Aegor Rivers

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Aegor Rivers
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Bittersteel by Amok©

Alias Bittersteel
Title Ser
Allegiance House Blackfyre
Second Sons
Golden Company
Born In 172AC[1]
Died In 241AC[1], at Essos
Spouse Calla Blackfyre
Book(s) The Sworn Sword (Mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)

Aegor Rivers, often called Bittersteel, was a renowned knight and one of the Great Bastards fathered by Aegon IV. His mother was Barba Bracken.[2] Bittersteel was the founder of the famed group of exiled sellswords, the Golden Company. In his personal arms, he combined the red stallion of House Bracken with black dragon wings from House Blackfyre, on a golden field.


Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Aegor Rivers

Bittersteel was a warrior, and looked the part. He was tall and well-made, but also lean and lithe. He was only half Targaryen, so he had purple eyes, but his hair was black. As an adult he wore a close-cropped beard.

Bittersteel was an angry man, and he never smiled. He was resentful all his life, and had a special loathing for his half-brother, Bloodraven, and Melissa Blackwood, who was Bloodraven's mother.[2]


Aegor was angry his whole life, but reserved particular loathing for Bloodraven, whose mother, Melissa Blackwood, had replaced his own as their father's favourite mistress. Aegor also loathed Bloodraven even further when Shiera Seastar, the half-sister of both Bloodraven and himself, chose Bloodraven over him.

In the Blackfyre Rebellion, Aegor sided with his other half-brother Daemon Blackfyre. During the Battle of the Redgrass Field, Aegor commanded the right of Daemon's host.[3] Upon Daemon's death, Aegor rallied his troops and charged Bloodraven's archers, the Raven's Teeth, taking out his half-brother's eye in the process.

Managing to recover Blackfyre, the Targaryen family sword, Bittersteel fled Westeros at the end of the rebellion to the free city of Tyrosh, with Daemon's remaining sons.[4]

He served a year with the Second Sons before leaving to create the Golden Company, a famous mercenary organization, to stop the loss of support for the Blackfyres as other exile lords began to join other mercenary companies. Despite the notorious unreliability of sellswords, the Golden Company is reputed to have never broken a contract, and reference to their founder can be seen in their words: "Beneath the gold, the bitter steel."[5]

Shortly after its creation, the Golden Company became one of the most famous and disciplined sellsword companies in the Free Cities. They quickly established their reputation by sacking Qohor when the city refused to honor its contract.[6]

On his deathbed, Bittersteel commanded the men of the Golden Company to boil the flesh from his skull, dip it in gold and carry it before them when they cross the sea to retake Westeros. His successors followed his example.[7]


He died defeated and alone, a broken man in an alien land.[7]
Jon Connington's thoughts

When he fled, he swore he would return to place a son of Daemon's upon the Iron Throne. He never did.[8]
Stannis Baratheon


Daena Targaryen
Aegon IV Targaryen
of Tyrosh

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 See the Aegor Rivers calculations.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Citadel SSM:The Great Bastards (December 26, 2005)
  3. The Mystery Knight.
  4. The Sworn Sword.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion, 78.
  6. A World of Ice and Fire, Aegor Rivers.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord (Griff I).
  8. The Winds of Winter, Theon I

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