Sunfyre the Golden by Robert O'Leary
|Alias|| Sunfyre the Golden|
King Aegon's glory
|Allegiance||Aegon II Targaryen|
|Died||In 130 AC, at Dragonstone|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
Sunfyre, also known as Sunfyre the Golden, was a splendid young male dragon. He was ridden by Aegon II Targaryen. According to Archmaester Gyldayn Sunfyre was the most magnificent and beautiful dragon ever to fly the skies of Westeros, even the world.
Sunfyre had gleaming gold scales and pale pink wing membranes. In the sunlight his scales shone like beaten gold. He is described as being the most beautiful dragon ever seen upon the earth, during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen. By 129 AC Sunfyre was big enough to be quite a capable fighter.
Though Sunfyre's exact year of birth has never been stated, he was described as being "young" in 120 AC, suggesting that his egg hatched during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen. 120 AC is also the first year where Prince Aegon Targaryen is mentioned as Sunfyre's rider, though it is unknown when exactly Sunfyre was claimed by Aegon.
As the dragon of King Aegon II Targaryen, Sunfyre fought in the Dance of the Dragons. King Aegon II rode Sunfyre during the Battle of Rook's Rest, one of the first major battles of the war in 129 AC. The greens attacked Rook's Rest to lure the blacks into a trap. Rook's Rest asked Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen for help, and it was Princess Rhaenys Targaryen who answered the call, as she came riding Meleys. Both Aegon II on Sunfyre and his brother Aemond Targaryen on Vhagar were waiting for one of Rhaenyra's supporters to show up. Though Meleys might have had a chance against Vhagar alone, the combination of Vhagar and Sunfyre was too much, and Meleys could not survive a two-on-one attack. Whilst Vhagar and Sunfyre were the victors, Sunfyre did not make a clean get-away, as the golden dragon was wounded during the battle. He was severely wounded, and unable to fly, as one wing was nearly torn from his body.
Because of his injuries, Sunfyre remained near Rook's Rest, to be able to heal. Sunfyre's wing did indeed heal, though at an awkward angle. He would never be able to fly the way he had done before. Rook's Rest was eventually conquered again by the blacks, and Lord Walys Mooton attempted to slay the injured dragon, but Sunfyre burned his attackers and disappeared. No one knew where he had headed.
For unclear reasons, Sunfyre had actually flown back to Dragonstone, the place of his birth. This may have been a homing instinct, though some suspect that he somehow sensed that Aegon II was hiding on Dragonstone after the fall of King's Landing to the blacks. Sunfyre killed the wild dragon Grey Ghost while returning to Dragonstone: the fight left him with only one eye and wounds along his back, belly, and neck. While Grey Ghost's half-eaten corpse was found by the black garrison at Dragonstone, it was assumed that it was the work of the Cannibal, the other wild dragon still on the island. And thus Sunfyre's presence on the island remained a secret for some time.
Sunfyre partially recovered from its injuries along with his rider, Aegon II, whilst hiding on Dragonstone. The followers of Aegon II eventually managed to take the castle of Dragonstone back in the Fall of Dragonstone. When Aegon flew Sunfyre the the castle, intending to land on the courtyard in triumph, they found themselves across Lady Baela Targaryen and her dragon Moondancer, who both had escaped captivty.
Though Moondancer was younger and smaller, she was also quicker, and Sunfyre's wounds still hindred him. The two dragons fought, and Moondancer managed to injure Sunfyre further, while Sunfyre managed to blind Moondancer with his fire. The two dragons crashed to the ground together. Moondancer did not survive the fall, and Sunfyre was left even more injured than before, and forever unable to fly.
After all the fighting during the war, Sunfyre was left a ruined dragon. He remained in the yard of Dragonstone where he had fallen to the ground and was fed sheep by the garrison. When Rhaenyra Targaryen had been taken captive by King Aegon's followers, she was fed to Sunfyre, on the 22nd day of the 10th moon 130 AC.
Sunfyre eventually died from his wounds about six weeks later, on the 9th day of the 12th moon. His rider, Aegon, wept upon his death.
Known dragonriders of Sunfyre
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