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| Place_of_Death = [[King's Landing]]<ref group="N">''Put into question by the appearance of a youth claimed to be the survived prince, backed up by Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] former friend [[Jon Connington]].''</ref>
 
| Place_of_Death = [[King's Landing]]<ref group="N">''Put into question by the appearance of a youth claimed to be the survived prince, backed up by Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] former friend [[Jon Connington]].''</ref>
 
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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Birth===
 
===Birth===
A comet was seen above [[King's Landing]] on the night Aegon was conceived, which led his father [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] to believe that he was the "[[prince that was promised]]". The comet was seen as "the bleeding star" of the prophecy. Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] was aware of Rhaegar's beliefs, though it is unclear if he shared them. Aemon would later come to doubt the wisdom of looking for a prince, rather than a princess. He realized there was a translation error, and that the term translated was fluid in terms of gender. This is connected to the term for [[dragon]]s, which are neither male nor female.{{ref|aFfC|35}}
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A comet was seen above [[King's Landing]] on the night Aegon was conceived, which led his father [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] to believe that he was the "[[prince that was promised]]". The comet was seen as "the bleeding star" of the prophecy. Maester [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Aemon]] was aware of Rhaegar's beliefs, though it is unclear if he shared them.{{ref|aFfC|35}}
  
 
===Sack of King's Landing===
 
===Sack of King's Landing===
Aegon was an infant during [[Robert's Rebellion]],{{ref|aGoT|20}}{{Ref|aGoT|30}} having been born a few months before its onset. Prior to the [[Battle of the Trident]], Aegon's great-uncle, Prince [[Lewyn Martell]] of the [[Kingsguard]], was reminded gracelessly by King [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]] that Aegon, and his sister and mother, were in Aerys's hands. Lewyn was ordered to take command of the ten thousand Dornishmen marching up the kingsroad. Lewyn and Aegon's father, [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], died during the [[Battle of the Trident]], however. Aerys sent his wife, Queen [[Rhaella Targaryen]], and their last remaining son, Prince [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]], to [[Dragonstone]] for safety. The original plan had been for [[Elia Martell]], Rhaegar's widow and Lewyn's niece, to join them, but Aerys came to blame the loss of the battle on Lewyn, accusing him of having betrayed Rhaegar. He thus chose to keep Elia and her children by his side as hostages to ensure continued [[Dorne|Dornish]] loyalty.{{Ref|aSoS|37}}  
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Aegon was an infant during [[Robert's Rebellion]],{{ref|aGoT|20}}{{Ref|aGoT|30}} having been born a few months before its onset. In preparation of the [[Battle of the Trident]], Aegon's grandfather, King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] used him, his mother [[Elia Martell|Elia]], and his sister [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] as voltages, gracelessly reminding Aegon's great-uncle, Prince [[Lewyn Martell]] of the [[Kingsguard]], that the three were in Aerys's hands. Lewyn took command of ten thousand Dornishmen, but died in the battle  as did Aegon's father, [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]]. Aerys became convinced that the Dornishmen had betrayed him, and refused to allow Aegon and his family to flee to [[Dragonstone]] alongside Queen [[Rhaella Targaryen]] and Prince [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]]. Aegon, his mother, and his sister were kept at King's Landing as hostages to ensure continued [[Dorne|Dornish]] loyalty.{{Ref|aSoS|37}}
  
With the death of Rhaegar, Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] was convinced the war was effectively over, and that [[House Targaryen]] could no longer offer a proper king to the realm. Pycelle worked to convince Aerys II to open the gates of [[King's Landing]] to the Lannister forces, secretly hoping Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] would rise to the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|aCoK|25}}
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With Rhaegar's death, Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] became convinced that the war was effectively over, and that [[House Targaryen]] could no longer offer a proper king to the realm. Pycelle worked to convince Aerys II to open the gates of [[King's Landing]] to the Lannister forces, secretly hoping Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] would rise to the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|aCoK|25}}
  
 
[[File:Aegon Death.png|400px|thumb|Aegon is killed in front of his mother, [[Elia Martell]]]]
 
[[File:Aegon Death.png|400px|thumb|Aegon is killed in front of his mother, [[Elia Martell]]]]
  
During the [[Sack of King's Landing]] a fortnight after the royal forces had left for the Trident, Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] killed Aerys in the throne room of the [[Red Keep]]. Jaime, though the only Kingsguard member left in the city, did not think his father Tywin, whose troops were attacking the city, would harm little Aegon and his young sister, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]]. While Jaime was standing over Aerys's corpse, Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] and Ser [[Amory Lorch]] scaled the walls of [[Maegor's Holdfast]] and then killed Aegon, Rhaenys, and Elia. The deaths of the children caused a dispute between Lord [[Eddard Stark]] and the new king, [[Robert I Baratheon]], and also began the feud between [[House Martell]] and [[House Lannister]]. It caused Dorne to remain loyal to the Iron Throne only by name, interacting with the other kingdoms as little as necessary.
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During the [[Sack of King's Landing]] a fortnight after the royal forces had left for the Trident, Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] killed Aerys in the throne room of the [[Red Keep]]. Jaime, though the only Kingsguard member left in the city, did not think his father Tywin, whose troops were attacking the city, would harm little Aegon and his young sister, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]]. While Jaime was standing over Aerys's corpse, Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] and Ser [[Amory Lorch]] scaled the walls of [[Maegor's Holdfast]] and then killed Aegon, Rhaenys, and Elia. The deaths of the children caused a dispute between Lord [[Eddard Stark]] and the new king, [[Robert I Baratheon]],{{Ref|aDwD|11}} and also began the feud between [[House Martell]] and [[House Lannister]].{{Ref|aSoS|66}}{{Ref|aDwD|38}}
  
===Accounts and Motivations===
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===Death===
According to stories told by [[Viserys Targaryen]] to his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]], [[Elia Martell]] pleaded for mercy as the head of Aegon, [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] heir, was dashed against a wall.{{Ref|aGoT|3}}{{Ref|aGoT|64}}
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According to Lord [[Eddard Stark]], [[Tywin Lannister]]'s soldiers tore Aegon from his mother's breast and dashed his head against a wall.{{ref|aGoT|12}} [[Viserys Targaryen]] told his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] that Elia pleaded for mercy as Aegon was dashed against a wall.{{Ref|agot|3}}{{Ref|agot|64}} Eddard Stark had heard rumors that [[Gregor Clegane]] was Aegon's murderer, after which he had raped Elia, and next had put her to the sword.{{Ref|agot|30}} According to Eddard, these rumors were not repeated in Gregor's presence.{{Ref|aGoT|30}} According to [[Tyrion Lannister]], Gregor's role in the deaths of Aegon and his mother were common knowledge at [[Casterly Rock]]. He heard that Gregor's hands had still been covered with Aegon's blood when he raped Elia.{{Ref|acok|17}}
  
Lord [[Eddard Stark]] recalls that Lord [[Tywin Lannister]]'s soldiers tore Aegon from his mother's breast and dashed his head against a wall. They were also said to have dragged [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] from beneath her bed, putting her to the sword.{{ref|aGoT|12}} Eddard had heard rumors that it was [[Gregor Clegane]] who dashed the skull of infant Aegon against a wall. It was whispered that afterward seventeen-year-old Gregor had raped Elia, and then put her to the sword. Nobody dared to repeat these rumors when Gregor himself could be listening.{{Ref|aGoT|30}}
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According to Tywin Lannister, he required a way to demonstrate his loyalty to the cause of [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]], after having remained neutral for the entire [[Robert's Rebellion|war]]. He claims that presenting the bodies of Aegon and his sister to the new king ensured that no one could doubt the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]] had forsaken House Targaryen. He claims to his son Tyrion that the murders had been done "too brutally", and that Elia's death had not been intended.{{Ref|asos|53}} Aegon's uncle, [[Oberyn Martell]], however, believes that Tywin had Elia's killed as revenge for Elia having married Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], thereby disrupting Tywin's plans for marrying his [[Cersei Lannister|own daughter]] to Rhaegar.{{Ref|aSoS|70}}
  
According to [[Tyrion Lannister]], the responsibility of Gregor for the murders of Elia and Aegon was common knowledge in [[Casterly Rock]]. The tale states that while Gregor raped Elia, his hands were still covered in the blood and brains of Aegon.{{Ref|aCoK|17}}
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Tywin Lannister presented King Robert I with the corpses of Elia, Aegon, and Rhaenys as his "token of fealty".{{ref|aGoT|12}} He laid the bodies beneath the [[Iron Throne]] wrapped in the crimson cloaks of [[House Lannister guards|his household guards]], which helped to hide the blood. Aegon's skull was a "red ruin", which horrified Eddard Stark,{{ref|aGoT|45}} and was so terrible that not even Robert could not stand its sight.{{ref|aGoT|20}} According to [[Kevan Lannister]], Aegon had been unrecognizable, as all that remained of him was a faceless horror of bone, brain, and gore with a few hanks of fair hair.{{Ref|aDwD|Epilogue}}
  
According to Tywin, Rhaenys hid under Rhaegar's bed while Elia and Aegon were in the nursery, a floor below. Since the [[westerlands]] were neutral for most of [[Robert's Rebellion]], Tywin needed a way to demonstrate loyalty to [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]], a way to convince people that [[House Lannister]] had severed all ties to [[House Targaryen]]. In addition, Eddard Stark was heading toward King's Landing, leading Robert's army south from the [[Battle of the Trident|Trident]]. Instead of the Lannister and [[House Stark|Stark]] forces meeting as allies, there was still a chance for the two armies to clash. Tywin also feared that his elder son, Ser [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]], might do something stupid or that Aerys would kill Jaime out of spite.{{Ref|aSoS|53}} By eliminating Rhaegar's children, in a single move the Lannisters proved their commitment to Robert's cause and secured the throne for Robert by eliminating rival claimants for the throne. Tywin was somewhat surprised by the result of his commands. The murders were performed "too brutally" for his needs, and he insists that Elia died because he did not specify she should be spared. He had not grasped yet that Gregor was bestial, not just "terrible in battle".{{Ref|aSoS|53}}  
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The deaths of Aegon, his sister and his mother were met with mixed responses. Robert Baratheon was relieved that Rhaegar's children were dead, and that he did not have to be the one to give the order.{{Ref|aSoS|53}} Upon the protest of his friend Eddard Stark] that the two children had been no more than babes, Robert named Aegon and his sister "[[dragon]]spawn".{{Ref|aGoT|12}} Eddard called the act murder, and after a quarrel with Robert, Eddard rode out from [[King's Landing]] in a cold rage, heading south to fight the last battles of the war on his own.{{ref|aGoT|12}} Although he had not personally seen the corpses, [[Barristan Selmy]] has been haunted by the "bloody bodies" of Aegon and his sister.{{Ref|aDwD|67}} According to [[Thoros of Myr]], who did personally see the bodies of Aegon and Rhaenys, believes that [[House Clegane]] was "built upon dead children" and their arms should display "two bloody infants".{{Ref|aSoS|34}}
  
[[Oberyn Martell]] has another view on Tywin's motives. Elia was once supposed to marry Jaime Lannister, based on an agreement between her mother and [[Joanna Lannister]]. Following the death of Joanna, Tywin broke the agreement, though he offered Tyrion as a a prospective bridegroom instead of Jaime, taunting [[House Martell]]. He had also informed them that his daughter, Jaime's twin [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], was meant for Rhaegar, not for Oberyn. When Elia married Rhaegar, the Martells ruined Tywin's plans. Tywin was "not a man to forget such slights". Oberyn believes the murder of Elia was decided by Tywin, to teach Elia the same lesson that Houses [[House Reyne|Reyne]] and [[House Tarbeck|Tarbeck]] had [[Reyne-Tarbeck revolt|learned]].{{Ref|aSoS|70}}
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[[Viserys Targaryen]] is convinced that [[Dornishmen]] are determined to avenge Elia and her children, and would thus rise to his cause.{{Ref|aGoT|3}} Indeed, [[Doran Martell|Doran]] and Oberyn Martell, Elia's brothers, have plotted against House Lannister.{{Ref|affc|40}} According to [[Varys]], Doran's hatred for House Lannister is well known,{{Ref|aCoK|17}} and Oberyn, certain that Gregor had not acted on his own,{{Ref|aCoK|38}} wants vengeance both on Gregor and the man who gave the orders.{{Ref|asos|66}} Oberyn's daughter [[Nymeria Sand]] believes that the only fitting payment for the death of Elia's children would be the death of "Lord Tywin's golden twins".{{ref|aFfC|2}} Doran's daughter [[Arianne Martell|Arianne]], connecting the murders of Aegon and his sister to Robert Baratheon's rise to the throne, calls Robert a monster who climbed onto his throne over the corpses of children.{{ref|aFfC|13}}
  
Eddard recalls how Tywin presented Robert with the corpses of Elia, Aegon, and Rhaenys: his "token of fealty".{{ref|aGoT|12}} Tywin had laid the bodies beneath the [[Iron Throne]], wrapped in the crimson cloaks of [[House Lannister guards|his house guard]], which helped to hide the blood. Rhaenys had been barefoot, dressed in a bed gown. The condition of the boy horrified Eddard.{{ref|aGoT|45}} The skull was a "red ruin", and even Robert could not stand its sight.{{ref|aGoT|20}}
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[[Daenerys Targaryen]] holds "the [[Usurper]]s'dogs" responsible for the murders of Rhaenys and Aegon, and sees no difference between the responsibilities of [[House Lannister]] and [[House Stark]] in the events.{{Ref|aDwD|11}}
 
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In his book ''[[The World of Ice and Fire (Yandel)|The World of Ice and Fire]]'', Maester [[Yandel]] describes the events of the Sack of King's Landing in a way that shifts the blame from [[House Baratheon]] and [[House Lannister]], by then allied with Robert through marriage, to other candidates, and cites supposed rumors that person responsible was King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], or that it had been Elia, to spare her children from a worse fate.{{ref|twoiaf| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
Ser [[Kevan Lannister]] was able to recognize Rhaenys, but recalls that nobody could recognize Aegon. All that remained of the boy was a faceless horror of bone, brain, and gore with a few hanks of fair hair. Tywin stated that this was Aegon and everyone else took him at his word. Seventeen years later, however, Kevan expresses uncertainty about the identity of the babe.{{Ref|aDwD|Epilogue}}
 
 
 
===Reactions to the death===
 
*[[Robert I Baratheon]] was relieved that [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s children were killed. Robert viewed himself as a hero, and was reluctant to kill children, but he knew Rhaegar's children had to die if his throne was ever to be secure. Tywin painted himself as the villain, allowing Robert to keep his hands clean, the reason why Robert refused to punish any of the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]] for the brutal act.{{Ref|aSoS|53}} Upon the protest of his friend [[Eddard Stark]] that the two children had been no more than babes, Robert named Aegon and his sister "[[dragon]]spawn".{{Ref|aGoT|12}}
 
*[[Tywin Lannister]] knew that killing both children would prove to Robert that House Lannister had forsaken [[House Targaryen]] forever. Years later, Tyrion came to question the wisdom of the act. Robert would have bloodied his own hands, soiling his own reputation, if he had done the deed himself. Instead, the Lannisters damaged their own reputation, gaining long-term enemies in the process. Tywin claims the act had been necessary, because House Lannister had come into the war only at the end.{{Ref|aSoS|53}}
 
*[[Eddard Stark]] called the act murder, while Robert called it war. Eddard protested that Aegon and Rhaenys were "no more than babes", but Robert disagreed, calling the children "dragonspawn". The two men quarreled over the matter, and even [[Jon Arryn]] was unable to calm them. Eddard rode out of [[King's Landing]] in a cold rage, heading south to fight the last battles of the war on his own. He and Robert would only be reconciled by their shared grief over the death of [[Lyanna Stark]].{{ref|aGoT|12}}
 
*[[Thoros of Myr]] claims to have personally seen the corpses of Aegon and Rhaenys, as they were placed before the Iron Throne. In his view, [[House Clegane]] was "built upon dead children" and their arms should display "two bloody infants".{{Ref|aSoS|34}}
 
*[[Arianne Martell]] calls Robert a monster who climbed onto his throne over the corpses of children, directly connecting his rise to the murders of Aegon and Rhaenys. Robert is not held in high regard in [[Dorne]].{{ref|aFfC|13}}
 
*[[Viserys Targaryen]] is convinced that [[Dornishmen]] are determined to avenge Elia and her children, and would thus rise to his cause.{{Ref|aGoT|3}}
 
*[[Doran Martell]] mourns for the victims. According to [[Varys]], Doran's hatred for House Lannister is well known.{{Ref|aCoK|17}} Doran claims to have worked at the downfall of Tywin since they first brought him word of the fates of Elia and her children.{{ref|aFfC|40}}
 
*[[Oberyn Martell]] has hungered for justice for sixteen years. He is certain that Gregor had been following orders rather than acting on his own,{{Ref|aCoK|38}} and wants vengeance on the man who gave the orders, not just the man who performed the deed.{{Ref|aCoK|66}}
 
*[[Nymeria Sand]] believes that the only fitting payment for the death of Elia's children would be the death of "Lord Tywin's golden twins". [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] and [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]] should pay with their lives for the old murders.{{ref|aFfC|2}}
 
*[[Jacelyn Bywater]] states there are still whispers in King's Landing that "the butchery of Rhaegar's children" is one of the sins of [[House Lannister]] and that the [[Faith of the Seven]] will punish the entire city for the act.{{Ref|aCoK|41}}
 
*[[Daenerys Targaryen]] is unable to see a difference between Houses Lannister and [[House Stark|Stark]]. She considers Eddard also responsible for the murders of Rhaenys and Aegon, arguing that "the [[Usurper]]'s dogs" acted as a pack of hounds, hunting children.{{Ref|aDwD|11}}
 
*[[Barristan Selmy]] has been haunted by the "bloody bodies" of Aegon and Rhaenys. His serious injuries following the [[Battle of the Trident]] prevented him from examining the corpses, but he has wondered for years whether Robert smiled at the bodies. Barristan concludes that such a smile would have led him to kill Robert, and that no army could have saved him.{{Ref|aDwD|67}}
 
*[[Yandel]], when [[The World of Ice and Fire (Yandel)|recording]] the history of [[Robert's Rebellion]], not wishing to offend or anger either King Robert or Lord Tywin, tries to paint the events of the murder in a way that does not cast a negative light on those who sided with Robert, putting forward the Mad King, [[Aerys II Targaryen]], and even [[Elia Martell]] herself - to spare her children from a worse fate - as possible culprits.{{ref|twoiaf| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
 
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
 
===''A Clash of Kings''===
One of the visions [[Daenerys Targaryen]] sees in the [[House of the Undying]] involves [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], [[Elia Martell]], and Aegon. She sees a newborn Aegon nurses from the breast of Elia, who is seated in a great wooden bed. Rhaegar decides on the name "Aegon" for his newborn son, as he thinks the name fit for a king. When Elia asks whether Rhaegar will make a song for their son, he replies that Aegon, [[the prince that was promised]], already has [[the song of ice and fire]]. Rhaegar then claims that there must be "one more", since "the dragon has three heads". Rhaegar moves to a seat near the window, and picks up a harp. Daenerys listens to the "sweet sadness" of his music as the vision fades away.{{Ref|aCoK|48}} Afterwards, Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] confirms their identities but points out that if Aegon was the promised prince, the promise was broken with his death. Neither have heard of "the song of ice and fire".{{Ref|aCoK|63}}
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According to [[Jacelyn Bywater]], there are still whispers in [[King's Landing]] that "the butchery of [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] children" is one of the sins of [[House Lannister]] and that the [[Faith of the Seven|gods]] are punishing the entire city for the act.{{Ref|aCoK|41}}
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In one of the visions [[Daenerys Targaryen]] has in the [[House of the Undying]], Daenerys sees a newborn Aegon nursing from the breast of [[Elia Martell]] , who is seated in a great wooden bed. [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] name the child "Aegon", stating the name is fit for a king. When Elia asks whether Rhaegar will make a song for their son, he replies that Aegon, [[the prince that was promised]], already has [[the song of ice and fire]]. Rhaegar then claims that there must be "one more", since "the dragon has three heads".{{Ref|aCoK|48}} Afterwards, Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] confirms their identities but points out that if Aegon was the promised prince, the promise was broken with his death. Neither have heard of "the song of ice and fire".{{Ref|aCoK|63}}
  
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
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While in [[Meereen]], [[Daenerys Targaryen]] muses about Aegon, who would have been the sixth of his name to sit on the [[Iron Throne]]. She believes that, had Aegon lived, she might have married him, as he would have been closer to her in age than [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]].{{Ref|aDwD|2}}
 
While in [[Meereen]], [[Daenerys Targaryen]] muses about Aegon, who would have been the sixth of his name to sit on the [[Iron Throne]]. She believes that, had Aegon lived, she might have married him, as he would have been closer to her in age than [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]].{{Ref|aDwD|2}}
  
In {{Date|300}}, [[Illyrio Mopatis]] and [[Tyrion Lannister]] depart [[Pentos]] for the [[Rhoyne]]. Tyrion and a [[sellsword]], "Griff", are to head towards [[Volantis]] and wait for the expected arrival of Daenerys in that city, with the [[Golden Company]] and more ships for her cause. Based on Illyrio's information, Daenerys has conquered [[fall of Astapor|Astapor]], made [[battle near Yunkai|Yunkai]] bend the knee, and sacked [[siege of Meereen|Meereen]]. He estimates that Daenerys is heading westwards, either by land to [[Mantarys]] or by sea to Volantis.{{Ref|aDwD|5}}  
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[[Tyrion Lannister]] meets "Young Griff", a young man who is introduced to Tyrion as the son of the sellsword "Griff", aboard the ''[[Shy Maid]]''. The company is headed for [[Volantis]], to await the expected arrival of Daenerys together with the [[Golden Company]] and more ships for her cause.{{Ref|aDwD|5}}{{Ref|aDwD|8}} After some time on the ''Shy Maid'', Tyrion concludes that "Griff" is Lord [[Jon Connington]], and that "Young Griff" is not his son, but instead Aegon Targaryen. "Young Griff" explains his apparent survival to Tyrion while they play ''[[cyvasse]]''. According to his account, the infant killed during the [[Sack of King's Landing]] was a [[Pisswater prince|tanner's infant son]] born at [[Pisswater Bend]], a street of [[King's Landing]]. The child's mother had died at birth. The tanner sold his boy to [[Varys]] for a jug of [[wine]], since he already had other sons, but had never tasted Arbor gold. Varys arranged the swap between the two infants. Elia received the tanner's son, whom Tyrion dubs the [[pisswater prince]], while Varys took custody of the real Prince Aegon.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}
 
 
Once aboard the ''[[Shy Maid]]'', Tyrion is introduced to Griff's son, "Young Griff", a young man who dyes his hair blue in memory of his late mother, who was from [[Tyrosh]].{{Ref|aDwD|8}} He is a lithe and well-made youth, with a lanky build already as tall as Griff.{{Ref|aDwD|8}} Tyrion notes that the boy's eyes seem to be dark blue, but look black by lamplight, and [[Purple eyes|purple]] in the light of dusk. He has long eyelashes.{{Ref|aDwD|14}}
 
 
 
Tyrion notes that Young Griff is more learned than "half the lords in Westeros". He is well educated and intelligent, well versed in history, and septa [[Lemore]] has taught him about the [[Faith of the Seven]]. Young Griff speaks the [[Common Tongue]] as a native speaker. He is fluent in [[High Valyrian]], in the Bastard Valyrian dialects of [[Pentos]], [[Tyrosh]], [[Myr]], and [[Lys]], and in the [[trade talk]], but a novice at speaking the dialect of [[Volantis]], only familiar with a few of its words. The dialect of Meereen, whose terms derive from both Valyrian and [[Ghiscari]], gives him trouble. Young Griff has some training in mathematics, with a decent knowledge of sums and a limited understanding of geometry. He also has been trained in songs.{{Ref|aDwD|14}}
 
 
 
After being rescued from the [[Sorrows]], Tyrion admits his suspicion that the youth is claiming to be an incognito Aegon. The young man explains his apparent survival to Tyrion while they play ''[[cyvasse]]''. According to his account, the infant killed during the [[Sack of King's Landing]] was a tanner's infant son born at Pisswater Bend, a street of [[King's Landing]]. The child's mother had died at birth. The tanner sold his boy to [[Varys]] for a jug of [[wine]], since he already had other sons, but had never tasted Arbor gold. Varys arranged the swap between the two infants. Elia received the tanner's son, whom Tyrion dubs the [[pisswater prince]], while Varys took custody of the real Prince Aegon.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}  
 
  
 
[[File:Young griff by Winona Nelson.jpg|Blue-haired Young Griff aboard the ''[[Shy Maid]]'' - by © FFG|thumb|350px|right]]
 
[[File:Young griff by Winona Nelson.jpg|Blue-haired Young Griff aboard the ''[[Shy Maid]]'' - by © FFG|thumb|350px|right]]
  
Tyrion deduces that once the impostor infant was dead at [[Gregor Clegane]]'s hands, Varys smuggled the genuine Aegon across the [[narrow sea]]. Varys first entrusted the boy to [[Illyrio Mopatis]] and eventually found an adoptive father for Aegon in the person of "Griff", the exiled Lord [[Jon Connington]], a friend of Aegon's late father, Rhaegar.{{Ref|aDwD|22}} Tyrion believes that dying his hair blue had served well to make Aegon's [[violet eyes]] appear blue.{{ref|aDwD|18}} Tyrion learns that Aegon plans to marry his aunt Daenerys, Queen of Meeren, and invade Westeros. Tyrion is skeptical, since Aegon would have a stronger claim to the Iron Throne but Daenerys has a larger army. Tyrion suggests heading to [[Westeros]] instead of going east, taking advantage of all the problems caused by the [[War of the Five Kings]] and that King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]] has a weak [[small council]]. The game of ''cyvasse'' ends with a loss for Aegon.{{ref|aDwD|22}} Tyrion is then abducted by Jorah Mormont at [[Selhorys]].{{ref|aDwD|22}}
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Tyrion deduces that once the impostor infant was dead at [[Gregor Clegane]]'s hands, Varys smuggled the genuine Aegon across the [[narrow sea]], where he was first entrusted to Illyrio Mopatis and later to the exiled Lord [[Jon Connington]], a friend of Aegon's late father, Rhaegar.{{Ref|aDwD|22}} Tyrion is skeptical about the plot to marry Aegon to his aunt Daenerys, as Aegon's claim to the throne would be stronger than Daenerys's. Tyrion suggests heading to [[Westeros]] instead of going east, taking advantage of all the problems caused by the [[War of the Five Kings]] and that King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]] has a weak [[small council]]. The game of ''cyvasse'' ends with a loss for Aegon.{{ref|aDwD|22}}
 
 
Aegon's journey brings him to [[Volon Therys]], where he and Jon Connington head toward the camp of the Golden Company. Wearing red silk and a black cloak, the colors of [[House Targaryen]], Aegon is introduced by Jon as Aegon VI, [[King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men]]. This is met with silence by the officers, and Jon realizes the sellswords are already aware of Aegon's identity. They discuss Daenerys's lingering presence in Meereen, and whether they should join the [[Targaryen campaign in Slaver's Bay|ongoing conflict]] in [[Slaver's Bay]]. Aegon sees the opportunity to introduce his own plan of going to Westeros and claiming the Iron Throne in his own name. [[Harry Strickland]] tries to point out the risks, but most officers are eager to support this course of action. Aegon further explains that his aunt is welcome to keep Meereen. His plan is to move fast and strike hard, gaining a foothold before [[House Lannister]] can react. The Golden Company swear allegiances to Aegon, but the officers agree to keep his identity secret from the soldiers until they land in Westeros.{{ref|aDwD|24}}
 
  
The ten thousand sellswords soon depart Volantis, but the [[landing of the Golden Company]] is disrupted by storms and less than half arrive in the [[stormlands]] on schedule. Jon leads a quarter of the available forces in seizing [[taking of Griffin's Roost|Griffin's Roost]]. Simultaneously [[Tristan Rivers]] besieges [[Crow's Nest]], and [[Laswell Peake]] besieges [[Rain House]]. Aegon remains in their camp, guarded by the remaining quarter of the Golden Company under [[Gorys Edoryen]]. Haldon collects information about the military and diplomatic situation across Westeros, and he considers marital alliances for Aegon and his [[Hand of the King]], Jon. Lord Connington decides to bring Aegon to Griffin's Roost for increased safety, and he has a plan to capture [[Storm's End]], the last foothold of [[Stannis Baratheon]] in the stormlands.{{ref|aDwD|61}}
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Aegon's company travels to [[Volon Therys]], where he and Jon Connington head toward the camp of the Golden Company. Wearing the colors of [[House Targaryen]], Aegon is introduced by Jon as Aegon VI, [[King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men]]. They discuss Daenerys's lingering presence in Meereen, and whether they should join the [[Targaryen campaign in Slaver's Bay|ongoing conflict]] in [[Slaver's Bay]]. Aegon sees the opportunity to introduce his own plan of going to Westeros and claiming the Iron Throne in his own name. [[Harry Strickland]] tries to point out the risks, but most officers are eager to support this course of action. Aegon further explains that Daenerys is welcome to keep Meereen. His plan is to move fast and strike hard, gaining a foothold before [[House Lannister]] can react. The Golden Company swear allegiances to Aegon, but the officers agree to keep his identity a secret from the soldiers until they land in Westeros.{{ref|aDwD|24}}
  
Four days later, Aegon arrives at Griffin's Roost at the head of a column, which includes a hundred horsemen and three [[elephant]]s. He is accompanied by [[Lemore]] and Ser [[Rolly Duckfield]], the first person in his version of the [[Kingsguard]].{{ref|aDwD|61}} Jon had pointed out that positions in the Kingsguard should be reserved for warriors of great renown and sons of great lords, but Aegon would rather have men loyal to himself and ready to die for his safety. Jon notes that Aegon's eyes are a lighter shade of purple than Rhaegar's eyes had been.{{ref|aDwD|61}} Aegon is in favor of Jon's plan for Storm's End, but upsets his Hand by intending to personally lead the attack.{{ref|aDwD|61}}
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They soon depart Volantis, but the [[landing of the Golden Company]] is disrupted by storms and less than half arrive in the [[stormlands]] on schedule. Aegon remains in the camp during the [[taking of Griffin's Roost]], and arrives four days later.{{ref|aDwD|61}} He has named Ser [[Rolly Duckfield]] as the first knight of his [[Kingsguard]].{{ref|aDwD|61}} Aegon is in favor of Jon's plan to take [[Storm's End]], but announces his intent to personally lead the attack.{{ref|aDwD|61}}
  
 
When news of Aegon's survival reaches [[King's Landing]], the small council of King Tommen declare him to be a pretender. Ser [[Kevan Lannister]], however, recalls Jon from his time at [[Aerys II Targaryen]]'s court, and wonders whether Aegon could have survived, recalling how the babe killed by Gregor had been unrecognizable.{{ref|ADWD|Epilogue}}
 
When news of Aegon's survival reaches [[King's Landing]], the small council of King Tommen declare him to be a pretender. Ser [[Kevan Lannister]], however, recalls Jon from his time at [[Aerys II Targaryen]]'s court, and wonders whether Aegon could have survived, recalling how the babe killed by Gregor had been unrecognizable.{{ref|ADWD|Epilogue}}
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==Line of succession to the Iron Throne==
 
==Line of succession to the Iron Throne==
After Rhaegar died on the [[Battle of the Trident|Trident]], Prince [[Viserys Targaryen]] was apparently named heir to the throne by King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], while Aegon was still alive.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}} After [[Sack of King's Landing|Aerys's death]] Viserys was declared king on [[Dragonstone]].{{Ref|AWOIAF| Rhaella Targaryen}} Viserys would later name his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] his heir, by declaring her to be the [[Princess of Dragonstone]].{{Ref|AGOT|3}}{{Ref|AGOT|11}}
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After Rhaegar died on the [[Battle of the Trident|Trident]], Prince [[Viserys Targaryen]] was named heir to the throne by King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], while Aegon was still alive.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}} After [[Sack of King's Landing|Aerys's death]], Viserys was declared king on [[Dragonstone]].{{Ref|AWOIAF| Rhaella Targaryen}} Viserys would later name his sister [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] his heir, by declaring her to be the [[Princess of Dragonstone]].{{Ref|AGOT|3}}{{Ref|AGOT|11}} Aegon himself, as well as [[Tyrion Lannister]], believe Aegon's claim is stronger than Daenerys's claim.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}{{Ref|aDwD|24}} According to the relevant succession laws, ''"the sons of the first son come before the second son"''.{Ref|aCoK|35}} As Aegon is the son of the eldest son of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], he would under normal circumstances be higher in the Targaryen succession line than both [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] (Aerys II's second son) and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] (the daughter of Aerys II).{{Ref|aCoK|35}} However, documents from the end of King Aerys II's reign give doubt to the fact that Aegon's claim is truly stronger, due to Aerys's appointment of Viserys.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}}<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire:[http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/120966-errors-in-the-woiaf/&do=findComment&comment=6801531 Errors in the WOIAF (March 10, 2015)] ''"Maester Yandel is merely reporting based on historical records on events of the time"''</ref>
 
 
Aegon himself, as well as [[Tyrion Lannister]], believe Aegon's claim is stronger than Daenerys's claim.{{Ref|aDwD|22}}{{Ref|aDwD|24}} According to the relevant succession laws,
 
 
 
{{Quote|The sons of the first son come before the second son.{{Ref|aCoK|35}}}}
 
 
 
Aegon is a son of [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], who was himself the eldest son of [[Aerys II Targaryen]], which would, under normal circumstances, place Aegon higher in the Targaryen succession line than both [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] (Aerys II's second son) and [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] (the daughter of Aerys II).{{Ref|aCoK|35}} However, documents from the end of King Aerys II's reign give doubt to the fact that Aegon's claim is truly stronger.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The End}}<ref>A Forum of Ice and Fire:[http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/120966-errors-in-the-woiaf/&do=findComment&comment=6801531 Errors in the WOIAF (March 10, 2015)] ''"Maester Yandel is merely reporting based on historical records on events of the time"''</ref>
 
 
 
In both {{Date|92}} and {{Date|101}}, the succession of House Targaryen was brought into question when the proclaimed heir of King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]] died. On both occasions, the male line through a younger son was chosen over the female line through the elder (but deceased) son, by first choosing the King's second son, [[Baelon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|Baelon]], over the [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|elder son's]] heir, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys]], and by later chosing Baelon's [[Viserys I Targaryen|elder son]] over Rhaenys's [[Laenor Velaryon|son]], after Baelon's death.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}  According to Archmaester [[Gyldayn]], in the eyes of many, the council of {{Date|101}} established an iron precedent on matters of succession: that the Iron Throne could not pass to a woman, or to a male descendant of a woman.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}}  King Viserys I wished to set a new precedent by naming his daughter [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]] his heir, despite the fact that he had three sons,{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}} an issue over which eventually a civil war called the [[Dance of the Dragons]] was fought.{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} When King [[Baelor I Targaryen]] died without a son of his own, and without having proclaimed a specific heir, the claims of all three of Baelor's sisters, as well as the claim of Baelor's uncle (his closest living male relative) were discussed. The claims of his sisters were eventually dismissed.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}} Further, in the [[Great Council]] [[Great Council#Great Council of 233 AC|of 233 AC]], [[Aegon V Targaryen]] was crowned King despite the fact that [[Maegor Targaryen (son of Aerion)|the infant son]] of [[Aerion Targaryen|his older brother]] was still alive.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
 
 
 
After her [[Viserys Targaryen|brother's]] death in [[Vaes Dothrak]], Daenerys names herself a queen.{{Ref|agot|54}} If Aegon’s claim is a rightful one then the people of [[Westeros]] might see his claim as stronger than Daenerys's claim. Nevertheless, Daenerys is Queen of [[Meereen]] in her own right, having conquered the city and installed herself as ruler.
 
 
 
However, in contrast to the alleged Aegon Targaryen, Daenerys Targaryen's lineage is not under suspicion.  During a small council meeting in the [[Red Keep]]'s throne room concerning the [[Young Griff|Targaryen pretender]], [[Kevan Lannister]] says as much, stating that there is
 
 
 
{{Quote|A second Targaryen, and one whose blood no man can question. [[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys Stormborn]].{{Ref|aDwD|Epilogue}}}}
 
  
During the [[Golden Company]]'s rendezvous with [[Jon Connington]] in [[Volantis]], leader [[Harry Strickland]] points out that Aegon's lineage can be questioned and Aegon’s marriage to his aunt would quell any doubts,
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In both {{Date|92}} and {{Date|101}}, the succession of House Targaryen was brought into question when the proclaimed heir of King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]] died. On both occasions, the male line through a younger son was chosen over the female line through the elder (but deceased) son, by first choosing the King's second son, [[Baelon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|Baelon]], over the [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)|elder son's]] heir, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon)|Rhaenys]], and by later choosing Baelon's [[Viserys I Targaryen|elder son]] over Rhaenys's [[Laenor Velaryon|son]], after Baelon's death.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}} According to Archmaester [[Gyldayn]], in the eyes of many, the council of {{Date|101}} established an iron precedent on matters of succession: that the Iron Throne could not pass to a woman, or to a male descendant of a woman.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I}} King Viserys I wished to set a new precedent by naming his daughter [[Rhaenyra Targaryen|Rhaenyra]] his heir, and kept her as his heir after fathering three sons,{{Ref|TRP}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I}} an issue over which eventually a [[Dance of the Dragons|civil war]] was fought.{{Ref|TPATQ}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} When King [[Baelor I Targaryen]] died without a son of his own, and without having proclaimed an heir, the claims of his three sisters were discussed, but dismissed in favor of the claim of Baelor's uncle, his closest living male relative.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}} Further, in the [[Great Council]] [[Great Council#Great Council of 233 AC|of 233 AC]], [[Aegon V Targaryen]] was crowned King despite the fact that [[Maegor Targaryen (son of Aerion)|the infant son]] of [[Aerion Targaryen|his older brother]] was still alive.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
  
{{Quote|Has the sun curdled your brains, [[Franklyn Flowers|Flowers]]? We need [[Daenerys Targaryen|the girl]]. We need the marriage. If Daenerys accepts our princeling and takes him for her consort, the Seven Kingdoms will do the same. Without her, the lords will only mock his claim and brand him a fraud and a pretender.{{Ref|aDwD|24}}}}
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In contrast to Aegon, who due to his supposed death is considered an imposter by the [[small council]] at King's Landing,  Daenerys Targaryen's lineage is not under suspicion.{{Ref|aDwD|Epilogue}} According to [[Harry Strickland]], that Aegon's lineage can be questioned, but a marriage of Aegon to his aunt would quell any doubts.{{Ref|aDwD|24}}
  
 
==Family==
 
==Family==

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Aegon Targaryen
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Alias Young Griff
The prince that was promised[1]
Title Prince
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant)[2]
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)[2]
Allegiance House Targaryen
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Born In late 281 AC or early 282 AC[3], at Dragonstone
Died In 283 AC (supposedly), at King's Landing[N 1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
The Winds of Winter (mentioned)

Prince Aegon Targaryen was the second child and only son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Elia Martell.

Appearance

According to semi-canonical sources, Aegon looked like a Targaryen, taking after his father, Rhaegar, while his sister, Rhaenys, took after their Dornish mother, Elia Martell.[4][5][6] The infant Aegon had fair hair.[7]

History

Birth

A comet was seen above King's Landing on the night Aegon was conceived, which led his father Rhaegar Targaryen to believe that he was the "prince that was promised". The comet was seen as "the bleeding star" of the prophecy. Maester Aemon was aware of Rhaegar's beliefs, though it is unclear if he shared them.[8]

Sack of King's Landing

Aegon was an infant during Robert's Rebellion,[9][10] having been born a few months before its onset. In preparation of the Battle of the Trident, Aegon's grandfather, King Aerys II Targaryen used him, his mother Elia, and his sister Rhaenys as voltages, gracelessly reminding Aegon's great-uncle, Prince Lewyn Martell of the Kingsguard, that the three were in Aerys's hands. Lewyn took command of ten thousand Dornishmen, but died in the battle as did Aegon's father, Rhaegar. Aerys became convinced that the Dornishmen had betrayed him, and refused to allow Aegon and his family to flee to Dragonstone alongside Queen Rhaella Targaryen and Prince Viserys. Aegon, his mother, and his sister were kept at King's Landing as hostages to ensure continued Dornish loyalty.[11]

With Rhaegar's death, Grand Maester Pycelle became convinced that the war was effectively over, and that House Targaryen could no longer offer a proper king to the realm. Pycelle worked to convince Aerys II to open the gates of King's Landing to the Lannister forces, secretly hoping Lord Tywin Lannister would rise to the Iron Throne.[12]

Aegon is killed in front of his mother, Elia Martell

During the Sack of King's Landing a fortnight after the royal forces had left for the Trident, Ser Jaime Lannister killed Aerys in the throne room of the Red Keep. Jaime, though the only Kingsguard member left in the city, did not think his father Tywin, whose troops were attacking the city, would harm little Aegon and his young sister, Rhaenys. While Jaime was standing over Aerys's corpse, Ser Gregor Clegane and Ser Amory Lorch scaled the walls of Maegor's Holdfast and then killed Aegon, Rhaenys, and Elia. The deaths of the children caused a dispute between Lord Eddard Stark and the new king, Robert I Baratheon,[13] and also began the feud between House Martell and House Lannister.[14][15]

Death

According to Lord Eddard Stark, Tywin Lannister's soldiers tore Aegon from his mother's breast and dashed his head against a wall.[16] Viserys Targaryen told his sister Daenerys that Elia pleaded for mercy as Aegon was dashed against a wall.[17][18] Eddard Stark had heard rumors that Gregor Clegane was Aegon's murderer, after which he had raped Elia, and next had put her to the sword.[10] According to Eddard, these rumors were not repeated in Gregor's presence.[10] According to Tyrion Lannister, Gregor's role in the deaths of Aegon and his mother were common knowledge at Casterly Rock. He heard that Gregor's hands had still been covered with Aegon's blood when he raped Elia.[19]

According to Tywin Lannister, he required a way to demonstrate his loyalty to the cause of Robert Baratheon, after having remained neutral for the entire war. He claims that presenting the bodies of Aegon and his sister to the new king ensured that no one could doubt the Lannisters had forsaken House Targaryen. He claims to his son Tyrion that the murders had been done "too brutally", and that Elia's death had not been intended.[20] Aegon's uncle, Oberyn Martell, however, believes that Tywin had Elia's killed as revenge for Elia having married Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, thereby disrupting Tywin's plans for marrying his own daughter to Rhaegar.[21]

Tywin Lannister presented King Robert I with the corpses of Elia, Aegon, and Rhaenys as his "token of fealty".[16] He laid the bodies beneath the Iron Throne wrapped in the crimson cloaks of his household guards, which helped to hide the blood. Aegon's skull was a "red ruin", which horrified Eddard Stark,[22] and was so terrible that not even Robert could not stand its sight.[9] According to Kevan Lannister, Aegon had been unrecognizable, as all that remained of him was a faceless horror of bone, brain, and gore with a few hanks of fair hair.[7]

The deaths of Aegon, his sister and his mother were met with mixed responses. Robert Baratheon was relieved that Rhaegar's children were dead, and that he did not have to be the one to give the order.[20] Upon the protest of his friend Eddard Stark] that the two children had been no more than babes, Robert named Aegon and his sister "dragonspawn".[16] Eddard called the act murder, and after a quarrel with Robert, Eddard rode out from King's Landing in a cold rage, heading south to fight the last battles of the war on his own.[16] Although he had not personally seen the corpses, Barristan Selmy has been haunted by the "bloody bodies" of Aegon and his sister.[23] According to Thoros of Myr, who did personally see the bodies of Aegon and Rhaenys, believes that House Clegane was "built upon dead children" and their arms should display "two bloody infants".[24]

Viserys Targaryen is convinced that Dornishmen are determined to avenge Elia and her children, and would thus rise to his cause.[17] Indeed, Doran and Oberyn Martell, Elia's brothers, have plotted against House Lannister.[25] According to Varys, Doran's hatred for House Lannister is well known,[19] and Oberyn, certain that Gregor had not acted on his own,[26] wants vengeance both on Gregor and the man who gave the orders.[14] Oberyn's daughter Nymeria Sand believes that the only fitting payment for the death of Elia's children would be the death of "Lord Tywin's golden twins".[27] Doran's daughter Arianne, connecting the murders of Aegon and his sister to Robert Baratheon's rise to the throne, calls Robert a monster who climbed onto his throne over the corpses of children.[28]

Daenerys Targaryen holds "the Usurpers'dogs" responsible for the murders of Rhaenys and Aegon, and sees no difference between the responsibilities of House Lannister and House Stark in the events.[13] In his book The World of Ice and Fire, Maester Yandel describes the events of the Sack of King's Landing in a way that shifts the blame from House Baratheon and House Lannister, by then allied with Robert through marriage, to other candidates, and cites supposed rumors that person responsible was King Aerys II Targaryen, or that it had been Elia, to spare her children from a worse fate.[29]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

According to Jacelyn Bywater, there are still whispers in King's Landing that "the butchery of Rhaegar's children" is one of the sins of House Lannister and that the gods are punishing the entire city for the act.[30]

In one of the visions Daenerys Targaryen has in the House of the Undying, Daenerys sees a newborn Aegon nursing from the breast of Elia Martell , who is seated in a great wooden bed. Rhaegar name the child "Aegon", stating the name is fit for a king. When Elia asks whether Rhaegar will make a song for their son, he replies that Aegon, the prince that was promised, already has the song of ice and fire. Rhaegar then claims that there must be "one more", since "the dragon has three heads".[1] Afterwards, Ser Jorah Mormont confirms their identities but points out that if Aegon was the promised prince, the promise was broken with his death. Neither have heard of "the song of ice and fire".[31]

A Storm of Swords

During Tyrion Lannister's trial by combat, a wounded Gregor Clegane narrates a brief account of Aegon's death to Oberyn Martell. He first killed Aegon, the "screaming whelp", and then raped Elia. Gregor claims to have smashed her head with his bare hands, the same method the Mountain then uses to finish off Oberyn.[21]

A Dance with Dragons

Griff and Young Griff - by Pojypojy ©

While in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen muses about Aegon, who would have been the sixth of his name to sit on the Iron Throne. She believes that, had Aegon lived, she might have married him, as he would have been closer to her in age than Viserys.[32]

Tyrion Lannister meets "Young Griff", a young man who is introduced to Tyrion as the son of the sellsword "Griff", aboard the Shy Maid. The company is headed for Volantis, to await the expected arrival of Daenerys together with the Golden Company and more ships for her cause.[33][34] After some time on the Shy Maid, Tyrion concludes that "Griff" is Lord Jon Connington, and that "Young Griff" is not his son, but instead Aegon Targaryen. "Young Griff" explains his apparent survival to Tyrion while they play cyvasse. According to his account, the infant killed during the Sack of King's Landing was a tanner's infant son born at Pisswater Bend, a street of King's Landing. The child's mother had died at birth. The tanner sold his boy to Varys for a jug of wine, since he already had other sons, but had never tasted Arbor gold. Varys arranged the swap between the two infants. Elia received the tanner's son, whom Tyrion dubs the pisswater prince, while Varys took custody of the real Prince Aegon.[35]

Blue-haired Young Griff aboard the Shy Maid - by © FFG

Tyrion deduces that once the impostor infant was dead at Gregor Clegane's hands, Varys smuggled the genuine Aegon across the narrow sea, where he was first entrusted to Illyrio Mopatis and later to the exiled Lord Jon Connington, a friend of Aegon's late father, Rhaegar.[35] Tyrion is skeptical about the plot to marry Aegon to his aunt Daenerys, as Aegon's claim to the throne would be stronger than Daenerys's. Tyrion suggests heading to Westeros instead of going east, taking advantage of all the problems caused by the War of the Five Kings and that King Tommen I Baratheon has a weak small council. The game of cyvasse ends with a loss for Aegon.[35]

Aegon's company travels to Volon Therys, where he and Jon Connington head toward the camp of the Golden Company. Wearing the colors of House Targaryen, Aegon is introduced by Jon as Aegon VI, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men. They discuss Daenerys's lingering presence in Meereen, and whether they should join the ongoing conflict in Slaver's Bay. Aegon sees the opportunity to introduce his own plan of going to Westeros and claiming the Iron Throne in his own name. Harry Strickland tries to point out the risks, but most officers are eager to support this course of action. Aegon further explains that Daenerys is welcome to keep Meereen. His plan is to move fast and strike hard, gaining a foothold before House Lannister can react. The Golden Company swear allegiances to Aegon, but the officers agree to keep his identity a secret from the soldiers until they land in Westeros.[2]

They soon depart Volantis, but the landing of the Golden Company is disrupted by storms and less than half arrive in the stormlands on schedule. Aegon remains in the camp during the taking of Griffin's Roost, and arrives four days later.[36] He has named Ser Rolly Duckfield as the first knight of his Kingsguard.[36] Aegon is in favor of Jon's plan to take Storm's End, but announces his intent to personally lead the attack.[36]

When news of Aegon's survival reaches King's Landing, the small council of King Tommen declare him to be a pretender. Ser Kevan Lannister, however, recalls Jon from his time at Aerys II Targaryen's court, and wonders whether Aegon could have survived, recalling how the babe killed by Gregor had been unrecognizable.[7]

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Arianne Martell departs Sunspear on a mission from her father, Doran Martell, to discover the truth about Aegon. At Ghost Hill, Ser Daemon Sand expresses his skepticism of Aegon's claim to Arianne.[37] When Arianne arrives at Griffin's Roost, Haldon informs her that the Golden Company has taken Storm's End and that Aegon intends to meet Lord Mace Tyrell's men in battle.[38]

Quotes by Aegon

Aegon: Daenerys is Prince Rhaegar's sister, but I am Rhaegar's son. I am the only dragon you need.

Jon: Spoken boldly, but think what you are saying.

Aegon: I have. Why should I go running to my aunt as if I were a beggar? My claim is better than her own. Let her come to me ... in Westeros.[2]

—Aegon and Jon Connington

Quotes about Aegon

It is tragic that the blood spilled in war may as readily be innocent as it is guilty, and those who ravished and murdered Princess Elia escaped justice. It is not known who murdered Princess Rhaenys in her bed, or smashed the infant Prince Aegon's head against a wall. Some whisper it was done at Aerys's own command when he learned Lord Lannister had taken up Robert's cause, while others suggest that Elia did it herself for fear of what would happen to her children in the hands of her dead husband's enemies.[29]

—writings of Yandel

This beardless boy could have any maiden in the Seven Kingdoms, blue hair or no. Those eyes of his would melt them.[39]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

The perfect prince but still half a boy for all that, with little and less experience of the world and all its woes.[35]

Tyrion Lannister's thoughts

Trust no one, my prince. Not your chainless maester, not your false father, not the gallant Duck nor the lovely Lemore nor these other fine friends who grew you from a bean. Above all, trust not the cheesemonger, nor the Spider, nor this little dragon queen you mean to marry. All that mistrust will sour your stomach and keep you awake by night, 'tis true, but better that than the long sleep that does not end.[35]

Tyrion Lannister, to Aegon

Sail west, not east. Leave the little queen to her olives and seat Prince Aegon upon the Iron Throne. The boy has stones, give him that.[2]

Kevan Lannister had been here, in this very hall when Tywin had laid the bodies of Prince Rhaegar's children at the foot of the Iron Throne, wrapped up in crimson cloaks. The girl had been recognizably the Princess Rhaenys, but the boy ... a faceless horror of bone and brain and gore, a few hanks of fair hair. None of us looked long. Tywin said that it was Prince Aegon, and we took him at his word.[7]

Kevan Lannister's thoughts

Aegon has been shaped for rule before he could walk. He has been trained in arms, as befits a knight to be, but that was not the end of his education. He reads and writes, he speaks several tongues, he has studied history and law and poetry. A septa has instructed him in the mysteries of the Faith since he was old enough to understand them. He has lived with fisherfolk, worked with his hands, swum in rivers and mended nets and learned to wash his own clothes at need. He can fish and cook and bind up a wound, he knows what it is like to be hungry, to be hunted, to be afraid. Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them.[7]

Arianne: Could this truly be Prince Aegon?
Daemon: If Lord Connington's prince has a crushed skull, I will believe that Aegon Targaryen has returned from the grave. Elsewise, no. This is some feigned boy, no more. A sellsword's ploy to win support.[37]

Line of succession to the Iron Throne

After Rhaegar died on the Trident, Prince Viserys Targaryen was named heir to the throne by King Aerys II Targaryen, while Aegon was still alive.[40] After Aerys's death, Viserys was declared king on Dragonstone.[41] Viserys would later name his sister Daenerys his heir, by declaring her to be the Princess of Dragonstone.[17][42] Aegon himself, as well as Tyrion Lannister, believe Aegon's claim is stronger than Daenerys's claim.[35][2] According to the relevant succession laws, "the sons of the first son come before the second son".{Ref|aCoK|35}} As Aegon is the son of the eldest son of King Aerys II Targaryen, he would under normal circumstances be higher in the Targaryen succession line than both Viserys (Aerys II's second son) and Daenerys (the daughter of Aerys II).[43] However, documents from the end of King Aerys II's reign give doubt to the fact that Aegon's claim is truly stronger, due to Aerys's appointment of Viserys.[40][44]

In both 92 AC and 101 AC, the succession of House Targaryen was brought into question when the proclaimed heir of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen died. On both occasions, the male line through a younger son was chosen over the female line through the elder (but deceased) son, by first choosing the King's second son, Baelon, over the elder son's heir, Rhaenys, and by later choosing Baelon's elder son over Rhaenys's son, after Baelon's death.[45] According to Archmaester Gyldayn, in the eyes of many, the council of 101 AC established an iron precedent on matters of succession: that the Iron Throne could not pass to a woman, or to a male descendant of a woman.[45] King Viserys I wished to set a new precedent by naming his daughter Rhaenyra his heir, and kept her as his heir after fathering three sons,[46][47] an issue over which eventually a civil war was fought.[48][49] When King Baelor I Targaryen died without a son of his own, and without having proclaimed an heir, the claims of his three sisters were discussed, but dismissed in favor of the claim of Baelor's uncle, his closest living male relative.[50] Further, in the Great Council of 233 AC, Aegon V Targaryen was crowned King despite the fact that the infant son of his older brother was still alive.[51]

In contrast to Aegon, who due to his supposed death is considered an imposter by the small council at King's Landing, Daenerys Targaryen's lineage is not under suspicion.[7] According to Harry Strickland, that Aegon's lineage can be questioned, but a marriage of Aegon to his aunt would quell any doubts.[2]

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon V
 
Betha
Blackwood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan
 
Jenny
of Oldstones
 
Jaehaerys II
 
Shaera
 
Daeron
 
Rhaelle
 
Ormund
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerys II
 
Rhaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar
 
Elia
Martell
 
Shaena
 
 
stillborn child
 
 
Jaehaerys
 
 
Drogo
 
Daenerys
 
Hizdahr
zo Loraq
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Aegon
 
 
 
Daeron
 
Aegon
 
Viserys
 
Rhaego
 

Theories

Even before the release of A Dance with Dragons, the fandom had speculated about whether or not Aegon had survived the Sack of King's Landing. With the revelation from A Dance With Dragons about Aegon's survival and his fake identity of "Young Griff", some members of the fandom have speculated about the character's true identity.

Notes

  1. Put into question by the appearance of a youth claimed to be the survived prince, backed up by Prince Rhaegar's former friend Jon Connington.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 48, Daenerys IV.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.
  3. See the Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar) calculation.
  4. So Spake Martin: A Number of Questions (August 26, 2000)
  5. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aegon Targaryen.
  6. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Elia Martell.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  15. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 64, Daenerys VIII.
  19. 19.0 19.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  20. 20.0 20.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
  21. 21.0 21.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
  22. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
  23. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker.
  24. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  26. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 38, Arya VIII.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 2, The Captain Of Guards.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  29. 29.0 29.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
  30. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  31. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 63, Daenerys V.
  32. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 35.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 22, Tyrion VI.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  37. 37.0 37.1 The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
  38. The Winds of Winter, Arianne II
  39. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 18, Tyrion V.
  40. 40.0 40.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The End.
  41. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Rhaella Targaryen.
  42. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 11, Daenerys II.
  43. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 35, Bran V.
  44. A Forum of Ice and Fire:Errors in the WOIAF (March 10, 2015) "Maester Yandel is merely reporting based on historical records on events of the time"
  45. 45.0 45.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  46. The Rogue Prince.
  47. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  48. The Princess and the Queen.
  49. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  50. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  51. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.