great-bastards

The Great Bastards | Andrej Pejić as Daemon Blackfyre

“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.”

Okay but what if, what if, actually diverse Vampire Chronicles. Because it’s kind of never not disappointing as I get older that these books with a cast spanning history and the globe are all notably Beautiful Pale People (EVEN THE ANCIENT PROGENITORS FROM AFRICA FFS. YES, MAHARET AND MEKARE SURE ARE ALABASTER REDHEADS. NO FRECKLES OR ANYTHING. Hell, even Akasha…..the only WOC in the trilogy and also the misguided villain….is bleached out by the time she wakes up in the present). 

CONSIDER:

Louis, the illegitimate son of his (never mentioned) Plantation Owner Father and one of the women working in the mansion; the only one technically able to take over the household after his (blond, blue-eyed) brother Paul’s death and the amount of quiet and not so quiet resentment heaped on him from all sides

Lestat, a free black man in Paris drawn there because any artist could make it there if they were talented enough, totally in awe of Dumas’ success even if he couldn’t read any of the books. Lestat flaunting his wealth in the New World half as a way of daring the scandalized society around him to do something about his status as a free, mobile man. Lestat reading Nat Love instead of Sam Spade when he was holed up in the 20s.

Gabrielle, brought over from the colonies of Seychelles as nothing less than a prize, bitter at her cold alien surroundings and the way she’s looked down on as some kind of “savage” even if no one will really say it (they just turn up their noses at the “disgraced” de Lioncourt name instead). Also wouldn’t it be nice to not have the extra horrific implications of her “I will be a goddess to those I slay” statement when she leaves Lestat. 

Claudia, a little Creole girl considered an acceptable sacrifice in quarantining and shutting off the plagued slums, with a cloud of dark hair Lestat absolutely refuses to let Louis straighten (in an attempt to make life “easier” for her). Seeing her fellow women devalued and yet still longing for the adulthood she’d never have, it’s no wonder she was filled with a desire to take vengeance on the world. 

Armand, stolen not by the Ottomans but by wokou raiders from his coastal home in Fuzhou (a supremely bitter irony given the Ming Dynasty’s general abolishment of slavery) and sold on the basis of his “exotic” appeal and youthful features. Struggling not only with his eternal youth but his perceived subservient status in his pursuits, forced even more to work behind a front in order to be taken “seriously.” 

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.”

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,[2] the Hand of Aerys I,[3] 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. 

art: amoka

source: a wiki of ice and fire

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.”