Dragonkeepers

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The Dragonkeepers were the guards of the Targaryen dragons.

Dragonkeepers were stationed both at the Dragonpit in King's Landing[1] and on Dragonstone.[2] The Dragonkeepers at King's Landing numbered seventy-seven men during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen[1] and during the Dance of the Dragons.[3]

About

The Dragonkeepers wore suits of gleaming black armor. Their helms were crested by a row of dragon-scales that continued down their backs, diminishing downwards.[1]

History

After Princess Aerea Targaryen stole Balerion, and her death after they returned to Westeros, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen founded the Dragonkeepers to prevent another such theft.[2]

In 60 AC, as Princess Daenerys Targaryen was stricken by the Shivers, King Jaehaerys ordered a raven sent to the Dragonkeepers on Dragonstone, ordering them to bring a hatchling to King's Landing at once. After Daenerys died several hours later, Jaehaerys flew to Dragonstone upon Vermithor to inform them that it was no longer necessary.[2]

The Dragonkeepers at the Dragonpit of King's Landing who knew the dragons there better than anyone else, gave the dragon Caraxes his nickname: the Blood Wyrm.[2]

According to the accounts of the Dragonkeepers, when Princess Alyssa Targaryen came to claim a dragon in the Dragonpit in 75 AC, they had to convince her not to claim Balerion, telling the princess the dragon was "old and slow" and suggesting she would rather have a swifter mount. In the end they succeeded, as Princess Alyssa claimed the dragon Meleys.[2]

In 84 AC, the Dragonkeepers caught Princess Saera Targaryen trying to enter the Dragonpit. They returned her to the Red Keep.[2]

Once, when Princess Viserra Targaryen brought six boys into the Dragonpit, promising her maidenhead to whoever would put his head in a dragon's mouth, the Dragonkeepers arrived in time to put an end to it.[2]

During the Dance of the Dragons, less than fifty Dragonkeepers stood guard during the storming of the Dragonpit. The greatly outnumbered Dragonkeepers fought the mob but were slaughtered when the mob broke through.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Trumphs and Tragedies.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.