Aegon III Targaryen
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|Reign||131AL - 157AL|
|Full Name||Aegon of House Targaryen, the Third of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Younger|
Aegon the Dragonbane
|Other Titles|| King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
|Born in||120AL |
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Queen|| 1st Jaehaera Targaryen|
2nd unnamed scion of House Velaryon
|Issue|| Daeron I|
Daena the Defiant
|Books||The Princess and the Queen|
Aegon III Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Younger, and later Aegon the Dragonbane, was the seventh king of the Targaryen line. He succeeded his uncle, Aegon II Targaryen, at the conclusion of the Dance of the Dragons. With Aegon II leaving no male heirs, the ascension of Aegon III is a possible dynastic vindication of the claim to the Iron Throne of his mother, Rhaenyra Targaryen. When he was a child his dragon was Stormcloud.
Aegon always dressed in black. He was pale, lean and never smiled, because of the grief he carried from seeing his mother devoured by his uncle's dragon. He wore a short beard but no mustache. His crown was a slender gold band. Not much more is known of his character, although he does seem to have successfully kept the kingdom reunited following the divisions of the civil war.
The Dance of the Dragons
Aegon was the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and Daemon Targaryen and was the grandson of King Viserys I Targaryen. His mother was expected to inherit the throne upon Viserys's death but instead her younger half brother was crowned as Aegon II. The resulting war of succession is known as the Dance of the Dragons.
In 129AL, at the behest of their half-brother Jacaerys Velaryon, Aegon and his younger brother Viserys were sent to Essos while their mother Rhaenyra secured the Iron Throne.. During the journey their ship, the Gay Abandon, was captured by ships of the Kingdom of the Three Daughters. Aegon escaped by flying for the first time on his dragon, Stormcloud, but Viserys was captured by Sharako Lohar. The experience was so frightening Aegon returned to Dragonstone pale, shaking, and having lost control of his bladder. Aegon never flew again, as Stormcloud died after reaching Dragonstone.
When Rhaenyra took King's Landing in 130AL, she named Aegon her cupbearer after he joined her from Dragonstone. Aegon hardly spoke a word during this time. After the storming of the Dragonpit he and his mother were forced to flee the capital. Rhaenyra, nearly mad with grief from losing her dragon Syrax and all her children except Aegon, refused to be parted from him at any time, and he became a "small pale shadow" to his mother.
When they returned to Dragonstone, they arrived at the castle to see the charred corpses of the castellan and some others who had been loyal to Rhaenyra hanging from the gates. Aegon was the first to realize what it meant and cried "Mother, flee!" but it was too late. They were brought into the coutyard where Aegon II was waiting. Young Aegon watched in horror as his uncle's dragon, Sunfyre, devoured his mother. Aegon was forever scarred, and this event cemented his later fierce hatred and terror for the creatures. After Rhaenyra's execution Ser Alfred Broome advised King Aegon II to kill the young Aegon, but the king decided to keep his nephew captive in the dungeon of Dragonstone. The death of his mother did not end the war; presumably her followers carried on under the banner of young Aegon and when Aegon II died not long after, Aegon inherited the throne as Aegon III in 131AL.
As king, Aegon III ruled long and well in the Seven Kingdoms, though he is often blamed for the death of the last dragon, having had a great distaste for the creatures since he witnessed his mother being devoured by his uncle's beast. Although the maesters may have played a part in the death of the last dragons, Aegon III became known as "Aegon the Dragonbane", despite his later efforts to obtain dragon eggs. At some point he had nine mages cross the sea to attempt to hatch his remaining cache of eggs.
Aegon had two sons, Daeron, called the Young Dragon, and Baelor, called Baelor the Blessed. His daughters were the three "Maidens in the Tower," Daena the Defiant, Rhaena and Elaena. Upon his death in 157AL, Aegon III was succeeded by his young son Daeron. Aegon was said to have always walked with a great grief, and the folly of his sons nearly tore the realm apart.
|Viserys I||Alicent Hightower|
|unknown son||unknown son||Rhaenyra||Aegon II||Helaena||Aemond||Daeron|
|Jaehaera||Aegon III||Unknown of|
|Daeron I||Rhaena||Elaena||Baelor I||Daena||Aegon IV||Naerys||Aemon the |
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