Maelys I Blackfyre
|Alias||Maelys the Monstrous|
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men (claimant)
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (claimant)
Protector of the Realm (claimant)
Band of Nine
|Died||In 260 AC, at Stepstones|
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
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.
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. 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.
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. While it was generally believed that the Band of Nine would founder in Essos, 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.
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.  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.
|Aenys||Two sons||Daughter(s)||Calla||Aegor Rivers|
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