Daeron II Targaryen
Daeron II by Amok©
|Reign||184 AC - 209 AC|
|Full Name||Daeron Targaryen the Second of His Name|
|Alias|| Daeron the Good|
Daeron the Falseborn
|Other Titles|| King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm (renounced)
|Born in||153 AC, at King's Landing|
|Died in||209 AC, at King's Landing|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Predecessor||Aegon IV Targaryen|
|Heir|| Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen|
|Successor||Aerys I Targaryen|
|Issue|| Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen|
Aerys I Targaryen
Maekar I Targaryen
|Father||Aegon IV Targaryen|
|Books|| The World of Ice and Fire (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)
Daeron II Targaryen, known as Daeron the Good, was the twelfth King of the Seven Kingdoms from House Targaryen. His bastard half-brother, Daemon Blackfyre, challenged his rule and the result was a terrible civil war, the Blackfyre Rebellion. The war was mostly won by his sons and his other half-brother, Brynden Rivers. Daeron died during the Great Spring Sickness in 209 AC.
Character and Appearance
Daeron was dignified. He had a kind thoughtful face. He was round-shouldered, with thin legs and a small pot belly. His face has a certain quiet strength, though, and his eyes are clear and full of resolve. He wore his father's elaborate dragon crown. On his coinage, he was depicted as clean-shaven.
Born on the last day of 153 AC during the last few years of the reign of King Aegon III, Daeron was the eldest son of Prince Aegon and his sister and wife, Naerys. When his father later became King Aegon the Fourth of his name, Daeron became his heir and the Prince of Dragonstone.
After the failed Conquest of Dorne during the short reign of Daeron the Young Dragon, King Baelor the Blessed ascended the Throne and later arranged the marriage of his cousin Prince Daeron to Princess Myriah Martell of Dorne as part of a dual marriage pact between the two kingdoms in order to make a peace. King Baelor later officiated at the wedding ceremony. In 170 AC Daeron and Mariah had their first son, whom they named Baelor in Baelor the Blessed's honor. Three other sons would later follow.
During the reign of Aegon the Unworthy, Daeron challenged much of his father's behavior, becoming an obstacle to many of his fathers schemes, most notably Aegon's plan to start an unprovoked war on Dorne. The King ignored Daeron's protests, built a massive fleet and in 174 AC sent it to launch an invasion by landing in the Dornish coast. Fortunately for the realm, the fleet was scattered and destroyed by a vicious storm en route. Daeron was relieved by this turn of events.
At about the same time, Daeron's mother Queen Naerys was suddenly accused of adultery and treason by the knight Ser Morgil Hastwyck, trying to cast doubts on Daeron's parentage. The matter was settled when Aemon the Dragonknight defended his sister's honor and slew her accuser in a trial by combat. According to the writings of Maester Kaeth in his book Lives of Four Kings, it was, in fact, King Aegon who secretly started the rumors of Naerys' adultery. He had used Ser Morgil to instigate this tale so he would have reason to disinherit Daeron. At the time, Aegon denied this.
Late in Aegon's reign, after the death of Aemon "the Dragonknight" and Daeron's mother, Aegon began to make thinly veiled references to his son's alleged illegitimacy.  The rumors spread at court and it was whispered he had come to believe that Daeron was not his son, but the product of an illegitimate union between his wife Naerys and their other brother, Aemon. It was also rumored that Aegon planned to disinherit Daeron in favour of a bastard son, Daemon. Aegon only dared to subtly make these claims now because both his wife and the Dragonknight were dead.
Despite all the threats, japes and disparities he heaped upon his son, Aegon never formally disowned Daeron. Accounts differ as to why. The most likely explanation is that Aegon knew that his hold on his throne would not be secure if he disowned his son. It would mean civil war, as many lords who were sickened by Aegon's depravity would defend Daeron's rights. Chief amongst them was House Martell, due to Daeron's marriage to Princess Mariah Martell of Sunspear.  Daeron spent most of the last years of his father's reign on Dragonstone with his wife and children. 
Following Aegon IV's death, Daeron ascended to the throne. Before dying however, in an act of sheer spite, malevolence and vindictiveness, Aegon legitimized all his bastards. 
Upon learning of his father's death, Daeron departed Dragonstone to King's Landing. He chose to crown himself with his father's own crown to quell the doubts and rumors about his parentage. Daeron acted swiftly to put to right many of the wrongs of his father's reign. First of all, he replaced the small council with his own men. Daeron typically selected wise and capable councillors. Many noble Dornishmen and women flocked to his court, which served to give life in the Red Keep a foreign flavor, while also alienating many of Daeron's other nobles and courtiers. It took a year to repair the City Watch of King's Landing, whose officers were just as corrupt as the late King they served.
Daeron did not stop there in his efforts to improve the things his father had corrupted or let rot in malign neglect. Daeron was always mindful of his duty to the realm and sought to stabilize it in the wake of his father's last decree. He could not undo the act, but he was careful to treat all the now legitimized bastards honorably and continued the incomes that their late father had bestowed on them. He paid the dowry Aegon had promised the Archon of Tyrosh for his daughter Rohanne of Tyrosh to wed Daemon Blackfyre when Daemon was only fourteen years old. On Daemon's wedding days, Dareon granted him a tract of land near the Blackwater so Daemon could build a keep. Some said he did this to assert his legitimacy and rule over the Great Bastards, others because he was kind and just. Whatever the truth, his efforts would prove sadly in vain. 
His marriage to Mariah Martell meant that a dornish princess was now the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Daeron and Mariah's marriage had been happy and fruitful and Daeron began negotiations with his good-brother Prince Maron to unite Dorne with the Seven Kingdoms. After two years of negotiations an agreement was finalized. Prince Maron was wed to Princess Daenerys in 188 AC and, a year later, the Prince of Dorne swore an oath of fealty before the Iron Throne. King Daeron raised Prince Maron to his feet to great acclaim, and together they went to the Great Sept of Baelor and placed a golden wreath before the statue of King Baelor the Blessed stating...
|“||Baelor, your work is done||”|
Thereby Dorne joined to the Seven Kingdoms, finally uniting all of Westeros south of the Wall, two hundred years after Aegon the Conqueror first envisioned it. King Daeron the second of his name accomplished what Aegon the Conquerer and King Daeron I, who was his namesake, failed to do, and brought Dorne into the realm, and he did it peacefully.
To celebrate, Daeron founded a new seat in Summerhall, a new palace in the Dornish Marches. It was lightly fortified to represent the new peace. The peace, however, had won Prince Maron a few accords, and the Princes of Dorne had more privileges and rights than the other Great Houses. The head of Dorne was allowed to keep their royal title "Prince", Dorne was allowed to keep many of their own laws and could collect taxes for the Iron Throne with less oversight from King's Landing. This caused resentment with some of the other Great Houses.
Nonetheless, Daeron became known as Daeron the Good by the smallfolk and noble lords alike. He was seen as wise, just and kind hearted. While not a warrior and possessing a scholars physique, two of his sons became great knights and warriors. The eldest became known as Baelor Breakspear for the incident at the tourney to celebrate the wedding of Princess Daenerys with Prince Maron of Dorne, in which Baelor unhorsed Daemon Blackfyre in the final tilt. His youngest son, Maekar, also proved a formidable fighter. 
- See also: Blackfyre Rebellion
The Blackfyre Rebellion finally broke out in 195 AC and engulfed most of Westeros. The seeds of the rebellion had been planted years earlier, but it had taken time for them to finally bear fruit. There was no final insult, no great wrong that led Daemon Blackfyre to declare a war against Daeron.
If it truly was love for Daenerys, as some whisper, it is unclear why Daemon waited eight years before rebelling. Especially since his wife Rohanne had already given him seven sons and a daughter, while Daenerys had already had several children by Prince Maron. In truth, the war broke out because the seeds of Aegon the Unworthy's actions had found fertile ground and their poison still plagued the realm. Aegon hated the Dornish and many Lords and Houses who spent centuries at war with Dorne longed for the return of those days. Many great warriors looked on in dismay at realm no longer at war and did not like a peaceful, scholarly king who filled the court with learned men, Septons, Dornish and women. They looked at Daemon and saw a warrior. A score of lords and hundreds of knights with grievances against the Iron Throne sought out Daemon.
It was, however, his half brother Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, who finally motivated Daemon to make his claim. The Blackfyre rebellion broke out with battles in the Westerlands, The Vale, The Reach and the Riverlands between those who supported the Black Dragon and those who supported the Red Dragon. The rebellion finally ended at the Battle of the Redgrass Field in 196 AC with the death of Daemon and his two eldest sons. Yet Bittersteel had escaped and fled across the narrow sea with Daemon's surviving sons. The Blackfyre Pretenders, as they were now known, would continue to trouble the Seven Kingdoms for generations to come. 
Daeron and Myriah Martell had four sons: Baelor, Aerys, Rhaegel and Maekar. Daeron's eldest son and heir-apparent, Baelor Breakspear, the Prince of Dragonstone, served as his father's Hand of the King during the later portion of his reign. Baelor served ably as Hand and many saw in Baelor a great man who would become a great King after his father. However, tragedy struck at the Tourney at Ashford Meadow in 209 AC that saw the death of Prince Baelor, accidentally slain by his own brother Prince Maekar.
King Daeron II died the next year in the Great Spring Sickness, along with two of his grandchildren: Princes Valarr and Matarys. He was succeeded by his second son Aerys I Targaryen. Daeron had reigned for twenty five years, and most of the those years had seen peace and plenty for the realm.
Quotes about Daeron
|“||The whole realm knew that the girl loved Daeron’s bastard brother Daemon Blackfyre, and was loved by him in turn, but the king was wise enough to see that the good of thousands must come before the desires of two, even if those two were dear to him.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon IV.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daeron II Targaryen.
- ↑ Targaryen Kings. November 1, 2005 So Spake Martin
- ↑ The Mystery Knight.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 The World of Ice and Fire, Daeron II.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
- ↑ Kiera of Tyrosh was widowed when Valarr Targaryen died from the Great Spring Sickness; some time later she married his cousin Daeron.