Aegon II Targaryen
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|Reign||129AC - 131AC|
|Full Name||Aegon II Targaryen Second of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Elder|
Aegon the Usurper
|Other Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|Born in||107AC, at King's Landing|
|Died in||131AC, at King's Landing|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Predecessor||Viserys I Targaryen|
|Successor||Aegon III Targaryen|
|Issue|| Jaehaerys Targaryen|
|Father||Viserys I Targaryen|
|Books|| The Rogue Prince (Appears)|
The Princess and the Queen (Appears)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
Aegon II was the sixth Targaryen monarch to sit the Iron Throne, succeeding his father, Viserys I Targaryen. His ascent was disputed by his older half sister Rhaenyra Targaryen and both perished in the war between them, called by singers the Dance of the Dragons. Aegon was married to his full sister Helaena Targaryen. His dragon was Sunfyre the Golden. His personal sigil was a golden dragon instead of a red one, indicating his mount. During the Dance, his faction used his personal heraldry as their battle-flag.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Aegon II Targaryen
Aegon II resembled his father in appearance, though not in personality. He had only a wispy mustache and a sullen look to his face. He wore the crown of Aegon the Conqueror and carried Blackfyre, the Conqueror's blade. He was lazy, sulky, and gluttonous. He was also very promiscuous, and it was widely known that he fathered several bastards. When news came that his father died, Aegon II was not found with his wife and children, but in the bed of his paramour.
Dance of the Dragons
Aegon's father, Viserys I, died in 129AC. Viserys had intended for his daughter and Aegon's older half sister, Rhaenyra, to sit the Iron Throne. However Criston Cole, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, later known as the Kingmaker, defied the late king's wishes and backed Aegon instead, having Aegon crowned king. Rhaenyra refused to be denied her crown, disputing Aegon's ascension. The realm split into two factions known as the greens and the blacks, dragon riders took to the skies, and a Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons began. As his Hand, Aegon retained his learned grandfather Ser Otto Hightower, who had served his father Viserys and grandfather Jaehaerys I. Some time in this period, for unknown reasons Aegon II had Grand Maester Gerardys fed to his dragon.
Early in the war, Aegon's heir Prince Jaehaerys was murdered in the Red Keep by Blood and Cheese, agents of Prince Daemon's go-between. His sister-wife Helaena quickly began to sink into depression and madness.
Because of his grandfather's delays in waging war, Aegon stripped Ser Otto of the Handship and awarded it to Criston the Kingmaker. Ser Criston immediately took to the offensive. Aegon himself took the field in a trap set by Cole at Rook's Rest, where he and his brother Aemond One-Eye fought and killed Rhaenys Targaryen, the Queen Who Never Was. Aegon and his dragon Sunfyre were badly maimed, he suffering burns and broken bones. His armor melted into his left arm. It took him a year to recover, his mind clouded by milk of the poppy, and sleeping nine hours out of every ten. Only his mother Queen Alicent and his Hand Ser Criston were allowed to disturb his rest. Prince Aemond ruled in his stead as Prince Regent. Aegon remained bent and twisted for the rest of his life, half his body covered in burn scars.
When his half sister Rhaenyra took King's Landing and the Iron Throne in 130AC Larys Strong secreted him away. Disguised as one of the dragonseed smallfolk, Aegon hid on Dragonstone and convinced several blacks to defect and help him take the island. During the coup, he fought Baela Targaryen, both mounted on dragons. He shattered his legs in a fall during the fight. He carried great pain with him for the rest of his life, but refused milk of the poppy because of his experience with it during the recovery from Rook's Rest. Meanwhile, his wife Queen Helaena had ended her grief by suicide in the capital.
In 130AC, Rhaenyra chose to flee to Dragonstone where she was captured, judged a traitor, and eaten by Aegon's dragon Sunfyre as he and Aegon III watched. The war continued, however, as Rhaenyra's supporters chief among them Lord Stark continued her cause supporting her son, also named Aegon. King Aegon II upon his return to King's Landing he had Lord Corlys released, pardoned and now serving Aegon on his small council. After the defeat of Borros Baratheon army and the approach of Lord Starks army towards the capital, Lord Corlys knew defeat was imminent and his counsel was that King Aegon offer to take the black, the king refused however and was mysteriously poisoned soon after. Thus died Aegon the second of his name in 131AC, dead by poison. 
|“||Rhaenyra: Dear brother. I had hoped you were dead.
Aegon II: After you. You are the elder.
Rhaenyra: I am pleased to know that you remember that. It would seem we are your prisoners ... but do not think that you will hold us long. My leal lords will find me.
Aegon II: If they search the seven hells, mayhaps.
*Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97AC until 115AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.
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