Corlys Velaryon Timeline – House of the Dragon

Corlys Velaryon Info

Corlys Velaryon TimelineFather – Not known
Mother – Not known
Sibling – Vaemond
Nickname – Sea Snake
SpouseRhaenys Targaryen
ChildrenLaenor, Laena

This Corlys Velaryon timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in the life of the fictitious character as shown in the TV series House of the Dragon

Please Note: In the TV adaptation, characters’ ages are different to those in the books. The ages given in this timeline are those known to have been decided by the show, or are approximations made using a combination of the ages in the book and the ages of the actors.

See Also: House of the Dragon Timeline


Corlys Velaryon Timeline

Before Season 1 Age 0
Corlys was born at Driftmark in Blackwater Bay. His parents names are not known but his grandfather was Daemon Velaryon, Lord of the Tides.
Before Season 1 Age 6
Corlys made his first sea voyage, when he accompanied an uncle to Pentos.
Before Season 1 Age 16
Corlys became a sea captain. He was feted as the greatest sailor in living memory.
Before Season 1 Age 30
Corlys became Lord of the Tides after his grandfather died.
Before Season 1 Age 36
Corlys Velaryon married Rhaenys Targaryen, granddaughter of King Jaehaerys.
Before Season 1 Age 39
A son Laenor was born to Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen.
Before Season 1 Age 45
A daughter, Laena was born to Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenys Targaryen.
Before Season 1 Age 46
Baelon the Brave died. This caused a succession problem because he was heir to the throne. A meeting of the Great Council was held at Harrenhal to decide who should succeed. Corlys’ wife Rhaenys had a claim as the eldest child of Aemon, deceased son of King Jaehaerys and older brother of Baelon. However, the Council decided that Baelon’s son Viserys should succeed as King. Rhaenys became known as the Queen that never was.
Season 1 Prologue Age 48
King Jaehaerys I died. Viserys Targaryen became King Viserys I. Corlys was appointed Master of Ships.
Season 1 Age 57
A meeting of the Small Council was held. Those present were King Viserys I, Hand of the King Otto Hightower, Corys Valaryon, Lyman Beesbury, Grand Maester Mellos. Corlys raised concerns regarding the formation of a Triarchy led by Craghas Drahar that had conquered the Stepstones. Drahar was know as Crabfeeder because of his practice of killing his prisoners by nailing them to driftwood and placing flesh-eating crabs on their body. He told the Council that if not stopped quickly, the Triarchy would disrupt trade and ruin the economy of Westeros. Viserys dismissed the idea of action insisting that peace must be maintained.
Season 1 Age 57
Corlys and Rhaenys attended the tournament held to celebrate the impending birth of a child to King Viserys and Queen Aemma.
Season 1 Age 57
During the tournament Viserys was called to the birthing room where he was told that the baby was in the breach position and could not be turned. He was told that the child could be saved if they cut Aemma open but she would die if they did so. Viserys chose to save the child. He sat with his wife as she bled to death. The child died soon after its birth.
Season 1 Age 57
The funeral of Queen Aemma and Prince Baelon was held. Rhaenyra Targaryen gave her dragon Syrax the command ‘Dracarys’ to light the funeral pyre.
Season 1 Age 57
The small council once again begged Viserys to name his heir stating that Prince Daemon would not be suitable to be King. Corlys suggested his wife Rhaenys as having a stronger claim but this was dismissed.
Season 1 Age 57
A few months after the death of Queen Aemma, at a meeting of the Small Council, an angry Corlys Velaryon announced that the Triarchy, financed by the Free Cities, had sunk four Westerosi ships. He pleaded with the King to allow him to take the Royal fleet to defeat Craghas Drahar. Corlys approved of the idea suggested by Rhaenyra that the dragonriders be used to quickly defeat the pirate. However, Viserys refused to sanction any action that might provoke war with the Free Cities.
Season 1 Age 57
King Viserys, Corlys and Rhaenys met in the gardens. Corlys emphasised that Viserys should guard against being seen as weak. He suggested an alliance between Velaryon and Targaryen with a marriage between King Viserys and his 12 year old daughter Leana.
Season 1 Age 57
Both Corlys Velaryon and Rhaenyra Targaryen stormed out of the Small Chamber when Viserys announced his intention to marry Alicent Hightower. He sent word to Prince Daemon who had taken Dragonstone, suggesting an alliance to stop the Crabfeeder once and for all.
Season 1 Age 60
Both Corlys Velaryon and Prince Daemon had been fighting the Triarchy for three years and were facing defeat. They held a war council to discuss their next strategy. To force Drahar out of the caves, Corlys’ son, Laenor, suggested that Prince Daemon be used as bait to draw them into the open. Daemon reluctantly agreed to the plan.
Season 1 Age 60
Laenor’s plan succeeded. Daemon pretended to surrender and lured Drahar’s men out of the caves. Once in the open, Laenor, riding his dragon Seasmoke, destroyed huge numbers of pirates. Corlys and his brother Vaemond attacked and killed those that survived the dragon fire. Daemon followed Craghas Drahar into the caves and later emerged dragging his body.
Season 1 Age 60
King Viserys travelled to Driftmark to negotiate a marriage between Rhaenyra and Laenor Velaryon. It was clear that Viserys was unwell.
Season 1 Age 60
Corlys and Rhaenys attended the preliminary wedding feast. A fight broke out and Ser Criston Cole killed Laenor’s love interest, Ser Joffrey Lonmouth.
Season 1 Age 60
The King’s health worsened after the fight and Laenor and Rhaenyra were married immediately. As soon as they had said their vows the King collapsed.
Season 1 Age 60
Corlys and Rhaenys attended the funeral of their daughter, Laena, wife of Prince Daemon, who had ordered her dragon to kill her after she was unable to birth her unborn child. Afterwards they spoke of the succession saying that Rhaenyra’s children were not fathered by Laenor.
Season 1 Age 60
Corlys and Rhaenys ran to the great hall where Laenor and Karl had been fighting. Karl had left and it appeared Laenor had been thrown in the fire.
Season 1 Age 66
Corlys was badly injured in a battle at the Stepstones.
Season 1 Age 66
Corlys returned to Dragonstone. Rhaenys told him of the death of Viserys and his brother Aemond.
Season 1 Age 66
Some time later, Corlys and Rhaenys stood round the Painted Table with Rhaenyra. Corlys asked about Rhaenyra’s support but on hearing said it was not enough to win. Corlys then denounced the Hightower treason and offered Rhaenyra his fleet. He also said that he now controlled the Stepstones and the Narrow Sea. Corlys proposed cutting off the sea and laying siege to Kings Landing.


Published Sept 7 2022 @ 11:38 am – Updated – [last-modified]

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