|Title||Royal Prince of Dragonstone|
|Alias||The Dragon Prince|
Rhaegar Targaryan is the oldest son of Aryes Targaryan III, and Jurnei Targaryan making him the heir of House Targaryan. Rhaegar has two younger siblings in the form of Deneyres, and Viserys Targaryan of whome Deneyres is a very important dragonborn of the house, and Viserys is a military commander of the forward dragonstone fort of Redkeep. Despite his high position he has never married any of the suitors that have tried to get his hand in marriage.
Rhaegar is a truly gifted warrior with a just as brilliant mind, and form an early age it was clear that he was going to be the heir to the Emperor of Dragonstone, as well as the Patriarch of House Targaryan, This position was the reason he was given the harp of the dragon which is one of the most important relics of House Targaryan as it is able to call dragons to the player. Rhaegar spent a long time attempting to use the Harp without success but one night he had a graphic dream in which he was fighting a dragon, and after losing in the dream nothing changed with the harp, but eventually he had the dream again and when he won this time the Harp begin playing for him. After this a massive tower was built in Dragonstone, and at the top of the tower Rhaegar played his harp once a week until finnally six months later the red dragon Flenix heard the song and came to Dragonstone. Attacking west of Dragonstone his sister would meet problems against the Kingdom of Nordling of whom formed a large alliance in order to resist the coming Visigoths that the Nordlings believed would not be good for their future. Rhaegar would meet with their leadership in an attempt to convinse them to stop their resistence and his arrival on another dragon was supposed to put great fear into the hearts of the nordlings but instead sparked more fighting as they were able to recruit two other kingdoms to join them after the threat. Rhaegar was unable to stay in the west long due to further advancement of the Trollocs in the south and he was forced to lead a large force from Dragonstone against the Trollocs of which led to the large Battle of Crenek where the two sides were greatly bloodied but the Trollocs came out better due to their superior numbers and basically halted the Targaryan southern advance. Following this Rhaegar digs into Red Keep alongside a growing amount of incoming troops from Dragonstone and the rest of the empire. He is dealt a betrayal when Tyrande Whisperwood abandons them and takes her forces back to High Forest and this loss of troops is a great danger to the entire front.
Prince Rhaegar was Aryes Targaryan III., and Jurnei Targaryans first born son, and was born during the exodus of the Targaryans to their new home in Westros. As a child he read obsessively, to the point that jests were made about his habits. He became a noted warrior later in life, although he did not initially seem inclined to martial habits. However, he became motivated to excel in this field, apparently by something he read. At seventeen he was knighted as a dragon knight of Targaryan, and from all reports grew into a highly skilled and capable fighter, always distinguishing himself well at every fight he took part in.
When Rhaegar turned eighteen he was approached by his father Aryes Targaryan III., who decided that the time was right to give Rhaegar the harp of the Dragon. The harp of the dragon was the item that the Targaryans had recieved for doing the bidding of the robed man in Koenisburg. Rhaegar was made to understand the extreme importance of him being able to use the harp so that they could call the dragons to them at some point, and to this end Rhaegar spents weeks sitting at the harp attempting failingly to make the harp make noice. It was said that only one truly destined for greatness could make the harp play, and so his failure brought him great shame.
Coming of the Dragon
| The Coming of the Dragon|
I never believed truly that playing that harp would bring about anything more then good music.
After months of failure in producing a true dragon that they could birth a generation of Targaryan dragons from, the situation changed on a dime following Rhargar playing the Targaryan Harp successfully. Rhaegar had spent a long time attempting to use the Harp without success but one night he had a graphic dream in which he was fighting a dragon, and after losing in the dream nothing changed with the harp, but eventually he had the dream again and when he won this time the Harp begin playing for him. After this the massive tower of Dragonstone was fully repaired and at the top of the tower Rhaegar played his harp once a week until finally six months later the red dragon Flenix heard the song and came to Dragonstone. This was seemingly just another time that Rhaegar Targaryan had played the harp, but on this day as the music reached the ears of Flenix it would be only hours after he had that Flenix had appeared in the sky and then fallen just as quickly. Flenix landed in the northern part of the city and he landed directly on the small lake that eisted in the lake. The entire city flew to the spot he had crashed all wanting to see why it had crashed, and when Rhaegar arrived he was shocked at the condition the dragon was in. Flenix was a younger dragon but he had scars all over the one side of him, and he could barely lift his head, and with that came the fears that he might die. Rhaegar had been the first to get across on one of the small boats but only minutes after he had disected the situation he was accompanied by others from the mainland, and together they attempted to help the Dragon.
Over the course of the hours that followed they begin bringing materials onto the island and over the following days as they tended to his wounds they constructed around him a makeshift wooden house where he would be allowed to heal. During this time Rhaegar the young prince of Dragonstone was never far from his side, and alongside him his younger sister Deneyres Targaryan also became glued to the Dragon who had yet to raise his head or make any sign that he was alive other then the fact that he was breathing. Over the day nearly every noble would attempt to see the Red Dovah but eventually Deneyres would convinse her brother Rhaegar to not let anyone else in, and that they needed to give the dragon time to heal itself. As time went by it was the simple singing of Deneyres that would wake the mighty red drake, and Deneyres begin to notice the dragon reacting to her voice. At first they just desperatly wanted Flenix to drink or eat, and they were able to feed and let him drink thus getting him more strength. It was after nearly a week of this process that Flenix finally opened his eyes and ushered the first words to Deneyres Targaryan.
Flenix and Deneyres would talk for some time, and eventually Flenix was lured in by her promices of protection and a part of something more then just fleeing constant attacks from Dragon Hunters. With this Rhaegar would enter the tent followed by several members of House Targaryan and their allies of which each would promice that they would remain loyal to the dragon, and in this oath never turn away from this loyalty. The final one to enter was the old and sickly Aryes Targaryan III. of whom was carried in by Viserys, and Hanzal Targaryan and would rest himself on the floor infront of the mighty dragon, who by this point was now standing and walking throughout the island home. Aryes it is said weeped in front of the dragon as he finally for the first time in his life came to realize that the pain and harship that he had endured as a child was now possibly going to lead to something better. Flenix would move towards Aryes and would speak softly to the old leader of House Targaryan and basically promise himself to the members of House Targaryan until such point that their bloodline was spent.
While Flenix recovered the Targaryans decided they needed to get back their heirlooms they had lost during their stay in Koenisburg, and Karhold. In order to do this they decided on a two fold plan. The first stage would be to gather money through the use of Rhaegar Targaryan winning tournaments throughout Westros. The second stage was the larger production of the minerals in the mines northwest of Dragonstone. With both of these plans they believed they could quickly procure vast wealth which they could use to retreive their old heirlooms, as well as providing for supplies, and equipment that would improve Dragonstone itself.
War of Five Armies
| War of Five Armies|
My sister fights in the West. My cousin in the north. This is where I fight. This is where I will resist the movement of our enemy. This is where we will destroy them.
With their attack grinding to a halt under the seemingly endless numbers of the Trolloc it was the decision of Rhaegar to try and find assistance where he could. Using gold from his supplies Rhaegar would send his cousin Daemon Blackfyre to the north where he was to meet with Kursten North, and her sister Junet Targaryan of whom were at Dragonsport and would assist him in moving into Pontus where they were to recruit mercenaries there in order to bring forces into northern Dragonstone while the remainder of the forces either moved west or south. Kursten North would work closely with Daemon and despite being unable to recruit most of the large mercenary groups they would arrive in Braavos where they met with the leaders of the Company of the Lion of whom they were able to recruit to their side. With the Company of the Lion recruited they would depart Pontus moving southward with the nearly four thousand mercenaries from Pontus of which gave them cause to reengage the offensive. Moving southward Daemon, and Kursten would find the Dragonsport besieged by the forces of Pontus but would move during the night into the forests west of the siege before sending word to Dragonsport about there arrival. This new offensive would take the Trollocs by suprise and led to several early victories in which it looked like the forces of Dragonstone might be able to push their enemies past the river and thus be able to fortify the river crossing. After a third victory though the assault would be countered when forces from Isengard begin to appear on the front, making it apparent that Sauron and Sauruman had conspired with the Trollocs to stop Dragonstone in its tracks. The Isengard reinforcements would fortify the river and stopped the Dragonstone forces from being able to assault the river and thus kept open the stream of reinforcements.
With the alliance of the two dark groups they were able to push the Dragonstone forces back further and further until eventually they were only a few miles from Red Keep. Sending word to Visery's to prepare the defences Rhaegar would return to Dragonstone briefly where he gathered the other two dragons that were old enough for battle and flew east of Red Keep. Leaving the defence of the fortress to his family he awaited the attack of the Mordor-Isengard forces before he struck with near complete shock. The Mordor and Isengard forces would push against Red Keep with nearly forty thousand Trollocs, and ten thousand Orcs and humans of Isengard and quickly put the castle under siege. Viseryan, and Red Wind would mount a spectacular defence of the western wall of which killed thousands with the loss of very few defenders, and when the full scale attack was launched Rhaegar finally had his moment. Using all three of his dragons he was able to defeat the Trolloc-Isengard army at Red Keep and bloodied their forces quite badly during the First Battle of Red Keep. The Trolloc-Isengard forces suffered extreme losses as the dragons chased them from the field burning their army nearly completely, but the Dragonstone forces would be unable to push their advantage when word came that Deneyres had suffered a near massacre against the Nordlings. Rhaegar at this point would be forced to go westward when his sister's attacks begin to fail due to serious resistence from the Kingdom of Nordling. Travelling westward he brought with him two of the dragons leaving only one dragon on the western front. Before he left he sent a letter to William Lovie detailing him the situation and how the dynamics were changing.
Tyrande Whisperwood would become involved in conflict against the Trollocs east of High Forest in the war called the First War of Five Armies. After alligning themselves somewhat with the humans of Dragonstone under the advise of Lucerne the forces of High Forest found the humans being pushed further back following the involvment of larger numbers of Trollocs, the forces of Isengard from the south, and finally the small forces of Bolten also in the area. Tyrande would lead the rangers into the Battle of Sodistin Mountain where the forces of Dragonstone, and High Forest would battle against a massive army of Trollocs, and Isengard allies, of which the battle would all but decide the fate of that region.
Battle of Sodistin
During the Battle the Sindar Elves would mass themselves into position behind the army of Dragonstone where their longer range could be of better use, and thus during the battle the Elves reigned incredible amounts of arrows on the Trollocs and Orcs. The army of Dragonstone consisted of two dragons in the form of Beleyrian, and Bevarion of whom were forced this time to deal with large numbers of Bat Riders sent from Mordor of whom kept them from destroying the massive Trolloc, Orcish force. The main Dragonstone army numbered nearly sixty thousand and was far more disiplened, and prepared then the opposng forces but their superior numbers gave them the ability to surround the army around the village of Sodistan. Despite all of this the numbers of Trollocs and Orcs shattered the Dragonstone center and forced a unorganized retreat where by much of the Dragonstone army was killed, and many of the High Forest army also fell. Following the battle Tyrande would regroup her forces near Red Keep and instead of staying with her new allies she pulled her forces back and retreated to High Forest to the discust of Rhaegar Targaryan who cursed Tyrande as a traitor.
See Also : Lyanna Starke
Rhaegar Targaryan would become a POV Character during the newest chapter of The Rise of the Dragon where he would launch the massive invasion of the lands south of Dragonstone, while his sister went west and his cousins and others went northward.