Prince Viserys Targaryen is the heir of his father, King Aerys II Targaryen, Illyrio and Viserys arrange a marriage between Daenerys and Khal Drogo. Dany's relationship with Viserys was a love-hate one. emotionally (mostly the latter, though he definitely had some creepy boundary issues regarding her). Viserys and Daenerys are the last known descendants of a noble Valyrian family called the Targaryens. Like many noble Valyrian families, they.
In the span of a year, Viserys had lost his father, brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and now mother. Viserys likely felt lost, alone, terrified, and angry. Every person who was supposed to protect him — his royal father, his gallant brother, his gentle mother, the Kingsguard — had died or, in the case of murderous Jaime Lannister, betrayed him.
He had not done anything wrong, but everything wrong seemed to be happening to him. His world was collapsing in on itself from forces far too complex and powerful for Viserys to understand; the would-be king was simply caught in the middle. The King Across the Water: Daenerys recalled the story, doubtless told to her by Viserys himself, of the daring escape from Dragonstone: By then only Dragonstone itself, the ancient seat of their House, had remained of the Seven Kingdoms that had once been theirs.
It would not remain for long. The garrison had prepared to sell them to the Usurper, but one night Ser Willem Darry and four loyal men had broken into the nursery and stolen them both, along with her wet nurse, and set sail under cover of darkness for the safety of the Braavosian coast.
Indeed, Viserys might have recalled from his lessons the story of the Blackfyres, whose situation somewhat mirrored his own. Now, the great-great-great grandson of Daeron made the same journey.
The Blackfyres, however, had numerous advantages which the newly exiled Targaryens lacked. Some who had risen for the Black Dragon had followed his sons into exile as well, including the Stricklands and Toynes; the Blackfyre princes grew up not only skilled in arms, but fully conscious of their claimed inheritance, versed in the Blackfyre narrative by native and wellborn Westerosi.
By contrast, Viserys had only Ser Willem Darry. Ser Willem was a good man and true to the Targaryen cause, but he was no Bittersteel. He needed someone who could guide him in thto the awesome responsibility before him, to teach him what it meant to be the rightful heir to the proud and storied House Targaryen, while simultaneously managing his counter-revolution in Westeros.
Even more, Ser Willem signed on behalf of his king the marriage pact which betrothed Viserys to Arianne Martell. While we cannot know the extent to which Willem Darry actually negotiated the pact, his very participation in its signing suggests that he had taken on an effective role as regent for the minor king.
Though never trained to handle a political position, Willem Darry proved himself willing to take one on in service to the boy he saw as his rightful king.
Viserys himself likely expected to rely heavily on Ser Willem — as a manager, teacher, perhaps even foster-father — but he was destined to be disappointed.
At some point in their exile, Willem was struck down with an unnamed disease, which in its last stages confined him to his bed.
Increasingly sick, Ser Willem could not take on the task himself and how bitterly Ser Willem, the former master at arms, must have rued the sickness which prevented him from doing the one task he could assuredly perform. Even this situation, however, was preferable to what happened next. After just a few years in the Braavosi household, Ser Willem Darry died, and once again, an adult protector had been ripped away from Viserys by cruel Fate, though this time there would be no adult to step into that role afterward.
Viserys was around 13, Daenerys around 5; both would spend roughly the next decade on their own in unforgiving Essos. The Beggar King The situation of the newly homeless Targaryens was dire. In Braavos, Ser Willem Darry had at least been able to establish something of a court in exile; with a highborn Westerosi adult at the head of the household, the pretender king could at least gain a basic understanding of his role, and appear as the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne.
True, their Targaryen name earned them some respect, especially in the first years of their wanderings; in a land where the dragonlords had once ruled supreme and which had strong mercantile ties to the Seven Kingdomsthese direct descendants of Valyria and former royals merited some homage.
Yet no one welcomed Viserys; he was lost in a land to which he had no natural connections and which seemed intent on not forming one with him. Even the Golden Company refused to help the pretender king. True, the free company had never been a supporter of the Targaryens — indeed, it had been founded by Bittersteel specifically to place a Blackfyre on the Iron Throne. Nevertheless, the Golden Company was the only specifically Westerosi presence in Essos, its members including knights and landless exiles who nursed claims real or spurious to lost lands in the Seven Kingdoms.
That lack of help did not mean men were not interested in him. Doran, Prince of Dorne, had not immediately declared for Viserys, as his brother Oberyn urged him to, when the Rebellion ended. However, he consented to the secret betrothing of his daughter Arianne to Viserys, negotiated by Oberyn and Willem Darry in Braavos though, as Viserys never commented on it, it seems likely Viserys never knew — or did not remember — that he had been offered a Dornish bride and Dornish swords.
Yet after the betrothal contract was signed, Doran made no attempt either to contact Viserys or to fulfill the terms of the treaty. Prince Doran originally planned to foster hig daughter Arianne with the Archon of Tyrosh, but he abandoned his strategy without, of course, telling the would-be king at the heart of it what he had done when his wife, Mellario, protested. Viserys himself believed in a far more nefarious interest in himself and his sister — namely, the interest of the murderous Usurper.
To what extent Viserys was correct in his belief is up for interpretation. But were hired knives after Viserys? They had wandered since then, from Braavos to Myr, from Myr to Tyrosh, and on to Qohor and Volantis and Lys, never staying long in any one place. Her brother would not allow it. Wandering around Essos was normal for Daenerys, but for Viserys, home would always be the Red Keep, with its dragon skulls and his father on the Iron Throne: Sometimes his hands shook when he talked about it.
Yet theirs was a more complex relationship than, say, that between their own father and mother. Indeed, Daenerys acknowledged what she owed to her brother during their long exile: I would never have known so much as their names if Viserys had not been there to tell me.
He was the only one left. He is all I have. Having only a limited experience with his parents and guardian Willem Darry, Viserys was not mature enough at 13 to play parent to his younger sister, much less to give her the royal education he himself lacked.
Instead, Viserys blamed Daenerys for what she could not control — being born too late to wed Rhaegar, killing their mother in childbirth — because, as he likely saw it, life punished him for what he could not control — the murders of his father and brother, the death of his mother, the loss of his kingdom.
His patience, probably not in great supply anyway, was whittled thin over years of exile; pride — in his Targaryen name and royal title, the only assets he had left — was his sole remaining comfort, slowly exaggerating the already-extant weak and cruel features of his personality.
After long years of hopeless peregrination, however, the would-be Viserys III thought he had found a savior. Magister Illyrio, a merchant prince in the rich Free City of Pentos, welcomed the Targaryen pretender and his sister with open arms, giving them free run of his expansive manse.
Viserys could not know, however, that even more disappointment awaited him in his future, nor that this betrayal would prove fatal. A Crown for a King: Not since he was a boy of 13 had Viserys had an adult protector, someone who could confirm him in his kingship and provide him with the royal state he thought he deserved.
Illyrio not only gave him the full run of his massive manse, and provided for his needs, but addressed him in royal style. Even better, he confirmed what Viserys already suspected: It was, of course, too good to be true.
Illyrio and his spymaster friend Varys had been playing a longcon for 16 years, and Viserys was simply a necessary pawn to be maneuvered for their true goal — seating Young Aegon on the Iron Throne. Illyrio saw that Viserys had hit a nadir of desperation and began nursing his ego. A year of such behavior would have been no less than intoxicating to Viserys; denied royal treatment for years, he now had one of the richest men in the rich city of Pentos backing him and giving him all the royal styles he craved.
That intoxication was crucial. Illyrio and Varys needed Viserys to be completely reliant on the magister to agree to their machinations.
Over a decade of playing the Targaryen pretender under increasingly desperate and poor circumstances had turned Viserys from a presumably handsome young prince as his father had been to a gaunt, suspicious figure absolutely focused on gaining what was his by rights and punishing those who denied him. It was, of course, a foolhardy decision. The Dothraki, however, were the most alien culture Viserys was likely to meet at least west of the Bone Mountains.
Their language and customs were foreign, far more so than the metropolitan cultures of the Free Cities and the lingua franca of High Valyrian to be heard throughout the Essosi city-states.
Viserys was no warrior, able to impress a culture which respected only strength; in the eyes of the Dothraki, the pale-haired khalakka who had never swung a sword in battle, much less assembled a khalasar of his own, was clearly not a man to respect.
Daenerys, for her part, might have been content to adopt the ways of the people who treated her so relatively grandly, but Viserys had no desire to do the same.
He was Viserys III, rightful King of Westeros; Daenerys would always be his obedient baby sister, the coin with which he would buy an army; and the Dothraki were merely barbaric savages, thought useful in their fighting prowess, who would be his sword arm when he took back his homeland. He inherited the notorious Targaryen madness unlike his siblings.
After his death, Daenerys misses him. Viserys had been stupid and vicious, she had come to realize, yet sometimes she missed him all the same. Not the cruel weak man he had become by the end, but the brother who had sometimes let her creep into his bed, the boy who told her tales of the Seven Kingdoms, and talked of how much better their lives would be once he claimed his crown.
This shows that before Viserys went insane, he was kind to her. As children, without a doubt Viserys showed kindness to Dany as any elder brother would have done.
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But years of mockery and failures made him a bitter man who could channel his anger on no one except the little sister he had protected until then. When they hit the bottom and became completely pennyless, Viserys, though getting sicker and sicker, used to reassure her: Sometimes his hands shook when he talked about it. When Viserys sold their mother's crown, the last joy had gone from him Daenerys did not help either.
As Daenerys was his heir, naturally he would have expected greater ambition from her in order to do things that needed to done. While on a voyage, Daenerys talked about how amazing it would be to be a sailor. While that was of course an innocent childish comment, It must have felt like a whip to him. He screamed at her that she was blood of the dragon, not some smelly fish. Daenerys eventually came to understand why he became what he was. From ACOK chapter I have become the most splendid beggar in the world, but a beggar all the same.
She hated it, as her brother must have. All those years of running from city to city one step ahead of the Usurper's knives, pleading for help from archons and princes and magisters, buying our food with flattery.
He must have known how they mocked him.
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Small wonder he turned so angry and bitter. In the end it had driven him mad. It will do the same to me if I let it. Later Daenerys has another hallucination about him which was basically her own subconscious chiding her. Though his lips never moved, somehow she could hear his voice, whispering in her ear. You never mourned me, sister. It is hard to die unmourned. You were supposed to be my wife, to bear me children with silver hair and purple eyes, to keep the blood of the dragon pure.
I took care of you. I taught you who you were. You were the betrayer. You turned against me, against your own blood.