Aegon III Targaryen
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|Reign||131AL - 157AL|
|Full Name||Aegon III Targaryen Third of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Younger|
Aegon the Dragonbane
|Other Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|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, 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 his mother's claim to the throne. 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.
Aegon was the son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and 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 known as the Dance of the Dragons.
In 129 AL, at the behest of his half brother Jacaerys Velaryon, Aegon was sent to Essos until his mother Rhaenyra secured the Iron Throne.. During the journey he was nearly captured by ships of The Greens. Aegon only escaped by flying for the first time on his dragon Stormcloud. The experience was so frightening Aegon returned to Dragonstone pale, shaking, and had lost control of his bladder. He vowed he would never fly again.
When his mother took King's Landing in 130AL she named him her Cup Bearer. Aegon hardly spoke a word during this time. During the Storming of the Dragonpit Aegon witnessed his mother's dragon Syrax kill his half brother Joffrey Velaryon. He became a "small pale shadow" to his mother after they fled the capital.
Aegon was scarred during the war by witnessing his mother being devoured by his uncle's dragon Sunfyre. This event surely cemented his later fierce hatred and terror for the creatures. After her execution he was held captive in the dungeon of Dragonstone.
The death of his mother didn't end the war, presumably her followers carried on under the banner of Aegon and when Aegon II died not long after, Aegon inherited the throne as Aegon III.
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 and among 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, the Young Dragon. 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||Aemond||Daeron||Helaena|
|Aegon III||Unknown of|
|Daeron I||Rhaena||Elaena||Baelor I||Daena||Aegon IV||Naerys||Aemon the |
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