Daemon I Blackfyre

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Daemon Blackfyre
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Daemon by by Amoka©

Alias The Black Dragon
King Who Bore the Sword
The Pretender
Allegiance House Blackfyre
Born In 170 AC, at King's Landing
Died In 196 AC, at Redgrass Field
Book(s) The Sworn Sword (Mentioned)
The Mystery Knight (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Personal Arms a black three headed-dragon on red

Daemon Blackfyre was the bastard son of Daena Targaryen and Aegon IV.[1] Daemon swayed half the kingdom to support his claim to the Iron Throne against King Daeron II in a war called the Blackfyre Rebellion, but was killed in the fighting.

Character and appearance

Daemon was tall and powerful, with broad shoulders, muscular arms, and a flat stomach. He had strong Targaryen features, with deep purple eyes and silver-gold hair worn long over his shoulders. He always went clean-shaven. Almost inhumanly beautiful, Daemon looked every inch the warrior, and many thought that he strongly resembled portraits of Aegon I.[1]

Daemon matured into a man of considerable charm and strength, mastering all weapons of the battlefield, but with the sword in hand he was said to fight like the Warrior himself. He won friends easily and women were drawn to him.


Early life

Daemon is the bastard son of Aegon IV Targaryen and his first cousin Daena the Defiant, the infamous daughter of Aegon III. He was conceived during Daena's imprisonment in the Maidenvault. Daemon was raised in the Red Keep and was taught arms by Ser Quentyn Ball the master of arms at the Red Keep

The identity of his father was kept secret until his twelfth birthday, when Daemon distinguished himself during a tourney melee by besting a score of other squires. Afterwards his father Aegon IV, who was already a king at the time, acknowledged Daemon as his bastard son and presented him with Blackfyre, the Valyrian steel sword of Targaryen kings.

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Blackfyre Rebellion

According to semi-canonical sources, although King Aegon IV legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed, Daemon waited some time after his father's death before rebelling.

Leading to his revolt were his growing resentment at being a bastard and surrounding himself with councilors who urged him to make his claim (mainly his half-brother Bittersteel and his friend Quentyn Ball).[2] They fed rumors that his half-brother Daeron II was not the son of Aegon IV, but of Aemon the Dragonknight; Daemon, as a Targaryen on both sides and a legitimized heir to the throne, was a logical choice to replace the academic king. Daemon, they said, was a better man and a better king.

In the end, it was the wedding of Princess Daenerys to the Dornish Prince Maron Martell that led to the Blackfyre Rebellion. It was said Daemon loved her and she him, so he rose in rebellion when she was denied to him by Daeron. He fathered seven sons in the twelve years before he rebelled. Daemon claimed the Iron Throne as Aegon IV's true heir, and led a rebellion against King Daeron. Daemon attracted many followers with his martial skill and his possession of Blackfyre. He was called the King Who Bore the Sword. Many who disliked the Dornish influence and academic nature of Daeron's court preferred Daemon's rugged charisma and apathy toward learning and religion. He took the name of Blackfyre for his house and displayed the inverted Targaryen arms, a black three-headed dragon on red. According to Ser Eustace Osgrey of Standfast, all the great knights of the realm gathered to him:[3]

The decisive battle of the war was fought on the Redgrass Field. According to Ser Eustace Osgrey, who fought on the rebels' side, Daemon fought "like the Warrior himself". He defeated Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard in single combat. Then, instead of attacking Prince Maekar's forces, he defended the wounded Corbray and had him carried off the field.

In the mean time, Brynden Rivers and his personal guard of archers, the Raven's Teeth, had found a spot from which they could rain their arrows down upon Daemon's position. Daemon and his twin 12 year old sons, Aemon and Aegon, were killed. With this the chance of victory for the rebels was gone.[4]


Daemon had seven sons of which two died in battle with him.[5] His remaining sons went into exile with Bittersteel.[6] Their descendants would attack at least four more times until Maelys, the last of the male[7] line of House Blackfyre, was killed upon the Stepstones in 258 AC.

Aegon IV
of Tyrosh
Two sons
Aegor Rivers

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Citadel SSM:The Great Bastards (December 26, 2005)
  2. The Citadel. Private Meeting Santa Fe, NM (May 4, 2004) So Spake Martin
  3. The Sworn Sword
  4. The Sworn Sword, Legends II, ISBN 0-345-45644-0, page 105 of 73-152.
  5. The Mystery Knight
  6. The Sworn Sword, Legends II, ISBN 0-345-45644-0, page 115 of 73-152.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.

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