Viserys is the second son and heir of King Aerys II Targaryen, the former ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Aerys was killed during during Robert's Rebellion. Viserys was safe in hiding at his family's ancestral castle on the island of Dragonstone with his pregnant mother. After the death of his mother and the end of the war, Viserys and his baby sister Daenerys were smuggled to Braavos across the Narrow Sea.
Viserys seeks to reclaim the title of Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and refers to Robert Baratheon only as "the Usurper". After years spent fruitlessly wandering the Free Cities seeking military support to retake his throne, which has earned him the nickname The Beggar King, Viserys forms an 'alliance' with the Dothraki.
- Crowning Disappointment