House Targaryen is the most important and influential house in all of Westerosi history. The Targaryens are said to have the blood of the dragon running through their veins as they descended from Old Valyria. They all generally have the same characteristics, violet to lilac eyes and bright white hair. Even though they have been displaced from Valyria for centuries, the family still practices marriage of brother to sister to keep the royal blood “pure.”
The ancestors of the modern house fled from Valyria to escape “The Doom,” a series of volcanic eruptions inside the country that destroyed it, and settled on the small rocky island of Dragonstone. As it was so close to the mainland of Westeros, it was the perfect staging point for an invasion. Aegon the Conquerer and his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys, sailed to where King’s Landing now sits and conquered the seven kingdoms. Afterwards, Aegon took both his sisters as wives and ruled Westeros from his seat of power in King’s Landing. The last known heir to the house now presides in the city of Mereen as a queen. House Targaryen’s sigil is a red three headed dragon on a pitch black field. Their words are Fire and Blood.