Aegon II Targaryen
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|Reign||129AL - 131AL|
|Full Name||Aegon II Targaryen Second of His Name|
|Alias||Aegon the Usurper|
|Other Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Father||Viserys I Targaryen|
|Books||The Princess and the Queen|
Aegon II was the sixth Targaryen monarch to sit the Iron Throne, succeeding his father, Viserys I Targaryen. He was married to his full sister Helaena Targaryen. His dragon was Sunfyre. His personal sigil was a golden dragon instead of a red one.
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.
Dance of the Dragons
Aegon's father, Viserys I, died in 129AL. 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.
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 130AL 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 130AL, 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 continued her cause supporting her son, also named Aegon. Some time in this period, for unknown reasons Aegon II had Grand Maester Gerardys fed to his dragon. The war and Aegon II's time as king ended half a year later in 131AL with his death under unknown circumstances. Aegon II had no male heirs left, which led to his nephew Aegon III Targaryen (Rhaenyra's son) ascending to the throne and marrying Aegon II's daughter, Jaehaera.
|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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