Vulture King (I)
|Died||In 37 AC|
|Book(s)|| The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)
The Vulture King was a Dornish outlaw who gathered thousands of followers to rise against King Aenys I Targaryen. He scored a number of early victories against the marcher lords, as Deria Martell, Princess of Dorne, largely ignored the insurrection, leading to his support swelling up to nearly thirty thousand strong. After the Vulture King divided his host, Lord Orys Baratheon, along with marcher lords like Savage Sam Tarly, managed to hunt down the rebels during the "Vulture Hunt".
The Vulture King was captured alive at the end of the campaign, and Savage Sam Tarly executed him by tying him naked between two posts and leaving him to die from exposure. The singers like to say that he was torn apart and consumed by the same vultures from which he took his name, though in truth, he simply died from thirst after a few days with no water, and the vultures feasted on his corpse long after he was dead.
In later generations, "several other" leaders of rebels and outlaw bands that arose in the Red Mountains would call themselves "Vulture Kings", after the first. None of these later Vulture Kings were as powerful as the first, however, nor could anyone say if they were actually related to him by blood.