The Blackfyre Pretenders were a series of claimants to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, flying the banner of House Blackfyre. The Blackfyre opposed the reign of House Targaryen from the reign of King Daeron II and until they were eliminated during the reign King Aerys II.
The conflict divided Westeros, bringing sporadic periods of pain, grief, war, and murder that lasted for decades. Much of what we know of the conflict comes from flashbacks and from the Dunk and Egg novellas, which have the Blackfyre tensions as an important plot point.
King Aegon IV Targaryen legitimized all of his bastard children on his deathbed, most notably his noble Great Bastards, most famous of whom were Ser Daemon Blackfyre, Ser Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, Ser Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers, and Shiera Seastar. After Aegon's death he was succeeded by his legitimate son, Daeron II. However there were rumors that Daeron's true father was Aegon's brother, Prince Aemon the Dragonknight.
Daemon Blackfyre then decided to found his own House using the reversed colors of House Targaryen. In his youth Aegon IV had given Daemon the Valyrian steel sword Blackfyre, instead of to his trueborn son Daeron. The possession of Blackfyre was seen by many as a symbol of Targaryen rule; it had been the personal weapon of all Targaryen kings since the very first, Aegon I the Conqueror.
First Blackfyre Rebellion
In 195 AC, the proud Daemon Blackfyre attempted to usurp the throne from Daeron II Targaryen, the legitimate son of Aegon IV and his sister, Naerys. Causing the the second major civil war in the history of the Seven Kingdoms, the resulting war cost tens of thousands of lives. At the end of the war, Daemon and his two eldest sons were killed, and his allies defeated. However, five of Daemon's sons survived and were carried into exile in the Free Cities by Bittersteel, who continue plotting a return. for that purpose Bittersteel founded the Golden Company.
Second Blackfyre Rebellion
In 212 AC, Daemon II Blackfyre, disguised as "Ser John the Fiddler", and other Blackfyre loyalists attempted to launch a second rebellion under the pretense of gathering for a tourney, but were exposed by Bloodraven who ended it swiftly.
War of the Ninepenny Kings
In 256 or 257, a descendant of Daemon and captain-general of the Golden Company, Maelys the Monstrous, tried to regain power in the east and invade Westeros. Aegon V Targaryen responded swiftly, dispatching an army to the Stepstones. The ensuing conflict was dubbed the War of the Ninepenny Kings. The threat to Targaryen rule was ended along with the Blackfyre male line when Ser Barristan the Bold slew Maelys the Monstrous in single combat.
After decades of conflict all the Blackfyre pretenders have been killed. The Golden Company, however, escaped destruction and continues to exist as a mercenary force in Essos.
- Daemon Blackfyre, killed at the Battle of the Redgrass Field with his two eldest sons.
- Daemon II Blackfyre. Captured by Bloodraven's men.
- Maelys the Monstrous, killed by Ser Barristan Selmy on the Stepstones during the War of the Ninepenny Kings.
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