Aegon I Targaryen
Aegon Targaryen by Magali Villeneuve
|Reign||1 AC – 37 AC|
|Full Name||Aegon Targaryen the First of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Conqueror|
Aegon the Dragon
Aegon the Dragonlord
|Other Titles|| King of All Westeros|
Shield of His People
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Lord of Dragonstone
|Born in||27 BC, at Dragonstone|
|Died in||37 AC, at Dragonstone|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Successor||Aenys I Targaryen|
|Queen|| Visenya Targaryen|
|Issue|| Aenys I Targaryen|
Maegor I Targaryen
|Books|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Aegon I Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Conqueror and Aegon the Dragon, was the first Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and king on the Iron Throne, having conquered six of the Seven Kingdoms during the Conquest. He was the founder of the ruling Targaryen dynasty of Westeros.
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Aegon I Targaryen
Aegon was tall, broad shouldered and powerful in appearance, with purple eyes and short-cut silver-gold hair. He was very charismatic and commanding. During the Conquest he typically wore a shirt of black scales into battle and wielded his Valyrian steel sword Blackfyre. His crown was a simple circlet of Valyrian steel, set with big square-cut rubies.
Aegon was seen as an enigma. He was a solitary person whose only friend was Orys Baratheon. He was a great warrior who wielded a sword called Blackfyre but only rode his dragon for battle or travel and never entered tourneys. He remained faithful to his sisters and left governance in their hands and only took command when necessary. While he was harsh with those who defied him, he was generous to those that bent the knee.
- See also: Doom of Valyria
Aegon was from the island of Dragonstone, the westernmost outpost of the Valyrian Freehold, which his family had settled over a century before the Doom of Valyria. According to Targaryen tradition, Aegon married within the family; however, instead of just one sister, he married both of them: his elder sister, Visenya, and his younger sister, Rhaenys. All three were dragonriders before they were wed.
In the aftermath of Volantis's expansion and attack on Tyrosh, Aegon, the Lord of Dragonstone, supported Pentos and Tyrosh. Atop his dragon, Balerion the Black Dread, Aegon burned a Volantene fleet before it could attack Lys. After the defeat of Volantis, Aegon returned to Dragonstone.
- Main article: Aegon's Conquest
Aegon decided to go west to Westeros, and for years he planned his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. He made a huge table map of Westeros painted without any borders to signify that it should be one realm alone instead of many. This map later became known as the Painted Table. His plan was ambitious but eventually successful.
When Aegon was ready, he and his two sister-wives, Rhaenys and Visenya, landed with his army on the east coast of Westeros at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, where he constructed the wooden Aegonfort after Aegon's Landing. With the aid of their three dragons (Vhagar, Meraxes, and Balerion the Black Dread), Aegon led the Targaryen army to victory after victory, including his first test near the Blackwater, the burning of Harrenhal, and the Field of Fire. He conquered or subjugated six of the seven kingdoms of Westeros and reestablished the riverlands as a separate region. Aegon failed to conquer Dorne, however, and eventually was forced to respect their autonomy.
Aegon chose to date the beginning of his reign from the day the High Septon anointed him in Oldtown. Rather than ruling from Oldtown or Dragonstone, Aegon chose to make his seat King's Landing, the new settlement growing around the Aegonfort. He also took the swords of his defeated enemies, forging them into the Iron Throne. Aegon also created the offices of the small council as well as that of the Hand of the King, with Orys Baratheon becoming his first Hand.
First Dornish War
Knowing that Dorne was the Targaryens' only defeat, Aegon continued the Wars of Conquest. The king launched another invasion hoping to complete the conquest in 4 AC. The First Dornish War resulted in the death of Rhaenys Targaryen when a lucky shot from a scorpion took her dragon Meraxes in the eye, and the dragon crashed from the sky dead taking her rider with her. Aegon's wrath after Rhaenys's death knew no bounds.
Aegon and Visenya placed bounties on the heads of Dornish lords and in turn the Dornish put bounties on the Targaryens. Aegon and Visenya were assaulted on the streets of King's Landing and if not for Visenya and Dark Sister they would have been killed. This attack led to the forming of the elite royal bodyguard known as the Kingsguard in 10 AC. Visenya personally chose the men herself. The attempted conquest of Dorne was called to an end in 13 AC after Aegon, atop the Iron Throne, read a mysterious message delivered from the Prince of Dorne.
Aegon spent much of his reign consolidating his power by traveling throughout the Seven Kingdoms and building his capital at King's Landing. During his rule he tread carefully with the Faith of the Seven, so they would not oppose him. Aegon built a grand sept on Visenya's Hill and agreed to the construction of an even grander one known as the Sept of Remembrance on Rhaenys's Hill.
King's Landing initially lacked walls as Aegon felt no one would assault a city protected by dragons. Realizing that he and Visenya were not always in the city, however, he ordered massive walls to be made to surround the city, with construction of the city walls and its gates completed in 26 AC.
Aegon found the Aegonfort was not suitable for a king, and it was torn to the ground in 35 AC. Aegon moved his family and court back to Dragonstone, while he commanded the construction of what would later be called the Red Keep. It was rumored that Aegon placed Visenya in charge of the building of the Red Keep so that he would not have to suffer her presence on Dragonstone. The Iron Throne remained at the build site instead of Dragonstone, since it was too heavy to be moved.[Citation Needed]
While at Dragonstone's Painted Table in 37 AC, Aegon died from a stroke while telling a tale of his conquest to two of his grandsons. Upon his death and the ascension of his sons, Aenys I and then Maegor I, several rebellions broke through out the Seven Kingdoms that eventually evolved into the Faith Militant uprising. War, death and chaos gripped the Seven Kingdoms that did not end until the reign of Aegon's grandson, Jaehaerys I.
Small Council under Aegon I
During the reign of King Aegon his small council had the following known members:
- Hand of the King - Lord Orys Baratheon
- Hand of the King - Lord Edmyn Tully
- Hand of the King - Ser Osmund Strong
- Master of laws - Lord Triston Massey
- Master of coin - Lord Crispian Celtigar
- Master of ships - Lord Daemon Velaryon
- Lord Commander of the Kingsguard - Ser Corlys Velaryon
- Lord Commander of the Kingsguard - Ser Addison Hill
Quotes by Aegon
|“||From this day forth there would be but one king in Westeros.||”|
|“||A king should never sit easy.||”|
|“||When the sun sets, your line shall end.||”|
Quotes about Aegon
|“||Aegon the Conqueror brought fire and blood to Westeros, but afterward he gave them peace, prosperity, and justice.||”|
|“||Aegon once stood here as I do, looking down on this table. Do you think we would name him Aegon the Conqueror today if he had not had dragons?||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The World of Ice and Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005)
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Dorne: Dorne Against the Dragons.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 43, Eddard XI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.