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| Coat_of_arms = Red, a black three-headed dragon
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| Coat_of_arms = The colors of House Targaryen, reversed<br>''(Gules, a three headed dragon breathing flames sable)''
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| Seat = [[Tyrosh]] (in exile)
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| Region = [[Crownlands]] (exiled)
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| Title = [[King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men]] (claimant)<br>[[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]] (claimant)
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| Overlord = [[House Targaryen]]
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| Overlord = None, [[w:sovereign|sovereign]] (disputed by [[House Targaryen]])
 
| Ancestral_weapon = [[Blackfyre]]
 
| Ancestral_weapon = [[Blackfyre]]
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| Founded_in = [[184 AL]]
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| Founded = {{Date|184}}
| Founder = [[Daemon Blackfyre]]
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| Founder = [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]]
| Died_out = +/- [[256 AL]]
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| Died_out = {{Date|260}} (male line extincted)
 
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'''House Blackfyre''' was founded by [[Daemon Blackfyre]], the bastard-son of [[Aegon IV]] after he was legitimized by his dying father. Daemon inversed the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen arms]] for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword [[Blackfyre]] that his father gave him when he was fourteen.<ref>[[The Sworn Sword]]</ref> The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king [[Aegon I]] and all his successors. Among the traits passed on to the Blackfyres by the Targaryens were the platinum blond hair, violet eyes and the premonition-like dream ability.<ref>[[The Mystery Knight]]</ref>
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'''House Blackfyre''' is an extinct noble house from the [[Crownlands]]. A cadet branch of [[House Targaryen]], House Blackfyre was founded by [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]], a legitimized [[Great Bastard]] of King [[Aegon IV Targaryen]]. House Blackfyre is named for the [[Valyrian steel]] sword of the [[Blackfyre|same name]].
  
It is not known if lands were bestowed on Daemon.  
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Their sigil was a black three-headed dragon, breathing black fire on red, the Targaryen sigil with the colors reversed. Their motto is unknown. Among the traits passed on to the Blackfyres by the Targaryens were platinum blond hair, [[violet eyes]] and the premonition-like [[dragon dream]] ability.{{Ref|TMK}}
  
In [[195 AL]] Daemon and his friends and allies [[Blackfyre Rebellion|revolted]] against [[Daeron II]], his half-brother, using the old rumor that Daeron was the son of [[Aemon Targaryen|Aemon the Dragonknight]] instead of [[Aegon IV]] and that the gift of the ancestral weapon [[Blackfyre]] proved that Aegon wanted Daemon to succeed him.  
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==History==
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House Blackfyre was founded by [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]], a bastard son of [[Aegon IV Targaryen]], after he was legitimized by his dying father in {{Date|184}}. Daemon inverted the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen arms]] for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword [[Blackfyre]] that his father gave him when he was twelve.{{ref|tss}} The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king, [[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]], and all his successors. Daemon was granted a tract of land along the Blackwater Rush and the right to build a keep there by his half-brother [[Daeron II Targaryen]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
  
Ultimately the rebellion failed and Daemon and his two eldest sons perished on the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field|Redgrass field]]. His surviving sons fled to the [[Free Cities]] with a number of supporters. The [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]] took place in [[212 AL]]. It never spread beyond the walls of [[Whitewalls]], but several key Blackfyre supporters were killed.<ref>[[The Mystery Knight]]</ref> The remaining sons and their descendants attacked the Seven Kingdoms a number of times (as many as five Blackfyre rebellions have been mentioned).
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===First Blackfyre Rebellion===
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:{{Main|First Blackfyre Rebellion}}
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In {{Date|196}} Daemon and his friends and allies revolted against [[Daeron II Targaryen]], his half-brother, using the old rumor that Daeron was the son of [[Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II)|Aemon the Dragonknight]] instead of King [[Aegon IV Targaryen]] and that the gift of the ancestral weapon [[Blackfyre]] proved that Aegon wanted Daemon to succeed him. Ultimately the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion|Blackfyre Rebellion]] failed in the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field]]. Daemon broke Lord [[House Arryn|Arryn]]'s van in the battle, slaying [[Wyl Waynwood]] and the Knight of [[Ninestars]] and severely injuring Ser [[Gwayne Corbray]] of the [[Kingsguard]]. While protecting his fallen foes, Daemon and his two eldest sons, [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]] and [[Aegon Blackfyre]], were slain by his Great Bastard half-brother [[Brynden Rivers]], known as Bloodraven, and the [[Raven's Teeth]].
  
The last attack was in [[257 AL]] when [[Maelys Blackfyre|Maelys the Monstruous]] joined forces with a number of ambitious men and invaded the [[Stepstones]] as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. [[Aegon V]] sent an army that defeated the rebels. Maelys the Monstruous was killed in single combat by Ser [[Barristan Selmy]].
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Daemon's remaining sons fled to the [[Free Cities]] of [[Essos]] with his principal supporter, [[Aegor Rivers]], known as Bittersteel, another Great Bastard of King Aegon IV. When Aegor saw all the exiled lords and knights signing on with other sellsword companies, and saw the support of House Blackfyre ebbing away, he created his own sellsword company, the [[Golden Company]].
  
==House Genealogy==
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===Second Blackfyre Rebellion===
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:{{Main|Second Blackfyre Rebellion}}
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[[Daemon II Blackfyre]], who had [[dragon dreams]], defeated Ser [[Franklyn Frey]] and Ser [[Galtry the Green]] in the [[Whitewalls Tourney]], which was where the [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]] began in {{Date|211}}. However, the rebellion was snuffed out quickly by Bloodraven before it could spread beyond [[Whitewalls]] and several key Blackfyre supporters were killed.{{Ref|TMK}} The remaining sons and their descendants attacked the [[Seven Kingdoms]] three more times.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II}}
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===Third Blackfyre Rebellion===
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:{{Main|Third Blackfyre Rebellion}}
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In {{Date|219}}, Bittersteel launched a new invasion after crowning [[Haegon Blackfyre]]. It was late in the reign of King [[Aerys I Targaryen]], who was not very involved in ruling, but his younger brother [[Maekar Targaryen|Maekar]]'s leadership during the conflict was commendable, as was the courage of his youngest son [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon "Egg" Targaryen]]. Prince [[Aerion Targaryen]] was also active in its events. The war featured the second duel between Bittersteel and Bloodraven. At the end of the final battle Haegon I was dishonorably killed after he surrendered and had given up his sword. Bittersteel was taken captive and in chains to the Red Keep, yet while Brightflame and Bloodraven both urged that he be executed, Aerys I foolishly offered him mercy, sending him north to join the [[Night's Watch]]. The [[Golden Company]] learned of this through their informants and attacked the prisoner transport as it sailed to [[Eastwatch-by-the-Sea]]. Before the year was over, Bittersteel had returned to [[Tyrosh]] and crowned Haegon's eldest son as [[Daemon III Blackfyre]].{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I}}
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===Great Council of 233AC===
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:{{Main|Great Council of 233 AC}}
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After the death of King [[Maekar I Targaryen]] in {{date|233}}, there was no definitive heir to ascend the throne, so the [[Hand of the King]]: Lord Bloodraven, called a [[Great Council]]. [[Aenys Blackfyre]], writing from exile, put forth his claim to the [[Iron Throne]]. Lord Brynden offered him safe conduct to [[King's Landing]] so Aenys could present his claim in person, and as soon as Aenys entered King's Landing he was seized by the [[City Watch of King's Landing|gold cloaks]] and dragged to the [[Red Keep]] where he was executed. His head was presented to the lords of the Great Council, as a warning to any who might still have Blackfyre sympathies.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I}}
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===Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion===
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:{{Main|Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion}}
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In {{Date|236}}, [[Daemon III Blackfyre]] led the [[Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion]], landing at [[Massey's Hook]]. The rebellion had little support, however, as people thought the Blackfyres to be done, as tattered as their banners. At the [[Battle of Wendwater Bridge]], Ser Duncan the Tall slew Daemon III Blackfyre. Bittersteel retreated across the narrow sea again, and the war was quickly over.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V}}
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===War of the Ninepenny Kings===
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The last attack of the Blackfyres occurred when [[Maelys I Blackfyre|Maelys "the Monstrous" Blackfyre]], head of the Golden Company, joined forces with a number of ambitious men and eventually invaded the [[Stepstones]] in {{Date|260}} as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. King [[Jaehaerys II Targaryen|Jaehaerys II]] sent an army that defeated the rebels.{{Ref|AWOIAF}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II}} Maelys I was killed in single combat by Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], who cut a bloody path though the Golden Company's ranks to get to Maelys.{{Ref|ADWD|55}}
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According to [[Illyrio Mopatis]] the Blackfyres were extinguished in the male line when [[Maelys Blackfyre]] was slain.{{Ref|ADWD|5}} What happened to the female line is currently not known.
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==Historical Members==
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* [[Daemon I Blackfyre]], born as Daemon Waters, founder of House Blackfyre. Started the [[First Blackfyre Rebellion]].
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** [[Aegon Blackfyre]], his first born son. His fathers heir and squire. Twin to Aemon.
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** [[Aemon Blackfyre]], his second son. A squire to his father and twin to Aegon.
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** [[Daemon II Blackfyre]], his third son. He led the brief [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]].
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** [[Haegon I Blackfyre]], his fourth son. Heir to his older brother Daemon II. Led the [[Third Blackfyre Rebellion]]
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*** [[Daemon III Blackfyre]], Haegon's eldest son, who led the [[Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion]].
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** [[Aenys Blackfyre]], his fifth son.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V}}
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** [[Calla Blackfyre]], his daughter, promised in marriage to Ser [[Aegor Rivers]] before the First Blackfyre Rebellion.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II}}
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** Two other sons and at least one daughter.
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* [[Daemon Blackfyre (cousin of Maelys I)|Daemon Blackfyre]], a cousin to Maelys I, of unknown exact descent.
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* [[Maelys I Blackfyre]], Captain-General of the Golden Company, last of the Blackfyre's. Of unknown exact descent. Fought in the Fifh Blackfyre Rebellion, the [[War of the Ninepenny Kings]].
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===Family===
 
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==References in the books==
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==Quotes==
===Dunk & Egg===
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{{Quote|[[Aegon IV Targaryen|Aegon the Fourth]] legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. And how much pain, grief, war and murder grew from that? … The Blackfyre pretenders troubled the [[Targaryen]]s for five generations, until Barristan the Bold slew the last of them on the [[Stepstones]]. {{Ref|ASOS|45}}|[[Catelyn Stark]], to [[Robb Stark]]}}
*Daemon Blackfyre led the [[Blackfyre Rebellion]].
 
*Daemon broke Lord [[House Arryn|Arryn]]'s van at the [[Battle of the Redgrass Field]], slaying [[Wyl Waynwood]] and the Knight of Ninestars and severely injuring Ser [[Gwayne Corbray]] of the [[Kingsguard]]. While protecting his fallen foes, Daemon and his two eldest sons, [[Aemon Blackfyre|Aemon]] and [[Aegon Blackfyre]], were slain by his half-brother [[Brynden Rivers|Bloodraven]] and his [[Raven's Teeth]].
 
*Daemon's remaining sons fled to the [[Free Cities]] with his principal supporter, [[Aegor Rivers|Bittersteel]].
 
*[[Daemon II Blackfyre]] instigated the [[Second Blackfyre Rebellion]], but the rebellion was snuffed out quickly by Bloodraven before it could spread beyond [[Whitewalls]].
 
*During the [[Whitewalls Tourney]], Daemon II defeated Ser [[Franklyn Frey]] and Ser [[Galtry the Green]].
 
*Daemon II had the premonition-like dream ability, previously only found in members of [[House Targaryen]].
 
  
==References and Notes==
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{{Quote|When [[Maelys I Blackfyre|Maelys the Monstrous]] died upon the [[Stepstones]], it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre. {{Ref|ADWD|5}}|[[Illyrio Mopatis]], to [[Tyrion Lannister]]}}
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House Blackfyre
House Blackfyre.svg
Coat of arms The colors of House Targaryen, reversed
(Gules, a three headed dragon breathing flames sable)
Seat Tyrosh (in exile)
Lord Extinct
Region Crownlands (exiled)
Title King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant)
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)
Overlord None, sovereign (disputed by House Targaryen)
Ancestral Weapon Blackfyre
Founder Daemon Blackfyre
Founded 184 AC
Died out 260 AC (male line extincted)

House Blackfyre is an extinct noble house from the Crownlands. A cadet branch of House Targaryen, House Blackfyre was founded by Daemon Blackfyre, a legitimized Great Bastard of King Aegon IV Targaryen. House Blackfyre is named for the Valyrian steel sword of the same name.

Their sigil was a black three-headed dragon, breathing black fire on red, the Targaryen sigil with the colors reversed. Their motto is unknown. Among the traits passed on to the Blackfyres by the Targaryens were platinum blond hair, violet eyes and the premonition-like dragon dream ability.[1]

History

House Blackfyre was founded by Daemon Blackfyre, a bastard son of Aegon IV Targaryen, after he was legitimized by his dying father in 184 AC. Daemon inverted the Targaryen arms for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword Blackfyre that his father gave him when he was twelve.[2] The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king, Aegon the Conqueror, and all his successors. Daemon was granted a tract of land along the Blackwater Rush and the right to build a keep there by his half-brother Daeron II Targaryen.[3][4]

First Blackfyre Rebellion

In 196 AC Daemon and his friends and allies revolted against Daeron II Targaryen, his half-brother, using the old rumor that Daeron was the son of Aemon the Dragonknight instead of King Aegon IV Targaryen and that the gift of the ancestral weapon Blackfyre proved that Aegon wanted Daemon to succeed him. Ultimately the Blackfyre Rebellion failed in the Battle of the Redgrass Field. Daemon broke Lord Arryn's van in the battle, slaying Wyl Waynwood and the Knight of Ninestars and severely injuring Ser Gwayne Corbray of the Kingsguard. While protecting his fallen foes, Daemon and his two eldest sons, Aemon and Aegon Blackfyre, were slain by his Great Bastard half-brother Brynden Rivers, known as Bloodraven, and the Raven's Teeth.

Daemon's remaining sons fled to the Free Cities of Essos with his principal supporter, Aegor Rivers, known as Bittersteel, another Great Bastard of King Aegon IV. When Aegor saw all the exiled lords and knights signing on with other sellsword companies, and saw the support of House Blackfyre ebbing away, he created his own sellsword company, the Golden Company.

Second Blackfyre Rebellion

Daemon II Blackfyre, who had dragon dreams, defeated Ser Franklyn Frey and Ser Galtry the Green in the Whitewalls Tourney, which was where the Second Blackfyre Rebellion began in 211 AC. However, the rebellion was snuffed out quickly by Bloodraven before it could spread beyond Whitewalls and several key Blackfyre supporters were killed.[1] The remaining sons and their descendants attacked the Seven Kingdoms three more times.[5][6][7]

Third Blackfyre Rebellion

In 219 AC, Bittersteel launched a new invasion after crowning Haegon Blackfyre. It was late in the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen, who was not very involved in ruling, but his younger brother Maekar's leadership during the conflict was commendable, as was the courage of his youngest son Aegon "Egg" Targaryen. Prince Aerion Targaryen was also active in its events. The war featured the second duel between Bittersteel and Bloodraven. At the end of the final battle Haegon I was dishonorably killed after he surrendered and had given up his sword. Bittersteel was taken captive and in chains to the Red Keep, yet while Brightflame and Bloodraven both urged that he be executed, Aerys I foolishly offered him mercy, sending him north to join the Night's Watch. The Golden Company learned of this through their informants and attacked the prisoner transport as it sailed to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. Before the year was over, Bittersteel had returned to Tyrosh and crowned Haegon's eldest son as Daemon III Blackfyre.[5]

Great Council of 233AC

After the death of King Maekar I Targaryen in 233 AC, there was no definitive heir to ascend the throne, so the Hand of the King: Lord Bloodraven, called a Great Council. Aenys Blackfyre, writing from exile, put forth his claim to the Iron Throne. Lord Brynden offered him safe conduct to King's Landing so Aenys could present his claim in person, and as soon as Aenys entered King's Landing he was seized by the gold cloaks and dragged to the Red Keep where he was executed. His head was presented to the lords of the Great Council, as a warning to any who might still have Blackfyre sympathies.[8]

Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion

In 236 AC, Daemon III Blackfyre led the Fourth Blackfyre Rebellion, landing at Massey's Hook. The rebellion had little support, however, as people thought the Blackfyres to be done, as tattered as their banners. At the Battle of Wendwater Bridge, Ser Duncan the Tall slew Daemon III Blackfyre. Bittersteel retreated across the narrow sea again, and the war was quickly over.[6]

War of the Ninepenny Kings

The last attack of the Blackfyres occurred when Maelys "the Monstrous" Blackfyre, head of the Golden Company, joined forces with a number of ambitious men and eventually invaded the Stepstones in 260 AC as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. King Jaehaerys II sent an army that defeated the rebels.[9][7] Maelys I was killed in single combat by Ser Barristan Selmy, who cut a bloody path though the Golden Company's ranks to get to Maelys.[10]

According to Illyrio Mopatis the Blackfyres were extinguished in the male line when Maelys Blackfyre was slain.[11] What happened to the female line is currently not known.

Historical Members

Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daena
Targaryen
 
 
 
Aegon IV
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Barba
Bracken
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
Rohanne
of Tyrosh
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon
 
Aemon
 
Daemon
 
Haegon
 
Unknown
wife
 
Aenys
 
Two sons
 
Daughter(s)
 
Calla
 
Aegor Rivers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
Son(s)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daemon
 
Maelys
 

Quotes

Aegon the Fourth legitimized all his bastards on his deathbed. And how much pain, grief, war and murder grew from that? … The Blackfyre pretenders troubled the Targaryens for five generations, until Barristan the Bold slew the last of them on the Stepstones. [12]

When Maelys the Monstrous died upon the Stepstones, it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre. [11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Mystery Knight.
  2. The Sworn Sword.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  9. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
  10. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  11. 11.0 11.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.