Eustace (Dance of the Dragons)
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Eustace was a septon attached to the Red Keep during the reign of Viserys I Targaryen. The writings of Eustace, among them The Reign of King Viserys, first of His Name, and the Dance of the Dragons That Came After, were used as a source for The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens as well as The Rogue Prince, or, A King's Brother by Archmaester Gyldayn. Eventually, he rose to the ranks of the Most Devout.
Eustace and Mushroom gave conflicting accounts of events during the period before and during the Dance of the Dragons, both on the relationships between Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen and of the relationship between Rhaenyra and Ser Criston Cole.
Following the death of King Viserys I Targaryen, Grand Maester Orwyle told the small council that Septon Eustace should be summoned to perform the last rites and to pray for Viserys's soul. However, Ser Otto Hightower said that they must first settle the matter of succession. Eustace wrote that Viserys's eldest son, Prince Aegon, was initially opposed to the greens' attempt to crown him instead of Aegon's elder step-sister, Princess Rhaenyra, and that Aegon only agreed to accept the crown after Ser Criston Cole convinced him he would be killed if Rhaenyra became queen. Because the High Septon was too old and frail to travel from Oldtown to King's Landing, Eustace anointed and blessed Aegon II during his coronation.
Eustace's account of the Dance of the Dragons was biased in favor of Aegon II Targaryen, putting him in a positive light and Rhaenyra Targaryen in a negative light. It is believed he invented several details, such as that Aegon did not want to declare himself king after his father Viserys I Targaryen died, until his mother Alicent Hightower convinced him that Rhaenyra would kill him and his family if he did not. Eustace also claims that Rhaenyra cut her thighs when she sat on the Iron Throne as a sign that she was unworthy of it - though this was physically impossible, given that Rhaenyra was wearing full armor at the time.
And as her lord husband Prince Daemon escorted her from the hall, cuts were seen upon Her Grace's legs and the palm of her left hand. Drops of blood fell to the floor as she went past, and wise men looked at one another, though none dared speak the truth aloud: the Iron Throne had spurned her, and her days upon it would be few.
- Eustace writing of Rhaenyra Targaryen