Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)
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|Alias||Daeron the Daring|
|Allegiance|| House Targaryen|
|Born||In 114 AC, at King's Landing|
|Died||In 130 AC, at Tumbleton|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and The Queen (mentioned)
Prince Daeron Targaryen, also known as Daeron the Daring, was the third and youngest son of King Viserys I Targaryen and his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower. He was a younger brother to King Aegon II Targaryen. Like his siblings, Daeron was a dragonrider, and rode the dragon Tessarion.
Appearance and Character
Daeron had the coloring of the blood of the dragon. A handsome boy, Daeron was the most popular of the three sons of King Viserys I Targaryen and Queen Alicent Hightower. He was courteous and clever, and was described as "the gentlest" of his brothers.
Daeron grew up in the shadow of his brothers, and therefore became more accustomed to following orders than giving them.
Late in 114 AC, Daeron was born to King Viserys I Targaryen and his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower. He had two elder brothers, Aegon and Aemond, and an older sister, Helaena, as well as an older half-sister, Rhaenyra. Daeron was born only shortly after his sister Rhaenyra's eldest son, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon. However, Rhaenyra did not get along with Daeron's mother, Alicent. Trying to prevent a similar enmity between his youngest son and eldest grandson, Viserys had the two children share a wet nurse until they were weaned, hoping that them being milk brothers would make a difference.
The king's hope was in vain, because just as his older siblings, Daeron grew up to be a bitter rival to Jacaerys and his younger siblings, Lucerys and Joffrey. While Daeron and his older siblings were forced to spend time with their cousins (i.e. attending the same feasts, and occasionally training at arms or studying with a maester together), it is said that this only increased the enmity.
By the age of six, Daeron had a dragon of his own, Tessarion, though he had yet to ride her. When Daeron was twelve, he was sent to serve as a cupbearer and squire to Lord Ormund Hightower, his mother Alicent's cousin, in Oldtown.
The Dance of the Dragons
In 129 AC, after the death of Daeron's father, King Viserys I Targaryen, the Dance of the Dragons began as Daeron's older brother Aegon claimed the Iron Throne, despite the fact that their half-sister Rhaenyra was Viserys's declared heir. Daeron was still in Oldtown, squiring for Lord Ormund Hightower.
Ormund marched an army to war, but found himself cut off from Oldtown. During the Battle of the Honeywine, Ormund faced defeat until Daeron arrived on Tessarion, saving his cousin and his army. For this act, Daeron was feasted by Ormund, who knighted him with the Valyrian sword Vigilance, dubbing the young prince "Daeron the Daring".
After King Aegon II was injured in the battle at Rook's Rest, their brother Aemond took command. Aemond saw his uncle Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra's husband, as the biggest threat to their rule, and was determined to defeat him in battle. Wanting sole glory for defeating Daemon and considering Daeron too young, Aemond did not ask Daeron for help when preparing an assault on Harrenhal.
After Rhaenyra took King's Landing, Daeron was considered the greatest threat to her rule. He remained with Lord Ormund's army, and scouted ahead for them on his dragon. Ormund died during the First Battle of Tumbleton, however, and command was taken by his ineffectual cousin, Ser Hobert Hightower. Though First Tumbleton had been won due to two dragonseeds, Ulf the White and Hugh Hammer, these Two Betrayers refused to join any attack on King's Landing if their demands were not met
With Aegon II missing after the fall of King's Landing and with Aemond killed in the Battle Above the Gods Eye, Prince Daeron became the first in line for the throne, and Lord Unwin Peake insisted Daeron should be proclaimed Prince of Dragonstone immediately. Others, who believed Aegon II to be dead, wished Daeron to be crowned king instead. The Two Betrayers disagreed on crowning Daeron, and crowned Hugh instead. Offended by the arrogance of the Betrayers, the lords and knights of the Reach, later known as the Caltrops, began to plot their executions. While Daeron was not a member of the Caltrops, the men did not wish to proceed without his consent, which the prince gave swiftly.
Two days later, the Second Battle of Tumbleton began. Prince Daeron died during the battle, though it is not known exactly how he died. Multiple accounts exist regarding the manner of his death. The story most often told claims Daeron was cut down by Black Trombo with a morningstar whilst stumbling out of his tent with his clothes on fire, after the attacks of the dragon Seasmoke had begun. Another claims the same, except that the prince was slain by a man-at-arms with a sword, who was unaware of the identity of his victim. The third account states that Daeron's burning tent collapsed on top of him.
Prince Daeron's death is regarded as mysterious, and his body was never identified. Because of this opportunity, several pretenders were able to claim to be Daeron during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen. According to Maester Yandel, it has been conclusively proven that these men were imposters.
|“||My Lord is kind to say so, but the victory belongs to Tessarion.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC until 115 AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115 AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120 AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.