Maelys I Blackfyre

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Maelys I Blackfyre
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Maelys Blackfyre fights Barristan Selmy during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, as depicted by Jose Daniel Cabrera Pena in The World of Ice and Fire

Alias Maelys the Monstrous
Title Captain-general
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant)
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)
Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Allegiance House Blackfyre
Golden Company
Band of Nine
Race Valyrian
Culture Free Cities
Died In 260 AC, at Stepstones
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Maelys I Blackfyre,[1] better known as Maelys the Monstrous, was the last of the Blackfyre Pretenders, and the last known member of House Blackfyre.[2]


Maelys had a huge upper body with a second head sprouting from his neck. He was inhumanly strong, able to kill a destrier with a single punch and tear a man's head clean off his shoulders.[1]


Maelys is the last known descendant from Daemon I Blackfyre, the first of the five Blackfyre Pretenders. He was named 'Maelys the Monstrous' for supposedly having eaten his twin in the womb, making him a kinslayer, albeit not by choice.[3] Maelys grew up in exile in Essos, and eventually became a kinslayer by free choice when he fought his own cousin, Daemon, for command of the Golden Company. Maelys killed Daemon's destier, and then twisted Daemon's head, tearing it from his shoulders. Following Daemon's death, Maelys assumed command of the Golden Company.[1]

Maelys I Blackfyre killing his cousin, Daemon - by Mike Hallstein.

In 258 AC, Maelys gathered with eight other outlaws, exiles and sellsword captains beneath the Tree of Crowns in the Disputed Lands in Essos. There, they formed an alliance called the Band of Nine, promising to aid each other in carving out a kingdom for each member. The Band of Nine pledged to help Maelys in conquering the Seven Kingdoms.[4] While it was generally believed that the Band of Nine would founder in Essos,[4][1] they managed to sack and take Tyrosh, and seize the Stepstones, which made them a real threat to Westeros, while Maelys declared himself to be King Maelys I Blackfyre.[1]

In 260 AC, King Jaehaerys II Targaryen sent an army to the Stepstones to meet the Band of Nine in battle. The war, dubbed the War of the Ninepenny Kings, was fought entirely on the Stepstones. Maelys personally killed Lord Ormund Baratheon, Jaehaerys's Hand of the King, early in the war. Towards the war's end, Maelys himself was killed by Ser Barristan Selmy, a young knight from the stormlands who thereby ended the Blackfyre threat on the Iron Throne.[1] [2][5] Maelys's death decided the issue, as the other members of the Band of Nine were barely interested in Westeros, and fell back to their own domains. Their union would not last much longer.[1]


When Maelys the Monstrous died upon the Stepstones, it was the end of the male line of House Blackfyre.[2]

Illyrio Mopatis


Aegon IV
of Tyrosh
Two sons
Aegor Rivers

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 5, Tyrion II.
  3. A Game of Thrones: d20-based Open Gaming RPG.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon V.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.