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Maekar's oldest son, [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Daeron]], called "Daeron the Drunken", was a dissolute whore-monger who had died of a sexually transmitted pox, and left only a feeble-witted daughter as a possible heir.  His second son, [[Aerion Brightflame]], was a cruel madman who had died in {{Date|232}} as a result of drinking wildfire in the mistaken belief it would turn him into a dragon. [[Maester Aemon|Aemon]] and [[Aegon V|Aegon]] had not expected to inherit the throne with two grown sons ahead of them. Aemon was already a chained [[maester]] serving at his brother Daeron's castle.{{Ref|ACOK|6}}
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Maekar's oldest son, [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Maekar I)|Daeron]], called "Daeron the Drunken", was a dissolute whore-monger who had died of a sexually transmitted pox, and left only a feeble-witted daughter; Vaella, as a possible heir.  His second son, [[Aerion Brightflame]], was a cruel madman who had died in {{Date|232}} as a result of drinking wildfire in the mistaken belief it would turn him into a dragon, he left an infant son with the ominous name of Maegor. [[Maester Aemon|Aemon]] and [[Aegon V|Aegon]] had not expected to inherit the throne with two grown sons ahead of them. Aemon was already a chained [[maester]] serving at his brother Daeron's castle.{{Ref|ACOK|6}} Aegon was a man grown, but mistrusted by the lords due to his time spent squiring for Ser Duncan the Tall, being called "half a peasant". A final unexpected contender for the throne was Aenys Blackfyre, fifth son of Daemon Blackfyre, who had written from Tyrosh, hoping to win the throne with words when his predecessors had failed to win it with swords, the Kings Hand Brynden Rivers offered him safe conduct.
  
The council decided to bypass Daeron's daughter and Aerion's son and first quietly offered the throne to Aemon, who declined the invitation. They then chose Aegon, who was crowned as Aegon V, the fourth son of the fourth son of Daeron II, earning him the name Aegon the Unlikely. Aemon joined the [[Night's Watch]] to prevent others from using him against his brother.{{Ref|ACOK|6}}
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Vaella was passed over almost immediately, being both female and simple. Few spoke for Maegor, as he was an infant and many wanted to avoid a lengthy regency, there were also fears that he may have inherited his father's madness. In an attempt to avoid the crowning of Aegon, some lords attempted to have Maester Aemon released from his vows, but he declined and nothing came of it. As the lords were debating Aenys Blackfyre arrived and was immediately arrested and dragged to the Red Keep to be executed by Bloodraven, in breach of his promise of safe conduct. Aenys' head was presented to the council as a warning to Blackfyre sympathisers.
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Soon after this the lords present chose Aegon and he was crowned as the fifth of his name, his first act being to arrest Brynden Rivers for murder.
  
 
==Attempts to call a Great Council==
 
==Attempts to call a Great Council==

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The Great Council is a council that is formed when the inheritance of the throne is unclear. In Westeros history, there have been at least two Great Councils to decide the Targaryen succession to the Iron Throne.

Great Council in 101 AC

Prelude to the Council

King Jaehaerys I's eldest son and first heir Aemon had died in 92 AC, which cause Jaehaerys to choose his second born son Baelon over Aemon's daughter Rhaenys as his new heir. Baelon, however, died in 101 AC, causing Jaehaerys to be in need for a new heir yet again. Instead of letting the King decide on his own, a Great Council was called together to settle the matter.[1]

The outcome of the Council

The Great Council of 101 AC was held at Harrenhal.[1]

Candidates for the crown included Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Prince Viserys Targaryen, Ser Laenor Velaryon, and Lady Laena Velaryon. The lords assembled favored the male claimant over the female by twenty to one, although supporters of Rhaenys included Houses Baratheon, Stark, Dustin, and Manderly. Viserys Targaryen was ultimately chosen by the assembled nobility.[1]

Later references

Following the death of King Viserys I, his small council examined the annals of the Great Council. They determined that the houses which had dissented during the Great Council were likely to support the claim of Rhaenyra Targaryen instead of Aegon II Targaryen.[1]

Great Council in 233 AC

Prelude to the Council

King Daeron II's heir, Prince Baelor, had perished in an accident during a Trial of Seven in 209 AC, leaving his eldest son Valarr to inherit the crown.[2] However, later that year the Great Spring Sickness killed King Daeron and both of Baelor's sons, Valarr and Matarys.[3][4] This in turn left Daeron's second son Aerys I to inherit.[3] Aerys left no issue, and upon his death in 221 AC the crown was passed to his youngest brother, who reigned as King Maekar I, the fourth son of King Daeron II. At the death of Maekar at the hands of a rebellious lord in 233 AC, a council was convened to decide who would inherit the Iron Throne since both of Maekar's eldest sons were dead and their inheritors were only children.

Outcome of the Council

Maekar's oldest son, Daeron, called "Daeron the Drunken", was a dissolute whore-monger who had died of a sexually transmitted pox, and left only a feeble-witted daughter; Vaella, as a possible heir. His second son, Aerion Brightflame, was a cruel madman who had died in 232 AC as a result of drinking wildfire in the mistaken belief it would turn him into a dragon, he left an infant son with the ominous name of Maegor. Aemon and Aegon had not expected to inherit the throne with two grown sons ahead of them. Aemon was already a chained maester serving at his brother Daeron's castle.[5] Aegon was a man grown, but mistrusted by the lords due to his time spent squiring for Ser Duncan the Tall, being called "half a peasant". A final unexpected contender for the throne was Aenys Blackfyre, fifth son of Daemon Blackfyre, who had written from Tyrosh, hoping to win the throne with words when his predecessors had failed to win it with swords, the Kings Hand Brynden Rivers offered him safe conduct.

Vaella was passed over almost immediately, being both female and simple. Few spoke for Maegor, as he was an infant and many wanted to avoid a lengthy regency, there were also fears that he may have inherited his father's madness. In an attempt to avoid the crowning of Aegon, some lords attempted to have Maester Aemon released from his vows, but he declined and nothing came of it. As the lords were debating Aenys Blackfyre arrived and was immediately arrested and dragged to the Red Keep to be executed by Bloodraven, in breach of his promise of safe conduct. Aenys' head was presented to the council as a warning to Blackfyre sympathisers.

Soon after this the lords present chose Aegon and he was crowned as the fifth of his name, his first act being to arrest Brynden Rivers for murder.

Attempts to call a Great Council

130 AC

In 130 AC, after the fall of King's Landing, Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower suggested assembling a Great Council, to decide which claimant should ascend to the throne, Rhaenyra Targaryen or Aegon Targaryen. Rhaenyra, however, refused to grant the wish.[1]

283 AC

It is believed that Rhaegar Targaryen, had he succeeded at the Battle of the Trident, would have wished to call a Great Council to determine what should be done about Aerys II Targaryen.[6]

299 AC

After realizing that Joffrey Baratheon was not the biological son of Robert Baratheon, Catelyn Stark suggests to Renly Baratheon that he, Stannis Baratheon, and Robb Stark, who had all been crowned as kings, should set aside their claims and call for a Great Council to determine who should be king. Renly Baratheon laughed at the suggestion.[7]

Variants

Kingsmoot

Main article: Kingsmoot

A kingsmoot is a Great Council-like ceremony held amongst the Ironborn, where all longship captains are allowed to cast a vote as to who should be chosen as the new Iron King. The kingsmoot is traditionally held on Nagga's Hill on Old Wyk.[8] The last Kingsmoot was called in late 299 AC by the priest Aeron Greyjoy, after the death of King Balon Greyjoy.[9] In early 300 AC, Euron Greyjoy was chosen as the new Iron King.[10]

References and Notes