Pisswater prince

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Princess Elia Martell's last moments - © Achen089
Elia may be holding the tanner’s son who had been swapped with Prince Aegon by Varys

Alias(es) "Aegon Targaryen"
Allegiance House Targaryen
Born In c. 282 ACKing's Landing
Died In 283 ACKing's Landing
Book(s) A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Pisswater prince is the moniker that Tyrion Lannister gives the nameless tanner’s son from Pisswater Bend who was swapped with Prince Aegon Targaryen when he was an infant.


His mother died birthing him and his father sold him to Lord Varys for a jug of Arbor gold - his father had other sons but had never tasted Arbor gold. Varys gave the pisswater prince to Elia Martell and carried Aegon away for his own safety. [1]

During the Sack of King's Landing, Ser Gregor Clegane scaled Maegor's Holdfast [2] and entered the nursery of the infant Prince Aegon, son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, and killed the baby present by dashing the boy's head against a wall. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] He then raped Princess Elia Martell, his hands still covered with the blood of the murdered baby. [6] [8] [7]

After the boy was dead, Varys smuggled Prince Aegon Targaryen across the narrow sea to his ally, the Magister Illyrio Mopatis of Pentos.[1]

References in the books

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Travelling down the Rhoyne aboard the Shy Maid Tyrion Lannister manages to puzzle out that Young Griff might in fact Aegon Targaryen, although he hasn't managed to figure out how he managed to survive the the events following the Trident. Aegon discloses to Tyrion Lannister that as an infant he was swapped with a tanner’s son from Pisswater Bend.


The girl had been recognizably the Princess Rhaenys, but the boy... a faceless horror of bone and brain and gore. None of us looked long. Tywin said that it was Prince Aegon and we took him at his word. [9]

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