House Blackfyre

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House Blackfyre of King's Landing
House Blackfyre crest.png
Coat of arms Gules, a three headed dragon breathing flames sable
Current Lord Extinct
Overlord House Targaryen
Ancestral Weapon Blackfyre
Founder Daemon Blackfyre
Founded 184AC
Died out 260AC

House Blackfyre is a semi-extinct noble house from the Crownlands. A cadet branch of House Targaryen, House Blackfyre was founded by Daemon Blackfyre, a legitimized Great Bastard of King Aegon IV Targaryen. House Blackfyre is named for the Valyrian steel sword of the same name.

Their sigil was a black three-headed dragon, breathing black fire on red, the Targaryen sigil with the colours reversed. Their motto is unknown. Among the traits passed on to the Blackfyres by the Targaryens were platinum blond hair, violet eyes and the premonition-like dragon dream ability.[1]

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History

House Blackfyre was founded by Daemon Blackfyre, a bastard son of Aegon IV Targaryen, after he was legitimized by his dying father in 184AC. Daemon inverted the Targaryen arms for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword Blackfyre that his father gave him when he was twelve.[2] The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king, Aegon the Conqueror, and all his successors. Daemon was granted a tract of land along the Blackwater Rush and the right to build a keep there by his half-brother Daeron II Targaryen.

First Blackfyre Rebellion

Main article: First Blackfyre Rebellion

In 196AC Daemon and his friends and allies revolted against Daeron II Targaryen, his half-brother, using the old rumor that Daeron was the son of Aemon the Dragonknight instead of Aegon IV and that the gift of the ancestral weapon Blackfyre proved that Aegon wanted Daemon to succeed him. Ultimately the Blackfyre Rebellion failed in the Battle of the Redgrass Field. Daemon broke Lord Arryn's van in the battle, slaying Wyl Waynwood and the Knight of Ninestars and severely injuring Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard. While protecting his fallen foes, Daemon and his two eldest sons, Aemon and Aegon Blackfyre, were slain by his Great Bastard half-brother Brynden Rivers, known as Bloodraven, and the Raven's Teeth.

Daemon's remaining sons fled to the Free Cities of Essos with his principal supporter, Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, another Great Bastard of King Aegon IV. When Aegor saw all the exiled lords and knights signing on with other sellsword companies, and saw the support of House Blackfyre ebbing away, he created his own sellsword company, the Golden Company.

Second Blackfyre Rebellion

Main article: Second Blackfyre Rebellion

Daemon II Blackfyre, who had dragon dreams, defeated Ser Franklyn Frey and Ser Galtry the Green in the Whitewalls Tourney, which was where the Second Blackfyre Rebellion began in 212AC. However, the rebellion was snuffed out quickly by Bloodraven before it could spread beyond Whitewalls and several key Blackfyre supporters were killed.[1] The remaining sons and their descendants attacked the Seven Kingdoms a number of times (as many as five Blackfyre rebellions have been mentioned).

Third Blackfyre Rebellion

Main article: Third Blackfyre Rebellion

In 219AC, Bittersteel launched a new invasion after crowning Haegon Blackfyre. It was late in the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen, who was not very involved in ruling, but his younger brother Maekar's leadership during the conflict was commendable, as was the courage of his youngest son Aegon "Egg" Targaryen. Aerion Brightflame was also active in its events. The war featured the second duel between Bittersteel and Bloodraven. At the end of the final battle Haegon I was dishonorably killed after he surrendered and had given up his sword. Bittersteel was taken captive and in chains to the Red Keep, yet while Brightflame and Bloodraven both urged that he be executed, Aerys I foolishly offered him mercy, sending him north to join the Night's Watch. The Golden Company learned of this through their informants and attacked the prisoner transport as it sailed to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Before the year was over, Bittersteel had returned to Tyrosh and crowned Haegon's eldest son as Daemon III Blackfyre.

Great Council of 233AC

Main article: Great Council of 233AC

After the death of King Maekar I Targaryen in 233AC, there was no definitive heir to ascend the throne, so the Hand of the King: Lord Bloodraven, called a Great Council. Aenys Blackfyre, writing from exile, put forth his claim to the Iron Throne. Lord Brynden offered him safe conduct to King's Landing so Aenys could present his claim in person, and as soon as Aenys entered King's Landing he was seized by the gold cloaks and dragged to the Red Keep where he was executed. His head was presented to the lords of the Great Council, as a warning to any who might still have Blackfyre sympathies.[3]

Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion

Main article: Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion

In 236AC Daemon III Blackfyre led the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion, landing at Massey's Hook. The rebellion had little support, however, as people thought the Blackfyres to be done, as tattered as their banners. At the Battle of Wendwater Bridge, Ser Duncan the Tall slew Daemon III Blackfyre. Bittersteel retreated across the narrow sea again, and the war was quickly over.

War of the Ninepenny Kings

Main article: War of the Ninepenny Kings

The last attack in 260AC, when Maelys "the Monstruous" Blackfyre, head of the Golden Company, joined forces with a number of ambitious men and invaded the Stepstones as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. King Jaehaerys II sent an army that defeated the rebels.[4][5] Maelys I was killed in single combat by Ser Barristan Selmy, who cut a bloody path though the Golden Company's ranks to get to Maelys.[6]

According to Illyrio Mopatis the Blackfyres were extinguished in the male line when Maelys Blackfyre was slain.[7] What happened to the female line is currently not known.

Historical Members

Family

 
 
 
Daena Targaryen
 
Aegon IV Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
Rohanne
of Tyrosh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon
 
Aemon
 
Daemon
 
Haegon
 
Wife
 
Aenys
 
Two sons
 
Daughter(s)
 
Calla
 
Aegor Rivers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
 
 
 
Maelys
 
 
 
 
 

Quotes

Aegon the Fourth legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. And how much pain, grief, war and murder grew from that? … The Blackfyre pretenders troubled the Targaryens for five generations, until Barristan the Bold slew the last of them on the Stepstones. [9]
Catelyn Stark, to Robb Stark


When Maelys the Monstrous died upon the Stepstones, it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre. [7]
Illyrio Mopatis, to Tyrion Lannister

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