targaryen, another son of Aerys.
- Daemion Targaryen, yet another son of Aerys.
- Aerion Targaryen, the son of Daemion.
- Aegon Targaryen, Aerion's son. Aegon became known as King Aegon I Targaryen, Aegon the Dragon, and Aegon the Conqueror. He was the last Lord of Dragonstone from House Targaryen, and the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Stannis Baratheon, younger brother to King Robert I Baratheon and founder of House Baratheon of Dragonstone.
Vassals to the Lord of Dragonstone
The houses sworn to the Lord of Dragonstone are:
- The Lord of the Tides and Master of Driftmark, House Velaryon of Driftmark
- The Lord of Claw Isle, House Celtigar of Claw Isle
- The Lord of Sharp Point, House Bar Emmon of Sharp Point
- The Lord of Sweetport Sound, House Sunglass of Sweetport Sound
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rhaella Targaryen.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.