Aric Targaryen is the younger brother of Anna Targaryen and the great-grandson of Maegor I Targaryen and his final wife, Rhaena Targaryen. He was raised oblivious to his royal heritage in the village of Dragonstone. However, when his parents died in a carriage accident, his great-grandmother Rhaena took him to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, her great-granddaughter, and asked her to take the children in. Rhaenyra did so and the two became her wards. Aric was in possession of his grandfather Aegor's dragon egg which never hatched. However, with Rhaenyra's help, he hatched it and bonded with the dragon Snowdrop.