Great Spring Sickness

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The Great Spring Sickness was a plague epidemic which took place in 209 AC and 210 AC, killing tens of thousands in the Seven Kingdoms.

The Sickness

The plague killed tens of thousands in the Seven Kingdoms with the major cities affected the most; it was bad in Lannisport, worse in Oldtown, but worst of all in King's Landing, where four in ten succumbed to it. A strong man could wake up healthy in the morning and die by the evening, so swiftly did the plague strike.[1]

Dorne and the Vale of Arryn did not suffer from the Great Spring Sickness, as they closed off their access roads and their ports to all travellers.[1] Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire, Aegon Targaryen, were in Dorne for the duration of the plague so were unaffected by it.[1]

The plague killed people both high-born and low, including King Daeron II Targaryen and his two most immediate heirs, Princes Valarr and Matarys, as well as the High Septon, a third of the Most Devout, nearly all of the silent sisters in King's Landing,[1][2] and possibly Daeron's Hand of the King[3]

Lord Brynden Rivers, the Hand of the King to Daeron's successor Aerys I Targaryen, ordered the many bodies be brought to the Dragonpit and burned by the pyromancers. The light of their wildfire pyres could be seen as a dark green glow throughout the city during the night.[1]

Others known to have died of the Great Spring Sickness were Rolland Uffering, the fourth husband of Lady Rohanne Webber,[1] the heir and eldest son of Lord Bracken,[1] and in 210 AC,[4] Lord Damon Lannister[2]


A dreadful time, ser, dreadful.[1]
- Septon Sefton, to Dunk

By the end, half the city was praying to the Stranger.[1]
- Septon Sefton, to Dunk
That was how men spoke of those who had perished during the Great Spring Sickness. He died in the spring.[2]

- the thoughts of Ser Duncan the Tall concerning the Great Spring Sickness

References and Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Sworn Sword.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Mystery Knight.
  3. It is unknown whether "...sweet Matarys and Valarr, the Hand." indicates that Valarr was Hand, or that Matarys, Valarr, and an unnamed Hand of the King died during the Spring Sickness.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.

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