Aerion Targaryen

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For the Lord of Dragonstone and father of Aegon the Conqueror, see Aerion Targaryen (son of Daemion).
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Alias Aerion Brightflame
Aerion Brightfire
Aerion the Monstrous
The Bright Prince
The Prince Who Thought He Was a Dragon
Title Prince
Allegiance House Targaryen
Second Sons
Race Valyrian
Culture crownlands
Born In or between 191 AC and 194 AC[1]
Died In 232 AC
Spouse Princess Daenora Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (appears)
The Sworn Sword (mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Personal Arms a red three-headed dragon on black; one head orange, one yellow, one red, breathing golden flames

Prince Aerion Targaryen, also known as Aerion the Monstrous, or Aerion Brightflame as he liked to call himself, was the second son of King Maekar I Targaryen.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Aerion Targaryen

In his youth, Aerion was slim and of average height. He had curly silver-gold hair, deep violet eyes, and pale skin. Aerion's face was sculptured and imperious, with a high brow, sharp cheekbones, and a straight nose. He frequently wore clothing as bright as fire, in red and yellow and gold.[2]

Aerion was one of the most outstanding examples of the madness that can hit the members of House Targaryen. Cruel and arrogant, he thought he was a dragon in human form.[2][3] Reportedly, he was a dabbler in the black arts.[4]

Aerion was despised by his brother Aegon. Aerion threw Aegon's pet cat down a well, though he claimed otherwise, but Aegon believed Aerion was an inveterate liar. Aerion once visited Aegon in his bedroom during the dead of night, and put a knife to Aegon's privates and joked about removing his genitals so he would become a sister he could marry. According to Raymun Fossoway, the prince was all smiles and courtesy in front of his father, but his true nature showed in front of others. Aerion's brother, Daeron, called him "quite the monster".[2]

History

Aerion was born the second son to Prince Maekar Targaryen and his wife, Lady Dyanna Dayne. He had one older brother, Daeron, two younger brothers, Aemon and Aegon, and two younger sisters, Daella and Rhae.[5]

Aerion owned a dragon egg that was gold and silver.[6]

Ashford Tourney

Aerion breaks Tanselle's fingers. Art by Mike S. Miller.

In 209 AC Aerion traveled to Ashford for the tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC, where he mistook Ser Duncan the Tall for a stable boy, ordering him to take his horse. Aerion seemed about to challenge his cousin Valarr Targaryen to a joust, but instead challenged Humfrey Hardyng. Prince Aegon Targaryen, Duncan's squire, wanted Humfrey to kill Aerion. Aerion lowered his lance and impales Humfrey's horse, injuring Humfrey's leg and leaving his horse to die in agony, which Aegon considered to be intentional.[2]

Aerion was insulted by a puppet show portraying a dragon being slain, as the prince felt he was a dragon. Aerion attacked the puppeteers, breaking the fingers of a girl named Tanselle and destroying the puppets. Duncan was then arrested after punching and kicking the prince. After Prince Baelor Targaryen reminded Duncan he could request a trial by battle, Aerion requested a trial of seven. Aerion bribed Ser Steffon Fossoway, one of Duncan's champions, with the chance of a lordship to join the accusers against Duncan. Joining Aerion were his brother Daeron, his father Prince Maekar, and three knights of the Kingsguard, Willem Wylde, Donnel of Duskendale, and Roland Crakehall. Aerion's uncle, Prince Baelor, joined Duncan's side.[2]

During the trial, Aerion put his lance through Duncan's side and struck him from the saddle with a morningstar. Duncan refused to yield and used his skills as a brawler from Flea Bottom to beat the prince down. Duncan forced Aerion to repeat his submission before Lord Ashford, ending the threat to Dunk's other champions. Baelor died from wounds sustained in the trial, however.[2]

After the conclusion of the tournament, Maekar sent Aerion to Lys.[2]

Later life

Aerion drinks wildfire, illustrated by Roman Papsuev

Aerion stayed in Lys for a few years. It is possible that he fathered some children while living there.[7] He served with the Second Sons for a time while in exile.[8]

Aerion returned to Westeros at some point and fought in the Third Blackfyre Rebellion in 219 AC. He performed some actions there that are "known well". After Aegor Rivers was captured, Aerion and the Hand of the King, Lord Brynden Rivers, urged King Aerys I Targaryen to put Aegor to death, but the king decided to send Bittersteel to the Night's Watch instead.[9]

Aerion was married to his cousin, Daenora Targaryen.[5] Together, they had one child, a son ominously named Maegor, born in 232 AC.[4] The same year as his son's birth, Aerion died screaming after drinking a cup of wildfire, believing it would transform him into a dragon.[4][10] A year later, King Maekar died, and in the Great Council Aerion's son Maegor was passed over in the succession as it was feared that the boy might have inherited his father's cruelty and madness.[4][3]

Quotes

Aerion: If you cannot manage a horse, fetch me some wine and a pretty wench.

Duncan: I ... m'lord, pardons, I'm no serving man either. I have the honor to be a knight.
Aerion': Knighthood has fallen on sad days.[2]

- Aerion and Duncan the Tall

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron II
 
Mariah
Martell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baelor
 
Jena
Dondarrion
 
Aerys I
 
Aelinor
Penrose
 
Rhaegel
 
Alys
Arryn
 
Maekar I
 
Dyanna
Dayne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valarr
 
Kiera of
Tyrosh
[11]
 
Matarys
 
Aelora
 
Aelor
 
Daenora
 
Aerion
 
Daeron
 
Kiera of
Tyrosh
[11]
 
Aemon
 
Daella
 
Aegon V
 
Rhae
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sons
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maegor
 
 
 
 
 
Vaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown
descendants
 
House Targaryen
 
Unknown
descendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

References and Notes

  1. See the Aerion Targaryen (Brightflame) calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 The Hedge Knight.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  6. The Mystery Knight.
  7. So Spake Martin: Many Questions (October 14, 1998)
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 66, Tyrion XII.
  9. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  10. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  11. Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.

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