Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aegon II)
Jaehaerys Targaryen, art by Enife
|Born||In 123 AC|
|Died||In 129 AC, at the Tower of the Hand, King's Landing|
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Fire & Blood (mentioned)
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Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen was the son of King Aegon II Targaryen and his sister-wife and Queen Helaena Targaryen. He was Aegon's firstborn son and heir, next in line to the Iron Throne. He had a twin sister, Jaehaera, and a younger brother Maelor. The dragon Shrykos was bound to Jaehaerys.
Appearance and Character
Jaehaerys was larger and healthier than his twin, but he was also born with six fingers on his left hand, and six toes on each foot.
Prince Jaehaerys was born in the year 123 AC, barely a year after his parents had wed. The greens at the court of King Viserys I Targaryen were happy to proclaim that Prince Aegon Targaryen now had heirs of his own. A dragon egg was placed in Jaehaerys's cradle, and as well one in the cradle of his twin sister, Princess Jaehaera. Both eggs soon hatched, and for Jaehaerys, the dragon Shrykos was born.
That same year, two of Jaehaerys' half-siblings were born: a boy, whose mother was a whore in the Street of Silk, and a girl, whose mother was a maidservant of Jaehaerys's grandmother, Queen Alicent Hightower. In 127 AC, Jaehaerys's trueborn brother Prince Maelor was born.
In 129 AC, on the third day of the third moon, Jaehaerys, his sister Jaehaera, his brother Maelor, and their mother, Princess Helaena Targaryen, went to visit their grandfather, King Viserys I Targaryen. There, Jaehaerys listened to a fictional tale[N 1] Viserys told, about their great-great-grandsire, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Jaehaerys's namesake, and how he had flown north of the Wall on his dragon to fight against wildlings, giants, and wargs.
The Dance of the Dragons
At the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Jaehaerys and his twin were six years old. With his father Aegon II Targaryen now crowned king, Jaehaerys became the heir to the throne. At the start of the Dance of the Dragons, Jaehaerys's uncle, Prince Aemond Targaryen, killed Prince Lucerys Velaryon, the second son of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Prince Daemon Targaryen declared vengeance, writing that there would be "An eye for an eye, a son for a son".
Sometime thereafter, two men, remembered as Blood and Cheese, snuck into the chambers of Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower in the Tower of the Hand. As was her custom, Queen Helaena Targaryen took her three children to visit their grandmother at dusk, before they went to bed. Once Helaena entered the chambers with Jaehaerys, Jaehaera, and Maelor, Blood barred the door and slew Helaena's guardsman while Cheese snatched Maelor. Cheese told Helaena that they were two "debt collectors", and asked which one of her sons she wanted to lose. The queen offered herself but the two killers refused, telling her that it had to be a son, a boy. The weeping Helaena eventually named her youngest child, two-year-old Maelor. The grinning Blood slew Prince Jaehaerys instead, striking off the boy's head with a single blow from his sword. The two men did no further harm to Helaena, Jaehaera, or Maelor, fleeing with Jaehaerys's head in hand.
- Elio Garcia has stated that George R. R. Martin confirmed to him that this story was made up by Viserys to entertain his grandchildren.