House Blackfyre

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House Blackfyre of King's Landing
House Blackfyre crest.png
Coat of arms Gules, a three headed dragon breathing flames sable
Lord Extinct
Overlord House Targaryen
Ancestral Weapon Blackfyre
Founder Daemon Blackfyre
Founded 184 AC
Died out 260 AC

House Blackfyre is a semi-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 colours 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]


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 inversed the Targaryen arms for his coat of arms and named the house after the sword Blackfyre that his father gave him when he was fourteen.[2] The sword had been the personal weapon of the first Targaryen king, Aegon the Conqueror, and all his successors. It is not known if lands were bestowed on Daemon.

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 Aegon IV 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 212 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 a number of times (as many as five Blackfyre rebellions have been mentioned).

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.

War of the Ninepenny Kings

The last attack in 260 AC, when Maelys "the Monstruous" Blackfyre, head of the Golden Company, joined forces with a number of ambitious men and invaded the Stepstones as a base for a future invasion of the Seven Kingdoms. King Jaehaerys II sent an army that defeated the rebels.[3][4] 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.[5]

According to Illyrio Mopatis the Blackfyres were extinguished in the male line when Maelys Blackfyre was slain.[6] What happened to the female line is currently not known.

Historical Members


Aegon IV
of Tyrosh
Two sons
Aegor Rivers


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. [8]

Catelyn Stark, to Robb Stark

When Maelys the Monstrous died upon the Stepstones, it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre. [6]

Illyrio Mopatis, to Tyrion Lannister

References and Notes