“The rightful king, Daemon Blackfyre. The King Who Bore the Sword.” The old man’s mustache quivered. “The men of the red dragon call themselves the loyalists, but we who chose the black were just as loyal, once. Though now … all the men who marched beside me to seat Prince Daemon on the Iron Throne have melted away like morning dew.”
“Daemon was the better man. The old king saw it too. He gave the sword to Daemon. Blackfyre, the sword of Aegon the Conqueror, the blade that every Targaryen king had wielded since the Conquest…he put that sword in Daemon’s hand the day he knighted him.
Shiera Seastar was the last of the Great Bastards of Aegon IV. She was renowned for her great beauty and was the mistress of her half brother Bloodraven. Like her mother, Lady Serenei of Lys, she was rumored to have skills in the dark arts.
Brynden “Bloodraven” Rivers was one of the legitimized Great Bastards of Aegon IV. During his life he was he was a Targaryen loyalist during the Blackfyre Rebellion, the Hand of Aerys I, and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. He was in love with his half sister Shiera Seastar,and like her, a sorcerer. Bloodraven is described as being an albino, having long white hair and pale skin and red eyes.
Lord Brynden Rivers, called “Bloodraven”, was a legitimized Great Bastard of Aegon IV and Mylessa Blackwood, his sixth mistress. His personal arms were a white dragon with red eyes breathing red flame on a black field. During his life, he was a Targaryen loyalist during the Blackfyre Rebellion, the Hand of Aerys I, and Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Shiera Seastar, another bastard of Aegon IV, was his mistress. His half-brother Bittersteel desired Shiera also, which served in increasing the enmity between the two.As “Lord Bloodraven,” Brynden was rumored to be a sinister sorceror, effectively ruling the kingdom with “spies and spells.”
Aegon IV was the eleventh king to sit the Iron throne, and is considered one of the worst Targaryen kings.
People often joked that while Fire and Blood were the words of House Targaryen, Aegon IV’s should have been Wash Her and Bring Her to My Bed.
“Aegon the Unworthy had bedded half the maidens in the realm and fathered bastards on the lot of them. Worse, the old king had legitimized them all upon his deathbed; the baseborn ones born of tavern wenches, whores, and shepherd girls, and the Great Bastards whose mothers had been highborn.”