Vulture King

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Vulture King is the title claimed by a number of outlaws who rose against the Iron Throne, using the Red Mountains as their base. The first rose in 37 AC at the start of the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen. In subsequent generations, several other leaders of rebels and outlaws in the Red Mountains called themselves "Vulture Kings" after the original, but whether any were related by blood to the first is unknown.[1]

According to a semi-canon source, one Vulture King may have been a Blackmont,[2] whose sigil depicts a black vulture with a pink infant in its claws.


The first Vulture King was a Dornishman who rose against Aenys I Targaryen. He was defeated through the Vulture Hunt at the end of the Second Dornish War.[3]

A second Vulture King troubled the stormlands during the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen. He was slain in the Third Dornish War by Lord Rogar Baratheon of Storm's End.[4]

A third Vulture King was defeated by Lord Borros Baratheon during the reign of Aegon II Targaryen.[5]

A later Vulture King rose against Daeron II Targaryen, but was eventually defeated by Lords Caron and Dondarrion.[6]

Gerris Drinkwater once led six Dornishmen, including Prince Quentyn Martell, to find the lair of a Vulture King.[7]


  1. The Sons of the Dragon.
  2. So Spake Martin: US Signing Tour (Madison, WI) {November 14, 2005)
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  6. The Hedge Knight.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.