Nettles takes a sheep to Sheepstealer
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Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
Sheepstealer was a wild male dragon during the Dance of the Dragons with a taste for mutton. It lived at the back of Dragonmont and would hunt between Driftmark and Wendwater. The smallfolk of Dragonstone named it for a self-evident reason. He is one of three wild dragons with the Cannibal and Grey Ghost.
Sheepstealer's coloring was an ugly "mud brown". He was hatched when King Jaehaerys I Targaryen was young, which would put him around 80 years old at the time of the civil war. He was not aggressive towards human unless provoked.
Jacaerys Velaryon called for dragonriders during the Dance of the Dragons. Silver Denys, a man who claimed to be a descendent of King Maegor I Targaryen, tried to master the dragon. Sheepstealer tore off the man's arm but was chased off by the Cannibal before he could finish Silver.
A bastard girl named Nettles finally tamed Sheepstealer by feeding him a sheep every morning. Along with Rhaenyra Targaryen's other dragonriders, Nettles and Sheepstealer took part in the Battle of the Gullet and the rapid capture of King's Landing.
When Rhaenyra named Nettles a traitor for taking Daemon Targaryen to bed, Nettles was allowed to flee from Maidenpool. The dragon and its rider were last seen flying over the Bay of Crabs. Many think that in despair, Nettles just kept flying out into the open ocean until her dragon was too tired to continue flying, and they both drowned. Wild tales by the singers say that Nettles and Sheepstealer secretly escaped and subsequently picked up Daemon - who according to the legend, miraculously survived his fall during the Dance over Harrenhal, and the two lovers dropped out of history. The veracity of this legend is unknown, but it is certain that Nettles and Sheepstealer played no further role in the Dance.
When King Aegon II Targaryen regained the Iron Throne after Rhaenyra's death, there were reports that Sheepstealer had been seen at Crackclaw Point and the Mountains of the Moon. In 134 AC during the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen, Ser Robert Rowan led a royal army to the Vale of Arryn to support Ser Joffrey Arryn. Robert's men encountered Sheepstealer and a ragged Nettles in a cave, and in the ensuing fight sixteen men were slain and threescore more were wounded. Nettles and her dragon were last seen flying deeper into the Mountains of the Moon.
Some maesters believe that the Burned Men originated from members of the Painted Dogs who worshipped a fire-witch and her dragon in a hidden vale after the Dance, bringing gifts to the dragon woman and displaying burns as proof of their valor.
Known dragonrider of Sheepstealer
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- The Princess and the Queen.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.