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| commander1 = King Maegor I Targaryen
 
| commander1 = King Maegor I Targaryen
 
| commander2 = Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon Targaryen]]
 
| commander2 = Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon Targaryen]]
| strength1 = 5000 swords from King's Landing<br>Unknown numbers from the Reach and Riverlands<br>[[Balerion]]
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| strength1 = 5.000 swords from King's Landing<br>Unknown numbers from the Reach and Riverlands<br>[[Balerion]]
| strength2 = 15'000<br>[[Quicksilver]]
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| strength2 = 15.000 men from the [[westerlands]] and [[riverlands]]<br>[[Quicksilver]]
| casualties1 = Ser [[Davos Darklyn]]
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| casualties1 = Ser [[Davos Darklyn]]
| casualties2 = [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon Targaryen]]<br>[[Quicksilver]]<br>Lord [[Alyn Tarbeck]]<br>Lord [[Jon Piper]]<br>Lord [[Ronnel Vance]]<br>Ser [[Willam Whistler]]<br>[[Denys Snow]]
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| casualties2 = [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon Targaryen]]<br>[[Quicksilver]]<br>Lord [[Alyn Tarbeck]]<br>Lord [[Jon Piper]]<br>Lord [[Ronnel Vance]]<br>Ser [[Willam Whistler]]<br>[[Denys Snow]]
 
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The '''Battle Beneath the Gods Eye''' took place near the [[Gods Eye]] in {{date|43}}.
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The '''Battle Beneath the Gods Eye''' took place near the [[Gods Eye]] in the latter part of {{date|43}}.
  
==History==
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==Prelude==
King [[Maegor I Targaryen]], the half-brother of the late King [[Aenys I Targaryen]], claimed the [[Iron Throne]] in {{date|42}}. Aenys's son, Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon]], asserted his claim to the throne the following year.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}}. Prince Aegon managed to marshal an army 15'000 strong. His followers were largely wesrterman and river lords; the Lords [[Alyn Tarbeck|Tarbeck]], [[Jon Piper|Piper]], [[House Roote|Roote]], [[Ronnel Vance|Vance]], [[House Frey|Frey]], [[House Paege|Paege]], [[House Parren|Pareen]] and [[House Westerling|Westerling]] among them. [[House Corbray|Lord Corbray]] of the [[Vale]], [[Denys Snow|the Bastard of Barrowtown]] and the fourth son of the Lord of [[Griffin's Roost]] also joined there support to the young Prince. In addition [[House Stark|Starks]], [[House Arryn|Arryns]], and other [[Great House]]s allegedly secretly corresponded with Aegon, but he needed a victory before they would publicly support him{{ref|tsotd}}
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King [[Maegor I Targaryen]], the half-brother of the late King [[Aenys I Targaryen]], claimed the [[Iron Throne]] in {{date|42}}. At the time Aenys's eldest son, Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)|Aegon Targaryen]], was besieged at [[Crakehall castle]] by thousands of [[Poor Fellows]], leaving Aegon unable to act. After Maegor had won his [[trial of seven]] against the [[Warrior's Sons]] at [[King's Landing]], Aegon's mother, Dowager Queen [[Alyssa Velaryon]], proclaimed Aegon king on [[Driftmark]], to no avail. When the Poor Fellows besieging Crakehall castle finally marched to King's Landing, Prince Aegon and his sister-wife, Princess [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]], were able to depart. They fled to [[Casterly Rock]], where they were given protected by Lord [[Lyman Lannister]]. There,  It was his wife, the Lady Jocasta who first discerned that Princess Rhaena was with child. Rhaena gave birth to her twin daughters [[Aerea Targaryen|Aerea]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen (daughter of Aegon)|Rhaella]] the same year.{{Ref|Tsotd}}
  
Maegor denied him that. [[Tyanna|Tyanna of the Tower]], Maegors [[Master of whisperers|spy mistress]] intercepted several of the messages passed between Prince Aegon and the Lords of [[Westeros]] and Maegors own force marshalled against his nephew. From [[Harrenhal]] came [[Lucas Harroway|Lord Harroway]], from [[Riverrun]] Lord [[House Tully|Tully]]. Ser [[Davos Darklyn]] of the [[Kingsguard]] marshalled 5'000 swords from [[King's Landing]] and marched West to met Prince Aeon's forces. From the [[Reach]] came [[House Rowan| Lord Rowan]],  [[House Merryweather|Lord Merryweather]] and [[House Caswell|Lord Caswell]], and their levies.{{ref|tsotd}}
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Aegon remained adamant about his claim to the throne, but was unable to find many lords who were willing to risk Maegor's wroth by supporting Aegon's claim. Not even Lord Lyman Lannister was willing to give his support to Aegon, although he did refuse Maegor's demands that Aegon and Rhaena were expelled from Casterly Rock. Additionally, it was said that Aegon's own mother had abandoned his cause, as she had been present at King's Landing for King Maegor's third marriage.{{Ref|tsotd}}
 
Aegon's army was larger than any one of the several against him, but the young Prince of only seventeen years old was an inexperienced commander and did not attack and defeat each separately, as Lord Corbray advised but instead was loathe to divide his army and ordered a march on [[King's Landing]]. Just south of the [[Gods Eye]], Prince Aegon found Ser Davos Darklyn's force blocking his path, sitting on the high ground behind a wall of spears and shields, while the rebels army's scouts reported the forces of the Reach advancing from the South.  Aegon ordered a charge against the hill hoping to shatter the forces of King's Landing before the Southern host could flank him. Aegon mounted Quicksilver intending to attack the spear wall from the air while his forces attacked from the ground, but no sooner had the young Prince and his young dragon taken flight when a roar from the southern sky came and descended [[Balerion|Balerion the Black Dread]] ridden by [[Maegor I Targaryen|King Maegor]].{{ref|tsotd}}
 
  
Aegon's dragon [[Quicksilver]] was only a quarter of the size of Balerion, and was no match for the older, fiercer and battle hardened Dragon. Balerion ripped one of Quicksilver's wings off and both Dragon and it's rider plummeted to there deaths. {{ref|tsotd}}
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Eventually, Aegon gained support from lord from the [[westerlands]] and [[riverlands]], including Lords [[Alyn Tarbeck|Tarbeck]], [[Jon Piper|Piper]], [[House Roote|Roote]], [[Ronnel Vance|Vance]], [[House Frey|Frey]], [[House Paege|Paege]], [[House Parren|Pareen]] and [[House Westerling|Westerling]]. Additionally, Lord [[House Corbray|Corbray]] of the [[Vale]], [[Denys Snow]], the Bastard of Barrowtown, and the fourth son of the Lord of [[Griffin's Roost]] joined Aegon's side.{{Ref|tsotd}}
  
The battle below was brief but bloody. Once Prince Aegon fell, the rebels saw their cause lost and ran, but the loyalist armies were all around them, and there was no escape. The only notable loss among the royalist forces was Ser [[Davos Darklyn]] who was slain by Lord Corbray with [[Lady Forlorn]]. Several of the rebel lords perished in the fighting, others were captured. Half a year of trials and executions followed. Queen [[Visenya Targaryen]] managed to persuade her son to spare some of the rebellious lords of the more noble houses, but those whose lives were spared had land and titles taken from them as punishment and had to send hostages to [[King's Landing]] to ensure there future loyalty. {{ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}}{{ref|tsotd}}
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When Aegon eventually marched in {{Date|43}}, King [[Maegor I Targaryen]] was informed by his [[Master of whisperers|mistress of whisperers]], [[Tyanna of the Tower]], that Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon had been in secret correspondence with  the [[House Stark|Starks]], [[House Arryn|Arryns]], [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], and [[House Baratheon|Baratheons]]. However, the great lords wished to be certain of Aegon's ability to win before they pledged their support.{{Ref|tsotd}}
  
==References and Notes==
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==Battle==
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In {{Date|43}}, Aegon asserted his claim to the throne and denounced King [[Maegor I Targaryen]] as a tyrant and usurper.{{Ref|tsotd}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I}} He marched through the [[riverlands]] leading an army of fifteen thousand strong from atop his [[dragon]] [[Quicksilver]].{{ref|tsotd}} Maegor gathered his own forces; From the [[riverlands]], Lord [[Lucas Harroway]] and Lord [[House Tully|Tully]] came forth.{{Ref|tsotd}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Riverlands: House Tully}} Ser [[Davos Darklyn]] of the [[Kingsguard]] marched from [[King's Landing]] with five thousand men. From the [[Reach]] came Lords [[House Rowan|Rowan]], [[House Merryweather|Merryweather]], and [[House Caswell|Caswell]] with their levies.{{ref|tsotd}} Although each of these armies were smaller than Aegon's force, they were coming from all sides. Only seventeen years old, Aegon was yet an inexperienced commander. He refused to attack and defeat each of Maegor's forces separately, as Lord Corbray advised, as he was loathe to divide his army. Instead, he continued his march on [[King's Landing]].
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Just south of the [[Gods Eye]], Prince Aegon found Ser Davos Darklyn's force blocking his path, as the forces of the Reach were advancing from the south, and the forces from Lords Tully and Harroway were advancing from the north. Aegon ordered a charge against the hill where the Kingslanders had gathered, hoping to shatter them before the other hosts could flank him. Aegon mounted Quicksilver, intend to lead the attack himself. Just then, King Maegor I appeared from the south upon the back of [[Balerion]]. Much larger and stronger than Quicksilver, Balerion fell upon the younger dragon from above, ripping a wing from her body. Quicksilver fell to her death, with Prince Aegon upon her back.{{ref|tsotd}}
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Once Prince Aegon fell, the rebels saw their cause lost and ran. They were slaughtered by the loyalists surrounding them as they attempted to escape, and by the end two thousand of Aegon's men had died, including Lord Alyn Tarbeck, Denys Snow, Lord Jon Piper, Lord Ronnel Vance, and Ser Willam Whistler. Among Maegor's forces, the losses were fewer. In total a hundred men died, and the only notable loss among them was Ser [[Davos Darklyn]], who had been slain by Lord Corbray with [[Lady Forlorn]].{{Ref|tsotd}}
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==Aftermath==
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The battle beneath the [[Gods Eye]] in the latter half of {{Date|43}} was followed by a half a year of trials and executions. Dowager Queen [[Visenya Targaryen]] managed to persuade King [[MAegor I Targaryen|Maegor]] to spare some of the rebellious lords. Maegor demanded lands and titles from the rebels, and took hostages as well to ensure the loyalty of those he had spared.{{ref|tsotd}}
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==References==
 
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Revision as of 13:24, 14 November 2017

Battle Beneath the Gods Eye
Battle Beneath the Gods Eye.jpg
Maegor I Targaryen and Balerion make short work of Aegon Targaryen and Quicksilver during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye, as depicted by Michael Komarck in The World of Ice and Fire.
Date 43 AC
Place Gods Eye, the riverlands
Combatants
King Maegor I Targaryen
House Tully
House Harroway
Prince Aegon Targaryen
Commanders
King Maegor I Targaryen Prince Aegon Targaryen
Strength
5.000 swords from King's Landing
Unknown numbers from the Reach and Riverlands
Balerion
15.000 men from the westerlands and riverlands
Quicksilver
Casualties
Ser Davos Darklyn Aegon Targaryen
Quicksilver
Lord Alyn Tarbeck
Lord Jon Piper
Lord Ronnel Vance
Ser Willam Whistler
Denys Snow

The Battle Beneath the Gods Eye took place near the Gods Eye in the latter part of 43 AC.

Prelude

King Maegor I Targaryen, the half-brother of the late King Aenys I Targaryen, claimed the Iron Throne in 42 AC. At the time Aenys's eldest son, Prince Aegon Targaryen, was besieged at Crakehall castle by thousands of Poor Fellows, leaving Aegon unable to act. After Maegor had won his trial of seven against the Warrior's Sons at King's Landing, Aegon's mother, Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon, proclaimed Aegon king on Driftmark, to no avail. When the Poor Fellows besieging Crakehall castle finally marched to King's Landing, Prince Aegon and his sister-wife, Princess Rhaena, were able to depart. They fled to Casterly Rock, where they were given protected by Lord Lyman Lannister. There, It was his wife, the Lady Jocasta who first discerned that Princess Rhaena was with child. Rhaena gave birth to her twin daughters Aerea and Rhaella the same year.[1]

Aegon remained adamant about his claim to the throne, but was unable to find many lords who were willing to risk Maegor's wroth by supporting Aegon's claim. Not even Lord Lyman Lannister was willing to give his support to Aegon, although he did refuse Maegor's demands that Aegon and Rhaena were expelled from Casterly Rock. Additionally, it was said that Aegon's own mother had abandoned his cause, as she had been present at King's Landing for King Maegor's third marriage.[1]

Eventually, Aegon gained support from lord from the westerlands and riverlands, including Lords Tarbeck, Piper, Roote, Vance, Frey, Paege, Pareen and Westerling. Additionally, Lord Corbray of the Vale, Denys Snow, the Bastard of Barrowtown, and the fourth son of the Lord of Griffin's Roost joined Aegon's side.[1]

When Aegon eventually marched in 43 AC, King Maegor I Targaryen was informed by his mistress of whisperers, Tyanna of the Tower, that Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon had been in secret correspondence with the Starks, Arryns, Lannisters, and Baratheons. However, the great lords wished to be certain of Aegon's ability to win before they pledged their support.[1]

Battle

In 43 AC, Aegon asserted his claim to the throne and denounced King Maegor I Targaryen as a tyrant and usurper.[1][2] He marched through the riverlands leading an army of fifteen thousand strong from atop his dragon Quicksilver.[1] Maegor gathered his own forces; From the riverlands, Lord Lucas Harroway and Lord Tully came forth.[1][3] Ser Davos Darklyn of the Kingsguard marched from King's Landing with five thousand men. From the Reach came Lords Rowan, Merryweather, and Caswell with their levies.[1] Although each of these armies were smaller than Aegon's force, they were coming from all sides. Only seventeen years old, Aegon was yet an inexperienced commander. He refused to attack and defeat each of Maegor's forces separately, as Lord Corbray advised, as he was loathe to divide his army. Instead, he continued his march on King's Landing.

Just south of the Gods Eye, Prince Aegon found Ser Davos Darklyn's force blocking his path, as the forces of the Reach were advancing from the south, and the forces from Lords Tully and Harroway were advancing from the north. Aegon ordered a charge against the hill where the Kingslanders had gathered, hoping to shatter them before the other hosts could flank him. Aegon mounted Quicksilver, intend to lead the attack himself. Just then, King Maegor I appeared from the south upon the back of Balerion. Much larger and stronger than Quicksilver, Balerion fell upon the younger dragon from above, ripping a wing from her body. Quicksilver fell to her death, with Prince Aegon upon her back.[1]

Once Prince Aegon fell, the rebels saw their cause lost and ran. They were slaughtered by the loyalists surrounding them as they attempted to escape, and by the end two thousand of Aegon's men had died, including Lord Alyn Tarbeck, Denys Snow, Lord Jon Piper, Lord Ronnel Vance, and Ser Willam Whistler. Among Maegor's forces, the losses were fewer. In total a hundred men died, and the only notable loss among them was Ser Davos Darklyn, who had been slain by Lord Corbray with Lady Forlorn.[1]

Aftermath

The battle beneath the Gods Eye in the latter half of 43 AC was followed by a half a year of trials and executions. Dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen managed to persuade King Maegor to spare some of the rebellious lords. Maegor demanded lands and titles from the rebels, and took hostages as well to ensure the loyalty of those he had spared.[1]

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 The Sons of the Dragon.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.