Battle Beneath the Gods Eye

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Battle Beneath the Gods Eye
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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
King Maegor I Targaryen
House Tully
House Harroway
Prince Aegon Targaryen
King Maegor I Targaryen Prince Aegon Targaryen
Ser Davos Darklyn Aegon Targaryen
Lord Alyn Tarbeck
Lord Jon Piper
Lord Ronnel Vance
Ser Willem Whistler
Denys Snow

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


King Maegor I Targaryen, the half-brother of the late King Aenys I Targaryen, claimed the Iron Throne in 42 AC. Aenys's son, Prince Aegon, asserted his claim to the throne the following year.[1]. Prince Aegon managed to marshal an army 15'000 strong. His followers were largely wesrterman and river lords; the Lords Tarbeck, Piper, Roote, Vance, Frey, Paege, Pareen and Westerling among them. Lord Corbray of the Vale, 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 Starks, Arryns, and other Great Houses allegedly secretly corresponded with Aegon, but he needed a victory before they would publicly support him[2]

Maegor denied him that. Tyanna of the Tower, Maegors 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 Lord Harroway, from Riverrun Lord 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 Lord Rowan, Lord Merryweather and Lord Caswell, and their levies.[2]

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 the Black Dread ridden by King Maegor.[2]

Aegon's dragon Quicksilver who was only a quarter of the size of Balerion, 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. [2]

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. [3][2]

References and Notes

  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 The Sons of the Dragon.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.