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'''Dragonlords''' is the title for members of the forty noble families that vied to actually rule the [[Valyrian Freehold]]. They were called dragonlords because they could ride and control [[dragons]]. They controlled dragons with whips, horns and [[magic|sorcery]]. They were strikingly [some say inhumanly] {{Ref|agot|Appendix}} beautiful. {{Ref|AFFC|21}}
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'''Dragonlords''' were the [[dragonrider|dragon-riding]] most powerful nobles of the [[Valyrian Freehold]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}} Some members of [[House Targaryen]], such as [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]], have been referred to as "Dragonlords"{{ref|AGOT|3}}{{ref|AGOT|4}} after the [[Doom of Valyria]] and the civilization's destruction.
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==History==
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Leadership of the [[Valyrian Freehold]] was contested by twoscore noble families who normally gathered in [[Valyria]],{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}} although it is unknown if all forty houses controlled [[dragon]]s.  
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Strong in [[magic|sorcery]],{{ref|AFFC|22}} the dragonlords of old are said to have used binding spells{{ref|ADWD|71}} and [[dragon horn|horns]]{{ref|AFFC|19}} to control their dragons, and they used [[dragonflame]] to reshape stone into decorative shapes.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reach: Oldtown}} Some scholars have written that the dragonlords considered themselves more powerful than [[religion|gods]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: Norvos}}
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Many dragonlords had pale skin, silver-gold hair, and eyes of [[purple eyes|purple]], lilac, and pale blue.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh}} The dragonlords were strikingly (some say inhumanly){{Ref|agot|Appendix}} beautiful.{{ref|AFFC|21}} In order to keep their bloodlines pure, the dragonlords customarily wed brother to sister.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} [[Heraldry|Heraldic]] banners were not used by dragonlords.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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While [[Dragonstone]] is believed to have been the westermost outpost of Valyria,{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}} some [[maesters]] believe that the base of the [[Hightower]] was created by dragonlords thousands of years ago.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reach: Oldtown}} The dragonlords are not believed to have traveled as far east as the [[Five Forts]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti}} Some kept [[monkey]]s, [[ape]]s, panther cubs, and parrots from the [[Summer Isles]] as pets.{{ref|TWOIAF| Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles}} Dragonlords founded [[Lys]] as a pleasure retreat.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh}}
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Almost all dragonlords died during the [[Doom of Valyria]]. Some in Lys and [[Tyrosh]] survived the catastrophe but were killed in its aftermath. The dragonlord [[Aurion]] led an army from [[Qohor]] to the ruins of Valyria, but he was never seen again.{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}} Although not [[dragonrider]]s, many [[Volantis|Volantenes]] consider themselves the successors of the dragonlords.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Free Cities: Volantis}} Volantis waged war against rival [[Free Cities]] during the [[Century of Blood]].{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}}
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The [[House Targaryen|Targaryens]] were one of the great dragonlord families, but far from the most powerful.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}} They were the last dragonlord house to survive the Doom, as [[Aenar Targaryen|Aenar the Exile]] had led his family to Dragonstone twelve years prior.{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria}} Riding three dragons, the Targaryens eventually conquered most of [[Westeros]] during [[Aegon's Conquest]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest}}
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[[Galendro]]'s ''[[The Fires of the Freehold]]'' describes the feuds of the dragonlords,{{ref|TWOIAF| Ancient History: Valyria's Children}} and ''[[Wroth of the Dragonlords]]'' is the first play by [[Phario Forel]].<ref>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'', ''[[Mercy (The Winds of Winter)|Mercy]]</ref>
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==Known dragonlords==
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*[[House Targaryen]]
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*[[Aurion]]
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*[[Jaenara Belaerys]]
  
[[House Targaryen|The Targaryens]] were a minor one of these families, but are the only one that survived the  [[Doom of Valyria]] with dragons.  Thus members of [[House Targaryen]] are known as ''dragonlords'' in [[Westeros]], even after the death of all the dragons.
 
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote| “The dragonlords of the old Freehold were strong in [[sorcery]], and lesser men defied them at their peril. {{Ref|AFFC|22}}}} The [[Kindly Man]], to [[Arya]]  
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{{Quote|The dragonlords of the old [[Valyrian Freehold|Freehold]] were strong in [[sorcery]], and lesser men defied them at their peril.{{Ref|AFFC|22}}|the [[kindly man]] to [[Arya Stark]]}}
==References and Notes==
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{{References}}
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{{Quote|Our histories speak of the dragonlords of dread [[Valyria]] and the devastation that they wrought upon the peoples of [[Old Ghis]].{{ref|ADWD|70}}|[[Galazza Galare]] to [[Barristan Selmy]]}}
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==References==
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Latest revision as of 06:18, 7 February 2019

Lesser men defied the dragonlords of the Valyrian Freehold at their peril. Art by Magali Villeneuve

Dragonlords were the dragon-riding most powerful nobles of the Valyrian Freehold.[1] Some members of House Targaryen, such as Aegon the Conqueror, have been referred to as "Dragonlords"[2][3] after the Doom of Valyria and the civilization's destruction.

History

Leadership of the Valyrian Freehold was contested by twoscore noble families who normally gathered in Valyria,[1] although it is unknown if all forty houses controlled dragons.

Strong in sorcery,[4] the dragonlords of old are said to have used binding spells[5] and horns[6] to control their dragons, and they used dragonflame to reshape stone into decorative shapes.[7] Some scholars have written that the dragonlords considered themselves more powerful than gods.[8]

Many dragonlords had pale skin, silver-gold hair, and eyes of purple, lilac, and pale blue.[9] The dragonlords were strikingly (some say inhumanly)[10] beautiful.[11] In order to keep their bloodlines pure, the dragonlords customarily wed brother to sister.[12] Heraldic banners were not used by dragonlords.[12]

While Dragonstone is believed to have been the westermost outpost of Valyria,[1] some maesters believe that the base of the Hightower was created by dragonlords thousands of years ago.[7] The dragonlords are not believed to have traveled as far east as the Five Forts.[13] Some kept monkeys, apes, panther cubs, and parrots from the Summer Isles as pets.[14] Dragonlords founded Lys as a pleasure retreat.[9]

Almost all dragonlords died during the Doom of Valyria. Some in Lys and Tyrosh survived the catastrophe but were killed in its aftermath. The dragonlord Aurion led an army from Qohor to the ruins of Valyria, but he was never seen again.[1] Although not dragonriders, many Volantenes consider themselves the successors of the dragonlords.[15] Volantis waged war against rival Free Cities during the Century of Blood.[1]

The Targaryens were one of the great dragonlord families, but far from the most powerful.[12] They were the last dragonlord house to survive the Doom, as Aenar the Exile had led his family to Dragonstone twelve years prior.[1] Riding three dragons, the Targaryens eventually conquered most of Westeros during Aegon's Conquest.[12]

Galendro's The Fires of the Freehold describes the feuds of the dragonlords,[16] and Wroth of the Dragonlords is the first play by Phario Forel.[17]

Known dragonlords

Quotes

The dragonlords of the old Freehold were strong in sorcery, and lesser men defied them at their peril.[4]

Our histories speak of the dragonlords of dread Valyria and the devastation that they wrought upon the peoples of Old Ghis.[18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: The Doom of Valyria.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 22, Arya II.
  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 71, Daenerys X.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: Oldtown.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Norvos.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: The Quarrelsome Daughters: Myr, Lys, and Tyrosh.
  10. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  11. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles.
  15. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
  16. The World of Ice & Fire, Ancient History: Valyria's Children.
  17. The Winds of Winter, Mercy
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 70, The Queen's Hand.