Ser Davos Seaworth studies for Basic Reading & Targaryen Dragon History 102, taught by Prof. Shireen Baratheon.
“Visenya Targaryen rode Vhagar, the smallest of the dragons, though still large enough to swallow a horse whole.”
The three-headed dragon of House Targaryen’s sigil represents Aegon the Conqueror and his two sisters (both of whom he married) and the dragons they rode into Westeros to take over the Seven Kingdoms 300 years ago.
The only time all three dragons rode into combat together was the decisive battle known as the Field of Fire. King Loren Lannister of the Rock and King Mern IX Gardener of the Reach had gathered a combined army of about 55,000 men, but were no match for THREE DRAGONS.
- Aegon rode Balerion, the “Black Dread,” the largest of the three dragons, whose massive wingspan could cast a whole town into shadow. The King in the North, Torrhen Stark, had been marching south to join the fighting, but after learning what happen at the Field of Fire, he wisely bent the knee to Aegon in submission.
- Visenya, the elder of Aegon’s sister-wives, rode Vhagar, the smallest of the dragons (though still large enug to swallow a horse whole). After the Field of Fire, Aegon sent Visenya to conquer the Kingdom of the Mountain and the Vale. Queen Regent Sharra Arryn sent an army to meet them, but she arrived to find her boy-king Ronnel sitting on Vhagar asking for a ride. The Arryns wisely bent the knee in submission.
- Rhaenys, the younger of Aegon’s sister-wives, rode Meraxes. After the Field of Fire, Rhaenys and Meraxes were charged with conquering the Princedom of Dorne to the south. But having learned from the mistakes of the other kingdoms, the Dornish wisely fought with guerrilla tactics instead of open battle, and the Targaryens eventually gave up and left them to be an independent country — “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”