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| Date_of_Birth = or between {{Date|36}} and {{Date|41}}<ref name=cal>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Silverwing|Silverwing]] calculation''</ref>
 
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[[File:Queen Alysanne the Good.jpg|Queen Alysanne and Silverwing at [[Queenscrown]]. © guad |thumb|right|320px]]
 
[[File:Queen Alysanne the Good.jpg|Queen Alysanne and Silverwing at [[Queenscrown]]. © guad |thumb|right|320px]]
'''Silverwing''' was the [[dragon]] of Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen]].{{ref|ASOS|41}}{{Ref|aFfC|5}} The dragon also fought in the civil war called the [[Dance of the Dragons]].  
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'''Silverwing''' was one of the [[dragon]]s of [[House Targaryen]]. She was ridden by Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen]],{{ref|ASOS|41}}{{Ref|aFfC|5}} and later by [[Ulf the White]] during the [[Dance of the Dragons]].{{Ref|tpatq}}
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==Appearance==
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Silverwing has been described as being a silvery dragon.{{Ref|FAB|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}{{Ref|fab|The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II}}
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Silverwing had bonded with Princess [[Alysanne Targaryen]] by {{Date|48}}.{{Ref|tsotd}} After King [[Maegor I Targaryen]]'s mysterious death, Alysanne flew Silverwing to [[King's Landing]], together with her brother [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys]] and her sister [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]] upon their dragons, [[Vermithor]] and [[Dreamfyre]], so Jaehaerys could claim the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|tsotd}}
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===Alysanne Targaryen===
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According to legend, Silverwing hatched from the [[dragon's egg]] that was placed in the cradle of [[Alysanne Targaryen]] by her sister [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]] in {{Date|36}}.{{Ref|fab|The Sons of the Dragon}}
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Silverwing contributed her flames to the funeral pyre of King [[Aenys I Targaryen]], together with the [[dragon]]s [[Quicksilver]] and [[Vermithor]]. Following Aenys's funeral, Silverwing was brought to [[Driftmark]] when her rider, Alysanne, fled to [[Daemon Velaryon (son of Aethan)|her uncle's]] castle.{{Ref|fab|The Sons of the Dragon}}
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By {{Date|48}}, Alysanne had become a [[dragonrider]] by flying on Silverwing. After King [[Maegor I Targaryen]]'s death, Alysanne flew Silverwing to [[King's Landing]], together with her brother [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys]] and her sister [[Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)|Rhaena]] upon their dragons, [[Vermithor]] and [[Dreamfyre]], so Jaehaerys could claim the [[Iron Throne]].{{Ref|tsotd}}
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In {{Date|54}}, Alysanne flew Silverwing to [[Oldtown]], where the dragon alighted atop the Hightower, fanning the flames of the tower's beacon with her wings, which made the city gasp.{{Ref|fab|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}
  
During the reign of her brother-husband, [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen|Jaehaerys I]], Alysanne and Jaehaerys once visited [[Winterfell]] with six dragons. While at Winterfell, Alysanne grew bored and mounted Silverwing, flying further north to see the [[Wall]]. They stopped at the village [[Queenscrown]] on the way.{{Ref|aSoS|40}}{{Ref|aSoS|41}}  
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In {{Date|56}}, when the [[House Targaryen|Targaryens]] began to house dragons in the [[Dragonpit]], Silverwing and Vermithor did not join [[Balerion]] and three younger dragons, but instead remained at the [[Red Keep]], where they would be close to their riders.{{Ref|fab|Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies}}
  
At some point, Vermithor and Silverwing became a mated pair. During the [[Dance of the Dragons]], Vermithor and Silverwing were said to often coil about one another in the fields.{{ref|tpatq}}
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In {{Date|58}}, Alysanne flew Silverwing to [[White Harbor]], [[Winterfell]], and later the [[Wall]]. At the Wall, Alysanne attempted on three occasions to fly Silverwing over the Wall, but the dragon refused every time. The dragon would hiss and snap at every gust of wind coming down from the Wall. Alysanne wrote to her brother that she was troubled by the fact that Silverwing refused to fly over the Wall.{{Ref|Fab|Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies}}
  
Silverwing became riderless when Alysanne died late in the reign of Jaehaerys I. Throughout the reign of Jaehaerys's successor, King [[Viserys I Targaryen]], Silverwing had no new rider.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} During this time, Silverwing remained on the island of [[Dragonstone (island)|Dragonstone]] and made its lair in one of the smoking caverns of the [[Dragonmont]].{{ref|tpatq}} There Silverwing still was when the [[Dance of the Dragons]] began in {{Date|129}}. When Prince [[Jacaerys Velaryon]] decided that [[blacks|his mother's faction]] needed more dragonriders, many men attempted to claim one of the riderless dragons upon Dragonstone, including Silverwing, for their own. Silverwing accepted [[Ulf the White]] as its rider.{{Ref|tpatq}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} Ulf rode Silverwing to battle in the [[Battle in the Gullet]]. Along with [[Vermithor]], [[Sheepstealer]], [[Vermax]] and [[Seasmoke]], Silverwing descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the [[Three Daughters]].{{ref|tpatq}}
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Silverwing was ridden by Alysanne for the last time in {{Date|93}}, and became riderless upon Alysanne's death in {{Date|100}}.{{Ref|fab|The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain}}
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===Ulf White===
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Silverwing returned to [[Dragonstone (island)|Dragonstone]] after Alysanne's death, where she made her lair in one of the smoking caverns of the [[Dragonmont]].{{Ref|tpatq}} where she remained, riderless, until {{Date|129}}.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} When Prince [[Jacaerys Velaryon]] decided that [[blacks|his mother's faction]] needed more [[dragonrider]]s, many men attempted to claim one of the riderless dragons upon Dragonstone, including Silverwing. Silverwing accepted [[Ulf the White]] as its rider.{{Ref|tpatq}}{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}} Ulf rode Silverwing to battle in the [[Battle in the Gullet]]. Along with [[Vermithor]], [[Sheepstealer]], [[Vermax]] and [[Seasmoke]], Silverwing descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the [[Three Daughters]].{{ref|tpatq}}
  
 
When King's Landing [[Fall of King's Landing|fell]] to [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]]'s supporters, Ulf landed Silverwing upon the [[Hill of Rhaenys]], outside of the [[Dragonpit]]. In the Dragonpit, Silverwing made a lair before flying off to battle. Ulf rode Silverwing into battle during the [[First Battle of Tumbleton|first battle]] at [[Tumbleton]]. Ulf and fellow dragonseed [[Hugh Hammer]], who had claimed [[Vermithor]], changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favor of [[Aegon II Targaryen]]. Silverwing, Vermithor, and [[Tessarion]], the dragon of Aegon II's brother Prince [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)|Daeron]], let loose their flames upon Tumbleton, which was savagely sacked.{{ref|tpatq}}
 
When King's Landing [[Fall of King's Landing|fell]] to [[Rhaenyra Targaryen]]'s supporters, Ulf landed Silverwing upon the [[Hill of Rhaenys]], outside of the [[Dragonpit]]. In the Dragonpit, Silverwing made a lair before flying off to battle. Ulf rode Silverwing into battle during the [[First Battle of Tumbleton|first battle]] at [[Tumbleton]]. Ulf and fellow dragonseed [[Hugh Hammer]], who had claimed [[Vermithor]], changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favor of [[Aegon II Targaryen]]. Silverwing, Vermithor, and [[Tessarion]], the dragon of Aegon II's brother Prince [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)|Daeron]], let loose their flames upon Tumbleton, which was savagely sacked.{{ref|tpatq}}
  
As the [[House Hightower|Hightower]] host remained at Tumbleton, so did Ulf with Silverwing. During this time, Silverwing was kept unchained beyond the town walls, free to fly and hunt. During the [[Second Battle of Tumbleton]], an army of four thousand men strong, led by [[Addam Velaryon]] upon the dragon [[Seasmoke]], surprised the Hightower host at Tumbleton with their night-time attack. Ulf slept through the battle, but even without a rider Silverwing took to the sky during the battle. At one point, a crossbowman shot a bolt at the dragon.{{Ref|tpatq}} Silverwing avoided further battle and instead circled the battlefield for hours. She descended only again the next day, after the sun had gone down, and landed between the slain Vermithor, Seasmoke, and Tessarion. The singers claim that Silverwing attempted to lift Vermithor's wing on three occasions, but Archmaester Gyldayn considers this to most likely have been a fable. When the sun rose again, Silverwing began to fly listlessly across the field, where she few on the burned carcasses of men and animals.{{Ref|tpatq}}
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Ulf and Silverwing remained with the [[House Hightower|Hightower]] host at Tumbleton. Silverwing was kept unchained beyond the town walls, free to fly and hunt. During the [[Second Battle of Tumbleton]], an army of four thousand men strong, led by [[Addam Velaryon]] upon the dragon [[Seasmoke]], surprised the Hightower host at Tumbleton with their night-time attack. Ulf slept through the battle, but even without a rider Silverwing took to the sky during the battle. At one point, a crossbowman shot a bolt at the dragon.{{Ref|tpatq}} Silverwing avoided further battle and instead circled the battlefield for hours. She descended only again the next day, after the sun had gone down, and landed between the slain Vermithor, Seasmoke, and Tessarion. The singers claim that Silverwing attempted to lift Vermithor's wing on three occasions, but Archmaester [[Gyldayn]] considers this to most likely have been a fable. When the sun rose again, Silverwing began to fly listlessly across the field, where she few on the burned carcasses of men and animals.{{Ref|tpatq}}
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Silverwing's rider, Ulf the White, insisted he should become the new king of the [[Seven Kingdoms]], as King Aegon II was missing, and Prince Aemond and [[Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)|Daeron]] had died. When Ser [[Hobert Hightower]], one of the [[Caltrops]], gave Ulf the White poisoned [[wine]], Silverwing became riderless once again.{{Ref|tpatq}}
  
Silverwing's rider, Ulf the White, insisted he should become the new king of the [[Seven Kingdoms]], as King Aegon II was missing, Prince Aemond dead, taking over the plan of the newly deceased [[Hugh Hammer]], who had died in the Second Tumbleton as well. Silverwing became riderless when Ser [[Hobert Hightower]], one of the [[Caltrops]], gave Ulf the White poisoned [[wine]]. Lord [[Unwin Peake]] offered a thousand golden dragons to any [[knight]] of noble birth able to ride Silverwing. Out of the three men who came forth, the first had his arm torn off and the second burned to death. The third man then changed his mind.{{ref|tpatq}}
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===Later life===
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At [[Tumbleton]], Lord [[Unwin Peake]] offered a thousand [[currency|golden dragons]] to any [[knight]] of noble birth able to claim Silverwing. Out of the three men who came forth, the first had his arm torn off and the second burned to death. The third man then changed his mind.{{ref|tpatq}}
  
Silverwing was one of only four dragons still alive at the end of the Dance. Although accustomed to men, Silverwing became wild during the reign of [[Aegon III Targaryen]], and eventually made her lair on an island in [[Red Lake]] in the northwest of the [[Reach]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
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Silverwing was one of only four dragons still alive at the end of the [[Dance of the Dragons]].{{Ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III}} Although accustomed to men, Silverwing became wild during the reign of [[Aegon III Targaryen]], and eventually made her lair on an island in [[Red Lake]] in the northwest of the [[Reach]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II}}
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==

Revision as of 19:16, 6 February 2019

Silverwing
Queen Alysanne by Trishkell.jpg
Silverwing, being ridden by Queen Alysanne. © Green Ronin Publishing

Allegiance Alysanne Targaryen
Ulf the White
Born In or between 36 AC and 41 AC[1]
Died In or between 131 AC and 153 AC[1]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Queen Alysanne and Silverwing at Queenscrown. © guad

Silverwing was one of the dragons of House Targaryen. She was ridden by Queen Alysanne Targaryen,[2][3] and later by Ulf the White during the Dance of the Dragons.[4]

Appearance

Silverwing has been described as being a silvery dragon.[5][6]

History

Alysanne Targaryen

According to legend, Silverwing hatched from the dragon's egg that was placed in the cradle of Alysanne Targaryen by her sister Rhaena in 36 AC.[7]

Silverwing contributed her flames to the funeral pyre of King Aenys I Targaryen, together with the dragons Quicksilver and Vermithor. Following Aenys's funeral, Silverwing was brought to Driftmark when her rider, Alysanne, fled to her uncle's castle.[7]

By 48 AC, Alysanne had become a dragonrider by flying on Silverwing. After King Maegor I Targaryen's death, Alysanne flew Silverwing to King's Landing, together with her brother Jaehaerys and her sister Rhaena upon their dragons, Vermithor and Dreamfyre, so Jaehaerys could claim the Iron Throne.[8]

In 54 AC, Alysanne flew Silverwing to Oldtown, where the dragon alighted atop the Hightower, fanning the flames of the tower's beacon with her wings, which made the city gasp.[5]

In 56 AC, when the Targaryens began to house dragons in the Dragonpit, Silverwing and Vermithor did not join Balerion and three younger dragons, but instead remained at the Red Keep, where they would be close to their riders.[9]

In 58 AC, Alysanne flew Silverwing to White Harbor, Winterfell, and later the Wall. At the Wall, Alysanne attempted on three occasions to fly Silverwing over the Wall, but the dragon refused every time. The dragon would hiss and snap at every gust of wind coming down from the Wall. Alysanne wrote to her brother that she was troubled by the fact that Silverwing refused to fly over the Wall.[9]

Silverwing was ridden by Alysanne for the last time in 93 AC, and became riderless upon Alysanne's death in 100 AC.[10]

Ulf White

Silverwing returned to Dragonstone after Alysanne's death, where she made her lair in one of the smoking caverns of the Dragonmont.[4] where she remained, riderless, until 129 AC.[11] When Prince Jacaerys Velaryon decided that his mother's faction needed more dragonriders, many men attempted to claim one of the riderless dragons upon Dragonstone, including Silverwing. Silverwing accepted Ulf the White as its rider.[4][11] Ulf rode Silverwing to battle in the Battle in the Gullet. Along with Vermithor, Sheepstealer, Vermax and Seasmoke, Silverwing descended upon the ninety warships sailing under the banners of the Three Daughters.[4]

When King's Landing fell to Rhaenyra Targaryen's supporters, Ulf landed Silverwing upon the Hill of Rhaenys, outside of the Dragonpit. In the Dragonpit, Silverwing made a lair before flying off to battle. Ulf rode Silverwing into battle during the first battle at Tumbleton. Ulf and fellow dragonseed Hugh Hammer, who had claimed Vermithor, changed their allegiance, betraying Rhaenyra in favor of Aegon II Targaryen. Silverwing, Vermithor, and Tessarion, the dragon of Aegon II's brother Prince Daeron, let loose their flames upon Tumbleton, which was savagely sacked.[4]

Ulf and Silverwing remained with the Hightower host at Tumbleton. Silverwing was kept unchained beyond the town walls, free to fly and hunt. During the Second Battle of Tumbleton, an army of four thousand men strong, led by Addam Velaryon upon the dragon Seasmoke, surprised the Hightower host at Tumbleton with their night-time attack. Ulf slept through the battle, but even without a rider Silverwing took to the sky during the battle. At one point, a crossbowman shot a bolt at the dragon.[4] Silverwing avoided further battle and instead circled the battlefield for hours. She descended only again the next day, after the sun had gone down, and landed between the slain Vermithor, Seasmoke, and Tessarion. The singers claim that Silverwing attempted to lift Vermithor's wing on three occasions, but Archmaester Gyldayn considers this to most likely have been a fable. When the sun rose again, Silverwing began to fly listlessly across the field, where she few on the burned carcasses of men and animals.[4]

Silverwing's rider, Ulf the White, insisted he should become the new king of the Seven Kingdoms, as King Aegon II was missing, and Prince Aemond and Daeron had died. When Ser Hobert Hightower, one of the Caltrops, gave Ulf the White poisoned wine, Silverwing became riderless once again.[4]

Later life

At Tumbleton, Lord Unwin Peake offered a thousand golden dragons to any knight of noble birth able to claim Silverwing. Out of the three men who came forth, the first had his arm torn off and the second burned to death. The third man then changed his mind.[4]

Silverwing was one of only four dragons still alive at the end of the Dance of the Dragons.[12] Although accustomed to men, Silverwing became wild during the reign of Aegon III Targaryen, and eventually made her lair on an island in Red Lake in the northwest of the Reach.[11]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Bran Stark mentions Silverwing to Meera and Jojen Reed when they arrive at Queenscrown.[13] Jon Snow tells Ygritte of Queen Alysanne Targaryen's visit to the Wall more than two centuries ago.[2]

A Feast for Crows

While riding in the chain winch at the Wall, Samwell Tarly wonders if Silverwing may have left an egg at the Wall.[3]

Known dragonriders of Silverwing

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 See the Silverwing calculation
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 41, Jon V.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 The Princess and the Queen.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  8. The Sons of the Dragon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  13. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 40, Bran III.