Aerys I Targaryen
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|Reign||209AC - 221AC|
|Full Name||Aerys Targaryen First of His Name|
|Other Titles||King of the Seven Kingdoms|
|Born in||171AC |
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Heir|| Prince Rhaegel Targaryen |
Aerys Targaryen was the second son of Daeron II and Myriah Martell. He was very much interested in books like his father. After the death of his father and his nephews Valarr and Matarys (sons of his elder brother Baelor Breakspear) in the Great Spring Sickness, Aerys became king. The plague continued some time under his rule.
He appointed his uncle Brynden Rivers as Hand and let him rule while he occupied himself with the study of books and lore. He was a bookish man who preferred reading to ruling and it was even said in the seven kingdoms that "Aerys would sooner bring a book to his bed rather then his wife". Due to the fact that his marriage with his sister Aelinor was childless, he was succeeded in 221AC by his brother Maekar I.
During the reign of Aerys I, the realm suffered a great drought. It was widely held that travel was less safe during the reign of Aerys than under his father Daeron's. In addition, the Iron Islands under Dagon Greyjoy took advantage of the chaos of the spring sickness and the Iron Throne's preoccupation with the Blackfyre rebels under Bittersteel, and raided Fair Isle, the Arbor, and even the North.
According to semi-canon sources, Aerys was bookish. He was spindly and stooped, with long, straight hair. He had a long, thin face, a long, thin mustache and a long pointed beard. He wore the crown of Aegon IV.  On his coinage, he was depicted with a beard.